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Funeral of student killed on flight MH17 takes place

The funeral of a Loughborough student who was killed on Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 has taken place, nearly five months after the aircraft was exploded over Ukraine.

Ben Pocock was travelling on Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 Credit: Facebook

Ben Pocock - who was in his second-year studying international business - was travelling to Australia to start a six-month study placement in Perth.

Investigators are trying to find out if the Malaysian Airlines plane was shot down by Pro-Russian forces.

Ben was a delightful young man. He was bright, very talented, good at sport, very conscientious and somebody who has left a wonderful, lasting memory with all of us who knew him.

– Andrea Arlidge, Head teacher

His funeral was held in his home town of Keynsham in Somerset - Robert Murphy sent this report.


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Funeral of Keynsham student Ben Pocock

Ben Pocock's coffin is carried into church for his funeral Credit: ITV News West Country

The funeral of Keynsham student Ben Pocock, who was killed in the Malaysian MH17 aircrash is taking place. His parents say the four months since his death have been a desperate and sad time - and they're relieved they're now able to give their son the love and respect he deserves.

Funeral for Loughborough University student killed in MH17 crash

The funeral of a Loughborough University student who was killed in the Malaysia Airlines MH17 air crash over Ukraine will take place today.

20-year-old Ben Pocock was a second-year international business degree student.

Ben Pocock Credit: Facebook picture

The funeral will take place in Keynsham.

In a statement, his parents Jeremy and Louise said:

"The last four months has been a desperate and sad time for us as a family, but we are relieved to have been able to bring Ben home and accord him all the love and respect he deserves."

– Jeremy and Louise, Ben's parents

Crimestoppers target Loughborough students

Charity Crimestoppers will be working with students in Loughborough this week to raise awareness of personal safety and alcohol harm in the run up to Christmas.

This campaign has been organised in partnership with the Charnwood Community Safety Partnership.

Officers will ask people will be asked to think about where their drinking will put them on a scale of sober-tipsy-drunk and the potential for personal harm that this can create.


Loughborough anti-flatulence underwear ready for sprout season

A Loughborough businessman has made anti-flatulence underwear ahead of the Christmas brussels sprouts season.

Loughborough businessman makes anti-flatulence underwear ahead of brussels sprout season Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Paul O'Leary used chemical warfare technology to create whiff-free garments that are printed with slogans like “Don’t Blame It On The Dog” and “Fart With Confidence”.

The 40-year-old revealed he uses Zorflex, a carbon fabric used in chemical warfare suits, to make the garments odourless.

A traditional Christmas dinner Credit: David Davies/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The garments are made to look normal, but include a thin carbon back-panel which trap and neutralise odours.

His Cotton Mill-based company plans to be busy during Christmas when people are more likely to eat sprouts.

Loughborough regeneration: £19m scheme completed

The completion of Loughborough's £19m regeneration scheme will be officially marked today by the Secretary of State for Transport, Patrick McLoughlin.

Work on the scheme began 15 months ago Credit: Leicestershire County Council

The 15 month project links the two halves of the town centre and includes:

  • A new inner relief road
  • Full pedestrianisation of the town's Market Place
  • Improvements on the A6004 ring road at the Forest Road and Belton Road West Extension junctions
  • New bus shelters and revised bus stop locations
  • Revised parking and waiting restrictions under an experimental traffic regulation order
The project cost around £19m Credit: Leicestershire County Council

The Department of Transport contributed £14.76m towards the scheme with a further £4m coming from the county council plus support from the borough council, Loughborough BID and the Chamber of Commerce.

The ribbon was cut in March this year to open the inner relief road Credit: Leicestershire County Council

Man charged over Loughborough death

A man has been charged with manslaughter over the death of a man in Loughborough.

A 38-year-old man from the town will appear before magistrates in Leicester tomorrow.

Police were called to Byron Street at about 3am on Sunday 26 October and found the body of Lee Marston, who was also from Loughborough.

A post-mortem examination found the 41-year-old died from a single gunshot wound.

Police are asking for anyone who may have seen or spent time with the victim during Saturday evening, to get in touch with them.

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