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Family's reaction after killers jailed for life

Following the brothers' convictions, relatives of Mr Zishan paid tribute, describing him as someone who "wouldn't hurt a fly".

His family said the McKinleys deserved to spend the rest of their lives behind bars to protect other innocents.

Mr Zishan's younger brother, Ali Fayyaz, 32, said: "He looked after everyone, his whole family, friends, relatives.

"He was very hard-working and was always thinking of the future. He never really cared about money. He respected the elderly and youngsters."

Mr Zishan's older sister, Tayyaba Iqbal, said: "He was my best friend. There are four sisters and two brothers. He was everything to me. He was close to my heart.

"He was very caring. He never thought of himself, he thinks of others. He never said no to anyone, he always said yes."

"He wouldn't hurt a fly. I just wish he had been able to save himself," added Mrs Iqbal, of Buckthorn Close, Totton.

She said the family was still reeling from his death.

"We cannot even think of doing anything without him, especially my mother."

The family said they found it hard to put into words their thoughts on the McKinleys.

Mr Fayyaz, of Eastleigh High Street, said: "They should spend their whole life in prison. At least then other people will be safe."

Zafar Iqbal, his brother-in-law, said: "He was a saint. He was even looking after an elderly neighbour on Eastleigh High Street.

"He said 'She is a neighbour, we need to help each other'. He never said no, that was not a word in his dictionary. He was a great gentleman."

Woman shoplifts hundreds of pounds worth of goods

Police want to speak to this woman over a series of shoplifting incidents at stores in Crowborough. Credit: Sussex Police

Police want to speak to her over a series of shoplifting incidents at stores in Crowborough.

At about 3pm on 7 November a woman was seen stealing 11 black rectangular Ted Baker fragrance sets worth £176 from Boots in High Street, Crowborough.

At 4.30pm on 27 November the same woman was recorded on CCTV leaving The Original Factory Shop in the Fernbank Shopping Centre in the town with eight hooded tops worth £280.

On 27 November she was again filmed at Boots in High Street, this time taking two Ted Baker eau de toilette gift sets, four Ted Baker wash bag sets, three For Her fragrance sets and a One Direction fragrance set, worth a total of £178.

In each case the items were put into an orange Superdry bag before the woman left the shop without paying for them.

Anyone with information should email quoting serial 1217 of 17/11, call 101 or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.


Rail delays hit airport passengers

Rail delays have led to hold-ups for passengers heading for Gatwick and Stansted Airports.

For Gatwick-bound travellers, there were problems for the third day running due to, initially, signalling problems at Burgess Hill in West Sussex and then staff shortages on the Thameslink and Great Northern routes.

Those travelling towards Stansted were delayed by a signal problem at the Essex airport's rail station around lunchtime.

There were other delays during the morning rush-hour.

South West Trains' passengers were held up by a broken-down train at Wimbledon in south-west London, while a signalling problem near Canley in the West Midlands led to delays to services run by the CrossCountry, London Midland and Virgin Trains companies.

In Kent and East Sussex, signalling problems between Ashford International and Rye caused hold-ups.

Travellers on Thameslink and Great Northern routes were warned to expect short-notice cancellations, delays and alterations to services owing to the staff shortages.

Govia Thameslink Railway chief executive Charles Horton apologised to passengers.

He said: "Regrettably, despite our best efforts, some services have been cancelled because we have not had enough drivers for all our rail services, especially given the essential training we are undertaking at the moment to deliver Thameslink Programme works.

"We inherited this issue when we took over the franchise in September and we are determined to address it. Thank you for your patience and please accept our apologies. We are determined to make things better."

Tweeting passengers appeared less than impressed. Aran Beedham said the Thameslink situation was "now descending into a farce" while a tweet under the title Trainslate spoke of "the ridiculous driver-shortage excuse".

Candy Cane Staiano tweeted: "Thameslink (formerly run by equally rubbish First Capital Connect) your train service has been shocking this week! Hang your head in shame.

Sevenoaks man convicted of child sexual abuse

A man from Sevenoaks has been jailed for four years for sexually abusing a teenage boy.

Paul Judges, who's 49 and lived in Caxton Close in Hartley in Kent, took indecent photographs of his victim. Police then found these images on his computer, along with photographs of other children.

Investigating officer Detective Constable Donna Read said: "I hope this sentencing brings some closure to those affected by his crimes, who have shown tremendous courage in coming forward and supporting this prosecution."

