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Pleas to change accident blackspot 'will not fall on deaf ears'

The Air Balloon roundabout on the A417 is a notorious accident black spot Credit: ITV News West Country

A government minister says pleas to improve an accident blackspot in Gloucestershire "will not fall on deaf ears."

Eight people have been killed at the Air Balloon roundabout on the A417 in the past year, the most recent just a fortnight ago.

Roads Minister, John Hayes today hinted in the Commons that a £250 million plan to improve the junction was being considered.


Fundraiser Jamie's portrait on display in Gloucester

Jamie McDonald meets the Prime Minister. Credit: ITV News West Country

It's been a busy month for Gloucester's Jamie McDonald. Not only was he the West's Fundraiser of the Year at the Pride of Britain Awards and met the Prime Minister, but his portrait is going on show at Gloucester City Museum and Art Gallery today.

And he isn't stopping raising money for good causes - the work is due to be auctioned in December in aid of the Pied Piper Appeal.

Motor cyclist seriously injured in Gloucestershire

Police are appealing for information following a collision involving a motorbike and two cars at Highnam, near Gloucester yesterday evening

The incident happened just after 5.30pm on the B4215, adjacent to Highnam Village Hall.

A 30-year-old man from Newent, riding a black Suzuki motorbike, was in collision with a silver Citroen C3 driven by a 19-year-old local woman and a grey Audi A3 driven by a 48-year-old local woman.

The man was taken to Southmead Hospital in Bristol with injuries to his leg and pelvis. He remains in a serious condition.

The women in the other cars were uninjured.

Road closures were in place until 11pm while a collision investigation took place.

Officers are appealing for witnesses to the collision, particularly the driver of a small blue car that was turning from the entrance to Highnam Village Hall who may be unaware of the crash.


Matt Kvesic signs contract extension with Gloucester

Matt Kvesic signs a new contract with Gloucester Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Gloucester Rugby's England international openside flanker Matt Kvesic has signed a contract extension with the club.

The former Worcester player made 29 appearances last season

"I'm really happy to have things sorted out, and to have got it out of the way so early. I'm enjoying my rugby massively at the moment, and I think everyone can see the progress that we're making as a team.

"It's a great club, on and off the field. We play at a great stadium in front of fantastic fans. Agreeing to stay was a very easy decision.

– Matt Kvesic

Animals being abandoned like rubbish

The RSPCA has reported a big increase in the number of abandoned animals in our region with almost 1,500 cases so far this year.

  • Bristol 209 cases
  • Somerset 541 cases
  • Wiltshire 354 cases
  • Gloucestershire 318 cases
These rare tortoises were dumped outside a pet shop in Gloucester - it was lucky they were spotted before they grew too cold Credit: RSPCA

They include these three rare red-footed tortoises which were found in rabbit hutches at a pet store in Gloucester. If they'd been left outside for any longer they could have really suffered.

The charity has begun an appeal to help it tackle a problem where it says too many animals are being dumped like rubbish. It worries that it will get even worse as winter draws in.

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