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New honour for murdered aid worker from Salford

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The former taxi driver Alan Henning, who was murdered by so-called Islamic State, is to have a road named after him in his home city of Salford.

It is five years since Mr Henning ,from Eccles, was captured and killed in Syria where he had gone as a volunteer to deliver humanitarian aid.

City Mayor Paul Dennett made the announcement today after receiving a 2000 signature petition from local residents.

“After Alan’s heart-breaking death we worked with his family on a lasting tribute to him and they chose a memorial garden at Eccles recreation ground where many people gathered to light candles for Alan after news of his death broke.

“Now the public are asking for a road to be named after Alan and, with the support of his family and the full backing of the council, we are more than happy to do that.

"Alan was a humble man who put aside his own fears to help people of all faiths in their time of desperate need.

“Naming a road after him will be a further tribute to this brave son of Salford who sadly lost his life doing acts of kindness for others. His story touched all our hearts.”

– Salford Mayor Paul Dennett

Work is already underway to choose an appropriate principal road on a new development in Eccles.