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Gordon Ramsay ‘lucky to be alive’ after bike accident | Ents & Arts News

Gordon Ramsay has said he is “lucky to be alive” after a “really bad accident” riding his bike in the US.

The TV chef, 57, warned his 7.6 million followers on X and 17 million on Instagram to “wear a helmet” after the incident in Connecticut this week.

He thanked the “incredible trauma surgeons, doctors, and nurses” at the state’s private Lawrence and Memorial Hospital, but said he is “most thankful for my helmet that saved my life”.

In a graphic video, he revealed a huge bruise covering much of his torso and said: “I’m lucky to be standing here.

“I am in pain, it’s been a brutal week, but I am sort of getting through it.”

On Instagram, he referred to himself as “looking like a purple potato” but said he “did not break any bones or suffer any major injuries”.

“You’ve got to wear a helmet,” he added. “I don’t care how short the journey is. I don’t care that these helmets cost money, they’re crucial.”

He signed off by wishing people a happy Father’s Day.

“I want to wish you all a happy Father’s Day, but please, please, please wear a helmet. If I didn’t, honestly, I wouldn’t be here now.”

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Ramsay became a father for the sixth time in November when his wife Tana gave birth to their son Jesse James Ramsay aged 49.

The couple, who have been married for almost 30 years, are also parents to Megan, Matilda, twins Jack and Holly, and Oscar.

Ramsay is a keen cyclist and has completed several endurance challenges, including triathlons and Iron Mans.

He came under fire during the coronavirus lockdown for travelling to his second home in Cornwall, where he would often film himself cycling long distances.

Infected blood scandal ‘not an accident’, with ‘catalogue of failures’ and ‘downright deception’ by NHS and governments | UK News

The infected blood scandal was “not an accident” – and its failures lie with “successive governments, the NHS, and blood services”, a public inquiry has found.

From the 1970s, 30,000 people were “knowingly” infected with either HIV or Hepatitis C because “those in authority did not put patient safety first”, the inquiry’s report said. Around 3,000 people died.

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The response of the government and NHS has “compounded” victims’ suffering, said inquiry chair Sir Brian Langstaff.

This included the “deliberate destruction of some documents” by Department of Health workers, in what Sir Brian described as a “pervasive cover-up” and “downright deception”.

“It could largely, though not entirely, have been avoided. And I report that it should have been,” he added.

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Among key findings are:

  • Patients were knowingly exposed to unacceptable risks of infection;
  • The risk of blood products causing severe infection were well known before most patients were treated – in the case of hepatitis since the end of the Second World War;
  • Transfusions were frequently given in situations where they were not clinically needed;
  • Pupils at Treloar’s school were regarded as “objects of research rather than children”;
  • Blood products imported to treat many people were unsafe and should not have been licensed for UK use;
  • There was no contact tracing carried out when Hepatitis C screenings were introduced;
  • There were repeated and ongoing failures by governments and the NHS to acknowledge people should not have been infected;
  • They repeatedly used inaccurate, misleading and defensive lines;
  • Infected people were “cruelly” told they received the best treatment available;
  • There was a refusal for decades to provide compensation;
  • Governments refused to set up a public inquiry until 2017

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Victims were ‘gas-lit for generations’

Sir Brian’s report makes 12 recommendations.

They include an immediate compensation scheme, memorials across the UK and at Treloar’s school, and that anyone who received a blood transfusion before 1996 be urgently tested for Hepatitis C.

New patients at any medical practice should also be asked if they had a transfusion before that time.

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak is expected to make an official apology on behalf of the government later today. The report stresses “it must be accompanied by action” for it to be meaningful.

Such action includes a “national recognition of this treatment disaster” and a change in culture across the NHS and civil service.

How the blood scandal happened

More than 30,000 people were infected with deadly viruses while they were receiving NHS care between the 1970s and 1990s.

The UK was not self-sufficient in blood donations in the early 1970s, so the government looked to the US for supplies to meet rising demand.

Batches of Factor VIII – an essential blood clotting protein which haemophiliacs do not produce naturally – started to be imported and used widely to treat the condition.

But much of it had been manufactured with blood collected from prisoners, drug addicts and other high-risk groups who were paid to give blood.

