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Lorry driver's lucky escape after smashing into garden

The lorry came to rest in a front garden
The lorry came to rest in a front garden Credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service

A man was lucky to escape serious injury after the lorry he was driving smashed through a wall, a tree and telegraph pole before eventually stopping in a front garden in Stoke-on-Trent.

It happened on the A53 Leek Road at around 10am, and two ambulances and a paramedic attended the scene.

Crews arrived to find a lorry in the front garden of a property. A wall, tree, telegraph pole and various other items had been damaged in the collision.

The driver of the lorry, a man in his 20s, was treated by ambulance staff for a minor head injury. A woman in her 70s, who witnessed the incident, was in shock and also required treatment. Both were taken to University Hospital North Staffordshire as a precaution.

– West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman

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Birthday party as shopping centre turns 40

Salsa dancing, magicians, and cake are among just some of the activities on offer today as the Kingfisher Shopping Centre in Redditch turns 40.

The Kingfisher Shopping Centre in Redditch was opened 40 years ago
The Kingfisher Shopping Centre in Redditch was opened 40 years ago Credit: Google Maps

A street party-style celebration will be held at the centre to mark the occasion.

Line dancing, Latin and ballroom dancing, tea and live music will also be on offer - with the Mayor of Redditch helping to cut a birthday cake at 11am.

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Chelmsley Road in Solihull is closed in both directions after a crash between a car and a bus.

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