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Watch: Wife appeals to Islamic State - please spare Alan's life

The wife of British aid worker Alan Henning has recorded a message for Islamic State - her husband's captors - urging them to spare his life.

Barbara Henning said that her call was joined by "Muslims across the globe" and hoped that the militants would "open their hearts and minds to the truth about Alan's humanitarian motives".

"Some say 'wrong time, wrong place'. Alan was volunteering with his Muslim friends to help the people of Syria. He was in the right place doing the right thing".

Barbara Henning: We have not abandoned Alan

Barbara Henning

The wife of Alan Henning, Barbara Henning, has renewed appeals for his release.

The taxi driver from Salford was kidnapped by Islamic State in December.

Today, speaking for the first time on camera, Barbara said:

"I have a further message for Islamic State. We have not abandoned Alan. We continue in our attempts to communicate with you. I have had no contact from Islamic State holding Alan, other than an audio file of him pleading for his life.

Alan Henning helping children at a refugee camp

Muslims across the globe continue to question Islamic State over Alan's fate. Their position regarding his statement is unequivocal. He is innocent. Some say - wrong time, wrong place.

Alan was volunteering with his Muslim friends to help people in Syria. He was in the right place, doing the right thing.

We are at a loss, why those leading Islamic State cannot open their hearts and minds to the truth about Alan's humanitarian motives for going to Syria, and why they continue to ignore the verdict of their own justice system.

Surely those who wish to be seen as a state will act in a statesman-like way, by showing mercy and providing clemency.

I ask again, supported by the voices across the world, for Islamic State to spare Alan's life."

Alan Henning stands beside an Aid4Syria convoy


Bionic eye helps Fleetwood man see grandchildren for the first time

Keith Hayman can see for the first time in 20 years with bionic eye Credit: ITV Granada Reports

A man from Fleetwood who lost his sight 20 years ago says he can now see after being fitted with a bionic eye.

Keith Hayman, 65, had the experimental surgery at Manchester Royal Eye Hospital - one of the first centres in the world to offer the revolutionary device, which restores some sight to blind patients.

It uses a camera and video processor mounted on sunglasses to send images wirelessly to a tiny receiver on the outside of the eye. The hospital is about to take part in the second wave of the trial.

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