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Background to the PIP breast implant scandal

The head of the French company that is accused of selling 300,000 faulty breast implants has gone on trial.

Here is a look back at the breast implant scandal:

  • Poly Implant Prothèse (PIP) was founded by Jean-Claude Mas in 1991.
  • Before the company went into liquidation in 2011, it is thought around 300,000 women were sold faulty breast implants.
  • Concerns were first raised in France over PIP's high rupture rate in 2009.
  • In 2010, France suspended the marketing, distribution, export and use of PIP implants.
  • The French government said it recommended all women with the implants to have them removed in late 2011.
  • A review ordered by the Health Secretary found that PIP implants were more likely to rupture or leak.
  • Mas offered an apology on April 24, 2013, for the implants, saying: "I apologise to the plantiffs for the gel used by PIP since 1992."
  • The Frenchman and four PIP executives face aggravated fraud charges and face five years each in prison.
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PIP witness: 'I was terrified and feel I was poisoned'

Before she gave evidence, Jan Spivey told me she was determined to speak for the 47,000 UK women who were given substandard PIP implants.

I watched as Jan, who had the implants after cancer, took to the witness stand. At times she cried, but remained clear and determined as she told the court:

I am here to appeal to you to bring all those responsible for terrorising so many women... To bring them to justice.

I was terrified, I feel I have been poisoned.


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Families remember World War One soldiers

The families of two British soldiers killed during World War One have finally been able to lay them to rest.

It's almost 100 years since Lieutenant John Harold Pritchard and Private Christopher Elphick were killed in action.

Their bodies were found decades after the war, and its taken years to trace their families, but today their funerals were held with full military honours.

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Funerals for World War One soldiers begin

Members of the Honourable Artillery Company carry the coffin into the cemetery

Relatives of two soldiers who died in northern France in 1917 are paying their final respects at their funerals.

The bodies of Lieutenant John Harold Pritchard and Private Christopher Douglas Elphick were discovered in 2009, but they were not identified till later.

They are now being reburied in the Honourable Artillery Company Military Cemetery.

Both men died during an enemy attack in 1917
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Funeral to be held for soldiers who died in WW1

The families of two soldiers who died in northern France in World War 1, will pay their last respects later, 96 years after they died.

  • Lieutenant John Harold Pritchard served with the Honourable Artillery Company.
  • He was the eldest of three boys in a family of seven and came from South West London.
  • He was 31 when he died near Bullecourt on May 15th 1917.
  • Before the war he was a chorister at St Paul's Cathedral

Lt Pritchard's nephew, great nieces and their families will attend the service in Arras in France.

  • Private Christopher Douglas Elphick served in the same company as Pritchard and was killed in the same enemy attack on May 15th 1917.
  • He was born in Dulwich in South London and was 28-years-old when he died.
  • Before the war he worked as a clerk for the Prudential Insurance Company.

Pte Elphick's two grandsons and their families will attend his reburial in the Ecoust-St Mein Cemetery. Prince Michael of Kent will also attend in his capacity as HAC Royal Honorary Colonel.


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Funerals for WW1 soldiers killed almost 100 years ago

The funerals take place today for two WW1 soldiers killed in action almost 100 years ago and later identified by their remains.

Lieutenant John Harold Pritchard Credit: MoD

Lieutenant John Harold Pritchard and Pte Christopher Douglas Elphick of The Honourable Artillery Company were killed on 15th May 1917 during an enemy attack near Bullecourt in France. Their remains were found in a field in 2009.

Pte Christopher Douglas Elphick Credit: MoD

Lt Pritchard was identified by a silver identity bracelet and Pte Elphick by a signet ring bearing his initials.

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Headmaster: Charlie 'will be hugely missed'

(Charlie was) a talented and very motivated boy who made a huge impact on the lives of every one who knew him.

He was a popular boy and threw himself into school life with 100% effort.

Charlie loved a wide range of sports and especially the great outdoors.

He will be hugely missed and we send our thoughts and prayers to his family, especially his mother and sister, at this tragic time.

– David Hudson, the headmaster of Charlie Saunders' school, the Royal Latin in Buckingham
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