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Passengers on board flight VS43 praise crew

Passengers on board Virgin flight VS43 have using Twitter to praise the crew after the plane had to make an emergency landing at Gatwick because of failed landing gear.

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Photograph of plane over Gatwick

The Virgin Atlantic plane has been photographed as it passed over Gatwick Airport. The plane appears to have a problem with its landing gear.

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Cruel owner dumps festive pups in icy country lane

This bundle of mischief is lucky to be alive after a cruel owner dumped them in a laundry basket in a cold country lane just days before Christmas.

Named Bauble, Santa, Elf, Tinsel, Garland, Holly and Rudolph they are are now full of New Year cheer.

The festive pups were left by the side of an icy country lane after they were heartlessly abandoned.

The terrified litter of fluffy seven-week-old cross-bred pups was found freezing and without food or water by a passer-by on the quiet lane in Chertsey Credit: Battersea Dogs and Cats Home

"Many of these puppies are being brought to Battersea for the right reasons, but others are cruelly dumped over Christmas. We pick up the pieces when people buy pets as presents."

"For those who can be truly committed to a puppy and give it the time and training required, we have plenty of fun-loving pups who will make fantastic additions to good homes. They may not have had the best start in life, but Battersea will make sure 2015 sees a change in their fortunes."

– Carly Whyborn, Head of Operations at Battersea

Big Ben's tower features on new £100 coin

The new £100 coin. Credit: Royal Mint

The Royal Mint has produced its first £100 coin which will have an image of the Houses of Parliament's clocktower on it. The coin, which can be used as legal tender, is made of two ounces of fine silver. Only 50,000 will be produced. The coins can be bought from the Royal Mint's website for £100.

Network Rail boss asks for report on King's Cross and Paddington delays

Passengers had to queue at Finsbury Park station after engineering works overran. Credit: PA

The chief executive of Network Rail, Mark Carne, has asked for a report to be made on the engineering delays that led to massive disruption for passengers trying to use King’s Cross and Paddington stations over Christmas. He also wants to see a wider review on how major works programmes on the railways are carried out.

I expect the report by the end of next week and I intend to publish the findings. The events over the Christmas period highlighted the unacceptable impact on the travelling public when plans go wrong. I therefore propose that there should also be a broader, industry-wide review, into the timing of our major works programmes and the passenger contingency arrangements for such works.

– Mark Carne, Network Rail
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