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Alex Salmond effigy 'blown up' despite police assurances

Pictures appear to show an effigy of Alex Salmond being blown up during bonfire celebrations despite police claims it would not be burned.

Sussex Police said the replica of the outgoing Scottish First Minister had been withdrawn following complaints on social media.

But photos taken last night appear to show the effigy being torched at Lewes bonfire parade, which has earned a national profile for burning controversial or unpopular public figures in recent years.

An effigy of what is understood to be Scotland's First Minister remained placed in front of the crowd in Lewes, Sussex, as the fireworks began. Credit: Michael Story/PA Wire
Sparks were seen firing close to the effigy. Mr Salmond had played down the furore surrounding his appearance. Credit: Michael Story/PA Wire
The aftermath of the display appears to show the effigy stand empty with eyewitnesses claiming the figure had been blown up. Credit: Michael Story/PA Wire

Several people injured as firework 'explodes in crowd'

A number of people have been injured after a firework is thought to have exploded in a crowd.

Two adults suffered minor leg and chest injuries and two children were assessed at the scene of the public event in Broadway, Worcester, a West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) spokesman said.

It is thought that at least five other people were also hurt but left the area before emergency services arrived.

Crews responded to a firework incident at a public event in Childswickham Road.

Two adults presented with minor leg and chest injuries and two children were assessed at the scene.

It is understood at least five other people received minor injuries but left the scene before the emergency services arrived.

All the patients were treated at the scene and later released.

– WMAS spokesman

WMAS sent a paramedic officer and a Community First Responder also attended the scene.


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M5 manslaughter charges dropped against firework organiser

Manslaughter charges are to be dropped against the man who organised a firework display on the night of the M5 crash in Somerset in which seven people died. Bristol Crown Court heard that Geoffrey Cousell will face a health and safety charge.

Fifty-one people were also injured in the crash near Taunton in November 2011. Detective Superintendent Mike Courtiour from Avon and Somerset police said:

The collision on the M5 in November 2011 was one of the worst in living memory. We launched a comprehensive investigation immediately after to establish the full circumstances which led to the collision. Our investigation was meticulous and complex. We took hundreds of witness statements, examined 34 vehicles and consulted several experts. Based on this evidence the Crown Prosecution Service took a decision to charge. However, following further consideration in recent weeks they have decided to drop the manslaughter charges.”

– Detective Superintendent Mike Courtiour

'Freak accident' at fireworks display injures girl

The City of Edinburgh Council has launched an investigation after a "freak accident" at a fireworks display left an eight-year-old girl injured.

Pentland Community Centre at Oxgangs Brae in Edinburgh was hosting its annual bonfire night on Monday when a rocket misfired, bouncing off a wall and into a box of unexploded fireworks, dispersing them into the crowd of spectators.

This video posted on YouTube claims to show the incident taking place:

The unnamed girl was taken to hospital with a burn on her cheek.

Chairman of the community centre, Dennis Williams, apologised for the "unfortunate incident".

"This was a freak accident, and most regrettable, but this is the first incident we have had in 10 years of holding this popular community event", Mr Williams said.

City of Edinburgh Councillor Cammy Day said the council is "investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident".

"We are working closely with the organisers of the display and with our partners at Lothian and Borders Police and Lothian Fire and Rescue Service to determine what happened", Cllr Day added.

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