'Our town looks like a war zone'

Residents of Stanley, County Durham, vent their frustration at the lack of progress after a fire wrecked a row of shops.

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Facebook support group for injured boy

A Facebook support page has been set up for the 12-year-old boy who was airlifted to hospital after the Stanley bus crash. Well wishes have left messages of support for him.

"Stay strong and make a full recovery, you can do this! My thoughts are with you and your family! Just stay strong."

– Aimee Leigh Lawler

"Don't know you or your family but just thought I would wish you and everyone else involved in the crash yesterday a speedy recovery! Get well soon x"

– Samantha Wright

"Think it's absolutely great how this brave young man is getting so much support off so many different people. Get well soon young'n! X"

– Andy Cameron

Bus driver: "Thought I was a gonna"

The man thought to be the driver of one of the buses involved in the Stanley crash has thanked supporters from his hospital bed. Paul Stephenson, who was named locally, left this message on Facebook:

"To all my FB friends I'm in the RVI with a big gash in my head and right knee. Being kept in overnight as a precaution thank god I'm still here thought I was a gonna. Thanks to my wonderful wife and daughter for all there wonderful support I love you"

– Paul Stephenson via Facebook


Facebook messages on school's page after crash

Parents, witness and those involved have been leaving messages on the Facebook page of one of the school's involved in the Stanley crash.

The bus driver deserves more than a gold medal, he saw the [bus] come and told us all to get back."

– Megan Sinden via Facebook

"Safety has to be paramount and I know my kids stand on the buses all the time coz there's no seats! Not on!! And dangerous!!!"

– Deborah Robinson Armstrong via Facebook

"Frightening experience for all involved. [The] concern was to get to his A Level exam at 9. Wishing all those injured a speedy recovery."

– Lisa Thompson via Facebook


Police seek driver who witnessed school bus crash

Police investigating this morning’s collision involving two buses in the Stanley area of County Durham are appealing for the driver of a small, dark-red hatchback car to get in touch with them.

It is believed the vehicle stopped at the scene of the collision, which occurred at about 8.20 this morning, and then drove on.

Durham Police say there is no suggestion that this vehicle was in anyway involved in the collision.

It is believed the person or people travelling in the car may have seen something that could help police enquiries.

They are being urged to to contact Durham Police via the non-emergency number 101 and ask to speak to the collision investigators.

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