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Appeal launched following death of teenage girls in crash

A witness appeal has been launched following the deaths of two teenage girls in a crash with a bus.

A witness appeals has been launched following the teenager's deaths Credit: Instagram

A blue Peugeot 206 was involved in the accident with a single decker bus at 1.25pm on Friday on Empingham Lane near Tickencote.

Anna and Anastasia, who were both boarders at Oakham School, were pronounced dead at the scene.

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Police appeal for witness of fatal Rutland road crash

Police are appealing for witness after two teenage girls died when their car crashed into a bus in Rutland.

The crash happened at 1.25pm yesterday lunchtime on Empingham Lane near Tickencote, and involved a blue Peugeot 206 and a single decker bus.

The 17 and an 18-year-olds were both pronounced dead at the scene. ITV News Central understands they were both boarding students at private Oakham School.

The driver and eight passengers in the bus received superficial injuries.

Officers from East Midlands Serious Collision Investigation Unit are investigating.

Detective Constable Pete Davies said:

“The car was travelling along Empingham Lane towards Empingham and the bus was travelling in the opposite direction towards Tickencote when the collision occurred.

“We would like to speak to anyone who may have witnessed the collision or saw either vehicle beforehand to contact us."

– Detective Constable Pete Davies

Anyone with information is asked to call police on the 101 number.

Two teenage girls die in horror car crash with bus

Map showing the location of the crash near Empingham yesterday Credit: ITV News Central

A fatal crash involving a car and a bus in Rutland killed two teenage girls who were studying at Oakham School ITV News Central has learned.

The crash happened on Empingham Lane near Tickencote at 1.25pm yesterday lunchtime.

Sources have told ITV News the two girls in their final year at Oakham School both died instantly. They were boarders at the independent school, which teaches around 1000 students between the ages of 10 and 18.

Leicestershire Police have refused to comment on the incident, but a Twitter account run by Oakham Police did Tweet about the incident yesterday, describing it as a 'tough shift' for those officers involved.

A spokesperson for Oakham School has told ITV News Central the force has advised them not to release any information.

However a source told ITV News Central that a service was held for those in the boarding school last night, and a fundraising dinner planned for this evening has been cancelled as a mark of respect.

The spokeswoman did describe the incident as an:

Incredibly sad time for our community

– Oakham School spokesperson

One parent paid tribute to those killed on Twitter, describing the crash as 'utterly devastating'. They also sent their prayers for the parents of the two girls who died.

A number of people who were on the bus received minor injuries.

Empingham Lane near Rutland Water was closed yesterday, but has now reopened.

Woman attacked because of sexuality to join police in Leicester's Pride parade

The attack left Kerry Byrnes with a black eye and a fractured cheek bone Credit: ITV News central

A woman who was beaten unconscious because of her sexuality will join police on Leicester's Pride parade today.

Kerry Byrnes will walk alongside members of Leicestershire Police's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) network in the event's centrepiece parade through the city centre.

It takes places a fortnight after two men taunted the 23-year-old about her sexuality before punching her in the head until she lost consciousness in her home town of Oakham.

Kerry, who is recovering from injuries including a fractured cheekbone, took up an invitation to take part from Assistant Chief Constable, Phil Kay.

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Soldiers parade through Oakham

Royal Artillery parading through Dundee Credit: PA

Soldiers from the 16th Regiment Royal Artillery will march through the streets of Oakham in Rutland today.

The Regiment will be presented with Freedom of Entry to the town. Up to 250 soldiers will take part in recognition of the barracks' military history.

The 16th Regiment Royal Artillery was part of the 2012 London Olympics Air Security Force.

  1. Chris Halpin

Rutland homecoming for soldiers

A homecoming parade for soldiers returning from their latest tour in Afghanistan has taken place in Rutland.

Soldiers of 32 (Minden) Battery, 16th Regiment Royal Artillery marched through the streets of Oakham lined with well-wishers welcoming them home.

They were accompanied by the Band of the Gurkhas.

The march ended in Oakham Castle where the Op Herrick Campaign medals were presented to the soldiers.

Soldier's Rutland homecoming parade - in pictures

Soldiers of 32 (Minden) Battery, 16th Regiment Royal Artillery marched through the streets of Oakham Credit: ITV Central
Crowds lined the street in Rutland to welcome the soldiers home Credit: ITV Central
After six months in Afghanistan the people of Rutland brought out the flags to welcome the troops home Credit: ITV Central
The Op Herrick Campaign medals presented to the soldiers today Credit: ITV Central
The march ended in Oakham Castle where the medals were presented to the soldiers Credit: ITV Central

Soldiers describe how it feels to be home

"The people of Rutland particularly have really taken us to their hearts and it's nice to be giving them a bit of a show today, so they have something to come out and cheer for."

  • Lionel Robinson, 16th Regiment Royal Artillery

"It's good to see the people come out and support us, it gives us a good feeling inside that we're actually doing a worthy cause and that the community are behind us."

  • James Philips, 16th Regiment Royal Artillery
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