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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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Very sorry to read Mark Harper's resignation letter. A very good minister, colleague and decent man who has behaved honourably.

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.

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V sorry to see Immigration Minister Mark Harper go. He was a good Minister & shows typical integrity & decency in tough decision to resign.

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".

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Sorry to hear of mark harper resigning. Really decent guy and like him to act honourably. No calls from the PM, so job offer not mine.

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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Mark Harper: 'I must hold myself to a higher standard'

Mark Harper, who has resigned as Immigration Minister after discovering that his cleaner was in the UK illegally, said that he felt compelled to resign even though he had "complied with the law at all times".

Mark Harper has resigned as immigration minister after discovering his cleaner was in the country illegally
Mark Harper has resigned as immigration minister after discovering his cleaner was in the country illegally Credit: PA

In his resignation letter to Prime Minister David Cameron, the Conservative MP said: "As Immigration Minister, who is taking legislation through Parliament which will toughen up our immigration laws, I should hold myself to a higher standard than expected of others."

He added: "I have always believed that politics is a team game, not an individual sport.

"Under the circumstances, I have therefore decided that the right course is for me to return to the backbenches. I am sorry for any embarrassment caused."

Mr Harper said he would continue to support the Conservative party and the government "in whatever way I can".

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PM accepted Harper's resignation 'with regret'

The Prime Minister accepted the resignation of Immigration Minister Mark Harper "with regret", Downing Street said.

Harper announced his resignation over his employment of a cleaner who was not permitted to work in the UK.

"Mark Harper offered his resignation after he was informed that his cleaner did not have indefinite leave to remain in the United Kingdom, despite having shown him documents claiming she did," a Downing Street statement read.

"He immediately notified the Prime Minister - who accepted his resignation with regret. There is no suggestion that Mr Harper knowingly employed an illegal immigrant."

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