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Fire on Monarch plane 'started deliberately by passenger'

A Monarch plane at Birmingham Airport. Credit: PA|

Two small fires which broke out on a Monarch plane are believed to have been started deliberately by a passenger.

West Midlands Police have launched an inquiry into the incidents on a Monarch service from Birmingham Airport to Sharm el-Sheikh in Egypt.

The force said no-one was hurt as both blazes were contained and extinguished by staff on board the flight on Thursday August 27.

A police spokesman said: "Officers from the Airport Policing Unit continue to investigate the circumstances around the incidents.

"At present no arrests have been made but our inquiries are still ongoing."

In a statement, Monarch Airlines said local police were in attendance when flight ZB472, an Airbus A321 carrying 201 passengers and seven crew, touched down in Egypt.

"UK authorities have been notified and are dealing with the matter. As the alleged incident is the subject of a police investigation, we are not in a position to comment further," the airline said.

Report: Police discrimination complaint handling 'poor'

Three police forces have been criticised by the police watchdog for "poor" handling of discrimination complaints.

The West Midlands, Greater Manchester and West Yorkshire forces were accused of "significant" failings in the way they dealt with allegations of discrimination, in an Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) report.

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LISTEN: Shocking 'police rant' recorded on voicemail

The full audio from a voicemail allegedly left by two police officers on the phone of a suspected domestic violence victim has been released.

WARNING: This audio contains language which some people may find offensive.

The officers had arrived to take a statement at the Sutton Coldfield home of teenager Alex Faragher, 19 - but when they discovered she wasn't in, she says they called her phone.

And she claims a foul-mouthed rant was inadvertently recorded, in which they called her a "f****** slag" and a "bitch".

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