Nottingham College Pays Tribute To Former Student Killed In Syria

The East Midlands college where the first British person to die fighting Islamic State in Syria studied has told Capital it's "deeply saddened" to hear of the death of former student Erik Scurfield.

The 25-year-old had been with Kurdish forces since the beginning of December - and was reportedly shot dead on Monday while fighting in the frontline village of Tel Khuzela.

He studied performing arts at New College Nottingham from 2008 to 2010.

In a statement released to Capital, New College Nottingham said: "Staff here at New College Nottingham are deeply saddened to hear the news of the death of former student, Konstandinos.

"He was with us for two years from 2008 to 2010, during which time he successfully completed a Level 3 Performing Arts BTEC Diploma.

"Our staff remember him fondly, he was an excellent student and a popular, well-liked young man.

"Our deepest sympathies are with his family and friends at this difficult time."

The Foreign Office is warning against travelling to Syria to join any side of the conflict.