When the plasma was pooled together, it would take just one person carrying a virus to potentially infect an entire batch.

People were infected as donated blood was not tested for HIV until 1986 and hepatitis C until 1991.

The report mentions various politicians by name, including Ken Clarke, who was health secretary from 1988 to 1990.

It describes him as “unfairly dismissive” and “disparaging” towards victims, saying it would have “aggravated” their distress and upset.

Margaret Thatcher’s government claimed patients had “the best treatment available on the then-current medical advice” – but this was not true, the report says.

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The victms of the scandal

‘I lost my twin, cousins and two friends’

After the 2,527-page document was published, victims spoke at a news conference in central London.

Clive Smith, of the Haemophilia Society, said the “cover-up” came as “no surprise” to him and others affected.

“We’ve known for decades. Now the country knows, the whole world knows,” he said. “This was systemic, by government, the civil service, and healthcare professionals.”

Mr Smith added: “There are doctors out there who should have been prosecuted for gross negligence manslaughter… those people should have been in the dock.”

Nigel Hamilton, from Haemophilia Northern Ireland, described the devastating personal impact of the scandal.

“I lost my twin on Christmas Day. I lost two cousins in the last two years. I have lost two friends in the last two months,” he said.

“The production of this report has been both healing and supportive. Compensation is not an answer to the problems we have. But it will help.

“Successive governments are culpable of abandonment and neglect.”

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Jason Evans, from the Factor VIII campaign group, said: “Many of the politicians should hang their heads in shame… no single person has been responsible for this scandal.”

He added: “I would expect, over the coming days and weeks, for many more people to come forward and say sorry.”

And Andy Evans, representing the Tainted Blood campaigners, said victims had been “gaslit for generations”.

Challenging those in authority, he said: “We know that this should never have happened. What was your part in it?”

“Justice delayed really is – in this case – justice denied,” added Mr Evans.

Jackie Britton, from Bloodloss Families, said infected people were still struggling to get six-monthly scans and treatment.

“The government and the NHS should have a duty of care towards us,” she said.

“They have infected us, they have given us a death sentence.

Fatal accident inquiry to be held into death of pedestrian hit by Edinburgh tram | UK News

A fatal accident inquiry is to be held into the death of a pedestrian who was hit by an Edinburgh tram on his way home from work.

Bus driver Carlos Hernan Correa Palacio, 53, died after he was struck at a crossing in the Saughton area of the capital on 11 September 2018.

Edinburgh Trams Limited (ETL) was fined £240,000 last year after admitting a breach of health and safety legislation over the incident in a hearing at Edinburgh Sheriff Court.

The court heard how the driver sounded his bell a number of times and began to slow the tram down when he spotted Mr Correa.

He applied the emergency brake, which also set off the tram’s warning horn, but Mr Correa was killed.

The Crown Office said there were no issues with the tram driver and he had responded to the situation in accordance with his training.

The tram was in working order and the braking system functional.

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Prosecutors said there had been no assessment of a foreseeable risk to pedestrians at the Saughton Mains crossing from an approaching tram prior to the incident, despite a near miss in November 2016.

ETL failed to carry out a sufficient risk assessment of the layout of the crossing, and to ensure it provided sufficient notice and warning to pedestrians, the court heard.

The company also failed to assess the loudness of audible warning devices, or the emergency braking distances of trams approaching the crossing.

The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) has now lodged a first notice to begin the court process for a fatal accident inquiry (FAI) into Mr Correa’s death.

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The purpose of an FAI includes determining the cause of death, the circumstances in which the death occurred, and establishing what, if any, reasonable precautions could have been taken, and could be implemented in the future, to minimise the risk of future deaths in similar circumstances.

The FAI will explore the circumstances of Mr Correa’s death, with a focus on the process of risk assessment and safety management at ETL.

Issues surrounding pedestrian safety at non-motorised user (NMU) crossings and an assessment of the audibility of warning systems fitted to ETL trams will also be looked at.

The inquiry is also expected to consider the structure for oversight and information sharing within the tram sector, including among regulators, operators, and other interested parties.

Unlike criminal proceedings, FAIs are inquisitorial in nature, and are used to establish facts rather than to apportion blame.

