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British hostage 'went a long way into Syria' to deliver aid

Alan Henning helped on at least two convoys into Syria, where humanitarian volunteers drive supplies across the Turkish border into the war-torn country.

His friend Mohamed Elhaddad, company director of the UK Arabic Society, said he insisted on going a long way into Syria to make sure the aid reached its intended recipients.

Mr Elhaddad said:

He was always very positive and very interested in the work.

I have met his family and his children. The first time we went together he was very excited and very emotional. He does a lot for others.

He is good at DIY and he was a useful person to have on the trips.

But Alan went too far into Syria. He took that extra risk, because he could have accomplished the drop-off at the border.

I disagree completely with what is happening to him. Alan is my friend, this is extremely sad for him and his family. It is a very sad situation.

– Mohamed Elhaddad


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Alan Henning named as second Brit held by IS

A second British hostage held by Islamic State (IS) militants has been named as Alan Henning.

The 47-year-old was kidnapped while travelling with a humanitarian aid convoy shortly after crossing into Syria from Turkey, ITV News understands.

Mr Henning's family asked that this photograph was used rather than images of him in an IS terror video. Credit: Henning family

This picture of Mr Henning was released by his family and shows him at a refugee camp on the Turkey-Syria border.

The former taxi driver from the Manchester area was threatened in a video released by IS which purported to show the murder of fellow British hostage David Haines.

Police renew appeals over teen killing

Police believe others may have been involved in Jamie Kelly's death Credit: Merseyside Police

Police investigating the murder of a teenager from Liverpool are offering a five thousand pound reward on the fifth anniversary of his death. 18 year old Jamie Kelly died in hospital after being stabbed repeatedly on wasteland in Kirkdale in 2009. Peter Hollywood who was 37 and from Whitehill Close in Kirkdale was jailed for life with a minimum of 17 years after being found guilty by a jury of murder in May 2010. But detectives think that other people may have been involved.

"Jamie’s life was tragically cut short in violent circumstances and his family have been suffering ever since. His mother, Lorraine, has particularly found it extremely hard to come to terms with her beloved son’s death and has suffered ill health as a result. Although a successful police investigation led to Peter Hollywood being convicted of fatally stabbing Jamie, I firmly believe that others were there and some may have also assaulted the victim.

"It is imperative that anyone else who is responsible for this young man’s tragic death is brought to justice. It is not acceptable that such people are walking the streets while Jamie’s family continue to suffer their loss. But evidence is crucial to us taking action on behalf of the family and we need people to come forward with new information.

"This incident happened five years ago now and people’s circumstances will have changed. Someone out there may have felt burdened with guilt for a long time and be ready to finally do the right thing. Loyalties and alliances may have changed also. The £5,000 reward is there for any person who provides the police or Crimestoppers information that leads to someone’s arrest, charge and conviction for their role in Jamie’s murder.

"I would urge those people to think about what happened to a young, local lad five years ago today whose life was cut short. Think about what his mum, Lorraine, and other relatives are going through still. They are still suffering from both the loss of Jamie and from the sense of injustice that others are enjoying their freedom while they face a lifetime of hurt.”

– Detective Superintendent David Brunskill, Merseyside Police


Reward for information in Jamie Kelly murder investigation

Jamie Kelly was killed in 2009 Credit: Merseyside Police

On the fifth anniversary of his death police are offering a five thousand pond reward for information on the murder of a teenager. 18 year old Jamie Kelly was stabbed to death in Kirkdale. Peter Hollywood from Kirkdale was jailed for life for the killing in 2010. But police are convinced that other people may also have been involved. And they're appealing for witnesses to come forward.

'Tough Mudder' raises thousands for charity

Mark in training for the event Credit: Mark Holloway

A soldier who was injured in Afghanistan has raised thousands of pounds for the Help For Heroes charity by competing in one of the most gruelling races there is. The Tough Mudder challenge in Cheshire this weekend involves battling through obstacles designed by the special forces. And Mark Holloway completed it not once but twice, raising £5000 for the charity. His next goal is an even longer circuit in the US to double that amount.

Bury's Quigg defends title

Bury boxer Scott Quigg has successfully defended his WBA super-bantamweight title against Stephane Jamoye in Manchester. He floored the Belgian in the third round. Jamoye was unable to recover and the bout was called off, with Quigg sending the perfect message to domestic rival Carl Frampton. Quigg wants to meet Frampton - the new IBF holder - in a domestic grudge match and that will now be at the top of the agenda. On the same bill, Anthony Joshua extended his professional record to eight knockout wins from eight as he demolished Konstantin Airich in the third round.

Scott Quigg in action against Stephane Jamoye Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire/Press Association Images
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