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Good evening. The Environment Agency is warning


that river levels in Herefordshire and Worcestershire are still


unstable despite today's drier weather. They're predicted to


fluctuate across the two counties over the next 24 hours, but not to


the extent they did last week when record levels were reached. There


are still 41 flood warnings across the region but the numbers are


finally starting to fall, with teams of council workers and volunteers


now beginning to remove tonnes of debris trapped under Worcester


Bridge. Sarah Falkland was there. It was quite the Sunday morning


spectacle, pulling in crowds of onlookers. It is pretty amazing when


you see what it has brought down in what has gotten stuck.


A huge pile of debris, there was all sorts in here, 28 tonnes were


removed in the first hour. It is mainly wood, folks and jetsam but I


have seen a wheelie bin, a beer barrel, a life going, plastic


bottles, much debris. Do not be fooled into thinking this is some


kind of floating island of rubbish because this is the proverbial tip


of the iceberg. All of this degree is about three metres underwater.


The dredging machine operator can't see what he's picking up` he's


relying on guidance of the team and the pile is ever growing. In the


normal way you would let the river go down and take everything away by


a craft on the water but as the road is closed we have an opportunity to


reach down from the top so we thought we would get a deli is fast


as possible. The excavator can reach 18 metres in depth. That is the


perfect kit for getting rid of this. You might also see the difficulty we


have is the lights on the bridge, that is difficult for us to work


around so we need is All the wood will be chipped and made into mulch.


To be very careful. In all they're expecting to take out around 500


tonnes. Sarah Falkland, BBC Midlands Today in Worcester.


And you can get the latest on the flood situation, road closures and


river levels by tuning into your BBC local radio station.


A 20`year`old man from Stratford`on`Avon has been arrested


on suspicion of the murder of a teenager in Oxford. 17`year`old


Connor Tremble was stabbed in Fairacres Road in Oxford on Thursday


night. He was taken to hospital but died yesterday. A 21`year`old man


from Birmingham has also been arrested on suspicion of assisting


an offender. The Chief Executive of HS2 Limited


says Stoke`on`Trent "hasn't been ruled out" in a battle to get a


station on the new high speed rail line linking London, the Midlands


and the North. The city has just submitted its case to get a stop on


the line, but it's facing stiff competition from just 15 miles away,


as BBC Radio Stoke's Political Reporter Phil McCann reports.


It used to be one of Stoke`on`Trent's industrial


powerhouses. Thousands of people produced tonnes of steel at Shelton


Bar in its heyday, but 14 years after it closed, this is all that's


left. The hope now is that HS2 will fill the gap.


The derelict land here would be home to international arrivals, with high


speed trains thundering to London in less than an hour. Unlike councils


in Coventry, Warwickshire and rural Staffordshire, the city council here


is actually fighting for high speed rail. This will actually make


Stoke`on`Trent a core cities, the amount of growth that will happen is


unimaginable. And actually the amount of contribution that in any


links Stoke`on`Trent and Staffordshire can make to the


overall economy of the UK is huge. Local businesses say it'd give this


city the boost it's been waiting for for decades. It will create jobs, it


will bring investment, it will attract new businesses to this great


city. But 15 miles up the road, a


competitor in the shape of a true railway town. Crewe has already


appeared as a stop for some HS2 trains on the government's preferred


route. Stoke's plan would involve dragging the track away, launching


officials here into battle mod. The total connectivity argument that the


government talk about that their capacity argument is enhanced with


what you get from Crewe. It is a good bet, but the real deal is in


Crewe. Despite the initial preference for Crewe, the chief


executive told Sunday politics that they will look at what


Stoke`on`Trent has two offer. We have just completed a public


consultation and I'm sure still have submitted their views to that. The


Secretary of State will make a decision by the end of the year.


Stoke`on`Trent have high hopes they'll win, but it'd mean a


significant change in the government's HS2 strategy. Phil


McCann BBC Midlands Today, Staffordshire.


Onto sport now, and there are a couple of Rugby results for you, in


the Aviva Premiership Gloucester were beaten by Leicester eleven


points to eight. Meanwhile in the Championship


Moseley had a miserable trip to Yorkshire getting thrashed by Leeds


by 62 points to five. Well onto the forecast now and I


suspect there's more on the way, let's get the details now with Sara


Blizzard. It is all changed overnight, we will


see some wet weather and ahead of that weather front it is quite cold


initially, or three degrees the minimum temperature. As soon as the


clouds comes in the temperatures left and we see the first signs of


that weather front. It will be surely an Apache as the weather


works its way northwards and there could be heavy bursts across


Herefordshire and Worcestershire. Daytime temperatures tomorrow in the


region of nine degrees. Quite a murky day with low cloud associated


with this. Tuesday showery and the wind later. When 60s in. I am back


at quarter past 11 after the BAFTAs. Goodbye.


Whilst we are talking about wet and windy weather in the week ahead we


will lose the extremes of last week. The first glow of the week will


approach overnight. Clear skies will cause temperatures to fall awake,


and we are looking at a frost in eastern England and for northern


Scotland with Pitt -- patches of mist and fog. Temperatures will rise


through the night as the cloud comes in and the wind begins to lift and


the rain arrives. The far north of Scotland will get off to a frosty


start. Further south, outbreaks of rain for the rush hour. Rain from


Northern Ireland and across northern England. In the East, contending


with more stubborn patches of fog. Grey skies of East Anglia and the


far south-east of England but essentially


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