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Cameron: Russia 'trying to make some sort of a point'

David Cameron has said Russia appeared to be trying to make "some sort of a point" after two Russian Bear bombers were spotted off the coast of Cornwall.

Prime Minister David Cameron speaking in Felixstowe, Suffolk. Credit: ITV News

"I think what this episode demonstrates is that we do have the fast jets, the pilots, the systems in place to protect the United Kingdom," the Prime Minister said during an event at Felixstowe in Suffolk.

"I suspect what's happening here is that the Russians are trying to make some sort of a point and I don't think we should dignify it with too much of a response."

Russian military planes 'did not enter UK airspace'

Two Russian planes escorted away from the Cornish coast by the RAF never entered UK airspace, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said in a statement.

A spokesperson for the department said: RAF Quick Reaction Alert Typhoon fighter aircraft were launched yesterday after Russian aircraft were identified flying close to UK airspace.

"The Russian planes were escorted by the RAF until they were out of the UK area of interest. At no time did the Russian military aircraft cross into UK sovereign airspace.”

The MoD said the planes were not deemed to be a threat at any point.


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Search called off for man swept out to sea

The Coastguard has called off the search for a 51 year old man swept out to sea in North Cornwall.

Shane Galliers was scattering the ashes of his sister, who died last year, when he was caught by a large wave. His mother, Pat Howells, says she doesn't know how the tragedy occurred.

The Padstow lifeboat and Rescue 169 - the Navy search and rescue helicopter from Culdrose - were on the scene both last night and this morning helping the coastguard shore team in storm force conditions.

Last night it was quite horrendous. There was a fairly strong north westerly. The Padstow lifeboat was bouncing around. Everything was thrown at it, everything was done superbly.

– Ken Richards, Port Isaac Coastguard Team

Shane's daughter, Megan Almond, says her father adored his family - which included four grandchildren. His mother says, 'he was just so happy'.

'No sign' as sea search for man scattering ashes ends

The search for a man who was swept out to sea as he scattered ashes on the north Cornwall coast has ended.

"Sadly no sign has been found of him," the Maritime and Coastguard Agency said.

"Coastguard teams from Port Isaac and Boscastle have been carrying out a shoreline search this morning," the agency added.

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