16/02/2014 Midlands Today


16/02/2014

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Good evening. The Environment Agency is warning

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that river levels in Herefordshire and Worcestershire are still

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

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

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

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

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

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now beginning to remove tonnes of debris trapped under Worcester

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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tonnes. Sarah Falkland, BBC Midlands Today in Worcester.

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

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river levels by tuning into your BBC local radio station.

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

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

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Connor Tremble was stabbed in Fairacres Road in Oxford on Thursday

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

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from Birmingham has also been arrested on suspicion of assisting

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an offender. The Chief Executive of HS2 Limited

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

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

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

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

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

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

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powerhouses. Thousands of people produced tonnes of steel at Shelton

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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unimaginable. And actually the amount of contribution that in any

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

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

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

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

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city. But 15 miles up the road, a

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

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

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

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

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government talk about that their capacity argument is enhanced with

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

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Crewe. Despite the initial preference for Crewe, the chief

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executive told Sunday politics that they will look at what

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

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

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

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

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significant change in the government's HS2 strategy. Phil

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McCann BBC Midlands Today, Staffordshire.

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

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the Aviva Premiership Gloucester were beaten by Leicester eleven

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points to eight. Meanwhile in the Championship

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Moseley had a miserable trip to Yorkshire getting thrashed by Leeds

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

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

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Blizzard. It is all changed overnight, we will

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

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

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

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

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works its way northwards and there could be heavy bursts across

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Herefordshire and Worcestershire. Daytime temperatures tomorrow in the

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

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

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at quarter past 11 after the BAFTAs. Goodbye.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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far south-east of England but essentially

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