There have been a number of media reports of people reacting badly to false widow spider bites. Here's how to recognise them and what to do
An American estate agent claimed victory in this year's traditional cheese-rolling competition at Cooper's Hill in Gloucestershire.
Gloucestershire Police have released footage of an altercation involving a cyclist and a pedestrian as they appeal for witnesses.
A school in Gloucestershire will be closed tomorrow following an outbreak in false widow spiders.
The outbreak follows a rise in recent sightings of the spiders.
The Dean Academy in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, has identified a number of false widow spiders in the school's computer block, as well as other areas.
A letter to parents on the school's website confirmed that the school would be closed tomorrow.
Vice principal Craig Burns said the academy had taken immediate pest control advice on discovery of the spiders. The letter posted online today read:
We have identified an issue with false widow spiders in the academy in our ICT block and therefore took immediate advice from pest control.
We therefore made the decision to close the ICT block for the whole of today so that pest control could fumigate the area.
Unfortunately, during this afternoon there have been further false widow spiders identified in other areas of the academy.
A school in Gloucestershire has been forced to close due to an outbreak of false widow spiders.
ITV News Westcountry has provided some information on how to identify a false widow.
- False widow spiders have a large body, dark brown in colour, ranging from 7mm up to 14mm
- The body of the spider has a glossy appearance, with a white pattern on the top
- This kind of spider can generally be found in dry and undisturbed environments, like sheds and outbuildings
- They are often active at night, and mainly hidden throughout the day, and there is likely to be more than one living in the same place
Source: Natural History Museum
The Dean Academy in Gloucestershire has written to parents to inform them of the schools closure tomorrow due to "an issue with false widow spiders in the academy".
The Dean Academy in Gloucestershire will be closed all day tomorrow, following an outbreak of false widow spiders.
The Academy said it had taken advice from the Health and Safety unit at Gloucestershire Local Authority and C & D Pest Control, Chepstow, to close the school.
Anti-cull protesters are on alert as a second badger cull pilot begins tonight in Gloucestershire.
Some 5,000 badgers are expected to be killed in controlled shootings by trained marksmen over six weeks in Somerset and Gloucestershire.
Protesters are trying to disrupt the cull but the precise locations have not been announced, leading to a game of cat and mouse between protesters and marksmen.
Anti badger cull protesters are saying they expect to receive confirmation of the cull beginning in Gloucestershire tomorrow.
Police have arrested two teenagers in Gloucester on suspicion of stealing a swan after videos of the alleged theft appeared on social networking websites.
Police began investigating after a local newspaper, the Gloucester Citizen, uncovered videos which appeared to show a "swan being dragged out of a lake by its neck".
Other videos seemed to depict a "duck being left to writhe around in a sports bag", the newspaper reports.
Two 16-year-old boys suspected of committing offences under the Wildlife Act have been bailed to attend a police station at a later date.
Police also said that mobile phones and computers were seized as part of the investigation.
An eyewitness has described the scene as a plane crashed into a garden in Cheltenham earlier today.
Jeannie Bowers, 46, was standing in her partner's garden when she saw the incident unfold:
I was just making a coffee and I heard a plane in trouble. I looked up and there was a big pop and banging sound and then a whoosh of air.
The parachute went up and the plane slowly came down towards the ground gently turning and hanging from this parachute just towards me.
No one was hurt and it managed to miss every single building - the shed, the summer house and greenhouse.
It's just amazing how its come down and no one was hurt. It was very, very surreal. I can still see it coming down now.
It was a very strange experience and I am just glad no one was hurt.