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Last Updated: Tuesday, 28 September, 2004, 19:38 GMT 20:38 UK
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Schools 'shying away from trips'

Too many schools do not take children on outdoor activities, partly through fear of being sued if there is an accident, Ofsted inspectors said.

Activities helped pupils develop their physical and social skills, they said.

But many youngsters were missing out, with costs and limits on the numbers who can go contributing to the problem.

The chief inspector, David Bell, said teachers had "nothing to fear" if they followed the right guidelines - but teachers' unions disagree.

Witness appeal after fatal crash

People who saw a road crash in which a woman was killed are urged to call police in Romsey.

The woman was driving a dark blue Mercedes when it was in collision with a red metallic Peugeot 307, at the junction of Cupernham Lane and Belbins at 2047 BST on Saturday.

The driver and passenger of the Peugeot were taken to Southampton General Hospital with serious injuries.

Visitors head for apple festival

Visitors have sampled dozens of varieties of apples at a festival on the Isle of Wight.

The Apple Days Festival was held at Afton Park near Freshwater on Saturday and Sunday.

Unusual specimens were on show, as well as food and drink made with apples.


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