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Dalbeattie campus gets £25m go-ahead

Plans went on display earlier this year. Credit: ITV Border

The construction of a £25 million Dalbeattie Learning Campus has moved a step closer.

Funding for the scheme had been held up because of a European ruling, but the Scottish Government says that has now been resolved.

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Bus crash pupils arrive home in Dalbeattie

The bus crash. Credit: EBU

Pupils and staff involved in a bus crash, while on a school trip to France, arrived back in Dumfries and Galloway today.

Eight pupils and one teacher from Dalbeattie High School were taken to hospital following the crash in Normandy on Monday.

The teacher had to be cut from the bus, and suffered serious leg injuries, but the pupils have all now been discharged.

Fifty-four students from Dalbeattie were on the trip.

Pictures: Dalbeattie High School bus crash

Eight pupils from a school in Dumfries and Galloway have been treated in hospital following a bus crash in France Credit: EBU
The incident happened on Monday afternoon Credit: Getty Images
None of the casualties are thought to have life-threatening injuries Credit: EBU
Parents of the pupils involved in a bus crash in France have been told that their children will be returning home Credit: EBU

School bus crash update: Council Statement

Dalbeattie High School Credit: ITV Border

Dumfries & Galloway Council has released the following statements regarding the Dalbeattie school bus crash in France:

A bus carrying pupils from Dalbeattie High School was involved in a road traffic collision in France yesterday afternoon.

54 pupils and 6 adults were on a trip to Normandy. A car collided with the bus.

8 pupils were taken to hospital as a precautionary measure. 3 pupils were kept in hospital for observation last night but have now been discharged and have re-joined the rest of the party. 1 teacher remains in hospital.

The Council has taken the decision to bring all of the children home. French police will be interviewing pupils and staff today.

– Dumfries & Galloway Council

The well-being of all those on the trip is our priority. Following discussions, we have decided to bring the group home. The group has been given excellent support locally. We are in regular contact with the group and are continuing to monitor situation.

– Colin Grant, Director of Education

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Parents told of bus crash by text message

Parents of pupils involved in a school bus crash in France were informed of the accident by text message.

Dalbeattie High School sent out a series of group text messages informing parents that there had been an accident.

They were then told that all pupils were safe.

Parents of pupils from Dalbeattie High School were informed of the bus crash via text message. Credit: ITV Border

But pupils who had been in direct contact with their parents told them some of the group had been taken to hospital.

It is now known that eight pupils have been taken to hospital for treatment.

Tammy Sharpe, whose 12-year-old daughter Brooke is on the trip, says she has not heard anything today and is anxiously awaiting an update.

It's just awful not knowing.

We've not heard anything from the school at all today.

It's a mother's worst nightmare.

– Tammy Sharpe

Below are the pictures of the messages sent to parents:

Dalbeattie High School bus crash text messages. Credit: ITV Border
Dalbeattie High School bus crash text messages. Credit: ITV Border

Mother of France bus crash pupil: 'I just want her home'

Tammy Sharpe, from Dalbeattie, says she's scared but relieved after finding out her 12-year-old daughter Brooke was involved in the bus crash.

"I just want her home"

"It was awful and just so scary. My daughter is upset and scared but she's ok.

"I just want her home. It was horrible knowing how upset she was and I couldn't be with her.

"My daughter says that they're letting the kids decide today if they want to come home or not."

– Tammy Sharpe from Dalbeattie

Eight school pupils in France bus crash

Eight pupils from a school in Dumfries and Galloway have been treated in hospital following a bus crash in France, it has been reported.

They were part of a group from Dalbeattie High School on a trip to Normandy when their coach was involved in a collision with a car.

The incident happened on Monday afternoon.

None of the casualties are thought to have life-threatening injuries.

A spokesman for the Foreign Office said they were in contact with the authorities in France and with the school to offer consular assistance to those involved.

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