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Researchers believe 'Jihadi John' identity is accurate

The widely reported identity of so-called "Jihadi John" is accurate and correct, researchers say.

Mohammed Emwazi, the man reported to be 'Jihadi John'. Credit: ITV News

The White House and Downing Street have so far refused to officially confirm whether Mohammed Emwazi is the Islamic State militant featured in a series of brutal beheading videos.

A statement from the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR) at King's College London said: "We believe that the identity and name published by the Washington Post and now in the public realm, to be accurate and correct."

The statement added: "British fighters have clearly demonstrated that they are not in this conflict to take a back seat. They are full participants in this war, operating as suicide bombers, hostage takers, and executioners."

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PM: Identifying Jihadi John 'an ongoing investigation'

Downing Street have declined to confirm or deny that the reported name of the IS militant fighter known as 'Jihadi John' was known to the intelligence and security services and said any information in the public domain that would potentially damage the "ongoing investigation" was a matter of concern.

The Prime Minister would be concerned about information being put into the public domain at any time that might jeopardise ongoing police or security investigations or the safety of British citizens. There is an ongoing investigation. It is absolutely right that we allow the police and security agencies to do all they can to bring those responsible to justice and to help keep British people safe.

– Downing Street spokesperson

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Man identified as 'Jihadi John' known to security services

ITV News understands the man named by media outlets as Jihadi John comes from the West Kensington area of London, and that he left for Dar Es Salaam in Tanzania in May 2009 in the company of two other men.

It is also understood that the security services in the UK had had previous contact with him when they suspected he was going to fight in Somalia.

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IS militant 'Jihadi John' identified in media reports

The Islamic State militant known as 'Jihadi John' has been identified.

Downing Street has refused to confirm or deny reports of the identification of an Islamic State militant known as "Jihadi John".

The man - identified in a number of outlets today - has been pictured in a series of videos showing beheadings of captives, including British citizen Alan Henning.

ITV News cannot independently verify details about him at this stage.

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Police refuse to confirm 'Jihadi John' identity

The Metropolitan Police says it will not confirm the identity of "Jihadi John", and claimed it had asked media organisations not to speculate on the details "on the basis that life is at risk".

Commander Richard Walton, head of the Met's Counter Terrorism Command, said: "We are not going to confirm the identity of anyone at this stage or give an update on the progress of this live counter-terrorism investigation."

Al Quaida documents read at trial

Abid Naseer, the Manchester student accused of British terror plot Credit: pa

Prosecutors have presented declassified al Qaida documents obtained after the raid on Osama bin Laden's Pakistan compound at the trial of a former Manchester student accused of a British terror plot.

The al Qaida documents, read to the New York court by an FBI linguist who translated them from Arabic, were presented at the trial of Abid Naseer and discussed attacks in Britain and Europe.

The documents also mentioned terror attacks in Russia, including plans to bomb a pipeline or the US embassy there.

Naseer headed a British al Qaida terror cell that in 2009 was part of a broader conspiracy to commit attacks in Manchester, New York and Denmark, prosecutors say. Emails show the same al Qaida handler was in contact with Naseer and two men convicted of planning to bomb New York's tube network, prosecutors say.

Pakistani national Naseer has pleaded not guilty and is defending himself in federal court in Brooklyn. He took the stand after the prosecution rested and was questioned by his court-appointed adviser, James Neuman.

Naseer, who was extradited to New York in 2013, said he was in the UK as a student studying computers and the English language and denied being a member of al Qaida or receiving training from the terror group.

The documents discuss a range of al Qaida business, from operational tactics to training methods and suggestions on how to avoid detection by law enforcement. One letter suggests that attacking the continental US "in its heartland ... has the most significance" and "cannot be compared" to an attack outside the country.

The goal of an attack would be "to pressure 300 million Americans" who vote for their elected officials, to end the nation's war against al Qaida and its goal of establishing an Islamic state, the letters said.

None of the letters mentioned Naseer by name.

During the trial, Alexander Otte, a top FBI anti-terror officer, said he travelled to Afghanistan and managed the handling of evidence recovered after the 2011 bin Laden raid, spending 16 hours processing the weapons, documents and electronic equipment recovered in the secret operation.

Mr Otte also said he saw bin Laden's body after it was returned to a military hangar. "I knew who he was, and I recognised him immediately," he said.

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Cheshire's bionic woman

A surgeon at The Royal Liverpool University Hospital has used new titanium technology to rebuild the ribcage of a Cheshire woman who was trampled on by her horse. Barbara Schofield ended up with nine broken ribs along with a punctured lung as a result of the fall in September 2014.

Barbara has been riding horses for 20 years. Credit: Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust

Only a handful of hospitals in the country use this latest technology where titanium plates and screws are used to help mend cracked bones. These make it possible for the ribs to heal faster with lower levels of pain for the patient.

X ray of Barbara's ribs after the pioneering surgery Credit: Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust

Barbara, who's from Northwich, is now back in the saddle attempting to regain her confidence. Barbara said " I am so fortunate to have been dealt with by such a talented surgical team .. I’ve not been through the security body scanners at an airport yet - they will probably never have seen anything quite like it!"

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War veteran recognised 70 years after making the most difficult journey in the world

He was a war veteran who spent his service on what Winston Churchill called the 'worst journey in the world'.

Gerry Grant, who's now 91 and has lost his sight, was a sailor on the Arctic Convoys in the Second World War.

He and his colleagues braved German U-Boats and extreme cold to deliver supplies to Russia.

Today, almost 70 years later and back home in St Annes, he received the Ushakov medal.

Our Lancashire reporter Victoria Grimes has the story:

Jimmy McGovern calls for more working class actors

TV dramatist Jimmy McGovern has revealed that he is struggling to fill working class roles because of a dearth of actors from poorer backgrounds.

The Liverpool screenwriter, whose credits include Cracker, Hillsborough, The Street and Sunday, said that the disappearance of young, working class actors was influencing the type of dramas that are being made.

Albert Finney (left) starred in Saturday Night and Sunday Morning in 1960 Credit: PA

He told the Radio Times he would struggle to make a film like Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, as he wouldn't be able to find someone to fill the role played by Salford actor, Albert Finney.

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