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British planespotters arrested in United Arab Emirates

Three British planespotters are being detained in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) after being accused of breaching "national security".

Conrad Clitheroe, 53, is said to be detained alongside two other British men. Credit: MEN Syndication

Conrad Clitheroe, 53, his friend Gary Cooper, 45, and their former colleague, ex-pat Neil Munro, have been held since 21 February, Clitheroe's wife said.

The trio were reportedly stopped by an off-duty policeman while taking notes near Fujairah Airport, about 80 miles from Dubai.

The are understood to be held at Fujairah prison on suspicion of a "national security offence", with the Dubai public prosecution is dealing with the case.

Mrs Clitheroe, from Stockport, Greater Manchester said she fears for her husband's health, after he raised concern in telephone calls.

"He goes for regular check ups and takes quick a lot of medication which will have run out now," he said.

UEA F-16 jets strike oil refineries under IS control

F-16 fighter jets from the United Arab Emirates - based in Jordan - carried out air strikes against oil refineries under the control of Islamic State aiming to dry up its sources of funding.

An F16 fighter jet from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) arrives at an air base in Jordan. Credit: Reuters

The state news agency WAM said the jets returned safely to their base after the strikes.

The UAE had said on February 10 it carried out air strikes against IS after previously suspending its participation in coalition air strikes for several weeks over pilot safety concerns.


UAE's air force 'took part in strikes' on Syria IS targets

The United Arab Emirates air force took part in US-led air strikes on Islamic State targets in Syria overnight, the country's official WAM news agency reported.

The operation took place "in coordination with participating forces in the international efforts against Da'esh", the foreign ministry said in a statement, using a widely-used term for Islamic State militants.

PM to call for investigation into Dubai torture claims

The Prime Minister said "nothing should be off limits" in discussions with the UAE.

David Cameron has told Daybreak there needs to be a "proper independent investigation" into the alleged police torture of three British men who were on holiday in Dubai.

The Prime Minister said he would raise the need for an inquiry with the visiting president of the United Arab Emirates later today, describing it as the "first step of working out what needs to happen next" in the case.

Mr Cameron played down any possible fallout from the demand, adding: "Look, we have a very good relationship with the UAE and I'm delighted they're here on this state visit this week."

Sister: My brother looks grey and distraught

Davena Kumar, the sister of Suneet Jeerh who was sentenced to four years in a Dubai prison for drug offences told Daybreak that the whole ordeal has aged her brother.

She said: "It's a little bit sad to see him like that because he looks very aged, he's all greyed, the side of his hair, his beard and his eyebrows have all greyed, he looks quite distraught."


Brother: All charges against Karl should be dropped

Alex Williams, the brother of Karl Williams told Daybreak that "all charges should be dropped" against his brother who was sentenced to four years in a Dubai jail yesterday for drug offences.

He said: "Four years is definitely better than the death penalty that they were originally facing, but like I said because of the way they were treated, all charges should be dropped, they shouldn't be allowed to be tortured, and as British citizens I think that's unacceptable."

Cameron to raise torture claims with UAE president

David Cameron is expected to raise the cases of three Britons who were allegedly tortured in Dubai when he meets the president of the United Arab Emirates later today.

Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan inspects members of the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards with the Duke of Edinburgh Credit: Ben Stanstall/PA Wire

The state visit by Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan comes amid allegations that Grant Cameron and Suneet Jeerh, both 25, and Karl Williams, 26, were abused by police.

Mr Cameron expressed his concern at the torture allegations in a letter to the charity Reprieve and said he intended to raise the subject with the president. His spokesman later said that there will be "no no-go areas" in their discussions.

The Sheikh will visit Downing Street for talks with the Prime Minister before laying a wreath at Westminster Abbey.

Read: Cameron: 'Torture of British tourists is a concern'

Queen welcomes UAE president to the UK

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh with the President of the United Arab Emirates. Credit: PA Wire

Britain's close links with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) were praised by the Queen as she welcomed the nation's president to the UK.

Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, on a two-day state visit to the UK, was formally greeted by the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh during a ceremony full of pomp and military splendour staged at Windsor Castle.

The Queen later hosted a state lunch for the Arab leader and his ministers and officials, with British guests led by Prime Minister David Cameron.