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Crash victim's father 'really sad' for co-pilot's parents

The father of an American passenger killed in the Germanwings plane crash said he feels "really sad" for the parents of co-pilot Andreas Lubitz.

Robert Tansill Oliver's son died when the Airbus A350 crashed in the French Alps. Credit: RTV

Robert Tansill Oliver, whose son Robert Oliver Calvo was among the 150 people killed, said, "I don't feel anger".

"I'm really sad for the parents of that young pilot. I mean, I can't imagine what they´re going through right now," he added.

Paedophile snared in online sting jailed for year

Dark Justice members Scott (left) and Callum, who helped catch paedophile John Rudd Credit: PA Wire

A paedophile who was snared by an internet group who tricked him into thinking he was meeting a 14-year-old girl has been jailed for a year.

John Rudd contacted a fake profile set up by group Dark Justice and arranged to meet with the "girl" even though he knew her to be underage.

The group, who aim to deter online grooming and raise awareness among parents, set up a profile on the site Badoo in the name Donna.

The 57-year-old, from Stockton, Teeside, travelled to Newcastle where he was shocked to find two men with a video camera waiting for him instead of "Donna" last November.

The pair, from Dark Justice, filmed Rudd saying: "I just feel stupid." He was arrested minutes later.

Rudd was sentenced at Newcastle Crown Court after he admitted a charge of attempting to meet a child after secular grooming. He was also placed on the Sex Offenders' Register for 10 years.


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Paedophile priest jailed for sexually abusing young boy

A Catholic priest has been jailed for three years for sexually abusing a young boy at a children's home in Hounslow.

Father Anthony McSweeney has been jailed for three years Credit: PA Wire

Father Anthony McSweeney, who is 68, was convicted of abusing the boy at Grafton Close Children's Home between 1979 and 1981.

He was also found guilty of making indecent images of children.

He preyed on the boy with his close friend John Stingemore, 72, who managed the care home and was found dead in January weeks before his trial.

The priest was cleared in February of three indecent assaults on two other boys at the care home and of taking a pornographic photo of one of these boys.


Prosecutors: Lubitz 'tore up sicknote from day of crime'

German state prosecutors said they found evidence that Andreas Lubitz had deliberately concealed his medical condition from his employers. They said they found various torn up sicknotes found in his home, including, they said, "from the day of the crime."

Documents with medical contents were confiscated that point towards an existing illness and corresponding treatment by doctors.

The fact there are sick notes saying he was unable to work, among other things, that were found torn up, which were recent and even from the day of the crime, support the assumption based on the preliminary examination that the deceased hid his illness from his employer and his professional colleagues.

– German prosecutors office

German police: No suicide note in Lubitz's home

German prosecutors say they have not found a suicide note inside the home of Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz.

Police said Andreas Lubitz hid his illness from his employers. Credit: RTV

They also found evidence that Lubitz was receiving medical treatment, but that he hid his illness from his employers.

They also said they found no evidence or any political or religious motive for him to apparently deliberately crash the plane, killing 149 people as well as himself.

Miliband 'caught up in rough and tumble' with protesters

The Labour Party has admitted that Ed Miliband was caught up in "campaign rough and tumble" involving demonstrators yesterday - but denied claims its leader was punched in the chest.

Miliband arriving for last night's programme. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

The alleged incident was "shrugged off" by Miliband after taking place in London yesterday morning, the party said.

The Mirror had reported that around six demonstrators had surrounded the opposition leader.

The paper cited an activist who claimed: "Ed had to push his way through them to get into the car. It was over very quickly but it was shocking."

Miliband and Prime Minister David Cameron later appeared separately on television for a live question-and-answer session.

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