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Election 2015: What matters to first time voters

More than three million young people across the UK will have their first opportunity to vote when the polls open on Thursday morning.

They could, if they all choose to use their vote, have a massive influence on the outcome of the election.

But what isssues motivate them - and which of the parties have managed to win them over? A group of first time voters from the Calendar region have been speaking to Grace Melody-Gardner:


Private jet for Yorkshire trio to return for county tie

County champions Yorkshire have chartered a private jet to fly three of their players back to Headingley after international duty in order to boost their depleted squad.

The trio will return to Headingley for the Hampshire game on Sunday Credit: Press Association

The Tykes have done without six front-line players so far this season owing to Gary Ballance, Jonny Bairstow, Adam Lyth, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid and Joe Root being with England's Test side in the West Indies.

Ballance and Root were the only ones to play a minute of the three-match series and are being rested by England this weekend, but Bairstow, Rashid and Tim Bresnan are in line to face Ireland in a one-day international in Dublin on Friday.

With Lyth and Plunkett back in their ranks, Yorkshire are keen to have as strong a side as possible to face Hampshire on Sunday and have arranged for their trio of players to travel separately to the rest of the England squad.

Hampshire's James Vince will also travel to Leeds with the group.

Yorkshire chief executive Mark Arthur said: "It is unprecedented times. We have had six players away for three Championship matches and then England come back from the Caribbean and have arranged a one-day game in Ireland where we have three of our players called up for this one-off game.

"If we would have stuck to the scheduled flights they would have returned to Birmingham on Saturday afternoon and in our opinion that is no way to prepare for a very important LV= County Championship (match) on Sunday at Headingley.

"Martyn Moxon (director of cricket), in particular, was very upset how long it would take these guys to get back. The timing is difficult for all parties concerned with this one-off match taking place in Ireland.

"We fully understand the difficulties the ECB face and they fully support this. They have made allowances for the lads to travel back separately."

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Andreas Lubitz 'ignored multiple attempts to contact him'

Andreas Lubitz, the pilot accused of deliberately crashing a Germanwings flight in the French Alps in March, repeatedly ignored attempts to contact him, French investigators said.

Andreas Lubitz is suspected of deliberately crashing the Germanwings flight. Credit: Andreas Lubitz

The 27-year-old ignored more than a dozen radio calls from civil and military officials before steering the the plane into the mountainside, killing all 150 people on board on March 24, French air accident investigators said.

A preliminary report into the crash also confirmed that Lubitz had practiced the descent on the outbound flight from Dusseldorf to Barcelona on the same day.

Lubitz is known to have suffered from severe depression in the past and a computer found in his home showed he had used the internet to research ways of committing suicide in the days leading up to the crash.


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Germanwings co-pilot 'rehearsed' crashing plane into Alps

The Germanwings co-pilot thought to have deliberately caused the French Alps plane disaster "rehearsed" his plan on an earlier flight on the day of the crash, an accident report is expected to reveal.

Andreas Lubitz has suffered from severe depression.

All 150 people on the Airbus A320, including three Britons, were killed when it crashed while flying from Barcelona to Dusseldorf on March 24.

An interim report from French air accident bureau the BEA will say that Andreas Lubitz practised reducing flight altitude on the outbound flight from Dusseldorf to Barcelona, according to German newspaper Bild.

Bild said the BEA report would talk about a "controlled descent that lasted for minutes and for which there was no aeronautical justification".

Lubitz, who had suffered from severe depression, had used the internet to research ways of committing suicide in the days leading up to the crash.

South Yorkshire Child grooming ignored as it was 'seen as prostitution'

There have been fresh revelations about how police turned a blind eye to child sex abuse in Rotherham amid claims that the South Yorkshire force was more interested in tackling burglary and car crime.

The scandal went unchecked for more than a decade in spite of senior police officers being warned in two separate reports that there was a "very entrenched serious sexual exploitation problem".

Last year an inquiry found 1400 children children were abused. The South Yorkshire force has admitted to past failings and said it has made "significant progress" but understands more needs to be done.

David Hirst reports:

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