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Sussex Police said the replica of the outgoing Scottish First Minister had been withdrawn following complaints on social media.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