Ambulance apology

An ambulance service yesterday apologised to a pensioner after she was left waiting three hours with a broken arm to be taken to a hospital just a few minutes' drive from her home.

An ambulance service yesterday apologised to a pensioner after she was left waiting three hours with a broken arm to be taken to a hospital just a few minutes' drive from her home.

Olwyn Wonnacott, 81, sustained the injury after tripping on her way to the bathroom at her home in the Heath area of Cardiff near the city's University Hospital of Wales.

After managing to contact relatives, an ambulance was called at 6.30pm last Thursday for the pensioner.

When an ambulance finally arrived three hours later, the family found it had come from Pontypridd - more than 10 miles away.

A Welsh Ambulance Service NHS Trust spokeswoman said: "The Trust would like to apologise to the patient and her family for any distress caused."

Cancer fears

Concern is growing that the number of women turning up for smear tests for cervical cancer is falling.

Figures show that between 2000 and 2005, uptake of smear tests fell from 82% to 80.3%. Among women aged 20 to 29, it fell from 77% to 71.6%.

Dr Lesley Walker, Cancer Research UK's director of cancer information, said: "Cervical screening saves thousands of lives every year across the UK so it's worrying that the number of women going along for their smear test has fallen."

Kidnap hunt

Police were last night hunting a gang who kidnapped a jeweller off the street and bundled him into the boot of a waiting car.

The 63-year-old businessman was attacked as he finished work in Luton at around 7.15pm on Thursday.

He was grabbed by three or four black men who bound and gagged him before forcing him into the boot of a dark coloured Honda Prelude.

He managed to escape and contacted police.

Harrow death

A brutal stabbing at one of Britain's most famous public schools has left the daughter of one teacher dead and the son of another critically injured.

Lucy Braham, the 25-year-old daughter of Harrow School's art director was killed, while the injured man, William Jaggs, has been arrested over her murder.

His wounds are believed to have been self-inflicted and he is too ill to speak to police.

Mr Jaggs, who is in his 20s, is thought to be the son of a design teacher at the school.

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