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Parts of Gloucestershire are hotspots for radioactive gas radon

People warned of the dangers of radon Credit: ITV News

A public health campaign is underway this week to alert people to the dangers of radon.

The naturally occurring gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking.

The Forest of Dean, the Cotswolds and Cheltenham are radon hotspots - but homes can be protected.

There are also hotspots in Devon and Cornwall.

Maps showing the areas most at risk from high levels of radon Credit:

Boar's head nailed to a tree in Forest of Dean

The boar's head was nailed to a tree near Blakeney Hill Reservoir. Credit: Forest of Dean Wild Boar Cull Hunt Saboteurs

The sight of a boar's head nailed to a tree near Blakeney Hill Reservoir has sparked anger among wildlife protection groups - who say poaching in the Forest of Dean is an "epidemic".

The boar's head was put in the area of a popular family trail where people walk their dogs. It has been reported to the police and Forestry Commission.

Anti-boar-cull group Forest of Dean Wild Boar Cull Hunt Saboteurs have installed trail cameras in the area.

The group has installed trail cameras in the area. Credit: Forest of Dean Wild Boar Cull Hunt Saboteurs


Thieves steal war medals from elderly couple

The World War II Defence Medal is among those stolen. Credit: Gloucestershire Police

An elderly couple from the Forest of Dean say they've been left shaken after thieves broke into their home and stole war medals and cash.

The break-in happened in the village of Brockweir on Monday 27 July, while the couple were out.

The medals are from World War II and include the Burma Star, Defence Medal and War Medal.

Has anyone offered these medals for sale? Credit: Gloucestershire Police

Tesco bans small cartons of Ribena

Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

A soft drink made in the Forest of Dean will no longer be sold by a major supermarket following concerns about child obesity.

Lunch-box sized cartons of Ribena, which is bottled in Coleford, have been banned by Tesco because of its sugar content.

The supermarket giant will continue to sell no-added sugar versions and cordial bottles.

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.


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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