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.
Nick Cadman, North Worcestershire Fire Commander, described the rescue operation as "significant".
A woman and a boy, believed to be mother and son, are in a critical condition after a fire at an apartment in Kidderminster.
Police are treating the fire in The Horsefair as suspicious.
The two seriously injured have both been taken to hospital - the woman to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, and the boy to Birmingham Children's Hospital.
Two others were treated for smoke inhalation, and were taken to Worcester Hospital, where their condition is not described as serious.
Plans are being put in place to house people who will not be able to return to nearby properties tonight.
The road at the scene remains closed to traffic.
We are currently treating this fire as suspicious and would appeal for anyone with information that may help with our investigation to contact us.
The investigation will be led by a detective inspector and will involve investigators from the fire and rescue service and our scenes of crime officers.
We would like to thank everyone in the surrounding area for their support and patience while we manage and investigate this incident.
Images have been released of two men police need to speak to about a serious assault on board a train.
The attack happened on a train arriving at Stourbridge Junction railway station at around 11.15pm on Saturday, September 20.
Four men had boarded the train at Kidderminster, and they began talking to a man and a woman who were on their way to Birmingham for a night out with friends.
A fight broke out, and two of the men from the group of four threatened the couple. Then, one of the men punched the woman, and smashed a bottle over the man's head.
The male victim needed stitches for a bad cut to his forehead.
"If you recognise either of the men pictured, I would like to hear from you. We would also like to speak to anyone who may have witnessed the incident.
“This was a violent assault which has left the victim with a nasty head injury. It’s vital that we trace those responsible.”
A garage technician in Kings Heath had a lucky escape when a wheel -which had sheared off a 4x4 - came hurtling down the road before colliding with a car on the sales forecourt.
The images, taken from security cameras at the garage, reveal the speed of the careering wheel, and its proximity to the garage staff in its path.
Fortunately, no-one was injured, and the driver of the Range Rover - minus one front wheel - was unharmed.
A farm owner has pleaded guilty to forcing a vulnerable man to work for him for more than 13 years.
David Daniel Doran, 42, has been on trial at Cardiff Crown Court for the past three weeks on a compulsory labour charge alongside his father Dan Doran, 67.
But today Doran junior changed his plea - resulting in the prosecution dropping the case against the elder defendant.
The court has previously heard that missing Kidderminster man Darrell Simester was found in an "appalling" state on Cariad Farm near Newport, last year.
The former warehouse worker said he worked 15-hour days without pay and was made to live in a rat-infested shed for a decade.
His parents Jean and Tony said their 44-year-old son looked more like a man in his nineties and later found he had a massive hernia protruding from his groin.
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The theft happened between 8.30am and 10.30am on September 30.
The puppy, named Peaches - a Rottweiler and Bull Mastiff crossed breed - was stolen from the property, which was locked and secure.
Peaches is described as brown with black fur down her back.
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