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Speeding driver banned for two and a half years

Christopher Wright Credit: Gloucestershire Police

24 year old Christopher Wright from Cinderford has been jailed for two and a half years and banned from driving for five years after twice being involved in high speed police chases.

The court heard that the first chase ended with police ramming his car off the road and the second was brought to a halt when he stopped after running over two 'stingers' which punctured three of his tyres.

Judge Alistair McGrigor told Wright that both chases had put the lives of pedestrians and other motorists at risk,

The judge had watched dramatic CCTV film of both chases - one along the A40 and A48 from Gloucester to Newnham on Severn last July and the other through residential streets of Wright's home town.

As well as the two dangerous driving charges Wright also admitted having no insurance and failing to stop for police on the firsrt occasion and having no insurance or licence, refusing a breath specimen and possessing cannabis on the second occasion.

Cinderford woman wins £1m on scratchcard

Emma and husband Phil celebrate Credit: National Lottery

A mother from Cinderford has won the top prize - £1m - on a National Lottery scratchcard.

Emma Wildin, 29, from Cinderford, was on her own in her garden early last Wednesday when she discovered she’d won and promptly phoned her husband who’d already left for work.

... the £1million cheque! Credit: National Lottery

The married mother-of-two said: “I phoned my husband straight away and told him he needed to come back because I thought I’d won £1million. I couldn’t believe it; he was cool as a cucumber!

“I paced around the kitchen until 9am when the Camelot line opened and I could chat to someone about my win. Afterwards I took the children to soft play and because I was too worried to leave it, I had the winning Scratchcard in my handbag the whole time!”

Emma and Phil, 31, a financial advisor, have been married for six years and been together for 16. They live in their own house in Cinderford and have two children aged four and 18 months.

Emma said: “After the money arrived in my bank account I went to buy some new clothes for our holiday next week and also treated myself to a new car – a second-hand Range Rover.

Emma bought a new Range Rover with her winnings Credit: National Lottery

"I’m planning to hang onto the rest of it though because what we’d really like to do is buy a plot of land and build our own dream home.

“The win still hasn’t sunk in properly yet but to know that we will be able to secure a good future for our two children just means so much to me.”

Emma’s Scratchcard cost £5 and was bought at the Co-Op in Cinderford.


No Asda for Cinderford

The Co-op has won a legal challenge to stop an Asda store being built in Cinderford.

Forest of Dean District Council previously gave permission for the new retail store on land at Steam Mills Road in January.

But the Co-op, which already has a store in the town, applied for a Judicial Review and a judge at the High Court has ruled in their favour.

We are disappointed as a Council but today’s decision will not alter our determination to do the very best for Cinderford and the district.

– Cllr Patrick Molyneux, Leader, Forest of Dean District Council

We will now consider the court’s ruling carefully and adjust our approach if necessary and maintain our aim of bringing more jobs, new homes and to improve the economic climate in Cinderford and the wider Forest.

Our recent victory in the High Court challenge to our Core Strategy gives us the confidence that our overall approach is the right one.

– Cllr Brian Robinson, Cabinet member for Planning Policy, Forest of Dean District Council

Hooded burglars take cigarettes from supermarket

CCTV images from supermarket break-in Credit: Gloucestershire Police

Police have released CCTV images after two hooded burglars broke into a supermarket in Cinderford and stole cigarettes. The incident happened on Dockham Road at around 3.15am this morning. Police used dogs to try to catch the offenders.

CCTV images from supermarket break-in Credit: Gloucestershire Police

Protesting for a supermarket: full report

Dozens of people braved the rain to stage a protest march in favour of a new supermarket in the Forest of Dean.

Plans for a new Asda store in Cinderford have been blocked following a legal challenge from the local Co-Op.

The demonstration has revealed tensions in the town between groups for and against the development, as Tanya Mercer reports.


Cinderford residents march for new Asda store

More than 1,400 people have backed plans for Asda in Cinderford Credit: Paul Faith/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Residents in Cinderford are to stage a further protest in favour of a new Asda store later this morning. Last month nearly 200 people joined a demonstration against the local Co-Op's legal challenge against the development.

More than 1,400 people have signed up to a Facebook page backing the plans, which have been supported by Forest of Dean District Council. Mid-Counties Co-Op is seeking a judicial review. The Co-Op has previously seen off plans by Tesco to build in the town. Protesters plan to march at noon.

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