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Co-pilot had been treated for suicidal tendencies

Andreas Lubitz had been treated for noticeable suicidal tendencies Credit: PA Wire

Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz who deliberately crashed a plane in the French Alps had been treated in the past for suicidal tendencies.

German state prosecutors said today the co-pilot had been in a long period of psychotherapy for "noticeable suicidal tendencies" several years ago.

Several years ago before obtaining his pilot's licence the co-pilot was in a long period of psychotherapeutic treatment with noticeable suicidal tendencies,

– Prosecutors' Office in Dusseldorf

The German prosecutors added that since then he had not shown any signs of suicidal behaviour nor aggressive tendencies in other visits to doctors.

There is still no evidence that the co-pilot in the French Alps plane disaster said anything beforehand about what he was about to do, the state prosecutor said.


Officials quiz girlfriend of Germanwings co-pilot

Rescue workers next to crash debris near Seyne-les-Alpes Credit: Reuters

The "female partner" of Germanwings pilot Andreas Lubitz has been questioned by investigators.

A spokesperson for the prosecutor's office in Dusseldorf told told NBC News today that the woman, who has not been named, was questioned as part of a special "commission" that has been set up to investigate the case.

The commission named 'Alpen' (Alps) was established to secure evidence and involves around 100 officers from various departments of police in the German state of North Rhein-Westphalia, the police spokesperson added.

Green Party launches 'Standing up for migrants' mug

The Green Party has responded to Labour's controversial 'Controls on immigration' slogan mugs with a version of their own, bearing the words "Standing up for migrants".

The Labour Party was mocked by some Twitter users for its £5 Pledge 4 Mug and even the party's own former frontbencher Diane Abbot branded the move "shameful" and an "embarrassment".

Shadow business secretary Chuka Umunna insisted Labour was not using "dog whistle" tactics over the immigration election merchandise.

But Green Party Leader Natalie Bennett accused Labour of "pandering to Ukip" with the mugs, as she launched her party's rival design:

However, the party did clarify on its website that its £5 mug was "Exact design TBC" as it tweeted what appeared to be a mock-up.

General election TV debate: Leaders given podium line-up

The all-important podium plan for Thursday's night's general election debate on ITV has been announced.

Prime Minister and the Green Party's Natalie Bennett have been allocated spots at either end of the line-up of party leaders.

Ukip leader Nigel Farage is set to be sandwiched between Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Labour leader Ed Miliband.

ITV can confirm that lots have been drawn today to determine the podium order for The ITV Leaders' Debate.

As a result of the drawing of lots the leaders will appear on set, left to right, as follows - Natalie Bennett, Nick Clegg, Nigel Farage, Ed Miliband, Leanne Wood, Nicola Sturgeon and David Cameron.

– ITV spokeswoman


British couple 'found dead with gunshot wounds'

Spain's national police force has named the British couple found dead in Alicante as ex-pats Peter and Jean Tarsey.

The 77-year-olds were found dead together with gunshot wounds, according to the Guardia Civil.

A post mortem is now due to take place.

At around 4.15pm yesterday, some friends of the couple went to their villa because they had not been seen for a few days.

They found the door was open and there were no signs of a break-in.

The couple, who had been living in Spain for 18 years, were found dead with gunshot wounds on the sofa.

The Guardia Civil is now awaiting the results of post-mortem examinations and investigations continue.

– Guardia Civil spokeswoman

Ex-MPs failing to delete old Twitter handles

Former MPs appear to be failing to follow official guidance ordering them to delete "MP" from their public profile, including on social media.

Some parliamentary candidates have not yet let go of their 'MP' handle on Twitter Credit: Twitter

The dissolution of Parliament today means there are no MPs until the general election in May - including those people elected as MPs in 2010, who should not claim to be MPs. Official guidance states that this means they must also change their username on sites such as Twitter.

While many have changed their profile to reflect their new status as a 'parliamentary candidate', others are still claiming to represent constituencies - though some, such as Defence Secretary Philip Hammond, have kept the 'MP' suffix while changing their information to make clear that there are no more MPs.

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