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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.

Search for man washed out to sea scattering ashes

A 51-year-old man is missing after being swept out to sea while scattering ashes. Credit: Google Maps

Falmouth Coastguard said it is currently coordinating the search for a 51-year-old man who was washed out to sea at Port William on the north Cornish Coast while scattering ashes.

Two other members of the group that he was with went into the sea in an attempt to rescue him but were unsuccessful.

Falmouth Coastguard scrambled a search and rescue helicopter from RAF Chivenor, two coastguard rescue teams from Boscastle and Port Isaac began a shoreline search and the Padstow RNLI Lifeboat was launched.

Falmouth Coastguard Watch Manager, Neil Oliver, said: "We have now been searching for four hours and sadly the man has not been found yet.

The helicopter and lifeboats have now completed their searches but the two coastguard rescue teams continue their search.

Conditions this evening have been unfavourable with gale force winds and rough seas."

Patient tested for Ebola at Cornwall hospital

A patient is being tested for the Ebola virus as a precautionary measure at the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro after being admitted last night.

The person - who was considered at risk of having contracted Ebola - has been placed in an isolation unit until the results of the test are known, the hospital said.

The patient was admitted to the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro last night. Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

"We do not expect the results to be known for at least 24 hours and in the meantime the patient is being looked after in isolation", a spokesman said.

Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust "has taken the proper precautions and followed the guidelines" from Public Health England and NHS England, he added.

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