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M5 coach crash driver to be charged

The coach was carrying 53 passengers. It crashed on the M5 near Stroud in August Credit: ITV News

The driver of a coach carrying 53 passengers, most of whom were children, that crashed on the M5 is to be charged with driving without due care and attention.

The 60-year-old from Wolverhampton was interviewed by Gloucestershire Police last week and was reported for summons to court.

The coach was taking a group of youngsters from a children's centre in Sandwell, near Wolverhampton, on a trip to the beach in Weston-super-Mare.

Nobody was seriously injured in the crash which happened close to junction 13 for Stroud, Gloucestershire, on 19 August.

No court date has yet been set for the driver's case.

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Councillor says bedroom tax is affecting the vulnerable

A Stroud councillor says the so-called bedroom tax is hitting the most vulnerable people in society Credit: ITV News

The so-called bedroom tax - otherwise known as the under-occupancy charge - is hitting the most vulnerable people in society, according to a councillor in Stroud.

It was introduced to try to free up under-occupied properties for families but campaigners say it should be scrapped. The Green party in Stroud says that the bedroom tax is hitting the wrong people.

Suspended jail sentences for ecstasy victim's friends

Nick Bonnie from Stroud died after taking the drug ecstasy in Manchester Credit: ITV News

Four men who lied to police after a man from Gloucestershire died after taking the drug ecstasy have been given suspended jail terms.

Nick Bonnie from Stroud died in hospital after collapsing at a nightclub in Manchester.

Four of his friends had admitted perverting the course of justice.

Child neglect couple have sentences tripled

An "inept and inadequate" couple who blighted their children's lives with five years of extreme neglect in the home had their sentences more than doubled by top judges today.

The couple - who cannot be named - were prosecuted after social workers, teachers and medics became concerned about the deteriorating welfare of their five children, some of whose heads had become "excoriated" with the marks of chronic lice.

When the family home was searched by police it was found in a state of "complete disarray", Lord Justice Fulford told London's Appeal Court today.

Children were inhabiting bedrooms that smelled of urine and animal faeces, and sleeping on soiled mattresses.

The mother, in her 40's and the father, in his 30's, pleaded guilty to five counts of child cruelty in relation to five children, and received respective sentences of two years nine months and two years at Gloucester Crown Court in June.

However, the case reached London's Appeal Court as lawyers for the Attorney General, Jeremy Wright QC, urged Lord Justice Fulford to increase the pair's sentences on the basis that they were "clearly unduly lenient".

Today he concluded that both parents' sentences were far too light - increasing them to six years.

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4 men due in court in connection with Prince's Trust worker's death

Nick Bonnie died after apparently taking ecstasy

Four men from Stroud are due in court in connection with the death of a Prince's Trust worker. Nick Bonnie, who worked in fundraising for Prince Charles' charity, died after apparently taking ecstasy in Manchester. The men are all accused of perverting the course of justice. Three of them also face drug charges.

Footage from Stroud fire

Gloucestershire firefighters have been dealing with a major blaze in Stroud overnight.

It started at Griffin Mill in Thrupp at around half past eight yesterday evening.

Some buildings were evacuated and people living nearby were-asked to stay indoors and close their windows because of the chemicals thought to be inside. 60 firefighters were at the scene on the scene. Part of the A419 is closed.

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