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'No environmental issues' following chemical spill

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Representatives from West Midlands Fire Service have confirmed there is no threat to the environment following a chemical spillage in Bilston this morning. 1000 litres of hydrochloric acid leaked from a container lorry causing long delays and prompting an emergency response. Five people were taken to hospital as a precaution. Emergency crews have now completed the important initial phase of the clean up at Anchor Lane however road closures remain in place.


Fire crews attend Bilston acid spill - road closures in place

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Fire crews are attending to a Hydrochloric Acid leak at Anchor Lane in Bilston this afternoon. Road closures remain in place around the area as approximately 70 firefighters deal with 1,000 litres of Hydrochloric Acid that has been released from a container on to the road.

Road closures are in place around the scene at Anchor lane. Credit: Google Earth

Investigation under way after Bromsgrove fire

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Worcester Fire and Rescue Service were called to a fire at a wax recycling plant on the Saxon Industrial Estate in Stoke Prior, Bromsgrove late last night. A total of 15 fire engines with 65 firefighters attended the scene and fire crews remain on site this morning, working with colleagues from the Police, Ambulance, Environment agency and Public Health England, to resolve the incident. Area Commander Keith Chance said:

“Due to the swift and professional actions of fire crews, working in a very hazardous environment, we have been able to prevent the fire from destroying surrounding businesses and ensure nobody was hurt.”

– Area Commander Keith Chance

The cause of the fire is as yet unknown and an investigation is on-going.


Could dramatic dog fertility rate fall help human research?

The cause of falling rates in male fertility continue to be controversial among scientists, but now experts here think man's best friend could uncover part of the answer.

Scientists from the Unversity of Nottingham looking at fertility rates in dogs have traced certain chemicals in their tissue samples and food.

While it's stressed there is as yet no link between the two, experts hope it could point them in the right direction. Chris Halpin reports.

Harvest woes for farmers after wetter than normal June

We may be into August and harvest time, but farmers say they're finding crops are underperforming, costing them thousands of pounds.

We've been talking to a farmer in Worcestershire who supplies all his grain to make lager in Burton on Trent but after a wetter than normal start to the summer, has had to go to great lengths this year to make sure his grain is good enough. Melissa Wright reports.

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