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The mother of a backpacker from Yorkshire who went missing in Malaysia has reportedly provided DNA to help identify a body on the island.

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Hurricane on York theatre roof will be "amazing talking point"

A Hurricane aircraft was airlifted onto the roof of York Theatre Royal today - and the director of the city's Air Museum hopes it will get people talking about the local history of the air force.

The lift not only marks Armed Forces Day, but also the 70th anniversary of the French Air Force arriving in York.

In June 1944 two French bomber squadrons became operational at RAF Elvington (now the Air Museum). They were unique in Bomber Command, with Elvington being the only base to be operated wholly by another nationality. Some 2300 French personnel were stationed at the base.

“As this significant 70th Anniversary coincides exactly with the build up to the Grand Départ of the Tour De France in York, the Hurricane will provide both an amazing talking point for the City’s celebration of this magnificent sporting event and provide a visual spectacle for the television camera’s following the peleton as it swoops past the Theatre Royal, with York Minster resplendent in the background.

"The Hurricane also reflects another wartime link to France, as it was a French pilot, Yves Mahé flying his 253 Squadron Hawker Hurricane, who first intervened to save York during the ‘York Blitz’ of April 1942.”

– Ian Reed, Director - Yorkshire Air Museum

Fitting memorial as Hurricane airlifted onto York theatre roof

The Hurrican took pride of place on at around 5.30am this morning

Today marks the sixth annual Armed Forces Day.

And in the same year we mark the centenary of World War I, there are plenty of events going on across the region to show support for the forces.

In York, early this morning the Hawker Hurricane aircraft, normally housed at the Yorkshire Air Museum, was lifted onto the roof of the café of the Theatre Royal. This month is also the 70th Anniversary of the French Air Force arriving in York.

On top of all this, York will host Stage 2 of the Tour de France Grand Depart, making this memorial especially significant.

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Chris Kamara chases down street robber in Brazil

Former Leeds and Bradford man Chris Kamara has even further enhanced his heroic status with a dramatic street chase in Brazil.

The footballer turned pundit executed an uncharacteristic turn of pace to chase down a street robber.

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Escaped honeymoon killer shot dead by police

Avie Howell, pictured in 2011 Credit: PA

An escaped murderer who killed a British couple, including the husband who was a former South Yorkshire Police officer, has died after being shot by police.

Avie Howell, along with Kaniel Martin, was convicted of murdering newlyweds Ben and Catherine Mullay, from Pontardawe, South Wales, during their honeymoon in Antigua in 2008.

He escaped from prison on Thursday June 19, 2014, along with another inmate who was not connected to the murder, by jumping over a 30 foot wall. Officers say Howell was shot during a confrontation with a local officer in a remote part of the island.

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Escaped honeymoon killer caught in Antigua

An escaped murderer who killed a British couple on their honeymoon has been caught, Antiguan police have said.

Avie Howell, pictured in 2011, escaped from prison in Antigua yesterday.
Avie Howell, pictured in 2011, escaped from prison in Antigua yesterday. Credit: PA

Avie Howell, along with Kaniel Martin, was convicted of murdering newlyweds Ben and Catherine Mullay, from Pontardawe, South Wales, during their honeymoon in Antigua in 2008.

He escaped from prison yesterday, along with another inmate who was not connected to the murder, by jumping over a 30 foot wall.

Officers say Howell was shot during a confrontation with a local officer in a remote part of the island around an hour ago.

Read: Honeymoon killer escapes from jail in Antigua

Prolific Spalding offender deported to Poland

A prolific South Holland offender has been deported to Poland.

Lucasz Jalocha
Lucasz Jalocha Credit: Lincolnshire Police

Since 2010, Spalding police had arrested 26 year-old Lucasz Jalocha dozens of times in relation to theft, burglary and drugs offences. His offences even included the criminal damage of a cell door whilst in custody for another crime.

He was last imprisoned for a burglary at a Spalding shoe shop last September.

Deportation orders of this nature are usually reserved for offenders who have served sentences of two years or more, and Jalocha’s maximum term had been 15 weeks. However a special case was made due to the rising number of offences he had been charged with.

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Hague hopes "India Six" will be freed soon

The case of a former soldier from Hull who's facing weapons charges in India has been raised in the House of Commons today.

Ray Tindall is one of six British men arrested and jailed last October as they worked onboard a ship protecting vessels from pirates. Five have been bailed, but are still waiting fo find out if the charges will be dropped. A court hearing due this morning was adjourned until next week.

Touch of Rio to light up Leeds' Millennium Square

England fans in Millennium Square
England fans in Millennium Square Credit: Leeds City Council

The sights and sounds of host country Brazil will bring a carnival atmosphere to a popular Leeds city square this week as England continue their bid for World Cup glory.

With Roy Hodgson’s men’s next two group games set to be screened live on the big screen in Millennium Square, fans will treated before each match to entertainment provided by DJ Lubi and Brazilian dancers. Keeping with the theme, there will also be a Brazilian BBQ catering option available.

A specially created outdoor viewing arena will once again be available for supporters to watch England’s final two group games on Thursday 19 June (8pm KO) against Uruguay and Tuesday 24 June (5pm KO) against Costa Rica.

If England progress from the group stage, the round 16 knock-out game will also be shown on Millennium Square on either Saturday 28 or Sunday 29 June.

Fans are asked to note that due to the arrival of the Tour de France, all World Cup quarter final matches taking place on Friday 4 to Sun 6 July will not be screened on Millennium Square.

Gates for Thursdays now crucial game against Uruguay will be open from 4.45pm showing coverage of the earlier game (Columbia v Ivory Coast) followed by the Brazilian themed entertainment in the lead up to the big kick-off for the England game at 8pm.

For all games, fans are advised to arrive early to secure their places as admission is on a first-come first-served basis until the capacity is reached. No tickets will be issued or required and the outdoor arena will also feature a fully-licensed bar, food concessions and toilet facilities.

Wait goes on for Indian illegal arms six

Ray Tindall
Ray Tindall Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Six British men, including three from the Calendar region, must wait another seven days before a judge in India will make a decision about whether charges against them will be thrown out.

At a hearing today, a judge postponed a decision after considering a petition to quash all counts against them.

Ray Tindall from Hull and Nicholas Simpson from near Catterick, remain on bail and must stay in India while they fight to have charges against them dropped.

Paul Towers, from near York, remains in prison.

All six men were detained in prison last October, with five of them released on bail in April.

Their company AdvanFort has always insisted the men were working to provide protection to other ships from pirate attacks, but the Indian courts have pressed weapons charges against them.

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