A YOUNGSTER was impaled 7ft up on a metal fence after falling from a tree he was climbing today.

A passer-by found the 11-year-old boy in Middlesbrough while walking his dog and held him up by the legs for 45 minutes while he called the emergency services and while the boy was freed by firefighters.

The boy’s arm was impaled on a fence behind the Brambles Farm public house, off Longlands Road in Middlesbrough. The fence had to be cut down by fire crews before the boy was airlifted to James Cook University Hospital in MIddlesbrough, for treatment.

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Stuart Thompson, a paramedic for the Air Ambulance, said the boy was suffering from a serious laceration to the arm, but his condition was not thought to be life-threatening.

For full story see The Northern Echo tomorrow.

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