Live updates

Shocking pictures from two car smash in Herefordshire

One man was left hanging out of his car window and a second had to be cut free from his car following a crash in Herefordshire this morning.

A man had to be cut free from a car following the collision Credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service

The incident happened just after 6.30am this morning on the A449 in Ross-on-Wye.

Three ambulance crews and the Midlands Air Ambulance were called to the scene where they found a 19-year-old driver with leg and ankle fractures.

Both cars involved in the smash in Ross on Wye Credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service

The driver of the second vehicle had to be cut free before being airlifted to Birmingham's Queen Elizabeth Hospital. He is being treated for a suspected fractured pelvis, abdominal injuries and cuts to his head.

One of the cars involved in the crash Credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service

The impact of the collision left the driver of one of the vehicles, a 19-year-old man, hanging out of the car window.

– A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman

Body of Midlands soldier due to be repatriated

Warrant Officer Leonard Thomas Credit: PA

The body of a Midlands soldier who died in Afghanistan last weekend will return to the UK today.

Warrant Officer Leonard Thomas, who served with The Royal Corps of Signals, is due to be repatriated to RAF Brize Norton this afternoon, along with two colleagues who died alongside him.

The MoD confirmed that the three men were killed on Sunday when a man dressed in an Afghan police uniform opened fire at them.


Tributes to Herefordshire soldier

The family of Warrant Officer Leonard Thomas, who was shot by an Afghan policeman while on patrol in Helmand province on Sunday, paid the following tribute:

"Pez was a military man through and through. He thrived in extreme environments, both in the military and in his spare time.

"He was a keen climber and mountaineer and will be sorely missed by everyone who had the privilege to have met him."

– Leonard Thomas's family

"Warrant Officer Class 2 'Pez' Thomas was a soldier of great experience, wisdom and dedication.

"A proud member of 37 Signal Regiment (Volunteers), with 15 years of regular military service behind him.

"The toughest jobs are given to most able and 'Pez' was deployed to a challenging area of Helmand. There he acted as a Stabilisation Operator; striving to enhance the lives of the people by improving local governance, infrastructure and basic services.

"At this difficult time our prayers and thoughts rest with his partner Rachel and his mother Sylvia."

– Colonel Alan Richmond, late Queen's Dragoon Guards, Commander, Military Stabilisation Support Group