The driver killed in a coach crash in the French Alps has been named as North East man Maurice Wrightson.
The 64-year-old, who was working for Stanley-based Classic Coaches, was one of two North East employees from the bus company Arriva, who were transporting 52 people back to the UK.
Tourists have protested outside a French police station following the arrest of a ski instructor from Kent accused of teaching illegally, it has been reported.
The instructor, named as Alex Casey, 40, was arrested for allegedly giving beginners lessons in the resort of Megeve without the top qualification that France demands.
But angry demonstrators said the arrest is just the latest incident in an attempt to drive out foreign instructors from the country.
Casey is said to have been an instructor in the resort for more than a decade.
In France would-be ski instructors must undergo a tough race test following their training to be granted a licence to teach.
French police say a man from Chatham has been arrested by detectives investigating the death of a jogger near Montpellier.
The woman's body was found in the hamlet of Courbessac.
The name of the man, who is thirty two and was living with his mother in France, has not been released.
The control room of Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service has reported receiving more than twenty calls today about a strong smell of gas in the air.
In a statement they said: 'The unpleasant odour is understood to emanate from a leak in a factory in Rouen in northern France.
'The Health Protection Agency has stressed the gas is non-toxic and presents no threat to the public. The chemical released - mercaptan - is an organic compound added to natural gas, lubricants and paints. The smell is caused by the sulphur in the gas but it is completely harmless.'
The initial alert to the Hampshire control room came from their counterparts in West Sussex. The calls from the public came from as far apart as far north in Hampshire as Basingstoke and Andover, and as far west as Ringwood.
Surrey Police say they received 15 calls about a smell of gas in the air this morning. Kent Police and Sussex Police also received calls about the problem. The source of the smell was later attributed to an accidental discharge from a factory in Rouen, more than 60 miles west of Paris.
Surrey Police said the smell is from an additive to the gas which has an unpleasant aroma, but is not toxic, and does not present any danger to the public.
The Health Protection Agency has released a statement about a gas cloud that has travelled across the channel from France. The gas and the resulting smell has been detected in areas across the South coast prompting calls to the emergency services.
All Eurotunnel and Eurostar services have been suspended this afternoon after a fire on a Shuttle train just outside the Channel Tunnel. Kent Fire and Rescue service says it happened on the French side and no damage or injuries were reported. It happened at around two o'clock.
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Brittany Ferries has been forced to cancel sailings until at least Tuesday after talks with unions broke down.
A series of strikes have been held for a week now in protest at the ferry companies planned money saving measures.
The firm, which has its UK headquarters in Portsmouth, says the crew unions’ members would not agree to sign a draft agreement document
Brittany Ferries is sending its customers to Dover where P&O Ferries and MyFerryLink will accept its tickets.
A spokesman said:
‘Brittany Ferries very much regrets the effect that the disruption is having on its customers and would like to reassure everyone that the management is working hard to reach a swift end to the dispute as well as doing everything possible to help its customers rearrange their travel plans.’
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