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Decision delayed in 'deviant' killer's sentence appeal

A decision on an appeal by a 'sexual deviant' who lured a 17-year-old girl to her death against his whole-life sentence has been delayed.

Reynolds lodged an appeal against his sentence earlier this year. Credit: West Mercia Police

Jamie Reynolds was sentenced at Stafford Crown Court last year after admitting murdering Georgia Williams.

Georgia Williams was murdered at Jamie Reynolds' Telford house in 2013. Credit: West Mercia Police

The judgement to his appeal at the Court of Appeal will be a written statement and is expected to be handed down over the next few days.

Georgia Williams' family were at court for today's hearing.

Flying club members hope for star visit from Han Solo

Staff and members at the Shropshire Aero Club are keeping their fingers crossed for a visit from their newest recruit - Star Wars hero Harrison Ford.

The Hollywood icon has signed up to the club while he's in the UK filming the latest installment of the franchise - and chief instructor Bob Pooler said Ford had paid membership fees until the end of the year.

Andy Bevan has the full story:


Harrison Ford joins local flying club while filming Star Wars

Hollywood icon Harrison Ford is flying high - literally - after signing up as the newest member of a Shropshire flying club.

The actor, who is also a licensed pilot, was apparently keen to rent an aircraft while filming the new Star Wars movie, but wasn't able to bring one of his own planes to the UK as he ran out of time before filming started.

Hollywood star Harrison Ford with Bob Pooler, chief instructor at the Shropshire Aero Club Credit: Bob Pooler

So he got in touch with Shropshire Aero Club, and shunned their offer of temporary membership, instead stating he wanted to be a full member for life.

Chief instructor Bob Pooler took the call from the star himself, and - after doing the proper checks - delivered a plane from their airfield in Wem to Denham, close to Pinewood Studios where the new Star Wars movie is being filmed.

Shropshire hostage released by Libyan militants

A teacher from Shropshire held hostage by Libyan militants has been released after four months, and has returned home with his family.

David Bolam, aged 53, was working at the International School in Benghazi when he was kidnapped earlier this year.

David Bolam was held hostage for four months Credit: YouTube/PA

The Foreign Office today said that the principal, from Craven Arms, was "safe and well".

We are glad that David Bolam is safe and well after his ordeal, and that he has been reunited with his family. We have been supporting his family since he was taken.

We do not comment on the detail of hostage cases. The family have asked for privacy.

– Foreign Office spokeswoman

In August, a video appeared on YouTube appearing to show Mr Bolam pleading with Prime Minister David Cameron to agree to a hostage swap to buy his freedom.

In the video, he said:

I am a British teacher, my health is good at the moment, I have been here a very long time. I understand the Americans have released some risoners to allow an American citizen to go home.

I ask the British government and Prime Minister David Cameron - please please please to the same, to allow me to go back to my family.

I ask my family and friends, and anyone else who hears this, please can you do something to let the government understand I need to go home soon. Please, please do something to help me.

– David Bolam

It was allegedly released by a group that called itself Jeish al-Islam (Army of Islam) but intelligence services have been unable to authenticate it.

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David Bolam 'grabbed by militia as he was shopping'

British teacher David Bolam was snatched by a militia group as he was shopping in the Libyan city of Benghazi, a former colleague has said.

Ged O'Connor Challis, who worked with Mr Bolam at the International School Benghazi, told the BBC that according to school staff "one of the local militias had grabbed David as he went out shopping".

Mr Bolam has since been released and returned to the UK earlier this week.

Mr O'Connor Challis said he was "very bright" and "one of the best" teachers he had come across.

Man 'overcome by fumes' while working down manhole

A man has been taken to hospital after being overcome by fumes while working on a building site in Shropshire today.

Paramedics were called to a building site shortly after 10.30am Credit: ITV News Central

The man, in his 20s, was working down a manhole in Wensley Green in the Woodside area of Telford this morning when it is believed he started to suffer the effects of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Emergency services were called shortly after 10.30am. Crews lifted him out of the manhole and stabilised him before taking him to the Princess Royal Hospital in Telford for further treatment.


Murdered teen's mum speaks out over misconduct charges

The mother of a teenage girl from Shropshire who was brutally murdered will speak out later after police were served with misconduct notices over the way they handled a previous attack by her murderer.

Georgia Williams Credit: West Mercia Police

17-year-old Georgia Williams was killed by Jamie Reynolds in 2013, just 5 years earlier he lured a young girl back to his Telford home and tried to strangle her.

He used the pretence of a photo shoot, in an attack that mirrored Georgia’s murder.

He received a police caution.

Soldier 'murdered and left with broken neck', jury hears

A soldier was left with a broken neck after being brutally murdered by his comrade at a barracks in Shropshire after a night out drinking, a jury has been told.

Corporal Geoffrey McNeill was found dead in Shropshire in March Credit: West Mercia Police

Prosecutors claim 23-year-old Lance Corporal Richard Farrell "inflicted heavy blows" to fellow unit mate Corporal Geoffrey McNeill, at their base in Shropshire in March this year.

Cpl McNeill, who was born in Ballymoney in Northern Ireland, was found dead in his room at Tern Hill's Clive Barracks.

Lance Corporal Richard Farrell denies murder.

The trial, expected to last four weeks, continues.

Jury sworn in to try Shropshire soldier with murder

Corporal Geoffrey McNeill was found dead in Shropshire in March Credit: West Mercia Police

A jury has been sworn in to try a soldier charged with murdering a fellow member of his unit in Shropshire.

Lance Corporal Richard Farrell, 23, denies the murder of Corporal Geoffrey McNeill, who was found dead at his barracks in Tern Hill.

Farrell, a member of The Royal Irish Regiment, spoke only to confirm his name during a jury selection hearing at Birmingham Crown Court.

A jury of eight men and four women is expected to hear the Crown's opening statement at the start of a four-week trial.

Cpl McNeill - who was born in Ballymoney in Northern Ireland - was found dead in his room at Tern Hill's Clive Barracks on March 8.

Misconduct notices for six Jamie Reynolds cops

Jamie Reynolds, who killed Georgia Williams and tried to strangle another teenage girl five years earlier Credit: West Mercia Police

Six West Mercia police officers have been served with misconduct notices over the way they handled murderer Jamie Reynolds' attack on a teenage girl.

The man who would go on to brutally murder 17-year-old Georgia Williams in 2013 lured a young girl back to his Telford home and tried to strangle her five years earlier. He used the pretence of a photo shoot in an attack that mirrored Georgia’s murder.

Georgia Williams was murdered at Jamie Reynolds' Telford house in 2013 Credit: West Mercia Police

The Shropshire Star is reporting that letters have been sent to the officers who dealt with that incident in 2008, summoning them to interview by detectives from Devon and Cornwall Police under Operation Columbia. The investigation will focus on how the force dealt with Jamie Reynolds at the time, when he was cautioned over that first attack.

Now aged 23, Reynolds is serving a full life sentence.

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