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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.

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.

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

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.

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