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Power restored in Lichfield after fire at substation

Power supplies to homes and businesses have been restored after a fire a substation in Lichfield on Wednesday night.

Fire at a substation in Eastern Avenue. Credit: Staffordshire Police

Emergency services responded to reports of a large fire and power cut in the area at around 8:50pm.

Western Power Distribution have confirmed that power supplies have been restored in Lichfield:

More than 17,000 homes and properties in the Lichfield area were left without power.

At this stage it is no indication of the cause of the blaze.

Fire at substation knocks out power to 17,000 homes

17,000 properties and homes are without power across Staffordshire Credit: PA

Staffordshire Police say a fire at a substation is the reason why more then 17,000 homes and properties in the Lichfield area are currently without power.

Western Power Distribution says its engineers are working to resolve the power outage by midnight tonight.

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More than 17,000 homes without power in Lichfield

More than 17,000 homes and properties are currently without power in Lichfield. Electricity network Western Power Distribution has apologised for the outage which happened in the last few hours.

The company says it's aiming to get supplies back up and running by midnight.

Vigil held to remember victims of Paris attacks

Muslims came together to remember those who were killed in last week's Paris attacks Credit: Andy Bevan / ITV News Central

One week on from the terror attacks in Paris which left 129 dead, people across the Midlands came together this afternoon to remember those who were killed and to show their defiance of the terrorists' threats to bring similar atrocities to this country.

Muslims in Sandwell held a silent vigil in Oldbury Civic Square. The Inclusive Muslim Action Network (IMAN) - a coalition of Sandwell Muslim organisations, mosques and partners - invited representatives from other faiths to join them to remember those who died.

This evening a vigil will be held at Lichfield Cathedral in memory of those killed in last week's Paris attacks, the Russian air disaster in Egypt and the recent bombing in Beirut.

Muslims in Sandwell held a silent vigil in Oldbury Civic Square. Credit: Andy Bevan / ITV News Central
Representatives from other faiths were invited to join them and remember those who died. Credit: Andy Bevan / ITV News Central
The vigil was held by the Inclusive Muslim Action Network (IMAN) - a coalition of Sandwell Muslim organisations, mosques and partners Credit: Andy Bevan / ITV News Central

Report: Lichfield whale trip victim was "vibrant, outgoing and lovely"

The family of a woman from Lichfield who died on a whale-watching trip in Canada say she was "vibrant, outgoing and lovely". Katie Taylor was one of five Britons who lost their lives when the boat capsized at the weekend.

Investigators believe the vessel overturned because passengers were all on the left side of the boat when a large wave hit. Stacey Foster reports.

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Brits killed in boating accident 'weren't wearing lifejackets'

It's not a legal requirement to wear lifejackets on boats like The Leviathan II. Credit: Reuters

The British Columbia Coroner says the preliminary investigation into a whale-watching boat sinking suggests that the five British people killed were not wearing life jackets and were on the top deck of the vessel.

All five "died at the scene", a spokesperson for the Coroner's office said.

Passengers on boats of the size involved in the accident aren't required by law to wear them, the coroner also said.

Canadian police and the Transportation Safety Board are still investigating the accident, which happened on Sunday.

Lichfield woman dies in whale-watching accident

A passenger on another boat took this photo as it went to rescue survivors. Credit: Albert Titian/Facebook

A fourth Brit who died in a tragic whale-watching accident in Canada has been named as 29-year-old Katie Taylor from Lichfield.

She was among five Britons who died after the boat, carrying 27 people, sank off the coast of British Columbia on Sunday.

An official investigation into the tragedy has been launched by the country's Transportation Safety Board.

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