16/02/2014 Midlands Today


16/02/2014

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two weeks' time. That is all

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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. Meanwhile

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teams of council workers and volunteers now beginning to remove

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tonnes of debris trapped under Worcester Bridge. Sarah Falkland was

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there. It was quite the Sunday morning

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

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see what he never has brought down. A huge pile of debris, there was all

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sorts in here, 28 tonnes were removed in the first hour. It is

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mainly wood, Ford's and get some I have seen your wheelie bin, a beer

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barrel, a life boy, plastic bottles, all sorts of things.

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

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`` this is not just some floating island of rubbish, it is the

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proverbial tip of the iceberg. All of this degree is about three metres

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underwater. The dredging machine operator can see what he's picking

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up. He relies on the guidance of the team and the piles of. The normal

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way is to let the river go down and take it away by car in the water. As

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the doors closed we have an opportunity to reach down from the

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top. That excavator can reach 80 metres in depth. That is the perfect

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

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have, the lights on the bridge are difficult for us to work alone.

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All the wood will be chipped and made into mulch. In all they're

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expecting to take out around 500 tonnes. Sarah Falkland, BBC Midlands

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Today in Worcester. A 20`year`old man from

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Stratford`on`Avon has been arrested on suspicion of the murder of a

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teenager in Oxford. 17`year`old Connor Tremble was stabbed in

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Fairacres Road in Oxford on Thursday night. He was taken to hospital but

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died yesterday. A 21`year`old man from Birmingham has also been

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arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender.

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The Chief Executive of HS2 Limited says Stoke`on`Trent "hasn't been

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ruled out" in a battle to get a station on the new high speed rail

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line linking London, the Midlands and the North. The city has just

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submitted its case to get a stop on the line, but it's facing stiff

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competition from just 15 miles away, as BBC Radio Stoke's Political

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Reporter Phil McCann reports. It used to be one of

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Stoke`on`Trent's industrial powerhouses. Thousands of people

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produced tonnes of steel at Shelton Bar in its heyday, but 14 years

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after it closed, this is all that's left. The hope now is that HS2 will

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fill the gap. The derelict land here would be home

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to international arrivals, with high speed trains thundering to London in

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less than an hour. Unlike councils in Coventry, Warwickshire and rural

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Staffordshire, the city council here is actually fighting for high speed

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rail. This will actually make Stoke`on`Trent a call city, the

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amount of growth that will happen is unimaginable.

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Local businesses say it'd give this city the boost it's been waiting for

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for decades. It will create jobs, bring in investment, attract new

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businesses to this great 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 talks about in the capacity argument is enhanced with

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what you get from Crewe. Despite the initial preference for crew, the

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chief executive told the Sunday politics that they will look at what

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sort `` Stoke`on`Trent has to offer. We have completed a public

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consultation. I am sure that Stoke have submitted their consultation.

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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. Time for the weather.

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After the lovely sunny skies the day we will start to see some rain

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moving and overnight, quite cold ahead of it, though, tend to drift

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down to two degrees or three degrees. Mist and fog present as

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well. It is going to be quite chilly and patchy to start, the odd heavy

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burst likely as we head throughout the day came tomorrow, techie Lully

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in the Senate. It will stay quite murky as well. A daytime temperature

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of nine degrees. That's it. We are back tomorrow morning.

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Goodbye. Good evening. In the midst of any

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normal winter weather for the week ahead would be fairly unremarkable.

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Some rain in places, some strong winds at times, but of course we are

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in the midst of no normal winter. It is worth emphasising that with -

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the weather this week will be less angry and volatile overall, a fair

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bit calmer. Calmer but by no means dry. Outbreaks of rain will spread

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across much of the UK through the night. There will be some snow mixed

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in across the hills of central Scotland. Temperatures slowly

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starting to

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