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Pictures from memorial service for Herefordshire soldier

A memorial service for an army intelligence officer from Herefordshire has begun at St Mary's Church in Kington Credit: ITV News Central
Lance Corporal Oliver Thomas, from Kington, died when a Lynx helicopter crashed in Southern Afghanistan on April 26th Credit: ITV News Central
The 26-year-old died along with Flight Lieutenent Rakesh Chauhan from Birmingham, and three other servicemen Credit: ITV News Central

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Memorial for army officer killed in helicopter crash

Lance Corporal Oliver Thomas, from Kington, died when a Lynx helicopter crashed in Southern Afghanistan on 26 April Credit: Ministry of Defence

A memorial service is taking place for an army intelligence officer from Herefordshire who was killed last month in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan.

Lance Corporal Oliver Thomas, from Kington, died when a Lynx helicopter crashed in Southern Afghanistan on 26 April. He died along with Flight Lieutenent Rakesh Chauhan from Birmingham, and three other servicemen.

Flight Lieutenant Rakesh Chauhan also lost his life in the crash Credit: Ministry of Defence

Lance Corporal Thomas was cremated in a private service yesterday, but today a service will take place at St Mary's Church, Kington from 13:00.

Read more about the fatal helicopter crash last month

Motorcyclist dies following crash in Herefordshire

A motorcyclist has died and his partner is seriously injured following a crash in Herefordshire.

It happened just after 5pm on Saturday on the A44 between Leominster and Monkland and involved a blue and white Suzuki motorbike and a blue Vauxhall Insignia car.

51-year-old Paul Carr was pronounced dead at the scene.

His partner, 54-year-old partner Karen Fisher was airlifted to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham where her condition is described as serious but stable.

Repatriation of soldiers killed in Afghan helicopter crash

The repatriation of the five man killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan, two of which were from the Midlands, is due to take place today.

Flight Lieutenant Rakesh Chauhan Credit: Ministry of Defence

Flight Lieutenant Rakesh Chauhan, from Leicestershire, and Lance Corporal Oliver Thomas, from Herefordshire, died in a helicopter accident on 26 April.

Lance Corporal Oliver Thomas

Their bodies are due to be brought back to RAF Brize Norton this afternoon, where a private ceremony will take place, before a cortege makes its way to a memorial garden in Oxford.

Read: Emotional father 'extremely proud' of son killed in helicopter crash

Breakdown: The child drug problem where you are

Dozens of children aged 14 or under have been referred for treatment for drug or alcohol abuse across the Midlands.

The youngest patients in the region were in Herefordshire, where children as young as nine were seen.

The breakdown of the situation across the region is as follows:

  • Birmingham - 11
  • City Of Derby - 12
  • City Of Peterborough - 12
  • Coventry - 12
  • Gloucestershire - 12
  • Herefordshire - 9
  • Lincolnshire - 11
  • Northamptonshire - 12
  • Sandwell - 12
  • Solihull - 13
  • South Gloucestershire - 13
  • Stoke on Trent - 12
  • Telford and Wrekin - 12
  • Warwickshire - 14
  • Wolverhampton - 12

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Senior MP 'shocked' at report on child drug use

The head of the influential House of Commons home affairs committee says he is "deeply concerned" at an investigation showing children as young as four are being treated for drug and alcohol misuse.

Labour MP Keith Vaz called on parents to do more to prevent risks to their children.

"It is right that these youngsters receive the appropriate help but we must look at the source of their problems," he said.

"It is vital that parents take responsibility and additional support is given to them in order to prevent children being exposed to drugs and alcohol in the first place."

Nine-year-olds treated for drug and alcohol abuse

Children as young as nine are being treated for drug and alcohol abuse in the West Midlands, according to figures released this morning.

The youngest patients were in Herefordshire, while in Birmingham patients aged 11 were reported. In Coventry, Stoke, and Telford, the youngest patients were aged just 12 years old.

Cannabis was one of the drugs children were referred for using
Cannabis was one of the drugs children were referred for using Credit: David Cheskin/PA

A total of 366 children aged 12 or under were referred for treatment in 2012/13 across the country, according to the most recent figures from Public Health England, down from 433 in 2011/12.

More than half of under-13s - 59 per cent - received treatment for cannabis misuse, while a third were treated for alcohol misuse. A small number abused solvents.

After the investigation, carried out by the Press Association, treatment experts said the most common reason for children to come into contact with drugs and alcohol was through their parents - and calls for more preventative work to be done.

Aerial shots of the rural Midlands from the Air Ambulance Service

Hereford United given another week to pay tax bill

The club owe £78,000 to HMRC Credit: Stephen Pond/EMPICS Sport

Hereford United have been given an extra week to pay a £78,000 tax bill which threatens the club's future.

The Bulls have said a part payment was made towards the amount on Friday afternoon following negotiations with HMRC.

Today a judge in London agreed to a seven day adjournment which gives The Bulls time to pay the outstanding debt.

Last night, comedian Omid Djalili helped raise £21,000 for the club, by performing two benefit gigs.

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