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Families involved in coach crash to be refunded

Families from the North East, who had a miraculous escape from a burning coach in France, have been told they'll receive a refund.

More than 60 firefighters worked through the night to control flames. Credit: Sapeurs-pompiers de l'Oise @SDIS60

They were on their way to Disneyland in Paris on Friday night, February 13, when their National Holidays bus crashed with lorries and a petrol tanker.

Many of the families arrived back in the region last night:


Family demand answers over son's mystery death

Andrew Watt died in 2010 Credit: Julie and Les Sheppard

The family of a man who died in France are joining a protest outside the Foreign Office later calling for more details about his death.

Andrew Watt from Durham was 31 when he was found dead in 2010. His body was returned with some major organs missing. His parents still don't know how he died.

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Durham family say Foreign Office has wasted their time

The family of a man from Durham who died in France have accused the Foreign Office of wasting their time and putting them through needless stress and expense.

Andrew Watt's body was found in a country lane 140 miles West of Paris nearly four years ago.

For the past two years Andrew's family have been embroiled in a legal fight with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to gain access to documents relating to the case. They claim that access has always been refused because they were told the documents were so sensitive they threatened relations between France and the UK.

Last week, after a £5,000 legal battle and a 27,000-strong petition, they were finally invited to view the material for themselves in London.

But when they got there they discovered the that documents they had been waiting so long to see contained information they had already been given.

The Foreign Office saysit can't comment on individual cases


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Family demand fresh answers for son's mystery death

Julie and Les Sheppard are campaigning for more support for British abroad Credit: ITV News Border

Julie and Les Sheppard are travelling from Selkirk to London to demand answers for their son's death.

Andrew Watt died in France four years ago. His parents argue that there was a lack of support from the British foreign office to find out the details of their son's death.

When the son's body returned to the UK it was discovered his heart and brain had been removed.

Last October the pair joined other families whose relatives had died abroad and protested about the lack of support available in that situation.

Julie and Les Sheppard will join other angry families at London's foreign Office on Tuesday at 11am in a bid to get their voices heard.

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