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Fears over safety of Virgin Galactic pilots after test flight failure

Virgin Galactic rocket experiences 'in-flight anomaly'

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Virgin Galactic has tweeted saying its rocket plane experienced an “in-flight anomaly” on a powered test flight in California.

The tweet was posted just minutes after the plane began flying under rocket power.

The test flights are conducted in preparation for suborbital journeys to outer space.

More than 700 people have already paid up to $250,000 for a trip on Richard Branson's plane.


Guildford candidates in Twitter challenge

MP’s Questions will be coming to Guildford on Wednesday 5 November at 1pm.

The National Union of Students have challenged the candidates who want to be Guildford’s next MP to answer 10 questions from students live on Twitter.

Labour’s Richard Wilson and the Conservative’s Anne Milton will be going head-to-head in 140 characters or fewer.

Students and young people have been let down by the Coalition government. This debate will give them the chance to compare candidates and force us to address the issues which matter to them.

Twitter can be an unforgiving medium so I am pleased that Anne Milton, the current MP, is brave enough to take part. Democracy is under threat in this country due to public disillusionment with politicians.

This challenge is one step towards bringing politicians closer to the public so I relish the opportunity.

– Richard Wilson

The questions will be tweeted to both candidates on the NUS’s account @NUSUK and their answers will be retweeted there too. The hashtag #GenerationVote is used.

Lowe 'grinned' at supporters prior to sentencing

Stacy Banner, whose mother and sister were killed by John Lowe, wept in court after the 25 year sentence was handed down.

Stacy Banner wept in court

A woman in the public gallery then shouted: "What about all the animals he's killed?"

Delivering his sentence, Mr Justice Singh said Lowe "lost his temper" when he took out his shotgun on February 23 to kill Christine Lee.

"She died of a single shot wound to the chest fired at close range from above," the judge said.

"Lucy was able to use her mobile phone to make a frantic and desperate call to the emergency services on 999.

John Lowe with Lucy Lee's mother, Christine

"She said that you had shot her mum and that she feared that you were going to shoot her as well.

"Nevertheless, in an act of extraordinary courage, she went back to see if there was anything she could do to help her mother."

Lowe, dressed in a plaid jacket, shirt and tie, with his white hair combed back, had earlier grinned at his supporters in the public gallery as he entered the dock for the sentencing.

He then waved as he returned to his cell when the hearing was briefly adjourned.

Lowe was found guilty of two counts of murder and a third of possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life.

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