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Hundreds march in support of Paris

Hundreds of people have gathered in Oxford to remember the victims of the Paris terror attacks.

Supporters gather at the Maison Francais in Oxford Credit: Kate Bunkall

They marched through the streets of the city from the Radcliffe Camera to the Maison Francaise, where a vigil was held.

Candles were lit in memory of the victims Credit: Kate Bunkall

Around 300 people took part in the event, to show solidarity with the people of France. Many of those present were French themselves.

We will have a full report in our evening news tonight at 7.55

Credit: Kate Bunkall

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Sixth form students due back from Paris

Credit: Thomas Hardye School

A group of sixth form students from a school in Dorset are due to return home from Paris shortly, after getting caught up in the terrorist atrocities.

The art and photography students from Thomas Hardye School in Dorchester were on a weekend trip to the French capital.

It's thought they were in a restaurant at the time of the attacks, and were aware of the enormity of the situation.

But the youngsters and their teachers were unharmed.

However, it's reported they had to walk three miles back to their hotel after the attacks because the transport system had closed down.

Solidarity march takes place in Oxford

Credit: PA

Hundreds of people are expected to take part in a rally in Oxford this afternoon in response to the terrorist atrocities in Paris.

A demonstration will be held outside the Radcliffe Camera from 2pm, before a march to the Maison Francaise on Norham Road.

300 people have already said they would attend in response to a Facebook appeal.

Organisers hope to show solidarity with Paris, its inhabitants, survivors and victims of terrorism all over the world.

The march will start outside Oxford's Radcliffe Camera Credit: ITV

Solidarity in pictures: the south responds to Paris attacks

The Brighton wheel in red white and blue Credit: Maria Swaisland

Landmarks around the south have lit up in the colours of the French flag to show solidarity with victims of the Paris terror attacks.

The Brighton Wheel, Portsmouth's Spinnaker Tower, and a number of public buildings and theatres are among the buildings being lit up in the colours of the French Tricolour.

Portsmouth Guildhall pays respects Credit: Guildhall
The Spinnaker tower in Portsmouth Credit: Spinnaker Tower
The Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury Credit: Kerry Fordham

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Parents await schoolgirls' early return from Paris trip after attacks

More than thirty schoolgirls are returning home to relieved parents in Kent tonight after last night's terror attacks halted their school trip to Paris.

The pupils from Folkestone School for Girls were approaching the French capital as the massacre began.

Tonight David Cameron warned Britiish casualties are likely. Heightened security is disrupting air travel and cross-channel services. John Ryall reports.

The interviewees are Chris Ruddle, Minister at Folkestone Baptist Church; and Charlie Elphicke the MP for Dover.

Oxford group 'shocked & saddened' by Paris attacks

The Oxford Foundation has released its response to the fatal Paris shootings in France. The not-for-profit organisation provides interfaith education and initiatives for young people. The group's founder called for unity to combat extremism and terror.

"“We are deeply shocked and saddened to witness the appalling acts of violence perpetrated against innocent civilians enjoying an evening out with their friends and families in Paris.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families, friends and the people of France.

“Many will be asking how do we defeat those committed to such acts of cowardly violence against unarmed civilians? We will defeat the scourge of contemporary terrorist movements through being absolutely united in the values that underpin our societies – democracy, freedom, rule of law, human rights and compassion for the vulnerable.”

– Imam Monawar Hussain, Oxford Foundation

Sussex Police urge public to remain vigilant

Sussex Police have issued a statement about the tragic events in Paris on Friday night, when a number of gunmen killed and injured hundreds of people in the French city. The British force commiserated with the victims and their families, and urged UK citizens to remain vigilant.

"Sussex Police's thoughts are with the victims and families of those affected by the terrorist attacks in France in which, according to current reports, more than 120 people tragically lost their lives. "Our thoughts are also with all the French people and our colleagues in Paris who are dealing with this horrific situation.

"We are continuing to monitor the situation following the attacks. We would urge the public to remain vigilant and report any suspicious behaviour or activity straightaway by calling the confidential anti-terrorist hotline on 0800 789 321 or 999 in an emergency."

– Deputy Chief Constable Olivia Pinkney, Sussex Police
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'Small number' of Brits may have been caught up in Paris attacks

Officials have confirmed the safety of many British citizens in Paris but are concerned that "a small number of British nationals have been caught up in the attack", Downing Street said.

Additional consular staff and a Metropolitan Police team have been deployed to help the French authorities, Number 10 said in a statement following an emergency COBR meeting on the attacks.

It added that the Foreign Office had handled around 400 calls overnight, and said its embassy in Paris was "working urgently with the French authorities to find out more".

Ministers reviewed the UK security situation and decided to maintain the threat level at severe, a spokesperson said.

“The police have stepped up their security measures on a precautionary basis and UK border force are working with their French counterparts in light of the tighter border controls in France," they said.

The statement added that David Cameron had spoken to French President Francois Hollande by phone and expressed his "profound condolences".

They agreed to further enhance the close co-operation and information-sharing between the UK and France to ensure we are doing all we can to identify and stop those who threaten us, whether in Syria and Iraq or closer to home. They agreed to stay in touch in the coming days as more information emerges.

– Downing Street spokesperson
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