A flood warning has been issued for areas along the Severn River near Tewkesbury in Gloucestershire. The water was due to peak at 7:34 this morning.
Floodwater is inching ever closer to Tewkesbury Abbey in Gloucestershire as much of the South West remains on flood alert.
Large areas of Tewkesbury and the Somerset levels are already saturated from rainfall over the Christmas period.
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.
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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.