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Hero security guard Adam Sharman has told how he dragged a woman to safety just moments before her car turned into a fireball. The 26-year-old was driving home from work at JCB1 when he came across a two-vehicle smash on the outskirts of Cheadle2. Within seconds, Adam and another passing motorist realised a woman was trapped inside her burning vehicle.
The pair then managed to prise the crumpled door open before pulling the woman out as the car became engulfed in flames.
The Citreon Saxo turned into a fireball seconds after Adam pulled the woman out
Adam, of Stoke, said: When I stopped you could see the smoke . I got out and there was a smashed up Citreon Saxo . I could hear the woman screaming.
“She was stuck behind the steering wheel and the chassis was all crumpled . The engine was on fire and we had to bend the car s door frame because it wouldn t open.
The flames started to get bigger so we decided just to take an arm each and kept dragging her back the car then completely went up in flames . We took her quite far back but you could still feel the heat.
Adam has been credited with saving the woman’s life
Emergency services including the police, fire service and ambulance soon arrived on the scene in Cheadle Road at around 10.15pm on Friday (November 3). The woman was then taken to hospital after suffering serious injuries to her legs.
But Adam believes it could have been a lot worse had he and the other motorist not stopped.
The accident on Cheadle Road (Image: Staffordshire Police)
He added: If it was someone I cared about I hope someone would do the same thing . I always try to help out . I thought to myself afterwards that had we have been there just five minutes later it could have been horrific . Luckily we were able to get her out.
Throughout the incident Adam kept his bosses at JCB up-to-date.
He said: I was updating work anyway so they knew what was happening but I asked if they could use my GPS location and send all of the emergency services.
They arrived shortly afterwards but by this time it was enough for the car to have up in flames.
Adam Sharman helped save a woman’s life when he pulled her out of her burning car.
PC Dave Stubbs, from Staffordshire Police3, was one of the police officers who attended the crash between the Saxo and a Land Rover. He said: In my view these people saved her life . They came across the collision and within seconds sprang into action and pulled her from the car.
Security services ‘missed chances to put Salman Abedi under surveillance ahead of Manchester Arena attack’
Security services missed opportunities to put Salman Abedi under surveillance ahead of his deadly attack at Manchester Arena, it has been claimed. MI5 missed key intelligence warnings that potentially could have identified the bomber as a high-priority target before the May 22 blast, The Sunday Times reports. The paper today claims that an internal MI5 review has found that security services received at least two items of intelligence regarding Abedi s suspicious behaviour , which suggested he posed a serious threat before the Manchester attack.
A sea of flowers left on St Ann’s Square in memory of the 22 who lost their lives in the Manchester Arena bombing
The internal report, which also examines the London Bridge attack in June, was reportedly commissioned by MI5 chief Andrew Parker and Met Police commissioner Cressida Dick.
It focuses on all intelligence received in the build up to the attacks and information passed to an MI5 regional office ahead of the Arena bombing. That information was not considered of high significance when received, according to the Sunday Times report . However it was reportedly later considered to have been enough to raise concerns about Abedi. The paper has quoted an anonymous intelligence source who told their reporter: There were a few calls made regarding several bits of intelligence which, if judged differently at the time, would have turned Abedi into a high priority case.
Met Police commissioner Cressida Dick
And when a target is judged a high priority, you should place them under surveillance . The greater the threat, the more resources you deploy for surveillance.
However a Whitehall source is said to have told The Sunday Times that the key intelligence received was not deemed definitive of a specific plot.
Manchester Arena (Image: Peter Byrne/PA Wire)
Earlier this week, Greater Manchester Police released new information about the Arena bomb as part of their investigation. Senior officers revealed that 175 children, aged 10-18, were in the foyer of the venue when Abedi detonated the device . In total, 79 were wounded.
The blast directly impacted 512 people either through injury or profound trauma , according to GMP s Assistant Chief Constable Russ Jackson.
There are still two people being treated in hospital and dozens of others are now learning to live with severe injuries.
Hotel management were concerned in case other caravans were about to descend so stationed a security guard on the entrance.
Security was stepped up at Doubletree by Hilton, Chester, after a travellers’ caravan turned up in the hotel car park.
The hotel was open to guests and the public as usual with a wedding held on Saturday. There were rumours a legal order had been obtained directing the travellers to leave yesterday (Sunday) . The caravan has now gone.
General manager Edward Cross did not wish to comment but today confirmed it was business as usual .
Justin Bieber stayed at the Steppingstone residence in Hill Road North on Helsby Hill while his crew were based at the Doubletree by Hilton in Chester.
Speculation the heightened security was due to a famous guest is unsurprising because 12 months ago a film crew working for global superstar Justin Bieber4 stayed at the Doubletree sparking rumours the man himself was in residence during his three-date gig at Manchester Arena.