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Hull woman jailed for 3 years in Egypt - breaking news

A woman from Hull has been jailed for three years for smuggling drugs into Egypt.

Shop worker Laura Plummer, 33, was arrested after she was found to be carrying 290 tramadol tablets in her suitcase, a painkiller which is legal in the UK but which is banned in Egypt.

Ms Plummer's family, who have described her as "naive", said she was taking the tablets for her Egyptian partner Omar Caboo, who suffers from severe back pain.

Her mother Roberta Sinclair had travelled to Egypt for the Boxing Day hearing which had been adjourned from Christmas Day because Laura was too upset.

Her sister Rachel Plummer said her family was " devastated " by the sentence. Her family said her lawyers have lodged an immediate appeal..

Family's hopes dashed over Egyptian president's help in jail case

The family of the Hull woman locked up in an Egyptian jail for taking painkillers into the country have had their hopes that the president would intervene in her case dashed.

Laura Plummer

Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has said he will "not interfere" in the case of Laura Plummer was arrested for taking strips of Tramadol into the country for her boyfriend's sore back.

He added that his country had a "just, fair and independent judiciary system."


Holidaymakers to return from Sharm el-Sheik

Holidaymakers stranded in Sharm el-Sheik will start to return home today, including a flight to Doncaster airport.

Debris at the site where a Russian aircraft crashed in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula near El Arish city. Credit: Press Association

It comes after flights between the popular Egyptian holiday resort and the UK were suspended by the government, amid fears that a bomb may have been behind the downing of a Russian passenger jet last week.

Thomson flight TOM363 is due to arrive into the airport shortly after 11pm on Friday night. The flight will not be permitted to carry any hold luggage at all - including large medical items. Instead, passengers will only be allowed to take on one small piece of hand luggage, while larger items will be securely shipped separately via government couriers.

Mother's fight to be reunited with abducted daughter

A judge has told a mother from Leeds he can do no more to punish her former husband who is accused of taking their six year old daughter.

Elsa Salama was taken from her mother while on holiday in Egypt two years ago. Her father Tamer has already served a prison sentence for refusing to reveal where she is, but he has now been released.

Naomi Button from Bramley, has fought hard to find her daughter. But now she's been told there appears to be very little hope of them being re-united. Kate Walby reports.


Dewsbury boy "wrongfully retained" in Egypt named

An Egyptian businessman who a High Court judge says has "wrongfully retained" his two year-old Dewsbury son in Egypt for 10 months has been told to "come to his senses".

Mr Justice Roderic Wood says Abdelaziz Antar has kept Omar Antar in Egypt since late December in breach of court orders.

He says he hopes that publicity of allowing the boy to be named will pressurise Mr Antar into returning him to the care of his British mother Aisha Qureshi in Dewsbury.

Omar was born in 2011. His father worked abroad, visiting him at six month intervals.

Ms Qureshi and Omar had visited Egypt for a wedding in November. She had been forced to return to England and Mr Antar had refused to allow his son to leave, the judge heard.

Leeds mum pleads with kidnappers to return daughter

A mother from Leeds is pleading to the kidnappers of her daughter to bring her back home.

Naomi Button took Elsa, who'll be six next month, to visit her ex-husband's Egyptian family when the child was snatched by her father.

Tamer Salama is currently in jail in the UK because he refuses to reveal where he has hidden her. His term was recently increased by an additional year because of his failure to comply with court orders to return his daughter to the UK.

Elsa has not be seen since December 2011.