A probe into the death of a 14-year girl from John Taylor High School in Barton under Needwood will take months rather than weeks, an inquest has heard.

Holly Brown died after a bus she was travelling in as part of a school trip collided with a bin lorry on the A38 Kingsbury Road, Birmingham, on July 7. The teenager was pronounced dead at the scene.

At an inquest into her death, assistant coroner James Bennett said: "In light of the circumstances of Holly Brown's death, there does need to be an inquest.

"I've been provided with a report from West Midlands Police which confirms their investigation will take a matter of months rather than weeks."

Flowers have been left by the school gates for Holly Brown

A report to the coroner recorded that Holly, who lived in Branston, was born in nearby Burton.

In a tribute issued through police, her parents and twin sister Emma said of Holly: "We are so proud of what you achieved.

"You grasped every opportunity that life presented to you, displaying so much passion, enthusiasm and determination in pursuit of your dreams.

"All this without forgetting to care about people, being there for others and having time for those that needed it.

"We will miss you so much but you will always be in our thoughts, hearts and prayers. Love mum, dad and Emma xxx."

Flowers are stacked up high at the school gate
The case was adjourned for a pre-inquest review on September 21, to be heard by Louise Hunt, Birmingham and Solihull's senior coroner.