A rock climber had to be carried off a rock face and airlifted to hospital after falling approximately 10 meters on Sunday morning.
West Midlands Ambulance Service was called shortly after 11.20am to a rock face near to Bank Top Farm in Upper Hulme, Leek.
Two community paramedics, both in rapid response vehicles, and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford attended the scene.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find a man, believed to be in his early 40s, who had reportedly fallen 10 metres backwards after reaching the top of the climb.
“After being assessed he was treated for a leg fracture and given pain relief.
"He was also immobilised with his leg being put in a splint.
“Due to the difficult location of the patient on the rock face, ambulance crews worked closely with Mountain Rescue to carry the patient to safety before he was flown to University Hospital North Staffordshire for further treatment.”