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South Africa bus crash: Students died in 'accident'

The three students from Leicestershire who were killed Credit: Family photos

Three students from Leicestershire died as a result of a Road Traffic Accident in South Africa, the Coroner at Loughborough Coroner's Court has concluded.

Dan Greenwood, Samantha Lake and Eleanor Payne from Brooksby Melton College died when the bus they were on crashed in South Africa in June 2010.

The crash in June 2010 Credit: ITV News

In a statement, Brooksby Melton College said:

The tragic events of the 10th June 2010 have left a lasting impact on the College; the staff that were involved and the students that safely returned (many of whom sustained injuries) will have witnessed some harrowing scenes, and suffered severe emotional distress.

None of this can compare to the devastating impact this terrible accident had on the families of those students that did not return. The College is well aware that the raising of these memories and hearing the accounts of those tragic events will have a profound impact. The difficulty it has presented for the two staff, who themselves were badly injured, especially given the time since the incident happened cannot be under estimated.

That said, the College realises the importance of answering questions that we all have with regards to the accident and understands the importance the inquest has in the grieving process.

The College continues to offer its support to all of those involved and our thoughts go out at this difficult time, to those staff and students directly involved and the families of those who lost their lives.

– Brooksby Melton College statement

Fatal Bottesford house fire 'not suspicious'

Emergency services were called to the house on Grantham Road on Sunday Credit: ITV News Central

A house fire in Bottesford, Leicestershire in which a person died is not being treated as suspicious, police have confirmed.

The fire on Grantham Road was reported at about 1.50pm on Sunday and a body was discovered in the house.

Enquiries are being carried out to identify the body found in the house Credit: ITV News Central

The fire spread to a number of neighbouring properties and nearby homes were evacuated while fire crews tackled the blaze.

A post mortem examination was carried out on Monday and further inquiries are being conducted to identify the body.

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