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Man remanded in custody over Coleford explosion

The damaged house at High Nash in Coleford Credit: ITV News

43-year-old Kenneth Brown from Park Road in Gloucester has appeared before Cheltenham magistrates after an explosion at a house in Coleford on Saturday 14 February.

He has been charged with arson with the intent to endanger life. He has been remanded in custody to appear at crown court on 26 March.

Neighbours describe Coleford explosion

Neighbours have described the explosion in Coleford yesterday as 'so powerful it blew out internal walls'. Emergency services rushed to the property just after 7:30am. A 43 year old man was seriously injured and was taken to Southmead hospital where he underwent surgery.

Police today announced that a 43 year-old man had been arrested on suspicion of arson with the intent to endanger life and burglary.

Neighbours to the property in Coleford say they were woken up by the blast and say the injured man was lucky to be alive.

One said he thought a tenant had been left dead following the blast.

Another neighbour and I went into the house because we thought the children were there. Thank god they weren't there.

When I found the man I thought he was dead. There was no fire, the house just blew outwards. Everyone in the street woke up.

– Neighbour

It is thought a woman and a child also live in the house but were not there at the time.

Another neighbour said the explosion blew out an internal wall out and left the structure "completely unsafe".

I was in shock when I saw what happened. The man must be indestructible to survive something like that.

– Another neighbour

Fire and ambulance crews were called to the incident and the neighbouring house had to be evacuated.

Police said they were not looking to speak to anyone else in relation to the incident.

The property is being examined by structural engineers and the cause of the explosion is being investigated.

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Arrest after explosion at Coleford property

A 43 year old man has been arrested following an explosion at a house in Coleford yesterday.

The man, from Gloucestershire, has been arrested on suspicion of arson with the intent to endanger life and burglary. He is currently in custody.

Police and fire investigators are today returning to the property on High Nash to continue their investigations in to the cause.

Man seriously injured in house explosion

A man has been seriously injured in a gas explosion. Credit: Google Maps

A man has been seriously injured after an explosion at a house.

The 43-year-old is undergoing surgery after he was badly wounded in the blast at the property in Coleford, in the Forest of Dean shortly before 7.40am this morning.

He was alone in the house at the time but his neighbours in High Nash were evacuated, police said.

An investigation is underway into the cause of the explosion.

A Gloucestershire Police spokesman said: "A 43-year-old Gloucestershire man was found at the property in High Nash with serious injuries and was taken to Southmead Hospital in Bristol. He is currently undergoing surgery.

"The property is being examined by structural engineers and the cause of the explosion is being investigated."

Is anyone missing a polytunnel?

Someone must have noticed this polytunnel was missing Credit: Gloucestershire Police

Gloucestershire Police are trying to find the owner of a large polytunnel to come forward after the plastic cover was blown onto a porch of a house in Tutshill in the Forest of Dean on the evening of Boxing Day.

It is green and approximately 6ft high by 10ft wide and 12ft long. If you know who it belongs to, ring police on 101 quoting incident no. 270 of 27/12/14.

Appeal over hit and run death 12 years ago

Reconstruction of Shaun James' final moments Credit: Crimewatch

Crimewatch is appealing for information into the death of a man in Gloucestershire 12 years ago.

Shaun James died when he was hit by a car on Steam Mills Road in Cinderford in December 2002. The 32 year old had been drinking at a pub in the town. The driver was never traced.

His family say they just want justice for Shaun.

He was really confident and had loads of friends. The day that Shaun died we all died. And even though it's been twelve years there's not a day that goes by that we don't think about him.

– Lisa McStraw, Shaun's partner

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Forest of Dean residents "treated unlawfully" by NHS

A campaigner from Gloucestershire has told MPs that people living near the Welsh border are being denied their legal rights to NHS standards of healthcare.

Pamela Plummer told the Welsh Affairs committee that 6,000 people in the Forest of Dean are registered with Welsh GPs because there are none closer in England.

However that means they are often referred to Welsh, rather than English hospitals, where some treatments are not available.

Woman dies in accident at Gloucestershire dive centre

A woman has died and a man is seriously ill following an accident in a Gloucestershire dive centre.

Paramedics were called to the National Diving and Activity Centre at Tidenham in the Forest of Dean on Saturday.

The woman, from Tavistock in Devon, was treated by paramedics but died later in hospital. A man was been airlifted to a decompression unit in Plymouth.

Government bows to pressure on forest bill

A trader in the Forest of Dean puts his point across Credit: ITV News

Campaigners win the Forest of Dean appear to have won a political victory.

Several hundred people protested against legislation which they say could have led to parts of the forest being sold to developers. But the government has agreed to include protection of forests in the Bill, following pressure from Labour in the House of Lords.

Rather than lose a vote and have to deal with it in the House of Commons where it could be a huge issue for MPs at this time if they get thousands of letters from people up and down the country who are concerned about the forests. Better to deal with it now in the Lords.

– Baroness Royall, Labour leader, House of Lords

Victory for Forest of Dean campaigners

Protesters who mounted a candlelit vigil in the Forest of Dean tonight appear to have won a political victory.

400 campaigners were at the event, protesting against legislation which they say could have led to parts of the forest being sold to developers.

However following Labour pressure in the House of Lords, the Government has agreed to include protection of forests in the Bill.

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