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7/7 fireman gives evidence from jail

A firefighter serving a 14-year jail term for his part in a £100m cocaine smuggling ring won praise yesterday for his bravery in rescuing victims of the 7 July bus bombing in London.

Giving evidence to an inquest via video link from prison, Simon Ford, 41, said he "manhandled" the wrecked No 30 bus to free a wounded passenger. The coroner, Lady Justice Hallett, said: "Whatever has happened since 2005, no one can doubt the courage you displayed."