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Hundreds expected to march in support of jailed former Royal Marine

Former Sergeant Alexander Blackman was jailed for life after being convicted of murdering the wounded Afghan captive in September 2011

Hundreds of people are expected to gather in London's Parliament Square today for a rally in support of a former Royal Marine from Taunton who was jailed for killing a Taliban fighter in Afghanistan.

Former Sergeant Alexander Blackman - also known as Marine A - was jailed for life after being convicted of murdering the wounded Afghan captive in September 2011. The MoD has banned military men and women from attending the rally as it has been labelled as a political protest.

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Isles of Scilly body formally identified as missing Josh

Josh Clayton had worked on the Tresco estate for a number of seasons and it was after a night out with colleagues, on Sunday 13 September, that he went missing, prompting extensive searches. Credit: Family

Police have formally identified a body found in the sea off the Isles of Scilly, as missing Josh Clayton.

DNA testing had to take place, which meant the identification process took over three weeks.

The 23-year-old has been missing on the isle of Tresco since 13th September. The body was spotted by a French yachtsman on the uninhabited island of Tean and was brought to the mainland on 24th September.

Pigeon covered in cooking oil gets washing up liquid bath

Oil can be very dangerous if it gets on birds' feathers. Credit: RSPCA

A pigeon found covered in cooking oil has had a much needed bath at RSPCA West Hatch wildlife centre in Taunton.

The adult pigeon was found in Ilfracombe harbour in Devon with his feathers coated in vegetable oil - which can be very dangerous.

RSPCA veterinary nurse Natalie Stahl said: “Oil can be incredibly damaging to birds – affecting their plumage and their ability to stay warm and dry.".

Her team used normal washing-up liquid and warm water to help remove the sticky oil - thought it took a number of baths to clean the pigeon up and bring him back to full health.

"This poor pigeon has really been through the wars."

– Natalie Stahl, RSPCA veterinary nurse

The centre is hoping to release him back into the wild in the coming weeks.

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First female Bishop of Taunton officially consecrated

Ruth Worsley is the first female Bishop of Taunton Credit: CofE

The first female Bishop of Taunton will be officially consecrated in a service at St Paul's Cathedral at 11am this morning.

Ruth Worsley was previously Archdeacon of Wiltshire.

She will be formally installed in her new post in a ceremony at Wells Cathedral on at 2pm on Saturday 3 October, which will be open to all.

Coroner due to examine body found off Isles of Scilly

The body is thought to be that of Josh Clayton who went missing on Tresco Credit: Family

A coroner is due to begin their examination of a body found on rocks on the Isles of Scilly.

It's thought to be that of 23 year old Josh Clayton from Taunton who went missing on Tresco on 13 September.

The body was spotted by a French yachtsman on the uninhabited island of Tean and was brought to the mainland last night.

Body found off the Isles of Scilly still to be identified

It is feared that the body found last night is that of Josh Clayton, who worked on the Tresco estate Credit: Family

It was the news everyone who was searching for Josh Clayton dreaded to hear.

Last night the crew from St Mary's Lifeboat recovered the body of a man from rocks in the sea off Tresco. The body had been spotted by a French yachtsman on the uninhabited island of Tean.

It was close to where the 23-year-old from Taunton was last seen and while there won't be any identification of the body for some days to come, his friends and family are mourning.

Josh Clayton had worked on the Tresco estate for a number of seasons and it was after a night out with colleagues, on Sunday 13 September, that he went missing, prompting extensive searches.

Josh's family had travelled to the island for the investigation but have now returned home. Police say they will make sure they are updated.

We spoke to Sgt Colin Taylor from Devon & Cornwall Police on the Isles of Scilly earlier today and he told us what would be happening to the body they had recovered.

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