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Iraqis in Derby fear for lives of Yazidi relatives

Two people in Derby say they fear for the lives of their relatives, who are currently in northern Iraq.

David Sleman and Ysra Khalil's relatives are Yazidi, and they are at risk of being killed by Islamic extremists in Iraq, if they don't convert to Islam.

They also told ITV News that the worry is affecting their lives in the Midlands.

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90-year-old with Alzheimer's missing in Northants

Mary Judd has not been seen since this morning
Mary Judd has not been seen since this morning Credit: Northamptonshire Police

Police in Northamptonshire are searching for a 90-year-old woman with Alzheimer's and dementia, who has been missing from her home since this morning.

Mary Judd, from Moulton, near Northampton, was last seen at her home at 9am, but when her carer arrived to see her an hour later, she was not there.

It is thought she initially went out for a walk in the village, which is not unusual, but she is not normally away from home for this long. She also normally takes her dog with her - this time the pet was left at home.

She was seen catching a bus in Moulton, and officers know she travelled to the Northgate bus station in Northampton just before 10am.

Mary is described as 5ft 2ins, of slim build, with grey hair. When she was seen this morning, she was wearing a dark blue fleece, blue or dark coloured trousers, black shoes and red rimmed glasses.

She did not have her handbag, walking stick, money or bus pass and had no mobile phone on her when she left the house.

Man already jailed for rape admits attacking second woman

Mark Anthony Harrison has already been jailed for an attack in 1992
Mark Anthony Harrison has already been jailed for an attack in 1992 Credit: Warwickshire Police

A man from Nuneaton who was given a 20 year jail sentence earlier this year for raping a mother in 1992, has admitted attacking another woman ten years later.

Mark Anthony Harrison appeared at Birmingham Crown Court on Tuesday charged with attempted rape, indecent assault and actual bodily harm.

They relate to an attack on a 26-year-old woman which he carried out as she walked along Manor Court Road in Nuneaton, on Saturday 24 August 2002.

The 43-year-old admitted all three charges and was returned to prison to await sentencing.

This is all about the courage and bravery shown by two women at the time of these horrific attacks and every day thereafter. I can not begin to understand what these strong women have had to deal with over the years.

– Detective Inspector Pete Hill, Warwickshire Police

Harrison was arrested in June 2013 for the attack in 1992 after a cold case investigation. Following that arrest, DNA was taken which also linked him to the most recent attack.

He appeared at Warwick Crown Court in December over the 1992 attack, where he denied rape and grievous bodily harm. But he was unanimously found guilty, and was handed a total of 20 years behind bars.

The jury were told a mother in her early 30s had gone out for the evening with friends on 7 February 1992, but headed home alone while others stayed out.

She went down Edward Street, where Harrison lived, and was attacked from behind.

As a result of the attack, her upper jaw was crushed and she also lost two teeth.

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Coroner seeks drowned Staffordshire man's relatives

The Coroner's Office in Stoke-on-Trent is asking for help in tracing a drowned man's relatives
The Coroner's Office in Stoke-on-Trent is asking for help in tracing a drowned man's relatives Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The Coroner's Office in Stoke-on-Trent is asking for help in tracing the family of a man who drowned in the canal.

John William Ball lived on a canal boat in the city and died at the age of 48.

He died in hospital on August 16 after falling into the canal at Etruria.

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