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British witness: Boston is 'such a soft target'

Runner Darren Foy, 40, from Southampton and his wife Sandra and their two children missed the explosions by just 30 minutes after he finished the marathon in three and half hours.

Speaking from the city, the chartered surveyor said:

We were on our way home when we heard something had happened and I was getting messages like 'are you Ok?' which I never get. It's all quite shocking really.

We got home and we looked at the BBC online and saw there had been explosions but we are OK because I finished in three and a half hours and we were on the bus when it happened.

We are staying five miles outside and I'm not intending to go back into the city for a few days.

It's such a soft target. There are hundreds of thousands spectators on the streets and 27,000 runners, so we got off lightly.

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Car crash victims may have been American

Two of three men killed in a car crash in Oxfordshire may have been American. Thames Valley Police are working with the US Embassy over the identities of a 57-year-old man and a 39-year-old man who died in the collision on the A4047 at Sandford-on-Thames last night.

A 31-year-old also died after a Mercedes E-class estate they were travelling in, crossed a verge on the nearside and struck two trees before rolling down an embankment. Two women passengers, a 37-year-old and a 29-year-old, remain in a stable condition at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.

PC Martin Mann said: “This is clearly a tragic incident in which three people sadly died and two others were injured and we have launched an investigation to establish the full circumstances surrounding the collision."

International parachuting paratroopers

Parachuting paratroopers Credit: MOD

More than 150 paratroopers from the UK and US have parachuted together onto Salisbury plain. Soldiers from the 4th Battalion the Parachute Regiment joined forces with members of the US Army based in North Carolina.

They jumped in each others equipment from a Hercules C130 aircraft. The opportunity to parachute in another nation’s parachute equipment allows the soldier to wear that country’s coveted wings.

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