John Cantlie's father issues plea for his release from hospital bed

The 81-year-old father of John Cantlie, the British photojournalist being held hostage by Isis militants, has issued an emotional plea from his hospital bed for his son's release.

Mr Cantlie was kidnapped in 2012 in Syria by Isis (also known as Islamic State) fighters and has been forced to appear in three of their propaganda videos.

His father Paul said he felt "relief" at seeing his son in the videos for the first time in two years but also "despair and helplessness" at the situation.

With his hand to his throat and speaking with the help of a voice aid, he made a direct appeal to Isis, saying: "My son is a good man who only sought to help the Syrian people".

My family and I are trying to communicate with the Islamic State to deliver an important message regarding John, and can only hope that it has been received as we have had no response.

To those holding John, please know that he is a good man. He sought only to help the Syrian people and I ask you, from all that is sacred, to help us and allow him to return home safely to those he loves and those who love him

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