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Police continue to question stab suspect

The hospital where Sharon Wall was stabbed to death.
The hospital where Sharon Wall was stabbed to death. Credit: PA

Police are continuing to question a 60-year-old man over the killing of a healthcare assistant who was stabbed to death at a hospital.

Sharon Wall, 53, died an hour after being stabbed at work on Wednesday morning at Wotton Lawn Hospital in Gloucester.

Gloucestershire Police said magistrates had authorised a further 36 hours for detectives to question the man on suspicion of murder.

Detective Chief Inspector Steve Porter, the senior investigating officer, said: "The family are extremely distressed at the tragic loss of their loved one and have asked for some privacy and time to grieve during this difficult period."

British Muslim leaders condemn extremist group Isis

Abdul Raqib Amin (R) in an Isis recruitment video with other British jihadists.
British Muslim Abdul Raqib Amin (R) from Aberdeen in an Isis recruitment video. Credit: Isis

Muslim leaders in Britain have condemned the extremist group Isis and say it does not represent the majority of Muslims.

Representatives from both the Sunni and Shia groups in the UK expressed their 'grave concern' as British Muslims continue to travel to the Middle East to join the ongoing violence.

Maulana Shahid Raza, of Leicester Central Mosque told Sky News: "Isis does not represent the main Sunni Muslims' ideology."

Shuja Shafi, of the Muslim Council of Great Britain, said: "Violence has no place in religion, violence has no religion."


Archbishop 'preparing to introduce women bishops'

The Archbishop of Canterbury is preparing to drive through a plan to introduce women bishops should the General Synod choose to reject it for a second time, according to The Guardian.

Archbishop of Canterbury the Most Rev Justin Welby.
Archbishop of Canterbury the Most Rev Justin Welby. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

The body could be dissolved so that fresh elections could produce the necessary majority by November or bishops in the House of Lords could move to introduce the legislation without the approval of the Synod, the newspaper said.

Read: Church of England given a second chance on women bishops

Residents urged to keep windows closed amid blaze

Residents in Renfrew near Glasgow are being advised to keep their windows closed as firefighters tackle a major blaze at an industrial recycling establishment.

15 fire appliances, including three specialist vehicles and approximately 75 firefighters are at the scene. Credit: Scottish Fire and Rescue Service

A spokesperson for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said: "Firefighters are currently tackling the blaze using a number of main water jets, including one from a specialist height vehicle.

The incident is currently ongoing and it is estimated firefighters will remain at the scene 'fore a considerable length of time'. Credit: Scottish Fire and Rescue Service

"Residents in the area are advised to keep their windows closed due to the large plume of smoke. ”

Church of England to vote on women bishops

The Church of England is being given a second chance to back the introduction of women bishops at a key meeting which begins today.

Members of the General Synod will be asked to give final approval to legislation introducing women bishops, paving the way for the first female diocesan bishop in the Church of England by early next year.

The Church of England's General Synod voted against women bishops in November 2012. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

The vote comes after the plan was derailed by just six votes cast by lay members in November 2012, causing shock and bitter recriminations within the Church of England and prompting threats of an intervention by Parliament.

Supporters of women bishops have said they are hopeful of success in the vote on Monday at York University.


Hospital stab victim 'well-respected and caring'

The chief executive of the 2gether NHS Foundation Trust has paid tribute to Sharon Wall, the 53-year-old healthcare assistant who was stabbed to death at Wotton Lawn Hospital in Gloucester yesterday.

We are all deeply shocked by the tragic incident that occurred on one of our inpatient wards yesterday morning.

The extremely sad event, which resulted in the death of a highly compassionate and dedicated colleague, has had a profound impact on everyone working in our trust.

Sharon Wall was a well-respected healthcare assistant and everyone who knew her speaks about her warmth, caring nature and good sense of humour.

She will be deeply missed by colleagues and the service users she supported.

We are still in the early stages of the investigation and continue to assist Gloucestershire Police in their work.

Above all, our thoughts remain with Sharon's friends and family. On behalf of colleagues across our trust, I extend our most sincere and deepest sympathies.

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