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Major disaster doctor drafted in to help struggling A&E unit

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".

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Man arrested after discovery of 'chemicals and ammunition'

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.

– Superintendent Sue Thomas
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