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Failings that sunk HMS Sheffield revealed after 35 years

Newly declassified documents have revealed a catalogue of errors that led to the sinking of HMS Sheffield during the Falklands war in 1982.

An official report, kept secret for 35 years, concluded that the destroyer could have avoided being downed by an Argentine missile.

The blast killed 20 crew members, while others suffered injuries after being forced to abandon ship.

The complete report lists a catalogue of failings. It shows that one of the two officers on look-out at the time had gone for a coffee, and the other was in the lavatory.

However, it appears that blame was hushed up so as not to undermine the national mood of victory at the end of the war.


Bradford man in court of terror charges

A 42-year-old old man from Bradford has appeared in court charged with two offences under the Terrorism Act following an investigation by the North East Counter Terrorism Unit.

Farooq Rashid of Ducy Crescent, Bradford, appeared before Westminster magistrates charged with one count of dissemination of a terrorist publication, contrary to Section 2 of the Terrorism Act 2006 and one count of possessing a publication likely to be useful to a terrorist.

Rashid, who was arrested in October 2016 as part of an intelligence led inquiry, was remanded in custody.

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