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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.


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


Campaigners plan to sabotage Gloucestershire boar cull

ITV News can reveal plans by wildlife activists to sabotage this year's wild boar cull in the Forest of Dean. They've started a group aimed to disrupt it - and say they'll use techniques learned during the badger cull.

In the second of two reports, our Gloucestershire correspondent Ken Goodwin meets the people trying to prevent boar being shot, and those planning for the cull.

North Somerset MP turns down Foreign Office post

Liam Fox, who stepped down as Defence Secretary in 2011, has turned down a ministerial position Credit: PA

Liam Fox, the MP for North Somerset has turned down an invitation to become Minister of State in the Foreign Office as part of the cabinet reshuffle.

He stepped down from the role of Defence Secretary in 2011, following controversy over his working relationship with lobbyist Adam Werritty.

He has released the following statement:

"I was honoured to be offered a post as Minister of State in the Foreign Office by the Prime Minister. I have turned it down. The issues that matter most to me and my constituents in North Somerset are the economy, immigration and Europe.

"I do not want to be distracted from what needs to be said on these matters at such an important time politically and look forward to discussing them from the back benches in the lead up to the General Election."

Cameron promotes West MPs in cabinet reshuffle

Claire Perry leaving Downing Street after being told she will be made Transport Minister Credit: ITV News West Country

There have been promotions for three of the West's MPs as the Prime Minister reshuffles his cabinet. Devizes MP Claire Perry becomes a Transport Minister. While her Wiltshire colleague, Robert Buckland, who represents South Swindon, has been made Solicitor General.

Mark Harper, who resigned a year ago is returning to the cabinet as Minister of State in the Department for Work & Pensions Credit: ITV News West Country

Forest of Dean MP Mark Harper moves to the Department for Work and Pensions, just a year after quitting as Immigration Minister over the employment of his cleaner.

Activists plan to disrupt boar cull in the Forest of Dean

A new campaign group in the Forest of Dean is vowing to disrupt the cull of hundreds of wild boar this autumn. Their numbers have soared since they first appeared seven years ago, when a small number were introduced illegally. Saboteurs plan to use tactics adopted during the badger cull.

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