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Fire in Sleaford

There are reports of a large fire west of Sleaford just off the A15.

Midland charity worker in Liberia to help fight Ebola

A charity worker based in Hereford has been dispatched to Liberia to help in the fight against Ebola.

David Darg, who works for Operation Blessing, is showing local teams how to make chlorine disinfectant to allow people to keep themselves clean and reduce the risk of spreading.

Operation Blessing is shipping out protective clothing to Liberia Credit: PA

Operation Blessing is also shipping in containers of hazmat suits, which have to be burned after use and replaced with fresh kit, as well as delivering basic food and soap to families of Ebola victims, who are often banned from leaving their homes and abandoned by neighbours.


Nurse who aided man's suicide jailed by US court

A former American nurse who used internet chat rooms to encourage people to commit suicide, including a man from Coventry, has been jailed for 178 days.

Mark Drybrough was 32 when he hanged himself in 2005.

Mark Drybrough hanged himself in 2005 Credit: ITV News Central

He had been chatting to William Melchert-Dinkel, who pretended to be a female nurse and offered step by step instructions on how to commit suicide.

Melchert-Dinkel was convicted last month of assisting in his suicide, and attempting to assist in the suicide of a Canadian woman.

William Melchert-Dinkel had pretended to be a female nurse in their conversations Credit: ITV News Central

He was sentenced to five years in prison at a court in Minnesota today, but will not serve the full amount if he complies with his probation conditions.

Ceremony to honour Suez Canal conflict veterans

A number of veterans from Leicestershire who served in Egypt 60 years ago are taking part in a special ceremony to honour those involved in the Suez Canal conflict.

The Suez Canal in Egypt Credit: /Eye Ubiquitous/Press Association Images

The men are all members of the Suez Veterans' Association and now in their late 70s and 80s.

Around 50 will be attending a service to mark the 60th anniversary of the signing of the 1954 Anglo/Egyptian Treaty, which led to the withdrawal of British troops.

It is being held at the County Hall in Glenfield this morning.

Organisers estimate football match has raised more than £4,000

Organisers of the memorial football match, played in honour of murdered medical students Neil Dalton and Aidan Brunger, estimate that more than four thousand pounds has been raised.

Today, Belper United took on Newcastle Medics FC to raise money for the Anthony Nolan Trust, a cause close to Neil Dalton's heart.


Friends of murdered medical students unite for football match

Friends of Neil Dalton from Derbyshire and Aidan Brunger from Kent, have come together today to play a memorial football match in their honour.

Neil and Aidan were both stabbed in Borneo in August whilst on a medical placement.

Today, Belper United took on Newcastle Medics FC to raise money for the Anthony Nolan Trust, a cause close to Neil Dalton's heart.

Memorial match for medics murdered in Malaysia

Neil Dalton from Belper (Left), and Aidan Brunger from Kent (Right), were both stabbed after an argument in a bar in Borneo Credit: ITV News Central

Friends of murdered student Neil Dalton from Derbyshire are playing a fundraiser football match against a team of medical students from Newcastle this afternoon.

Neil, who was 22 and from Ambergate, and fellow Newcastle University student Aidan Brunger, were killed on the street in the town of Kuching in Borneo on August 6, after a night out during their six-week hospital placement in the country.

Today's match is taking place at Belper Town Football Club at 3.30pm.

The money raised at the match will go towards the Anthony Nolan Trust, a charity close to Neil's heart because he was on the stem cell register.

If IS take Kobani 'genocide will occur shortly' says protestor

Azhin Omer, part of the Nottingham Kurdish solidarity campaign, has told ITV News Central that if Islamic State manage to take control of Kobani, it is possible that 'genocide will occur very shortly'.

She described the attacks on Kobani as 'life-threatening' and appealed for help from the international community.

The UN special envoy has acknowledged that if IS succeed, up to one thousand people will be at risk in the area.

Nottingham's Kurdish community turn out for solidarity protest

Nottingham has a 4,500 strong Kurdish community. Credit: ITV News Central

Hundreds of people from Nottingham's Kurdish community have turned out for a solidarity protest, against attacks carried out by Islamic State, on the people of Kobani in Kurdish Syria.

Members of the community have been distraught as reports of battles taking place are communicated from family and friends in Kurdistan.

Whilst US-led air strikes have destroyed two Islamic State training facilities in Syria, Deputy US National Security Adviser Tony Blinken has confirmed IS militants now control 40 per cent of the Syrian border of Kobani.

If IS take the town, up to 1,000 people will be at risk as Staffan de Mistura, the UN special envoy to the area, has acknowledged.

Hundreds of people protest in the city centre. Credit: ITV News Central
The UN special envoy has urged Turkey to allow in volunteer Kurdish fighters to defend the town. Credit: ITV News Central
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