Police are appealing for witnesses after a collision involving a scooter and a 21-year-old pedestrian in Middlesbrough.
It happened at around 6.30pm on Linthorpe Road towards Albert Road on July 22.
Two people remain in hospital. The rider of the scooter suffered serious head injuries, internal injuries and lacerations. He is in a “critical” condition. The pedestrian suffered a broken foot and lacerations. He is in a “stable” condition.
Five ducklings sparked a major rescue operation involving the RSPCA, the fire brigade and members of the public when they got stuck down a drain.
A passer-by heard quacking from beneath a busy road in Middlesbrough and raised the alarm.
RSPCA inspector Claire Wilson was called out but couldn't see the ducklings so the fire crew arrived and used a crow bar to lever up the drain cover and then poured water into the drain to flush the birds through to a point where they could be lifted out.
Sadly the mother duck was scared off by all the attention and the ducklings are now being cared for by staff at a local animal sanctuary where they will be hand-reared before being released into the wild.
"It was a big effort for five little ducklings and people had gathered round to watch them being rescued.
"It was funny to see so many people involved in rescuing them but we were all really pleased to see them brought out safe. I've no idea how they managed to get down there in the first place."
– Graham Anderson, eyewitness
"Inspector Wilson used her camera and looked through various pictures to try to pinpoint their location but was unable to do so.
"The fire service was then called to assist and used a crowbar to lift the drain cover in the middle of the road and then poured water down the drain to flush the ducklings through.
"I would always urge the public to leave wildlife alone unless as in this situation they are obviously in trouble and need our help.
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