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Man, 46, arrested today in Lawrence investigation

A 46-year-old man was arrested this morning by police investigating the disappearance of Claudia Lawrence.

The man, who was arrested in the York area, was arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice, North Yorkshire Police said.

Detectives investigating the disappearance of Claudia Lawrence have this morning (23 July 2014) arrested a 46-year-old man from the York area on suspicion of perverting the course of justice.

The man is currently being interviewed in custody while searches and forensic enquiries are conducted in relation to the investigation.

With this investigation very much active, and with the possibility that further arrests will be made, it is extremely important that the media and the public do not publish or broadcast anything on traditional media platforms or on social and digital sites, that could compromise the enquiry or the legal rights of those connected to the case and involved in these proceedings.

– North Yorkshire Police statement
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Fresh arrest in Claudia Lawrence investigation

Police in York investigating the disappearance of Claudia Lawrence have arrested a man on suspicion of perverting the course of justice.

Claudia Lawrence disappeared in March 2009
Claudia Lawrence disappeared in March 2009

The 46-year-old man is currently being interviewed in custody while searches and forensic enquiries are conducted in relation to the investigation.

A 59-year-old man arrested in May remains on police bail as enquiries continue.

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Flags flying at half-mast over No 10 for MH17 disaster

The Dutch and Union flags are flying half-mast over Downing Street in remembrance of the 298 people killed in the MH17 air disaster.

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Flags flying at half-mast over Downing St as we remember all MH17 victims in solidarity with our Dutch friends today http://t.co/OFB9LAuhtz

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Watch: British MH17 victims' father says 'we need them back here'

British victims' father: We need them back here

The father of a British victim of the MH17 air disaster has told ITV News the families need the "closure" of having their loved ones' bodies brought back to them.

Barry Sweeney, whose football fan son Liam was on the downed plane, spoke as he waited at Amsterdam's Schiphol airport, where he said he felt as if he was walking in his son's footsteps.

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Prisoner 'gouges own eyes out in protest at conditions'

An investigation has been launched after a prisoner reportedly gouged his own eyes out over high temperatures in his cell.

The prisoner, who has not been named, was taken to hospital following the incident at HMP Nottingham on Monday.

The incident reportedly occurred at HMP Nottingham in protest over high temperatures in the prison.
The incident reportedly occurred at HMP Nottingham in protest over high temperatures in the prison. Credit: Lewis Stickley/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Some reports have linked the incident to a protest about high temperatures inside the prison, but the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has denied these claims.

The MoJ confirmed the prisoner was taken to hospital following "an act of self harm," but refused to release details of the nature of the injuries he sustained.

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David Ward MP apologises for Twitter comments

Bradford MP David Ward has apologised for comments he made on Twitter about Israel and Gaza.

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BREAKING: @davidwardmp apologises for his comments in a statement sent out by @libdempress

The Liberal Democrat said in a statement through the party:

I utterly condemn the violence on both sides in Israel and Gaza.

I condemn the actions of Hamas, and my comments were not in support of firing rockets into Israel. If they gave the opposite impression, I apologise.

However, while I defend the right of Israel to exist and defend itself, I will continue to speak out for the rights of the Palestinian people who are facing untold suffering. More must be done by the world community to end this humanitarian crisis and protect the families living in Gaza. I can understand their plight and desperation.

A cease fire in this conflict is essential. If we are to end the suffering, and establish a safer society for people in Gaza, the first step must be an end to violence on both sides.

– David Ward MP
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.@libdempress say: “In light of apology, whips and party will decide in due course if further disciplinary action should be taken.”

UN: Strong possibility humanitarian law violated in Gaza

The UN's Human Rights chief Navi Pullay said Israel's military action in Gaza could amount to war crimes. Speaking earlier today, she said:

There seems to be a strong possibility that humanitarian law has been violated in a manner that could amount to war crimes.

– Navi Pullay

Read: UN says one child killed every hour for past two days in Gaza

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