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Parents of Paris attack victim attend memorial service

The parents also released a tribute to their son

The parents of Nick Alexander - the only British victim of the Paris terror attacks - attended a moving memorial service in the French capital today.

The 35-year-old's name was among 130 read out during the service to remember those killed on November 13th.

The poignant event was attended by French president Francois Hollande, friends and family of the victims, and some of the many people seriously injured in the co-ordinated shootings and bombings.

It comes on the day the inquest into the death of Nick was opened and adjourned in Chelmsford.

Click below to watch a report by Liz Summers..


Tributes to Cambridge couple who died in helicopter crash

Tributes have been paid to a couple from Trumpington in Cambridge who were among seven people who lost their lives in a helicopter crash in New Zealand at the weekend.

Andrew Virgo and Katharine Walker from Cambridge died in the helicopter crash in New Zealand. Credit: Family collect / SWNS

Katharine Walker, who worked at Addenbrooke's Hospital in the city and her partner Andrew Virco died when the aircraft came down in poor weather conditions on the popular Fox glacier near to Christchurch.

Two other British tourists died in the crash along with two Australians and the pilot who was from New Zealand.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Sarah Beecroft

Colleague of Cambridge medic killed in crash heartbroken by her death

Katharine Walker. Credit: Cambridge University Hospitals

The Director of Cancer Services at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge has paid tribute to his colleague Katharine Walker who was killed in a helicopter crash in New Zealand this weekend.

Ms Walker, who was 51 and her 50-year-old partner, Andrew Virco, died along with all on board a scenic flight up a glacier on the county's South Island.

Dr Hugh Ford says that she will be sorely missed.

"Kath was all I could have wished for in a colleague and in a friend.

She was always completely supportive, but was challenging when she needed to be. She always looked for the solution which would give the best experience and outcome for the patients going through her department, and was always on hand to help and advise me and other members of staff in difficult times. She did this with a smile on her face and self-deprecating humour which meant she was loved by the whole department.

We are all devastated by this news and send our love and condolence to her family, and that of her partner Andy."

– Dr Hugo Ford, Director of Cancer Services


Cambridge couple killed in helicopter crash: The latest

Tributes have been paid to a couple from Cambridge killed in the New Zealand helicopter crash.

Katharine Walker, who was 51 and her 50-year-old partner, Andrew Virco, died along with all on board a scenic flight up a glacier on the county's South Island.

A local TV station is reporting that other pilots had decided not to fly because of poor weather.

Katharine Walker was a senior member of staff at Addenbrooke's Hospital where shocked colleagues are being offered support.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Russell Hookey

Colleagues at Addenbrookes 'devastated' at medic's death in helicopter crash

Katharine Walker worked at Addenbrooke's Hospital. Credit: PA

Colleagues of Addenbrooke's Hospital's Head of Radiotherapy Katharine Walker, 51, who died in a helicopter crash in New Zealand, are "devastated" by her death, Cambridge University Hospitals said.

"Everyone at the hospital is devastated by the news and our thoughts go out to Kath's family at this very sad time.

Kath was a much respected member of staff who had worked at Addenbrooke's for 23 years. We know many of our staff are going to be hit hard by this tragic news and we will be offering additional support for them."

– Cambridge University Hospitals spokesman

New Zealand helicopter crash: Operation to recover victims put on hold

New Zealand's Fox Glacier. Credit: PA

The operation to recover the seven victims killed in a helicopter crash in New Zealand is likely to be postponed until later this week, police have confirmed.

Cambridge couple Andrew Virco, 50, and his partner Katharine Walker, 51, were among those who lost their lives when the aircraft came down on the Fox Glacier on the country's South Island on Saturday (November 21).

Police have already managed to recover three of the victims but bad weather conditions mean that the operation has now been put on hold.

"The site is near the top of the glacier, it’s all ice, it’s not level and there are blocks of ice as big as buildings with crevasses between them.

There will be danger in getting teams into the area and traversing the area. While we’re determined to return these people to their families, this will be a complex and technical task with an emphasis on the safety of those involved.”

– New Zealand Police
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