France coach crash: One year on

The physical and emotional damage caused by the coach crash last year is still being felt by the children and adults involved.

Fundraiser for coach crash victim

The daughter of a teacher who died in a coach crash in France has spoken ahead of a charity fundraiser being held in his memory.

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French agencies report that body found is that of missing Brit

A French news agency reported that a boy's body was found by bathers in the water south of Porquerolles at around 5pm.

Toulon prosecutor Xavier Tarabeux told Agence France Presse (AFP): "The body matches that of the young boy who went missing on Saturday."

He said the physical appearance matched as well as the clothes.

The agency reported that the body was found by Langoustier bay to the south of the island, not far from where Pierre's bike was discovered.


Missing Pierre: reports that police have found a body

French Police searching for a 12-year-old boy from Lincolnshire who went missing on a French holiday island are believed to have found a body.

Pierre Barnes from Grantham went missing after going for a bike ride at the weekend on Porquerolles off the Mediterranean Coast.

Unconfirmed reports say a body has been found but is yet to be formally identified.

Search for schoolboy lost in French storm scaled back

The search for a schoolboy from Lincolnshire who went missing during a storm in the south of France has been scaled back. 12-year-old Pierre Barnes vanished on Saturday after going for a bike ride on an island near Toulon.

French authorities have insisted inquiries will continue despite the scale back of the search.

Pierre's father Stephen Barnes, 57, said he believes his son is no longer alive.

"In truth, we are just hoping to find a body now.

"As soon as they do, they will alert us, but there is nothing else that, as a family, we can do now."

– Stephen Barnes

Reports: Search for Pierre Barnes called off

The search for a schoolboy who disappeared on a holiday island off the south of France during a severe storm has been called off according to reports.

12-year-old Pierre Barnes from Grantham vanished on Saturday after going for a bike ride on a holiday island, near Toulon on the Mediterranean coast.

Local volunteers have been helping in the search being carried out by police and rescue workers.


Missing schoolboy in French storm, full report

A schoolboy has gone missing on a holiday island off the south of France during a severe storm. Pierre Barnes from Grantham in Lincolnshire vanished after going for a bike ride near Toulon on the Mediterranean coast.

Rescuers found one of his shoes on a coastal path alongside his bike with its chain off. More than 150 local volunteers have been helping to search for him.

Shoe found in search for boy missing in French storm

The cliff side has been searched after fears the boy may have fallen into the water Credit: ITN

Search teams say they have found a shoe they suspect belongs to the missing for 12-year-old Pierre Barnes who went missing while on holiday near Toulon in France.

Rescue teams being briefed on where the search efforts are being concentrated Credit: ITN

Rescue workers say the shoe was found by a woman in a bush this morning.

Hours after arriving on the island of Porquerolles in the Mediterranean, Pierre from Lincolnshire went for a bike ride in stormy weather, but never returned.

Police and rescue workers are searching through woodland on the small island Credit: ITN
The search is being carried out by land, sea and air for the missing boy Credit: ITN

Rescue workers were searching until 4.00am then returned to search from 7.00am.

Search efforts have extended along a cliff side after fears he may have fallen into the water.

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