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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.

Falklands War veteran is furious over claims he lied about his time there

A Falklands War veteran from Derby, who is planning to meet the family of an Argentinian soldier he killed in battle, has reacted angrily to claims that he's made the story up.

Gordon Hoggan from Spondon, tracked down the dead man's family with the help of an Argentinian newspaper. He wants to give them the soldier's helmet which he's kept ever since the incident at the Battle of Tumbledown in June 1982.

An article in today's Mail on Sunday reports a senior British Army officer as saying that Mr Hoggan's account is "completely untrue".

Mr Hoggan called the claims "lies" and said he was horrified at being labelled "a fraud".

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11 people to be questioned over Madeleine McCann

Madeleine McCann was snatched while on holiday in Praia da Luz in 2007.

Eleven people are to be questioned over the disappearance of Madeleine McCann in a fresh investigation by British police.

They include seven potential suspects and four who will be spoken to as witnesses.

British ex-pat Robert Murat, who was the first "person of interest" when three-year went missing in Portugal seven years ago, is one of those police want to re-interview.

His wife, Michaela Walczuck, and her former husband, Luis Antonio, are also understood to be on a list of people identified to give statements to the inquiry run by British police.

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Syrian asylum seeker flees country after husband murdered and body dumped on doorstep

A mother who fled from Syria after her husband was murdered is pleading with the British government to reunite her with her children.

She's now safe in Stoke-on-Trent with her daughter and is being supported by a refugee group run by a local church. But four of her children are stranded more than fifteen hundred miles away in Bulgaria, after she says she was conned by a trafficker.

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'Terror Brit' dies in Iraq suicide bombing

The Foreign Office is looking into reports of the death of a Briton in a suicide bombing in northern Iraq.

The man is believed to have been involved in an attack in the town of Beiji, north of the capital Baghdad.

An FCO spokesman said: "We are aware of reports of the death of a British national in Iraq and are looking into them."

The Beiji attack happened late on Friday when a truck laden with explosives was driven by a bomber into the convoy of a top Iraqi police officer, killing eight people including the ranking official, authorities said.

The blast killed Lt Gen Faisal Malik Zamel, who was inspecting forces in the town, and seven other police officers, while wounding 15 people, hospital staff and police officers.

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