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Witness appeal after serious sexual assault in Lydney

Police are appealing for information after a serious sexual assault on a woman near Lydney Boating Lake at about 11pm on Saturday.

The offender is believed to have been wearing dark clothing but no other description is available.

The victim is being given every possible support at present and we are carrying out a number of forensic and CCTV enquiries to identify this man. A fishing competition was taking place on the lake at the time, so it may be that an angler saw or heard something.

– Gloucestershire police

Gloucestershire police are warning people to be vigilant and avoid badly lit routes and shortcuts.

Anyone who witnessed a man in the area or has any information that could assist police is urged to call 101, quoting incident 589 of July 26.

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Petition to save pensioner's home in Lydney

by Ken Goodwin

A petition with more than a thousand signatures has been handed to a housing association, asking it not to demolish a pensioner's home. Beryl Watts has lived in her house in Lydney in the Forest of Dean all her life.

The Two Rivers Housing Association says that the building next door has subsided and needs to be demolished, and that means Beryl's house is at risk too.

Petition supporting Forest of Dean pensioner facing eviction given to housing association

Beryl Watts Credit: ITV News West Country

A petition in support of a pensioner facing eviction has been given to the housing association which wants to demolish her home.

Two Rivers Housing in the Forest of Dean, says that both Beryl Watts' home in Lydney and the one next door are structurally unsound and must come down.

They have offered her a brand new home.

But Mrs Watts says her own house is immaculate, she has lived there all her life, and she does not want to move.

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Gloucester police issue safety warning after chemicals stolen

Gloucestershire Police have issued a public safety warning in Lydney in the Forest of Dean after chemicals were stolen overnight from a business in Whitecroft between Tuesday and Wednesday.

Police officers arrested an 18-year-old local man at around 2.15pm yesterday on suspicion of burglary in connection to the incident. He currently remains in police custody.

Two 30 litre blue drums containing hydrochloric acid and sulphuric acid were stolen. Both have clear labels describing what is inside them.

It is also thought that an unknown quantity of potassium cyanide could also have been stolen but police do not know how this could be packaged. Potassium cyanide looks like white processed sugar.

Police believe the substances may have been discarded in either the Whitecroft or Pillowell areas of Lydney.

The drums containing hydrochloric acid and sulphuric acid could give off an unusual smell and police are warning residents not to touch them and to move away from them until the smell disappears.

Police are also warning the public not to touch the potassium cyanide if found and to move at least 30 metres away.

Inspector Rich Boyles said:

"We understand that there will be concern from local residents regarding this warning but we would reassure them that there is currently nothing to suggest that these substances have been left anywhere to intentionally put the public at risk.

We are offering this warning should people in the area find these drums whilst out and about in the area. As long as the containers are not damaged or opened the substances will be contained.

If you do find them do not to touch them and immediately call the police.”

Former post-mistress fined £22,000

A former village sub-postmistress who stole from the takings when she was struggling to keep her shop going is to have £22,331 confiscated from her. At Gloucester Crown Court Judge Jamie Tabor QC certified that Patricia Graham of Whitecroft near Lydney, had benefited from crime by that amount.

He also ruled that she has the full amount available for confiscation under the Proceeds of Crime Act.Judge Tabor ruled that she must pay the full £22,331 within six months or she will be jailed for a year in default.He also ordered her to pay £1,000 prosecution costs.

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