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It's feared thousands of fish may have been killed

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after chemicals were found in the River Morda, near Oswestry.

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The water company, United Utilities, say there's been an issue

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at its nearby water treatment works and is investigating.

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It may look beautiful in the winter sun, but last night local people

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were sickened to see hundreds of fish gasping

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Acid from a nearby water treatment works flowed into the Morda,

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Staff at Western Pools Fishery witnessed the river

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They fear it'll take years for the habitat to recover.

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The river was white and there was evidence of dead and dying fish.

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The length of time it's taken to build up this system,

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plus four or five generations of trout

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which spawned after the original, all wiped out.

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By this afternoon, the dead fish had been washed downstream after water

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levels were raised to flush the pollution out.

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The Environment Agency has launched an investigation and is working

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There's acid that has gone into this river.

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Even for our staff that are working here today

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and the work that we're doing, we have to be exceptionally

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I advise people to keep their pets, themselves out of the water and,

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where possible, keep livestock out of the water

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Fortunately, the pollution doesn't appear to have got

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But the owners fear it'll be a long time before the River Morda is once

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As Donald Trump settles into his new life in the White House,

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it's not just in America that his Presidential inauguration

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Here in the Midlands opinion is equally divided,

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As Donald Trump became the 45th president of the

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a peaceful protest had taken place in the unlikely setting

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of historic Ironbridge - birthplace of the

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It was one of a hundred such demonstations by

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I think there's a lot of suspicion and fear,

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Trump is, from his personality, a president which we have

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never experienced before and we don't actually know.

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In the summer, Ironbridge is packed with tourists and today's winter

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sunshine brought out the visitors too, all with views

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I have my doubts about whether he's wired up right.

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Some of the things he says are excellent, but some

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of the other things, I think he's just gone

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My view is to give him a bit of time and just see how it goes.

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Many experts say Pennsylvania was the state that swung it

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for Trump, an area suffering from a decline in industry.

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It's where mum of two Cathy Wardius is from.

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I think, like most Americans, we're apprehneisve because we don't

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know what the next four years are going to bring.

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But then, like I said, I know a lot of really good hard

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working people who had voted for him, who are optimistic.

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I wonder how they're feeling at the White House right now.

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I think it's the most scariest thing that I've ever heard of.

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I think if anybody's going to push the button, he's going to be the one

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He may have his sceptics, but President Trump gave this message:

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Together, we will make America great again.

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The date has been announced for the Stoke-on-Trent

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The vacancy has been created by Tristram Hunt's

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resignation to become Director of London's Victoria

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Voters will go to the polls on the 23rd of February.

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So called Shared Spaces, where roads have their markings

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and kerbs removed, are now a common sight

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They're designed to make drivers more cautious,

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but can also make life difficult for blind people.

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Here's our transport correspondent Peter Plisner.

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Charlotte Nickson and guide dog Layla navigating their way

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But for them, shared space doesn't make things very easy.

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This is where she's stops for this crossing.

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Here Layla gets confused because there's no kerbs and waits

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for instruction from Charlotte.

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And it's not just Layla who doesn't understand the layout.

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When we filmed, there were cars and other vehicles everywhere,

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even on what was supposed to be the pavement.

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They make it harder for me to get to work, and that's just not fair.

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They make it impossible for a lot of my blind friends to come

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and visit me and if they do, we have to make sure

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there is a sighted person there to help us at all times.

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As you get to this side, Peter, it doesn't lead to anywhere.

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Sarah Gayton from Staffordshrie campaigns on behalf of the blind

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and partially sighted and she maintains that shared

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Today, Sarah and others had the chance to speak directly

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to MPs on the Women and Equalities Select Committee

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as it held an outreach meeting in Birmingham.

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The committee is currently investigating the build environment

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You can read all the papers you like, but until you have the people

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sat in front of you telling you exactly how it feels to not be

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able to move around their city centre or that they can't get

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a house that's suitable for them to live in,

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you don't really get the human feeling of it.

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Coventry City Council maintains that its shared space is safe

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and that schemes developed in consultation with

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But despite concerns of some, the use of shared space is growing

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Football and one big transfer completed this evening -

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Stoke City have signed Sido Berahino from West Bromwich

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The fee for the 23-year-old striker could eventually rise to 15 million.

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And one result tonight in League One - Port Vale have

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I'll leave you with the weather from Rebecca Wood.

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It has been a pleasant day today, right the way across the board

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we had gorgeous sunshine and clear blue skies.

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As we head through this weekend, more of the same to come.

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There will be sunny spells, variable amounts of cloud,

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but it is also feeling very chilly out there and that's because we're

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It is going to be a cold night tonight

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Temperatures plummeting, we're looking at them dipping down

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widely right the way across the board into minus figures.

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We cuold see them getting a touch lower than -5 in some

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We could also get a little bit of freezing fog.

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As we start the day tomorrow with high pressure and very little

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We could see that fog lingering through the day.

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It'll be a chilly start with a widespread frost,

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and there's going to be some sunshine through the day.

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We start to get cloud filtering in for a time,

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but it should be largely dry and bright with temperatures ranging

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More information on all of that in the national forecast next.

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I'll leave you with an outlook for the next few days.

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there isn't that much around it will feel cooler. Can we keep it going

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until the start of the new week? I suspect we can. Unconfirmed about --

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concerned about the fog around. Here is Helen with the national picture.

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Good evening. The weather is upon us. The cloud has made all the

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difference this week in particular. We have had some wonderful weather

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watcher pictures, this is Marlowe in Buckinghamshire, this was Conwy

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earlier in the day. Some areas still have the cloud. What

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