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Prayers said in Boston for US namesake

People living in Boston, Lincolnshire, have been saying prayers for their namesake city in America, following explosions during the Boston Marathon yesterday which killed three people.

Kate McCann from Leicestershire, whose daughter Madeleine was abducted in Portugal in 2007, has said she will not be deterred by the bombings and intends to run the London Marathon this Sunday.

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Kate McCann to run London marathon: "you can't live in fear"

Kate McCann Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Kate McCann, whose daughter Madeleine was abducted in Portugal in 2007, says she has not been put off competing in the London marathon by the Boston bombings.

She is an ambassador of the Missing People charity and is aiming to raise £20,000 to mark its 20th anniversary.

"This sickening act is just incomprehensible and the loss of life, especially that of a young child, heart-breaking.

"But I feel strongly that you can't live in fear or you don't have a life."

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Leicester Cathedral community prays for Boston

Leicester Cathedral Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire/Press Association Images

“We are devastated by the news from Boston yesterday when death and destruction struck people celebrating a wonderful sporting occasion, having a day of relaxation and enjoyment....

"...Our prayers, at Leicester Cathedral, are with all those injured, those who are bereaved, with the traumatised, those who have died and those who have the responsibility for bringing care and healing to all those affected...."

"....We also pray that those responsible for this outrage will be brought to justice...."

Canon Barry Naylor, Acting Dean of Leicester

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Police could review Thatcher funeral plans after Boston blasts

Former Metropolitan Police Officer Graham Whettone has told Daybreak that security protocols surrounding Margaret Thatcher's funeral will most likely be reviewed in light of what happened at the Boston Marathon.

He said: "If they need to advance [the plans] then they will do, there's different tactical options the police can employ at various events, they will just review those now, if they need to advancer them then they will do."

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