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RSPCA fear local birds are being targeted with air rifles

An RSPCA inspector says he is worried more animals could be at risk after the latest incident of a bird being killed by someone targeting wildlife with an air rifle in Birmingham.

RSPCA fear local birds are being targeted. Credit: Hinrich BÀsemann/Press Association Images

Inspectors were called after a member of the public discovered a dead crow, in Brandwood Road, King’s Heath, it had been shot through the neck.

They fear the same person could be responsible for a spate of shootings in the same area last spring.

"An X-ray showed that there were shards of an airgun pellet still lodged in the crow’s neck, as well as clear entry and exit wounds.

There is no way that it could have been an accident.

I’m deeply concerned about this as a number of dead birds were found very nearby in March and April last year having suffered a similar fate."

– Inspector Scott Vanes RSPCA

Anyone with information can leave a message for Inspector Vanes by calling the RSPCA’s appeals line on 0300 123 8018.

Event to help Southwell residents with flooding grant

Southwell residents can get information and advice about applying for the Repair and Renew Grant today.

Car covered in mud after the flash flooding in Southwell in July 2013 Credit: PA

Up to £5,000 is available to help flooded homes and businesses with the cost of installing flood protection.

In July 2013, the town was hit by severe flash flooding which damaged a number of properties.

Representatives from the National Flood Forum are helping run the information day, which takes place between 10am and 4pm at The Admiral Rodney Function Room in the town.

They say people can find out more on:

  • Repair and Renew Grant
  • Insurance Queries
  • Community Emergency Plan
  • Southwell Flood Fund
  • Future Mitigation Plans
  • Flood Protection products

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Snow forces airport closure - wider travel warnings

Departures at East Midlands Airport Credit: PA

East Midlands Airport was temporarily closed while snow was cleared from the runway. Knock-on disruption is expected for flights to and from the site at Castle Donington in Leicestershire. The site has now reopened.

Other organisations and emergency services are tweeting travel warnings about the snow and are asking people to only leave their house if they really need to.

Fatal tree disease found in Birmingham

Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Archive/Press Association Images

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.

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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

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