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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.

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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Hundreds attend ceremony to remember two miners killed during pit strikes

Hundreds of people have attended a ceremony to remember two Yorkshire miners killed during the year-long strike against pit closures in the 1980's.

The annual event also marks the beginning and the end of the bitter dispute - and the subsequent decline of the coal industry. Tina Gelder reports.

Body of man killed fighting Islamic State in Syria returned to family

The body of a man from Barnsley who was killed fighting Islamic State in Syria has been returned to his family.

Konstandinos Erik Scurfield Credit: Facebook/ Jason Matson

Konstandinos Erik Scurfield, aged 25, was the first British national to die in the fight. He had travelled to the country to work alongside Kurdish forces providing medical aid. An online charity fundraising page in his memory has collected over £1,500.

Read: Former classmates plan memorial for soldier killed fighting IS

Brother lays wreath in memory of miner killed on picket line

The brother of a miner killed on a picket line in the 80's has attended a special service in his memory.

Mark Jones lays a wreath in memory of his brother David Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Davy Jones died along with Joe Green as they picketed during the miners strike in 1984-85.

Hundreds gather outside the National Union of Mineworkers headquarters Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Mark Jones, along with hundreds of others, gathered at the National Union of Mineworkers' headquarters in Barnsley for a wreath-laying ceremony, followed by a meeting and lecture in the historic council chamber of the Yorkshire miners.

Hundreds attend miners' memorial in Barnsley

Hundreds of people have attended a memorial service in Barnsley marking the deaths of two miners killed on a picket line in the 80s.

Flowers at the memorial in Barnsley Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Davy Jones from Yorkshire was struck by a missile during strike action in Nottinghamshire. Joe Green was run down by a lorry while picketing a Yorkshire power station.

No-one has ever been charged over their deaths.

Every year miners, ex-miners and their friends gather at the National Union of Mineworkers' headquarters in Barnsley for a wreath-laying ceremony, followed by a meeting and lecture in the historic council chamber of the Yorkshire miners.

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