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VIDEO: Leeds soldier facing deportation over speeding ticket

An Afghanistan war veteran faces being thrown out of the country after his British citizenship was turned down, because of a speeding ticket. Sapper Poloko Hiri, who's living in Leeds, served with the Royal Engineers after enlisting as a Commonwealth serviceman from his native Botswana.

He's been told he must leave by Friday after the UK Border Agency said he was of bad character, because he received an £80 fine for speeding. Yet if he returns to Botswana it's likely he'll be jailed for enlisting in the British Army.


Heading into battle

Witness more than 1,000 people go into battle today at one of the biggest war-time displays in Yorkshire this year.

Yorkshire Wartime Experience are hosting the event at Hunsworth in Bradford in aid of the Royal British Legion. Genuine UK, US and German tanks and artillery will be on display.

Visitors can also meet the "British Tommies" of the First World War, "GI Joes" from the Normandy Beaches and members of the Women's Land Army.

There will also be a Red Arrows flypast. The event begins at 1pm and continues tomorrow.

WW2 veteran can go to memorial unveiling

There has been an emotional victory for a World War Two rear gunner who had been told that he would not be allowed to help honour his comrades who never made it home.

Freddie Johnson helped to raise money for a Bomber Command memorial in London only be refused a place at the unvieling ceremony - that was until Calendar heard about his story. Matt Price reports.

Veteran told he CAN go to memorial unveiling

A Second World War hero, who survived nearly a hundred bombing missions, was told he could not go to the unveiling of a memorial to those who died because tickets have run out. Freddie Johnson from Tadcaster helped raise funds for the memorial, but now, organisers he will be able to attend.

The number of operations he flew was extraordinary; most men were lucky to do five. We lost contact with him over the years but we are now going to make sure he is able to attend the service.

– Douglas Radcliffe, secretary of the Bomber Command Association
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