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Murder accused appears in court for the first time

A woman appeared in court charged with the murder of Marc Hastings

A woman appeared in court this morning charged with the murder of 43-year-old Marc Hastings in Newent.

Joanne Williams spoke only to confirm her name as she appeared at Cheltenham Magistrate's Court. The case was adjourned until Wednesday where the 51-year-old will appear at Bristol Crown Court.

Officers were called to Williams' home on Wednesday night where they found the body of 43-year-old Mr Hastings.

Williams was arrested on suspicion of murder and was charged on Saturday night.

Police have not yet revealed the cause of death of Mr Hastings, who was from Berry Hill, near Coleford.

Coroner's officers said the full postmortem examination results could take months and the inquest will not open until later this week.

Gloucestershire woman charged with murder

Marc Hasting's body was found in Meek Road on Wednesday Credit: Bing

A 51 year old woman has been charged with murder after a man's body was discovered at a property in Gloucestershire.

Police were called to an address in Meek Road in Newent on Wednesday.

The man has now been identified as 43 year old Marc Hastings. Joanne Williams has been charged with his murder and will appear at Cheltenham Magistrates Court on Monday.

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Newent Murder: Police investigate after body discovered

A woman has been arrested after the discovery of a body in Gloucestershire.

Police were called to an address on Meek Road, in Newent last night and found the body of a 43 year old local man.

Gloucestershire Police is treating the death as "suspicious", and a 51-year-old local woman is being held on suspicion of murder.

A 51 year old local woman has been arrested on suspicion of murder and is currently being questioned in relation to the incident.

– DCI Steve Porter

The property remains cordoned off while the incident scene undergoes forensic examination.

The Coroner has been informed but a formal identification of the body has not yet taken place.

Major fire at Gloucestershire haulage firm

People living near the haulage firm are being warned to keep their doors and windows shut because of the smoke Credit: ITV News

50 firefighters have been dealing with a fire at a haulage firm in Newent in Gloucestershire.

They were called to Midwinter Transport just after midnight and set up an exclusion zone as the buildings contained fuel tanks and gas cylinders. A house nearby was evacuated because of the smoke.

They were able to stop the fire spreading but a number of vehicles were destroyed, including four forklift trucks.

The fire is now under control but the cylinders are still being cooled.

People living near the firm on Strawberry Hill are being warned to keep their doors and windows shut because of the smoke.

The fire is now under control, however, the gas cylinders require significant cooling to render them safe. Firefighter are all too aware of the unpredictable nature of gas cylinders involved in a fire.

– Incident Commander Jon French

Crews are expected to be at the scene throughout the morning.

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Woman charged over badger cull firearm

A woman arrested as part of Operation Themis - Gloucestershire Police's response to the badger cull - has been charged with attempting to steal a firearm. She has also been charged with using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour.

31-year-old Madeline Buckler from Merseyside has been bailed to appear before magistrates next month.

She was arrested on Friday night (October 11) after an incident in the pilot badger area in Newent on Wednesday.

"No one will want me looking after kids now I've glassed someone"

Jennifer Eckley is accused of wounding Lucy Steers with intent to cause grievous bodily harm Credit: Gloucestershire News Service

A child-minder is on trial for attacking a bride-to-be with a glass at her engagement party in Newent.

27-year-old Jennifer Eckley, who's from Newent denies wounding bride-to-be Lucy Steers with intent to cause grievous bodily harm on the night of 1 December last year at the George Hotel in the town.

She also denies assaulting another woman guest, Kate Taylor, by beating. She admits a less serious assault on Ms Steers and a charge of assault on Kate Taylor's sister, Nicola Taylor.

The jury at Gloucester Crown Court heard that the assaults on the Taylor sisters happened between 10.30-10.45pm.

They were sparked, the prosecutor said, by Nicola Taylor bad-mouthing Ms Eckley's boyfriend Mark Beacham.Nicola Taylor had gone out with Mr Beacham before Ms Eckley became his girlfriend.

Ms Steers was 'glassed' around an hour later.

The court was told Ms Eckley was arrested an hour after the glassing and made no comment - except to say to a police officer:

"No-one is going to want me to look after their kids now that I have glassed someone in the face."

Ms Eckley denies saying this and even that a glass was involved. The trial continues.

"One of the happiest days of her life became the worst"

Lucy Steers suffered a broken nose and other injuries to her face in the alleged attack Credit: Gloucestershire News Service

A jury has heard how a bride-to-be was disfigured at her engagement party when another woman 'glassed' her.

The prosecutor told Gloucester Crown Court it should have been one of the happiest days in Lucy Steers' life but the attack in December 2012 made it one of the worst.

She suffered a broken nose, a wound on her nose and cuts to the side of her nose and eye.

Jennifer Eckley from Newent denies wounding Ms Steers with intent to cause her grievous bodily harm at the George Hotel in the town.

She also denies assaulting another woman guest, Kate Taylor, by beating. She has admitted a less serious assault on Ms Steers and a charge of assault on Kate Taylor's sister, Nicola Taylor.

The trial continues.

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