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Aid workers appeal directly to ISIS: Please release Alan

British Muslim aid workers have appealed directly to the leader of Islamic State, begging the extremist group to let Alan Henning go.

"To the Islamic State and our brothers in Syria,

I make this statement on behalf of Muslims in Britain and each and every convoy member that has travelled to Syria to deliver aid, food parcels, medicine and ambulances to our brothers and sisters and children in Syria.

Your prisoner Alan Henning travelled with us several times to Syria. On all occasions we, your Muslim brothers, bought him with us under our care and protection.

The convoy members did not fear entering Syria, and neither did Alan.

He felt safe, relaxed and happy, as we all did, that no harm would come to him or us whilst he was in the place, in your care; especially as he was delivering much-need aid to the brothers and sisters.

Alan was moved by the suffering of the Syrian people - particularly the children.

He worked all his free time to raise money and awareness about their suffering.


In December last year. he missed Christmas with his own family, to spend it helping our brothers and sisters in Syria.

[....] I ask you, the Leader of the Islamic State [...] please please please release Alan. "

Princess Royal enjoys fashion and football on her visit to Manchester

Private White VC Manchester Store Credit: Private White VC

HRH the Princess Royal has been in Manchester today.

Princess Ann visited the upmarket clothing company Private White V.C.

Company owner James Eden and HRH the Princess Royal

The company based in Salford can trace its roots back to the First World War and was once owned by a holder of the VC.

Princess Royal visits the Etihad Credit: MCFC

The Princess Royal then visited the Etihad stadium to visit Manchester City's 'City in the Community' project which aims to strengthen community ties.

Princess Royal meets Mike Swindells Credit: MCFC

The Princess Royal met former Private Mike Swindells, 27, from Wythenshawe.

Mike was seriously injured after he stepped on an improvised explosive device while on a routine patrol in Helmand province.

He has since become an integral part of the Club’s ‘One City’ disability project, which has helped more than 8,000 disabled people get involved in sport over the past three years.


Police officer forced to resign over fatal shooting of colleague in Manchester

PC Ian Terry Credit: GMP

A police officer has been forced to resign from Greater Manchester Police after the death of his colleague during firearms training.

PC Ian Terry was shot in the chest, while he was role playing the part of a criminal, in June 2008.

One of the officers known as PC Francis who organised the firearms exercise pleaded guilty to gross misconduct and was told he must resign from the force.

A second officer known as PC Chris was found guilty of shooting PC Ian Terry and received a reprimand at the misconduct hearing.

Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police, Sir Peter Fahy said:

It is six years since Ian died, six years that Ian’s family has had to wait for a conclusion to what has been a complicated and frustrating series of legal and multiple investigative processes which have caused additional delay in bringing this to a conclusion.

“This hearing was the final stage in a very long process and I hope that this decision provides Ian’s family with some form of closure and that they can all now begin to move forward. I would like to express my admiration for the dignity and resolve shown by Ian’s family over the many years it has taken for the case to get to this point.

“Ian Terry was a complete professional, highly regarded by all his colleagues, who served the public of Greater Manchester with huge commitment and expertise”

“Since Ian’s tragic death we have introduced a number of rigorous measures to ensure that the risk to our officers on such training exercises is minimised and that their safety is our number one priority.

– Chief Constable of GMP, Sir Peter Fahy

Muslim Council of Britain call for the release of Alan Henning

Alan Henning

The Muslim Council of Britain has called for the immediate release of the Salford taxi driver Alan Henning without harm.

Alan Henning travelled to Syria in an aid convoy organised by British Muslims to help innocent civilians.

Dr Shuja Shafi, Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain said:

Such a man should be celebrated, not incarcerated. Taking such people hostage, and murdering them are against the principles laid out in the Qur’an and our Prophetic traditions.

These actions are against the spirit of the Shariah which Henning’s captors reportedly claim to uphold.

Henning travelled to Syria to help people, mostly Muslims, who were in distress as their lives ravaged by war.

Teachings of our faith surely is to commend his work, treat him with respect and release him without further delay. We urge the captors to listen to this appeal and release this man back into the arms of his waiting family.

– Dr Shuja Shafi, Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain

Man jailed for stabbing his partner in Manchester

Stuart Coope Credit: Greater Manchester Police

A man who tried to kill his partner with a bread knife has today been jailed for eight years.

Stuart Coope, 37 attacked his boyfriend after he lured him to his home in Moston on 29th March 2014.

When his partner entered the kitchen, Coope lunged for a knife block and grabbed a large, serrated bread knife.

Coope stabbed his partner repeatedly but he managed to get out of the house and a passer-by intervened and called the Police.

Detective Constable Louise Edwards said:

The brutality and animosity of this attack is shocking, even for an experienced Police officer.

Had he not been interrupted, I have no doubt that Coope would have continued his assault until the victim was dead.

– Detective Constable Louise Edwards, GMP

Princess Royal in fashionable visit to Salford

Princess Royal in Salford and Manchester Credit: PA

The Princess Royal's visiting British fashion designers at the Private White VC company in Salford, Greater Manchester today.

Princess Anne is President of the UK Fashion & Textile Association, and wants to see one of the few remaining clothing manufacturers in the UK.

She will meet James Eden who owns the factory (whose Great Grandfather, a Victoria Cross awardee, once owned the same factory after WWI). She will also meet workers to get an insight into what they do, how things run and how we can continue to succeed in the tough British manufacturing climate.

She will tour the factory and see the entire garment-making process from start to finish; from the sketching and in-house design process, the cutting of patterns and fabrics, through to sewing and finishing each garment individually by hand.

The Princess will end her visit by officially opening the factory's on-site store to the public.

The Princess Royal will then travel to the Eithiad Stadium to see the work of Manchester City's Community Foundation, and open a new sixth form at Manchester High School for Girls.

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