A teenage boy was airlifted to Birmingham Children's Hospital last night after he was found hurt in woods in Worcester.

They boy was found in woods at the Gorse Hill and Elbury Mount Nature Reserve, in Brickfields, at around 6.30pm last night.

Roads were closed yesterday evening in Tolladine to allow the emergency services to pass through.

Ambulance crews carried the boy on a scoop stretcher to the waiting air ambulance which had landed in a school near the woods.

Eyewitnesses have told the Worcester News that two air ambulance helicopters attended the scene, touching down in the neighbouring field at Gorse Hill Primary School.

A statement from the West Mercia Police said: "Police were called just after 6.30pm last night to reports of a medical emergency near to the junction of Tolladine Road and Holly Mount in Worcester.

"A teenage boy was transported to hospital via air ambulance. The Tolladine Road was closed to allow access for emergency services and was reopened by 8pm.

"We'd like to thank the public for their patience during this time."

Three ambulances, a paramedic area support officer, the ambulance trust’s hazardous area response team and the Midlands Air Ambulances from Staffordshire and Strensham were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find a teenage boy in some woodland who was suffering from a reduced level of consciousness.

“Following emergency treatment on scene, the boy was carefully moved to the awaiting air ambulance, before being airlifted to Birmingham Children’s Hospital.”

Last night, we reported that the police had been dealing with a "major incident" in Brickfields.

Worcester News readers also reported seeing air ambulances in the area.

One woman said: "I heard the helicopters - there were two. They were so loud I thought they were going to land on my house and I don't know how many police cars and ambulances there were. 

"I heard there was a boy injured in the woods. Everyone was outside watching. I asked police if the boy was okay but they said they can't say anything at the moment."

A man who did not wish to be named said: "The road was shut both ends. I couldn't get back to my house."

Another resident who lives near Gorse Hill and Elbury Mount Local Nature Reserve where the teenager was hurt said the injured boy's friends tried to cut over a fence near his house to get into the woods as the police had blocked off the main entrance.

He said: "They were teenagers. They said he had fallen from a rope swing. I think they were worried about him.

"I have never seen so many police cars and ambulances. I can't imagine how they would have got him out unless they used a winch."

Last night, South Worcestershire Cops tweeted "Team E. Worcester Emergency Services are dealing with a major incident in the Tunnel Hill area. Please Avoid the area until clear."

Officers added that there was no threat to public safety but it was a medical emergency.

Police say there was no one else involved.

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