CHANCELLOR George Osborne announced support for a student exchange programme set up in the wake of the Lockerbie bombing after paying a private visit to the town's memorial.

He used his Budget yesterday to announce £100,000 for the Lockerbie-Syracuse Trust, which every year enables two Lockerbie Academy students to spend a year at Syracuse University in New York State.

The US university lost 35 students when Pan Am Flight 103 exploded over the town in 1988.

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During the visit, Mr Osborne met volunteers at the memorial centre and learned about the student programme.

Scotland Office minister David Mundell said: "It was an opportunity to explain to him the very positive work of the Trust.

"It is one of the few good things to come out of those horrific events."