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Bestival coach crash: Merseypride Travel owners banned indefinitely

Police at the crash scene Image copyright PA
Image caption The coach crashed through a fence and into a tree on the way back from the Isle of Wight

A father and daughter have been banned from operating buses and coaches after a coach crashed, killing three people on the way back from a music festival.

Tracey and David Hannell ran Merseypride Travel which operated the coach travelling back from the Isle of Wight's Bestival.

A 20-year-old tyre burst on the way back to Merseyside in September 2012.

The firm's licence was revoked by the Traffic Commissioner who has now disqualified the pair indefinitely.

Traffic Commissioner for the North West of England Beverley Bell disqualified Mr and Ms Hannell from operating buses and coaches in their absence at a disqualification hearing.

The pair have 28 days to appeal against the decision.

Driver Colin Daulby, 63, from Warrington, passengers Kerry Ogden, 23, of Maghull in Liverpool, and Michael Molloy, 18, from Woolton in Liverpool, were killed when the coach crashed into a fence and tree.

After a public inquiry in December, Mrs Bell revoked the firm's licence and banned Ms Hannell from working as a transport manager in the industry indefinitely.

She was fined £4,300 in August after admitting allowing the use of a vehicle with a tyre with ply or cord exposed, and permitting the number of passengers to exceed the number of seats on the vehicle.

A verdict of accidental death was recorded at the inquest held in Woking, Surrey in July.

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