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Light aircraft completely destroyed after crashing in Shropshire

The light aircraft is pictured upside down after the crash. Credit: @wmasrobmarsh

West Midlands Ambulance Service have shared a picture on social media of a light aircraft, which has been completely destroyed after crashing in Shifnal, Shropshire.

Emergency services were called to the crash at Shifnal airfield shortly after 10.45am today.

The pilot, a man in his 60's, was freed by the emergency services but he was the more seriously injured of the two. He had a dislocated right shoulder, a broken arm, a broken leg and a broken ankle.

The passenger, a man in his 50's, sustained head and neck injuries and was taken to the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital.

Crews working to free the pilot after he was trapped in the craft. Credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service

West Midlands Ambulance service have praised the eyewitness as a 'hero' after his quick actions, prevented the crash from being far, far more serious:

In addition to calling the ambulance service a man ran towards the burning craft with a fire extinguisher. He put out the fire and dragged the passenger out. But the fire re-ignited around the feet of the pilot and this was again extinguished. The man was unable to pull the pilot free because he was trapped.

– West Midlands Ambulance Service

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Swan causes chaos on morning commute

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Police were called out last week in Telford to reports of a swan causing "traffic chaos" on the A442 at Hortonwood.

Members of the public were concerned that it was running loose on the road.

A wildlife rescue volunteer managed to catch the bird and place it in a specially designed "swan bag" to carry it to a safer location.

Former Leicester star to help children in tournament

Former Leicester Tigers star Tim Stimpson will be helping more than 300 children with physical and learning difficulties take part in a rugby tournament.

Tim Stimpson Credit: Tony Marshall/EMPICS Sport

The Annual Festival held in Telford will see youngsters from across the British Isles travelling to take part.

The day's competition will be overseen by a few giants from the world of Rugby inlcuding ex British Lions and England International rugby players Jason Leonard, Phil Vickery and Tim Stimpson

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Mother wants crematorium to be held accountable

Rebecca Adams was told there would be no ashes when her son Harry died. Credit: ITV News

Angry parents who were left with no ashes after their baby son died have called for someone to be held accountable.

Rebecca Adams, vice chair of Action for Ashes, said a funeral director told them there would be no remains of her son Harry left as he was under three years old.

But she later discovered this was not standard practice but a procedure carried out by Shrewsbury Crematorium.

She told a news conference: "We were led to believe that this was the case at any venue and just something we had to accept.

"If we knew otherwise, we would have gone somewhere else. Only years later did we discover that this was wrong.

"It is unacceptable and people have to be held accountable."

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Parents call for national inquiry into babies' ashes

Parents who were never handed back their babies' ashes from crematoriums have called for a national inquiry into the scandal.

Glen Perkins, who founded support group Action for Ashes for families affected, lost his daughter Olivia seven years ago.

But he only became aware Emstrey Crematorium in Shropshire could have handed back some of her ashes 12 months ago.

After conducting his own investigation with the help of experts he says the crematorium would have been given remains every time -and he said the problem was not isolated to Shropshire.

He told a press conference: "We know of cases in Hull and Sheffield.

"There's been no mention of a national investigation, while there has been acknowledgment of a nationwide problem.

"I'm still calling on the Justice Minister to do the right thing and agree to a national investigation.

"These atrocities are happening as I read this statement. May God have pity on the people performing these inhumane acts of neglect."

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