Paul and Rebecca Wilks
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Alvechurch school coach crash leaves village 'in shock'

A teacher who died in a coach crash in France has been described as "a really loveable guy" by one of the pupils at Alvechurch Middle School, where he taught.

Peter Rippington, 59, died in a coach bringing pupils back from a skiing trip in Italy.

Seventeen-year-old Rebecca Wilks said: "He was just the most amazing teacher - everyone used to call him a legend - he was just a really loveable guy."

Her father, Paul, said the whole village was in shock: "I've been talking to some of the parents and he taught them - he's been there so long."