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"Black ring" could have been caused by Warwick Castle

Teenager Georgina Heap spotted the ring in the sky
Teenager Georgina Heap spotted the ring in the sky Credit: SWNS

A mysterious "black ring" in the sky could have been caused by fire effects being test by Warwick Castle.

Teenager Georgina Heap snapped the ring on her mobile phone after spotting it above Leamington Spa on Friday night.

A Warwick Castle spokesperson said:

"As part of our 1,100th anniversary celebrations this year, we've been testing a number of fire effects to enhance our daily Trebuchet Fireball Spectacular show – the world’s largest firing catapult.

"We’ve seen a number of different effects including the vortex images that have been reported. As yet we don't know what causes the phenomenon but it's certainly a spooky spectacle.”

Mystery 'black ring' spotted in Warwickshire skies

Experts have been left baffled after a Midland schoolgirl snapped a mysterious 'black ring' in the sky above Warwickshire.

Teenager Georgina Heap snapped the ring on her mobile phone after spotting it above Leamington Spa on Friday night.

Teenager Georgina Heap spotted the ring in the sky
Teenager Georgina Heap spotted the ring in the sky Credit: SWNS

She said the ring was in the sky for around three minutes before fading away.

No fires were reported in the area which may explain it, and the Met Office told the Daily Mail that it did not appear to be weather-related.

Other explanations include the possibility that it was a swarm of insects.

The 'black ring' spotted in the sky over Leamington Spa
The 'black ring' spotted in the sky over Leamington Spa Credit: SWNS

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Firefighter at Leamington blaze taken to hospital

A firefighter tackling a blaze at a former stately home in Leamington has been taken to hospital after being hit by roof slate.

Around 50 staff have been dealing with a fire at Blackdown Hall in Sandy Lane, since around 2pm this afternoon.

Crews were called out to the former stately home earlier this afternoon Credit: ITV News Central
Road around the fire have been closed off Credit: ITV News Central

Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service have said the firefighter has been taken to hospital as a 'precaution'.

People who live inside Blackdown Hall have been taken to rest centre at a nearby school.

Major fire at former stately home in Leamington

More than 50 firefighters are tackling a major fire at a former Edwardian stately home in Leamington.

Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service have said they were called out to Blackdown Hall in Sandy Lane at just before 2pm this afternoon.

The fire is thought to have started on the first floor of the building and has spread into the roof.

Roads in the area have also been closed off.

Fusiliers parade in Leamington Spa

Almost 200 soldiers from the 1st Battalion the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers are parading through Leamington Spa.

The regiment ahead of the march Credit: ITV News Central

The homecoming march includes The Colours, Corps of Drums and Military Band, and an inspection of the Battalion.

The Fusiliers outside the Town Hall Credit: ITV News Central

At the end of the parade, a ceremonial event will be held at the Town Hall where the regiment will be granted Freedom of the District.

There will be a a civic reception service following the march attending by a number of local and national dignitaries.

Some of the ex-soldiers on the march Credit: ITV News Central

Jaguar spotted in car park six months ahead of debut

The hotly-anticipated Jaguar F-Type coupe, which is not on the market for another six months, has been spotted camouflaged in a supermarket car park in Leamington Spa.

The camouflaged car spotted in a Leamington Spa car park Credit: South West News

The £80,000 model is the coupe version of the sports car and has been referred to as the world's best looking car by motorist enthusiasts.

A promotional shot of the new Jaguar Credit: South West News

The car was expected to make its debut at next week’s LA Motor Show with deliveries beginning in Spring 2014.

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Fresh police appeal after death of attacked pensioner

Police have stepped up their investigation into a brutal attack on a 91-year-old man who has now died.

Sydney Pavier was found with severe head injuries at his home in Gordon Street, Leamington, on September 16 after a burglar attacked him and ransacked the house.

Det Ch Insp James Essex, who is leading the investigation, paid tribute to Mr Pavier as he urged people to think back and come forward if they remember anything which might help.

Police have issued a fresh appeal for information after Mr Pavier died
Police have issued a fresh appeal for information after Mr Pavier died Credit: Joe Giddens/PA

"It was with great sadness that we learned of Mr Pavier's death. He was a very elderly man who lived alone and had maintained his independence right up until he was viciously attacked in September.

Sadly, he never recovered from his injuries.

We are renewing our appeal for anyone who may have information about the burglary or of the assault.

We know that his front door was found ajar when his relatives visited him on September 16, and we would like to find out how long the door had been partially open for.

It is some time ago so we are asking people to check their diaries, check their Facebook accounts or anything else that will help to jog their memories for that date."

Pensioner, 91, dies after being attacked in his own home

A pensioner has died after being viciously attacked in his own home by a burglar who ransacked the house.

Sydney Pavier, who was 91, was found with serious head injuries at his home in Leamington on September 16 by relatives who were popping in to see him.

He never recovered from the attack.

Sydney Pavier, 91, died at the University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire this week
Sydney Pavier, 91, died at the University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire this week Credit: Joe Giddens/PA

He was treated in the intensive care unit at University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire but died this week.

Scott Melville, aged 38, of no fixed address, has been remanded in custody charged with burglary and inflicting grievous bodily harm.

Man's body found in Leamington

Police searching for a missing man have discovered a body in Leamington.

The discovery was made in woodland near Wentworth Road at around 10am.

Officers say they believe the body is that of Woyciech Stanislaw Mroszczyk from Watersfield Gardens in Leamington.

The 35-year-old was reported missing on Monday.

His death is not being treated as suspicious.

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