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Report: History and heritage of Midlands waterways

The East Midlands is home to fantastic scenery along miles of waterways, in a special series we look at our canal network - and the work done behind the scenes to maintain them.

Our cameras have been with a lock-keeper along the canal network who says working amongst such history and heritage is magnificent.

Watch the full report from ITV News Central's Dani Crawshaw below.

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Proposal for wind farm near Rutland Water is rejected

A proposal for a wind farm in this field has been rejected Credit: ITV News Central

A proposal to build a wind farm close to one of the region's best known beauty spots has been rejected by Rutland County council.

Members agreed with planners by nine votes to one that the application for nine wind turbines at Woolfox disused airfield be refused.

RES, the company behind the plan said it would bring a big economic boost to the area. The firm now have six months to appeal.

The proposed wind farm would have been near to the Rutland Nature Reserve Credit: ITV News Central

UK summit held to highlight plight of Hedgehogs

The numbers of hedgehogs are dwindling in the UK. Credit: PA

The first UK summit in a decade to highlight the plight of the hedgehog is taking place in Telford today.

The Day of the Hedgehog is organised by wildlife charities British Hedgehog Preservation Society and People’s Trust for Endangered Species as part of their joint Hedgehog Street initiative.

According to ecologists, tens of thousands of hedgehogs are being killed by traffic on our roads each year.

Other factors contributing to their increasing demise in population include habitat loss, temperature change and increases in housing and industrial developments

The summit is being held at the Telford International Convention Centre

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