Environment Agency: 'Could have done better over flooding'

The Environment Agency chairman has admitted to ITV News that "we could have done better" in tackling the flooded areas in Somerset. But Lord Smith defended the agency's priorities, saying they were working with a "purse that was not limitless."

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Thieves target flood victims in the Somerset Levels

Thieves, thought to be travelling in boats, have been targeting flood victims on the Somerset Levels, police have said.Around 600 gallons of domestic heating oil was stolen from a farm in Moorland overnight from Friday to Saturday.

Thieves have been targeting flood victims in the Somerset Levels. Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Two fire service quad bikes were taken from Burrowbridge on the same night.

Chief Superintendent Caroline Peters, of Avon and Somerset Police, who is heading the response to the floods major incident, said: "We are aware of reports in the community of suspicious people and vehicles being seen in the area, particularly after dark.

"We have also heard rumours of people being out in boats at night, but at this stage we have no information to substantiate that."

Last night, the national police air service (NPAS) helicopter flew over the flood-hit area as a "proactive crime prevention exercise".

Police horses have also been deployed and officers will make regular patrols for a "high-visibility presence" and to reassure residents.

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