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Aid worker urges British security cohesion after double questioning

A campaigner who has been distributing aid to Syrian refugees has described the appalling conditions he witnessed, as people flee the conflict there.

Nazim Ali from Bradford travelled three thousand miles to the Turkish-Syrian border to help hundreds of refugees in the town of Reyhani.

He is planning to return next year. But before he does, he is urging British security services to improve the way they work together, after he was spoken to twice by separate agencies - once before he left home and then again when he was held at Manchester airport when he got back.

Lisa Adlam has his story:

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Corrie v Emmerdale netball match for Text Santa

Emmerdale stars Charley Webb and Sammy Winward Credit: ITV

Teams from Coronation Street and Emmerdale have taken part in a netball match to raise money for ITV's Text Santa charities.

Cast and crew members from both sides of the Pennines took part in the game in Manchester - along with professionals from Manchester Thunder and Yorkshire Jets. And whilst Corrie were hoping to retain their title won last year, it was the Emmerdale side who clinched victory, winning 18-22.

Stars in action Credit: ITV
Emmerdale claims victory Credit: ITV
Emmerdale stars sign autographs for fans Credit: ITV

Coronation Street star Hayley Tamaddon took part along with cast mates Brooke Vincent, Jane Danson, Katy Cavanagh and Tisha Merry.


"We are victims of the system" say Yorkshire families

A report is calling for more to be done to help Brits abroad who find themselves in prison or have suffered a loss following a number of complaints about the Foreign Office.

A Government review highlights concerns but also claims there is a huge gap between the help people think they are entitled to and the reality.

A family from South Yorkshire believe they have been victims of the system, along with two others in Hull. In her report Kate Hemingway talks to Carole Edmonds who is the mother of Ray Tindall and his step-father David plus Kristian Nicholson.

Government committee "concerned" by complaints about Foreign Office

A House of Commons Select Committee says more realism is needed by British families who have loved ones in trouble abroad about just what the Foreign Office can do to help them.

However, a report looking at the role of the FCO published today says the department does sometimes fall short in helping vulnerable people.

"Some people expect the FCO to act as lawyer, insurance company or banker when they run into trouble abroad.

'This is unrealistic and leads to unfair criticism of the unique emergency assistance that the FCO does provide.

"We consider that the FCO has substantially improved its consular service, and can be proud of its team, which provides help to thousands of Brits every year.

"We have nonetheless been concerned by complaints about failings to support vulnerable people in detention, or who have suffered a loss abroad. These cannot be dismissed and must be investigated by the FCO to ensure that problems do not recur."

– Sir Richard Ottaway, Chairman of the Committee

Kristian Nicholson from Hull, who was imprisoned in Iraq, claims his experience was "terrible". He said his family had little contact from the office when he was held in Erbil for almost nine months.

Hull man: I felt "abandoned" by Foreign Office

A man from Hull who was unable to leave Iraq for almost nine months has welcomed a report claiming the Foreign Office sometimes needs to do more to help British people who have got into trouble abroad.

A Government Select Committee has analysed substantial anecdotal evidence which indicates the FCO provides "inconsistent" support for bereaved families, and fails to provide enough help for Brits in prison abroad.

Kristian Nicholson says he felt Credit: ITV

Kristian Nicholson, a former RAF interpreter, was involved in a fatal car accident when he was working in Iraq. He says a man died because there was an obstruction in the road, and the accident could not have been avoided.

After he paid thousands of pounds to the man's family, he was told by a court in the besieged city of Erbil that he could leave. Afterwards, his passport was confiscated and the authorities wrangled over whether he could leave the country.

He returned home to his wife and children in September - but claims he has been mentally scarred by the events.

He said: "The corruption I encountered in the country is beyond belief.

"Luckily I had friends with high connections in the courts or who know what would have happened to me?

"I am now close to becoming homeless with three children. I did feel abandoned by the Foreign Office."


Final students of York's "Camp Bastion" hospital receive medals

Military Medics paraded through York today and received medals for their service in Afghanistan.

Medics take their final training and assessment at the Army Medical Services in Strensall earlier this year Credit: ITV

Members of the UK Medical Group 20 - including 34 Field Hospital based in Strensall - returned from Afghanistan last month where they closed down the hospital in Camp Bastion.

Earlier this year, medics took their final training and assessment at Strensall. A replica of Camp Bastion's hospital, it was there for 11 years - but it was dismantled after the "class of 2014" finished their training.

Hundreds of medics attend York thanksgiving service

Military medics from the famous military field hospital in Afghanistan paraded through York today before being presented with medals as they were welcomed home to the UK.

Military medics parade in York Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Members of the UK Medical Group 20 - including 34 Field Hospital based in Strensall in the city - returned from Afghanistan last month.

They had been working to close down the field hospital in Camp Bastion.

Over 200 medics from 65 units in all three armed forces attended a thanksgiving service in York Minster. Afterwards they paraded on Duncombe Place at 10.50 am, where they were inspected and 80 Operational Service medals were handed out.

Medics' parade: Bastion hospital's pioneering role

Britain's military medics will be led by the Band of the Royal Armoured Corps as they parade down Parliament Street in York, returning via Coney Street before taking the salute on the steps of Mansion House.

Medics trained for every situation Credit: ITV

Camp Bastion's Role 3 hospital provided care for injured personnel that was so advanced that over the eight years it was in operation it became one of the world's leading trauma care facilities.

Here are some facts and figures:

  • 300 doctors nurses and support staff saw 14,000 patients
  • 6,500 patients were taken to Camp Bastion by the Chinook helicopter's medical Emergency Response Team
  • 450 soldiers were taken fromthe hospital to the UK by the Critical Care Air Support Team
  • Medics dealt with 39,000 CT scans, 50,000 X-rays and transfused 15,500 litres of blood to 2,600 trauma patients

"The UK Medical Group is looking forward to marching through York for its homecoming and medals parade," said Lieutenant Colonel Jaish Mahan who commanded the UK Medical Group and also 34 Field Hospital.

"For many of us, York is our home and we are grateful to the city and everyone else for the support we received while we were away.

"UK medical Group and 34 Field Hospital feel privileged to have been part of the final chapter in this historic story and to continue to provide that healthcare reassurance to our service men and women."

– Lieutenant Colonel Jaish Mahan, 34 Field Hospital
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