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Procurator Fiscal Andy Shanks, who leads on death investigations for COPFS, said: “The tragic death of Carlos Correa occurred in circumstances giving rise to significant public concern and as such a discretionary fatal accident inquiry will be held.

“The lodging of the first notice enables FAI proceedings to commence under the direction of the sheriff.

“Mr Correa’s family will continue to be kept informed of significant developments as court proceedings progress.” 

A preliminary hearing will take place on 31 May at Edinburgh Sheriff Court.

Sarah de Lagarde, who lost arm and leg in Tube accident, sues TfL | UK News

A mother of two, who lost an arm and a leg when she was hit by two London Underground trains, says she is suing Transport for London (TfL).

Sarah de Lagarde suffered the horrific injuries after she fell into the gap between a stationary train and the platform at High Barnet station in north London in September 2022.

The 46-year-old said she slipped on a wet and uneven platform and “fell into the darkness”.

The fall initially left her with a broken nose and two broken front teeth.

However she then lost her right arm when the train left the platform and despite shouting for help, nobody heard her, so when the next train came into the station, she lost her right leg.

She now uses two prosthetic limbs, including a bionic arm.

Speaking on The UK Tonight With Sarah-Jane Mee, Ms de Lagarde said she has launched legal action against TfL, which she says, has not accepted responsibility for what happened.

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Ms de Lagarde said that since the accident, “I’ve been trying to engage with TFL” to discuss “mapping out the learnings because acceptance of failures leads to innovation.

“I have had no response, no engagement, no apology, and now a formal denying of liability of responsibility. For me, that leaves me no other option… and legal action is what I now have to resort to, not what I wanted to do.”

She said: “I am calling on Sadiq Khan again to meet me and other victims of the London Transport Network to discuss these issues urgently before anyone else gets hurt or killed in this way.”

Ms de Lagarde, who works in communications, claims the Mayor of London’s office has turned down her requests for a meeting with Mr Khan, despite an intervention from Sir Keir Starmer – the Labour leader is Ms de Lagarde’s MP.

Mr Khan is chairman of the TfL board.

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“We need there to be an independent and comprehensive review of TfL’s safety procedures so that meaningful lessons can be learned,” she said.

Accidents are still happening on the capital’s transport network, she claimed.

Speaking outside the Royal Courts of Justice in central London on Wednesday, she said: “There were no staff on that platform, and no one was watching CCTV. No one had responded to my screams for help.

“Twenty-two tonnes of steel crushed my limbs, and, if that wasn’t bad enough, I remained on the tracks undetected until the second train came into the station, crushing me for a second time.

“A few weeks before I was hit by the two Tube trains, I climbed Mount Kilimanjaro with my husband, which was a lifelong dream of mine.

“I felt on top of the world, and overnight all that changed. I am now severely disabled for life.”

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Nick Dent, director of customer operations at London Underground, said: “TfL is responding to a legal claim which has been brought by solicitors on behalf of Sarah De Lagarde and I am not in a position to comment publicly further.

“However, our thoughts continue to be with Sarah and her family following the devastating incident at High Barnet station and we have offered her direct support.

“Safety is our top priority and we continue to take every possible measure to learn from any incident and put in place appropriate improvements.”

A spokesperson for Mr Khan said: “The mayor’s thoughts remain with Sarah and her loved ones. He has asked to be kept updated and is very keen to meet with Sarah once the claim is resolved.”

Wirral bus crash: Driver suffered ‘event’ at wheel before accident on M53 which killed him and schoolgirl, 15 | UK News

A driver suffered an “event” at the wheel before a school bus crash on the M53 in Wirral that killed him and 15-year-old Jessica Baker, Liverpool Coroner’s Court has heard.

Stephen Shrimpton, 40, was driving the bus – which had 54 people on board – to West Kirby Grammar School and Calday Grange Grammar School when it crashed last Friday.

The senior coroner for Liverpool and the Wirral, Andre Rebello, said CCTV footage from inside the coach showed Mr Shrimpton slump to his left while driving the coach.

At the same time, the coach left the carriageway and went up an embankment before falling on its side.

Jessica suffered “instantaneous” death from “catastrophic” injuries, though the exact circumstances of how she was killed depend on an ongoing police investigation.

