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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.

Suspended sentence for birds of prey thief

Beaven was found guilty of nine offences, including fraudulently obtaining a Ural Owl, like these two, from a zoo Credit: DPA DEUTSCHE PRESS-AGENTUR/DPA/Press Association Images

The former owner of the National Birds of Prey Centre in Gloucestershire has been given a 40 week suspended prison sentence after being convicted of fraud and theft in connection with the trade of rare birds. Keith Beaven from Staunton was fined more than £16,000 at Gloucester Crown Court today.

He stole six owls and illegally sold three black kites. He obtained the birds by pretending he would use them for endangered species breeding programmes at the centre in Newent.


First video of the baby buzzard eagles at Newent

They may look like harmless fluff balls but by the time they're fully grown these predators could have an 80 inch wingspan and an appetite for animals as big as foxes.

Holly Cale from the centre says the buzzard eagle eggs were taken from the parent birds because they were laid too early. Once temperatures warm up a bit the chicks will be introduced to the parents who will rear them.

Our reporter Ken Goodwin went to take a look.

Eagle chicks hatch prematurely at Newent

The baby grey buzzard eagles Credit: ITV News/Ken Goodwin

Two baby grey buzzard eagles have been born prematurely at theInternational Bird of Prey Centre in Newent in Gloucestershire. Because of the cold weather the chicks are being hand-reared for the first few weeks of their lives.

The species comes from South America and when fully-grown, these chicks could have a wingspan of 80 inches.

Teenager dies after eating Chinese takeaway

William Luckett suffered a severe reaction after just two bites Credit: South West News

A Gloucestershire schoolboy with a severe nut allergy has died minutes after eating barbecue ribs from a Chinese takeaway.

15 year old William Luckett from Newent suffered an horrific reaction after taking just two bites of the ribs and died as his father Steven rushed him to hospital.

An inquest into his death has been opened and adjourned. It's believed the teenager died from a serious allergic reaction to peanuts used to prepare the ribs.

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