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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.


Barnsley school hosts quartet of penguins

A school in Barnsley has hosted a quartet of penguins to mark the release of a Hollywood animated film about the birds on DVD,

The Humboldt penguins were invited by Worsbrough Common Primary's film club to encourage future film makers.

They're part of an initiative to get more kids interested in films as well as promoting the latest animated penguin Tinseltown movie.

Martin Fisher reports:

Police release CCTV images over Barnsley sex assault

Police in Barnsley have released CCTV images of a man they want to trace in connection with a serious sexual assault in the town.

Police release cctv image of a man they want to trace Credit: South Yorkshire Police

Officers say in the early hours of Sunday morning a 30-year-old woman was assaulted in a disused car park near Eldon Street.

Officers are currently reviewing CCTV footage, however it is apparent the town centre was still very busy around the time of the attack.

"We would like to speak to anybody who can identify the man in the images, or who believes they were in the area at the time or may have witnessed something that may assist, to please contact police.

"The woman is receiving the appropriate care and support from specialised officers and I would urge anyone with any information to please come forward as it could prove vital to the investigation."

– Det Sergeant Andy Knowles, South Yorkshire Police

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.


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.

Credit: Chris Kiddey
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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