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Woman airlifted to hospital following car accident

The woman was airlifted to hospital. Credit: R4614 Kai Schwörer/DPA/Press Association Images

A pedestrian has suffered a serious head injury and been airlifted to hospital after colliding with a car in Kidderminster this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Worcester Road shortly before 11am.

Crews arrived to find a woman lying unconscious in the road and a car that had suffered damage to the windscreen.

“The woman, believed to be in her 70s, was treated for a significant head injury and fractures to both of her legs. She was immobilised with the use of a neck collar and spinal board.

“She was then airlifted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham and was still unconscious on arrival. Unfortunately, her condition is thought to be extremely serious.

“The driver of the car, a man, was uninjured in the incident which has led to significant traffic disruption in the area.”

– A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman

CCTV images released after schoolboys robbed on train

Police want to speak to this man in connection with the incident in January Credit: British Transport Police
Police want to speak to this man in connection with the incident in January Credit: British Transport Police

The British Transport Police has released CCTV images after four boys were robbed on their way home from school in January.

Officers are appealing for the public's help in tracing the two men pictured, who they want to speak to about the crime, on January 14.

At 6.45pm four boys who were between 12 and 13 years old, were travelling home from school on the Kidderminster to Dorridge train.

Three men boarded the train at Cradley Heath. Just after the train pulled out of the station, the men approached the children and started verbally abusing them. One of the men threatened the boys and said that he had a knife. At that point, a 13-year-old boy handed over his mobile phone.

The men left the train at Old Hill station and the boys told a train guard what had happened.

Police are treating the incident as a robbery and attempted robbery. Officers have been pursuing several lines of enquiry, including reviewing CCTV footage from the train.

“Who are the two men pictured? I want to speak to them as a matter of urgency about what happened. If you recognise them, or have any other information that could assist, please get in touch.”

“This was an incredibly distressing incident for the three young lads, which left them scared of travelling to and from school.

"Given the reference to a knife, and the young age of the victims, we are treating this very seriously and are doing all we can to catch those responsible.”

– Detective Constable Tim Friend, leading the investigation


Worcester man wanted by police for recall to prison

Lewis Watts is wanted by police Credit: West Mercia Police

Police are hunting a man from Worcester who is wanted for recall to prison.

Lewis Watts - who is also known as Lewis Hamilton - has been recalled to prison by the probation service for breaking the terms of his licence after he was released on December 22.

Watts, 20, has served time in prison for a robbery he committed in Worcester in 2012.

"Lewis Watts has a tattoo on the right side of his neck. We are keen to trace him as soon as possible and would ask the public not to approach him if they see him, but to call police.

"Mr Watts has a number of connections to Worcester, Droitwich and Kidderminster.

"If you have any information regarding his whereabouts, we would urge you to contact us."

– West Mercia Police spokesman

Footage shows member of public helping with fire rescue on top of lorry

This dramatic footage captured the moment a member of the public climbed on top of a passing lorry to help with the rescue operation at a fire in Horsefair in Kidderminster.

A mother and her young son are being treated for critical injuries after a fire broke out at their flat above a shop in the Horsefair area of the town.

A man has been arrested on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life.

Man arrested on suspicion of arson after flat fire

A 41-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life after a flat fire in Kidderminster left a mother and her five-year-old son critically injured.

The fire, above a shop in the Horsefair area of the town, was reported at 9.55pm last night.

The woman, who is 22, remains in a critical condition and the boy's condition is now described as "serious but stable".

Two others were treated for the effects of smoke inhalation and taken to Worcester Hospital. Their condition is not described as serious.

Horsefair and Radford Avenue down to the Ringway remain closed.

Woman and boy in 'critical condition' after flat fire

A woman and a boy, believed to be mother and son, are in a critical condition after a flat fire in Worcestershire, which is being treated as suspicious.

Police, firefighters and the ambulance service were called to the fire above a shop in The Horsefair in Kidderminster just before 10pm on Thursday.

West Mercia Police and Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service have now launched an investigation into the incident, and confirmed the fire is being treated as suspicious.

A woman and a boy, believed to be mother and child, were treated at the scene before being transferred to hospital.

The woman was taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital and the boy taken to Birmingham Children's Hospital. Their condition is described as critical.

Police said plans are in place to house people who were not able to return to surrounding properties, and Radford Avenue down to the Ringway was likely to remain closed as police and fire officers investigate the incident.

– Robert Marsh, West Midlands Ambulance Service

Nick Cadman, North Worcestershire Fire Commander, described the rescue operation as "significant".

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