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No 'life threatening injuries' in bus crash

Ambulances were called to the scene in Chetsey Lane, Staines at around 10am this morning, where a coach carrying school children to Thorpe Park crashed into a railway bridge.

A statement on the school website said that a number of the children had sustained 'cuts and bruises', but no one had been seriously injured.

South East Coast Ambulance Service said it has declared a 'major incident' because of the nature of the incident, but none of the injuries were thought to be life threatening.

We have robust plans in place for managing incidents of this nature and will be working with our emergency service partners to ensure that we assess and treat anyone who may be injured as swiftly as possible.

– Justin Wand, South East Coast Ambulance Service

'Major incident' as bus carrying school children crashes into bridge

A "major incident" has been declared after a coach carrying schoolchildren to Thorpe Park on a school trip crashed into a railway bridge.

The vehicle was taking 76 pupils to the theme park in Staines. No-one was seriously injured in the crash, the bus company said.

Witnesses have posted pictures on twitter of the crash, where the top deck of the bus appears to have been ripped off on impact.

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Paedophile priest jailed for sexually abusing young boy

A Catholic priest has been jailed for three years for sexually abusing a young boy at a children's home in Hounslow.

Father Anthony McSweeney has been jailed for three years Credit: PA Wire

Father Anthony McSweeney, who is 68, was convicted of abusing the boy at Grafton Close Children's Home between 1979 and 1981.

He was also found guilty of making indecent images of children.

He preyed on the boy with his close friend John Stingemore, 72, who managed the care home and was found dead in January weeks before his trial.

The priest was cleared in February of three indecent assaults on two other boys at the care home and of taking a pornographic photo of one of these boys.

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Catholic priest faces jail over historical sexual abuse

Father Anthony McSweeney is facing jail after being found guilty of abusing a boy. Credit: John Stillwell / PA WIRE

A Catholic priest dubbed the "fat vicar" is facing jail today after he was found guilty of sexually abusing a teenage boy at a children's home between 1979 and 1981.

Father Anthony McSweeney preyed on the vulnerable youngster while working at Grafton Close Children's Home in Hounslow, west London.

McSweeney, 68, was also found guilty of making indecent images of children.

He preyed on the boy with his close friend John Stingemore, 72, who managed the care home and was found dead in January - weeks before his trial.

At his trial in February McSweeney was cleared of three indecent assaults on two other boys at the care home and taking a pornographic photo of one of these boys.

'Huge explosion' as van bursts into flames in Rotherhithe

Neighbours said their doors shook after a van burst into flames on Swan Road this morning.

London Fire Brigade said they were called just before 5.30am. They managed to put the fire out quickly and no one was injured.

Residents took to Twitter to talk about their shock, with Rotherhithe Tours posting a video of the blaze taken from a neighbouring road.

The cause of the fire is not yet known but police said they are not treating it as suspicious.

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Crossrail tunnel nearing completion

Crossrail tunnel beneath Finsbury Circus, London Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Crossrail's 26 mile tunnelling marathon entered the final stages today. Tunnelling machines, Victoria and Elizabeth, are currently being prepared to complete the last two 750 metre tunnel drives between Liverpool Street and Farringdon.

When they reach their destination and the big east-west breakthrough is complete, all 26 miles of Crossrail's new train tunnels will have been created.

Crime up in half of boroughs

Metropolitan Police motorcycle Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Crime has risen in almost half of London's 32 boroughs in the past year.

The latest Metropolitan Police figures shows the borough of Hillingdon featured the highest crime rise with a 14% year on year hike.

Whilst crime across the capital is still marginally down on the previous year, violent crime has risen 27% over the past year leading to concerns that the most serious crimes are on the rise.

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