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May reshuffle: Forest of Dean MP quits government

Mark Harper has decided to quit the government and return to the back-benches. Credit: PA Images

The MP for Forest of Dean Mark Harper has announced he is leaving the government to return to the back-benches as part of new Prime Minister Theresa May's reshuffle.

Mr Harper served as Minister of State for Immigration and Minister of State for Disabled People under David Cameron before taking up the role of Chief Whip after the Conservatives won as majority at last year's election.

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Investigations after woman dies after police chase

A 22 year old woman died when the car hit a telegraph pole Credit: ITV News

Investigations are underway after a young woman died in a collision in the Forest of Dean. It happened moments after the car she was in failed to stop for police.

The 22-year-old passenger died when her car hit a telegraph pole. A 21 year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of drink driving and causing death by dangerous driving.

Man arrested on suspicion of murder after woman found with head injuries

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A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a woman was found with a "nasty" head injury in Newnham in the Forest of Dean.

Police were called by the the ambulance service to a house in Popes Hill, on Friday evening.

A 56 year old woman was found with fatal injuries. It's thought she had fallen down the stairs.

We were called at 10.15pm last night with reports that a female in her 50s had fallen down the stairs and sustained a head injury.

She was treated by the ambulance service but unfortunately was deceased at the scene.

As with any sudden death, we contacted our colleagues at the police.

We did carry out treatment but it seems it was a rather nasty head injury.

We tried to save her, but unfortunately our actions were in vain.

– South Western Ambulance Service Spokesperson

A home office post mortem is now taking place to determine the exact cause of death.

Police say they are making inquiries to determine whether the incident was an accident or suspicious.

A 54 year old man has been arrested and remains in police custody.

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