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Two seriously injured in explosion in south Birmingham

Two men have been seriously injured in an explosion in a flat in south Birmingham.

Emergency services are still at the scene in Aldersmead Road, West Heath.

Emergency services are still at the scene in Aldersmead Road, West Heath. Credit: Google Maps

The cause of the explosion is not known but emergency gas crews are on their way to the scene.

The full extent of the damage to the building and neighbouring properties is still being established.

The two injured men are thought to be in their late 20s or early 30s and have been taken to hospital, and were believed to have been inside the flat at the time of the explosion. No other injuries have been reported at this time.

People in the area are being asked to return to their homes if safe to do so to give blue light services clear access.

Aldersmead Road and surrounding streets will be closed until the situation is resolved. Drivers and pedestrians should avoid the area.

"I can't apologise enough" says Magical Journey boss

The organiser of The Belfry's Magical Journey Christmas experience has apologised to visitors for closing after it was "hammered by the weather'.

Paul Dolan, organiser of The Magical Journey experience, said that work was underway to get all the issues fixed by Wednesday.

We were hammered with four weeks of torrential rain which really affected the site and slowed us down.

We were very far behind but I didn't want to disappoint children.

We thought there was enough there that people wouldn't see the small details that weren't there but there were too many small details and it built up.

We shouldn't have opened yesterday. I can't apologise enough.

What we want this to be is a perfect experience.

– Paul Dolan, Magical Journey organiser

This morning organisers posted a message on the Magical Journey Facebook site saying it was 'closed for improvements'.

The attraction - designed by TV presenter Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen - was immediately slammed on social media with hundreds of complaints from disappointed customers.

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One man dead and two injured in Warley car crash

A driver has died and two people have been injured in a two-car smash in Warley today.

The incident took place at the junction of the A4123 and Bleakhouse Road, shortly after 9.20am today.

One of the drivers was confirmed dead at the scene while the other was taken to Sandwell Hospital with knee pain.

A female passenger was taken to Birmingham's Queen Elizabeth Hospital with cuts, back pain and a suspected abdominal injury.

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Furious parents attack Magical Journey on Facebook as kids' Christmas experience is cancelled

Angry parents have taken to Facebook in their droves to complain about the eleventh hour cancellation of Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen's Christmas show.

Many parents had already set off for The Belfry Golf Club's Magical Journey with their children before they discovered the news it had been temporarily closed after complaints about safety and quality.

One frustrated parent, Leah Gulliver, said: "We are on the road to this now! I have kids crying in the back. I want a full refund now."

The Magial Journey had been billed as ‘the most amazing Christmas experience that planet Earth has ever seen’.

Organisers say they took the decision to close for three full days based on customer feedback so they "could implement changes and improvements to the experience".

Since the announcement was made on Facebook at 9.30am Sunday morning parents have swamped the page with compaints and concerns.

Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen with elves at The Magical Journey Credit: BPM Media (Midlands)

My partner has booked his final day's holiday for tomorrow especially to experience this visit. Now it's too late to change his leave. Feeling very disappointed.

– Jacqui Evans on Facebook

I want my £220 refunded.

You did not deliver what you advertised and have ripped people off, that is the issu,e and some of your staff are damn right rude and clearly do not care.

Magical experience what a joke and it didn’t even last the allocated time of 80/90 Minutes either.

– Natalie Craig on Facebook

However some parents have backed the organisers saying it was the right decision to make.

Best decision made. Well done for taking everyone's comments on board and refunding those who have already been and have left disappointed. We are looking forward to our Magical Journey.

– Steph Clarke on Facebook

Christmas experience temporarily closed after complaints

The experience was created by Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen Credit: BPM Media (Midlands)

A Christmas experience created by Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen has been temporarily closed after hundreds of complaints from visitors.

Unhappy families who paid £22.50 per ticket took to social media to complain about The Magical Journey attraction, at the Belfry golf club, in Wishaw, Warwickshire.

Some claimed the experience was "far from magical", expressing their disappointment at the waiting time to see Santa and the toys handed out to children.

Following the complaints organisers have temporarily closed the attraction until Wednesday “for improvements” and offered refunds to people who have already visited and those who were due to go along on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday.

The Magical Journey attraction in Warwickshire Credit: BPM Media (Midlands)

“Based on customer feedback we have taken the decision to take three full days closure today (23/11/14), tomorrow (24/11/14) and Tuesday (25/11/14) in order that we can implement changes and improvements to the experience.

Our customers are our priority for safety and a magical experience and we sincerely apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

It is important that we deliver the high quality experience you are expecting and hope to reopen with improvements and changes having been made.

We have also had difficulty with torrential rain on site affecting the lighting and sound, we have people working to repair this damage.

All customers affected by these closures have been emailed and will be offered either a refund or a new date, based on their preference."

– Organisers post on Facebook

Couple suffer serious injuries in bus collision in Tipton

The scene of the crash in Toll End Road Credit: John Kennett

Five people have been taken to hospital, two with serious injuries, following a collision involving a car and a bus in the Black Country.

An air ambulance and five ambulance crews and were sent to Toll End Road, Tipton shortly after 1.20pm today

A man and woman were cut free from the car before the woman was flown to Queen Elizabeth Hospital with head, back and chest injuries.

The male driver was taken by ambulance to the same hospital with head injuries.

Three bus passengers were taken to hospital with back and neck pain.

Midlands Air Ambulance airlifted a woman to hospital Credit: John Kennett
Damage to the bus in Toll End Road Credit: John Kennett
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