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Vigils for Peshawar attack victims held in region

Candles will be lit at Leicester Town Hall this afternoon in memory of those who lost their lives in the attack on an army run school in the Pakistani city of Peshawar.

One of the classrooms after the attack on the school where 132 children were killed Credit: Rageh Omaar/ITV News

Other vigils will also take place across the region today, including at the cathedral in Birmingham.

A book of condolence will also be opened by Nottingham City Council at their council house.

141 people, mainly children, lost their lives in the attack.

More: Family of Peshawar victims mourns attack

Man who strangled ex-wife due to be sentenced today

Luan Leigh was strangled to death by Andrew Leigh in June Credit: BPM Media

A man from Sutton Coldfield who drugged his ex wife before strangling her to death is due to be sentenced today.

43 year-old Andrew Leigh murdered his wife of 22 years, Luan, at her home in Pype Hayes Birmingham in June. The jury at Birmingham Crown Court was told Leigh was a controlling man who refused to accept their marriage was over.

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Midlands mourners share their grief for relatives killed in Pakistan school attack

Relatives of children killed in a massacre at a school in Pakistan have described those responsible as "unIslamic" and "ruthless".

More than 130 pupils were killed when gunmen targeted the army run school in Peshawar. People in the Midlands are still struggling to come terms with what happened, and many are organising vigils to remember those who died.


Man found guilty of drugging and strangling to death estranged wife

Credit: BPM Media

A man from Sutton Coldfield has been found guilty of murdering his wife of 22 years, because he could not accept the end of their relationship.

Andrew Leigh, a telecommunications engineer from Kennedy Close, Sutton Coldfield, strangled Luan Leigh at their former home in Pype Hayes on the evening of June 28, 2014.

Luan Leigh was found dead in an upstairs bedroom. A post-mortem revealed she died from ‘compression to the neck.’

The court heard that Luan found her ex-husband controlling and suffocating.

Despite this, the couple remained on friendly terms. On the night of the murder the court heard that Andrew Leigh had gone round to the house after inviting himself for dinner.

He phoned his wife’s family to say he had found her dead in bed and the emergency services were called.

Andrew Leigh will be sentenced at Birmingham Crown Court tomorrow morning.

"Andrew Leigh was controlling and overbearing and he did not accept that his marriage to Luan was over. He has, through his actions, deprived Luan’s family of a much loved daughter, sister and friend. I very much hope that today’s verdict will in some small way allow Luan’s family to start rebuilding their lives after the terrible events of June this year."

– DI Warren Hines from Force CID Homicide

Family of Peshawar attack victims mourn massacre

Nazir Awan says the last 48 hours have been unbearable.

He was shocked to learn that two of his cousin's sons were killed in the terrorist attack on a school in Pakistan, where 132 children were gunned down.

15 year old Muhammad Yaseen and 10 year old Mohammad Gulshir were among the victims. He has been speaking to ITV News Central ahead of a vigil tomorrow to remember those who died takes place outside Leicester Town Hall.

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