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Leeds student killed in Thailand

Police are hunting for the killer of a Leeds student on the holiday island of Koh Tao in Thailand.

David Miller and another Briton Hannah Witheridge were found with horrific injuries on a rocky section of the shore about a hundred yards from where a beach party had been held.

There have been tributes to David from the University of Leeds where he was about to start his fourth year of studies.


Lincolnshire commemorates 70th anniversary of Battle of Arnhem

Hundreds of veterans, dignitaries and families are set to gather in Lincolnshire today to commemorate the region's involvement in a significant Second World War battle.

As part of the 70th anniversary of WWII's Battle of Arnhem in the Netherlands, Woodhall Spa Cottage Museum has organised a day of events to honour the brave servicemen who took part, as Woodhall Spa was the training base for the Air Landing Brigade that participated in the battle.

At 10.30am, visitors can watch the Veteran's Parade that will begin at the Petwood Hotel in Woodhall Spa and make its way to St. Peter's Church.

Led by the iconic Freedom Flame, which is visiting from Holland, the parade will also include members of the Lincoln Parachute Regimental Association, Airborne Comrades Association Barnsley, and a number of dignitaries, including the Lord Lieutenant of Lincolnshire and the Dutch Military, Air and Deputy Defense Attache.

Miners' WW1 sacrifice remembered

Schoolchildren will re-create the march that miners from a South Yorkshire pit did 100 years ago when they enlisted for World war One.

Earlier this year the Lottery Fund gave a grant for the war memorial for miners from the former Kiveton Park Colliery to be restored and for today's day of commemoration..

It is the last colliery war memorial still in situ in Yorkshire and this allows us to stay true to the original sentiments of the time, in that its purpose was to preserve the memory of the men’s sacrifice for future generations.

“The Colliery memorial is particularly important as we believe that it is one of only two remaining in its original location in England due to the re-development of former colliery sites.

“The decorative stone tablet containing the names of 60 men who lost their lives, and who were employed at Kiveton Park Colliery, was unveiled and dedicated in June 1921.

“At the dedication ceremony it was stated that it was not erected to remind those present of the self-sacrifice of those who had fallen, but to place on permanent record the deeds of those men. It was there to act as an inspiration to the coming generation and would remind them of the horrors of war, which they as men and women had passed through.”

– Cate Goodlad, Kiveton Park History Society

Today's commemoration day will include an exhibition in the village hall and a re-enactment of the enlistment in the St John’s rooms where 89 men signed up on 2nd September 1914.

This will be followed by a recreation of the send-off parade through the village, just as the men did in 1914 on their way to Kiveton Park station and onwards to training camps.

Lancasters flypast WW2 HQ

The two remaining airworthy Lancaster bombers will fly over North Yorkshire's Allerton Castle, the wartime headquarters of No 6 Group, Royal Canadian Air Force today to commemorate the shared experience of UK and Canadian pilots

The last two airworthy Lancaster Bombers in flight Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Although 7,377 Lancaster aircraft were produced between 1941 and 1946, only two remain airworthy. One, a Mk 1 nicknamed 'Thumper' is maintained by the RAF's Battle of Britain Memorial Flight , and the other, named Vera for its identification markings V-RA, by the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum.

The historic fly past at Allerton Castle will be accompanied by a ceremony attended by Royal Air Force personnel and veterans who served within Canadian crews.

The last two airworthy Lancaster Bombers in flight Credit: ITV Yorkshire


Bail hearing for bisexual asylum seeker

Lawyers representing Orashia Edwards, a bisexual asylum seeker who has been living in Yorkshire but faces deportation to Jamaica, will urge immigration chiefs to grant him bail today.

Bisexual Orashia Edwards is fighting deportation to Jamacai because he fears he will be persecuted Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Mr Edwards, 32, has been held in a detention centre near Heathrow for more than six weeks while various appeals against his deportation are considered.

His family and supporters fear he will be persecuted if he is deported to his homeland because bisexuality is illegal in Jamacai.

His legal team will ask for him to be granted bail today at an Immigration Tribunal hearing in Bradford.

Yorkshire troops take part in Eastern European training excercise

As tensions mount in the Ukraine, troops from our region have travelled to Eastern Europe to take part in military training exercises.

More than 80 soldiers from Catterick, along with troops from 13 NATO countries, are simulating operations involving clearing buildings and nightime attacks.

That is what they could be called on to do if the fighting in the Ukraine spills out into neighbouring states.

While Ukraine is not a NATO member, other Baltic states are, and under the agreement, members of the alliance would be obliged to step in. Helen Steel reports.

PM pledges support for Hull man stuck in Iraq

The Prime Minister has promised to help a man who's stuck in Iraq, and fighting to get his passport back so he can return home to Hull.

Kristian Nicholson was involved in a car accident while he worked for a security company in Erbil, and was told he was free to leave the country after appearing in court two weeks ago. But since then the authorities have held his passport.

Hull North MP Diana Johnson brought up his case in parliament this afternoon:

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