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A Sky News report in which Colin Brazier rummaged through belongings at the MH17 plane crash site in Ukraine has escaped censure by Ofcom.

The media watchdog investigated after the report drew 205 complaints.

Live footage from Ukraine, broadcast on 20 July, showed Mr Brazier pluck items from an open suitcase.

Ofcom said that while his actions could have caused offence, it also had to regard the broadcaster's right to freedom of expression.

After Mr Brazier handled the items, he was seen dropping them back into the luggage saying "we shouldn't really be doing this I suppose, really".

Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crashed over rebel-held territory in eastern Ukraine on 17 July.

All 298 people on board were killed.

The crash left bodies strewn across several kilometres, as well as plane wreckage and passengers' belongings.

Mr Brazier's broadcast showed an array of luggage and personal items, which he described as "holiday paraphernalia".

Ofcom noted that Mr Brazier appeared to almost immediately regret his actions and expressed this to viewers.
 
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