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Lucky escape for two after microlight suffers heavy landing

Two men have escaped serious injury after their microlight came down heavily as it came in to land.

Credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service

It happened at Long Marston Airfield in Warwickshire at about 2.15pm on Sunday afternoon.

An ambulance and a paramedic area support officer were sent to the scene.

Initial reports were that it was a much more serious incident than it thankfully turned out to be.

The pilot and his passenger, who were both in their 40s, were able to get out of the microlight themselves. One had suffered a wrist injury and both had minor cuts and bruising.

There was some damage to the aircraft, mainly to the wings. After assessment, they were both discharged.

– West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman

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Woman killed and child seriously injured in collision in Stratford

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A woman has died and a child seriously injured in a collision in Western Road, Stratford this morning (Friday 20 May).

The collision was reported at about 8.45am and involved pedestrians and a car transporter.

The woman was declared deceased at the scene. The little girl was airlifted to Birmingham Children's Hospital with serious pelvic injuries. Her condition is described as stable.

Police are appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident to get in touch on 101.

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Weekend Picks: Open Water Festival

Open Water Festival: Sun 22nd May (Ragley Hall, Warwickshire)

Swimmers entering the water at Ragley Hall at the Open Water Festival Credit: RLSS

Swimmers are being invited to jump in and take part in an Open Water Festival this weekend in aid of drowning prevention.

The Ragley Crawl allows swimmers to tackle a one-mile, half a mile or team relay course designed to encourage all levels of open water swimmers to get in and enjoy the freedom of the open water.

The event is open to anyone from first time open water dippers to regular competitors. Former Great Britain world champion swimmer James Hickman is also set to make an appearance and take part.

“Open water swimming is the UK’s fastest growing sport and, as the leaders in water safety and lifesaving education, we want to continue to provide safe open water swimming.

“Around 400 people needlessly die from drowning in the UK every year and we want to ensure everyone of all ages can enjoy water safely.

This is why we want to offer a fun open water swimming event that everyone can enjoy in a safe, controlled environment.”

– Adrian Lole, RLSS UK’s Technical Director

For prices, opening times and more information visit: www.rlss.org.uk

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Weekend Picks: Home and Garden Show

Home and Garden Show: Fri 13th - Sun 15th May (Ragley Hall, Warwickshire)

Over 60 exhibitors showcase home and garden products Credit: Ragley Hall

Ragley Hall will host its Midlands Home & Garden Show for the first time this weekend.

Visitors will get the chance to speak to specialists and purchase from garden nurseries, designers and furniture and home ware.

For gardening enthusiasts there’s a Question Time event with Ragley Hall’s head gardener Mark Morrell. Visitors can learn from local experts as well as bring along plant cuttings for identification or advice to improve poor growth.

A Fine Food marquee will feature local suppliers offering a range of food with an emphasis on quality of taste using fine ingredients.

“We are delighted to host the Home & Garden show for the first time. With a range of exciting products to suit everyone’s tastes and entry into Ragley Hall included in the ticket prices, the show is a great day out for all the family!”

– Hilary Philpott, Ragley Hall House Manager

For prices, opening times and more information visit: www.battenburgevents.co.uk/page/home-and-garden

Gordon Brown: 'Jobs is the key reason for staying in the EU'

Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown has said jobs is the key reason for Britain to remain in the EU.

In a key note speech at Warwick University in Coventry on why Britain should vote to remain in the EU, he added future of energy is also crucial for staying in the EU.

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