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In Ben's memory: Don't be a victim of school bus bullies

Ben Vodden
Ben Vodden who died after being bullied on a school bus Credit: PA Images

The father of a schoolboy who hanged himself after being bullied relentlessly on the school bus has called for urgent support for young victims.

Paul Vodden's 11-year-old son Ben endured name calling, gesturing and swearing on school bus journeys.

The merciless bullying became too much for Ben - a pupil at Tanbridge House School in Horsham, Sussex - and he hanged himself in his bedroom in December 2006.

Since then, Mr Vodden has attempted to tackle the issues surrounding bullying on school bus journeys and has been on a crusade to help others.

He has now produced a report, with funding from the anti-bullying charity, the Diana Award, which highlights how bullying often starts on the school bus.

Teenage girl charged with arson for Sussex school fire

A 16-year-old girl has been charged with arson following a fire at the Millais School in horsham.

The girl, who can not be named for legal reasons, has been charged with arson with intent to endanger life and remanded to attend Crawley Magistrates Court today.

The Millais School in Horsham after the blaze on Thursday Credit: Rachael Kearley

The fire broke out on the third floor of the school at about 3pm on thursday 20th March.

Several classrooms in the school and students' GCSE work were destroyed.

All 1,500 girls at the school escaped unhurt.

6 fire engines were sent to tackle the flames last week Credit: Rachael Kearley
The blaze destroyed classrooms as well as students' work Credit: ITV Meridian

Fire at a school is being treated 'as a crime' say police

A fire at a secondary school in Sussex is being treated as a crime, police confirmed tonight.

It broke out on the third floor of the building at the Millais School in Horsham on Thursday afternoon.

Examinations at the school suggests that the fire was started either deliberately or recklessly. No staff or students were injured in the blaze. It's likely that there will be a police presence at the school for a number of days.

Sussex Police said: "Officers, supported by fire service staff, are working closely with Millais School to ensure that this investigation can be progressed effectively whilst minimising the continued disruption to the pupils, staff and daily functioning of the school."

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Investigation ongoing, school fire may have been arson

by Malcolm Shaw

Investigations have been continuing today into the cause of a fire which badly damaged a secondary school in Sussex. Several classrooms at Millais School in Horsham have been wrecked, and students' GCSE work destroyed.

All 1,500 girls at the comprehensive in Depot Road escaped unhurt. But it is thought that the fire may have been started deliberately. Malcolm Shaw reports.

The interviewees include:

Chief Inspector Howard Hodges, Sussex Police; Patrick Moore, a parent; and Dave Clark, a Maintenance officer.

Full report on Millais School fire in Sussex

by Malcolm Shaw

A school in Horsham has been evacuated during a fire - thought to have been started on purpose - broke out. Eye witnesses saw flames coming out of a third floor window of Millais school in Depot Road. Six fire engines were called out to deal with the blaze. Malcolm Shaw reports.

The interviewees are student Rebecca Nugent and her mother Lorraine Nugent; and the school's Headteacher - Leon Nettley.

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