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Family of Blackpool man killed in Ukraine plane crash want his body home

The family of the man from Blackpool killed in the Malaysian plane disaster say they are desperate for his body to be brought home.

Speaking for the first time since his body was formally identified the family of Glenn Thomas say their loss is now even more painfully real.

Glenn was one of almost 300 passengers killed when flight MH17 was shot down over Ukraine.

Now his sister and nephew are trying to bring Glenn's body home, so they can lay him to rest.

Amy Welch reports.


Stolen monkey and her babies 'doing well'

A very rare monkey stolen from Blackpool Zoo has given birth to twins.

Mamma, a Cotton-top Tamarin, was one of five monkeys taken back in April.

Four of them were returned after an appeal by police but her baby was never found.

Keepers at the zoo believe Mamma was pregnant when she was stolen, but despite the traumatic experience, both mother and babies are doing well.

Baby delight for stolen Blackpool monkey

A critically endangered monkey that was stolen along with her baby from Blackpool Zoo earlier this year has given birth to twins.

Cotton-top Tamarin with two babies Credit: Blackpool Zoo

The Cotton-top Tamarin, who is called Mamma, was one of five monkeys that were taken, following a break-in at the end of April. While four of the monkeys were returned to Blackpool Zoo, her baby was never found.

Mamma gave birth to the twins on Friday 1st August and keepers have confirmed that she must have been in the early stages of pregnancy when the theft occurred.

Two female and one baby Cotton-top Tamarins, which are a critically endangered species, and two male Emperor Tamarins were stolen Credit: Lancashire Police

Charlotte Pennie, Senior Primate Keeper at Blackpool Zoo, said: “Keepers at Blackpool Zoo were devastated earlier this year when five of our monkeys were stolen, as every single animal we have here is considered a member of our zoo family.

“The two new babies, who are yet to be sexed and named, are doing extremely well and we are delighted for Mamma.

Read: Concern for missing monkeys

Ukraine air crash victim's remains finally identified

Glenn Thomas.

The family of Blackpool man Glenn Thomas, who died when Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 crashed, have been told his body has been recovered and identified.

Mr Thomas, 49, a media officer at the World Health Organisation (WHO) in Geneva, was among 298 people killed when the Boeing 777-200 aircraft was downed over Ukraine on July 17.

The family of the former Granada and BBC journalist told ITV News they hope to bring his remains back to the UK very soon to enable his funeral to take place.


Tribute at Blackpool FC on 40th anniversary of stadium murder

A memorial will be held later in Blackpool to pay tribute on the 40th anniversary of the murder of a teenage fan.

Blackpool fans will stop on their away trip to Wigan to lay a wreath at the memorial to 17-year-old Kevin Olsson, who was stabbed to death on the terraces at Bloomfield Road during a game on 24 August 1974.

Members of Blackpool Supporters Club will pause in silence by a memorial plaque near the club's shop at 1pm.

The teenage Blackpool fan was killed when trouble broke out at a game against Bolton.

'Less hassle at smaller airports' claims survey

Air travellers should head for the smaller airports to avoid holiday hassles, according to a Which? survey.

While some of the UK's biggest airports scored customer satisfaction ratings of under 50% in the survey, the smaller ones had scores of between 78% and 85%.

More than 7,000 Which? members were asked to rate airports on a number of categories, including including pick-up and drop-off, seating provision, queues at security, passport control and baggage reclaim.

Small airports were deemed to be those that handled fewer than four million passengers a year, while large ones were those through which more than four million passengers passed each year.

The survey showed that of the small airports, like Blackpool scored 80%.

Which? executive director Richard Lloyd said: "The message from travellers is clear - larger airports continue to let people down on the basics, from baggage reclaim to food outlets.

"People deserve an enjoyable break without any stress, so we want to hear from consumers so that we can help to stop the holiday hassles."

Matt Cardle to headline Blackpool show

Matt Cardle won X-Factor in 2010 Credit: PA

Matt Cardle will be performing in Blackpool on Friday 22nd August as part of Blackpool's North Pier Live. Matt is probably most famous for winning X Factor in 2010 and has since had chart success with Liverpool's Mel C. Other artists on the bill include Janet Devlin, also from X Factor and James Smith from Britain's Got Talent.

Matt Cardle with Mel C Credit: PA
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