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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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MH17: 'Persons of interest' identified by prosecutors

"Persons of interest" have been identified in an international criminal investigation into the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17.

After a report by the Dutch Safety Board found that a Russian-made Buk missile filed from rebel-held eastern Ukraine was likely to have caused the disaster, prosecutors said findings from their separate criminal probe "point in that same direction".

The Dutch-led team of investigators did not name any of the suspects said to have been identified.


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MH17: Some 'may have remained conscious before crash'

Debris from the MH17 crash lies in eastern Ukraine. Credit: Reuters

Some passengers on board flight MH17 may have remained conscious during the short period between it being struck by a missile and crashing to the ground.

However, Dutch investigators said it was likely that those on board were "barely able to comprehend the situation in which they found themselves" during the 60-90 seconds in which the plane came down.

The report said passengers would have been exposed to "factors that had an extreme impact on the body" such as the noise of the impact, the abrupt change in speed of the aircraft, the decompression and extreme cold.

As a result, it found that passengers were unlikely to have "performed conscious actions" during the short period, and no photographs or text messages were found on devices such as mobile phones aboard the plane.

All 298 people on board were killed in the disaster.

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Investigators release animation of the route of MH17

Dutch investigators have released an animated report showing the route MH17 took up to the moment the airliner disappeared from radar.

The Dutch Safety Board have questioned why civilian airlines were flying over an area of armed conflict.

A Dutch investigator said: "Nobody gave any thought to the possible threat to civil aviation."

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