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Father 'beyond devastated' over death of son in crash

20-year-old Richard Mayne was a former pupil at Dixie Grammar School
20-year-old Richard Mayne was a former pupil at Dixie Grammar School Credit: Richard Mayne/Facebook

The father of a student from Leicester who died in the Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 crash says he is 'beyond devastated'.

20-year-old Richard Mayne, who was a former pupil at Dixie Grammar School in Market Bosworth, was among hundreds of people who were killed when the plane came down.

When I first saw it on the news, my heart dropped. I just thought, oh god, oh god – I couldn't believe it. We were hoping and praying he had fallen asleep and missed his flight. You think you’ve got problems and them something like this happens and it all just takes over. I can’t even bring myself to look at a photograph of him. We are beyond devastated. It is such a beautiful sunny day but our lives have been torn apart.

– Simon, Richard's father

Leicester student killed in Malaysian Airline plane crash

Richard Mayne, 20, was an undergraduate student at Leeds University.
Richard Mayne, 20, was an undergraduate student at Leeds University. Credit: Facebook / Richard Mayne

University student Richard Mayne from Leicester has been named as one of the nine Britons on board the Malaysia Airlines plane that crashed in Ukraine.

The experienced traveller visited Nepal last year to work with underprivileged children and had trekked to Everest to raise money for charity.

The 20-year-old is originally from Leicester where he lived with his parents.

Read more tributes to Richard Mayne here

His University rugby team tweeted:

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Hearts go out to the friends & family of Richard Mayne, a popular clubman taken from us too soon. We pay tribute to an honest and kind man

The experienced traveller visited Nepal last year to work with underprivileged children.
The experienced traveller visited Nepal last year to work with underprivileged children. Credit: Facebook / Richard Mayne
He had also trekked to Everest to raise money for charity.
He had also trekked to Everest to raise money for charity. Credit: Facebook / Richard Mayne

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Shocking video: Shopkeeper wrestles robbers armed with knives

Dramatic CCTV footage has been released of the moment a shopkeeper wrestled armed robbers who were targeting his store in Hinckley.

It happened in February but the footage has only been released after his attackers were jailed over the brutal attack, which was caught on camera in his shop.

37-year-old Raj Rathod initially confronted one of the robbers who ran behind the counter and pulled out a knife.

You can see what happened next here:

Service back to normal as firefighters strike ends

This mornings fire strike across the Midlands has now concluded.

Firefighters walked out for two hours between the hours of 6am and 8am as the row with Government over pay and conditions continues.

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18th July Strike Action is now over and normal fire cover has resumed across Herefordshire and Worcestershire

Midlands heatwave warning for hottest day yet

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Today is expected to be the hottest day of the year.

The Met office has issued a yellow level two heatwave warning, with temperatures expected to rise to 28 degrees.

But the weather could break dramatically later, with the threat of thunderstorms this evening.

Doctors say it's important to be aware of the impact heat can have on health.

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Warnings as children left in cars in the hot weather

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West Mercia Police have had several reports of children being left in cars in this hot weather - THERE IS NO EXCUSE FOR THIS!

Police are warning parents not to leave their children in the cars during the hot weather.

A heatwave is expected across the Midlands as we head towards the weekend.

Read: Tips on how to stay safe during the heatwave

MP backs calls for review into Stilton cheese decision

North West Cambridgeshire MP Shailesh Vara holds up a piece of Stilton cheese
North West Cambridgeshire MP Shailesh Vara holds up a piece of Stilton cheese Credit: PA

Campaigners from the village of Stilton in Peterborough are taking their fight to the government to be allowed to use the name Stilton for their cheese.

Under EU law Stilton can only be made by a few dairies in the East Midlands, where it is believed to have originated.

The Cambridgeshire MP Shailesh Vara is backing calls for a review of the decision.

Advice ahead of heatwave set to hit the Midlands

Temperatures in our region could rise to more than 30 degrees
Temperatures in our region could rise to more than 30 degrees Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

People are being warned to look after the vulnerable as temperatures in our region could rise to more than 30 degrees over the next couple of days.

It comes after the The Met Office issued a heatwave alert for the East Midlands.

The advice is to drink plenty of water and keep out of the sun.

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