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Tube driver wins 7/7 compensation

Bombed train
Mr Bell helped injured passengers at Russell Square

A Tube driver has been awarded 4,000 in compensation over the psychological trauma he suffered as a result of the 7 July terrorist attacks in London.

Stuart Bell, 57, from Cheshunt in Hertfordshire, was driving a Piccadilly line service when four bombs were set off on three other trains and a bus.

He drove his train to Russell Square station to help injured passengers.

He was at first denied any money, then awarded a minimum 1,000, with that sum being increased to 4,000 on appeal.

The payout was decided by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA), which initially rejected Mr Bell's claim on the basis that he was not at reasonable fear of immediate physical harm.

I may not have sustained a physical injury but mentally the events of that day will never leave me
Stuart Bell

Mr Bell said of the events of 7 July 2005: "It was horrendous.

"I helped with the evacuation of the station at Russell Square before the police arrived.

"Some of the passengers were in a terrible state.

"I'm not a hero. I did what I could to help, just like anyone would, but the events of that day will always be with me.

"I was off work for 11 months afterwards. I couldn't believe it when CICA said that because I was not at reasonable fear of immediate physical harm I was not entitled to compensation.

"I may not have sustained a physical injury but mentally the events of that day will never leave me.

"We had no idea how many bombs there were and now it is a constant fear while driving in the underground."

Fifty-two people and the four suicide bombers died in the attacks.

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