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TRAVEL: Major problems on M5 and A429 in Glos

The entry slip road on the M5 northbound is closed due to a lorry fire earlier today. That's at junction 11a for the A417 and Gloucester.

Diversion Traffic is being diverted via the Gloucester bypass toward the Elmbridge Court roundabout and the Golden Valley toward J11.

And the A429 is closed both ways at Northleach due to a serious accident at 1.30am between A40 and A435 Grove Lane / London Road.

Police say the closure will in place for most of the day.

Diversion Traffic is being diverted along the A417 toward the Air Balloon roundabout, the A436 via Seven Springs to re-join the A40 at Andoversford.

American wins Cheese Rolling competition: full report

An annual West Country tradition, where contestants chase a Double Gloucester cheese down a steep hill took place today in spite of concerns over health and safety.

Police kept a close eye on the event and closed roads up to the hill to traffic.

There were inevitably some injuries, not least to the pride of some locals when an American took the cheese in the first race.

Wesley Smith was there:


American estate agent travelled over especially for race

An American estate agent says he travelled to Britain especially to compete in the race after seen previous events on TV.

The field was wide open this year as regular champion cheese roller - 25-year-old soldier Chris Anderson - missed the competition having been posted overseas with 1Rifles.

I came over specially for this and I did what I had to do to win.

It feels great, I trained a long time for this and got hurt on the hill practising. I came three days early and I took a bad spill, but I came to win and that's what I did.

I came 3,000 or 4,000 miles just for this race. I put it on my bucket list and today it was to win and that's what I did.

– Kenny Rackers

The first local winner this year was Lucy Townsend, who grabbed the top prize in the women's race. The 16-year-old student, from Brockworth, also won the women's race last year.

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