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Community farm granted injunction against eviction

A standoff between the community farmers and bailiffs is now over Credit: ITV News West Country

A group of eco activists running a community farm in the Forest of Dean say they've been granted an injunction preventing them from being evicted.

It means they'll be able to continue living and working on the land for 12 months, though it is subject to appeal within seven days.

The activists called the police yesterday when bailiffs arrived early in the morning to try to remove them and their possessions from the area.

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Eco activists call in police in dispute over land

Police have been called to a farm in the Forest of Dean following a tense stand-off between residents and bailiffs.

Around 15 eco-activists have been working the 180-acre site at Yorkley Court community farm for the past two years. Yesterday security men and bailiffs entered the building although, according to residents, the ownership of the land is unknown.

Hannah Beasley, a community farmer who lives on the site, says they questioned the legal rights of the bailiffs when they arrived early in the morning:

Eco-activists in eviction battle in the Forest of Dean

Police with eco-activists at Yorkley Court community farm today Credit: ITV News West Country

Police have been called to a farm in the Forest of Dean following a tense stand-off between residents and bailiffs.

Around 15 eco-activists have been working the 180-acre site at Yorkley Court community farm for the past two years. Yesterday security men and bailiffs entered the building although, according to residents, the ownership of the land is unknown.

Motorcyclist dies in Forest of Dean crash

A motorcyclist has died after a crash in the Forest of Dean this morning.

The rider's body was discovered by the side of the A4136 near the former Northern United colliery between Brierley and Nailbridge. The silver motorcycle was travelling in the direction of Ross-on-Wye.

The road was closed for around four hours as an investigation took place.

Anyone who may have information on the incident is asked to call Gloucestershire Police on 101, quoting incident 50 of June 12.

Last chance to apply for People's Millions grants

The deadline for applications for this year's People's Millions is noon tomorrow, Friday 16 May.

We've been back to one of last year's winners who used their grant of up to £50,000 to restore a bridleway in the Forest of Dean. Imagine what a difference that money could make to your project. Here's Ken Goodwin.

Click here to find out how to apply for The People's Millions

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Body found in search for Forest of Dean man

Police searching for 20-year-old Luke Stephens have found a body Credit: Gloucestershire Police

Police searching for a 20-year-old man from the Forest of Dean have found a body in woodland.

A major search took place today for Luke Stephens from Redbrook, who went missing this morning.

A body has now been found in Forge Wood. Formal identification has not yet taken place but Luke's family and the coroner have been informed.

The death is not being treated as suspicious.

Forest of Dean MP resigns as Immigration Minister

Mark Harper Credit: PA

Mark Harper, Conservative MP for the Forest of Dean, has this afternoon resigned as Immigration Minister after it was revealed that his cleaner was an illegal immigrant.

Downing Street say the decision has been accepted with regret. There is no suggestion that Mr Harper was aware of his cleaner's status.

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Tory MPs lend support to Mark Harper after resignation

Conservative MPs have voiced their support for Mark Harper, who has resigned as Immigration Minister after he discovered he was employing a cleaner who no longer had the right to live in the UK.

Tory MP Nick de Bois said he was "very sorry" to hear of Mr Harper's departure, calling him "a very good minister, colleague and decent man".

Conservative MP Andrew Percy said Mr Harper was a "really decent guy", and said it was "like him to act honourably" by resigning as he did.

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