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Man rescued from 18 foot deep collapsed trench

Man being rescued from trench Credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service

It took two and a half hours for emergency services to release a man who got trapped under rubble when a trench he was working in collapsed. It happened in Barclay Road in Smethwick at 2.20pm today.

Emergency services took two and a half hours to free the man Credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service

It's believed the trench was about 18 feet deep. When the ambulance service arrived they could only see the man's head. He was treated for chest and potential pelvic injuries and taken to hospital in Birmingham


Kestrel chicks fly the nest

Kestrel chicks found in car footwell Credit: West Midlands Police

Four Kestrel chicks rescued from a poacher have finally flown the nest.

Police were called to reports of metal thieves attacking the top of St Mary's Church in Bushbury, in Wolverhampton, only to find the birds left in the footwell of a car parked nearby.

The birds were returned to the nest, hoping the mother had not abandoned them. And now they have been seen healthy, and spreading their wings.

A 39-year-old man was arrested and later charged with possessing protected wild birds. He's due to appear at Wolverhampton Magistrates Court on September 10th.

Boy rescued from pool after falling through ice

The boy is believed to have been walking on the ice when he fell though Credit: West Midlands Fire and Rescue

A teenage boy had to be rescued after falling through the surface of a frozen pool in Sutton Park.

Emergency services were called to the park yesterday just after 2.30pm as the boy, who is thought to be 15-years-old, had apparently tried to walk on the ice before falling into the water.

He managed to climb out of the pool and onto an island about 30 metres from the shore.

Over 15 firefighters were involved in the rescue as well as the police and ambulance services.

An inflatable raft was used to rescue the boy who was taken to hospital suffering from the effects of the cold.

A West Midlands Fire Service spokesman said: "As sturdy as it might look, there is no way of knowing the thickness of ice on pools, lakes and other waterways. Please stay off it, and make sure that any children you know are aware of the dangers.

“People who put themselves at risk by venturing on to ice also endanger the lives of anyone who might have to rescue them."

Builder rescued using 75ft crane

The construction worker was lifted 75ft in the air to safety after a cherry picker he was in over-turned Credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service

A construction worker had to be rescued by a 75ft crane after the cherry-picker he was in overturned.

The Emergency Services had to lift the injured man in his 50s as this was the only way to rescue him from the Frankley Waterworks in Birmingham.

The man was rescued using a specialist stretcher Credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service

Another man who is in his 40s, was also in the cherry-picker when the accident happened but he escaped with minor injuries.

It is believed the men were about to pour concrete for a new water tank when the machine overturned at about 8.25am on Monday.

Both men were taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

230 big fish rescued

Fish rescued after flooding Credit: ITV Central News

The Environment Agency say 230 large fish with a combined weight of over half a ton have been safely returned to the River Severn in a major rescue operation.

Rededing flood waters left hundreds of fish, including large bream and carp, stranded at Upton-on-Severn in Worcestershire.

Up to 1,000 fish became trapped in pools, ditches and behind mesh fences, leaving them at risk of dying unless they were moved quickly.

Last Tuesday 8 May, the Environment Agency removed 125 stranded fish that where in shallow water and returned them to the river.

About 80-100 bream, weighing up to 7lb and 20-30 carp, weighing about 5-15lb each, were among the fish rescued.

By the end of the day there were still hundreds of fish left but they were in deeper water and not in immediate danger.

It was hoped that the remaining fish would be able to return to the river naturally.

When that didn't happen The Environment Agency went back to the site to move the remaining stranded fish to the River.

About 100 fish, including individual carp weighing up to 28lb each, were rescued.

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