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Tewkesbury MP calls for UK football team

A United Kingdom football team should be formed in the wake of England's first-round failure at the World Cup, the MP for Tewkesbury has urged.

England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland fielding separate teams limits the chances of international football success for the union, according to Conservative Laurence Robertson.

He adds it also denies "outstanding British players" a chance to play in the World Cup, a nod to footballers including Welsh duo Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey. The Tewkesbury MP also pointed out that no other nation fields more than one team.

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Man taken to hospital with severe burns after boat fire

A man has been admitted to hospital with severe burns after his boat caught fire on the River Avon near Tewkesbury.

Emergency services rushed to the Old Rectory moorings in Bredon after reports of the boat ablaze.

Two fire engines, together with a rescue boat from Tewkesbury fire station attended the scene shortly after 10.30am.

Fire crews found the pleasure cruiser well alight, and towed the boat back into the mooring before extinguishing the fire.

Paramedics brought the man to Cheltenham General Hospital, where he received treatment for burns and smoke inhalation.

Firefighters took more than two hours to put out the fire.

Tewkesbury residents fear imminent flood

Abbey Terrace in Tewkesbury Credit: ITV News West Country

Residents who live in Tewkesbury say they fear they are about to be flooded.

Abbey Terrace has not suffered serious flooding since 2007, but water has come across the Gloucester Road - a main route into the town - and house holders are pumping out their cellars and gardens.

"I am afraid it is going to flood. I think the rainfall tomorrow will bring it up another couple of inches and I think we've probably had it."

  • Rosemary Wherrett, Abbey Terrace resident
The flood plain opposite Abbey Terrace Credit: ITV News West Country

Gloucestershire family so grateful for flood rescue

In Gloucestershire, the landlord of a pub cut off by floods has been re-united with rescuers who saved members of his family after they were capsized from a boat into freezing water.

Pete Bartlett, who runs the Yew Tree Inn at Chaceley near Tewkesbury in Gloucestershire had been trying to get his wife Carol, brother in law Kevin and their dog to dry land to get some provisions.

But strong winds and waves overwhelmed them, and they ended in the water clinging to the branches of a tree. Our Gloucestershire correspondent Ken Goodwin reports.

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Gloucestershire landlord thanks flood rescuers

In Gloucestershire the landlord of a marooned pub has been talking about the moment he and members of his family capsized into freezing water.

Pete Bartlett, who runs the Yew Tree Inn near Tewkesbury today thanked the emergency services for rescuing them.

He and 2 other family members had to cling to tree branches to stay afloat.

Tewkesbury tells the world "We're open for business"

Businesses in the Gloucestershire town of Tewkesbury are urging people NOT to stay away because of the publicity about the floods.

They fear repeated images of flooding in and around the town in the national media, may give visitors the wrong impression that it's cut off. Here's our Gloucestershire correspondent, Ken Goodwin.

"Business as usual" in Tewkesbury despite floods

Tewkesbury Borough Councils, businesses and residents have joined forces to say that, despite the flooding in Gloucestershire, the town is still open for business.

While the images of Tewkesbury Abbey with the flooding look dramatic it can give the impression that the town has been cut off, which just isn’t the case.

– Cllr Dave Waters, Tewkesbury Borough Council

Despite the grim pictures shown in the news reports, it really is business as usual for Tewkesbury. Do come and be assured of a warm welcome in the shops, cafes and many other businesses that we have in Tewkesbury. Despite the Gander Lane car park being flooded, there are plenty of others to use and don't forget that Station Road car park is still only £1 all day or there is of course free roadside parking for an hour in town.

– Amanda from Abbey Carpets in Tewkesbury
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