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West Midlands Ambulance Service plea over icy water

West Midlands Ambulance Service has warned of the dangers of icy canals and pools in the wake of the cold weather.

Paramedics were called to two incidents in Birmingham and another in Doxey Marshes, Stafford, where people had fallen through ice.

A spokeswoman said: "Adults and children are reminded that frozen lakes, canals and ponds can have fatal consequences."

"Those involved have had very lucky escapes."

The service said one man was injured while trying to rescue his dog from a canal in Chancel Way, Halesowen, while two boys aged 14 were taken to hospital after falling through ice in Doxey Marshes.

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