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DEFENCE DAILY: Katrice Lee Investigation Latest And Bikers Fundraise For Veterans Charity

A round-up of today's defence news...

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Renewed Investigation Into Girl’s Disappearance Ends

The renewed investigation into the disappearance of a soldier's two-year-old daughter in Germany almost 40 years ago has not found any new evidence.

The Royal Military Police have ended a search of Paderborn’s Alme river, where Katrice Lee disappeared in 1981. More details of the search are expected to be released today. 

She vanished on her second birthday, close to the base where her father was stationed.

Excavation of the river bank started in early May and was scheduled to take five weeks, but the military said investigators were able to conclude work faster than planned.

 

UK Sends Aid To Gaza As US Calls Emergency Meeting

The United States has called for an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council to discuss the recent exchange of fire between Israel and Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip.

The Israeli military says more than 70 mortars and rockets were fired from Gaza on Tuesday and that it responded with air-strikes against 55 targets.

The meeting is expected to take place on Wednesday afternoon.

Meanwhile, the UK has committed to provide a new package of aid totalling £1.5 million to buy medicines and equipment for hospitals in Gaza.

The funding will help treat patients in 11 hospitals and will also provide physical rehabilitation services for around 4,000 people.

 

Bikers Raise Money For Veterans Charity

Hundreds of bikers have helped raise money for one of Scotland’s largest veterans charities, Erskine.

More than 1,000 bikers roared off from a school and drove seven miles to the Erskine hospital, near Glasgow, on Monday.

Now in its 12th year, the annual Erskine Motorbike Meet supports the charity, which has been caring for veterans since 1916. It offers nursing, residential, respite and dementia care in four homes throughout Scotland.

 

UK Company Pays £15million To Settle Claim It Overbilled US Navy

A British-based maritime services company has agreed to pay £15 million to resolve allegations it overbilled the US Navy for goods and services provided to American warships at ports around the world, the US Justice Department said on Tuesday.

Inchcape Shipping Services Holdings Ltd provided US Navy ships with waste removal, telephone access, ship-to-shore transportation, security and other services at ports in the Middle East, Africa and Latin America.

A lawsuit charged that between 2005 and 2014 Inchcape knowingly submitted invoices to the Navy overstating the goods and services actually provided.

Inchcape said in a statement it disputed the allegations but had decided to settle the case because it was still in its early stages after eight years and appeared likely to remain a distraction for years to come.