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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

Vietnam beyond the backpack

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pounds 250,000 for hostage jail officer

A prison officer yesterday accepted nearly pounds 250,000 in damages against the Home Office after he was taken hostage by dangerous inmates. Sidney Birchall, 47, who was awarded the record payout, claims the ordeal has left him fearing for his life.

Seat-belt law loopholes leave children at risk

Children's lives could be put at risk by cash-strapped local authorities and irresponsible coach companies exploiting loopholes in new legislation designed to make journeys to school safer, safety campaigners claimed yesterday.

Loophole in seat-belt law

Children's lives could be put at risk by cash-strapped local authorities and irresponsible coach companies exploiting loopholes in new legislation designed to make journeys to school safer, safety campaigners claimed yesterday.

Forty die in bus crash

At least 40 people died and dozens were injured in a head-on collision between two buses in southern Mozambique, state radio reported. The vehicles, one a minibus, collided on Tuesday on the country's main north-south highway, about 50 miles north of Maputo.

Valleys give Sunday pint a resounding yes

Thirst for change sparks debate on Sabbath drinking in Welsh villages

Van in fatal motorway crash

A 19-year-old woman died yesterday when a van carrying 15 young people to a theme park collided with the central reservation on a motorway. Two other women were in a critical condition in hospital after the accident, which happened on the M42 near Solihull, West Midlands. Nine others of the group travelling in the Ford Transit van were treated in hospital.

At home with McCartney

The National Trust has applied for planning permission to open Paul McCartney's old home up to tourists. The trust bought the three- bedroomed terraced house in Forthlin Road, Allerton, Liverpool, last year.

Letter: Dirty diesels

Sir: Why do drivers of large diesel-powered vehicles such as vans, coaches and, especially, minibuses leave their engines running when they are stationary?

School bus rules `leave lives at risk'

Regulations to improve the safety of school buses and coaches are "riddled with loopholes that makes them a nonsense", the British Safety Council said yesterday.

Village of one-shot wonders

Norman Harris sees a recurring nightmare played out on the cricket pitch of proud little Werrington

Ruthless driver of deals who began on buses

Brian Souter, the chairman, is the public face of Stagecoach while his sister, Ann Gloag, the managing director, tends to hide herself away in Beaufort Castle, near Inverness, which she bought last year.

World Travel: Looking for a New England

In 1973 Peter Barker went to an American summer camp in search of a new life - and a girl

Natural born litigants

Risks are part of life. Resorting to law will not make them disappear, says Paul Vallely

Industry View: Predatory proprietors revel in a tussle with the law

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