'Words cannot express the sadness we feel at the loss' - family of British victim speak ahead of Paris memorial service

"Words cannot express the sadness we feel at the loss of our precious Nick", the parents of a British man killed in the attacks in Paris said ahead of a memorial service in the French capital.

Nick Alexander, 36, was among those killed after gunmen stormed the Bataclan during the series of attacks across Paris, which left a total of 130 people dead on November 13.

Nick's parents Barry and Sheelagh Alexander released a statement paying tribute to their son as they prepared to attend the memorial service led by French President Francois Hollande.

It comes as an inquest into Mr Alexander's death was open and adjourned in Chelmsford. Coroner Caroline Beasley-Murray heard that he died from gunshot wounds to his stomach and chest.