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M1 car crash victim was 'lively, likeable character'

Staff at the school attended by one of the victims of Monday's fatal crash on the M1 have paid tribute to him.

27-year-old Michael Luciw attended the Trinity Catholic school in Nottingham from September 2000.

"He was a lively, likeable character with a very personable nature and many friends. He got on well with his teachers. He was always a family orientated young man who was keen to support his Mum and Dad and took a keen interest in his younger siblings who also came to Trinity. He was always loyal, had a good steady work ethic and he left here to go into employment."

"A number of staff here still remember him and a number of ex staff have also contacted the school today, because they remember the family fondly and wanted to express their sadness. We are all shocked and upset to hear this very sad news and would pass on our condolences to the family."

– John Dexter, Acting Headteacher

Police granted more time for questioning in murder case

Connor, aged 19, died as a result of a gunshot wound to the abdomen Credit: West Midlands Police

Police have been granted further time to question a suspect in the Connor Smith murder investigation.

Magistrates authorised detectives to hold the 28-year-old man, who was arrested in Coventry on Monday, for a further 36 hours.

A 41-year-old man arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender, has been released on police bail pending further enquiries.

Five other people arrested in connection with the murder remain in police custody.

Connor, aged 19, died as a result of a gunshot wound to the abdomen following an attack in Hawkesley last Thursday night.


Family say M1 crash victim will be 'deeply missed'

27-year old Michael Luciw died in yesterday's crash Credit: Leicestershire Police

The family of one of the victims of yesterday's crash has described him as being a 'huge part' of their lives, adding that he will be 'deeply missed'.

27-year old Michael Luciw died following the crash on the M1 in Leicestershire in the early hours of Monday morning.

"It is with deepest sadness that Michael Luciw loving father, son, brother, uncle, grandson and nephew was sadly killed in the early hours of Monday morning on the M1 in a fatal car crash in which another person also died." "We as a family would appreciate at this time to be left alone to come to terms with his loss. He was a huge part of all our lives and will be deeply missed. Thank you."

– Michael's mother, Andrea Shelton and father Stefan Luciw
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MPs summon Tom Watson over Lord Brittan abuse claims

Labour deputy leader Tom Watson is to face a grilling from MPs over his pursuit of sex abuse allegations against the late Conservative cabinet minister, Lord Brittan.

The Commons Home Affairs Committee said that it had "invited" Mr Watson to appear before them on 21 October. The Metropolitan Police will also give evidence on the the same day.

The committee firmly believes that the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, which the Home Secretary has established under the chairmanship of Judge Lowell Goddard, is the most appropriate channel for these very important matters to be examined.

Our evidence session is therefore intended as a continuation of the regular series of very helpful regular updates which the committee received from the Metropolitan Police in the last Parliament and to hear evidence on a particular case.

The committee fully appreciates that ongoing operational activities are a matter for the police and these areas will not be discussed during the session.

– Keith Vaz, chair of Commons Home Affairs Committee


One of M1 crash victims named by police

One of the victims of the accident has been named Credit: ITV News Central

The passenger of a van who died in a collision on the M1 yesterday has been named.

Michael Joseph Luciw, 27, from Nottingham, died when the white Ford Transit van he was travelling in was involved in a collision near Junction 24 of the southbound carriageway.

The incident happened at around 2am yesterday and also involved a blue Mazda Premacy.

The 87-year-old driver of the Mazda also died in the collision but has not been identified by police.

The driver of the van was taken to the Queens Medical Centre in Nottingham where he remains in a stable condition.

Michael’s family have asked for privacy to grieve.

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