An 11-year-old boy suffered a potentially life-threatening injury after becoming impaled on a fence in a park on Tuesday.

The youngster was injured when he slipped while trying to climb over the fence at Heath Road Park in Heath Road, Stapenhill, Staffordshire, close to 6pm on Tuesday evening.

An ambulance, a rapid response vehicle and the Midlands Air Ambulance were sent to the scene.

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A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: "When ambulance staff arrived, the 11-year-old boy had been lifted off the fence by members of the public.

"Staff were told that the youngster had slipped while climbing over the fence.

"The boy had suffered a potentially life-threatening puncture wound to the chest, it has been revealed.

"Due to his condition, the lad was airlifted to the Birmingham Children's Hospital for specialist care."

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