05/03/2017 Midlands Today


05/03/2017

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Construction is about to begin on a ?4 million flood scheme

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in Worcestershire, ten years after 300 homes

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The money has been provided by the Government,

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Environment Agency and local councils and will create

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July 2007, and heavy rains caused chaos in the normally

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More than 300 homes and businesses suffered severe damage,

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but it was homes near the Badsey Brook that found

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It almost looked like a little tidal wave coming across the field

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It just came down the garden in straight in the house.

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For ten years, residents in the area have been campaigning

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to find a solution that would protect their homes

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All these residents who flooded, and those near the ones who flooded,

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They go away and they hear it's raining and they ring

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A multi-million-pound flood scheme is now underway that stores water

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We are going to construct a three-to-four-metre-high earth

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There is going to be a control structure which is going to limit

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the amount of water that flows down into the water course,

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and at times of high, intense rainfall, water will store

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in the storage area, rather than going down into peoples homes.

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Archaeological digs on this area have proven that people lived

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With a ?4 million investment in this flood defence scheme,

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the Environment Agency are hoping that future generations

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will continue to live here without flooding.

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Joan Cummins, BBC Midlands Today, Broadway.

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The body of a woman has been found after a fire in an alleyway

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in Cradley Heath in the Black Country.

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The police say the death is not being treated as suspicious

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Coventry City football club have sacked their manager Russell Slade

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after less than three months into the job.

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In a brief statement, the club said that they would like to wish Russell

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Slade was appointed manager in December and although under his

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management the team qualified for the EFL trophy,

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the club are anchored at the bottom of League One,

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An investigation has begun into crowd trouble which forced

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the game between Hereford FC and Didcot Town to be abandoned.

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The referee abandoned the game at Didcot after Hereford supporters

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became involved in scuffles with home-team players.

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Two 19-year-old men from Hereford have been arrested.

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After a long campaign by relatives, countless names which were left

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fading from Quedgeley's War Memorial in Gloucestershire,

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The century-old monument honours local men killed in the first

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and second world wars, but it was showing signs of old age,

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and families decided something had to be done.

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A corner of Quedgely that certainly does still remember -

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nearly a century after it was first built,

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a ceremony's been held this weekend to rededicate the old memorial.

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After years exposed to the elements, many of the names were becoming

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illegible, something relatives felt shouldn't be allowed to happen.

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My uncle David Morgan was a member of the 5th Battalion

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of the Gloucestershire Regiment, and he died during the

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He has no known grave, and, actually, his family didn't

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receive confirmation of his death until five years later.

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Concerned his name could disappear, Rachel wrote to the parish council,

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which led to this new section of the memorial being added.

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I thought, eventually these won't be legible,

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and they will be...these people will be forgotten,

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and I feel very strongly that they shouldn't be forgotten.

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They sacrificed a lot for us and future generations.

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The new plinth replicates all of the names on the original,

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A busy route into Birmingham reopened today, more than three

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months after a water main burst, creating a sinkhole.

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Thousands of gallons of water flooded Harborne Lane,

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close to the Queen Elizabeth hospital, after the main

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Laurie Fisher's future as head coach at Gloucester Rugby is in doubt,

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after he tweeted that it was time to "make room for someone else"

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The club says it's aware of the tweet but can't comment further.

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Rugby, and in the Premiership, Worcester boosted their survival

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The Birmingham high-jumper Robbie Grabarz has won

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a silver medal at the European indoor championships.

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Grabarz cleared a season's best of 2.30m in Belgrade.

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The Environment Agency still has flood alerts

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We've still got a few showers in the forecast as we go

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through the rest of this evening and overnight.

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They will tend to peter out through the night.

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There will be a few clear spells to be had as well,

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and temperatures overnight will drop down to around two or three Celsius

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A chilly start, then, to Monday morning, but it's actually

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Yes, there will still be a few scattered showers in the forecast,

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but we should see some good spells of sunshine coming through as well,

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and where you get the sunshine, temperatures of around ten or 11

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Through the rest of the week, there is quite a lot

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Temperatures by the middle part of the week up to a high

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Hello, as was the case on Saturday there was a lot of whether around

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today. Showers for some, some saw the staff of postcard material, for

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others it was more Christmas card material. We had pictures like that

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quite widely across the Midlands and Wales as well. This weather system

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has been here for a good part of the day in Wales and the North Midlands

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and southern England. It is not that warm underneath that particular

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front. Some winter arenas about some of the rain as it clears away to the

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near continent. In the south-west we have already seen gusts of 60 miles

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an hour. That could be a feature of the first part of the night and then

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it gets a bit quieter. If the skies are clear, there could be a touch of

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frost. On Monday across the South West watch out for a lot of surface

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water and spray, perhaps 20 millimetres. It fades away with time

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through the morning. Elsewhere a lot of bright weather in Scotland, but

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once we get into the afternoon it is not a bad day for March. The

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temperatures are pretty much where we were today between 7-11.

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