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Debris barnacles 'fit timeline of when MH370 went down'

The barnacles attached to the plane debris. Credit: Reuters

Barnacles attached to a piece of debris which could be part of MH370 are old enough to fit with the timeline of when the plane went down, an expert has said.

Marine biologist Dr Phillip Cowie told ITV News he believed they were goose-necked barnacles which are usually found in tropical waters.

From looking at photographs, Dr Cowie said some of them appeared to be adults, which can range from a few months to a year old. Flight MH370 has been missing since it took off on March 8, 2014.

But unless the species turn out to be rare, the barnacles are unlikely to help with any indication as to where the rest of the wreckage might be.

"The point of origin is difficult to pinpoint unless they are a very uncommon species," said Dr Cowie.

"The nature of these barnacles is that they are often spread across a very wide area, so sadly they may not be of much use in determining much else."

College bomb plot teen faces 'substantial' prison term

Police found webcam pictures Lyburd took of himself dressed for combat. Credit: CPS/PA Wire

Police found pipe bombs Liam Lyburd had made, a Glock semi-automatic handgun and 94 expanding bullets he had bought on the internet when they raided his home in Newcastle in November.

A computer specialist recovered a deleted file from his computer in which he wrote about getting vengeance on the college which had kicked him out.

They also found webcam pictures he took of himself dressed for combat, armed with a Glock and brandishing a knife.

He will be sentenced on September 25 after a psychiatric report has been prepared.

Judge Paul Sloan QC told him: "You will appreciate that only a very substantial sentence in custody is appropriate in the circumstances of this case."

Lyburd gestured with his fingers to his own head as if he was shooting himself as he was taken away from court.


Teenager found guilty of college bomb plot

Liam Lyburd, left, denied plotting to kill students at his former college. Credit: PA

A teenager has been convicted of planning mass murder at his former college.

Liam Lyburd, 19, denied he had any plans to kill anyone after being charged with plotting an attack at Newcastle College.

Police discovered an arsenal of weapons at the home he shared with his mother and sister after concerns were raised about a series of his online posts.

During his trial at Newcastle Crown Court, he claimed he was merely a harmless internet troll, adding that if he actually wanted to kill anyone he wouldn't have merely written about it online.


Route flight MH370 took before it lost contact

Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 took off from Kuala Lumpur on March 8 2014.

It was due to arrive in Beijing the same day but its final contact was above the South China Sea.

At one stage the search area covered a large part of the world but it was later narrowed to the Indian Ocean off the Australian coast.

The debris has washed up on the shores of the Reunion Island east of Madagascar.

Relatives of MH370 passengers hope for closure

The wife of a man who was on flight MH370 is hoping for closure after the discovery of plane debris which could be the missing aircraft.

Jacquita Gnomes' husband Patrick was among 239 people on board the Boeing 777.

She told ITV News: "We can have some sort of closure until they bring the whole aircraft back, and then I can give my husband the peace that he needs."

More plane debris expected to wash up in coming weeks

More debris from a plane believed to be the missing Malaysian Airlines MH370 flight is likely to wash up in the coming weeks, experts have said.

Wreckage was discovered on the shores of Reunion Island, off the east coast of Africa, earlier today - and while its origins have not yet been confirmed, investigators believe it could be that of the doomed plane which disappeared in March last year carrying 239 people.

Oceanographer Prof Charitha Pattiaratchi told ITV News presenter Charlene White he and his colleagues had predicted now would be the time debris would begin to wash up.

However, he said, it was unlikely search teams would find any bodies.

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