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Niall thanks One Direction fans for 'incredible' support

One Direction's Niall Horan has thanked the band's fans for their support following Zayn Malik's departure.

Louis thanks fans for support after Zayn departure

One Direction star Louis Tomlinson has tweeted his thanks to fans for their support after the shock departure of bandmate Zayn Malik.

As the remaining four members vowed to carry on with the global phenomenon that is 1D, Tomlinson said they would work "harder than ever" on their planned fifth album, making it the "best ever".

Harry Styles in tears over Zayn Malik's departure

Harry Styles appeared to break down in tears on stage last night in Jakarta, Indonesia, apparently struggling to come to terms with Zayn Malik's sudden departure from One Direction.

He wiped away tears as the band performed the last leg of their On The Road Again Tour, just hours after the news of Malik's leaving broke.

The group said they would continue as a four-piece for the tour and record another album - their fifth - later this year.

Zayn Malik is in his home in Bradford. Credit: Reuters

A spokesman for the band said Malik, who grew up in Bradford, is at home with his family and fiancee Edwards.

The news devastated millions of One Direction's fans around the world, and many took to social media to vent their feelings. Childline have warned that many young people will be feeling severely anxious and distressed by the news, and have urged family members and friends to be gentle and not "undermine" their feelings of distress by dismissing them.

Anyone who is feeling distressed can contact ChildLine by calling 0800 1111 or visit www.childline.org.uk, or the Samaritans on 08457 90 90 90, or visit www.samaritans.org.

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Benedict Cumberbatch to read poem at 'ancestor' Richard III's re-burial

Benedict Cumberbatch is to read a specially written poem at the re-burial of Richard III, who scientists say is a distant relative of the actor.

The Imitation Game star, who is due to star in a forthcoming BBC television series about the monarch, will read the poem at a Leicester Cathedral service later today.

Hollywood actor Benedict Cumberbatch is to read a specially written poem at the re-burial of Richard III Credit: PA

Richard III's coffin, containing his mortal remains, will be lowered into a specially made tomb of Swaledale stone inside Leicester Cathedral.

It is reported the Queen has also written a tribute in the order of service acknowledging the king's role in British history.

The Bishop of Leicester said today's service would be "solemn, but hopeful" and mark the "extraordinary moment" in English history brought about by Richard's death on August 22, 1485.

Police now involved in Clarkson investigation

Jeremy Clarkson has been sacked by the BBC. The Director General, Lord Hall said he was a "huge talent" but that distinctive voices couldn't be kept at any price.

The BBC investigation found he'd been involved in a verbal and physical altercation with a Top Gear producer.

As Nina Nannar reports, the police are now getting involved.

Culture Secretary admits he is a Zayn 'admirer'

Britain's Culture Secretary Sajid Javid admitted he is an admirer of One Direction's Zayn Malik tonight as he tweeted about how his family had reacted to the news the band member had quit:

Walsh: One Direction have been living 'in a bubble'

X Factor judge Louis Walsh has indicated that the One Direction lifestyle of travelling and touring constantly has meant the band have been living "in a bubble" for the past five years and said "something had to give."

Louis Walsh suggests living 'in a bubble' may have taken its toll on Zayn Credit: Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Walsh told Irish radio station RTE Radio One:

"I have heard the rumours for the last few weeks that everything wasn't happy in paradise.

"The problem with these guys is they've been in a bubble for the last five years, pressure, working, a lot harder than people think, so something had to give. So Zayn was the first person just to crack up a little bit.

"He's had an amazing time with the other guys. That's the good side of it. The dark side of it is all the travelling, the airports, in a bubble, not really seeing real life."

– Louis Walsh
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