Archive for March, 2011

Coventry Telegraph Newspaper

March 19, 2011

This is a newspaper that I had found at the end of week which tells people the information of stories on the main website. I really liked how they used my favourite photograph as I wanted to see it printed somewhere.

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Coventry Telegraph Newspaper – WWII BOMB FOUND IN GARAGE

March 16, 2011

This was a morning storie that had come in so we had to be quick to get it. On the job to get the storie was me, the reporter Tina Juday and Mark Radford the photographer. There was a live bomb that was found in a garage in Coventry and it was a old fire bomb. At first it was a lot of waiting as they had to wait for the bomb disposal team to get there, it was actually found y two removal men as they were removing items from a house of an old lady that died for the new home owners to come in that day. I got a shot of the house and I did like this shot as it shows the road name of where the house is.  Because you could get near to what was going on and the bomb disposal army men so I had to use my 300 lens and I did get some fantastic shots from so far back and they actually made the front page which I was very proud of. Me and the reporter Tina then went around the house to go and ask people what they think about the bomb that was in the garage, this was kind of like a voxpop, capturing close up of their faces. Also because they had not been notified it was nice to capture their reactions as Tina discussed the bomb with them. I also did a close up of the man and it was his house and he had no idea about the bomb. It was really nice to see my name on front page and also it was nice to get a storie like that one,  very exciting.  My favourite photograph is the back of the army man as he closes the back of the van door, the sun outlines the outside of his left side of his body and it really adds effect to the photograph.

An article of the gas explosion in Shrewsbury

March 12, 2011

Twelve people injured in ‘gas’ explosion in Shrewsbury

Blast aftermath 

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One witness spoke of “horrendous” scenes following the suspected gas blast

Twelve people were hurt, two seriously, when a suspected gas blast destroyed a building in Shrewsbury town centre.

One woman was airlifted to hospital with burns to her head, neck and chest, and a man suffered spinal injuries in the explosion in Bridge Street.

Five people had been trapped in a car under rubble but they were pulled free by bystanders and emergency crews.

Supt Peter Lightwood, from West Mercia Police, said it was a surprise no one had been killed.

He said officers were on site within two minutes and the scene was one of “total devastation”.

“The cause of the explosion is unknown,” he said, adding: “We are aware the casualties woke to the smell of gas.”

Scene (pic: Christopher Hobbs)  

Two people were seriously injured in the explosion

The building, thought to contain living accommodation and an empty shop, was completely flattened.

A woman in her early 20s believed to be a resident of an upstairs flat was “blown clear of the building”, police said. She was airlifted to the burns unit at Selly Oak Hospital in Birmingham.

The man with spinal injuries was found partially trapped in the rubble and was undergoing surgery at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital.

Five people who had been trapped in the crushed car were said to be “very lucky” and were also taken to hospital. Fire crews are still searching through the rubble but said they were almost certain no-one was trapped.

A fire service spokesman confirmed there had been “quite a significant gas leak” but said this could have been caused by the explosion.

He said: “If this had been prior to Christmas, when the shops and the streets and the pubs were a lot busier, then it could have been a significantly worse incident.”

The explosion happened at a property on the corner of Bridge Street and Smithfield Road, near Welsh Bridge, just before 1130 GMT.

Scene of Shrewsbury blast 

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Stewart Harbold-Suffield filmed the aftermath of the blast

Jim Grindley, who was working nearby, said: “I ran down, the side building was on fire, loads of people [were] getting dragged out.

“I just ran straight over to the rubble, just saw a hand come out the rubble so I just grabbed them and pulled them out. I got told to move away then. It smelt of gas, it was a horrible sight, horrible sight.”

Jane Harrison said she had just driven over the bridge and onto Smithfield Road when the explosion happened.

She said: “It just felt like somebody had hit me. I’ve never heard a bang like it. The car went sideways, that’s how it felt.

“The car behind me was hit by a traffic light and her back window was smashed.

“There was lots of debris all over the road. I saw smoke and flames and there were people there clearing rubble, looking to see if there was anybody in there.

“That traffic light from the car behind could have gone through the windscreen and that could have been me. I feel very lucky indeed.”

She said she was shaken by the incident, but the only damage to her car came when glass from elsewhere hit the vehicle.

Scene (pic: Thomas Winckley)

Christopher Hobbs, who lives about a quarter of a mile from the site, said he saw two casualties.

He said: “We were in the house watching TV this morning. We heard this huge explosion.

“It sounded like the chimney had fallen off our house or something. It felt like the whole building shook.

“The building that used to stand on the corner is nothing but a pile of rubble. There was smoke billowing from the area. They brought two casualties through – one on a wheelchair and one on a stretcher.”

Performances were cancelled at the Theatre Severn, which is across the river from the explosion site.

BBC reporter Tom Warren, at the scene, said National Grid engineers had started digging up the road, there was rubble on the street and fire crews were on site.

He said: “I heard a loud bang while shopping in the town centre and came down to see what it was.

“It looked like there’d been an explosion, because there was rubble strewn outside. I saw lots of ambulances and the air ambulance arrived.”

Smail Bachene, manager of the Source Vodka Bar, said he was in bed when he heard the explosion.

He said: “It was a big blast, the noise was unbelievable. I think there was a flat over the shop but I don’t know how many people lived there.”