Live updates

Pupils speak of relief at being home after Paris ordeal

A group of sixth formers have returned home from Paris after they were caught up in the Paris terrorist attacks.

The students arrived at the Thomas Hardye School in Dorchester on Sunday.

They were in a restaurant in central Paris when the attacks began. When the all-clear came they walked three miles back to their hotel because the Metro was closed.

Parents praised the teachers for keeping them informed.

We spoke to student Zoe Horne and her mother Jane Horne

Church of England preaches peace after terror attacks

Services of solidarity have taken place in churches across the south, as the world comes to terms with the tragic events in Paris.

Prayers have been said at Canterbury Cathedral for the victims of the terrorist atrocities.

The Very Reverend Dr Robert Willis, Dean of Canterbury Cathedral, spoke to ITV Meridian of his shock and sadness.

Advertisement

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

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

Advertisement

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

Thank you to our viewers for sending us these images. If you have any more that you'd like to share, please email them to itvnewsmeridian@itv.com or go to the Meridian Tonight Facebook page.

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
Load more updates