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Three Britons die in New Zealand

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A three-year-old girl and two women, from the East Midlands, have died in a car crash in New Zealand.

Valerie Susan Bryan, 68, from Castle Donington, died in the crash along with her relative Sera Eades, 60, and Mrs Eades' granddaughter Iva Harper.

They died when their car hit a power pole in the New Brighton area of Christchurch on Wednesday.

The driver, a man in his 60s, was taken to hospital but his injuries were not thought to be life-threatening.

It is thought Mrs Eades and her granddaughter were living in New Zealand.

The crash happened on Estuary Road in New Brighton at 1820 local time (0720 BST) on Wednesday.

Maggie Leask from New Zealand Police said conditions were clear when the crash happened.

She said: "It's just a suburban locality, and it... would have been a beautiful evening in Christchurch last night.

"It's spring here, it's really still light at that time, it was a beautiful, still, clear evening and the detective sergeant who investigated said that fatigue is really likely to be a factor in the crash."

A Foreign Office spokesman said the next of kin of those involved in the crash have been informed.

Consular assistance was being offered to the families, the spokesman added.

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