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Coventry man guilty of preparing for terrorist acts

A man from Coventry, who was intent on martyring himself while fighting alongside friends in Syria, has been convicted of preparing for terrorist acts.

Zakariya Ashiq Credit: West Midlands Police

Zakariya Ashiq, from Foleshill, was also found guilty of assisting others to prepare for terrorism in a week-long trial at the Old Bailey in London.

Lat November, the unemployed 20-year-old failed in his attempt to join Islamic State and was arrested when he returned to the UK.

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CCTV released after gang attack man defending woman

CCTV footage has been released of a gang of men after a teenager was attacked with a bottle for defending his female friend.

The 19-year-old had been inside the Scholars nightclub in Coventry on Friday 3rd April with a group of friends when a man kept passing the group and inappropriately touching one of the girls.

Later in the night, the girl spoke to the man before throwing a drink over him, after which the man grabbed a bottle and turned on the group. He was then joined by several other men.

The main offender repeatedly approached one of the girls in the group and that’s what led to the escalation of violence - however the teenager who ended up with the injury was not greatly involved but ended up needing hospital treatment. We’d urge anyone who can identify these men to contact us as soon as possible."

– PC Jag Singh

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Coventry in ground breaking prostate cancer research

Researchers from Coventry University have been awarded a £0.5 million grant for ground breaking prostate cancer research.

Scientists at Coventry University have been given a £0.5 million grant Credit: PA

It will be used to explore the side effects of hormone therapy in treatment of the condition. Prostate cancer kills around 10,000 people every year.

Elizabeth Grunfeld, Professor of Health Psychology at the University who will be leading the three year project, said:

Hormone treatment is the standard first treatment for most men who are diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer, and for many it can keep the disease at bay for years.

However some men report a decline in their cognitive ability as a result of the treatment.

With this substantial grant we will identify which factors make men more or less likely to be at risk of cognitive decline as a result of hormone therapy.

This would help men and their doctors make more informed treatment choices as well as leading us closer to finding a method of treating this side effect.

– Elizabeth Grunfeld, Professor of Health Psychology

Coventry teenager missing for two days

Jaspal Gill Credit: West Midlands Police

Police in Coventry are growing increasingly concerned for the safety of a Dutch teenager who has been missing since the early hours of Tuesday morning.

Jaspal Gill - who has gone missing twice before - was last seen at her home on Gregory Avenue, Finham at around 12.30am and was reported missing just over an hour later.

The girl, who attends Tile Hill school, is described as Asian, around 5’6" tall, of medium build and with long straight black hair. Officers do not know what clothes she was wearing when she left.

Jaspal or anyone who knows where she is should call police on 101.

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