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100 firefighters tackle a major incident at a warehouse
on an industrial estate in Worcester.
I've never seen so much smoke in my whole life.
No one in the Worcester area can have missed the huge fire here
today. Thankfully, no one was hurt. Targetting the tippers,
a series of raids across to find those responsible
for illegally dumping waste. Looking at the evidence, really
looking for financial records, other information that will further our
own investigation and really make sure that we can hold
these people to account. Join me in Birmingham as the city
honours the bravest of the brave. One man's mission to track
and record the snakes which are disappearing
from our countryside. And the cloud
hasn't hampered temperatures today but the northwesterly wind
will by the weekend. Who would have thought
it was spring? But some of you could with some rain
- all the details later. A major fire has
destroyed a delivery company's Black smoke could be seen billowing,
as far as away as Malvern. More than 100 firefighters
were needed to bring the blaze under control,
luckily no one was injured. Sarah Bishop has been
speaking to those affected. The smoke was unreal, thick, black
smoke. It was towering high in the sky. Never seen that much smoke in
my whole life. Pretty scared. It could be seen from 30 miles away. A
warehouse is the size of four football pitches up in smoke. When a
fire crews arrived at 8:30am, they knew they had a fight on their
hands. The first challenge was getting close to the building. With
the amount of heat. We have had to rotate crews working in these
arduous conditions. A member of staff initially spotted the
beginnings of the fire and tried to but it -- put it out with a fire
extinguisher. 150 staff were clear sorting and delivering bulky
furniture. The only thing that matters is that there has been no
loss of life. Stock can be replaced. Operations can resume. There is no
loss of life. With the estate evacuated, the fire was the talk of
Worcester. I could see flames from where I was. I got a bit of video on
my phone. Shortly after, I saw a gas bottle explode and shoot into the
sky. I wondered if we were going to get close down temporarily while
they put the fire out. There are no immediate clues as to what caused
the fire, an investigation is underway.
And Sarah is at the warehouse this evening, so, Sarah,
Things have scaled back quite a lot in the last few hours. Still quite a
lot of activity with police and fire crews. Into the warehouse, you can
see the tangled mass of steel. It buckles at 600 Celsius. It's still
likely to be a couple of hundred degrees Celsius inside the warehouse
tonight. Richard Jordan Watts, what will be happening tonight? We had a
very severe fire and operations are now scaled back but crews will stay
back damping down small pockets of fire to make sure the building is
fully extinguished. What about the investigation. You've had
investigators in today. How'd you go about finding the cause of the fire?
It's a very competitive process because much of the building has
been destroyed by fire. We will be talking to witnesses and looking at
CCTV to establish the cause. Will take several days to establish what
has happened today. A major incident. 150 staff safely evacuated
and over 100 Hereford and Worcester firefighters safe tonight. Sarah,
thank you for the update. More than
40 police officers and officials from the environment agency,
have carried out a series of raids - targeting people suspected
of dumping waste illegally. Three addresses
were searched in Staffordshire and another in Herefordshire,
where a man was arrested. In the past twelve months,
there's been a steep increase in illegal dumping in old factories
and warehouses in the West Midlands - leading to big clean up costs
and health hazards for locals. On an industrial estate
in Staffordshire months of investigation lead
to a swoop on a haulage yard. Police looking at the site, it seems
as though there is nobody here at the moment. We are forcing entry to
get in and seize evidence. This one of
two raids on the Moorlands, there was a third in Stoke-on-Trent
and a fourth in Ledbury in Herefordshire
where a man was taken into custody. Today's raids are connected to
illegal dumping of waste at 20 sites, waste amounting to in excess
of 25,000 tonnes. Part of an operation
intended to protect people and the places where they live
from an increasingly common crime. It is a blight on the landscape. We
are working closely with other agencies to limit it and manage
ongoing sites to make sure any risks are mitigated. I can understand how
the public feel, it is not nice to have near you. We are working with
the Environment Agency to get on top of it as quickly as we can.
Bales of rubbish wrapped in plastic lifted into place by unscrupulous
gangs, paid by individuals or businesses,
simply to get rid - no questions asked.
