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Wales's oldest man, Griffith Williams, a former Royal Welch Fusilier, who arrested Eamon De Valera, the Irish Republican leader, has died, aged 108. Mr Williams, of LLithfaen on the LLeyn peninsular, north Wales, arrested De Valera, later president of the Irish Republic, while serving with the regiment in Ireland in the First World War and spent a night guarding him in a cell.

Former missionary Jane Cross, thought to be Scotland's oldest woman, died yesterday at the age of 109 in a church home at Helensburgh, Strathclyde.