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Oundle bus crash: 'Most injuries are from not wearing belts'

The overturned bus at Oundle. Credit: @XBorderCops

Police on the scene of a bus crash involving nearly 50 Oundle school children said most of the injuries could have been avoided if passengers had been wearing seatbelts.

More than 20 pupils required treatment following the collision with a car just before 4pm today.

Cotterstock Road has now reopened.

One child airlifted to hospital as more than 20 are injured in school bus crash

Emergency services on the scene at Oundle. Credit: @XBorderCops

More than 20 children had to be treated by paramedics following a crash involving their school bus in Northamptonshire.

Police have confirmed a total of 49 children - 10 primary and 39 secondary - were in the vehicle when it collided with a Vauxhall Corsa just before 4pm on Cotterstock Road in Oundle.

One child was airlifted to hospital with non-life threatening injuries while another broke their arm. Twenty children were treated for cuts and bruises.

The driver of the car was also airlifted to hospital in Coventry.

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Police photos show scene of Oundle school bus crash

The scene of the bus crash at Oundle. Credit: @XBorderCops

Police on the scene of a bus crash in Northamptonshire have published these photographs showing the overturned vehicle in the middle of the road.

Posting on Twitter, the cross-border police team, made up of officers from Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire and Leicestershire as well as Northamptonshire, said a total of three air ambulances had landed at the scene at Cotterstock Road.

One took an injured person - believed to be the driver of the car involved in the crash - to hospital.

Police confirmed all children had been accounted for and none had suffered serious injuries.

The scene of the bus crash at Oundle. Credit: @XBorderCops

Bus carrying school children overturns in Northamptonshire

The Crash happened in Oundle. Credit: PA

A bus carrying school children has overturned in Northamptonshire after it was involved in a crash with a car.

It happened on Cotterstock Road near Oundle at around 4pm.

Several children were treated by paramedics but it's not believed that any of them were seriously injured.

It's been reported that the children were from the Prince William School in Oundle.

May hands Leadsom Environment Secretary role

Prime Minister Theresa May has given a job to her former rival for the Conservative leadership.

South Northamptonshire MP Andrea Leadsom has been appointed appointed Environment Secretary in the new cabinet.

The role was previously held by South West Norfolk MP Liz Truss who was promoted to Justice Secretary earlier today.

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Campaign to recruit more retained firefighters in Northamptonshire

A campaign to recruit more retained firefighters has been launched by Northamptonshire Fire & Rescue Service. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A recruitment drive's been launched for more retained firefighters across Northamptonshire.

The fire service has vacancies across the county and is looking for applications from more under-represented groups such as women.

Here's what is required to be a firefighter:

  • -Must be aged 18 or over
  • -Must have a good level of fitness
  • -Must live or work within five minutes travelling time of a fire station which uses retained firefighters.
  • -Must be committed to providing a professional service.
  • -Must be able to attend a weekly training/drill night for two-three hours a week

The role of a retained firefighter is a demanding but ultimately rewarding one.

They are expected to perform the same duties as whole time crew members, and this could be anything from responding to house fires or attending a road traffic collision, to helping provide educational safety programmes in schools.

The work of NFRS is diverse and we are sincerely hoping to attract applications from the kind of people who can show commitment and drive, and who would pride themselves in helping keep members of the public safe.

– Mick Berry, Station Manager

Weather warning for risk of thundery and torrential downpours in East Anglia

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for the risk of torrential thundery downpours across the Anglia region on Tuesday 12 July 2016.

Area covered by a yellow weather warning for the risk of torrential thundery downpours on Tuesday. Credit: Met Office

The weather warning is in force from 12pm until 10pm on Tuesday 12 July 2016

The Met Office says heavy showers and thunderstorms will develop across southeastern parts of England this afternoon, lasting into the evening. There is the potential for localised flooding and disruption to travel.

The weather forecasting unit says whilst some places will miss the heaviest showers, where torrential downpours occur large amounts of rain could fall in a relatively short space of time.

"Heavy showers are expected to break out this afternoon and persist into the evening.

"Due to light winds, some of these showers are likely to be slow-moving leading to some localised prolonged, torrential thundery downpours which could give 20-25 mm of rain in a relatively short space of time and close to 40 mm in two or three hours.

"The heaviest showers are most likely during the mid to late afternoon and early evening, so are likely to coincide with the rush hour. As is often the case in sort of situation, some places will miss the showers whilst nearby locations experience heavy downpours and the exact location of where the heaviest showers occur is very uncertain."

– Met Office Chief Forecaster's Assessment
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