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Man seriously injured as tree falls and crushes car

West Midlands Ambulance Service has confirmed a man has been seriously injured after a tree landed on the car he was driving in Birmingham.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The driver who had numerous injuries including a head injury was trapped in his car. With the help of the fire service, he was freed, placed on a scoop stretcher and, accompanied by the trauma team from the air ambulance, he was taken by land ambulance on blue lights to the major trauma centre at the nearby Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.”

A passing ambulance stopped and its crew began to give help moments after it happened in Shenley Fields Road in Selly Oak shortly before 1.40pm.

Opposition party declares victory in Nigeria election

Nigeria's opposition All Progressive's Congress has declared an "historic" election victory for the African nation, becoming the first party to overthrow the sitting government through a democratic vote.

APC supporters celebrate as they watch the election results come in Credit: Reuters

With 35 of 36 states now declared, the APC had 15.1 million votes against 11.7m for the People's Democratic Party, whose leader and former president, Goodluck Jonathan, is now set be replaced by APC's former military leader Muhammadu Buhari.

APC spokesman Lai Mohammed said there was "no reason" to suspect that Jonathan would refuse to concede, after announcing before the election that he would relinquish power if he was voted out in a "free and fair election".

APC leader Muhammadu Buhari casts his vote at a previous election in 2007 Credit: Reuters

The run-up to the election period has been plagued with violence from Islamist extremist group Boko Haram, which saw a surge in membership during Jonathan's five years in charge.

But bar some technical glitches and a Boko Haram attack which left more than a dozen voters dead, the election has been been the smoothest in most orderly in recent history.


Lord Ashcroft resigns from House of Lords

The Conservative peer Lord Ashcroft has quit his seat in the House of Lords Credit: PA

Lord Ashcroft is standing down as a UK peer, suggesting in a statement released on his website that he can no longer "contribute meaningfully”.

Here is Lord Ashcroft's full statement:

Earlier this year Baroness D’Souza, the Lord Speaker, said that any Member of the House of Lords who can “no longer contribute meaningfully” should retire.

She added that since the House has close to 800 members, “retirement at the right time should be seen as a condition of membership of the House of Lords – a duty as well as a right”.

I agree with the Speaker, and have concluded that my other activities do not permit me to devote the time that membership of the Lords properly requires.

Accordingly, I have today written to the Clerk of the Parliaments giving notice of my resignation from the House of Lords with immediate effect, pursuant to Section 1(1) of the House of Lords Reform Act 2014.

I will continue my involvement in politics through Lord Ashcroft Polls and my political publishing interests: Conservative Home, Biteback Publishing and Dods.

– Lord Ashcroft

Missing Malakhi, 10, found in Hertfordshire

Missing 10-year-old Malakhi Chijiutomi-Ghosh has been found in Hertfordshire.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman told ITV News that Malakhi was found by an off-duty police officer in Cheshunt, who recognised him from his description.

Malakhi Chijiutomi-Ghosh has been found Credit: Metropolitan Police

The spokesman said the boy, who suffers with a rare medical condition, has been taken to hospital as a precaution but is otherwise unhurt.

He thanked the media and everyone who shared the appeal for their help.

Humber Bridge closed as lorry overturns in high wind

The Humber Bridge has been closed completely after a lorry overturned in high winds. Police had earlier closed the bridge to high-sided vehicles.

Humberside Police's road traffic unit later posted: "Very windy on the bridge! But recovery well under way". Drivers in the area reported widespread congestion caused by the closure, which was put in place after the lorry overturned close to one of the bridge's 150-metre high support towers.

Police to missing Malakhi: You are not in trouble

Officers hunting a missing 10-year-old with a serious congenital condition have urged him to make contact, telling him: "You are not in trouble".

Officers are searching in Grangewood Park near Malakhi Chijiutomi-Ghosh's family home in Thornton Heath Credit: Google Maps

A team from the Metropolitan Police is searching in Grangewood Park near Malakhi Chijiutomi-Ghosh's family home in Thornton Heath, London, scouring CCTV and speaking to neighbours and family.

I would like to reach out to Malakhi and say - please get in touch with us, we are worried about you and want to make sure you are ok.

You are not in trouble. Your mum, dad and brother are really worried about you and want you to come home and make sure you take your medicine.

– Ch Supt Andy Tarrant, Met Police

Malakhi suffers with congential adrenal hyperplasia and needs medication three times a day. His family fear he may already have slipped into a coma.

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