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Flood warnings issued following heavy rain

The Met Office has issued flood warnings and alerts across the UK following heavy rain.

In England there are three flood warnings and eight flood alerts. In Scotland one flood warning and one flood alert have been issued.

Flood warnings and alerts are in place across the UK. Credit: The Met Office

For a breakdown of the flood warnings and alerts in place, visit the Met Office website.

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Emergency services tackle flood-hit Todmorden

Water on the tracks in Todmorden Credit: Twitter/@jams1999

Emergency services have worked late into the night to try to clear the water from roads and railway lines in Todmorden in West Yorkshire.

Parts of the market town were left under one and half feet of water.

Police have asked people to avoid areas that were badly affected and said that waves from driving through the water can damage houses.

They have also issued a warning for people not to cross a bridge in the town they believe may have been damaged.

Flash floods and torrential rain hit West Yorkshire

Torrential rain and flash flooding has hit areas of West Yorkshire today.

Parts of the market town of Todmorden are currently under one and half feet of water.

This follows a day of heavy, slow moving and thundery showers across the UK.

West Yorkshire Police have issued a warning to people asking them to avoid affected areas including Todmorden.

A flooded road in Walsden. Credit: ITV News
A worker pictured on a flooded trainline in Walsden Credit: ITV News
Water gushing past parked cars in Todmorden. Credit: Twitter
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Flooding in Walsden

This the main road through Walsden Credit: ITV News

There has been major flash flooding in Walsden and Todmorden tonight. Here are the pictures from our reporter on the ground, Chris Kiddey.

The trainline in Walsden Credit: ITV News
This road in Walsden a river this evening Credit: ITV News
The main trans Pennines rail line through Walsden Credit: ITV News
Water gushing past parked cars in Walsden Credit: ITV News
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Flooding in Todmorden & Hebden Bridge

The view in Todmorden Credit: @jams1999

Motorists are being advised to avoid floodwater in Todmorden and Hebden Bridge as both places have suffered from a torrential downpour.

From the back of 'The Book Case' in Hebden Bridge Credit: @bookcasehebden
Water on the tracks in Todmorden Credit: @jams1999
Street view in Todmorden Credit: @jams1999
Todmorden Credit: @jams1999

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Newcastle horse punch man claims to be 'animal lover'

The man seen punching a police horse during the football violence in Newcastle at the weekend has insisted he is an animal lover.

Barry Rogerson, 45, from Morpeth in Northumberland, was caught on camera lashing out at a police horse before he was hauled to the ground by officers.

Speaking to newspapers today, the unemployed factory worker accepted he acted stupidly, but said the horse startled him and made him panic.

He told the Daily Mirror: "I reacted stupidly. I did not go out to attack a horse.

"I love animals - I've got three dogs, a fish pond out the back and I feed foxes across the road."

He said the pictures made the incident look worse than it was but that he had no excuse.

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