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While further medical results will be released, the most likely cause of Jessica’s death will remain a severe head injury, Mr Rebello said.

It appears Jessica was “partially ejected” from the vehicle, Mr Rebello added, with the coach landing on her, causing “certainly instantaneous fatal head injuries”.

Mr Rebello said it was “miraculous” nobody else died.

“At approximately 8.03am, the road traffic incident occurred and the coach, travelling northbound, collided with the embankment on the nearside and the coach came down on its side, causing fatal injury, life-changing injury and serious injury and lots of minor injuries,” he said.

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“Given the extent of the collision, it is miraculous that there were not more fatalities.

“The court has been briefed by the road collision unit investigation and the CCTV footage within the coach.

“It is fairly evident that the driver has suffered an event whereby he is seen to slump to his left side and it is at this time that the vehicle leaves the carriageway.”

Further medical examinations will be needed to establish Mr Shrimpton’s cause of death, Mr Rebello added, with focus on his heart’s condition.

‘Bags are everywhere’

A teenager who was on the coach told Sky News they were all just “chatting” on their phones when “all of a sudden, nothing seemed real”.

“I looked around and there’s just people lying down everywhere. Bags are everywhere,” the pupil added, speaking anonymously on Sunday.

“There’s glass everywhere. And it’s just like blood everywhere. I’ve seen both my mates on the floor, but I thought they were dead.

“I looked around again and saw a girl stood next to me. I was in shock, I put my hand on my face. I looked back at my hand and it was covered in blood, I remember saying, this can’t be my blood.”

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After the crash, four other children were taken to hospital, including a 14-year-old boy whose injuries are said to be “life-changing”, according to Merseyside Police.

Another 13 were treated for minor injuries before they were released.

The inquest was told Mr Shrimpton was pronounced dead at the scene at 8.50am and formally identified by his wife Tania Shrimpton.

Jessica was also pronounced dead at the roadside at 9.01am, and identified by her father, Shaun Baker, a nurse.

‘Clarity over seat-belts needed’

Mr Rebello said anyone over the age of 14 is responsible themselves by law for wearing a seat belt, but added clarity was needed over the rules on coaches and buses.

He said he intends to write to the Department for Transport for more information.

“I am old enough to remember the Tufty Club and the Green Cross Code and the public information films about, ‘Clunk Click every trip’,” he added.

“And clearly, because I am now considered very old, I suspect there are generations who have never seen these public information films and may not be fully aware that the chances of severe injury or fatal injury are so much reduced by wearing of a seat belt.”

A full inquest will be heard on 20 March next year.

Phil Spencer describes details of ‘horrendous’ car accident that killed both his parents | Ents & Arts News

TV presenter Phil Spencer has spoken out following the death of his parents in a car crash at their home, calling it “horrendous” but taking strength from the fact they were together when they died

Spencer’s father Richard, 89, and mother Anne, 82, both died following the accident at their farm in Kent on Saturday.

The Location, Location, Location star posted a message on Instagram, along with a recent photo of his mum and dad, paying tribute and describing the details of the crash.

He wrote: “Very sadly both of my amazing parents died on Friday.

“As a family we are all trying to hold onto the fact Mum and Dad went together and that neither will ever have to mourn the loss of the other one. Which is a blessing in itself.”

He went on to describe details of the crash, saying the car “toppled over a bridge” on their estate in Littlebourne, near Canterbury, and ended up “upside down in the river”.

Despite his parents being pulled from the vehicle, he said they “never regained consciousness”.

He said while both had been “on extremely good form in the days before” the accident, he said his parents were both suffering from health issues.

He wrote: “Mums Parkinson’s and Dads Dementia had been worsening and the long term future was set to be a challenge.”

He said that just a week ago his mother had told him, “now it looks like we will probably go together,” adding, “and so they did”.

The couple, who were on their way to a local pub to have lunch when the accident took place, were described as “both people of Christian faith” by Spencer’s Location co-host Kirstie Allsopp when she posted a tribute on Saturday.

Spencer’s message went on: “That was what God had planned for them – and it was a good plan”.

He went on to explain how the accident took place, writing: “The car, going very slowly, toppled over a bridge on the farm drive, upside down into the river.

“There were no physical injuries and I very much doubt they would have even fought it – they would have held hands under the water and quietly slipped away”.

