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Plane crash victims families to meet with Prime Minister

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

The parents of Richard Mayne from Leicester who was killed when a Malaysia Airlines plane crashed in Ukraine are expected to meet the Prime Minister today.

It's thought the family of Loughborough University student Ben Pocock, along with the families of the 9 other Britons killed, will also attend the meeting with David Cameron.

They died in the crash almost a fortnight ago.

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

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.

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Loughborough collision leaves 11-year-old in 'potentially life-threatening condition'

Collision location Credit: ITV News Central

Leicestershire Police are investigating a collision which they say has left an 11-year-old boy in a potentially life-threatening condition.

It happened just before 4:30 this afternoon on Warwick Way, Loughborough, near the junction with Braddon Road.

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Children to experience World War evacuation on railway

The Great Central Railway in Loughborough Credit: ITV News Central

500 schoolchildren from across the Midlands will be experiencing life as a Second World War evacuee at the Great Central Railway.

They will be boarding steam trains from Leicester and Loughborough for a return trip into history.

It is all part of the first day of the Great Central Railway's annual Wartime Weekend event.

Click here to see pictures of last year's evacuation event

Loughborough University hosts European hockey competition

Leicester will take on Royal Antwerp in their match tonight Credit: ITV News Central

Hockey players from across Europe will be at Loughborough University to compete in the Women's Euro Club Trophy.

The competition is being held in the county for the first time and gets underway today. Leicester Ladies' Hockey Club face Belgium champions Royal Antwerp in their first match tonight.

Leicester Ladies' Hockey Club face Belgium champions Royal Antwerp in their first match tonight.

Michael Piggin and friends made explosive device

Michael Piggin and his friends, who called themselves the Urban Revolutionary Army, attempted to make an explosive device, as mobile phone footage seized by police shows.

Wearing a gas mask, one of the teenagers pours a cleaning product into a tin on a gas camping stove. but the test fails when he can't light the match.

The 18-year-old was today cleared of planning acts of terror in Loughborough, after a jury at the Old Bailey failed to reach a decision.

Mr Piggin denied the charges, claiming he did not intend to use any weapons against anyone, and said he wrote plans in his diary simply to vent his anger.

He did admit possessing a knife, and confessed to possessing parts for an improvised explosive device halfway through the trial. He will be sentenced on 13 June.

Video shows Piggin throwing petrol bombs near creche

The jury at the Old Bailey, who today cleared a teenager from Loughborough of planning acts of terrorism, were shown this video of Michael Piggin making and throwing a petrol bomb behind a leisure centre in Loughborough.

At the time, children were being cared for in a creche

The prosecution in Mr Piggin's trial alleged he was planning a Columbine-style massacre at a number of locations in Loughborough, including his former school - claims he denied.

The 18-year-old said his 'operation', which included making petrol bombs like in this video, and collecting a variety weapons, was simply a way of venting his anger, and that he did not plan to use them.

Diary entries, which the prosecution allege show he planned the attacks, was just Piggin 'retreating into fantasy', according to his lawyers.

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