Live updates

Chatsworth hosts campaign to promote rural tourism

Chatsworth House in Derbyshire Credit: PA

Chatsworth House in Derbyshire is hosting the launch of a new campaign to promote the country's rural tourism overseas.

The 'Countryside is GREAT' campaign is a new three-year initiative developed by VisitBritain.

New analysis from VisitBritain reveals that more international tourists are travelling across the country than ever before, with spending hitting new record levels for the first 9 months of 2014.

Advertisement

Residents allowed home after evacuation in Malvern

Map of Walwyn Road, Malvern, Worcestershire. Credit: ITV News Central

Residents in Colwall, near Malvern, Worcestershire are being allowed to return to their homes after a cordon was lifted.

Police had to evacuate a number of properties earlier today after the discovery of chemicals and ammunition at a property in Walwyn Road.

A 49-year-old man has been arrested and is being questioned by detectives in relation to the incident.

Explosives experts were called in to assess the finds but are happy that the property is safe and there is no danger to the public.

Police will continue their investigations at the property.

Man arrested after discovery of 'chemicals and ammunition'

A 49-year-old man has been arrested after police discovered 'chemicals and ammunition' during an ongoing investigation in Walwyn Road, Colwall near Malvern.

A small number of residents were evacuated immediately from their homes and a cordon was put in place while officers carried out further work at the property.

A full investigation is now under way following the man's arrest and inquiries are being made to establish the exact nature of the chemicals.

The police have stressed that there is nothing to suggest that this is in any way linked to any terrorist activity.

We are receiving assistance from the Army and Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue to make sure all the items are removed and made safe.

We would like to reassure members of the public that the incident has been contained and that no-one has been injured.

– Superintendent Sue Thomas
  1. National

Villagers evacuated over 'ongoing police incident'

Villagers have been evacuated from their homes and others told to stay indoors due to an ongoing police incident.

A cordon has been set up while police investigate the incident at a property in the village. Credit: PA Wire

Residents in Colwall, near Malvern, Worcestershire, reported seeing a bomb disposal team in the area.

It follows three days of police activity surrounding a house in the village.

West Mercia Police said it was "necessary to evacuate residents from a small number of properties" following "an ongoing investigation into an incident at a property".

One resident, Tim Dixon, said part of "sleepy Colwall" had become a hub of police activity.

Advertisement

Residents evacuated from houses near Malvern

Police are responding to an incident in Walwyn Road. Credit: ITV News Central

A small number of residents have been evacuated in Colwall, near Malvern, due to an ongoing police investigation.

Police are responding to an incident at a property in Walwyn Road.

The properties evacuated are nearby but police have said the move is to ensure the safety of the public.

A cordon is in place to allow officers to carry out further work at the property.

Controversial Muslim cemetery plans to be discussed

Muslims in the Midlands are currently buried in a dedicated section of an existing cemetery Credit: ITV News Central

A controversial application for a Muslim cemetery in a village in Solihull will be discussed by the Borough Council's Planning Committee today.

Some residents are opposed to the plans because they say there aren't enough Muslims in the area to justify it Credit: ITV News Central

Campaigners oppose the 4,000-plot scheme at Catherine-de-Barnes, because it would be built on green belt land. The application is expected to be refused.

Major report on HS2 to be presented today

HS2 Ltd's Executive Chairman David Higgins Credit: David Parry/PA Archive/Press Association Images

HS2 Ltd's Executive Chairman David Higgins is expected to make significant announcements about HS2 in Leeds this morning.

Mr Higgins will be presenting his report on the project, and will give recommendations on the second phase, which runs from Birmingham to Leeds and goes through the East Midlands.

It is believed he will announce that a suggested route for the high-speed service through Stoke-on-Trent will be dumped in favour of a hub at Crewe, on the western arm of the 'Y'-shaped northern route.

It is rumoured that he will recommend that plans for a high-speed rail link in Nottinghamshire should be moved to Derbyshire. It was originally proposed that the HS2 station should be at Toton Sidings, but there may be new plans to try to link HS2 to existing rail lines serving Nottingham and Derby.

Load more updates