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A major incident doctor who normally responds disasters involving multiple casualties was sent in to help out a stretched accident and emergency unit as patients waited hours for treatment.
The medical incident officer was drafted in to Worcestershire Royal Hospital on Friday as staff were forced to treat patients in the corridor due to high demand.
The move came after West Midlands Ambulance Service demanded action over delays in treatment, which it said was preventing emergency vehicles from getting back on the road.
The hospital trust said the situation was "less than ideal".
A 49-year-old man has been arrested after police discovered 'chemicals and ammunition' during an ongoing investigation in Walwyn Road, Colwall near Malvern.
A small number of residents were evacuated immediately from their homes and a cordon was put in place while officers carried out further work at the property.
A full investigation is now under way following the man's arrest and inquiries are being made to establish the exact nature of the chemicals.
The police have stressed that there is nothing to suggest that this is in any way linked to any terrorist activity.
We are receiving assistance from the Army and Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue to make sure all the items are removed and made safe.
We would like to reassure members of the public that the incident has been contained and that no-one has been injured.
Villagers have been evacuated from their homes and others told to stay indoors due to an ongoing police incident.
Residents in Colwall, near Malvern, Worcestershire, reported seeing a bomb disposal team in the area.
It follows three days of police activity surrounding a house in the village.
West Mercia Police said it was "necessary to evacuate residents from a small number of properties" following "an ongoing investigation into an incident at a property".
One resident, Tim Dixon, said part of "sleepy Colwall" had become a hub of police activity.
A 13 year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of wounding and carrying a bladed weapon after an incident at a school.
West Mercia Police said the boy had been arrested following an incident at The Chase Technology College in Malvern, Worcestershire.
The boy, who has not been named by police, remains in custody at Worcester Police Station and is being supported by specially trained officers.
A school where a pupil attacked a teacher and a 13-year-old female student with a knife will open as normal tomorrow.
In a statement on its website, The Chase Technology College in Malvern, Worcestershire, confirmed the pair had received minor injuries in the incident involving a bladed object this morning but had not required medical treatment.
It added that the school would be open on Tuesday and would continue to operate normally.
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