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Woman found in shallow grave after being reported missing

by Ronke Phillips: Senior Correspondent

The body of his 27-year-old wife Nixiann Downes-Clack was discovered in a shallow grave on the island after she was reported missing by relatives.

  • A post mortem examination showed she died of blunt force trauma and had been strangled - asphyxiation by strangulation, it said
  • Her body was recovered on Friday, days after she was reported missing by relatives on the island
  • Mr Clack was born and brought up in London but now lives in Grenada
  • The Foreign Office has confirmed it is providing consular assistance

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Police 'confident of arrest' after ex-soldier stabbed

A Barbados police spokesman says the force is working hard to solve the case of British former soldier Brian Mulligan who was stabbed to death on Sunday morning.

No one has been arrested yet.

He was in a dispute with a local man, an altercation. He was taken to hospital by responding police officers.

We are working around the clock on this. We are following some leads and we are pretty confident there will be an arrest.

– Inspector David Welch, Royal Barbados Police Force

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British man killed on Barbados was former soldier

A British man stabbed to death on Barbados has been identified as a former soldier.

Brian Mulligan, 28, died after being knifed in the chest early on Sunday morning.

He is reportedly a father-of-two from London who served in the army for eight years until 2012, including a spell in Iraq.

Read: British man dies after stabbing in Barbados

Asked how mad is Blair? "That's not for me to say" says Mayor

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Boris on Blair asked: how mad is he? "That's not for me to say" @itvlondon

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London mayor Boris Johnson tries to row back his attack on Tony Blair's mental state, describing it as a "colourful metaphor." @itvlondon

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Boris Johnson says Tony Blair 'has gone mad' over Iraq

Boris Johnson has launched a pointed personal attack on former prime minister Tony Blair over his claims that the current conflict in Iraq is not linked to the West's 2003 invasion.

Boris Johnson has launched a pointed personal attack on former prime minister Tony Blair .
Boris Johnson has launched a pointed personal attack on former prime minister Tony Blair . Credit: PA

In his Daily Telegraph column, Mr Johnson said Mr Blair had "finally gone mad" and his "unhinged" attempt to rewrite history is undermining arguments for Western intervention in Iraq.

"In discussing the disaster of modern Iraq he made assertions that are so jaw-droppingly and breathtakingly at variance with reality that he surely needs professional psychiatric help," the London Mayor added.

Watch: Tony Blair: The West must engage with Syrian war

He said that by refusing to accept that the 2003 war was "a tragic mistake", "Blair is now undermining the very cause he advocates: the possibility of serious and effective intervention.

"Somebody needs to get on to Tony Blair and tell him to put a sock in it, or at least to accept the reality of the disaster he helped to engender. Then he might be worth hearing," Mr Johnson concluded.

Gang jailed for 89 years for trafficking women

Metropolitan Police smashed a gang of traffickers who were jailed in Romania Credit: Reuters

A criminal gang have been jailed for a total of 89 years for trafficking girls and young women from Romania to the UK.

Their victims who were forced to work in brothels across East London were found living at various houses in Newham.

They were recruited in Romania often with the promise of a job in the UK such as care or secretarial work.

Once here, they were stripped of their passports and forced into prostitution to pay off money owed to the traffickers for flights to the UK.

The Metropolitan Police has been investigating the cases since 2011 and a joint operation lead to 10 arrests in Romania in March.

£200,000 in assets has also been seized from the gang.

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