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50 caravans wrecked after huge blaze at storage site

The caravans were being stored in Bredons Hardwick in South Worcestershire Credit: ITV News Central/Callum Watkinson

Around 50 caravans have been destroyed after a large fire at a storage site in South Worcestershire.

The touring vans were being kept at a site in Bredons Hardwick near Tewkesbury when the blaze took hold on Saturday 23 November.

Fire crews from the Herefordshire & Worcester and Gloucestershire services had to fight to bring the flames under control. They are now damping down at the site.

50 caravans destroyed in Tewkesbury fire

Gloucestershire Fire Service has spent the night dealing with a huge fire at a caravan and mobile home storage park near Bredons Hardwick, Tewkesbury. 50 vehicles caught alight.

No one needed rescuing, though several propene gas cylinders were involved. Firefighters managed to stop the fire spreading to a large fuel tanker nearby. Around a hundred firefighters were needed to contain the fire, and some are still on the scene.

The cause is unknown but is being investigated.


Police release CCTV image after assault

Police would like to speak to these people after assualt Credit: Gloucestershire Police

Gloucestershire Police have released CCTV footage of four people that they want to talk to after a 25 year old suffered a facial injury after being assaulted in Tewkesbury.

The alleged incident happened at the junction of the High Street and Sun Street at around 12:10am on Saturday November 9. Police say two men and two women were seen on CCTV at around the same time and may have vital information for them.

RSPCA ask for help to catch shooter

The RSPCA is asking the public for help in catching whoever shot a duck through the neck with a crossbow bolt.

The female mallard, which lives on the River Severn at Lower Lode near Tewkesbury, is able to fly and feed but has so far evaded all attempts to catch her.

A spokesman for the animal charity says it is an offence to shoot wildlife with a crossbow, and they'd like information from anyone who knows who may have done it.

Mallard with crossbow Credit: ITV News West Country


Police ask Grand Theft Auto fans for help

Officers investigating a fire in Tewkesbury are asking any fans of the game Grand Theft Auto, who were in the town for the new release, to get in touch.

The blaze at a home on Station Street on Monday night is being treated as suspected arson.

There were a lot of people in the town that night as potentially hundreds of gaming fans queued at the nearby Blockbusters on the High Street to await the launch of Grand Theft Auto 5.

Officers are eager to hear from anyone who saw or heard anything suspicious in the area and are asking potential witnesses to call Gloucestershire Police on 101, quoting incident number 64 of September 17.

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Mallard shot by crossbow ducks RSPCA capture

The RSPCA are desperately trying to capture a duck which has been shot through the neck with a crossbow bolt.

The duck continues to fly around with the large blue arrow shot through its neck. Credit:

The mallard is believed to have been shot in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, three weeks ago, but is still swimming around unbothered, and as yet has evaded capture by concerned animal welfare inspectors.

RSPCA spokeswoman Katya Mira has appealed for anyone who knows who shot the duck to come forward.

The crossbow bolt seems to have passed through the flesh and missed the oesophagus, vets say. Credit:

"Our inspectors have been out several times, as have staff from another wildlife centre nearby, and no one has yet been able to catch the duck.

"The duck does appear to be fully functioning and OK for now. But this does mean he can fly, so tends to take off whenever he sees a net or anyone gets near.

"In the meantime, if anyone has any information about the duck and how she came to be attacked with a dart in this way, they should call our investigations line."

Man dies in Cheltenham collision

A 45-year-old man has died in a collision involving two cars in Cheltenham - it was one of three serious traffic incidents in the county overnight.

A grey Mitsubishi Grandis collided with a silver Audi A4 at the junction between Park Place and Andover Road at about 3.30am.

A 22-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

In a separate collision in Northway Lane in Tewkesbury just after 3.25am a black Vauxhall Astra Sport collided with two parked cars.

A 21-year-old man from Tewkesbury was arrested on suspicion of drink driving.

And a 17-year-old man from Tewkesbury was seriously injured when his Black Pulse Adrenaline motorbike collided with a grey Mercedes car on the B4077 near Toddington around 9pm last night.

He is in a serious but not believed to be life threatening condition.

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