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Flood bus driver: "I made a genuine mistake"

A driver has told a jury he made a "genuine mistake" by driving a bus load of schoolchildren into a flood in North Yorkshire .

Graham Jones told York Crown Court he was traumatised by what happened and said the children would have been too. But he added: "In no way did I endanger their lives by driving into that floodwater."

Twenty three children on their way to Easingwold School had to be rescued from the bus when it became stuck in floodwater near Newton On Ouse in January.

Jones, who is 43, and from Linton on Ouse admits his driving was careless but denies a charge of dangerous driving. The trial is continuing.

Three arrested after alleged petrol station robbery

Three people have been charged following an alleged petrol station robbery in North Yorkshire.

The incident occurred on December 4 at the Co-op petrol station in Guisborough.

Three arrested in alleged petrol station robbery Credit: PA

Two men aged 25 and 30 have been charged with robbery and threatening a person with a blade or sharply pointed article in a public place.

A 34-year-old woman has been charged with robbery and remains on bail pending further enquiries.

All three will appear at Teesside Magistrates' Court.

Man jailed after attacking a woman in South Shields

A man has been jailed after he assaulted a woman at a bus stop in South Shields.

Alan Perez was found guilty of assault at Teeside Crown Court in April 2016, and this week was sentenced to an eight year imprisonment sentence after attacking a woman at a bus stop in Whiteleas Way on October 20 2015; causing her to suffer a head wound.

Alan Perez has been jailed after attacking a woman in South Shields Credit: Northumbria Police

The 55-year-old, who is formerly of Redwood Avenue, did not know the 20-year-old woman, and the attack was unprovoked.

He will serve a minimum of five years in jail.

Detective Inspector Dave Cole said:

"Perez randomly attacked his victim causing her to suffer a head wound as she innocently waited for a bus to work and we're pleased he will now spend a considerable amount of time in prison and that justice has been done."

– Dave Cole
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