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Minute's silence to be held for Paris victims

Hundreds of people have gathered to pay their respects Credit: RTV

Flags will fly at half-mast on Whitehall government buildings and the UK will observe a minute's silence at 11 o'clock this morning.

The silence will be held across Europe in remembrance of those who lost their lives in the series of terrorist attacks in Paris.

The terrorist incidents, which took place on Friday night claimed at least 129 lives and hundreds of casualties.

Members of the public who have been directly affected by the incidents in Paris, or who are concerned about family members and friends who may be directly affected can call the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on 020 7008 0000.

Man in court over Gatwick security alert

The North Terminal had to be evacuated on Saturday Credit: Tim Unwin

A Frenchman accused of going into Gatwick Airport with an air rifle and a knife is due in court later.

41 year-old Jerome Chauris, 41, from Vendome, France, is charged with possession of a dangerous article in an aerodrome and possession of a blade in a public place.

The incident, which took place at around 9.30am on Saturday, sparked a major security alert and passengers were forced to evacuate the North Terminal for six hours.

Sussex Police said: "Jerome Chauris, 41, unemployed and of no fixed address, but from Vendome, France, has been charged with possessing a dangerous article (an air rifle weapon) in any part of an aerodrome (Aviation Security Act 1982) and possessing a knife blade/sharp pointed article (a lock knife) in a public place (Criminal Justice Act 1988)."


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.

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

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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