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Rural crime cost Midlands £10.6m last year

General view of the village Edale in Derbyshire which is part of the Peak District in the UK.
Edale in Derbyshire in the East Midlands. The cost of rural thefts has increased by 38% across the region, one of the biggest rises in the country. Credit: Edward Smith/EMPICS Entertainment

A new report has found the Midlands is among the hardest-hit areas in the country by thieves targeting equipment, livestock and even fuel.

Last year rural crime cost the region £10.6m, according to figures from NFU Mutual.

In the West Midlands the total was £4.5m, a rise of 9%, while in the East Midlands it was more than £6m, an increase of 38%.

The insurance firm say the rise is down to three main factors:

  • High-value tractors being stolen and then sold abroad
  • A 'substantial' rise in sheep rustling
  • Thieves targeting garden tools and ornaments

Firefighters in Midlands walk out over pensions dispute

Firefighters will strike later today
Firefighters will strike later today Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Firefighters in the Midlands will walk out today in a week of strike action in a dispute over pensions.

They will walk out between 12noon and 2:00pm and then between 11:00pm and midnight.

The government has previously said strike action is disrupting talks and will damage firefighters' reputation.

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Passport workers strike over ongoing backlog crisis

Thousands of passport workers are striking today as the Summer holidays get underway.
Thousands of passport workers are striking today as the Summer holidays get underway. Credit: Edward Smith/EMPICS Entertainment

Thousands of passport workers are striking today as the Summer holidays get underway.

They have taken the action in a bid to end staffing shortages which have caused an ongoing backlog crisis, with holiday-goers left waiting for their renewed passports.

It could affect holiday plans for families across the Midlands.

A new recruitment drive is underway but many of the posts being advertised are not permanent jobs and are only likely to replace 8% of staff needed. The Passport Office has cut hundreds of staff since 2010 but the agency only agreed to meet the union to seriously discuss jobs after recent media and political scrutiny.

– Public and Commercial Services union

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1 and a half hour delays on M6 due to motorway closure

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J17/16 M6SB - The Bridge Inspector is on scene and will advise when it is safe to pass.

There are 1 and a half hour delays on the M6 southbound following reports of a piece of an unsafe bridge falling onto the road.

It's affecting traffic between junctions 19 and 18 after the road was shut earlier this morning.

It's expected to re-open from 10.30am.

M6 closure after reports of bridge falling onto road

Part of the M6 remains shut this morning following reports that a piece of an unsafe bridge collapsed onto the motorway.

It happened between J17 and 16 on the Southbound carriageway.

The bridge is between Manor Rd and Reynolds Lane, near to Sandbach services.

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Part of M6 motorway closed after piece of bridge falls onto road - no ETA for re-opening http://t.co/0Dlun8kCF2 http://t.co/qSVbfiuDsv

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AMAZING VIDEO: Lightning striking BT tower and storm pictures

Viewers have been sending in their photos of this weekends wild weather.

A combination of sunny spells and severe storms made up the conditions across the Midlands.

The BT Tower in Birmingham was hit by lightning and a petrol station roof collapsed in Leicestershire following the torrential weather.

Here are just a few of the moments you captured on camera...

Four Oaks
Four Oaks Credit: Rachel Slater
Petrol station roof collapses on two cars in Leicestershire
Petrol station roof collapses on two cars in Leicestershire Credit: Caters news agency
Taken in the early hours in Leicester
Taken in the early hours in Leicester Credit: Brendan harris

Midlands issued with 3 Flood Warnings and 20 Alerts

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Table showing Flood Warnings and Alerts for the Midlands Credit: Environment Agency

To see if your area is one of these at risk from rising waters, click here.

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