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Temporary road closure in Stroud following heavy rain

Highways crews are investigating a known landslip site on the B4058 Nailsworth to Horsley Road, Stroud, following heavy rain.

The road, which has already been the subject of some corrective work this year, has had to be temporarily closed while further investigations are carried out.

Highways crews have placed sandbags on the road to protect the properties below from debris sliding down the embankment.

Meanwhile, two households have been asked whether they can stay with friends or relatives as a precautionary measure while workers relieve pressure on the landslip.

This site was already being monitored closely and work was underway to correct previous issues.

The heavy rain has meant some slight changes to the embankment and, as a precaution, we have had to close the road and make sure the surrounding area is safe.

As soon as the road has been investigated further we will be able to look at what action needs to be taken.

– Councillor Vernon Smith

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Tributes paid to landslip death man

Tributes have been paid to the man who died in the landslip outside Beaminster tunnel in Dorset thirteen days ago. Michael Rolfe from Fivehead near Taunton, was on his way home from a night out with a friend when the car they were in got caught in the mudslide.

His friend, Rosemary Snell who lived in Misterton near Crewkerne also died. Today Dorset Police confirmed that they'd referred their handling of the incident to the Independent Police Complants Commission. The car was left undiscovered for ten days. Richard Lawrence reports.

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