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Tuesday, 29 July 2014

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Lockerbie bomb police to visit Libya

British police investigating the 1988 Lockerbie bombing are to visit Libya for the first time.

Following talks in Tripoli with Libyan prime minister Ali Zeidan, Prime Minister David Cameron said officers from the Dumfries and Galloway force had been granted permission to travel to the country.

“I am delighted that the Dumfries and Galloway Police team will be able to look into the issues around the Lockerbie bombing,” he said.

The breakthrough follows months of behind-the-scenes negotiations with the authorities in Tripoli, and detectives are now expected to travel to the country next month.

Although police investigating the murder of PC Yvonne Fletcher – who was killed by shots fired from the Libyan People’s Bureau in London in 1984 – have visited three times since the revolution in 2011, similar access had not previously been given to the Lockerbie team.

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