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Warning as dangerous plant spreads across the West

This picture shows how big giant hogweed is - it doesn't reveal how dangerous it can be Credit: Richard H Shaw/CABI BIOSCIENCE

Giant hogweed is spreading throughout the region and has left several people with severe burns. In other parts of the country, children have received third degree burns.

10-year-old Lauren Fuller from Thornbury in South Gloucestershire was badly burned after sheltering from the rain under giant hogweed. She had just moved to Scotland when it happened.

I was out with my dad fishing, and it was raining and I was underneath a big bush. It didn’t burn straight away. I woke up in the morning and my hands were just pure red.

– Lauren Fuller

Medical advice is to wash immediately with soap and water and stay out of the sunlight - this seems to activate the sap in Britain's most dangerous plant.

M5 in Gloucestershire re-opens after accident

The overturned lorry on the M5 in Gloucestershire Credit: Highways England

The M5 northbound in Gloucestershire has re-opened after a lorry overturned. It happened between J14 (Thornbury) and J13(Stroud) shortly before 1.30am, damaging the road surface and the central reservation.

Lane 3 of the southbound carriageway was also closed for safety reasons but also cleared just before 5am.

ROADS: M5: THORNBURY

There's slow traffic and one lane blocked after a multi-vehicle accident on the M5 southbound between J14 B4509 (Thornbury / Falfield) and J15 M4 (Almondsbury Interchange). Lane three is blocked by a lorry that has hit the central reservation with other vehicles are on the hard shoulder.

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Fresh picture of missing woman from Thornbury

Frankie Warren hasn't been seen since Wednesday morning Credit: Avon & Somerset Police

The search continues for Frankie Warren, the 26-year-old woman who went missing from her home in Thornbury in South Gloucestershire on Wednesday morning.

Her car was found by West Midlands Police near woodland in Sedgley. Searches of the area have been taking place but there has been no sign of her.

Missing woman was 'upset and unwell'

Officers from Avon and Somerset Police are 'increasingly concerned' for Ms Warren's welfare. They said she had recently been 'upset and unwell'.

West Midlands Police discovered the 26-year old's silver Honda Civic near woodland in Sedgley in the West Midlands on Thursday evening.

A large search of the area took place, which began again at first light on Friday.

Her family, and the police officers searching for her, are becoming increasingly concerned for her welfare because of her state of mind when she left.

Since she has disappeared she has made no attempt to contact family or friends.

Ms Warren had never disappeared before and did not have any links to the West Midlands."

– Avon and Somerset Police spokesman

Missing Thornbury woman's car found

Frankie Warren has been missing since Wednesday. Credit: Avon and Somerset Police

Police searching for a missing woman from Thornbury have found her car in woodland in the Midlands.

26-year-old Frankie Warren was last seen at her house on Wednesday morning but did not turn up at work that day.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact police.

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