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Head teacher: Death of pupil a 'dreadful shock'

Wolfreton School head teacher Dave McCready has said the death of a pupil on a school trip to France is a "dreadful shock."

Mr McCready said authorities in France have already begun an investigation into the girl's death and her family are already in Meymac where the accident happened.

He said efforts were being made to bring the remaining pupils and staff back from France.

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School girl who died was on trip organised by Activ4

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Activ4 have released the following statement:

We can confirm that a student on one of our trips to the south of France passed away this morning following a swimming incident yesterday afternoon. At this stage the exact circumstances surrounding the incident remain unclear. The owners of the activity centre and senior management from Activ4 are working closely with the local authority and the school to provide all necessary support and assistance. While we cannot give out any further information at the current time, we ask for patience and understanding from the media during this difficult time for the parents, relatives and the students and teachers on the trip.

– Activ4

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Armed police surround under-seige Primark store

Armed police have surrounded a French shopping centre as part of a major operation to hunt down three gunmen who stormed a Primark store in the early hours of the morning.

Three men, armed with shotguns, broke into the shop in the Qwartz centre in Villeneuve-la-Garenne at around 6.30am.

Eighteen shop workers were initially taken hostage in what is thought to be a botched attempt at an armed robbery, but they were freed within four hours by French special forces.

Le Parisien reported that the men were seen on CCTV entering the building, but were not seen leaving it, leading authorities to believe the trio may still be inside.

Manhunt to find three Primark gunmen on the run in Paris

A major search is underway to hunt down three armed men who tried to rob a Primark store near Paris in the early hours of the morning.

The gunmen stormed the Primark store at the Qwartz shopping centre this morning Credit: Google Maps

Eighteen workers at the store in the Qwartz centre, Villeneuve-la-Garenne, were held hostage for around four hours before French special forces managed to evacuate them.

The trio - one of which is believed to have been an employee himself - stormed into the shop at 6.30am, armed with a shotgun.

A police spokesman confirmed none of the hostages had suffered any injuries, and said officers were now combing the local area to try to track the men down.

Primark 'hostage' raised alarm after gunmen storm store

One of the Primark workers held hostage by three armed raiders near Paris managed to raise the alarm by secretly texting a friend.

A police source told Le Parisien that the employee had managed to sneak a text warning their friend that they were being held by armed men at around 7am.

One of the men - who broke into the store at around 6.30am wielding a shotgun - was recognised as an employee of the store, it has been reported.

All 18 workers taken hostage by the gunmen have now been evacuated by French special forces.

Paris Primark gunman 'may be shop worker'

One of three gunmen who stormed a branch of Primark near Paris was recognised as an employee of the store, local media have claimed.

Le Parisien cited sources which suggested the raid - a suspected armed robbery gone wrong - was an inside job.

According to one worker at the centre, whose job was to restock the vending machines, he was faced with "panic" when he arrived at the Qwartz shopping centre in Villeneuve-la-Garenne this morning.

People were fleeing through the rear exit and shouting: "They are armed, we need to get out", the paper added.

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