Criminals can fill a warehouse just like this in a matter of days, even
hours, with this type of waste. It's one of the biggest challenges
facing the environment agency, they've described waste
crime as the new narcotics and one they're urging all of us
to play a part in tackling. Any business that produces waste,
you need to know where it's going. Any landowner that is being
approached to rent land, if it seems too good to be true, it almost
certainly is. Take your responsibilities seriously. Culprits
face a jail term of five years. Rewards can be lucrative but
investigators say they will follow the money and where they can recover
it. A jury's been sent out to consider
verdicts in the trial accused of carrying out
"completely unnecessary" operations, Ian Paterson denies 20 counts
of wounding with intent - against nine women and one man -
between 1997 and 2011. The trial heard his alleged
motive might have been Gerard Coyne, who's challenging
Len McCluskey to lead Unite, as the union's
West Midlands Regional Secretary. It's understood an email
was sent to Unite members and staff informing them
of Mr Coyne's suspension. The move comes as counting
is about to get under way, DNA results have confirmed
that a body found in woods, who went missing
from near Bridgnorth last year. The 33-year-old
was last seen leaving his home A man's body was discovered
in woodland area, by a member An inquest into his death
will open on Monday. The train company, London Midland,
has been forced to lay on buses - after experiencing overcrowding
on some services at Bromsgrove The company maintains that the
bus service is a temporary measure, because of increased off-peak travel
during the Easter holiday - but passengers using
the new multi-million pound station I suppose, you come to a train
station expecting a service that you're going to be getting
on the train. We've got a fantastic
new station and no trains. I mean, they are very
short trains, at that. To be fair, it's been
going a long time. We've got a lovely station
but we don't appear people living in seven areas
of the West Midlands will go to the polls, to select
the West Midlands metro mayor. There's no gold chain and it's not
about opening school fetes. This mayor will be
a directly elected politician making decisions
that impact the lives Think Giuliani, think BoJo,
this person will represent us to the rest of the country
and even the rest of the world. And you can watch Elizabeth Glinka's
special report in full, on our Facebook page -
facebook.com/midlandstoday But this afternoon
all six candidates - actual size, have been
facing our Political Editor, Patrick Burns, in a special debate
programme, and Patrick joins me now. I know you don't want to give too
much away but what can you tell us about it? A unique event. All six
contenders are therefore it. The only televised debate of this kind
coming at a unique moment even the backdrop of Brexit and all that
follows and the general election as well. Inevitably, the candidates for
the two biggest parties in this contest were vying with each other
from the start over which of them is best placed to lead through this
period of leaving the European Union.
The government are looking particularly at areas like this that
have got a manufacturing future and were thinking with them...
That might be what they tell you that, if you read
what they are doing, it's all about defending financial
services, they don't say a word about manufacturing.
They've invested in the London taxi company.
They've invested in electric vehicles they're investing
It's the Lib Dems who have made a signature issue of Brexit, or
anti-Brexit, they have a clear anti-Brexit message. Their candidate
who has staged a number of expositions at manufacturing parts
of the country said she would be keen to give strong and clear
leadership during this period. It isn't just about Birmingham
alone, it's about the whole of the West Midlands,
how, by coming together, we are Yeah, we've got lots of nice, glitzy
stores and statues in the city centre but the districts,
the outlying districts Plenty of subjects to cover but one
of the mayor's major responsibilities is transport. What
have they said about that? One of the main subjects is whether the M6
toll road should be brought into public ownership. That is the policy
of the cob unit candidate and the Labour candidate. But many have said
that you cannot do that without considerable cost.
For example, there's 115 kilometres of railway lines disused
Bluntly speaking, round about the peak times,
90-95% of HGVs already use the M6 toll.
It will have a unfit but it is not going to solve
I asked about voter fatigue but they said, we come first. What about
political editor fatty? No rest for the wicked.
And you can watch the full debate in a special programme
A Mayor For The Midlands at 10.45 tonight, here on BBC1.
Thanks for joining us on BBC Midlands Today.
Also in tonight's programme - a chip off the old block,
preparing for the European judo championships -
coached by his Dad, a former Olympic medallist.
We're tracking adders at a secret location
in Herefordshire and this is the first one we found.
A Midlands Air Ambulance aircrew, who saved the life of a pregnant
woman after she'd been stabbed, are to receive a special award.
