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Vigils for Peshawar attack victims held in region

Candles will be lit at Leicester Town Hall this afternoon in memory of those who lost their lives in the attack on an army run school in the Pakistani city of Peshawar.

One of the classrooms after the attack on the school where 132 children were killed Credit: Rageh Omaar/ITV News

Other vigils will also take place across the region today, including at the cathedral in Birmingham.

A book of condolence will also be opened by Nottingham City Council at their council house.

141 people, mainly children, lost their lives in the attack.

More: Family of Peshawar victims mourns attack

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Midlands mourners share their grief for relatives killed in Pakistan school attack

Relatives of children killed in a massacre at a school in Pakistan have described those responsible as "unIslamic" and "ruthless".

More than 130 pupils were killed when gunmen targeted the army run school in Peshawar. People in the Midlands are still struggling to come terms with what happened, and many are organising vigils to remember those who died.


Family of Peshawar attack victims mourn massacre

Nazir Awan says the last 48 hours have been unbearable.

He was shocked to learn that two of his cousin's sons were killed in the terrorist attack on a school in Pakistan, where 132 children were gunned down.

15 year old Muhammad Yaseen and 10 year old Mohammad Gulshir were among the victims. He has been speaking to ITV News Central ahead of a vigil tomorrow to remember those who died takes place outside Leicester Town Hall.

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Creator of Balls to Poverty charity leaves for FA role

A sports coach from Nottingham who set up an award-winning charity to help youngsters at home and abroad is leaving to take up a key role at the Football Association.

The charity has benefitted thousands of people in South Africa Credit: ITV News Central

Joe Sargison created Balls to Poverty (B2P) in 2004 after giving a football to children in South Africa and seeing how much pleasure it gave them.

Over the next 10 years, he took parties of teenagers from Central College in Nottingham to coach youngsters in the townships of Cape Town and hand out footballs.

Joe Sargison in Africa Credit: ITV News Central

The trips have proved life-changing for many of the British students who have inspired young children in Nottingham inner-city schools with their experiences and gone on to university.

Joe, who won ITV News Central's Pride of Britain Award for the East Midlands in 2009, says it was a "wrench" to leave the charity which has won acclaim around the world, but the FA job offer was just too good to refuse.

The scheme will continue to be run by Joe's deputy Credit: ITV News Central

His new role will see him coaching and educating academy coaches at a number of professional football clubs.

However, Joe says there was never any question of Balls to Poverty coming to an end. He passes the reins onto his deputy, Julie Huby, who will now run the programme assisted by Ady Osborne and James Murray who are both B2P graduates. Joe will also retain an advisory role with the charity and will still join them on their annual trips to South Africa and Uganda.


Family: Greek authorities have ignored UK evidence

Matthew Cryer's family have spoken of their pain at Greek authorities' refusal to pursue a case against the four men who may have killed him.

Joanne Froud, Matthew's mother, spoke to ITV News at her home in Killamarsh, Derbyshire.

The family believe that the 17-year-old was attacked and killed outside a club in Zante in 2008.

A coroner here in the UK said Matthew suffered 20 injuries and that he had been unlawfully killed.

Teenager killed in Greece: Call for review into case

Matthew Cryer was 17 when he died on the island of Zante in 2008 Credit: Family handout

The family of a Derbyshire teenager who died while on holiday has submitted a formal appeal to the Greek authorities to reopen the case into his death.

Matthew Cryer was 17 when he died on the island of Zante in 2008. Earlier this year, his family was told that four men accused of killing him would face no further legal action.

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