London on flood alert

More than 25 areas of London are on flood alert again tonight due to a combination of heavy rain and high spring tides.

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Tribute to 'lovable, larger than life' Firefighter

Mr Cox, 53, who was known as "Biff", died at around 6pm after collapsing at the fire station, the Surrey branch of the Fire Brigades Union said.Colleagues tried to resuscitate him but were unable to save him.Richard Jones, the brigade branch secretary, said:

Biff was a lovable character with a larger than life personality. He will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by his colleagues. Our thoughts are with his loved ones at this time.

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Fire Services tweet condolences for Firefighter Cox

Fire Services, charities and individuals from the service across the country have sent messages of condolence to Surrey Fire and Rescue after the death of a firefighter at Staines.

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Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the @surreyfrs firefighter who died last night.

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Our deepest sympathy to the family, friends & colleagues of the firefighter from @surreyfrs who very sadly died this evening. Such sad news

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Our thoughts go out to the family, friends, and colleages of the Firefighter from @surreyfrs who died on duty. RIP

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Firefighter Clifford Cox 'will be greatly missed'

It is with profound regret that I have to inform you of the death of Firefighter Clifford Cox at Staines Fire Station earlier this evening. We are deeply saddened and upset by this tragic news and our thoughts are with his family, friends and close colleagues at this very difficult time.

FF Cox was based at Staines Fire Station on Green Watch, having served in Surrey for nearly 25 years. He will be greatly missed by the Service and his colleagues.

This is understandably a very difficult time for all, particularly in light of the on-going major incident and the demands placed on all staff.

Welfare arrangements are in place for the crews of both Staines and Sunbury who were involved.

– Surrey Fire and Rescue Service statement

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PHE: Wash hands to avoid flood water contamination

Flood water covers part of the Somerset Levels near Burrowbridge.
Flood water covers part of the Somerset Levels near Burrowbridge. Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

People in flooded areas have "nothing to panic about" from contaminated water if they keep washing their hands Public Health England (PHE) says.

Debbie Stark, a consultant with Public Health England's Devon, Cornwall and Somerset Centre, said: "Advice has been given regularly to local people about minimising any health risk.

"This includes avoiding contact with flood water, washing hands and food preparation surfaces and not eating food that has touched flood water."

She was responding to claims that flood water in Somerset is contaminated with bacteria.

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