A BUS driver has admitted dangerous driving after his double decker crashed and left three kids with life-changing injuries. Martin Walker smashed the bus carrying 74 pupils aged 11 to 16 to school into a low railway bridge in September last year. The 36-year-old, from Southampton, pleaded guilty to three charges of causing injury by dangerous driving. Neil Fitzgibbon, defending, said: "He has no previous convictions and he has an unblemished record with Stagecoach. "He is consumed with remorse at what happened." Mr Fitzgibbon requested probation reports be prepared on Walker, including an assessment for learning difficulties. The judge, Recorder Don Tait, warned Walker that he could face a custodial sentence. He said: "You have pleaded guilty to three very serious offences, you will in due course receive the appropriate credit for pleading guilty at this hearing. "I am prepared to adjourn this case until 9th July for pre-sentence and any other reports that the … [Read more...] about School bus driver admits dangerous driving after crashing into bridge and leaving kids with life-changing injuries
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From today, everyone in England is being urged to take two rapid lateral flow COVID-19 tests a week, to help keep track of the virus. Only people in England will be able to get the tests, with devolved governments in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales making their own decisions on mass-testing. Sky News looks at how the frequent testing will work. What are lateral flow tests? The government wants lateral flow tests to be used to identify asymptomatic people, as one in three people with COVID-19 has no symptoms. Advertisement They use similar technology to a pregnancy test and can produce a result within about 30 minutes. Lateral flow tests are a type of antigen testing. They look for antigens - proteins on the surface of the virus to detect if a person has COVID-19 . More on Covid-19 COVID-19: Last two rounds of Premier League fixtures only open to home fans COVID-19: Depression in adults has more than doubled since … [Read more...] about COVID-19: How do lateral flow tests work and how will England’s twice-weekly programme be operating?
THEY shot to fame on The X Factor - but these stars are almost unrecognisable since disappearing from the spotlight. Despite Simon Cowell's ITV show instantly making them famous faces, you'd be forgiven if you failed to notice they'd passed you in the street these days. Stars including Luke Friend, Tamera Foster and Monica Michael look very different compared to how they did while performing for millions on TV. Here we take a look at how they've transformed their images - and what they've been up to see leaving the talent show. Kitty Brucknell, 2011 SHE was in the series won by Little Mix in 2011 and was famous for her wacky outfits. Kitty - who finished in seventh place under mentor Louis Walsh - recently ditched blonde hair for a pink. "I've been inspired by Japanese anime and that kind of look," she explained. "I dyed my hair pink and purple and people have started liking my pictures and now I'm modelling and been working with some big brands in the states. … [Read more...] about X Factor stars Luke Friend, Tamera Foster and Monica Michael look totally different years after appearing on the show
SHE is known to her legions of fans as the body-confident former reality star who is not afraid to show some skin. But while her biggest challenge used to be choosing which slinky dress to wear to an Essex hotspot, these days Kate Ferdinand is instead learning to love her new post-baby body. The former Towie regular, who is married to ex-England footie star Rio, has candidly revealed how “overwhelmed” she was adjusting to her figure following the birth of their son Cree shortly before Christmas . Kate, 29, won huge praise from her fans when just 11 days after Cree’s birth she shared a warts-and-all picture with the tot on Instagram . Wearing a pair of less-than-glamorous big black pants she also talked about how difficult she was finding being a new mum. And in an exclusive interview from the family home in Kent, Kate says she felt she had to speak out. She also admits it is “crazy” looking back on her days on ITVBe reality show The Only Way Is Essex, which … [Read more...] about Kate Ferdinand says she felt ‘abnormal’ and struggled with her postpartum body following the birth of her baby son Cree
Before the coronavirus pandemic broke out, 17-year-old Anna, who asked that her real name not be used, regularly met up with her friends — a group of seven girls who've known each other for years. But nowadays it's impossible to get together for a chat, a bit of shopping or a night out. Instead, the teenagers connect online. With schools shut across Germany, Anna has lost touch with all but her closest friends. She occasionally goes for walks with a girl who lives nearby. "I've haven't met up with any other friends," she told DW. "My parents don't want me to, because of the high number of infections." The introduction of pandemic restrictions almost a year ago has made it difficult to maintain and nurture friendships. Gatherings of large groups have been banned during the shutdown periods. Fearful of contracting the coronavirus, many people turned to meeting friends outdoors — yet the cold winter temperatures make that hard. Young people aren't the only ones struggling. … [Read more...] about How the coronavirus pandemic is affecting friendships