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Three injured in sledge accidents

Wyken Slough in the snow
Forecasters have warned there could be more snow (Photo: Ron Collins)

Three children were injured in two separate sledging accidents in Warwickshire on Saturday.

A nine-year-old boy suffered back injuries when his sledge struck a boulder in Edgehill.

Minutes later and just five miles away near Northend, two 13-year-old girls injured their necks while sliding down a hillside on a rubber ring.

On 3 February, Francesca Anobile, 16, died when the sledge she was on crashed in South Yorkshire.

An ambulance crew sent to the incident in Edgehill had to cross fields on foot to reach the injured boy, who was then taken to Horton General Hospital in Banbury.

The incident came two days after an air ambulance crew landed on the snow at Edgehill to reach a boy who had fallen from his sledge on a steep slope above Radway village.

Other people had laid him on the snow and kept him still because of a suspected back injury. But he was found to have suffered only bruising.

'No killjoy'

The two girls hurt in the second incident were flown back to the village of Northend before being transported to the same hospital.

A spokesman for West Midlands Ambulance Service said: "No-one wants to be a killjoy but these incidents tied up a large number of ambulance resources and saw staff having to walk large distances across snow-covered fields, putting themselves in danger as well.

"By all means enjoy yourself while the snow lasts, but please take care."

Similar warnings were issued after the death of Francesca Anobile at Rother Valley Country Park on Tuesday.

She was one of five girls on a sledge which ran out of control and crashed through a mesh and barbed wire fence.

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