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Debris barnacles 'fit timeline of when MH370 went down'

The barnacles attached to the plane debris. Credit: Reuters

Barnacles attached to a piece of debris which could be part of MH370 are old enough to fit with the timeline of when the plane went down, an expert has said.

Marine biologist Dr Phillip Cowie told ITV News he believed they were goose-necked barnacles which are usually found in tropical waters.

From looking at photographs, Dr Cowie said some of them appeared to be adults, which can range from a few months to a year old. Flight MH370 has been missing since it took off on March 8, 2014.

But unless the species turn out to be rare, the barnacles are unlikely to help with any indication as to where the rest of the wreckage might be.

"The point of origin is difficult to pinpoint unless they are a very uncommon species," said Dr Cowie.

"The nature of these barnacles is that they are often spread across a very wide area, so sadly they may not be of much use in determining much else."

Route flight MH370 took before it lost contact

Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 took off from Kuala Lumpur on March 8 2014.

It was due to arrive in Beijing the same day but its final contact was above the South China Sea.

At one stage the search area covered a large part of the world but it was later narrowed to the Indian Ocean off the Australian coast.

The debris has washed up on the shores of the Reunion Island east of Madagascar.


Relatives of MH370 passengers hope for closure

The wife of a man who was on flight MH370 is hoping for closure after the discovery of plane debris which could be the missing aircraft.

Jacquita Gnomes' husband Patrick was among 239 people on board the Boeing 777.

She told ITV News: "We can have some sort of closure until they bring the whole aircraft back, and then I can give my husband the peace that he needs."

More plane debris expected to wash up in coming weeks

More debris from a plane believed to be the missing Malaysian Airlines MH370 flight is likely to wash up in the coming weeks, experts have said.

Wreckage was discovered on the shores of Reunion Island, off the east coast of Africa, earlier today - and while its origins have not yet been confirmed, investigators believe it could be that of the doomed plane which disappeared in March last year carrying 239 people.

Oceanographer Prof Charitha Pattiaratchi told ITV News presenter Charlene White he and his colleagues had predicted now would be the time debris would begin to wash up.

However, he said, it was unlikely search teams would find any bodies.

Australia treating debris discovery as 'major lead'

Australia is treating the discovery of a piece of debris which could be part of the missing MH370 aircraft as a "major lead".

Six Australians were on the plane which is believed to have gone down in the Indian Ocean killing all 239 on board.

The country's transport minister Warren Truss told ITV News: "This is obviously a very significant development.

"It's the first real evidence that there is a possibility that a part of the aircraft may have been found.

"It's too early to make that judgment but clearly we are treating this as a major lead."

Extending lorry driving hours 'dangerous', says union

Lorries parked as part of Operation Stack along the M20 in Ashford, Kent. Credit: PA

Plans to extent lorry driving hours while delays continue at Calais will increase the likelihood of accidents, the Unite union has said.

The union said the move was not the right answer during Operation Stack, instead urging the Government to find a long-term solution with French authorities.

Relaxing these rules is a dangerous move. There are very good reasons for these regulations, which are about driver and public safety.

This is dreadful situation for all those at the centre of it, but reducing protections for people at work only makes matters worse.

Do not send drivers out on the road exhausted and stressed, but instead ease the bottleneck at the ports by delaying the departure of more trucks and using alternative crossings until the port routes are clear.

– Adrian Jones, Unite’s national officer for road transport


Police probe 'terroristic' threats against lion-killing dentist

US police have launched an investigation into "terroristic" threats made against Minnesota dentist and trophy hunter Walter Palmer.

Palmer has become the target of global outrage after being outed as the killer of famous Zimbabwean lion Cecil.

A sniffer dog examines the scene outside Palmer's office in Bloomington Credit: Reuters

Deputy Police Chief Mike Hartley said they were investigating a threat made over the phone to his officers.

A terroristic threats report related to this incident was taken by our police department yesterday and will be investigated like any other similar offence report.

– Mike Hartley, Bloomington Police
Protesters have left angry messages outside Palmer's dental surgery Credit: Reuters

An avid game hunter, Palmer has admitted to his part in the death of Cecil, who was lured from the protection of Hwange National Park before being shot - but said he believed the hunt was legal.

Palmer's dental surgery, River Bluff Dental, has been bombarded with hate mail and scathing online reviews, while protests have been held near the offices in Bloomington.

Taliban appoint new leader after death of Mullah Omar

The Afghan Taliban have appointed a new leader after the death of Mullah Omar.

Akhtar Mohammad Mansour will succeed one-eyed Omar, who had not been seen since 2001.

News of Omar's death was confirmed yesterday but it is thought he died more than two years ago.

Omar went into hiding after his government was forced from power by the US-led Coalition following the 9/11 attacks in the USA.

Man seriously injured jumping between Eurostar trains

The man was reportedly trying to jump from one train to another at Gare du Nord. Credit: PA

A man who tried to climb onto the roof of a Eurostar train is fighting for his life in hospital after getting an electric shock from an overhead power line.

The Egyptian was reportedly trying to jump from one train to another at the Gare du Nord station in Paris when he suffered serious burns.

Eurostar said traffic was interrupted on Wednesday after an accident led to a power cut.

Farage: I won't use 'swarm' to describe migrants again

Nigel Farage has said he won't be using the word "swarm" again to describe migrants after getting caught up in the controversy.

The Ukip leader had earlier said he wouldn't use the term, just hours after doing so on Good Morning Britain.

Mr Farage told ITV News he did not want to get hung up on the issue and would rather focus on how to bring the crisis under control.

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