12 Pride of Birmingham awards are being given out tonight,
to recognise acts of bravery and compassion in the second city.
There's a glitzy red carpet event at the University of Birmingham -
Plenty to celebrate tonight. There is. Indeed. Plenty of excitable
faces going into the beautiful great Hall at Birmingham University. It's
a box of tissues they need with the courageous, inspiring stories of
people from aged nine up to 80 winning a pride of Birmingham award,
in its fourth year, going from strength to strength. Albee hearing
about some of those inspirational stories celebrated here tonight.
March 2016 and the Midlands air ambulance received a call to visit a
woman who has been repeatedly stabbed.
40-year-old Natalie Querioz, who was eight months pregnant,
was attacked by her partner in Sutton Coldfield.
We suddenly have not one life that was in danger but too.
Thanks to the swift response of the air crew based at Cosford,
The medical team are honoured tonight
I wouldn't be here and my daughter wouldn't be here if it wasn't for
the air ambulance and that's a fact. I ran up to the tunnel and there was
a chap standing in the middle of the road.
For outstanding bravery, great granddad Anthony Mathers
who fended off a car jacking gang armed
with a gun and knife in Acocks Green last November.
I had blood running down my arm. I didn't feel scared at all.
Bradley Addison was a promising footballer,
who played with Aston Villa's youth academy,
But he was diagnosed with the life-limiting condition,
He took up powerchair football and has gone on to raise
tens of thousands of pounds to help other sufferers.
I would like to play for England but I don't know if that will happen. I
would like to win, either a cup or a leak soon. Bradley, you are amazing.
Mummy loves you and you are the best.
Facing fear in whatever guise - but all showing immense
We have noddy Holder, Ross Kemp and others walking the red carpet but it
is really all about people like this man here. Founder of the Langerak
Association here in Birmingham tonight. Unexpected, no doubt? Of
course. One thing you have done is provide 5000 meals a week for
homeless people. That's right. To be honest, I didn't expect it at all.
Absolutely overwhelmed. You looked gobsmacked. Have good awards
ceremony. Let's talk to the editor of the Birmingham mail. Mark, what
is it about this event that makes it so special to people in the eyes of
the city now? It is something that Birmingham doesn't do often enough
which is to celebrate ordinary me is doing extraordinary things. This
year, we've taken the award to the next level Cosby want to do even
more to celebrate those heroes. How on earth do you select the bravest
of the brave? How do you deny someone an award and give someone
another? It is not about denying people awards, it is about telling
stories. These are the very best stories we can find, told in the
best way. In the Birmingham mail we've been telling their stories for
a long time. Thank you very much indeed. Enjoy your evening. The 12
winners will be short listed for the daily Mirror pride of Britain awards
later in the year. Some sad news
from the world of athletics. The Olympic high jump
silver medallist, Germaine Mason, has died in a motorbike
crash in Jamaica. 34-year-old Mason
spent much of his sporting after switching nationality
to represent Great Britain. He was competing for
the Birchfield Harriers club at the time he won the silver
in Beijing in 2008. The Staffordshire swimmer,
Adam Peaty, says he was frustrated as he won the 50 metre breast stroke
title at the British Championships. He finished six hundredths of a
second outside the record in the final. It was his second gold medal
after the 100 metres title on Tuesday.
The British judo team start out on the road to the Olympics
in Tokyo in 2020 this week - as they compete at the European
They've been preparing for the first major tournament
at their performance centre in Walsall.
And for one of the team - it will be a real family affair.
23-year-old Brummie Max Stewart is preparing for his first European
judo championships and he couldn't have a better mentor.
Because his coach is dad Dennis, an Olympic bronze
medallist at the games in Seoul almost 30 years ago.
I don't really look at it like pressure. More of a competition or
challenge. If he has a medal somewhere, I want to do the same or
better. I always believed he could do it. Seeing him getting there is
ticking the box is. I spent him to do it. The other side of me is quite
proud and looking forward to it. British Judo have
high hopes for Max. He's moved up a weight and is
thriving against the bigger men. The 81 kilo category was more
tactical and here there are more throws. It is more suited to my
style. This could be the first real opportunity to see who will be the
big stars of Tokyo 2020. Those promising younger
players include 20-year-old Officially she's still a junior
but impressive performances have seen her given an opportunity
to mix it with the seniors I've done quite a few seniors this
year. Getting up to that level before so I can get a feel for it
and not chucking me into the deep end straightaway.
