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Protest over theme park bus crash
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Five people died in the bus crash at Ingoldmells
Hundreds of people have held a demonstration in memory of five people who died in a bus crash.

They died when the bus hit a group of pedestrians near the Fantasy Island park in Ingoldmells, Lincolnshire on Easter Sunday.

Neal and Annette Cooper, who organised the protest, want traffic banned from the lane where the accident happened.

Their daughter Paula Rhodes, 30, and her husband Richard, 32, were among the victims.

Joanne Warren, 37, from Leicester, and her sons Jacob, five, and Leyton, four months, also died in the accident.

Silent procession

Mr Cooper, from Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, gave a short speech before the procession started, explaining why they were demonstrating and asking for people to join them.

With his wife by his side, he led the silent procession through the resort, followed by hundreds of protestors, some carrying flowers and placards.

Speaking earlier, Mr Cooper said there should be a complete ban on all traffic outside the theme park

He said: "We want to get something done - this situation of pedestrianisation has been discussed for years and nobody has done anything about it.

"When you walk down that road on a busy day, or on any day, you see parents dragging their children from near cars."

The police have set up diversions through the town.




SEE ALSO:
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