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Owner of largest firm in the North East of England concedes move is 'morally wrong' but he says had no choice but to act after local authority warns operators over charging disabled passengers extra

The Temp

The curtain dividing us from club class parts, and the sound of 20 pairs of lungs singing "Wonderwall" becomes almost unbearable. Barry Jones makes his way sweatily down to me. "'Scuse me, love," he says. "But they say they've run out of champagne. Thought this was meant to be a first-class trip".

Football: France go-ahead for ticketless fans

THE Football Supporters' Association yesterday rejected the Government's advice for supporters not to travel to the World Cup finals in France without a ticket. The Government had warned fans not to travel if they did not have a valid ticket from either the Football Association or through the telephone hotline.

Indonesia crisis: Heartbreaking destruction of the city I love

David Foll, a writer and teacher who lived in Java, writes of his anxiety for a people and a country he came to love

SA battles to halt Easter car carnage

A SOUTH AFRICAN Easter weekend means just one thing: carnage on the roads. Last Easter 308 people died in 221 accidents in a five-day period. This year Arrive Alive, a government road safety offensive which achieved startling improvements over Christmas, South Africa's other carnage festival, is being put to its severest test.

Bus attacked

Police are hunting two youths who dropped a lump of concrete from a footbridge on to a minibus carrying a family with three young children in the back.

Winter Olympics: `Help,' the sign read. `We are being kidnapped by our driver!'

MIKE ROWBOTTOM ON THE JOYS OF JAPANESE PROTOCOL

Putting the horse before the car

Learning to ride isn't easy,

Motoring: Onwards and upwards with Suzuki

As in buildings, so in cars. If horizontal space is tight, grow upwards instead. This is not to say that the Suzuki Wagon R+, conceived for Japanese cities but now available here, is a mobile skyscraper. As John Simister writes, it is merely a small car which feels much bigger, thanks to its lofty build.

Book of the week: Left footsore by these tackles and shackles

Left Foot In The Grave? A View From The Bottom Of The Football League By Garry Nelson (CollinsWillow, hardback, pounds 14.99)

Lorry runs down four sisters

A 10-year-old girl was killed and her three sisters were injured yesterday when they were struck by a roadsweeping lorry on a pedestrian crossing. Police named the dead girl as Stephanie Popat. Three-year- old Selina Shaw was being treated for facial injuries. Natalie Popat, 13, had a suspected fractured skull and facial injuries and Marie McCormack, 19, had head injuries, a broken shoulder and grazes to her face.

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A nuclear family outing

Give your kids a warm glow, and take a trip to Sizewell, writes Emma Haughton.

4 killed as minibus collides with lorry

Four people were killed and 10 injured yesterday when a mini-bus carrying mentally handicapped adults collided with a lorry that had crashed into a railway bridge. Another two people died in a separate accident involving two lorries and a car on the M62.

Parents take seatbelt campaign to Europe

Campaigners for improved safety on school coaches and minibuses are to seek European Commission backing in an attempt to get international action on seatbelt standards. As it was confirmed yesterday that the French coach which crashed on Monday killing three British teenagers had no seatbelts, Pat Harris, of the Belt Up School Kids (Busk) campaign, said parents needed to know that their children were secure when they went abroad.

Law report: CASE SUMMARIES v 21 April 1997

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