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Ominous sign? Police warn of theft threat after horse's tail cut off

Cutting off a tail is often seen as a mark that a horse is about to be stolen. Credit: PA

A horse owner has reported one of their horses having their tail cut off and their mane cut yesterday in broad daylight.

The horse was in a field just off the A41 at Meretown on the Staffordshire/Shropshire border.

Police say that this sort of incident is often seen as a mark that horses are about to be stolen and they are warning horse owners to be on their guard and to make sure their horses are kept as securely as possible.

Man suffers 'nasty' head injury after crash

Man suffers nasty head injury after crash Credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service

West Midlands Ambulance Service said a driver suffered a 'nasty laceration' to his head after the car he was in rolled over on a motorway.

It happened on the eastbound M54 (J4-3) at Shifnal in Shropshire on Sunday morning at about 8.30am.

The 53-year-old man had a deep laceration and was taken to New Cross Hospital in Wolverhampton by ambulance.


Teenager who jumped in front of car dressed as clown is cautioned by police

A 17-year-old girl who dressed up as a clown and jumped in front of a car in Shropshire, has been handed a police caution.

West Mercia Police said the teenager was given a formal warning after engaging in disorderly behaviour likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress.

The force's Brookside Safer Neighbourhood team tweeted a picture of the girl's clown suit after she was arrested on Hills Lane Drive in Telford at around 8.45pm.

A police spokesman said officers will be continuing patrols across the area to help keep communities safe.

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Weekend Picks: Horse Trials

International Autumn Horse Trials: Sat 8th - Sun 9th Oct (Weston Park, Shropshire)

The course will run over a thousand acres of rolling wooded parkland Credit: Matt Nuttall Event Photography

The International Autumn Horse Trials takes place this weekend in Shropshire.

The two day event will feature the National Junior Championships, National under 21 Championships, and dressage, cross country and show jumping classes.

Olympic riders Mark Kyle and Alex Hua Tian will be amongst others competing to win.

“We are delighted to welcome the Blue Chip North West Final Challenge, with qualifiers from all over our region. We have built a new cross country course and have fabulous prizes across all sections over the weekend.”

– Janet Plant, Organiser

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Two people taken to hospital after multi-vehicle crash on A41

Four ambulances, a paramedic officer, a community first responder and a heart paramedic team was despatched to the scene. Credit: Google Maps

West Midlands Ambulance Service says it received the first 999 call at 14:50 today of a multi-vehicle crash on the A41.

Four ambulances, a paramedic officer, a community first responder and a heart paramedic team was despatched to the scene. All have since left.

Two patients were taken to hospital, including the woman driver who had to be cut free from the wreckage of her car by fire crews. She suffered back pain.

There are no details yet of the second patient or the injuries they sustained.

Shropshire Fire Service said the accident involved cars, a van and a coach. The coach was empty, apart from the driver.

Motorcyclist dies after collision with car on A5

A motorcyclist has died after a collision with a car on the A5 this morning.

It happened on the road between Queens Head and Oswestry at about 7.30am this morning.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said despite best efforts, it wasn’t possible to save the man and he was confirmed dead at the scene.

The man driving the car was shaken by what had happened, but was uninjured and was discharged.

The A5 in Shropshire will be closed until further notice. Credit: OPU Shropshire
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