08/02/2014 Midlands Today


08/02/2014

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a slight slip off the rails. Much more throughout the evening on

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the BBC News channel. We Good evening. Heavy rain and high

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winds have battered the region, causing travel disruption and

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damage. Roads have been blocked by fallen trees and trains cancelled

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due to damaged power lines. There's an increasing risk of flooding in

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rural areas. A woman and three dogs had to be rescued from their home in

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Kemsey, near Worcester, last night. Homes and businesses are also under

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threat in nearby Severn Stoke where a makeshift flood barrier has been

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erected around the village pub. The heavy rain is further bad news for

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farmers in Shropshire whose land has been under floodwater for weeks, as

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Lindsay Doyle reports. Hayes Farm at Melverley on the

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Shropshire`Welsh border. Fields flooded, winter wheat already washed

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away and plans for planting spring crops being pushed later and later.

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The last two years, it has got a lot worse. We lost a lot of spring

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planting last spring and then we had to replant it and lost it again due

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to the flooding. As you can see, we have planted autumn crops and that

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has also flooded. Not good, really. Water which has been cascading over

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the dam at Lake Vyrnwy Reservoir in Mid Wales has sparked fears that

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more rain will cause more flooding as it feeds into the River Vyrnwy

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joining the River Severn near Melverley. Unfortunately for the

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farmers, it has been time after time over the last four to six days that

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they have had so much water and it is now starting to interfere with

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their farming. This farm has brought its capital in for the winter as

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floods become more common. That again is just another cost to the

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farmer. Elsewhere in Shropshire, the flood barriers are up in Ironbridge.

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The Environment Agency is stressing in spite of high river levels, the

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barriers are ensuring that it's business as usual today in the

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historic town. Hundreds of people have taken part

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in a protest march in Shrewsbury against the culling of badgers.

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Protestors are calling on the Government not to approve any

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further culls. Last year over 2,000 badgers were killed in a pilot

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project in Gloucestershire and Somerset. Activists claim farmers

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can reduce TB in cattle without killing badgers. We want to find

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alternatives. We can vaccinate badgers and cows and farmers can

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take measures to control the movements of cattle and better TV

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testing. You combine those things, you can reduce TB in cattle

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significantly without killing battles. `` without killing badgers.

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Onto today's football now. In the Premier League, Aston Villa suffered

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their eighth home defeat of the season, losing 2`0 to West Ham. West

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Bromwich Albion slipped into the relegation zone, beaten 3`1 by

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Crystal Palace. And Stoke drew 2`2 with Southampton.

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In the Championship, Birmingham City won 2`0 at Charlton to move nine

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points above the bottom three. It was a bad day for our League One

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clubs. Coventry City suffered a disappointing 3`0 defeat at Notts

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County, Port Vale lost 3`2 at home to Swindon, Shrewsbury were beaten

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2`0 by Sheffield United and Walsall lost 3`0 to MK Dons. Wolves' match

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at Stevenage was postponed. Finally, in League Two, Burton

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Albion won 1`0 at Morecambe, while Cheltenham drew 0`0 at York City.

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At the Winter Olympics, the Coventry`born army corporal Amanda

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Lightfoot will be the first Midlands athlete to compete when she takes

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part in tomorrow's biathlon sprint. Amanda who now lives in the North

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East says she's looking forward to the start of competition. I hope to

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achieve my best ever result while I am in Sochi and that would be a

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fantastic achievement for me. It would be great to be within the top

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30 of the field. That would be me reaching my goal. The pursuit race,

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it is achievable. So, as yet more storms and bad

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weather move across the region, let's get the very latest forecast

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now with Mel Coles. Strong winds and showers continue to

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work in this evening. Yellow warning in force across Warwickshire,

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Shropshire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire. Some of the showers

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will be lively. The risk of hail and thunder. Temperatures overnight will

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drop to around four or five degrees. Further showers on the cards first

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thing tomorrow. The winds will be fairly strong. They will ease

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slightly but Sunday remains a breezy dray. `` day. Showers sporadic. We

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should see some brightness. Karma on Monday. Wet and windy on Tuesday.

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Our next bulletin is that 5:50pm tomorrow. Have a good Saturday

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night. Good evening. Unfortunately I don't

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have much good news in this forecast. There may be a brief

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respite later tomorrow with the wind and the rain but it will not be long

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enough and we have today's storm withers, pounding many coastlines in

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the south and west, hence the Amber wind warning from the Met Office. It

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is a windy day across the board and it is not just the wind that is a

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concern. It is causing high waves, damaging winds, but there is more

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shower activity, hail, thunder and snow in the north and the potential

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for another 10-20 millimetres of rain in parts of Wales, the

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south-west, perhaps some persistent showers in the south-east, coupled

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with those rather lively wins. They hold the temp Richard tonight but

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there could be ice in Scotland, given that we have wintry showers

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Wash they hold the temperatures up to. Here is the respite. The shower

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frequency edges down in

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