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M1 motorway closed after lorry catches fire

The M1 motorway has been closed in both directions between Junction 28 and 29 this afternoon after a lorry caught fire.

Credit: Jim Napier / Twitter

Pictures posted on social media showed thick black smoke in the sky.

The blaze, close to Mansfield, is now believed to be under control but the motorway lanes remain closed.

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'British Schindler' Nicholas Winton dies at age of 106

A Briton who saved hundreds of children from the Nazis on the eve of World War II has died at the age of 106.

Sir Nicholas Winton, who was known as the 'British Schindler, was honoured by the Czech Republic for his work only last year.

Credit: EVN

Sir Nicholas rescued 669 children, mainly from Jewish families, after organising eight trains from Prague to London in 1939. He also helped to find foster families for the children when they arrived in England.

Wimbledon players battle through hottest day ever

Tennis players competing at Wimbledon and fans watching the action today have had to battle through the hottest temperature ever recorded at the competition.

The observation site at Kew Gardens - the closest one to the courts - hit 35.7C (96.26F) this afternoon.

Fans gather in the sunshine at Murray Mount at Wimbledon Credit: PA

Photos released of missing family believed to have fled to Syria

Photos of some of the 12 members of a family from Luton believed to have fled to Syria have been released by police.

Mohammed Zayd Hussain, 25, 19-year-old Mohammed Toufique Hussain and Mohammed Saker, 31, are the three sons of Abdul Mannan and his wife Minera Khatun.

Mohammed Saker's wife, Sheida Khanam, is also among those missing

Mmohammed Zayd Hussain Credit: Bedfordshire Police
Mohammed Toufiqu Credit: Bedfordshire Police
Mohammed Saker Credit: Bedfordshire Police
A group photo of the family including those missing Credit: Bedfordshire Police

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Tsipras: 'No' vote does not spell a rupture with Europe

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has said a 'no' vote in Sunday's referendum on whether to accept a financial offer from creditors will not mean an automatic exit from the EU.

Confirming the referendum will go ahead as planned, Mr Tsipras said instead a 'no' result would put on "strong pressure" for an "economically viable agreement".

He also accused Europe's financial leaders of "blackmail", reassuring savers their deposits would not be lost.

I am fully aware of difficulties, I will do all I can so that these difficulties are temporary.

– Alexis Tsipras

Family 'devastated' at missing 12 believed to be in Syria

The remaining members of the family believed to have fled to Syrai say they are "devastated" by their disappearance.

Bedfordshire Police issued the following statement on their behalf:

We are devastated by the disappearance of these 12 and are very concerned for their safety.

This is completely out of character and we are very worried of the danger they may now be in.

Muhammed Abdul Mannan is elderly and both he and Minera Khatun have health issues.

This just does not make any sense. We can only think they have been tricked into going there, it is no place for elderly or young people.

We would urge any of them to please make contact with us or the police to let us know they are ok.

– Mannan family statement

Hottest July day on record as mercury reaches 36.7C

The temperature has hit the hottest ever for a July day, with highs of 36.7C recorded at Heathrow.

The previous record was 36.5 °C in 2006.

Baby believed to be with Luton family that 'fled' to Syria

A one-year-old baby is among the family group that is thought to have fled to Syria after a holiday in Bangladesh.

The family have not been seen since May Credit: Bedfordshire Police

Muhammed Abdul Mannan, 75, his wife Minera Khatun, 53, of Spencer Road, Luton, their daughter Rajia Khanom, 21, and sons Mohammed Zayd Hussain, 25, Mohammed Toufique Hussain, 19, Mohammed Abil Kashem Saker, 31, his wife Sheida Khanam, 27, Mohammed Saleh Hussain, 26, and his wife Roshanara Begum, 24, along with three children, aged between one and 11, were reported missing after failing to return home from viditing their home country in May.

Police are working with relatives who are still in the UK to trace them and asked anyone with any information about the 12 to call police on 101.

People can also visit www.preventtragedies.co.uk for information and advice for people who may be worried about a friend or loved one.

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