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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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Police called to disturbance at Yorkley Farm

Following the eviction of the people living at Yorkley Farm on 10 March police were called at just after 10am the following day to disturbances involving several people who had returned to the site.

Police arrested one man on suspicion of assault. Officers also advised those present that they were unlawfully on private land and should leave straight away.

A number of people on site refused to comply and some have now occupied the roof of a hut on the land.

During the day some of those on site were seen with weapons and behaving threateningly.

In order to ensure the safety of those present police officers remain on the scene. Efforts are continuing to resolve the situation.

'Eco-farmers' evicted in Forest of Dean

A group of people who call themselves eco-farmers have been evicted from land near Lydney.

The community has been living off the land at the derelict Yorkley Court Farm. Credit: ITV West Country

They've been occupying the derelict Yorkley Court Farm for more than three years, selling the goods they grow to the local community.

But the new owner of the land has sent in the bailiffs to demolish temporary structures and remove the occupiers. Last year a court ruled for them to leave the site.

Around 15 eco-activists have been working the 180-acre site at Yorkley Court community farm for the past 4 years. Credit: ITV West Country

Inspector Steve Chester from Gloucestershire Police explains why the eviction had to take place.

Gloucestershire Police made one arrest during the eviction.

A 28-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of obstructing a court bailiff in the execution of his duties and a breach of the peace. He remains in custody.

Farmers could be handed ASBOs for irresponsible shepherding

Drivers have complained about sheep being on the roads near the Forest of Dean Credit: PA images

Action is being taken to crack-down on sloppy shepherding in the Forest of Dean.

Grazing is only permitted in woodland areas but residents say roaming sheep are wandering into villages causing damage to gardens and fouling on pavements.

The Forest of Dean council have conducted an investigation following complaints and has made recommendations include a Public Space Protection Order for Bream - making irresponsible shepherding an anti-social behaviour offence.

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