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Horror smash on railway bridge sees couple airlifted

The crash happened in Shropshire this morning Credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service

A couple had to be airlifted to hospital with serious chest injuries after a head on collision between two cars on a railway bridge in Shropshire.

Paramedics were called to the crossing in Baschurch Road, Bomere Heath, Shrewsbury, at 9.55am this morning.

The Midlands Air Ambulance and the Wales Air Ambulance were both scrambled to the scene of the accident.

The driver and passenger from one car, a couple believed to be in their eighties, were both trapped in the wreckage.

They were both taken to the Royal Stoke University Hospital in each of the helicopters.

The ambulance service said the male driver of the second car sustained minor injuries, and was taken to Royal Shrewsbury Hospital by land ambulance.


Mountain biker rescued from Shropshire woodland

A bike rider was thrown over his handlebars and collided with a tree stump when he was cycling in woodland in Habberley in Shropshire.

Two ambulances, a paramedic in a separate vehicle, and the Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) were called out yesterday afternoon to help the man - it's thought he dislocated his shoulder and fractured some ribs.

The emergency teams had to walk half a mile to reach the man, climbing a steep slope, before he was lowered using ropes and a stretcher to the special six wheel rescue vehicle.

Family escape house fire after putting fireworks in recycling bin

The national strike by firefighters ends at 6pm on Tuesday Credit: Phil Noble/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Firefighters in Shropshire say a family are lucky after their house almost caught fire when fireworks were put into a recycling bin after a party last night.

Crews arrived at the property in Telford within ten minutes and found the recycling bin, which was up against the side of the house, on fire.

Luckily, the fire did not spread to the roof of the property. Firefighters are urging members of the public to make sure fireworks are fully spent before disposing of them. The advices is to leave them in a bucket of water overnight and dispose of them the following day.

“Whilst they may feel cold to the touch on the outside, they may still be smouldering inside.”

– Andy Johnson, Area Manager, Shropshire Fire & Rescue

This incident was one of 16 that Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service has dealt with over the last 24 hours during the 96 hour national strike by firefighters.

Murderer Jamie Reynolds loses his appeal

Murderer Jamie Reynolds has lost his Court of Appeal challenge against an order that he can never be released from prison Credit: West Mercia Police

Murderer Jamie Reynolds, a "sexual deviant" who lured a Shropshire teenager to her death has lost his Court of Appeal challenge against an order that he can never be released from prison.

Reynolds, 23, of Wellington, Shropshire, duped Georgia Williams, 17, into going to his home under the pretence of holding a photo-shoot.

After a major search, her body was eventually found in a stream in remote woodland near Wrexham, and a post-mortem examination showed she died of asphyxia as a result of pressure to the neck.


Soldier guilty of murdering comrade at Clive Barracks in Shropshire

A soldier has been found guilty of murdering his comrade at Clive Barracks in Shropshire.

Lance Corporal Richard Farrell denied killing fellow member of the Royal Irish Regiment, 32-year-old Corporal Geoffrey McNeill, in March.

In a majority decision, the jury at Birmingham Crown Court found Farrell to be guilty.

Corporal Geoffrey McNeill Credit: West Mercia Police

The jury agreed with the Crown's case that 23-year-old Farrell, from Dublin, had murdered Cpl McNeill "inflicting a series of heavy blows" according to prosecuting QC Christopher Hotten, breaking the older man's neck in three places.

Farrell claimed he remembered nothing of the night's events, having drunk at least a litre of Disaronno liqueur, after having been punched by McNeill in a pub in Market Drayton earlier in the evening.

He will be sentenced later.


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