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Police 'more likely to search Muslims'.

Speculation about the missing Earl of Shaftesbury yesterday centred on the whereabouts of his body and a motive for murder after his third wife confessed she played a part in his disappearance.

There has been no sign of the flamboyant earl, 66, since he vanished on November 6.

Former hostess Ms M'Barek, 37, is being held in a prison hospital in Nice. She is having treatment for depression after she appeared before a judge in Grasse on Saturday and was placed under investigation for murder.

Ms M'Barek, who is of Tunisian origin, has denied murder and has allegedly blamed her brother Mohammed M'Barek, 40, who was arrested in Germany and is being extradited to France.

BRITAIN'S Muslim population should accept as a 'reality' that people of Islamic appearance are more likely to be stopped and searched by police, a Minister said last night.

Home Office Minister Hazel Blears said that because laws were geared to dealing with Islamic extremists, innocent Muslims will inevitably be disproportionately targeted.

'It means that some of our counter-terrorism powers will be disproportionately experienced by the Muslim community. I think that is the reality and I think we should recognise that,' she told Ministers.

She made the comments during the all-party Home Affairs Select Committee's inquiry into the effect anti-terror powers have had on com- munity relations.

NURSES are up in arms after their primary care trust banned the sale of chocolate in three hospitals to make staff eat more healthily.

Staff at Kendray Hospital, Mount Vernon Hospital and the Keresforth Centre were told that chocolate and other sweets would no longer be sold in its canteens, the Nursing Standard reported.

One nurse told the magazine, 'We could not believe it. It is absolutely ridiculous that our bosses are telling us what to eat. We are adults and should be able to make up our own minds.'

The PCT said staff were not banned from bringing in their own, but it was 'leading by example' in promoting a healthier diet.
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