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Horse dead and three children injured after an accident in Walsall

A young boy riding on a horse and a teenage girl suffered serious injuries after a collision involving a car and a horse drawn cart. The boy sustained a serious head injury and had to be anaesthetised at the scene before being taken to Birmingham Children's Hospital. The 17-year-old girl who was on the cart and thrown some distance in the collision was taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital with spinal injuries.

The accident happened at the junction of Chester Road and Lazy Hill in Stonnall near Walsall yesterday evening.

“A man and two-year-old boy, both from the cart, were assessed by ambulance staff and found to have suffered less serious injuries. Both were taken to Walsall Manor Hospital. “The driver of the car, a man believed to be in his 70s, sustained a minor head injury. He was also taken to Walsall Manor Hospital as a precaution.

– West Midlands Ambulance spokesperson

The horse was pronounced dead at the scene by an emergency vet.

Neil Dalton was 'better than words can describe'

Friends of murdered Derbyshire student Neil Dalton said he was 'better than words can describe' and deserves to be remembered like that.

Belper Amateurs cricket club who Neil used to play for, took part in a charity cricket tournament today, in his memory.

Neil, a medical student at Newcastle University, was stabbed to death in Borneo, Malaysia last month alongside fellow student, Aidan Brunger.

The money raised will be donated to the Anthony Nolan Trust.

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Charity cricket tournament in memory of Neil Dalton

Friends of murdered Derbyshire student Neil Dalton are gathering in Belper, in Derbyshire to play a cricket tournament in his memory today.

Neil, a medical student, was stabbed to death in Borneo, Malaysia, last month. Fellow Newcastle University student, Aidan Brunger, was also killed.

Called Neil's Day - the event will see teams from Belper and Ambergate compete against each other. It has been arranged by the Belper Amateurs - for whom Neil Dalton played.

Neil Dalton who was murdered in Borneo Credit: ITV News Central

£100K to tackle Hajj pilgrimage cowboy travel agents

Birmingham City Council has been awarded £100,000 to help them become the UK's national lead tackling cowboy travel agents taking advantage of Muslims doing the Hajj pilgrimage.

The government wants them to replicate their success in other cities with high Muslim populations, to combat what is often a significantly under-reported crime.

Thousands of Muslims across the world flock to Mecca, where the most sacred sites in Islam exist, to perfom their Hajj pilgrimage. Credit: PA

The largest gathering of Muslims in the world each year, Hajj is a pilgrimage that all adult Muslims are required to make at least once in their lives, if they are physically and financially able to do so.

Tens of thousands of British Muslims will have booked trips to Saudi Arabia in October to make the pilgrimage.

However, some of these will unfortunately find that the once-in-a-lifetime trips they have booked will not live up to expectations - either due to sub-standard hotels and travel arrangements or the flights, accommodation and visas they paid for turning out not to exist.

Warning for drivers as school traffic peaks today

Today is expected to be the busiest day on the roads for the post-summer break morning rush hour, as all schools in the region have now returned for the autumn term.

As many as one in five journeys today are expected to be school runs Credit: PA

Experts say as many as one in five journeys today will be parents doing the school run - and the busiest time is set to be 8am.

Traffic levels are then expected to ease off over the coming weeks.

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