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Road crash demo for student drivers in Shropshire

More than 300 students will watch a car crash 'victim' released from the wreckage of a vehicle by firefighters at a road safety education event in Newport today.

The demonstration in front of students aged 18 to 25 will be staged at Harper Adams University this evening by Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service.

Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service will organise the road safety education event Credit: Davie Higgens/PA Wire

Martin Richardson, Crew Manager at Newport Fire Station, will provide a live commentary for students as a team of eight firefighters carry out the extrication to simulate what happens in a real road traffic collision.

We want to bring it home to them that a number of road traffic collisions we attend, involve that age group. A car can be a very dangerous machine when handled irresponsibly

– Martin Richardson, Crew Manager at Newport Fire Station

He said excess speed, misuse of alcohol and drugs, peer pressure, mobile phones and poor car maintenance were the main reasons behind the high number of road crashes among men in the 17 to 29 age group.



Search after small plane disappears

A major search took place today in Shropshire after a small plane went missing in the Highey area.

A member of the public rang the police just after 11am, reporting what was believed to be a light aircraft in difficulty in the Billingsley area of Bridgnorth.

Emergency services attended along with the National Police Air Service (NPAS).

A spokeswoman for West Mercia Police said airports and flying clubs had been contacted to to establish whether any aircraft had gone missing.

But she added that no wreckage had been recovered and there have been no further reports or sightings.

West Midlands Ambulance Service sent an ambulance, three paramedic officers, the Hazardous Area Response Team and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford to the area to search.

Despite an extensive search along the B4363, nothing was found and the officially ‘stand down’ was given shortly after 3.00pm.

Based on the initial information, it was important that a full search of the area was completed.

– Spokesman, West Midlands Ambulance Service

Shropshire Council to decide how to help refugees

Councils across the Midlands have been debating how they can help refugees Credit: PA

Shropshire Councillors will meet today to discuss ways the county can play its part in addressing the growing refugee crisis.

The debate over how Shropshire can help those people seeking refuge in the United Kingdom will be part of a full council meeting taking place this morning.

The Council has said it 'should join others in taking urgent action to help refugees' and has stated that it:

  • believes that we all have a moral responsibility to aid and resettle refugees
  • it is the duty of the government and all councils to react to this humanitarian crisis by helping shelter families classified as refugees under 1951 Refugee Convention.

Local agencies have already agreed to work together to establish what will need to be done to support refugees coming to Shropshire.

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