BIDEFORD teenager Fern Hammond and four friends claim they were left stranded at an Instow bus stop, after the last bus home failed to pull in to pick them up. We waited at Instow bus stop from 11pm, so we were in plenty of time for the last bus at 11.40

BIDEFORD teenager Fern Hammond and four friends claim they were left stranded at an Instow bus stop, after the last bus home failed to pull in to pick them up."We waited at Instow bus stop from 11pm, so we were in plenty of time for the last bus at 11.40pm," she said."We heard a bus on its way so one of my friends put her thumb out to signal for it to stop."There were only a couple of people on the bus, but the bus driver completely ignored us and drove straight past. "There was no reason for him to ignore us as we were not wearing any offensive clothing, were not smoking and were not drinking."We were just normal people waiting, not being at all disruptive or aggressive in any way. "It meant that we were all stranded there with no way of getting home - two of us being girls. The boys then started to walk home, which was very dangerous, but even worse leaving two 15 and 16-year-old girls stranded in the middle of the night with no way of getting home.First UK Bus, South West and Wales spokesperson Karen Baxter said: "On behalf of First Devon and Cornwall, I would like to sincerely apologise to Fern Hammond and her friends. "The experience they have had clearly does not reflect that which we aim to provide. Having investigated the matter, we can only conclude that the driver on this occasion didn't see the young people waiting at the stop. "It certainly is not our policy to discriminate against younger passengers; and had the driver seen them, he would have stopped. "Having received an email from Miss Hammond, our customer service team will be in touch with her directly to offer her a personal apology.