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Ex-teacher acquitted of seven counts including rape

The 55-year-old public school teacher who was found guilty of sexually abusing young children in Kenya, has also been acquitted of seven other charges.

A court artist sketch of Simon Harris Credit: Elizabeth Cook/PA Wire

Simon Harris, from Pudleston near Leominster in Herefordshire, has been cleared of seven charges including rape, attempted rape and sexual assault.

The jury at Birmingham Crown Court found him guilty of five sex assaults, and on two counts of indecent assault.

Harris was also found guilty of four counts of possessing indecent images of children.

Judge Philip Parker QC told the jury he would accept majority verdicts on five remaining offences on the indictment, which include an allegation of rape against a child under 13.

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Jury still considering five charges in ex-teacher case

The jury is still considering five charges in the case against former public school teacher Simon Harris.

ITV News Midlands Reporter Ben Chapman tweeted from Birmingham Crown Court:

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Ex-teacher convicted of sexually abusing Kenyan boys

Former public school teacher Simon Harris has been convicted of sexually abusing vulnerable young Kenyan street boys after a nine-week trial at Birmingham Crown Court.

A court sketch of former public school teacher Simon Harris Credit: PA

The 55 year old denied luring vulnerable boys using food, money and the promise of schooling to his luxury home where prosecutors said the abuse took place.

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11 people 'will be interviewed' by Met in Maddie case

Some 11 people "will be interviewed as witnesses" by the police searching for missing Madeleine McCann, Good Morning Britain heard.

British and Portuguese "men and women" are expected to be quizzed by the police over what happened to the missing youngster.

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More NHS 'heroes' join Ebola fight in Sierra Leone

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A second wave of NHS 'heroes' are due to arrive in Sierra Leone today to help tackle the deadly Ebola outbreak.

The 25 doctors, nurses and other medical staff from across the UK will join 30 NHS volunteers who flew out last month.

International Development Secretary Justine Greening said: "These NHS heroes will play a vital role in our efforts to take this disease on at source."

The volunteers have had five days of intensive training in Worcestershire before travelling to Sierra Leone's capital Freetown.

After arriving they will complete further in-country training and acclimatisation, including at the British-built treatment centres where they will be working.

Staff nurse Hannah McReynolds, from Leicester, said: "As soon as I heard NHS staff were volunteering I didn't hesitate to apply.

"I feel privileged to have been selected to be part of this team. This is a global issue and I am proud of my colleagues who have volunteered and want to encourage others to do so."

Funeral of student killed on flight MH17 takes place

The funeral of a Loughborough student who was killed on Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 has taken place, nearly five months after the aircraft was exploded over Ukraine.

Ben Pocock was travelling on Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 Credit: Facebook

Ben Pocock - who was in his second-year studying international business - was travelling to Australia to start a six-month study placement in Perth.

Investigators are trying to find out if the Malaysian Airlines plane was shot down by Pro-Russian forces.

Ben was a delightful young man. He was bright, very talented, good at sport, very conscientious and somebody who has left a wonderful, lasting memory with all of us who knew him.

– Andrea Arlidge, Head teacher

His funeral was held in his home town of Keynsham in Somerset - Robert Murphy sent this report.

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Funeral of Keynsham student Ben Pocock

Ben Pocock's coffin is carried into church for his funeral Credit: ITV News West Country

The funeral of Keynsham student Ben Pocock, who was killed in the Malaysian MH17 aircrash is taking place. His parents say the four months since his death have been a desperate and sad time - and they're relieved they're now able to give their son the love and respect he deserves.

Funeral for Loughborough University student killed in MH17 crash

The funeral of a Loughborough University student who was killed in the Malaysia Airlines MH17 air crash over Ukraine will take place today.

20-year-old Ben Pocock was a second-year international business degree student.

Ben Pocock Credit: Facebook picture

The funeral will take place in Keynsham.

In a statement, his parents Jeremy and Louise said:

"The last four months has been a desperate and sad time for us as a family, but we are relieved to have been able to bring Ben home and accord him all the love and respect he deserves."

– Jeremy and Louise, Ben's parents
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Police search for taxi driver after elderly lady missing

Police search for taxi driver after elderly lady missing Credit: ITV News

Police are intensifying their search for an 80 year old woman who has been missing since Friday evening. Ann Grisman suffers from problems with her memory. She travelled from Hereford to stay with relatives in Wellington.

Police search nearby fields and outbuildings Credit: ITV News

It's known she shared a taxi from Taunton to Wellington on Friday evening after a shopping trip. Police are asking shoppers in Wellington if they've seen her and are trying to find the taxi driver. They think she may have got back in his cab.

A large team of police, along with the Exmoor Search and Rescue unit and Devon and Somerset Fire officers have spent the day searching nearby fields and outbuildings.

Sergeant James Williams is from Avon & Somerset Police:

Appeal to find taxi driver after 80-year old goes missing

Police are appealing for information about a taxi driver who may know the whereabouts of an 80-year old missing woman. Ann Grisman travelled from Hereford to see relatives in Somerset on Friday. Officers say she suffers from problems with her memory.

Ann Grisman, 80, has not been seen since Friday Credit: Avon and Somerset Constabulary

Officers say she was dropped off in Wellington town centre near the Christmas tree on Friday morning so she could catch the bus for some shopping. She was one of four people who it's believed took a taxi from Taunton to Wellington. It's thought she got out of the taxi, and may have become confused and got back in the vehicle.

Police are looking for a black Eurocab that's believed to have left the Red Lion Court. The driver is thought to have been wearing a green coat or jacket and had a foreign accent.

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