Leicester Man Killed In Malaysian Airline Crash

18 July 2014, 12:50

A man from Leicester is reported to be one of the 298 people who died when MH17 crashed in Eastern Ukraine yesterday.

Richard Mayne was 20 and was studying at Leeds University. 9 Britons are among the dead.

Friends have used his facebook page to pay tribute, describing their shock at the news and calling Richard, "bubbly, caring and charismatic".

David Cameron has said this morning, if Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 was shot down over Ukraine those responsible "must be brought to account''

The Prime Minister described the catastrophe, in which 298 people were killed including nine Britons, as "an absolutely appalling, shocking, horrific incident''.

Speaking after a chairing a meeting of the government's Cobra emergency committee, Mr Cameron said his thoughts were with the families of the victims.

"If, as seems possible, this was brought down then those responsible must be brought to account and we must lose no time in doing that,'' he said.

"It is an absolutely shocking incident and cannot be allowed to stand.''

The Duke of Cambridge also spoke of his "deep sadness'' over the disaster.

Speaking at an event at Australia House in London, Prince William said it was a "particularly cruel tragedy'' for Malaysia coming so soon after the disappearance of another Malaysia Airlines plane, thought to have crashed in Australian waters in March.

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