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Severe accident: M5 Gloucestershire northbound

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M5 Gloucestershire northbound severe accident, from J12 for B4008 Quedgeley to J11A for A417 Gloucester.

M5 Gloucestershire - One lane closed and queues on M5 northbound from J12, B4008 (Quedgeley) to J11a, A417 (Gloucester), because of an accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

EU rights group raises concerns about Settled Status for EU workers

Maike Bohn
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Maike Bohn says people are struggling to understand the implications of Settled Status

Just under half of Bristol's 21,000 EU citizens have applied to try and secure their rights after Brexit.

EU citizens in the city are being offered free help and are being encouraged to apply for Settled Status.

But the government's scheme has been criticised by a campaign group called the 3million, who fight for EU citizens rights. They say people are struggling.

Co-founder of 3million, Maike Bohn said: "Settled status is neither secure nor permanent, nor that easy to understand or maintain.

"There's so much uncertainty and confusion and that's why people panic and that's why people are deeply worried for one reason or another."

Home Office MP Brandon Lewis, says the system is "working very well" and thousands of people are applying to gain this status.

Equipment installed to trace 'bad smell'

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The Environment Agency is installing equipment this autumn as it continues to try to identify the cause of a bad smell in parts of South Gloucestershire.

People living in the Lyde Green and Emersons Green areas have been reporting a mysterious odour that comes and goes, and is said to be particularly bad at night time.

Air monitors, which detect very low levels of methane and hydrogen sulphide, are now due to be placed in the area.

Call to plant more trees to tackle climate change

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There are calls for more trees to be planted across Gloucestershire to help tackle climate change.

The county council has already committed to an 80 per cent reduction in corporate carbon emissions by 2030.

Now a motion is being put forward asking the council to pledge to plant two trees for every resident in the county and get tenant farmers to plant trees on pasture land.

Mathieu van der Poel takes the green jersey

Mathieu van der Poel has taken back the green jersey from Matteo Trentin after today's sixth stage of the Tour of Britain in Pershore.

The Dutch rider won the fourth stage of the competition from Gateshead to Kendal but lost out to Italian Matteo Trentin in stage five.

Mathieu van der Poel
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Tour of Britain in pictures

Here are some more of our favourite images from today's stage in Pershore.

Harry Tanfield of Team Katusha Alpecin
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Harry Tanfield of Team Katusha Alpecin
Eddie Dunbar of Team Ineos
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Eddie Dunbar of Team Ineos
Ethan Vernon of Great Britain Cycling Team.
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Ethan Vernon of Great Britain Cycling Team.

Tour great news for 'little old Pershore'

Nick Clitheroe

BBC Midlands Today

Local cyclists have welcomed the Tour of Britain to Pershore.

Some of them told me it's a great spectacle and that Worcestershire's the perfect place to host a stage.

Cycling fans welcome Tour of Britain riders to Pershore

I'll have more on Midlands Today from 18:30 on BBC One.

'Amazing' crowds at Tour of Britain

Street entertainers and a fans' village are keeping the public entertained, between the drama of today's time trial in Pershore.

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Wychavon District Council said the event was a platform to promote health, wellbeing and community engagement, and thanked the crowds for turning out.

In pictures: Tour of Britain stage six

Mark Cavendish of Team Dimension Data
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Mark Cavendish of Team Dimension Data
Rhys Britton of Great Britain Cycling Team
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Rhys Britton of Great Britain Cycling Team
Harry Tanfield of Team Katusha Alpecin
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Harry Tanfield of Team Katusha Alpecin
Ethan Vernon of Great Britain Cycling Team.
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Ethan Vernon of Great Britain Cycling Team.

Cheer goes up for Cavendish

A huge cheer goes up for Mark Cavendish as he gets under way in Pershore.

Mark Cavendish
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Fellow Brit Harry Tanfield is also out on the course.

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BreakingTour of Britain: And we're off...

Stage six of the Tour of Britain has officially started in Pershore.

Tristan Robbins riding for SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling is the first to tackle the 14.4km route.

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Popular Cavendish posing for selfies

Nick Clitheroe

BBC Midlands Today

British rider Mark Cavendish is proving a big pull in Pershore at the start of the Tour of Britain.

Mark Cavendish
BBC
Mark Cavendish
BBC

The 32-year-old rider is set to start his time trial at 13:15.

Tour of Britain: Road closures

Road closures to accommodate the Tour of Britain in Worcestershire have been put in place.

Road closures
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  • High Street/Bridge Street from the Cherry Orchard Junction (High St) to the Pensham Hill Junction (Bridge St) will remain closed from 09:30 until 18:00. Roadside parking will also be suspended from 07:00 until 18:00.
  • North and Southbound traffic will not be able to travel through the town centre. Access will be available to frontages in Head St, Priest Lane, Cherry Orchard and King Georges Way (via Worcester Rd/Station Rd).
  • The High St entrance to ASDA car park (opposite Church St) will be closed until 22:00, with approximately 40 parking spaces unavailable.

You can find more details here.

Rare Fabergé sedan chair sells for £380k

Rare Fabergé sedan chair
Cotswold Auction Company

A miniature gold, jade and rock crystal sedan chair by Fabergé has been sold at auction in Gloucestershire for £380,000.

Dating from 1899, the "exceptionally rare" model was bought for £75 in 1929 by Mr Wollcombe-Boyce and remained in the family collection.

The miniature fetched more than three times its highest anticipated price at the Cotswold Auction Company in Cirencester.

Auctioneer Elizabeth Poole, said: "There are only six or 10 of these in the world.

