Ed Miliband to call for faster flooding insurance claims

Insurance bosses will meet ministers to discuss their response to the flood crisis. Victims have received £14m in emergency payments so far. Ed Miliband will call for faster processing of insurance claims when he too meets industry representatives.

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WWII explosives found on British beaches after storms

Devon and Cornwall Police warned the recent storms have caused a number of wartime explosives to wash up on British beaches.

Officers advised members of the public not to approach any "suspicious device" and to call 999 immediately.

Police launch 24-hour boat patrols on Somerset Levels

Police have launched 24-hour boat patrols to help residents and prevent crime on the flooded Somerset Levels.

Avon and Somerset Police will work with Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service and the RNLI to run the patrols:

Two inflatable lifeboats have been provided by the RNLI, while 15 volunteers from the Welsh RNLI Flood Rescue Team have travelled to Somerset to provide help.

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Armed Forces minister praises flood-aid soldiers

Armed Forces Minister Mark Francois said he was "proud" of the work done by soldiers helping a flood-hit community as they reinforce a dam protecting an electricity substation.

Around 20 troops from 7th Battalion The Rifles, known as 7 Rifles, were stacking up sandbags in submerged fields in Reading, Berkshire, where the River Kennet has burst its banks.

Environment Agency 'used all of the resources we can'

The Environment Agency's flood risk manager said they had "used all of the resources we can to temporarily put in measures to protect places".

Asked whether homes in the Somerset village of Burrowbridge could have been protected if further flood defences had been built years ago, Kath Evans said, "It would be hard to say at the moment ... I don't have that information to hand":

Offenders help fill flood sandbags for Somerset Levels

Groups of offenders have been drafted in to help residents on the flooded Somerset Levels by filling hundreds of sandbags.

The Probation Service is supervising the work, which is being carried out by offenders on Community Payback schemes.

Seven offenders shifted 14 tonnes of sand and filled 600 bags on Saturday, while a group of five filled 750 today.

"It is very hard work and everyone's doing a fantastic job," Community Payback team manager Denise Day said.

Union claims Environment Agency jobs still set to go

Plans to axe jobs at the Environment Agency will be raised at fresh talks this week despite assurances from the Prime Minister that no jobs would be cut during the current flooding crisis, a trade union claims.

The GMB said a meeting has been arranged for Thursday at which they believe a timetable will be discussed for pressing ahead with up to 1,700 redundancies.

Flooding near Laleham in Surrey. Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Last week the Environment Agency (EA) announced that any job cuts would be put on hold as it dealt with the effects of widespread flooding, a position reinforced by David Cameron as he visited areas affected by the bad weather.

The GMB said it was clear the agency would press on with redundancies after the floods have receded, calling the plan "ludicrous".

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