OFFICERS have helped 25 children from Italy to an airport after their bus broke on a major motorway down during the heatwave.

Essex Police received a call around 1pm today after a bus had broken down on the M11.

It was carrying 25 children from Italy on their way to Stansted Airport.

With temperatures reaching mid 30s and the children stranded on the side of the motorway, officers decided to step in as they felt it was important to safeguard the pupils.

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A spokesman for Essex Police said: “Our officers carry out good deeds every day to help people and today was no exception.

“Our officers got the children out of the heat and gave them a lift to Stansted Airport, along with their cases ensuring that they made it in time for their flight.

“We don’t offer a taxi service, but it was important to safeguard children who were on the size of a busy motorway, and it is a great example of the work we do on a daily basis to not just fight crime but also keep vulnerable people safe.”