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Man rescued from 18 foot deep collapsed trench

Man being rescued from trench Credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service

It took two and a half hours for emergency services to release a man who got trapped under rubble when a trench he was working in collapsed. It happened in Barclay Road in Smethwick at 2.20pm today.

Emergency services took two and a half hours to free the man Credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service

It's believed the trench was about 18 feet deep. When the ambulance service arrived they could only see the man's head. He was treated for chest and potential pelvic injuries and taken to hospital in Birmingham

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Man arrested over 'dangerous' pit bulls loose on Smethwick street

A man has been arrested after two pit bulls became dangerously out of control on a street in Smethwick last night (20 January).

One of the pit bulls attacked a specially trained dog handler on Richmond Road at around 4pm.

Firearms officers were called and one dog was eventually shot and killed while the other was secured.

The 33 year-old has been arrested on suspicion of allowing a dog to be dangerously out of control in a public place.

Police: pit bulls in Smethwick could not be contained 'due to aggressive behaviour'

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@wmpolice Is there a report on the events leading up to the dogs being shot, or did the officers do it&not have to account for their actions

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@anarchodinosaur Officers from our dog unit tried containing them but couldn't due to their aggressive behaviour.

Second pit bull located by police in Smethwick garden

Police have confirmed the second pit bull, which was on the loose in Smethwick, has been located in a rear garden.

West Midlands Police says it attempted to secure the first dog but was forced to kill it due to its aggressive nature.

Specialists from West Midlands Police’s Dog Unit attempted to secure the dogs but, due to their aggressive nature, they were unable to contain them.

Richmond Road was secured by police officers as a firearms unit was called to the scene; one dog was shot and killed whilst another has been located in a rear garden.

Officers have managed to identify the dogs owners and are working with them to try and safely recover the second dog.

– West Midlands Police Force Incident Manager, Chief Inspector Jack Hadley

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One pit bull shot while another is still on the loose in Smethwick

One pit bull has been shot while another is still "on the loose" in Smethwick say police.

Dunsford Road, Beakes Road and Richmond Road are closed.

One resident says police are using loudspeakers to warn people not to leave their homes.

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Richmond Road, Smethwick, contained by police following reports of 2 Pit Bull type dogs being on the loose and acting aggressively.

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Lorry crashes through Smethwick health centre

Emergency crews were called to the Leasowes Care Centre on Oldbury Road after the collision this morning.
Emergency crews were called to the Leasowes Care Centre on Oldbury Road after the collision this morning. Credit: ITV News Central

Patients in a health centre in Smethwick have had a lucky escape after a lorry crashed through its wall.

Emergency crews were called to the Leasowes Care Centre on Oldbury Road after the collision this morning.

The centre provides medical treatment for people over 65.
The centre provides medical treatment for people over 65. Credit: ITV News Central

The centre provides medical treatment for people over the age of 65.

No one was injured but those being treated at the centre have been moved.

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