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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. Meanwhile
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 amazing when you
see what he never has brought down. A huge pile of debris, there was all
sorts in here, 28 tonnes were removed in the first hour. It is
mainly wood, Ford's and get some I have seen your wheelie bin, a beer
barrel, a life boy, plastic bottles, all sorts of things.
The dredging machine operator can't see what he's picking
`` this is not just some floating island of rubbish, it is the
proverbial tip of the iceberg. All of this degree is about three metres
underwater. The dredging machine operator can see what he's picking
up. He relies on the guidance of the team and the piles of. The normal
way is to let the river go down and take it away by car in the water. As
the doors closed we have an opportunity to reach down from the
top. That excavator can reach 80 metres in depth. That is the perfect
kit for getting rid of this. You might also see the difficulty we
have, the lights on the bridge are difficult for us to work alone.
All the wood will be chipped and made into mulch. In all they're
expecting to take out around 500 tonnes. Sarah Falkland, BBC Midlands
Today in Worcester. 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 call city, the
amount of growth that will happen is unimaginable.
Local businesses say it'd give this city the boost it's been waiting for
for decades. It will create jobs, bring in investment, 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 talks about in the capacity argument is enhanced with
what you get from Crewe. Despite the initial preference for crew, the
chief executive told the Sunday politics that they will look at what
sort `` Stoke`on`Trent has to offer. We have completed a public
consultation. I am sure that Stoke have submitted their consultation.
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. Time for the weather.
After the lovely sunny skies the day we will start to see some rain
moving and overnight, quite cold ahead of it, though, tend to drift
down to two degrees or three degrees. Mist and fog present as
well. It is going to be quite chilly and patchy to start, the odd heavy
burst likely as we head throughout the day came tomorrow, techie Lully
in the Senate. It will stay quite murky as well. A daytime temperature
of nine degrees. That's it. We are back tomorrow morning.
Goodbye. Good evening. In the midst of any
normal winter weather for the week ahead would be fairly unremarkable.
Some rain in places, some strong winds at times, but of course we are
in the midst of no normal winter. It is worth emphasising that with -
the weather this week will be less angry and volatile overall, a fair
bit calmer. Calmer but by no means dry. Outbreaks of rain will spread
across much of the UK through the night. There will be some snow mixed
in across the hills of central Scotland. Temperatures slowly