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Firefighters to be at Meriden fire for next three days

Crews still dealing with Meriden fire

Fire crews are still dealing with a fire at a recycling plant in Meriden in Warwickshire which broke out on Friday night.

The fire at Cornets End Lane, at A&A recycling Ltd, involved around 6000 tonnes of waste wood and chippings.

Two fire engines are still at the plant and water is being delivered as the fire is still not completely out.


Crews still tackling recycling plant fire in Meriden

Fire crews are damping down a blaze at a recycling plant in Meriden in Warwickshire which broke out on Friday night.

The fire at Cornets End Lane, at A&A recycling Ltd, involves around 6000 tonnes of waste wood and chippings.

West Midlands Fire Service originally tweeted that the blaze was at the granite quarry next door to the recycling plant, but last night corrected the earlier error, after quarry operator LaFarge Tarmac issued a statement.

LaFarge Tarmac confirm fire was not at its quarry

LaFarge Tarmac has this afternoon confirmed the fire reported to be at its quarry near Meriden in Warwickshire, was in fact at a neighbouring recycling plant.

Earlier today West Midlands Fire Service tweeted its crews had been dealing with a blaze involving a large pile of wood chipping at the quarry itself.

In a statement, a spokeswoman form LaFarge said:

Media coverage today has incorrectly stated that there was a fire overnight in Lafarge Tarmac's Meriden quarry in Warwickshire. The fire was in fact at an adjacent site. Lafarge Tarmac's site is unaffected. We are assisting the fire service who pumped water from our site to tackle the fire.

Fire crews deal with large blaze at granite quarry

Around 80 firefighters have been dealing with a large blaze at a granite quarry in Meriden.

Sixteen fire engines were sent to bring the flames under control at the site owned by LaFarge Tarmac, which involved wood chippings and waste material.

West Midlands Fire Service Area Commander Simon Shilton has been tweeting pictures throughout the night, including shots of aerial mapping tools crews have to help them tackle large fires of this kind.


Protesters gather at Meriden travellers inquiry

Protesters have gathered at a public inquiry into an appeal made by travellers in Meriden, near Solihull.

Protesters gather outside a public inquiry into an appeal by travellers in Meriden Credit: ITV Central

The travellers want to overturn a decision by Solihull Council to refuse them permission to develop land they own in Eaves Green Lane.

Emotions high as Meriden campaign comes to an end

A Meriden resident who helped support a protest camp for 1088 days was brought to tears today as it was dismantled following the eviction of the gypsies who occupied the land.

She told ITV News Central she was 'glad and sad at the same time'.

The Chairman of the protest group, Meriden RAID, said the village will 'remain united and the friendships and bonds will continue'.

Protest camp dismantled following gypsy eviction

A protest camp set up in opposition to gypsies residing in Meriden, Warwickshire, has been dismantled today after the last remaining travellers left the site on Saturday.

The group, Meriden RAID, was made up of local residents who stationed a 24/7 protest camp. Without planning permission, the council deemed both camps illegal.

Chairman of Meriden RAID, David McGrath, said the 'camp may be moved, but the campaign will continue.'

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