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Fatal tree disease found in Birmingham

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Experts are checking trees in parks in Birmingham after two ash trees were found to be infected with the fatal tree disease, Ash Dieback.

The infected trees in Rectory Park in Sutton Coldfield were removed and burned along with six others thought to have the disease.

Two Leicestershire roads in top five for worst flooding

Two roads in Leicestershire have come in the top five of the country's worst flooding locations.

Slash Lane between Barrow-upon-Soar and Sileby in Leicestershire Credit: ITV News Central

Slash Lane near Barrow Upon Soar features in an AA list of top breakdown spots for drivers getting their vehicles stuck in water.

42 drivers have had to be rescued in the last five years.


Power station incident due to pipe leak

Police say an incident at Spalding Power Station in Lincolnshire has been caused by a leak in a pipe.

Earlier this evening a 200m cordon was put up around the site and several roads were closed off as a safety precaution.

The pipe is being repaired and roads in the town have now been reopened.

Could this be the largest yew tree in Europe?

A tree in Staffordshire, said to be the widest in Europe, has been shortlisted for a national award.

The giant Yew is said to be the largest in Europe Credit: Staffordshire County Council

The Shugborough Yew is one of ten finalists in the Woodland Trust’s search for England’s Tree of the Year.

It is believed that the tree is over 350 years old and covers an area the size of the Royal Albert Hall.

Staff at the Staffordshire County Council managed estate are have been encouraging supporters of the Yew to cast their vote.

We are very excited that the Shugborough Great Yew has been shortlisted for Tree of the Year. I do hope that the public vote for such a wonderful feature in the heart of the Staffordshire countryside.

– Cllr Mark Winnington, Staffordshire County Council

The winner of the competition will go on to represent England against competitors from Wales, Scotland and elsewhere in Europe in April 2015.

Picture: Fire causing delays in Lincolnshire


Alfreton tornado clean-up will cost thousands

Alfreton counts cost of clean up after tornado

The tornado ripped through fences and roofs Credit: ITV News Central

Residents in Alfreton are counting the cost after a tornado ripped through their town yesterday.

The clean-up operation is continuing, and a house whose roof was torn apart may even have to be demolished.

The clean-up operation in Alfreton is continuing Credit: ITV News Central
A tornado ripped through Alfreton yesterday Credit: ITV News Central

Tornado clear-up continues in Derbyshire

The clear up operation is continuing this morning after a tornado struck Alfreton in Derbyshire.

Roof tiles were ripped off houses and garden walls were blown down on Catherine Street and Mansfield Road yesterday afternoon.

Firefighters say they've now left the scene and Mansfield Road has now re-opened.

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