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Helicopter crashes near River Thames

The pilot of a helicopter which crashed near a river after going into a spin gave a "thumbs-up" as he escaped with minor injuries.

An ambulance crew was called to Mapledurham estate next to the River Thames, near Reading, just before 6pm last night after a helicopter landed on its side.

The helicopter came down at Mapledurham near the River Thames Credit: Luke Howroyd

"We got a call at 17:51 to reports of a helicopter that had come down. We sent two rapid-response vehicles, two ambulance officers and an ambulance crew.

They attended to "two adult males who sustained minor injuries and did not require hospital treatment."

– A spokeswoman for South Central Ambulance Service

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Prime Minister praises courage of Bournemouth MP, Tobias Ellwood

There have been calls for the Bournemouth East MP, Tobias Ellwood, to be honoured for what the Prime Minister described as his "extraordinary" bravery.

The Conservative MP and former soldier battled to try to save the life of PC Keith Palmer. It is not the first time Mr Ellwood's life has been touched by an atrocity. His brother, Jonathan, was killed in the 2002 Bali bombing.

Sally Simmonds reports.

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