For all of them the big motivation is the 2020 Olympics.
Japan is the spiritual home of judo and no-one wants to miss
the opportunity to compete in the Tokyo games.
Nick Clitheroe BBC Midlands Today Walsall.
A hoard of gold coins found stashed in a old piano in Shropshire,
has been officially declared as treasure.
The discovery was made before Christmas, when the piano's current
The stash hasn't been valued yet - but it's said to be worth
The tuner who found the hoard and Bishops Castle Community College,
which owns the piano, will share a reward.
I can't say that I was not perturbed. It was only when we got
back to the office and realise there was a very large quantity of gold
that it's sunk in to us all. Oh gosh! What's going on? It's amazing.
If snakes aren't your thing, you might want to look away now!
Because snakes - and more particularly adders -
are an important part of our countryside.
But the population has dwindled to such an extent,
there are none left in many parts of the country,
That's why a reptile ecologist, who adores snakes, is tracking
Joanne Writtle joined him at a secret location in Herefordshire.
In wild Herefordshire countryside reptile ecologist Nigel Hand
and volunteer Nick Saunders search for adders.
This is a male. They are smaller with a lighter coloured body.
We can't say where we are because adder
Nigel's tagging them for a National Trust study.
I've been passionate about them since I was a small boy. They are
important in the countryside. They are predators and they are hunted
themselves. filmed two males fighting over
a female at the start Despite tracking 60 adders
nationally for six years it's the first time they've
seen this behaviour. I'm very proud to see this. It's one
of the top ten wildlife spectacles, in my opinion.
And later we find one of the two males who were fighting
There's still no sign of females though.
But within hours, patience pays dividends...
This is only the third female snake they've managed to tag in this area.
I think she's about 15 years old, they can live till about 30.
Adder numbers are falling due to factors like urbanisation.
But this female is a strong healthy half metre long.
This is significant. This is a breeding female. We know there is a
male in the area as well. Superb. This is a nice finish to the day. He
seems happy in his work. If you've not been with us this
week, you may be wondering why we have a new backdrop -
we're in the process So for the next couple
of weeks Shefali will be on the balcony,
with the forecast. So you'll be hoping
for a dry fortnight. Absolutely, a calm one too -
we've done well so far and that's in spite
of the cloud today - All it took was a bit of blue
sky to raise our hopes We could even see some
sunshine by the weekend - but Saturday's the best day
for that, I reckon. A cooler feel to things
over the weekend as well and the change in wind direction
is all down to this cold front across the north starting
to drift southwards. Not much rain along it,
all because of the high pressure but once it's cleared which won't be
until the end of tomorrow, we'll see temperatures drop
and a touch of frost - a few mist patches into
the start of Saturday. So this evening through
to tonight then - the odd clearer spells
here and there but a predominantly cloudy picture with some
splashes of rain, otherwise dry. And with that blanket of cloud
across trapping the heat, a really mild night with most places
seeing temperatures But a lot of cloud
lingers through tomorrow - a bit of sunshine at times
but generally dull and mostly dry - even less likelihood of rain
than today but as warm in the southwest with a top
temperature of 16 Celsius the winds already beginning to swing
around to the northwest. So this is the outlook
for the next few days then - clearer skies into the start
of Saturday with some sunny spells. Chilly with a touch of frost
and some fog but dry through much of the weekend with more in the way
of cloud through Sunday And on tomorrow's Midlands Today
we'll be talking wine. Rebecca Wood has been
to a local vineyard, to find out about one of the fastest
growing agricultural sectors - and how last year's weather
helped make it a vintage year Some news just reaching us. The
former Ukip Aleida Nigel Farage has said he will not stand in the
general election. That's all from us. We'll be back
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'Ukip leader Nigel Farage celebrated the result,
'declaring that dawn was breaking on an independent nation.'
'Prime Minister David Cameron is expected to resign
'The pound fell sharply as the referendum result became apparent,
'and traders are bracing themselves for panic when the markets open.'
'And England are confident of advancing to the next stage