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MP: Information about convicted killer should have been shared sooner

Alice Gross has been missing for nearly four weeks.

As police continue to search for missing teenager Alice Gross, the chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee said information about suspect and convicted killer Arnis Zalkalns should have been shared sooner.

Keith Vaz said improvements needed to be made to the way police in the UK and overseas communicated.

He said he would have liked to have seen calls made to Interpol earlier and faster communication between the Metropolitan Police and the Latvian authorities.

"The issue of foreign nationals coming into our country who have got previous convictions that the authorities here don't know about is extremely serious.

"We need a modern approach to this so our colleagues in the EU tell us if someone has been convicted of a crime as serious as murder."

– Keith Vaz MP, Chairman, Home Affairs Select Committee.


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British hostage named as journalist John Cantlie

Journalist John Cantlie. Credit: Matthew VanDyke

A British hostage who appears in a new IS video has been identified as journalist John Cantlie.

Mr Cantlie, who is a former war photographer and correspondent for The Sunday Times, The Sun and The Sunday Telegraph, was captured by militants in Syria in 2012.

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Foreign Secretary: IS videos distressing for families

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond says he has not seen a new IS video which appears to show a British hostage who was kidnapped in Syria in 2012.

Mr Hammond says such videos "can be very distressing for the families of the individuals involved" and the British government is doing everything it can to help British hostages and their relatives.

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British hostage appears in orange in new IS video

The British hostage who appears in a new Islamic State (IS) video is wearing an orange jumpsuit and reads from a script which criticises the UK and US governments as well as western media.

The captive says he is a prisoner but ITV News is unable to determine the circumstances or threats he may have been under during the filming.

The Briton reads a transcript saying he has been "abandoned by the UK government" and says his fate lies with IS.

He is seen saying "maybe I will live or maybe I will die" but adds that he wants to "take the opportunity to convey some facts."

He claims he will use subsequent videos to highlight "the truth" about the systems and motivations of IS and why the UK and US are "so keen to get involved in another unwinnable conflict".

ITV News cannot verify when or where the video was made.

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New IS video appears to show British hostage

Islamic State militants have released a new video which appears to show another British hostage talking to camera.

Sat at a desk and wearing orange clothing, the man says he was captured in Syria in 2012.

The video does not show British aid worker Alan Henning, who is also being held by IS.


Second man arrested over Battersea murder

A second man has been arrested by police investigating the death of 21-year-old Sebastian Jamal Hyman-Knight.

Mr Hyman-Knight was shot dead on Thursday night on Tennyson Street in Battersea.

A 30-year-old man has been bailed. This evening a 29-year-old man has been arrested and is being questioned at a south London police station.

Girls arrested after man bitten in Wanstead

Two teenage girls have been arrested after a 38-year-old man was found stabbed and bitten on Wanstead Flats.

Police and the fire service were called to a football field to reports of an assault and fire.

A man was found with a stab wound in his arm and bite marks. A girl aged 13 and one aged 16 have been arrested and tonight are being questioned in custody by police officers.

Tall ships finale

Tall ships gather on the Thames Credit: PA

Nearly 50 tall ships will gather for the finale of the Tall Ships Festival in London today. The boats will group on the Thames near Greenwich at noon, before making their way towards Tilbury at around 1.30pm.

Boats gather for the Tall Ships Festival Credit: PA
The view of Greenwich from one of the boats Credit: PA

Helicopter crash: investigation results due

The results of an investigation into a fatal helicopter crash in Vauxhall last year are due to be released today.

The crash site in Vauxhall. Credit: PA

Pilot Pete Barnes, and pedestrian Matthew Wood were killed when a helicopter hit a crane in thick fog last January. The Air Accidents Investigation Branch report is expected to show that fog warnings were ignored.

The crane which the helicopter crashed in to. Credit: PA
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