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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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Woman appears in court over Coleford death

Gerald Nott. Credit: family

A woman has been charged with murder following the death of a pensioner in the Forest of Dean.

The body of 66-year-old Gerald Nott was found in a home in Broadwell in Coleford on Sunday.

46-year-old Amanda Howard appeared at Cheltenham Magistrates' Court earlier and was remanded in custody.

She's due to appear before Bristol Crown Court tomorrow.

Coleford victim “had a heart of gold”

Gerald Nott Credit: Family

A man who died in suspicious circumstances in Coleford in the Forest of Dean has been named as 66-year-old Gerald Nott.

His daughter Jacqueline has paid tribute to her father:

My sister and I would like to thank people for the kind messages about our Dad. Our Dad had a heart of gold and would help anyone. We love him lots and he will be extremely missed. We would ask for people to respect our privacy and allow us to grieve for him at this difficult time. RIP dad we love you loads and loads xxxxxxxxx

– Jacqueline Nott

Gerald was found dead early on Sunday morning after police and paramedics were called to an address in Queensway.

A woman has been arrested on suspicion of murder.

Woman arrested in Forest of Dean murder investigation

A woman has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a 66-year-old man was found dead in Coleford in the Forest of Dean

Crews were called to an address in Queensway shortly before 7 am on Sunday after the man was found dead.

Gloucestershire Police have arrested a woman on suspicion of murder, following allegations that the man was assaulted during the night of October 25 and 26 .

A post mortem examination was carried out yesterday.

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Before & after: man bedridden after mosquito attack

A community has rallied around a businessman who has been left bedridden after being bitten by mosquitoes on his honeymoon.

Sean Tingle from the Forest of Dean is now so ill he can't get upstairs and sleeps in his living room. A local builder is contributing to the cost of a ground floor bathroom extension.

Here is Sean before and after his fateful honeymoon:

Sean Tingle before: with his bride on their wedding day Credit: Family
Sean Tingle after: confined to his bed Credit: ITV News

Man charged with murder following Coleford death

A man has been charged with murder following the death of a 44-year-old man from the Coleford area of the Forest of Dean.

Edward Belson, 36, of Aston Close, Berry Hill, was arrested on Sunday 3 August after Christopher Cooling was found injured at his home in Hillcrest Road.

Mr Cooling was taken to hospital and died a short while later.

Our investigation is continuing and we are still keen to hear from anyone who was in the vicinity of Hillcrest Road or Aston Close, Berry Hill, between 6pm and 10pm on Sunday, 3 August, or who has any information in relation to the incident.

– DCI Steve Porter, Gloucestershire Police
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