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Passer-by saves family from burning home

A family escaped the flames of their burning home in Stoke Newington yesterday thanks to the quick-thinking, and bravery, of passers-by.

One of the heroes climbed a ladder to rescue three children, their father and their nanny from the fire.

Timo Dobrowolski said he called on the training he received in a fire brigade youth group in Germany when he was a boy.

Carolyn Sim has the story.

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Parents delighted with Johnston rescue

We are delighted and hugely relieved by the wonderful news that Helen and all her colleagues have been freed. We are deeply grateful to everyone involved in her rescue, to those who worked tirelessly on her behalf, and to family and friends for their love, prayers and support over the last twelve days.

– Statement from parents of Helen Johnston

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Kidnapped aid worker from London rescued in Afghanistan

The Foreign Office has said that Helen Johnston from Stoke Newington, an aid worker who was kidnapped in Afghanistan on the 22nd of May, has been freed by coalition forces. She was rescued after a morning raid in Badakhshan province along with a Kenyan and two Afghan civilians.

In a statement, Ms Johnston's family said: "We are delighted and hugely relieved by the wonderful news that Helen and all her colleagues have been freed. We are deeply grateful to everyone involved in her rescue."

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