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Friend pays tribute to man killed in Underground tragedy as he tried to save his brother

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Robert Mann is fighting for his life after falling onto the tracks at Old Street station on Sunday - after dropping what's believed to have been his mobile phone.

His brother Nick, a Shrewsbury Town fan who had been to see them play that day, jumped onto the line to try to help him. He was also hit by the train and later died.

Kamran Haq got to know Nick through their mutual love of music.


Eyewitness jumped over branches to reach man crushed by falling tree

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An eyewitness has described the moment she saw a 40 foot high tree beginning to split before crashing down on a passing car during high winds today.

The driver was taken to hospital with numerous injuries after the incident in Weoley Castle.

Charlotte Barber who was driving past said,

There was a big gust of wind and that’s when the tree had been splitting and fell on top of the silver car. I turned right, stopped, put my hazard lights on and tried to jump over the little branches to get to him.

– Charlotte Barber, eyewitness

She said the driver was unconscious and slumped over the steering wheel.

Man seriously injured after tree falls on car during windy weather

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A man has been seriously injured after a tree landed on the car he was driving.

A passing ambulance stopped to help after it happened shortly before 14:00 today in Weoley Castle, Birmingham, and two more ambulances later arrived, followed by the air ambulance - despite the strong winds.

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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.

– West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesperson
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More than 100 jobs to go as bakery chain closes

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A chain of bakeries founded in the West Midlands almost 150 years ago has closed down, with the loss of more than 100 jobs.

Firkins started as Carter's Green in West Bromwich.

Four years ago it closed its production bakery but its shops continued to trade.

Despite efforts to improve profitability, the company says a lack of sales means 104 full and part time jobs will go at its bakeries, including those in Birmingham, West Bromwich and Solihull.

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