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Snapper captures rare picture of lightning and rainbow in Telford

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It is rare to catch a picture perfect rainbow or bolt of lightning – but to capture both is a once-in-a-lifetime moment.

The bolt of lightning can be seen against the rainbow. Robert Bass captured this photo in his back garden in Ercall Lane, Wellington

Amateur photographer Robert Bass, of Ercall Road, Wellington, decided get a good snap on his cameraphone of the sky during a thunderstorm.

But he was stunned when he saw this image afterwards.

He said: "I'm a complete amateur and this was just taken off my phone.

"I could hear the thunder so I thought I'd take a picture of the rainbow. I could see lightning sometimes but I was just concentrating on the rainbow.

"Capturing both was a complete fluke and I suppose it will be the best I'll ever take.

"I've got a mate who lives in Wolverhampton, who is a very keen photographer. He went through more than 200 shots over two hours but he didn't get anything."

  • See more dramatic pictures of Shropshire storms here

Violent thunderstorms hit the region over the weekend as the recent warm spell came to an abrupt end.

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And more than an inch of rain was forecast today as a deep low pressure crossed over Shropshire and Mid Wales.

Weather forecasters were warning that today would feel more like autumn with temperatures in the rain reaching just 16C (57F).

But it will warm up again towards the end of week with temperatures back in the low 70s and less rain around.

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