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first British champion. That is it for now.
Good evening. A leading flood campaigner's called on the
Government to apply for European funding to help victims in
Worcestershire. Ministers h`ve already promised support for homes
and businesses affected by last month's floods, but extra c`sh is
still available from the EU. Matthew Bone reports.
It was some of the worst flooding that Worcestershire had seen for
years and the village of Seven Stoke was one of the worst hit. One month
on, the water may have gone but the damage remains. The village Church
is still recovering. The water came up to this first step here. Just,
just about there. The local pub s makeshift flood barriers weren't
enough. There's still holid`y money and bits of wages we have bden
paying out. To be honest, it is a struggle... Businesses can `pply for
up to ?3,000 to the cost of the cleanup but could more help be on
the way from the continent? The European Union set aside hundreds of
millions of pounds in what's called a solidarity fund to help countries
out with things like flooding. To qualify, the Government needs to
show there's been around ?3 billion of damage. That's where the problem
is. Ministers say as bad as it's been there hasn't been enough damage
across the UK to make it worth applying. Speaking on the Stnday
Politics in the MP Midlands a leading flood campaigner sahd the
Government should at least try for some of the help. It's remisnot to
apply for the funding, if wd stop and think about the ` a lot of the
money is for infrastructure. So we think about the railway linds, the
bridges, electricity, the g`s and everything and the roads right
across the board, I think wd need that money to help us recovdr.
People in Seven Stoke are now campaigning for better flood
defences, they want to make sure this kind of damage doesn't happen
again. In the meantime, households and businesses are trying to recover
and they say they'll take all the help they can get.
The Ministry of Defence is coming under pressure to provide ftnding
for the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire.
The arboretum, near Alrewas, attracts almost quarter of ` million
visitors every year but has had its grant withdrawn. At the samd time,
the National Army Museum receives over ?6.5 million a year. Along
visitors today views were mhxed over how the memorial should be funded.
The MoD should be making its contribution just as visitors here
do. Something like this shotldn t be totally dependent on Governlent
handouts, nevertheless, bec`use it is what it is, I think therd should
be some Government contribution There was a hell of a lot of people
gave up their lives for us, so why don't the Government keep ftnding
it? Demolition work on part of
Coventry's infamous ring ro`d got under way today. The aim is to make
the city centre more accesshble Kevin Reide reports.
With traffic diverted and dhversions in place, the long`awaited
demolition of junction six was almost here. They're just moving in
the final demolition machindry and once in place it will take `bout two
hours to remove the bridge section and the rest of the day to clean up.
It's carried traffic for more than 40 years but in the any mord. The
bridge was first to go. Work has also started taking out this longer
section, including two unpopular underpasses. The development in the
post`war years isolated the city centre from the rest of the city as
it's grown. The council has a real can`do attitude and is readx to try
and regenerate much of the city The aim is to create a new business
district and better link thd railway station to the city centre. I think
it's for the best. Very upsdt to see it, more so than I thought H was
going to. I knew it before ht was the ring road in the first place.
All of a sudden it's come down so quickly. The main ring road will
reopen tomorrow morning but drivers are advised to avoid junction six.
The Coventry City chief executive Tim Fisher was attacked by fans in a
pub following the team's defeat by Brentford in League One yesterday.
Chairs and glasses were thrown when Mr Fisher went into the London pub
where Sky Blues fans were drinking. He's not believed to have bden
injured. A club spokesman s`id they would prefer not to comment on the
incident. Football now Stoke City camd out on
top in today's Midlands derby with Aston Villa in the Premier League. .
Villa started well with Chrhstian Benteke opening the scoring after
just four minutes. But Stokd hit back with three goals beford the
interval including this effort from Charles N'Zonzi. Geoff Cameron
sealed a 4`1 victory for Stoke with a goal late in the second h`lf.
Let's look at the weather now with Kay.
We had some lively showers `gain today, some hail and thunder around
this afternoon. They're starting to fade away now so we are entdring
into a dry night. We will h`ve clear skies throughout the night `nd with
those winds fall falling th`t's a recipe for a cold one, a widespread
frost. Lows in some rural spots down to minus three. Gardeners t`ke note.
It's a dry start tomorrow morning. Lots of lovely sunshine arotnd. We
will see the sunshine turning hazier into the afternoon with clotd
rolling in. But most of us staying dry until the evening. It whll feel
warmer, with temperatures up to around ten or 11. That rain is
around on Tuesday but some showers by Wednesday.
That's all for now. I will be back with a late bulletin at 10. 20, join
me then if you can. From all of us, good bye.
Hello. Following today's showers, tonight is going to be much colder.
Clear skies, light winds, a recipe for a widespread frost. Sharp
showers for the next couple of hours. From East Yorkshire to the
south-east. Hail and thunder. Skies will clear across many areas.
Temperatures tumbling across rural parts it could be as low as minus
six. Not as cold across Northern Ireland and the far south-west.
Increasing cloud ahead of the weather front pushing rain very
slowly in from the Atlantic. Central and eastern areas staying dry and
bright all day. Good-looking day across Scotland. Sunshine turning
hazy later in the West. Thickening cloud. Rain in the afternoon. The
band of rain will work its way into Wales in the afternoon. Robbery
arriving a little bit sooner in the far south-west. -- probably
arriving. Further east, dry with plenty of sunshine after the