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Emwazi 'claimed he was warned by MI5 in 2009'

Mohammed Emwazi said MI5 were keeping a 'close eye' on him.

The west London man named as Islamic State killer "Jihadi John" claimed he had been warned five years ago that MI5 would be keeping a "close eye" on him, the Guardian reports.

In transcripts of Mohammed Emwazi's first interview with advocacy group Cage, the former Westminster student said an MI5 handler told him, despite claims to the contrary: "I still believe you are going to Somalia to train."

According to the report, Emwazi also said the agent "threatened" him, and claimed: “We are going to keep a close eye on you, Mohammed, and we already have been … We are going to keep a close eye on you.”

He also said he was asked his views on the 7 July and 11 September terror attacks on London and New York, and claimed he had replied that they were "wrong", adding: "If I had the opportunity, would I make those lives come back? I would make those lives come back."

It is unclear whether the claims made in the interview are true.

Report set to expose 'failings' behind baby deaths

Persistent failures at a maternity unit contributed to the unneccesary deaths of up to 30 infants and mothers, a report published today is expected to find.

The report looks into failings at Furness General Hospital in Barrow, Cumbria. Credit: PA

The Morecambe Bay Investigation is set to claim that a "turf war" between midwives and doctors led to poor communications at the unit at Furness General Hospital in Barrow, Cumbria.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, who ordered the inquiry, said at its launch in 2013 that the main aim was to uncover what went "desperately wrong" and ensure no repeat could take place.

Six midwives from Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust, which runs the unit, are facing disciplinary hearings by the Nursing and Midwifery Council in the coming months.

In January 2014, one of the midwives received an 18-month interim suspensions following allegations over the care of a baby born in a "poor condition" the previous September.


'Hundreds of children were at risk of abuse' in Oxfordshire

A report released today is expected to disclose that hundreds of children were at risk of sexual exploitation in Oxfordshire over 15 years.

Seven men were convicted over an Oxford paedophile ring in 2013. Credit: ITV News

The serious case review is understood to have found that more than 300 young people may have suffered grooming and abuse or were at risk of becoming victims between 1999 and 2014.

Oxfordshire County Council and Thames Valley Police are also likely to come in for criticism in the report over a paedophile ring that targeted vulnerable girls, reports claim.

Seven members of the gang were convicted in a trial in 2013 for a catalogue of offences including rape, trafficking and organising prostitution of children.

Five of them were jailed for life following the trial, the shocking details of which prompted Judge Peter Rook to say "police and social services missed tell-tale signs" the abuse was taking place.

British planespotters arrested in United Arab Emirates

Three British planespotters are being detained in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) after being accused of breaching "national security".

Conrad Clitheroe, 53, is said to be detained alongside two other British men. Credit: PA

Conrad Clitheroe, 53, his friend Gary Cooper, 45, and their former colleague, ex-pat Neil Munro, have been held since 21 February, Clitheroe's wife said.

The trio were reportedly stopped by an off-duty policeman while taking notes near Fujairah Airport, about 80 miles from Dubai.

The are understood to be held at Fujairah prison on suspicion of a "national security offence", with the Dubai public prosecution is dealing with the case.

Mrs Clitheroe, from Stockport, Greater Manchester said she fears for her husband's health, after he raised concern in telephone calls.

"He goes for regular check ups and takes quick a lot of medication which will have run out now," he said.

Public officials could face jail for neglecting abuse victims

Councillors and senior public officials could go to prison for up to five years if they fail to protect children from sexual exploitation, under new plans being considered by the government.

Up to 1,400 children are believed to have been subjected to sexual exploitation in Rotherham. Credit: PA

Under the proposals, being considered by David Cameron and currently subject to consultation, the crime of "wilful neglect" will be extended to cover children's social care and education.

Individuals and organisations found to have let children down could also face unlimited fines if the plans are passed into law.

The measures have been announced as the Prime Minister chairs a child protection summit of police officials and local authorities at Downing Street after a series of damning reports detailed the sexual exploitation of up to 1,4000 children over many years in Rotherham.

Child sex abuse has been has been prioritised as a "national threat", putting it on a par with serious and organised crime and meaning police forces, chief constables and police and crime commissioners have a duty to collaborate with each other across boundaries to safeguard children.

The measures come as a serious case review into on child sexual exploitation in Oxford is expected to show opportunities were missed to prevent the abuse.


Ex-Spurs and Derby footballer Dave Mackay dies aged 80

Dave Mackay celebrates Spurs' 1967 FA Cup win. Credit: Barratts/S&G and Barratts/EMPICS Sport

Dave Mackay, a former Tottenham Hostpur, Derby County, Hearts and Scotland footballer, has died aged 80.

Spurs confirmed the news in an official statement on their website, saying that the ex-midfielder passed away at Queen's Medical Centre in Nottingham on Monday.

Mackay won the double with Tottenham during an illustrious playing career, and later won the league with Derby as a manager.

He also represented Scotland 22 times, and was described by George Best as: “The hardest man I have ever played against – and certainly the bravest.”

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