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Police search for missing vulnerable man

Credit: Gloucestershire Police

Gloucestershire Police are appealing for the public's help to find 28-year-old Benjamin Gardner who is missing from the Forest of Dean area.

Officers are concerned for Benjamin's welfare and he has not been seen since around 11pm on July 31 in Cinderford.

He is described as white, slim build, 5ft 5ins tall, with brown cropped hair and a moustache. He is believed to be wearing blue jeans, brown sandals, a light brown jumper and glasses.

If you see Benjamin please call police on 101 and quote incident 189 of 31 July.

Police investigate after peregrine falcon nest 'disturbed' in Forest of Dean

Concerns have been raised after the possible disturbance of a peregrine falcon's nest in the Forest of Dean.

Police have released an image of a man they want to speak to, who was seen climbing over a cliff near the nest on 24 May:

Do you recognise this man? Credit: Gloucestershire Police

Disturbing the nest risks the birds failing to breed this year.

Peregrines are a protected species, and it's a criminal offence to kill or injure one.

It is also an offence to "intentionally or recklessly disturb the birds" close to their nest during the breeding season.

The intentions of this male are as yet unknown but it is clear that there would have been disturbance to the peregrine nest at this critical time.

– PC Cath McDay

Officers are working with Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust and the Gloucestershire Raptor Monitoring Group to identify the man and establish his intentions.

There are only a small number of nest sites in the county.


Warning after dog gets caught in snare

Pet owners in the Forest of Dean are being urged to be extra vigilant after a dog got its head caught in a snare.

The illegal snare became entangled around the dog's neck while in Staple Edge Woods at about 10am on May 30.

Luckily the owner was nearby and able to free her pet before too much harm was caused.

The illegal snare, which was tied to a tree and hidden in undergrowth, was home made with a metal noose and rope.

The snare was tied to a tree and hidden in undergrowth - possibly set to catch a boar. Credit: Gloucestershire Police

The rope from was tied to a tree with the metal noose propped up and open, so the dog ran straight into causing it to tighten immediately. Luckily the owner was nearby and released the dog, but it could have been much more serious, strangling the dog or even having a child run into it.

I would urge other people walking in woods to be very careful and to keep an eye on their dogs.

– PC Cath McDay, Rural Environemental Crime Liaison Officer in the Forest of Dean

Police have urged anyone to report snares they may find, or any information which would help us find the people responsible.

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