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Wife 'receives audio' of Alan Henning 'pleading for his life'

The wife of Alan Henning has said in a statement that she has received audio of him pleading for his life.

Alan Henning pictured delivering aid to Syria, in a picture released by his family. Credit: Family handout

She said:

I am Barbara Henning the wife of Alan Henning. I have a further message for Islamic State.

An audio file of Alan pleading for his life has just been received by me. I and people representing me continue to reach out to those holding Alan. Islamic State continue to ignore our pleas to open dialogue.I have seen Muslims across the globe question Islamic State over Alan’s fate.

The voices of the people have spoken out loud and clear. He was working with Muslims to help the most vulnerable within Syria. Nothing has changed. He went to Syria to help his Muslim friends deliver much needed aid.

We are at a loss why those leading Islamic State cannot open their hearts and minds to the facts surrounding Alan’s imprisonment and why they continue to threaten his life.

I have been told that he has been to a Sharia Court and found innocent of being a spy and declared to be no threat. I implore Islamic State to abide by the decisions of their own justice system. Please release Alan.

– Barbara Henning

Miliband needs Blackpool to turn red to get keys to Number 10

The Labour leader Ed Miliband delivered his main speech to the party faithful at their conference in Manchester.

But if Labour want to win back the keys to number ten they have to win some key seats in the North West.

Daniel Hewittwent to one North West seat that Labour needs to turn red again.


Officers investigating after man dies in Lostock Hall

Police have been investigating after a man was found at an address in Lostock Hall with injuries which he later died from.

Police at the scene on Albrighton Close Credit: Dave Brown, ITV Granada
Police are at the scene Credit: Dave Brown, ITV Granada

He was taken by ambulance to Royal Preston Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Fears for Alan Henning after US airstrikes in Syria

The kidnapped aid worker Alan Henning is in even more danger, according to one of his relatives, after overnight airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Syria. Speaking publicly for the first time, Alan's brother-in-law says he fears what will happen to him now.

The Salford cab driver, who's 47, was taken hostage as he travelled with an aid convoy last December. His plight was highlighted by Labour leader Ed Miliband today, who said it underlined the need to take action against IS.

Marathon man Ben ready for sixth challenge

We've been following the story of Ben Ashworth from Preston. The 35-year-old is undergoing chemotherapy for bowel cancer, and he's been told his condition is terminal.

But that hasn't stopped him running 5 marathons in 5 months for charity and he's gearing up for his sixth this weekend in Germany.

To support Ben and find out more about why he's raising money you can go to:


Wiggins eyes time-trial success

Olympic champion Sir Bradley Wiggins is optimistic of success in the Road World Championships time-trial in Ponferrada on Wednesday.

Wiggins finished second to Germany's Tony Martin, the Olympic silver medallist, in Florence last year but is confident the 47.1-kilometre route favours his attributes this time around.

Sir Bradley Wiggins celebrates on the podium after winning the Individual Time Trial during stage eight of the 2014 Tour of Britain Credit: PA Images

"I'm in better shape than last year," the 34-year-old Wiggins told BBC Sport.

"It's quite mountainous and suits me more than Tony. Every year I think this might be the year but you never know. That's why I like it."

Wiggins is joined in the race by Commonwealth Games champion Alex Dowsett.

The Londoner beat Dowsett to the British title in June and won a short Tour of Britain time-trial last weekend.

"This year's course is a lot different to last year's, which was long and flat," added Wiggins, who did not ride the Glasgow 2014 time-trial.

"You have to think more on this course. There's no room for error.

"You need to have enough in the tank for the end. It's challenging, a true test of the time trial."

Salford Red Devils sign Forster for 2015 season

Salford have continued their recruitment for 2015 with the signing of St Helens prop Carl Forster.

The 22-year-old made only one Super League appearance for Saints in 2014 after spending the first month of the season on loan to London Broncos.

"Pleased to announce the signing of another young, hungry rising star of the game," said Red Devils chairman Marwan Koukash on his Twitter account.

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