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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.

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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.

Vicar sets off for thousand mile walk

A vicar is setting off today on a thousand mile walk that will take him from France across much of Northern Spain.

The Reverend Peter Turnbull from Cleator Moor is heading for the shrine of St James in Santiago de Compostela.

It is a journey to raise money for the Great North Air ambulance but also to make his own spiritual journey.