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Bank holiday getaway already grinding to a halt

A broken down lorry is causing gridlock on the M5 near Stroud after heavy traffic had already made the area of motorway very congested.

The vehicle broke down in the middle lane on the northbound carriageway near Junction 13 near for Stroud. Although the lorry has now been cleared there are still be big tailbacks as congestion builds around Gloucester.

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Badger cull to be extended to Dorset

The government has announced there is to be a badger cull in Dorset this year. Credit: Ben Birchall / PA Wire

The South West's controversial badger cull is to be extended to Dorset.

Several farmers had applied for a licence to kill the animals, which are thought to infect cattle with bovine TB.

The government says extending the cull is part of a long-term strategy to beat the disease - but protestors argue that existing culls in Somerset and Gloucestershire (which are to be repeated this year) are ineffective and fail to meet their targets.

“England has the highest incidence of TB in Europe and that is why we are taking strong action to deliver our 25-year strategy to eradicate the disease and protect the future of our dairy and beef industries.

“This includes strengthening cattle testing and movement controls, vaccinating badgers in the buffer zone around high-risk areas, and culling badgers where the disease is rife.

“Our approach of dealing with the disease in cattle and wildlife has worked overseas and is supported by leading vets.”

– Farming Minister George Eustice

A wildlife charity which is strongly against the cull has recently awarded a grant to a badger vaccination programme in Dorset.

Brian May taking part in an anti-badger-cull protest in Bristol. Credit: PA

Earlier this week an animal welfare charity - founded by Queen guitarist Brian May - threatened legal action if the badger cull goes ahead for a third year.

First Great Western workers due to walk out tonight

A three-day rail strike is due to start from midnight tonight. Credit: PA

First Great Western rail staff will be walking out from midnight tonight - marking the beginning of a three day strike.

Members of the RMT union say the company have failed to guarantee that jobs will be protected when new high-speed trains are introduced in 2017.

Passengers are being urged to check their travel plans.

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Balloon launch to take place in memory of Dolton

Dolton Powell was stabbed to death in Gloucester on Sunday 23 August Credit: Family

The family of Dolton Powell are inviting all of his family and friends to a balloon release in his memory at Gloucester Park on Sunday 30 August at 6pm.

They have written some heart-breaking tributes to the 21-year-old.

The family has also set up a site where people can contribute to his funeral expenses - and the cost of the balloon launch.

Seven in custody over Dolton Powell death

Dolton Powell was stabbed to death during a party in Gloucester on Sunday 23 August Credit: Family

Two more people have been arrested in the investigation into the death of Dolton Powell in Gloucester on Sunday 23 August.

They are both from Bristol and are aged 20 and 17.

We now have seven men in custody and two Warrants Of Further Detention were issued by Cheltenham Magistrates’ Court today to hold for another 36 hours the two men arrested on Tuesday 25 August.

I’d like to thank the public for their help and I can confirm that the dark coloured Vauxhall Corsa has been eliminated from our enquiries and we have found the light coloured Vauxhall Corsa that we believe was used during the incident.

– Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Chief Inspector Steve Porter

Gloucestershire Police say there are still people who were at the party at All Nations Community Centre who have not come forward. They say they have specialist officers who are trained to deal with young people with sensitivity and are asking them to speak to them.

RAIL STRIKE: Will your journey be affected?

Are your Bank Holiday travel plans on track? Credit: PA

Members of the RMT Union are due to walk out just after midnight on Friday night for three days after talks with First Great Western failed.

It is one of the busiest weekends of the year as people make a last trip before school starts.

You can check with First Great Western here to see if your journey will be affected?

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