Live updates



  1. National

Germanwings disaster: 78 DNA strands 'found on site'

A French rescue worker inspects a remnant of the Airbus A320. Credit: Reuters

DNA belonging to 78 people has been found by recovery workers at the site of the Germanwings air disaster, Agence France-Presse reports.

The news agency quoted Brice Robin, one of the lead prosecutors on the case, who said an access road was being built to make it easier to access the site in the French Alps.

Germanwings victim's father: We will visit this crash site for years

The the father of a Hull man who was killed in the Germanwings plane crash in the Alps says he and his family will visit the crash site for years to come.

Paul Andrew Bramley Credit: Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Philip Bramley, the father of 28-year-old Paul Bramley, said he was not interest in the motive behind co-pilot Andreas Lubitz's actions, and wished for his son to never be forgotten:

What happened on the morning of the 24th March was the act of a person who at the very least was ill. If there was a motive or a reason, we do not want to hear it, it is not relevant. What is relevant is this should never happen again - my son and everyone on that plane should not be forgotten, ever. I don't want him to be forgotten, ever.

– Philip Bramley

Meanwhile, a leading British psychiatrist has warned against a rushed 'Shipman-style' reaction to the French Alps air disaster.

Professor Sir Simon Wessely said pilots with a history of depression should not be banned from flying after reports that Andreas Lubitz had suffered from mental health issues before he steered the Germanwings Airbus A320 into the mountain range.

Calendar Weather - Sunday

Banks of River Trent at West Butterwick, nr Scunthorpe on Saturday Credit: ROY BRIGGS

Rather cloudy start with showery rain pushing northeast during the morning.

By afternoon a mix of sunny spells and showery outbreaks - these more frequent and heavy over high ground.

Winds may ease for a time during the morning but will gather strength again into the afternoon, westerly gusts 45mph over The Pennines.

Feeling noticeably cooler compared to Saturday's high of 16°C, more like 8°C - which is a couple of degrees below the seasonal average.

Load more updates