He said the alarm was quickly raised by his parents’ carer – a woman in her 60s who was with them in the car at the time of the crash – and who managed to escape from the back window of the car.

Spencer said his older brother, David, stepped in to try to save his parents, but to no avail.

He wrote: “As many farmers do – my brother had a penknife and so was able to cut the seat belts – he pulled them out of the river but they never regained consciousness”.

Spencer concluded: “Although desperately sad and shocked beyond all belief – all family are clear that if there can ever be such a thing as having a “good end” – this was it.

“It feels horrendous right now, but after almost 60 years of marriage – to die together on the farm they so loved will, I know, be a comfort in the future.

“Mum Dad are together which is precisely where they would have wanted to be”.

Millwall owner John Berylson dies in ‘tragic accident’ | UK News

Millwall owner John Berylson has died in a “tragic accident”, the football club has announced.

The Championship team confirmed the news in a statement on Twitter on Tuesday night but did not release any further details about the 70-year-old’s death.

The American businessman became involved with the club in 2006 and became a significant shareholder in 2007.

He is survived by his wife Amy and his three children, Jennifer, James and Elizabeth.

“It is with a collective broken heart and the deepest of regret that we announce the passing of our beloved owner and chairman, John Berylson,” Millwall said in a statement.

“John’s sudden and tragic passing will unquestionably impact all those who were fortunate to have known him. He was a truly great man, incredibly devoted to his family, and a person of such remarkable generosity, warmth, and kindness.

“He lived a storied life, one full of colour and joy, and was infinitely thoughtful of others with an endless desire to share his immense knowledge and experiences to help people.”

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Berylson replaced Stewart Till as Millwall chairman in 2007 and oversaw two promotions to the Championship.

Millwall finished eighth in this year’s league, just missing out on a play-off place on the final day.

The club’s statement said: “Under John’s passionate leadership and guidance, Millwall has enjoyed tremendous success and stability.

“Since first becoming involved in the club in 2006, he has presided over some of the greatest moments in Millwall’s history, and his influence in providing the platform for those was immeasurable.

“John continued to speak eagerly about the new season and his vision for the future, and any success moving forward will be in his memory and honour. It will be his legacy.

“John revelled in the club’s underdog status and mentality. He related strongly to such values and identity and adored Millwall supporters.

“He was fiercely loyal to all his staff, and both they and the fan base will miss him beyond measure.”

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Tributes poured in from the footballing world following Berylson’s death.

The English Football League tweeted: “The EFL is shocked and saddened by the news and sends its deepest condolences to John’s family and everyone connected with Millwall.”

Former Millwall defender Alan Dunne, who made almost 350 appearances for the club, also posted a tribute.

“My deepest condolences to not only my Chairman for many years but also friend,” Dunne said on Twitter.

“John was a gentleman who put Millwall back on the map. What he has done for the club will always be remembered and can only thank him for everything he done for me and MILLWALL. Rip JB.”

Millwall fans can pay their respects in a book of condolences at The Den stadium from 11am on Wednesday.

‘My dear son’: Harry tells how he learned of Diana’s car accident among other revelations in new book | UK News

Prince Harry has written about the moment he found out that his mother, Princess Diana, had been in a car accident.

It is among a number of revelations in his new book in which he writes about asking his father not to remarry; how many people he killed in Afghanistan; cocaine use and how he lost his virginity.

Writing about his mother’s death, he said he was woken up by his father who “sat on the edge of the bed and put his hand on my knee”.

He says Charles said: “My dear son, mum has had a car accident.

“There have been complications. Mum has been seriously injured and has been taken to hospital, my dear son.”

The book added: “He would always call me ‘dear son’, but he was repeating it a lot.

“He spoke quietly. It gave me the impression he was in shock.”

Diana died in 1997 following a car crash in Paris.

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The book Spare was mistakenly put on shelves in Spain, five days ahead of the official release date – but Sky News has obtained a copy.

Other revelations in the book include:
• The duke admits he took cocaine
• He says he killed 25 people in Afghanistan
• He says he asked his father not to marry Camilla
• He claims he and his brother were dissuaded from jointly asking for an investigation into Diana’s death

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Prince Harry also says in his new book that he asked his father not to marry Camilla.

