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Govt 'must renew support' for rescue missions

The Government must immediately reverse its "immoral" decision to withdraw support for search and rescue missions in the Mediterranean following the latest migrant tragedy, Labour have said.

Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper. Credit: PA Wire

"Today's dreadful and distressing tragedy shows how urgently we need EU and international action to prevent thousands of people from drowning off Europe's shores," shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper said.

"The British Government must immediately reverse its opposition to EU search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean, as the EU needs to restart the rescue as soon as possible.

"Theresa May was very wrong to argue that the EU rescue operations should be stopped in order to deter others from coming.

"It is immoral to turn our backs and leave people to drown in order to deter other desperate travellers - and of course it hasn't worked."


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Bootle murders suspect spotted on CCTV

Peter Fox spotted on CCTV at Lime Street Station Credit: Merseyside Police

A man suspected of murdering his mother and sister in Bootle, has been spotted on CCTV at two train stations.

Police have released images of Peter Fox, which show him at Liverpool Lime Street and at London Euston.

Fox is the subject of a nationwide manhunt after Bernadette Fox, 57, and Sarah Fox, 27, were found dead.

Fox was seen almost three hours later at Euston Station in London Credit: Merseyside Police

These pictures were captured on Wednesday evening. The bodies of his mother and sister were discovered over the next 48 hours. Bernadette had been asphyxiated. Sarah had been stabbed.

Detectives across the country are trying to find Fox. They are warning the public not to approach him, but to call 999 if he is seen.

Migrant deaths a 'man-made tragedy'

The deaths of hundreds of migrants in the Mediterranean is a "man-made tragedy that could well have been avoided", Amnesty International say.

As many as 700 migrants are feared to have drowned after their boat capsized off the coast of Libya on Sunday.

“What we are witnessing in the Mediterranean is a man-made tragedy of appalling proportions. These latest deaths at sea come as a shock, but not a surprise,” said John Dalhuisen, Amnesty International’s Director for Europe and Central Asia.

Save the Children also joined calls for action, saying European leaders could no longer "look the other way while thousands die".

Justin Forsyth, the charity's chief executive, said a "crisis summit" was needed within 48 hours.

Hollande calls for emergency meeting over Med deaths

French President Francois Hollande has called for an emergency meeting of European ministers, after as many as 700 migrants were feared drowned in the Mediterranean.

French President Francois Hollande speaking about the tragedy today. Credit: Reuters

He said foreign and interior ministers would "meet very soon" to discuss a response.

"If confirmed this would be the worst disaster of recent years in the Mediterranean," Hollande said on Canal+ television.

The French President, who telephoned Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi in the wake of the tragedy, said rescue efforts for migrants will need "more boats, more over flights and a much more intense battle against people-trafficking".

Pope: International community must act decisively

Pope Francis has called on the international community to take action to prevent more migrants dying at sea following the latest tragedy.

Pope Francis has expressed his sadness at the latest tragedy in the Mediterranean. Credit: Reuters

Speaking after some 700 migrants were feared dead in the Mediterranean, the Pope said: "They are men and women like us, our brothers seeking a better life, starving, persecuted, wounded, exploited, victims of war. They were looking for a better life."

He told tens of thousands of people in St. Peter's Square: "Faced with such a tragedy, I express my most heartfelt pain and promise to remember the victims and their families in prayer.

"I make a heartfelt appeal to the international community to react decisively and quickly to see to it that such tragedies are not repeated."


Nick Clegg challenges David Cameron on Ukip deal

Nick Clegg has challenged David Cameron to rule out "cutting a deal with Nigel Farage" in the event of a hung parliament.

Nick Clegg, the Liberal Democrat leader. Credit: PA Wire

Appearing earlier on the BBC, Mr Cameron refused to rule out on a potential deal with Ukip, saying he was focused solely on securing a majority.

Mr Clegg said the Prime Minister should stop "treating people like they are stupid", telling activists in Portsmouth: "They know and you know that you won’t win a majority.

"Tell us, why won’t you rule out cutting a deal with Nigel Farage and his friends on the right wing of your party? I’ve ruled out a deal with UKIP or the SNP - why won’t you?"

The Liberal Democrat leader said Britons should vote for his party to "stop a Labour/SNP government dragging us off to the left or a Conservative/UKIP government dragging us off to the right".

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Missing kayaker : Body found

HM Coastguard had been searching since last night Credit: ITV

Police assisting in the search for missing kayaker, 54-year-old Stephen Taylor, can confirm a body has been located.

Mr Taylor’s family have been notified and are being supported by officers.

Formal identification procedures have not yet taken place.

A search operation got under way last night after Mr Taylor's wife became concerned that he hadn't arrived home.

Nigel Farage accuses Cameron over migrant deaths

Nigel Farage has claimed David Cameron and Nicolas Sarkozy's "fanaticism" in bombing Libya caused the problem of migrants dying at sea.

Ukip leader Nigel Farage has spoken out about the recent migrant boat tragedy. Credit: PA Wire

The Ukip leader's comments came as a boat carrying as many as 700 migrants capsized in the Mediterranean Sea.

Asked whether the tragedy required a European response, Mr Farage told the BBC's Sunday Politics: "Well actually it was the European response that caused this problem in the first place.

"The fanaticism of Sarkozy and Cameron to bomb Libya....what they have done is to completely destabilise Libya. To turn it into a country with much savagery, to turn it into a place where, for Christians, the situation is now virtually impossible.

"We ought to be honest and say we have directly caused this problem."

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