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Fire crews tackling 'large blaze' at Toffee Apple factory

Toffee apples stockshot Credit: PA

Fire crews are tackling a large blaze at a Toffee Apple production unit in Warwickshire.

Five fire engines from West Midlands Fire Service have been trying to bring the flames under control at the unit on Walsal End Lane in Hampton-in-Arden.

Sheldon Fire Service has tweeted the toffee apples were being made for Halloween.

There are no reported injuries but the unit has been severely damaged by the blaze.



'Oldest ever' rugby photograph found at Rugby School

The 164-year-old photo Credit: SWNS

A photograph believed to be the earliest ever taken of an official rugby match, taken on the pitch where the sport was invented, has been found after years of lying on a dusty shelf.

The previously unseen image dates back to 1851 and shows players lining up on the pitch where William Webb Ellis famously created the game when he picked up a football and ran with it in his arms.

Rugby School in Warwickshire Credit: SWNS

The 164-year-old black-and-white image shows members of Rugby School - wearing what initially appears to be cricket whites - preparing for a scrum down.

The picture was discovered in the archives at Rugby School in Warwickshire.

An old drawing of rugby being played Credit: SWNS

"We didn't play a match with any team outside of school until 1867, so this would have been an internal game between two houses."

"It was taken on The Close, the grounds at the centre of our school, in an area know as Bigside - where the game began."

"The exact date is unclear so we don't know the score - but scores at the time were just a record of the number of goals kicked."

– Rusty MacLean, Rugby School Museum's librarian and archivist

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School children's tribute to the Queen's 63-year reign

Pupils at St. Anthony's Catholic Primary School stood in the shape 63 E.R. Credit: St. Anthony's Catholic Primary School

Children at a school in Leamington Spa joined in today's celebrations marking Queen Elizabeth II becoming Britain's longest-reigning monarch.

Pupils at St. Anthony's Catholic Primary School stood in the shape 63 E. R. to commemorate the Queen's 63 years on the throne.

They also spent the day making crowns, singing the National Anthem and enjoying tea on the school field.

Fire on train leads to delays for Midlands trains

Firefighters are dealing with a fire on a train at Warwick Parkway.

The issue has led to delays of up to half an hour between Leamington Spa and Birmingham Snow Hill.

Problems are expected to continue until 11am.

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