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One of Britain's most wanted fugitives appears in court

One of Britain's most wanted fugitives, who was allegedly involved in a £4 billion drugs plot, has appeared in court.

Paul John Scott, 32, appeared at Liverpool Crown Court by videolink from high-security HMP Wakefield where is being held.

Scott, from Liverpool, spoke only to confirm his name during the brief hearing.

Paul John Scott's arrest came two weeks after an appeal for help capturing him was made on BBC's Crimewatch. Credit: National Crime Agency/Steve Ivie/YouTube

He is charged with conspiracy to import cocaine but was not asked to enter a plea and a provisional trial date was set for 15th June.

Scott was arrested after he returned to Britain from the Netherlands in December. He was also being sought by the Guardia Civil in Spain in connection with the murder of a British national.

The reportedly tortured body of Francis Brennan, 25, from Liverpool, who was on the run in Spain, washed up on the beach in Alicante last April after he was allegedly kidnapped by men posing as police officers.


Fugitive arrested trying to sneak back into UK on plane

One of Britain's most wanted fugitives has been arrested while trying to sneak back into the UK in a light aircraft from the Netherlands.

Suspected drug smuggler Paul John Scott, 32, was picked up by police after flying into East Winch Airfield in Norfolk in a Cessna 170.

The pilot, who was also arrested, had raised suspicions by flying into the same airfield in a different aircraft earlier this month.

Paul John Scott's arrest came two weeks after an appeal for help capturing him was made on BBC's Crimewatch. Credit: National Crime Agency/Steve Ivie/YouTube

The National Crime Agency (NCA) said Scott is a suspected member of a drug-smuggling gang from Merseyside that plotted to smuggle up to 40 tonnes of drugs into the UK.

The NCA said he was wanted by the Guardia Civil in Spain in connection with the murder of a British man, Francis Brennan, in Alicante.

He appeared at Liverpool Magistrates Court yesterday, charged with conspiracy to import cocaine, and was remanded in custody until his next court appearance on 2 January.

The pilot, who was also arrested on suspicion of money laundering, was bailed pending further enquiries.

MH17 crash victim 'found with oxygen mask on'

One of the 298 victims of the MH17 disaster - when a Malaysia Airlines plane was shot down over eastern Ukraine - was found wearing an oxygen mask, Dutch Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans said.

MH17 crash site in eastern Ukraine. Credit: Reuters

The flight was hit by "objects" that "pierced the plane at high velocity", according to an initial report into the disaster, leading to the theory that all on board instantly died after the missile hit.

In a speech to the UN four days after the crash, Mr Timmermans talked emotively about the horror passengers went through "when they knew the plane was going down".

A Dutch talkshow today accused Mr Timmermans of falsely describing events on board the doomed flight during his UN speech.

The Dutch Foreign Minister admitted that all of the people on the flight would not have seen the missile but revealed that one passenger was found with his oxygen mask on.


Huge tomato fight protests Russian EU food embargo

Around 2000 people gathered at the main square in Amsterdam today to join a tomato fight in support of the Dutch farmers affected by a Russian boycott of EU agricultural products.

The popular Spanish La Tomatina festival inspired a few young Dutch entrepreneurs to organise Amsterdam's version of the tomato fight.

Participants used about 10,000 kilos of tomatoes in the one-hour fight.

Organiser Joep Verbunt said: "Our farmers have a big problem because they cannot deliver their products anymore to Russia."

"Everybody who is here pays 15 euros, so the money goes to the farmers that have the problem," Verbunt told Reuters as he got hit by a flying tomato.

More victims identified from MH17 bringing total to 65

A Dutch led forensic team has managed to identify the remains of 42 more victims who perished aboard Malaysia Airlines flight 17, according to the Netherlands' Justice Ministry.

Wreckage from Malaysia Airlines flight 17. Credit: Reuters

Of these victims 21 were Dutch nationals and 21 were other nationalities, they said. A total of 65 victims have now been identified.

They said the relatives of the victims have been notified but at the request of the embassies of the countries concerned, they have not announced the specific nationalities of the non-Dutch victims.

A total of 228 coffins were brought to the Netherlands for analysis but it is not known how many victims that represents.

The forensic experts at a military base in Hilversum are using DNA samples and dental records in a process expected to take months.

Malaysia Airlines gives £2,980 to MH17 families

Malaysia Airlines is offering a payment to the families of each passenger and crew member who died aboard the MH17 flight.

The families of passengers aboard the MH17 will received a payout of around £2980 Credit: Reuters

In a statement the airlines said they were currently supporting the families and that they had assigned caregivers for each family member to "provide emotional support and assistance."

They said: "In addition, the airline is offering financial assistance of $5,000 (£2,980) to the families of each passenger and craw member. To date, a majority of the families have already received such financial assistance, which will not be part of any compensation that may be payable."

They added: "We have also taken steps to arrange for contractual benefits to which our crew are entitled to be explained and paid to their next of kin, together with a further goodwill payment to help meet the current needs of their families."

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