13 October 2016

Coach driver ‘put children’s lives at risk’ by stopping on busy Portsmouth road – to pray

Some 50 children, parents and teachers from Meon Junior School in Southsea were returning home from a school trip to London when the incident happened.

The Muslim coach driver stopped his vehicle in the middle of the Eastern Road, just before rush-hour, for 10 minutes while he conducted his daily prayer. The man’s actions have since been condemned by parents and Muslims in the city and have prompted an investigation by Cosham-based coach company Vision Travel.

Mum Claire Powell, 35, was furious. Her nine-year-old daughter Heidi was one of those on the coach at the time. Claire, of Cedar Grove, Copnor, said: ‘I was absolutely livid when I heard. [Portsmouth News] Read more