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Passers-by lift car off trapped schoolboy

Credit: BPM.

Passers-by helped lift a car off a schoolboy who had been injured following an incident in Kingstanding.

The youngster, thought to be aged around 12, was hit by a Ford Fiesta on an island at the junction of College Road and Dovedale Road at 3.30pm yesterday.

He was trapped under the rear of the car and passers-by rushed to help free him. An eye-witness said:

“There were at least a dozen people who raced to help after the crash as the child looked quite seriously injured. The passers-by rushed to the back of the car to lift the bumper, which they managed to do to free the boy. Other people then pulled him free and paramedics and fire crews and police were quickly at the scene. The female driver looked shocked and was upset.”

– Eye-witness.

West Midlands Police said his injuries are thought to be serious, but not life threatening.

Fears homeless people were inside building fire

Fears homeless people were inside building fire Credit: West Midlands Fire Service

West Midlands Fire Service said there were fears that there were homeless people inside the derelict pub which was engulfed by flames last night on Kingstanding Road in Birmingham.

However, the service said all persons have been accounted for and no one was injured.

Fears homeless people were inside building fire Credit: West Midlands Fire Service
Fears homeless people were inside building fire Credit: West Midlands Fire Service

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Cannabis plants found at gas explosion house

Dozens of cannabis plants were found by police as they probed a gas explosion at a house in Kingstanding.

It happened at around 8:15pm on Copthorne Road on Saturday.

Emergency services at the scene on Saturday evening Credit: BPM Media (Midlands)

A 30-year-old suspect suffered serious burns in the blast, West Midlands Police said. He remains in hospital.

A second man, who was also initially a suspect, was later released by police.

The house damaged by the explosion Credit: BPM Media (Midlands)

A police spokesman said 40 plants were found in a loft and bedroom at the address, along with specialist growing equipment.

He said the explosion came from a gas cooker and it appeared vents had been blocked in an apparent bid to conceal the smell of the cannabis.

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