Generator used to tackle Bewdley floods is stolen

Thieves have stolen a generator left by the Environment Agency to pump water from a flood-hit town.

Bewdley’s flood barriers keep the River Severn at bay
Bewdley’s flood barriers keep the River Severn at bay

The machinery was taken from Bewdley, where the rising levels of the River Severn have forced barriers up and the closure of the town’s bridge.

Environment Agency spokesman Dave Throup tweeted:

West Mercia Police confirmed the £500 red Honda generator was stolen from Beales Corner, Bewdley between 7.30pm and 8.30pm last night. Anyone with information is asked to call 101.

As more rain was forecast across the country, David Cameron was due to continue to visit flood-hit areas of the country today while the row over the ‘blame game’ for problems intensified.

The Prime Minister has urged his feuding cabinet ministers to stop infighting and sniping at the Environment Agency as alarm spreads about the potential scale of serious flooding along the Thames Valley.

Efforts to deal with the flooding have been overshadowed by a clash between ministers and the agency, after communities secretary Eric Pickles issued a barbed apology for relying on its advice.

Environment Secretary Owen Paterson – who was leading the response until being forced to undergo an eye operation – is said to have complained to Downing Street over his Tory colleague’s intervention.

Mr Pickles sought to make light of a supposed rift, describing Mr Paterson as his ‘brother from a different mother’ after being summoned to the Commons to respond to an urgent question.

Mr Cameron, on a visit to Chesil Beach yesterday, praised the work of the Environment Agency but gave only limited support to its under-fire chairman Lord Smith.

Comments for: "Generator used to tackle Bewdley floods is stolen"

Woody65

That is terrible and obviously done by an idiot who couldn't give two hoots about the flooding.

Hopefully they will be arrested.

In the meantime I hope all other generators are secured with wheel-clamps and chains.

Opportunist scumbags.

snoopy

If they are ever caught they should serve a minimum of ten years for interfering with emergency operations

bobwolf101

Interfering with emergency operations is treason in my book!