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Airport worker saves family holiday after chickenpox flight ban

A family from Coventry who almost lost their holiday because their youngest had chickenpox say they've made a lifelong friend in an airport worker who saved the day.

The Doyle family were asked to leave a plane when cabin crew discovered their one year old was recovering from the contagious illness.

In order to fly, a fitness to fly letter is needed from a GP, but in a mix up at their surgery they didn't have one.

So when customer services worker Zita Small bumped into the disappointed family in the terminal building, she made it her mission to get them from Birmingham to Portugal. Chris Halpin reports.


Birmingham flights to and from Turkey disrupted

Services to Istanbul have been cancelled today. Credit: PA

Some flights have been cancelled to and from Turkey after at least 90 people were killed in an attempted military coup.

Britons are advised to "stay indoors" following a night with gunfire and explosions in Ankara and Istanbul and reports of shooting near the tourist resort of Marmaris.

Birmingham airport says services to and from Turkey have been disrupted.

Servicves to Istanbul have been cancelled, but flights to the coastal resort of Dalaman are currently still operating.

The advice is for passengers to check the airport website for the latest information and check with their airline before travel.

“Due to the unexpected unrest that occurred on the 16th of July 2016 in Turkey, we would kindly ask all passengers to check the latest information about their flights, before embarking on their journey."

– Turkish Airlines


160 football hooligans ordered to surrender passports ahead of Euro 2016

Officers will step up patrol at Birmingham Airport as more than 150 football hooligans have been ordered to hand over passports ahead of the Euro 2016.

Credit: West Midlands Police

A total of 160 fans banned from watching matches have been asked to surrender their documents today and tomorrow.

Police want to stop them travelling to the tournament in France that starts on 10 June.

Officers will also step up patrols at Birmingham Airport and have teams of “spotters” looking for troublemakers who ignore the restriction.

Banning orders are there for a reason and known troublemakers will not be welcome at Euro 2016.

We will actively pursue anyone who fails to hand over their passport. Although in previous years the majority have understood the consequences of ignoring the order and complied with the conditions.

People may see a more visible police presence at the airport but there is no reason to be alarmed, we will have a targeted, intelligence-led approach.

– Chief Insp Nick Rowe, of West Midlands Police

Those who ignore the conditions of their order could be jailed for up to six months or fined up to £5,000.

A banning order usually runs for between three and ten years and prevents anyone convicted of football-related offences from attending matches or going to overseas tournaments.

They are given to people convicted of violence or disorder and also those who commit a football-related offence such as fighting or damaging property in a pub while watching a match.

Passports will be retained until the end of the competition and will then be handed back.

West Midlands threat level 'not changed' over Brussels terror attacks

West Midlands Police Credit: PA

West Midlands Police have confirmed that the threat level for the West Midlands has not increased as a result of this morning's Brussels terror attacks.

The force said it had 'appropriate police resources already ready in place' at Birmingham Airport providing 'visible reassurance' to travellers.

They added that the situation would continue to be reviewed and that their thoughts were with those who have been affected.

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