The Duke of Sussex also talks about the moment he was told his mother had a car accident, amongst a number of other revelations.

Speaking about his father marrying Camilla, the prince writes: “That’s why when the question came, Willy and I promised our father that we would welcome Camilla to the family. The only thing we asked for in return was that he didn’t marry her. ‘You don’t need to get married again’ we asked him.”

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Harry killed 25 people in Afghanistan

In Spare, the duke also said that he killed 25 people while serving in Afghanistan.

Writing about his two tours of duty, the Prince, who spent 10 years in the Army, said: “So my number: twenty-five. It was not something that filled me with satisfaction, but I was not ashamed either. Naturally, I would have preferred not to have that figure on my military resume, or in my head, but I would also have preferred to live in a world without the Taliban, a world without war.”

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Prince claims he was dissuaded from asking for Diana investigation

Harry also claims in his memoir that he and his brother William were dissuaded from jointly asking for an investigation into their mother’s death.

He wrote: “Especially the summary conclusion, that our mother’s driver was drunk and, as a result, that was the only cause of the accident. It was simplistic and absurd. Even if the man had been drinking, even if he had been drunk, he wouldn’t have had any problem driving through such a short tunnel.

“Unless paparazzi were following him and dazzled him. Why had those paparazzi got off lightly? Why weren’t they in prison? Who had sent them? And why weren’t those people in jail either? What other reason could there be apart from corruption and cover-ups being the order of the day? We agreed on all those questions, and also what we should do next. We would issue a statement, asking jointly for the investigation to be reopened. We might call a press conference. Those who decided dissuaded us.”

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In the book, he also admitted that he took cocaine, spoke about how he lost his virginity and claimed his brother physically attacked him during a row over his marriage to Meghan Markle.

Speaking about using cocaine, Prince Harry said “it wasn’t very fun, and it didn’t make me feel especially happy”.

Harry described losing his virginity as “a humiliating episode with an older lady”.

He said it was “with an older lady, who loved horses very much and treated me like a young stallion”.

The excerpt read: “‘I mounted her quickly, after which she spanked my ass and held me back… one of my mistakes was letting it happen in a field, just behind a busy pub. No doubt someone had seen us’.”

Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff taken to hospital after accident during Top Gear filming | UK News

Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff has been taken to hospital following an accident during the filming of a Top Gear episode.

In a statement, a BBC spokesperson said: “Freddie was injured in an accident at the Top Gear test track this morning – with crew medics attending the scene immediately.

“He has been taken to hospital for further treatment and we will confirm more details in due course.”

According to The Sun, the 45-year-old former England cricketer was shooting an episode for the series at Dunsfold Park Aerodrome in Surrey.

The paper said he was behind the wheel at the time and medics rushed to help before he was airlifted to hospital.

A source told the paper that Flintoff was “driving on the track as normal” and was not going at high speeds.

They added that his injuries are “not life-threatening” and he is receiving treatment.

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Flintoff debuted as a Top Gear host back in 2019, alongside Chris Harris.

He said at the time: “It’s not often you have the chance to do both of your dream jobs, but I’m now lucky enough to say I will have. I’ve always been passionate about cars and I’m so excited to be joining the Top Gear team.”

The Sun reported that Harris, who presents the show alongside Flintoff and Paddy McGuinness, was also at the Top Gear test track at the time of the incident.

Tuesday’s incident is not the first time Flintoff has been in an accident since beginning work on the show.

In February 2019, he was involved in a minor incident when he crashed into a market stall in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire.

Then a few months later in September, he crashed again while driving a three-wheel vehicle at a reported speed of 124mph during filming for the show at Elvington Airfield in Yorkshire, however he walked away from the incident unharmed.

Meanwhile, former Top Gear presenter Richard Hammond was involved in a life-threatening crash at the same airfield in 2006, leaving him in a coma.

Flintoff enjoyed a hugely successful international career, most memorably helping England to their first Ashes victory in 18 years in 2005, before helping his side regain the urn four years later.

The father-of-four retired from Test cricket at the end of the 2009 Ashes series, and from other forms of the game in 2010.

He then had one professional boxing fight on 30 November 2012 in Manchester, where he beat American Richard Dawson on a points decision.