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Eleven taken to hospital after bus crash

South East Coast Ambulance service said that eleven people had to be taken to hospital after the school coach crash in Staines this morning.

One person suffering back injuries was taken to St George's Hospital, while ten others with more minor injuries were taken to St Peters Hospital.

A further 58 passengers were assessed at the scene but did not need hospital treatment.

Father McSweeney posed a "high risk of serious harm" to children

Jailing paedophile priest Father Anthony McSweeney at Southwark Crown Court today, the judge said that even though he had not touched the victim himself, he had encouraged it and posed a risk of 'serious harm' to children.

He abused the boy along with his friend John Stingemore, who was found dead weeks before his trial.

I would certainly assess that Father McSweeney poses a high risk of serious harm to children.

Touching of the child was done with his approval and encouragement and for his sexual gratification, and it therefore makes no difference whatever, that he was not the one who in fact touched the child.

– Judge Alistair McCreath


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.

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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