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Supporters of West Midlands clubs 'worst train yobs' in Britain

Supporters from three West Midlands clubs have been named as among the worst train yobs in Britain.

40 incidents were carried out by Birmingham fans, 25 by Wolves and 24 by Villa supporters. Credit: PA Images

Figures from the British Transport Police put Aston Villa, Birmingham and Wolves fans near the top of the leagues for disturbances on trains.

40 incidents were carried out by Birmingham fans, 25 by Wolves and 24 by Villa supporters.

40-year-old man dies in Wolverhampton road accident

A man has died following a road traffic collision on the M54. Credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service

A man in his 40's from Birmingham has died following a road traffic collision on the M54 near Coven in Wolverhampton.

West Midlands Ambulance Service were called to Junction 2 & 3 Westbound at around 8.20am this morning.

An ambulance together with paramedics and the Midlands Air Ambulance team attended the scene.

Crews attended to a single vehicle incident on the M54 near Coven. Sadly, it quickly became apparent to crews that nothing could be done to save the person involved. He was confirmed dead at the scene.

– West Midlands Ambulance Service


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British investigator to join Alps plane crash operation

An air crash investigator from Britain is being sent to France to work on the Germanwings recovery operation.

A Number 10 spokeswoman said:"The AAIB are sending someone to join the French-led investigation, given that there are victims from the UK in the crash."

Audio suggests pilot crashed Alps plane 'on purpose'

One of the Germanwings' plane black boxes Credit: ITV News

Investigators say the audio evidence salvaged from the wreckage of the Germanwings plane that crashed in the French Alps appears to suggest that the co-pilot deliberately crashed the plane.

Father of two Martyn Matthews from Wolverhampton died in the crash Credit: Family handout

50-year-old Martyn Matthews from Wolverhampton was amongst the one hundred and fifty people who died in the crash on Tuesday.

Prosecutors believe the German co-pilot, Andreas Lubitz, caused the crash deliberately after the captain left the cockpit, and then wasn't let back in. Prosecutors added there were no grounds to consider it was a terrorist incident.


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Death 'was instantaneous' in Germanwings crash

Screams could only be heard "in the last moment and death was instantaneous" before the Germanwings flight crashed into the Alps at more than 430mph, the Marseille prosecutor said.

The Airbus is a big plane so the passengers are next to the cockpit. We only hear screams at the very end, it's in the last moment and death was instantaneous, it hit the mountain at 700kpm per hour.

– Brice Robin
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'No grounds' to consider crash as terrorist incident

Marseille prosecutor Brice Robin said the German co-pilot Andreas Lubitz appeared to deliberately drive the plane into the ground, but said there were no grounds to consider it was a terrorist incident.

There is no reason to suspect a terrorist attack.

– Brice Robin

Asked whether he believed the crash that killed 150 people was the result of suicide, he said:

People who commit suicide usually do so alone....I don't call it a suicide.

– Brice Robin

He also said it did not appear that the passengers realised what was happening until the last moment.

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Germanwings co-pilot named as Andreas Lubitz

The co-pilot who appeared to want to deliberately destroy the Alps crash Germanwings plane was called Andreas Lubitz, French authorities said.

Andreas Lubitz, the co-pilot of the flight that crashed killing all on board. Credit: Facebook.

The prosecutor said Lubitz was 28 years old. He joined Germanwings in September 2013, directly after training, and had flown 630 hours.

Marseille prosecutor Brice Robin said the co-pilot was alone at the controls and "intentionally" sent the plane into a doomed descent, after refusing to open the door to the captain.

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