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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The 37-year-old was helping authorities in the country track the criminals when his aircraft was fired upon in January.
Labour strongholds tended to remain so - apart from a major loss for the party in Dudley.
Labour suffered losses in English council elections, but the initial results were not as bad as many had expected.