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Tributes paid to 'talented young civil engineer' killed in terror attack

Tributes are being paid to the Nottinghamshire man who was killed in the Algerian terror attack.

Sebastian John was among what is believed to be six UK nationals killed at the In Amenas plant siege.

He was Vice Chairman of the Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE) Graduates and Students Committee and worked for as an engineer for a company in Solihull.

Today tributes were paid to a 'talented young civil engineer' whose 'passion for his work and young family shone through in all that he did'.

“We were extremely shocked and saddened to hear that Sebastian John, a valued and respected civil engineer and member of our Institution, has lost his life during the Algerian hostage attack. Our thoughts are with his family, friends and colleagues during this very difficult time.”

– ICE Director General, Nick Baveystock

“Sebastian was a talented young civil engineer with the world at his feet. His mild mannered, supportive nature made him a pleasure to be around and his commitment and passion for his work and his young family shone through in all that he did.

"It was an absolute honour and a pleasure to have him as my apprentice last year and I know he will be greatly missed by all. I join everyone in mourning with Sebastian's family and friends for the tragic loss of a great young man and civil engineer."

– Past ICE President, Richard Coackley

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Teen jailed for baseball bat killing outside mosque

A 16-year-old male who killed a man after hitting him round the head with a baseball bat outside a Birmingham mosque has been jailed for four years today after being found guilty of manslaughter.

The teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, attacked Saleem Hassan on June 1st last year outside the Ul-Uloom Mosque in St Oswald's Road, Small Heath.

Mr Hassan was struck twice round the head with the bat after he emerged from the Birmingham mosque.

The second blow was made while he was lying motionless on the ground. He died five days later from serious head injuries.

His attacker from the Small Heath area was arrested and charged two days after the attack.

Detective Chief Inspector Sarbjit Johal, who led the investigation, said:

"This was a tragic case where a fight has gone too far and a teenager has carried out a brutal attack on his victim.

"I want to make it clear that there are no winners here one man has lost his life and a tenager, who until now had no previous criminal convictions, has thrown his away and is now facing a long stint in prison. "We hope that this sentencing can provide Mr Hassan's family with some comfort and closure."

Appeals over attack that left man unable to eat

CCTV captures man who was left unable to eat for three months after being hit in the jaw Credit: West Midlands Police

Police have released CCTV footage of a man who was left unable to eat for three months after being punched in the jaw.

It happened outside a fast food shop in Selly Oak in February last year. Police are appealing for witnesses.

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Boy attacked with own crutches, full report

The family of a teenager who was badly beaten up with his own crutches, say they're furious that his attacker won't face prosecution.

Angus Whittall from Northamptonshire was left bleeding on the ground in the unprovoked assault. But his attacker has been let off with a warning, despite being known to police. We should warn you that Russell Hookey's report contains graphic images of Angus' injuries from the start.

Parents of boy assaulted with own crutches furious as attacker gets final warning

A 15-year-old boy was hit around the head six times with his own crutches in an apparently unprovoked attack.

The attacker was quickly identified by the police, but Angus' parents say they are furious the seventeen-year-old was only given a final warning.

"It's wrong, we all know it's wrong everyone on the websites is saying it's disgusting, this is the state of the crime, the policing, the CPS in the UK, the boy was on crutches and he was attacked, that's utterly, utterly wrong. "

Boy attacked with own crutches

15-year-old Angus was attacked with his own crutches in an apparently unmotivated assault Credit: ITV Central

A teenager from Northamptonshire has been attacked with his own crutches.

15-year-old Angus Whittall was struck six times on the back of his head with the walking aids in an apparently unmotivated assault.

Angus Whittall was struck six times on the back of his head with his own crutches Credit: ITV Central

The attacker was quickly identified by the police, but Angus' parents say they are disappointed the seventeen-year-old was only given a final warning.

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