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Midlands Sikhs call for independent inquiry into Amritsar massacre

Previously secret documents indicate an SAS officer helped the Indian authorities Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Sikhs from the Midlands are calling for an independent inquiry into British involvement in an attack on the golden temple, in India, in 1984 and will protest outside 10 Downing Street today.

Hundreds died during the attack and Sikhs are now demanding more answers about the extent to which British special forces advised Indian commanders before the assault.

The Foreign Secretary, William Hague, said earlier this month that military advice given to the Indian government in 1984 had 'limited impact'.

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Northampton couple facing extradition after case dismissed by the High Court

The Dunhams have lost their extradition fight.
The Dunhams have lost their extradition fight. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A British couple have lost their High Court fight against extradition to the US over an alleged work expenses fraud.

Paul and Sandra Dunham launched their action after the US Department of Justice sought their extradition over what the couple claim is an "employment-related dispute".

Mr Dunham, 58, who was Chief Executive and President of Pace, a US company manufacturing soldering irons for the electronics industry, was indicted on 13 counts of fraud and money laundering by a grand jury in Greenbelt, Maryland, in December 2011.

The Dunhams chatting to our reporter Olivia Paterson last month.
The Dunhams chatting to our reporter Olivia Paterson last month. Credit: ITV News Anglia

His 57-year-old wife is accused of aiding and abetting him.

The couple, from Northampton, "vehemently reject" allegations relating to expenses claims while working in the US.

Their counsel Ben Watson had asked Lord Justice Beatson and Mr Justice Simon to allow their claim under Article 8 of the Human Rights Act, which relates to private and family life.

He said the couple's lives had been "shattered" and that extradition would be disproportionate in the circumstances.

The Dunhams were not in court in London to hear the judges dismiss their case.

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Children in Derby rehearse ahead of WWI centenary

Children at Beckett Primary School in derby Credit: ITV News Central

More than 500 children will be taking part in a music and dance project to mark the centenary of the First World War.

It is being run by East Midlands professional orchestra Sinfonia Viva, after receiving an £89,118 grant from Arts Council England.

Children at Beckett Primary School in derby in rehearsals today Credit: ITV News Central

The project is called 'Dark Clouds are Smouldering into Red' and will bring together school and college students across the region.

Among the schools participating is Beckett Primary School in Derby, where children have been rehearsing today.

Children at Beckett Primary School in derby Credit: ITV News Central

West Midlands MEP 'outraged' after giraffe killed at Copenhagen Zoo

West Midlands MEP Nikki Sinclaire, says she is 'outraged' and 'absolutely disgusted', after Copenhagen Zoo put down a healthy young giraffe.

Yorkshire Wildlife Park had offered to re-home 18-month-old Marius, but the Zoo said it was impossible as it would go against European breeding laws.

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.@nimeshitv a disgusting state of affairs, we need answers, this is part of an EU rule. He could and should have been saved.

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@wyrdtimes I'll admit some zoos make me feel uncomfortable, but killing a creature like this without justification? Heartbreaking.

Read more: Copenhagen Zoo destroys healthy giraffe despite campaign

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NHS must report cases of female genital mutilation

Ministers from across government have pushed through tough new measures to stop the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM), making it mandatory for all NHS hospitals to provide information on patients who have undergone FGM.

It is now mandatory for doctors to report cases of FGM
It is now mandatory for doctors to report cases of FGM Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire/

From April this year NHS hospitals will be required to record:

1 If a patient has had FGM

2 If there is a family history of FGM

3 If an FGM-related procedure has been carried out on a women - (deinfibulation)

By September this year, all acute hospitals must report this data centrally to the Department of Health on a monthly basis.

"In order to combat it and ensure we can care properly for the girls and women who have undergone mutilation we need to build a more accurate nationwide picture of the challenge. This is the first step towards doing that," said Public Health Minister, Jane Ellison.

Read: Government to announce plans to tackle female genital mutilation in Britain

Northampton couple to appeal against US extradition

A couple from Northampton will appeal against their extradition to America at the High Court in London today.

Paul and Sandra Dunham Credit: ITV News Anglia

Paul and Sandra Dunham are accused of claiming expenses worth more than $1 million while working for an electronics firm in the US.

They claim all of their expenses were properly accounted for.

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