Suffolk man among captives in Iran

ONE of the 15 British service personnel being held captive in Iran is from Suffolk, it emerged last night.The parents of Royal Marine Mark Banks, 24, from Lowestoft, spoke of their pride in their “strong and determined lad”.

ONE of the 15 British service personnel being held captive in Iran is from Suffolk, it emerged last night.

The parents of Royal Marine Mark Banks, 24, from Lowestoft, spoke of their pride in their “strong and determined lad”.

He was one of seven Marines and eight Royal Navy sailors seized at gunpoint off the Iraqi coast 10 days ago.

His parents Penny, 49, and Allistair , 52, were too upset to speak last night but issued a statement that read: “We would like to thank everyone who has provided, and continues to provide support, and encouragement at this very distressing time.


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“We know Mark would be very humbled and overwhelmed by the huge amount of love and support his friends and family have shown.

“Mark is a very strong and determined lad and we hope he is drawing strength and courage in the knowledge that he has so many people that are incredibly proud of him.

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“Our thoughts and hopes are for his safe and speedy release along with his fellow comrades. We miss him immensely but know he has the strength of character to get through this difficult time and look forward to seeing him at home soon.”

Royal Marine Banks, a former Pakefield Primary and Middle School and Kirkley High pupil, is understood to have served with the Marines for three years.

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