Two 'burglary suspects' rescued after running into the river at Shrewsbury

Two men were pulled from the River Severn in Shrewsbury using a thermal image camera at dawn this morning.

Police say two burglary suspects ran into the river near the Railway Bridge, close to St Mary's Lane.

Six fire appliances including the water rescue unit were scrambled from Baschurch, Shrewsbury and Wellington with an operations officer at about 6am.

A spokesman for the West Midlands Ambulance Service also said a second man had been in the water but he was "assessed and discharged at the scene."

The spokesman said: "We were called to reports of a patient in the water near to The Old Meadow at 6.04am.

"One ambulance and a paramedic officer attended the scene.

"On arrival we discovered one male patient who had already been rescued from the water by colleagues from the fire service.

"Following treatment at the scene for injuries not believed to be serious, the man was taken to Royal Shrewsbury Hospital.

"A second patient, who had also been in the water, was assessed and discharged at the scene."

A spokesman for West Mercia Police said two men ran into the river following a burglary and have now been arrested.

A spokesman said: "Around 5.45am this morning (Tuesday 27 September) we received a report of a burglary at The Old Meadow, Shrewsbury.

"Officers attended, two men ran away and entered the River Severn.

"The men were rescued safely and arrested on suspicion of burglary. They remain in custody.

"No injuries were reported and enquiries are ongoing."

A spokesman for Shropshire Fire & Rescue Service said: "One male was rescued from river using thermal image camera and boat with technical rescue crew."

The fire service incident stop message was received at 6.41am.

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