Alton Towers crash victims give anti-bullying talk

Joe Pugh and Leah Washington - who were injured when The Smiler ride crashed at Alton Towers - were victims of internet trolling. They will give an anti-bullying talk in Barnsley today.

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Alton Towers crash victims: 'Life is harder - and we are scared of fairgrounds'

A couple whose lives changed forever when a ride crashed at Alton Towers have been answering questions from school children as part of Anti-Bullying Week.

Leah and Joe talk to the school children about bullying - and what life is like now

Leah Washington had to have her leg amputated above the knee, while Joe Pugh's knees were smashed so badly he had to learn to walk again.

After The Smiler crashed earlier this year, they were the victims of internet trolling - with some people taking to Twitter to say they would 'lose a leg for £1m'.

Today, the couple gave a talk at Joseph Locke primary school in Barnsley, to tackle bullying both online and in schools.

Joe told the children: "When things happen to you it does get better. ''We've done things since the accident we've never experienced, like being on television."

He added he had achieved one of his goals since the crash - to drive.

Answering what is life like now, Leah said: ''It's hard , lots of physiotherapy, but it's getting better. Fairgrounds scare us now.

''We can do things other people can do, but it's just a bit harder.''

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