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Up to 700 Brits 'fighting with Islamist militants'

MP for Stratford on Avon Nadhim Zahawi is on a visit to Kurdistan in northern Iraq
MP for Stratford on Avon Nadhim Zahawi is on a visit to Kurdistan in northern Iraq Credit: David Jones/PA Wire

Iraq-born Tory MP Nadhim Zahawi has said that local leaders in northern Iraq estimate that between 500 and 700 Britons are fighting with the Islamist militants.

He told Channel 4 News that he was seeking further information after a high-ranking official told him one had been found "with a Liverpool Football Club membership card" and another carrying a different UK-related membership card.

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Brother says Neil Dalton was 'best friend to many'

The brother of a Newcastle University student stabbed to death in Malaysia has paid tribute to the man who was "a best friend to many".

Glen Dalton, whose brother Neil died alongside Aiden Brunger, said:

This is evident from the number of his friends who have contacted me and referred to him as this and have passed on their happy memories that they shared with him.

He will be sadly missed by so many.

– Glen Dalton

Body of stabbed student to arrive home from Malaysia

Neil Dalton
Neil Dalton Credit: Facebook

The body of a medical student from Derbyshire who was stabbed to death in Malaysia is being flown home and is due to arrive at Heathrow Airport this morning.

Neil Dalton from Belper, and fellow student Aidan Brunger, were on attachment to a hospital in Kuching, on the island of Borneo. They were attacked last Tuesday after leaving a bar.

Read: Tributes to students stabbed to death in Malaysia

Family tribute to 'caring, thoughtful and witty' Neil Dalton

Newcastle University student Neil Dalton was studying at a hospital in Malaysia
Newcastle University student Neil Dalton was studying at a hospital in Malaysia Credit: Facebook

The family of Neil Dalton, one of the medical students stabbed in Malaysia last week, have paid tribute to a 'caring, thoughtful and witty young man'.

Four men have admitted killing 22-year-old Mr Dalton, from Belper in Derbyshire, and his classmate Aidan Brunger, who were attacked following an argument in a bar in Kuching.

We are just a normal family and we cannot believe what has happened. Neil was a caring, thoughtful and witty young man, who never thought twice about helping others.

He achieved so much and made so many friends in such a short time. We are so very proud of him.

Neil was a hard worker and very academic. He kept himself fit and was very sporty; involving himself in many football and cricket teams over the years. Neil enjoyed cycling and running and was always up for a challenge.

– Jan and Phil Dalton, Neil's parents

Neil was a best friend to many. This is evident from the number of his friends who have contacted me and referred to him as this and have passed on their happy memories that they shared with him. He will be sadly missed by so many.

– Glen Dalton, Neil's brother

The bodies of the two students are being flown back to the UK, and are expected to arrive at Heathrow Airport tomorrow morning.

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£5,000 reward offered on anniversary of shooting

A £5,000 reward for information is being offered on the first anniversary of the shooting of a man from Leicester at a Birmingham nightclub.

Crimestoppers is offering the reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for the murder of 35-year-old Sylvester Koroma.

He was shot at close range in the stomach just before midnight at The Rainbow Nightclub in Digbeth on 10 August last year and died from his injuries a week later.

Despite extensive enquiries police still need people who were to come forward with information about the night of the shooting.

Detective Chief Inspector Sab Johal, said:

We know that there were hundreds of people at the event who would have witnessed the shooting and we need these people to speak to us.

The murder has left a family devastated and officers remain determined to bring whoever carried out the shooting to justice.

I believe the answer to the murder lies in Leicester. Sylvester was from the city and travelled to the club with several associates, also from Leicester, but so far none of them have come forward to co-operate with or assist police. It is vital these people speak to us.

Digbeth shooting: mother appeals to catch son's killer one year on

Sylvester Koroma was shot outside the Rainbow Warehouse in Digbeth last year
Sylvester Koroma was shot outside the Rainbow Warehouse in Digbeth last year Credit: West Midlands Police

The mother of a man from Leicester who died after being shot outside a nightclub in Birmingham is appealing for information to help catch his killer - a year after his death.

Sylvester Koroma, 35, was shot in the stomach outside the Rainbow Warehouse on Digbeth High Street on 10 August last year.

He died a week later in hospital.

Shenstone roof protest: nine people charged

12 anti-war protesters climbed to the roof of UAV Engines in Shenstone
12 anti-war protesters climbed to the roof of UAV Engines in Shenstone Credit: Twitter/@LDNPalestine

Nine people have been charged with aggravated trespass following an anti-war protest on the roof of a factory in Staffordshire.

12 members of the London Palestine Action group climbed to the top of UAV Engines in Shenstone on Tuesday.

They were demanding the factory stops providing parts for drones used by the Israeli army in the Gaza conflict.

All nine people have been released on bail and will appear before Cannock Magistrates' Court on 20 August with conditions not to enter Staffordshire.

£12,000 diamond launched into space lands in Gainsborough

The first person to find the diamond gets to keep it
The first person to find the diamond gets to keep it Credit: 77 Diamonds

A £12,000 diamond launched into space has landed in Gainsborough and remains unclaimed.

The diamond was launched by 77 Diamonds, along with the UK Civil Aviation Authorities (CAA). The first person to find it gets to keep it.

The diamond was attached to a helium balloon which popped when it reached the edge of space.

It is thought to have landed within a five mile radius of Lea, Gainsborough.

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