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Young people support charities with Mercy4Mankind event

Young people from across the region have taken part in the "Mercy4Mankind" walk and run at London's Hyde Park. The event was kicked off by England cricketer Matthew Hoggard.

Organised by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association (AMYA), the event aimed to add an extra £400,000 to the £1.5 million already raised for several UK charities, including Clic Sargent, Humanity First, Macmillan Cancer Support, NSPCC and Barnardos.

We believe that raising money for charity and helping others is the very best way for us to symbolically state that groups like ISIS do not act in Islam’s name and to also help those harmed by these acts of cruelty.

– Nadeem Ahmad, AMYA Regional Vice Chair for Yorkshire

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Ex-Yorkshire Marine Kosta laid to rest in private ceremony

The family of a former Royal Marine killed while fighting Islamic State in Syria have laid him to rest during a private ceremony this morning.

Erik Konstandious Scurfield, from Barnsley was buried after a funeral service in Nottingham.

The 25-year-old was the first UK national killed battling Islamic State in Syria.

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New Bishop of Hull named as Rev Canon Alison White

Reverend Canon Alison White will be the new Bishop of Hull. Credit: The Diocese of York/PA Wire

The Archbishop of York has announced the new Bishop of Hull will be the Reverend Canon Alison White.

The Archdeacon of Cleveland will be the Rev Samantha Rushton.

Barnsley marine hailed 'national hero' by Kurds

There were emotional scenes at Manchester Airport today where hundreds of members of the Kurdish community from across the UK gathered to pay respects to a former marine from Barnsley.

Konstandinos Erik Scurfield, known as Kosta, became the first Briton to be killed fighting Islamic State and is being hailed a national hero by Kurds who say he died fighting for their freedom in Syria. Today they mobbed the hearse carrying his coffin and covered it in flowers as his body arrived back at Manchester Airpoirt. Chris Kiddey was there.

Emotional scenes as Kosta is brought home

There have been emotional scenes today as the body of the first Briton to be killed fighting against Islamic state was brought home.

Around 250 members of the Kurdish community threw flowers over the van carrying the body of Konstandinos Erik Scurfield away from Manchester airport.

The former Royal Marine's body had arrived on a flight from Istanbul. The 25-year-old was killed fighting in Syria. His mother said this week she was immensely proud of the sacrifice that he had made.

Kosta is regarded as a national hero by the Kurdish community here in Britain.

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Kurdish community pay respects as Kosta returns home

Crowds wait for soldier's return Credit: Chris Kiddey

Around 150 people - most from Britain's Kurdish community - have gathered at Manchester airport for the return of the body of Konstandinos Erik Scurfield.

The former Marine from Barnsley is the first Briton to be killed whilst fighting IS in Syria.

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Crowds gather outside Manchester airport Credit: Chris Kiddey
Flowers for Kosta Credit: Chris Kiddey

Hundreds expected at airport as body of Barnsley soldier flown home

Erik Scurfield - killed fighting against ISIS

The body of a former marine from Barnsley is being repatriated this morning according to Kurdish campaigners. Konstandinos Erik Scurfield - known as Kosta - was the first Briton to be killed fighting against IS.

Hundreds of Kurds and friends are expected to welcome the 25-year-olds body home at Manchester airport today.

Mother of ex-Marine killed fighting IS reveals her pride at his sacrifice

The mother of a former Marine from Barnsley has spoken of her devastation at her son's death.

Erik Scurfield was the first Briton to be killed fighting against ISIS.

Today his mother said she didn't blame him for flying out to Syria and that she was immensley proud of the sacrifice he had made. Michael Billington reports.

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