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"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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Heavy rain and severe gales forecast

Heavy rain and severe gales forecast Credit: ITV News West Country

The Environment Agency is keeping a close eye on river levels with more rain forecast. A yellow warning has been issued for the region with winds of up to 80 miles per hour predicted.

Large areas of Tewkesbury and the Somerset levels are already saturated from rainfall over the Christmas period.

Flooding at Tewkesbury

Flooding at Tewkesbury Credit: Air Experiences

Large parts of the Somerset Levels and Gloucestershire are underwater after heavy rainfall over Christmas.

These pictures were taken of Tewkesbury earlier today where flooding of the community hospital car park forced it to close. A flood warning for the area has been lifted but there is still a lot of water around as you can see.

You can see more pictures of Tewkesbury here

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Caravan site owner says floating lanterns were used

The owner of a caravan site where 50 caravans were destroyed by fire says there were floating lanterns let off into the sky on the night the blaze took hold.

The caravans were being stored at the Croft Farm Waterpark, where there is also a boating lake.

The owner said there was a party in the site's clubhouse, and chinese style floating lanterns were set off into the sky.

A spokesman for the Hereford & Worcester Fire Service said it was too early to say how the fire started. He did not rule out the possibility it could have been caused by a floating lantern.

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Video shows carnage after fire wrecks 50 caravans

This video shows the wreckage of around 50 caravans which were destroyed by a large fire at a storage site near Tewkesbury.

Ten fire engines were needed to tackle the blaze in Bredons Hardwick, and involved crews from the Hereford and Worcester & Gloucestershire fire Services.

Crews managed to contain the fire and averted disaster, as at one point flames were spreading towards a 2000 litre fuel storage vessel.

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Arrest after attack on Orient keeper

Police have arrested a man after a pitch invasion during Leyton Orient's League One clash away at Swindon Town yesterday.

Orient's 3-1 win at the County Ground was marred when a Swindon supporter ran on to the pitch and appeared to attack the league leader's goalkeeper, Jamie Jones.

Jones' manager, Russell Slade, said although his player was unhurt, he was left angry by the incident - which he described as the worst he had seen since becoming a manager.

Swindon chairman Jed McCrory said the club would be launching a review of its safety measures.

"We will be speaking to the police with reference to their report next week.

"We don't condone any actions where supporters come on to the pitch and, if found guilty, he will receive a ban.

"We apologise to Jamie Jones, the Leyton Orient board members and their supporters and will review the stewarding around the ground to make sure this doesn't happen again."

– Jed McCrory, Swindon chairman

Wiltshire Police confirmed they had arrested a 26-year-old man in connection with the incident.

A force spokesman said: "He was arrested on suspicion of pitch invasion and remains in custody at Gablecross Police Station, Swindon, at this stage.

"Police inquiries are ongoing."

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