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Interpol to help identify victims of plane crash

Interpol is to send a team to eastern Ukraine to help identify victims of the down Malaysian airliner, it said in a statement. The organisation said it would deploy experts within the next 48 hours. “

Wreckage from the nose section of a Malaysian Airlines
Wreckage from the nose section of a Malaysian Airlines Credit: Reuters

"With victims of this tragedy from all parts of the globe, international cooperation is essential in ensuring their accurate, dignified and speedy recovery and identification so as to enable the families to begin the healing process,” said Interpol Secretary General Ronald K. Noble.

Debris is seen at the site of Thursday's Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 plane crash
Debris is seen at the site of Thursday's Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 plane crash Credit: Reuters

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Touching family tribute to student lost in plane disaster

The family of Ben Pocock, the Loughborough University student from Bristol who is one of 298 victims of a plane crash on the Ukrainian/Russia border yesterday, have issued a statement speaking of their "devastation" at their loss.

"Ben was excited to be travelling to Perth, Australia, to commence six months of study at the University of Western Australia as part of his international business management degree at Loughborough University.

"He was a gifted academic, talented athlete but more importantly a warm, caring, fun-loving son and brother who had an extremely bright future ahead of him.

"Ben is going to be terribly missed not only by his family but by the wider Keynsham community where he made so many long-lasting friends.

"I hope you can understand our wish for privacy at this difficult time and consequently this will be the only media statement made by the family."

– Family statement
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UK and Ukraine 'to work closely' in crash recovery

Ukraine's President Poroshenko has welcomed the UK's offer of support to the team of international investigators and agreed that the UK and Ukrainian authorities would work closely to recover the bodies of those who had died, a Downing Street spokesperson said. The spokesperson added:

President Poroshenko explained that they were working hard to get a team of international investigators to the site and welcomed the Prime Minister's offer of UK support for that team.

They also agreed that the UK and Ukrainian authorities should work closely together to recover the bodies of those who lost their lives and to repatriate them.

– Downing Street spokesperson

Tribute tweets to student killed in MH17 plane crash

Ben Pocock was studying at Loughborough University and originally from Bristol
Ben Pocock was studying at Loughborough University and originally from Bristol Credit: Facebook picture

Friends and fellow students have been paying tribute to Loughborough University student Ben Pocock, who was killed in the plane crash in Ukraine yesterday.

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Extremely sorry to hear the tragic news about Ben Pocock. As with all the E block lads spent a lot if time chilling in the common room....

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And its where I got to know Ben, a charming, witty guy who was always happy. And a terrible loss to those that met him. Rip

The 20-year-old, who was originally from Keynsham in Bristol, was on his way to Australia when the Malaysia Airlines flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur crashed.

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RIP Ben Pocock, I think everyones thoughts now are with Emily and the rest of the family

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http://t.co/7dP6N4TDbe Sad day at work today. My lovely colleague Jeremy Pocock lost his 18 year-old son Ben on the plane shot down... :-(

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He is the second student from the East Midlands revealed to have been killed in the disaster. 20-year-old Richard Mayne from Market Bosworth also lost his life.

Read: Richard Mayne's father 'beyond devastated' after death of son

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University pays tribute to 'excellent' student on MH17

Tributes have been paid to a British university student killed in the Malaysia Airlines tragedy in eastern Ukraine.

Loughborough University student Ben Pocock was aboard the Malaysia Airlines plane
Loughborough University student Ben Pocock was aboard the Malaysia Airlines plane Credit: Facebook/ Ben Pocock

Ben Pocock, a second year international business degree student at Loughborough University, had been heading to Australia. A university spokeswoman said they were "saddened" to hear of his death:

Ben was an excellent student and on course to gain a first class degree. He was also a fine athlete, who played on the university athletic union's Ultimate Frisbee team and won their Player of the Year honour.

– Loughborough Univresity spokeswoman

Second student named among dead in plane crash

Debris from the Malaysian Airlines passenger plane that crashed last night killing 298 people.
Debris from the Malaysian Airlines passenger plane that crashed last night killing 298 people. Credit: Reuters

A second student in the East Midlands has been named as one of those killed in the Malaysian Airlines MH17 plane crash.

20-year-old Ben Pocock had just completed the second year of his International Business BSc degree at Loughborough University and was travelling to Australia for a work placement.

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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