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Fife schoolgirl dies during London trip

Image caption An ambulance took the girl to University College Hospital

A Fife schoolgirl has died during a modern studies trip to London.

The 14-year-old girl, in her fourth year at St Columba's High School in Dunfermline, died in the early hours.

Joe Rosiejak, whose council ward covers Dunfermline, said his "thoughts and prayers" were with the girl's family and friends.

He told the BBC Scotland news website: "My heart goes out to everyone on the trip and to her family."

He added: "It is a tragedy when any young person's life is lost."

'Sad situation'

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: "We were alerted by the London Ambulance Service at approximately 0210 BST and went to the Travelodge hotel in the Kings Cross Road.

"A 14-year-old girl was taken by ambulance to University College Hospital. The girl was pronounced dead shortly after arrival.

"Her death is not believed to be suspicious, however we have launched an investigation."

Donna Manson, Fife Council's area education officer, said: "I can confirm that one of our pupils has sadly passed away while on a school trip to London.

"Our priority at the moment is to make sure that the rest of the school party can be returned home as soon as possible to be with their families.

"Extensive support is in place at the school for other pupils and staff. An education service representative has travelled to London to provide support to the school party and coordinate the pupils' return.

"This is a very sad situation and our thoughts are with the child's family at this time."

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