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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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Ex-MEP Nicole Sinclaire charged with money laundering

Former MEP Nicole Sinclaire has been charged with money laundering and misconduct in a public office, the Crown Prosecution Service has said.

Former MEP Nicole Sinclaire represented the We Demand A Referendum Party.
Former MEP Nicole Sinclaire represented the We Demand A Referendum Party. Credit: Ian Nicholson/PA Wire

Ms Sinclaire, who represented the We Demand A Referendum Party, allegedly used funds paid into her bank account by the European Parliament "in respect of false travelling expenses claims."

Flags to fly at half mast over Downing St this afternoon

The Prime Minister said the Union flag and Dutch flag will hang at half-mast over Downing Street from this afternoon, as the coffins of those killed in the MH17 flight begin to arrive in the Netherlands.

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Flying Union flag and Dutch flag at half-mast over Downing St from 14.30 in memory of all MH17 victims as first coffins arrive in Eindhoven

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