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Danger – all in a day’s work for crack West Midlands Fire Service unit

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Their challenges have included winching a man to safety from the side of a skyscraper, crawling through  collapsed buildings, cutting through steel girders at 2,500 degrees of heat and rescuing a builder covered up to his neck in soil at the bottom of an 18ft-trench. And they also put out fires.

Pilot in crash had no licence, inquest told

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A microlight pilot who died when his aircraft hit power cables and crashed in a farmer’s field had no flying licence and the machine was not registered with the authorities.