A man has been rescued from a pond in Worcestershire today after falling from a ladder that was propped up against a tree whilst trying to save a cat.
Paramedics were called to Moseley Road, Hallow, at around 8.15am, where they found a 34-year-old man half immersed in the pond.
He had fallen around six metres from a ladder, which he had put up next to a tree while he attempted to retrieve the stuck cat.
He was in the water for around 30 minutes while the rescue operation got underway.
Crews used a floating spinal board to walk him to dry land.
He was taken to the major trauma centre at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham for further treatment.
Worcestershire have bolstered their squad by signing vastly experienced batsman Alex Gidman from Gloucestershire on a two year contract.
Gidman has put pen to paper with the LV= County Championship Division Two leaders until the end of the 2016 season.
The 33-year-old only this week scored a career best 264 for Gloucestershire against Leicestershire at Bristol.
He also impressed Worcestershire Director of Cricket Steve Rhodes when making 145 in Gloucestershire's win at New Road in the Championship last month.
Gidman has scored 23 First Class hundreds and 57 half centuries and amassed 11,000 First Class runs at an average of more than 36.
In addition the High Wycombe-born player has compiled 4,458 List A runs at an average of nearly 28.00.
Rhodes said: "If you look at some of the recent innings he has played, they have been quite outstanding.
"One of them was against us but also to get 260 odd in the current game against Leicestershire is also a fantastic achievement.
"We are getting someone who is in the best form of his career."
The mother of a two-year-old boy who died from methadone poisoning has been charged over his death.
Fenton Hogan was found collapsed at his home in Frankley, Worcestershire, in July last year.
32-year-old Kelly Emery from Erdington has been charged with his manslaughter and is due before Birmingham Magistrates this morning.
Wychavon is set to welcome stage 4 of the Tour of Britain through Broadway, Pershore and Evesham today, as the Tour makes its way from Worcester to Bristol.
Jem Teal, Community Development Manager at Wychavon, said:
We're all ready to give the Tour of Britain a fantastic welcome to Wychavon. I'm sure residents and businesses will go all out to get behind the riders and show them our support. This is great news for the area and lots of fun for everyone.
Presiding over the village Broadway Tower will be decorated in a yellow jersey and traders will be getting into the spirit of the event by decorating their shop windows and offering live music.
In Pershore the streets will be dressed with bunting and in Chapman Court there will be a celebratory bicycle made entirely from willow.
There will also be street entertainment and local schools are expected to line the streets with Pershore High School running a yellow jersey day for charity.
Police in Sandwell are appealing for the public’s help to find a missing man, who might be in Worcestershire.
Lyndon Ross left his home in Moorlands Court, Rowley Regis, at 1.30pm yesterday, saying he was going for a walk in the Clent Hills.
The 39-year-old has not been seen since and his family are now extremely concerned about his welfare.
Sergeant Ben Dolan from West Bromwich police station said:
It is out of character for Lyndon to go missing like this and as time passes without hearing from him, we are becoming increasingly worried about him.
He is described as white, around 5ft 9in tall, of a slim build with short, brown hair. When he went missing, he was wearing a white t-shirt, blue three-quarter length jeans, a grey hooded top and was carrying a black Nike rucksack.
Our officers are out searching for Lyndon and we are doing all we can to find him. However, it is a large area and we are keen to hear from anyone who may have seen him while out walking on the hills in the last 24 hours.
A 13-year-old boy is due in court after a teacher and a child were attacked with a blade at a school in Malvern.
He has been charged with 13 offences, including grievous bodily harm, following the incident at the Chase Technology College yesterday morning.
He is due to appear before Redditch Magistrates Court.
Police say the missing 13-year-old who they wanted to speak to following an incident at a Malvern school, was found on the 4.55pm train to Hereford.
Officers were called to The Chase Technology College at 8.45am this morning. A 13-year-old girl and a male teacher were found injured after a knife attack.
West Mercia Police told ITV News that the 13-year-old boy has been arrested.
Police searching for a missing 13-year-old boy say "he's been found safe."
Officers said they wanted to speak to the teenager following an incident this morning at The Chase Technology College in Malvern, Worcestershire.
A pupil and a teacher were left injured in a knife attack.
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Police are still hunting a 13-year-old boy whom they believe carried out a knife attack on a fellow student and a teacher at a school in Great Malvern.
The public have been warned not to approach the child, who is described as white, about 5ft 3inches tall, with short spiky hair and glasses.
He was last seen wearing dark grey trousers, grey hooded jumper and may have a dark scarf covering his face. He was also carrying a dark rucksack.
Scores of parents are gathering outside the school to collect their children.
Police officers are reassuring local people that the college is open, and that the pupils are safe.