Paul Judges, convicted of sexually abusing a child Credit: Kent Police
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Experts slam Stonehenge tunnel plan

There are fears the tunnel past Stonehenge could create problems for archaeologists Credit: David Davies/PA Archive

Experts have hit out at plans for a 1.8 mile tunnel past Stonehenge, warning it could damage the oldest encampment discovered near the stones.

Charcoal dug up from the Mesolithic encampment at Blick Mead in the World Heritage Site, around one and a half miles from the stones, has been tested and found to date back to around 4,000 BC, archaeologists said.

A dig by the University of Buckingham has also unearthed evidence of possible structures, but more investigation is needed to see what the site contains. There is also evidence of feasting, including flints and giant bulls known as aurochs, the experts said.

But they warn that the chance to find out about the earliest chapter of Britain's history could be damaged by the plans for a tunnel through the World Heritage Site as part of efforts to relieve the A303 bottleneck at Stonehenge.

The two billion pound scheme would see the road put into a dual carriageway tunnel past Stonehenge, improving congestion and the setting of the stones - giving the public greater access to the wider prehistoric landscape and benefiting wildlife, supporters say.

But archaeologist David Jaques, who made the discovery of the encampment, said: "The Prime Minister is interested in re-election in 140 days - we are interested in discovering how our ancestors lived six thousand years ago."

He added: "Blick Mead could explain what archaeologists have been searching for for centuries - an answer to the story of Stonehenge's past.

"But our chance to find out about the earliest chapter of Britain's history could be wrecked if the tunnel goes ahead."

White Christmas is looking 'unlikely'....for now

White Christmas is looking unlikely at the moment Credit: PA

A white Christmas across the UK is looking unlikely for now, but severe weather warnings are in place over the weekend.

Met Office meteorologist Mark Wilson said that while any snow that falls will be "restricted to high ground in the north", he added: "It's still six days away so it could change."

The Met Office currently has severe weather warnings in place through to Monday.


Drink-driver sentenced to 5 years after cyclist's death

Christian Smith died while on a charity bike ride Credit: Kent Police

A drink-driving 18-year-old woman has been sentenced to 5 years in prison, for causing the death of a cyclist as he took part in a charity bike ride.

Bethany Mackie drove into Christian Smith from behind and failed to pull over until more than 400 yards up the road, police said. Mr Smith, 38, was struck as he tried to complete the last leg of a ride across Kent and Sussex.

The father of three, from Boughton Aluph, Kent, died when his bicycle was hit by Mackie's

Boy caught shoplifting gives birthday money to charity as penance

An 11-year-old who was caught shoplifting got in such trouble with his family that he donated his birthday money to charity as penance.

The boy stole an e-cigarette and cartridges from Superdrug in The Quintins Shopping Centre, Hailsham, but was spotted by the store manager making his escape and was stopped nearby.

When police arrived the boy admitted the theft of the £25 worth of items and handed them back.

The store manager agreed that the incident could be dealt with by community resolution so an officer took the boy home to speak to his mother in Fairfield, Herstmonceux.

The child's mother was unsurprisingly angry with the boy, who had never been in trouble with the police before, and the child agreed to write a letter of apology to the store and to be banned from going there.

But when he sent the letter to Superdrug he also included £30 in compensation for what he had done - money he had been given for his birthday.

The store did not want to accept the money so instead it was given to MacMillan Cancer Support, which Superdrug backs.

Sergeant Simon Kind said: "It may have been guilt that persuaded him to send the money as a donation with the letter of apology but whatever, the reason, the money has now gone to a very good cause."

Sailors return home in time for Christmas

A lovely welcome home for this sailor Credit: Royal Navy

Hundreds of families welcomed back their loved ones for Christmas as HMS Iron Duke returned to Portsmouth today.

HMS Iron Duke sails into Portsmouth Credit: Royal Navy

The Type 23 frigate and her 180 crew covered 27,442 miles and visited 11 countries during the six-month deployment.

They were returning a successful South Atlantic patrol conducting maritime security operations and providing support to British Overseas Territories in the region.

Crowds gather to welcome the crew home Credit: Royal Navy

The ship left the UK in June and travelled down the west coast of Africa, across the South Atlantic to the Falkland Islands, up the west coast of South America and through the Panama Canal back to Portsmouth.

Iron Duke’s Commanding Officer, Commander Thomas Tredray, said: “The ship’s company have achieved everything that has been asked of them and I am very proud of how well they have performed.”

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