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.”
A couple from Cambridge were among seven people killed in a helicopter crash in New Zealand.
Andrew Virco, 50, and his partner Katharine Walker, 51, were on a sightseeing trip to the country's South Island when the aircraft crashed into a crevasse on the Fox Glacier on Saturday morning (November 21).
A couple from Hampshire and two people from Australia also lost their lives, as did the pilot from New Zealand.
Police had been initially unable to reach the crash site but the bodies of three of the victims have now been recovered.
They will be formally identified in the coming days.
"The recovery operation is under way on Fox Glacier and Police are working to progress this as far as possible while the weather allows.
The operation is extremely challenging and the safety of those working at the scene is of paramount importance.
Police can now release the names of those people whom we believe were on the helicopter when it crashed, however formal identification of the victims will take some time."
Candles have been lit at an church in Essex in memory of a man killed in the Paris terror attacks.
Friends and relatives of Nick Alexander also signed a book of condolence at Weeley Church.
Nick, who was 36, was shot when the Bataclan concert hall was stormed by terrorists eight days ago.
More than 130 people lost their lives in the attacks.
The band whose concert was targeted in the Paris terror attacks has paid tribute to the man from Essex who died there.
Nick Alexander from Colchester was selling merchandise at the Bataclan concert hall when gunmen opened fire.
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A fundraising page dedicated to the Colchester man killed in the Paris terror attacks has almost quadrupled its intended goal.
The GoFundMe memorial was set up by a friend of Nick Alexander, who was shot dead at the Bataclan concert hall on Friday, and has so far raised $94,750 (approx £62,800). It was originally planned to raise $25,000.
Fighter jets from the East of England have been involved in fresh airstrikes against Islamic State militants, in wake of the Paris terror attacks.
The Ministry of Defence said Tornado fighters from RAF Marham yesterday dropped a bomb killing a group of more than 30 militants who had opened fire on Kurds in northern Iraq.
The RAF jets also destroyed mortar positions and a hit a terrorist vehicle with a Hellfire missile.
Fighter planes from RAF Lakenheath and RAF Mildenhall have also been involved in strikes in Syria since the Paris attacks.
"The first flight used a Paveway bomb to destroy a mortar position which had opened fire on the Kurds. The following mission destroyed a heavy machine gun near Mosul with a Paveway IV, then proceeded west towards Sinjar.
"There was heavy cloud, which may have encouraged the terrorists to assume that they were safe from air attack, but, working very closely with the Kurdish forces, the GR4s were able to guide a Paveway on to a large group of over 30 Daesh terrorists who were massing for a counter-attack; the Kurdish unit subsequently reported that the air strike had been highly effective.
"The Tornado patrol then destroyed another Isil mortar position south-west of Sinjar."
Tributes have been paid in Colchester - the home town Nick Alexander who was killed in the Paris terrorist attack on Friday.
Nick, 35, was killed as he sold merchandise at the Bataclan Concert hall.
Click below to watch Liz Summers' report on how the region has reacted to the attacks
Following the terrorist atrocity in Paris last Friday the region stands together with a message that extremists won't tear our communities apart.
Muslim leaders in Luton have spoken of their determination that the killers won't cause rifts in peaceful communities living here.
Across the east today hundreds of people from different faith groups gathered to show their solidarity with those who lost their lives.
Watch Olivia Kinsley's report below.
Around 150 people gathered in Luton ready for a peace rally to be held this afternoon.
They also took part in a 2 minute silence to remember the victims of the Paris terrorist attacks.
Representatives from the Christian community, Muslims, police, council and local residents all took part.
"In Luton we share French values of liberte, egalite, fraternite".
'Liberte, egalite, fraternite' meaning freedom, equality and fraternity, the motto used in the French Revolution.