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Midlands events to warn of dangers of travel to Syria

It is part of a nationwide campaign Credit: ITV News Central

The new head of the West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit is expected to speak about conflicts in Syria later.

Detective Chief Superintendent Sue Southern will be speaking at an event, which aims to make young people aware of the dangers of travelling to Syria.

People are being warned of the dangers of travelling to Syria Credit: ITV News Central

An event is also taking place in Nottingham, to inform people how to constructively help Syrians caught up in the conflict.


Madeleine police poised to start Portugal operations

British detectives investigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann are poised to stage operations on Portuguese soil.

Investigators from Scotland Yard are waiting for an official agreement later this week, and hope to begin "operational activity" linked to the case in the near future.

Madeleine McCann went missing in Praia da Luz, Portugal in May 2007. Credit: PA Archive

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Martin Hewitt said he hoped that Portuguese and British officers could act soon, although he would not reveal what the operations will involve.

He said: "I am cautiously optimistic that in the not-too-distant future we are going to start to see activity."

Police also revealed that they are looking at five more cases in which young British girls were sexually assaulted during holiday home break-ins by a lone intruder in the Algarve.

One of these was in 2005 on a 10-year-old girl in Praia da Luz, where Madeleine, then three, vanished two years later.


Peterborough crash family 'learned of death on Facebook'

The father of a man from Peterborough killed in a bus crash in Malaysia said his family was "devastated" by the attack.

Harry Woolhouse's father Christopher, 67, told the Telegraph his daughter had called him after she had seen a message on Facebook which said her brother had been killed.

"We just can't take it in. We're completely devastated," he said.

Peterborough man dies in bus crash in Malaysia

Location of crash Credit: ITV News Central

A man from Peterborough has died after a double-decker bus apparently crashed into a ravine in Malaysia.

The Foreign Office have confirmed that 32-year-old Harry Christopher Woolhouse died in the accident in Pahang.

According to local reports the bus was taking foreign tourists to Singapore when it fell down a slope at an oil plantation.

The Foreign Office is supporting his family.


Funeral of doctor drowned in Tenerife takes place in Lincoln

The funeral of a family doctor from Lincoln who drowned on holiday in Tenerife has taken place today.

Doctor Barathi Ravikumar, who was a partner at South Park and The Heath Surgeries, in Bracebridge Heath, died after getting into difficulties at the Playa Paraiso resort as she went to rescue children who'd been swept into the sea.

Her relative Uma Ramalingam, a consultant obstetrician, also drowned.

Man accused of hiring hitman to kill ex-wife back in court

A Walsall man is due to appear before an American court today charged with trying to hire a hitman to kill his ex-wife.

William Wallace, aged 33, was caught up in a child support and custody battle with his former partner while living in Santa Ana, California. He is accused of telling a private investigator he wanted her dead, and asking whether he knew anyone would murder he and dispose of the body.

William Wallace
William Wallace Credit: District Attorney's Office, Orange County

The investigator was the one who turned him in to police.

Bail has been set for Wallace, formerly of the Yew Tree Estate, at $2 million (£1.2m). If convicted, he faces a sentence of up to 26 years to life in a state prison.

Wallace denies the charges.


Nepal plane crash victims died as result of 'accident'

19 people lost their lives in the crash, seven of them were from Britain Credit: ITV News

A coroner has recorded a verdict of accidental death in the case of man from Staffordshire, and another from Northamptonshire, who both died in a plane crash in Nepal.

LEFT: Stephen Holding, 60, from Stoke-on-Trent, RIGHT Christopher Davey, 51, from Northamptonshire Credit: ITV News Central

Stephen Holding, who was 60 and from Barlaston, was on the aircraft which slammed into the runway and burst into flames after take-off from Kathmandu in September 2012.

Also on board was 51-year-old Christopher Davey from Moulton in Northamptonshire.

The plane never climbed above 100 feet and spun out of the sky and hit the runway 1minute 20 seconds after take-off Credit: ITV News

They were among a party setting off from Kathmandu for three weeks trekking in the shadow of Mount Everest.

Air crash Investigators say all passengers would've died on impact. Today a coroner ruled the 19 passengers and crew on board died ''as the result of an accident.''

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