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Candlelit vigil held for earthquake victims in Nepal

Hundreds of people in Kent have been remembering the victims of the earthquake in Nepal - with a candlelit vigil.

A two minutes silence has also been held at Cheriton near Folkestone where the community came together as a mark of respect.

As the rescue operation in Nepal continues, the families of missing Matt Carapiet from Bearsted - pictured here - and Derek Waters from Dartford - are still waiting for news of their loved ones. It's said the death toll - now - could rise to 10,000 people.

Meanwhile, Gurkha soldiers, based in Maidstone, have flown out to Nepal to help in the relief effort. Tom Savvides has this report.

Troops join aid effort to help earthquake hit Nepal

Troops and fire crews from the region have flown out of RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire as part of the relief effort in Nepal.

The death toll from the devastating earthquake there could rise to 10,000 over the coming days.

Further aid is being collected here, ready for transfer to the troubled zone. Divya Kohli reports:


Candle lit vigil as some still wait for news from relatives

Nepal's Prime Minister says the death toll from a devastating earthquake could rise to 10,000.

In Kent, hundreds turned out for a candle lit vigil at Cheriton near Folkestone in memory of those who've died. Some are still waiting to find out whether their loved ones are safe.

The local community, including Gurkha soldiers, came together as a mark of respect. Tom Savvides reports:

Council supporting those affected by Nepal earthquake

In the wake of the devastating earthquake in Nepal at the weekend Hampshire County Council says it is providing a range of support to Nepalese communities living in the county.

People look for buried people in the ruins of a building in Kathmandu Credit: PA

The County Council’s Ethnic Minority and Traveller Achievement Service (EMTAS) and Services for Young Children team, will be offering assistance and a signposting service, through pre-schools, nurseries, Children’s Centres and schools, including interpreting and first language support via EMTAS.

The council says the Educational Psychology team is ready to provide schools with bereavement support for their pupils, where needed.

Additionally, Hampshire’s libraries are equipped with computers that have internet access enabling people to go online to check for news about, or from, their families living in Nepal.

Furthermore, the library service has a new online resource – ‘Library PressDisplay’ – that provides access to 3000 newspapers, including several Nepali publications such as “The Kathmandu Post”.

We extend our sincere sympathies to all those affected by this tragic event, to the families of those who have lost their lives in such tragic circumstances, or who have been injured or left homeless. The Nepalese communities living here in Hampshire are in our thoughts and prayers. We recognise that this must be an extremely distressing and worrying time and we are doing what we can to provide assistance.

– A spokesperson for Hampshire County Council


Nepalese communities wait to hear from friends and family in Nepal.

It's the worst earthquake to hit Nepal in living memory. Almost four thousand dead, six thousand injured and many more unaccounted for.

The disaster zone may well be four and a half thousand miles away but for dozens of families in our region the worry is right on their doorstep. Tonight they're anxiously wait for news from those affected by the quake and the avalanche.

Today those with relatives affected by the 7. 8 magnitude quake have vowed to join the rescue mission to find their loved ones. Divya Kohli reports.

Former nurse sentenced to 18 years for abusing unconscious patients

Andrew Hutchinson was working as a staff nurse when the offences took place

An Oxford nurse, who pleaded guilty to a string of sex offences on patients while they were unconscious, has been sent to prison for 18 years.

Andrew Hutchinson's crimes on women and girls included voyeurism and sexual assault.

He was arrested when children reported he was filming at the White Horse Leisure Centre in Abingdon.

"It is impossible to conceive of a greater breach of trust in our society."

– Judge Ian Pringle
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