Page last updated at 09:38 GMT, Wednesday, 10 September 2008 10:38 UK

Disabled girl's bus pass refused

Transport company Arriva has apologised after a driver refused to allow two girls, one with cerebral palsy, to board a bus.

Bernadette Shepherd and her twin sister Sarah were left stranded in Luton, Bedfordshire, four miles from home, after going to the cinema.

The 13-year-old schoolgirls were using Bernadette's disabled bus pass which allows for a companion to travel free.

Arriva said their driver made a mistake by saying a companion must be an adult.

The pair, who had no money, were left at the stop but managed to make contact with mum Fiona Shepherd who arranged for a taxi to take them to their home in Underwood Close.

Now Arriva has apologised to them and said their driver made a mistake - the companion does not have to be an adult.

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