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Bullying victim's dad calls for safer school buses

It's almost ten years since Ben Vodden took his own life after being repeatedly bullied on the school bus. He was just 11 years old.

He'd told his parents about the bullying - and they'd spoken to his school in Sussex. But it didn't stop. His father has spent the last ten years campaigning to make school buses a safer place for children.

Abigail Bracken's been to Horsham to hear about his hopes for new research that could see all school bus bullies captured on camera.

Father of boy who took his own life campaigns for better safety on school buses

Ben Vodden took his own life after being bullied on the school bus Credit: ITV Meridian

A father whose son took his own life after being bullied - has spent the last ten years campaigning to make school buses a safer environment for children.

Paul Vodden is trying to ensure that no other child dies under the circumstances that his eleven year old son Ben did.

He says children need more supervision on school buses.

For anti-bullying week, he's launching a study on using security cameras on buses.


Child hurt in bus crash

Investigations are underway into the second bus crash this week in Dorset.

Yesterday two single decker buses collided at low speed on the A352 near Dorchester. One was carrying seven schoolchildren.

One female pupil suffered a nose bleed while a 70-year-old man is receiving treatment for a broken nose.

On Monday a school bus carrying more than 50 students toppled over into a field near Poole.

Minor injuries after school bus crash

Two children are being treated for minor injuries after a coach crashed in Surrey.

Surrey Police is appealing for witnesses to a collision involving a coach in Tilford Road, Rushmoor, Farnham, earlier this afternoon.

The single decker coach, which was carrying 40 schoolchildren, was involved in the collision around 3-43pm near the Duke of Cambridge pub.

Two of the pupils, who were aged between eight and 11 years, were taken to the Royal Surrey County Hospital in Guildford with minor injuries.

A number of other pupils were treated at the scene for shock. The driver was not injured but was also treated for shock.

Witnesses should contact Surrey Police on 101, quoting incident number P12136047.