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'Torn up sick note' found in plane crash co-pilot's things

A torn-up sick note for the day of the Germanwings Airbus plane crash has been found in documents belonging to co-pilot Andreas Lubitz, investigators have revealed.

Bosses at the company say that no sick note was submitted to the company for the day of the crash - and the senior prosecutor of Dusseldorf confirmed the finding seemed to back up these claims.

A torn-up sick note has been found in documents belonging to Andreas Lubitz Credit: Reuters

The prosecutor said that "a torn-up current sick note, also valid for the day of the incident" had been found in Lubitz's belongings - and said it supported assumptions that he had hidden his illness from his employer and work colleagues.

Meanwhile, Dusseldorf University Clinic confirmed that Lubitz had attended in February and March this year for a diagnosis.

They would not confirm details due to privacy laws, but denied that he had been treated there for depression.

UK expands warning on 'all but essential' travel to Kenya

The UK has expanded its travel warning to cover most areas along the coast of Kenya.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has advised people against "all but essential" travel to within 15km (nine miles) of the coast, from the Tana River down to Tiwi.

The government has expanded its travel warnings for Kenya Credit: FCO

This area includes Mombasa Island, Moi International Airport, Malindi, Kilifi and Watamu, but does not cover Diani.

The warning also covers areas within 60km (37 miles) of the Kenya-Somalia border, Garissa County and the Eastleigh area of Nairobi.

There are no travel warnings against any of Kenya's popular safari destinations in the national parks, including Masai Mara, Laikipia and the Aberdare National Park.


Man arrested for slapping sneezing elderly people

A man has been arrested for a series of assaults on elderly people who had sneezed in public.

Five women and one man, aged between 65 and 82, complained to police that they had been slapped while sneezing in Carlisle city centre over the last month.

A spokesman for Cumbria Police said: "A 49-year-old man from Carlisle was arrested in connection with the assaults and is currently helping officers with their inquiries."

Germanwings renames Flight 4U 9525 after crash

A Germanwings flight 4U 9441 - which was formerly called 4U 9525. Credit: REUTERS/Albert Gea

Germanwings has renamed Flight 4U 9525 following the French Alps air disaster which left 150 people dead.

A Germanwings plane before departure at Barcelona's El Prat airport today. Credit: REUTERS/Albert Gea

Earlier today, passengers boarded the newly-named Flight 4U 9441 from Barcelona to Dusseldorf for the first time since the plane crash.


Flowers surround memorial for Alps crash victims

Flowers surround the memorial for the victims of the air disaster in the village of Le Vernet, near the Germanwings crash site.

The memorial for the victims of the air disaster in the village of Le Vernet. Credit: REUTERS/Eric Gaillard
The memorial is written in four different languages. Credit: REUTERS/Eric Gaillard
Flowers have been left at the memorial stone near the crash site. Credit: REUTERS/Eric Gaillard
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Caught on camera: the moment John Rudd is confronted by paedophile-hunters 'Dark Justice'

This is the moment that John Rudd realised that the 14 year old girl he thought he was meeting on the Millennium Bridge turned out to be members of paedophile-hunting group Dark Justice.

'You can hide but the police are on their way' he is told.

Thanks to their efforts, Rudd, from Stockton-on-Tees, was today jailed for one year and placed on the Sex Offenders' Register for ten years.

Ebola healthworker first to be treated with experimental drug

A 25-year-old British military medic who has been declared free of the Ebola virus was the first person in the world to be treated with an experimental drug.

Corporal Anna Cross, from Cambridge, was treated at the Royal Free Hospital in London. She was the first person in the world to be given the experimental Ebola drug MIL 77.

She caught the virus while volunteering as a staff nurse in Sierra Leone. She was flown back to the UK a fortnight ago.

The Royal Free said Cross has been declared free of the virus and has been discharged.

Corporal Cross told a press conference she had been cared for at the hospital by an "absolutely incredible bunch of clinicians.Thanks to them I'm alive".

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