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Van Morrison tops West Country's honours list

Van Morrison performing live on stage at the Hampton Court Palace Festival in London last summer. Credit: Richard Gray/EMPICS Entertainment

Bath-based musician Van Morrison has been given a knighthood in the Queen's Birthday Honours. The singer-songwriter is known for shying away from publicity - but continues to perform at the age of 69.

1,163 people were honoured this year - 70% of those were recognised for their community work. Our reporter Caron Bell has been to meet two very different people from the region who've devoted their lives to helping people around them.

Scout leader Amir Cheema founded the 1st Bristol Muslim Scout Group - which led to a further 74 Muslim Scout groups across the country.

81 year old Edith Duberley from Ruardean in the Forest of Dean has been awarded a British Empire Medal for her community work.

Men arrested over Shaun James bailed until June

Five men arrested in connection with the death of Gloucestershire man Shaun James have had their police bail extended until June.

Shaun, who was 32, was run over in Cinderford in December 2002. Following a review, police are now treating his death as murder.

A 60 year old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder, and four others on suspicion of conspiracy to murder.

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Wizzybug: The set of wheels transforming young lives

Daisy Holt wishes she could keep Wizzy for longer. Credit: ITV News

A four-year-old girl says her life has been changed after a charity loaned her a special wheelchair.

Daisy Holt, who lives in the Forest of Dean, has spinal muscular atrophy - a rare genetic condition which will never allow her to walk. The NHS does not normally supply electric wheelchairs to children under five - but thanks to Bath-based charity Designability, Daisy's now riding in Wizzy the Wizzybug

Her family say it has made a huge difference to all their lives - allowing Daisy to go to nursery, get out and about and do things that others take for granted.

Daisy and her family want other young children in her position to have the same chance at independence.

Harmonie-Rose has also been riding in the Wizzybug. Credit: Family

The Wizzybug has also helped Harmonie-Rose Allen, the little girl from Bath who lost her limbs to meningitis.

Forest of Dean woman found guilty of killing pensioner

66 year-old Gerald Nott was violently attacked at his Broadway home Credit: Family

A woman from the Forest of Dean has been found guilty of killing a pensioner in his own home.

66 year-old Gerald Nott was kicked and punched to death at his house in Broadway In October last year.

The court found Amanda Howard guilty of manslaughter - but she was cleared of murder. She will be sentenced on 22nd May.

Man bailed in connection with Shaun James murder

A man arrested yesterday on suspicion of murdering Cinderford man Shaun James in 2002 has been bailed by police pending further inquiries.

The 60 year old man from Cinderford was detained on suspicion of murder and will now return to police in May.

His arrest followed the arrests of four men last week on suspicion of conspiracy to murder. Those men have also been bailed to return to police in May.

Shaun James was 32 when he was run over in Steam Mills Road in Cinderford on the evening of December 15th 2002.

Police who investigated the case at the time believed the incident was a hit and run traffic collision but were unable to identify the driver.

A cold case review of all forensic and witness evidence by the Major Crime Investigation Team (MCIT), using the benefit of new technology and investigative techniques, together with new information that has come to light over the years, led to it being reclassified as murder.

Another man arrested in Shaun James murder case

Shaun James was killed in 2002.

Another man has been arrested in the Shaun James murder case.

A 60-year-old man from Cinderford, Gloucestershire was arrested on suspicion of the 2002 murder this morning.

This follows last week's arrests of four men on suspicion of conspiracy to murder the 32-year-old. Those men have been bailed until May.

Shaun James was killed after leaving a pub in Cinderford in 2002 in what police at the time thought was a hit-and-run, but now believe was murder.

Gloucestershire Police are appealing for anyone with further information to come forward.

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Four bailed in Shaun James murder case

Shaun James was 32 when he was run over in Steam Mills Road in Cinderford on the evening of December 15 2002. Credit: Family

Four men arrested in connection with the murder of a man in Cinderford 12 years ago have been released on bail.

Shaun James was run over in December 2002. Police who investigated the case at the time believed the incident was a hit-and-run, but it has since been reclassified as a murder. Two men arrested on Thursday, and a further two arrested on Friday - all from Gloucestershire - have been released on bail until May.

Two more arrested in Shaun James murder case

Shaun James died in 2002

Two more men have been arrested in connection with the death of Shaun James in 2002.

A 53-year-old, from Cheltenham, and a 46-year-old from Cinderford, were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to murder and currently remain in custody.

They join two Cinderford men, aged 63 and 51, who were arrested and bailed yesterday on the same charges.

BREAKING: Two arrested in Shaun James murder case

Shaun James was killed in 2002.

Two men from Cinderford, Forest of Dean have been arrested in connection with the death of Shaun James.

The two men, aged 63 and 51 were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to murder this morning and are currently in police custody.

Shaun James was 32 when he was run over in Steam Mills Road, Cinderford, on the evening of December 15th, 2002.

Police who investigated the case at the time believed the incident was a hit-and-run, but were unable to identify the driver. His death has since been reclassified as a murder.

We’re clearly at a critical stage in the investigation but it’s crucial people still call us with any information they have about Shaun’s death. The community response has been fantastic but we still need people to come forward and help us.

Our neighbourhood engagement vehicle will be in Cinderford today if people want to go and speak to a local officer.

– Detective Chief Inspector Steve Porter, Gloucestershire Police

In Pictures: Oddie's injuries

Jemma and Roger Vine were walking in the Lydney Park estate in the Forest of Dean when a boar charged their 13-year-old springer spaniel Oddie, hurling it into the air and ripping open its side.

Oddie only survived after emergency surgery.

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