"They're like hen's teeth, they don't come up very often but it was a surprise it made that much."

Tour of Britain: Individual time trials

Cycling's Tour of Britain enters the West Midlands today for the first of two stages over the next 48 hours.

Tour route
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More than 100 of the world's top riders will take part in an individual time trial, which starts and finishes in Pershore, Worcestershire, this afternoon.

They will tackle a 14.5km (nine-mile) trial that passes through the Worcestershire villages of Little Comberton and Bricklehampton in an anti-clockwise loop, starting at 13:00.

They will then move on to Warwickshire on Friday, for a 188km stage between Warwick and Burton Dassett country park.

Severe accident: M5 Gloucestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Gloucestershire northbound severe accident, before J11A for A417 Gloucester.

M5 Gloucestershire - One lane closed and it's slow on M5 northbound before J11a, A417 (Gloucester), because of an accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: M5 Gloucestershire southbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Gloucestershire southbound severe disruption, at J11A for A417 Gloucester.

M5 Gloucestershire - One lane closed on M5 southbound at J11a, A417 (Gloucester), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Gloucestershire Conservative councillor quits his party

Glos County Council meeting
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A Gloucestershire councillor has quit the Conservatives, saying the party has become "very right wing".

Keith Rippington split from the Tory group at today's meeting of the county council.

He also posted a statement on Facebook, stating the party was "very right wing and made him feel it’s absurd and not in touch with younger people and only appeals to typical older people".

Council leader Mark Hawthorne has said he was sorry to hear of his decision to leave the Conservative group, "which is solely on national issues".

Leader of Lib Dem’s Paul Hodgkinson added: "A principled councillor makes a stand.

"I would ask all other reasonable Conservative councillors fed up with the extreme direction of their party to think seriously about what is in the interests of Gloucestershire."

Four-year-old girl's determination to walk into new school pays off

Lilac
BBC

A four-year-old girl from Cheltenham has managed to march into school on her very first day, after her parents were told she might not ever walk.

Lilac made the journey into her primary school, without her wheelchair or her sticks.

She's still getting physiotherapy after her operation last year called Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy which helps children with cerebral palsy with their mobility.

Her parents had raised over £100,000 for the operation and say she's now proof of how life-changing the surgery can be.

Lilic managed to walk to school for her first day a year after a life-changing op.
Lilac Jackson managed to walk to school for her first day a year after a life-changing op.

South West unemployment drops 2.5%

BBC Business News

Unemployment in the South West has continued to fall to a low of less than 2.5%, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

The latest 2.4% figure of people aged 16-64 unemployed between May and July 2019 is lower than the UK-wide figure of just under 3.8%.

The official figures also showed earnings nationally grew at an annual pace of 3.8%.

The ONS said rising employment was being driven mainly by more women in work, partly due to the rise in the state pension age.

South West unemployment
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Hospitals hosting World Suicide Prevention Day events

Gloucestershire Royal Hospital
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A number of charities will be offering advice, guidance and support at hospitals in Gloucestershire as part of World Suicide Prevention Day.

Winston's Wish, Samaritans and Suicide Crisis will be among the groups at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital and Cheltenham General Hospital.

Each organisation will have a 30 minute slot to speak in the chapel at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital from 11am-2pm and will be on hand to answer questions afterwards.

There will also be an area in the chapel for quiet reflection and candles will be available for people to light in memory of loved ones.

At Cheltenham General Hospital, representatives from the charities will be available between 12-2pm. The events are free and there is no need to book.

Gloucestershire now home to nearly 300 Syrian refugees

Bombing of Aleppo
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Almost 300 Syrian refugees have moved to Gloucestershire since the launch of a resettlement scheme four years ago.

More than 6.6 million people have fled Syria due to civil war in the past eight years - with ten percent living in camps.

The UK has helped 17,000 displaced people since 2015 - and wants to provide homes for 20,000 refugees by next year.

BBC local radio headlines across the West

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  • BBC Radio Bristol: A 17-year-old boy is due before magistrates this morning - in connection with the stabbing of a Bristol newsagent.
  • BBC Gloucestershire: Plans for a new early morning train serving Cam and Dursley station have been welcomed by transport campaigners.
  • BBC Somerset: Over the past four years more than 160 Syrian refugees have been resettled in Somerset and Bath and North East Somerset.
  • BBC Wiltshire: The parents of a Calne teenager who was murdered are meeting the home secretary later. Ellie Gould died of stab wounds in May.

'Almost one in four Cheltenham children living in poverty'

Child's shoes
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A primary school in Cheltenham has joined a campaign to improve the lives of children living in poverty.

The Catholic School of Saint Gregory The Great is taking part in a year-long campaign called No Child Left Behind.

It comes as figures from the End Poverty Now organisation show almost one in four children in Cheltenham are living in poverty.

Severe disruption: M5 Gloucestershire southbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Gloucestershire southbound severe disruption, from J11A for A417 Gloucester to J12 for B4008 Quedgeley.

M5 Gloucestershire - One lane closed and it's slow on M5 southbound from J11a, A417 (Gloucester) to J12, B4008 (Quedgeley), because of debris on the road.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe accident: M5 Worcestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Worcestershire northbound severe accident, from J8 for M50 to J7 for A44 Worcester.

M5 Worcestershire - M5 partially blocked northbound from J8 M50 to J7, A44 (Worcester), because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe accident: M5 Worcestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Worcestershire northbound severe accident, from J8 for M50 to J7 for A44 Worcester.

M5 Worcestershire - M5 partially blocked northbound from J8 M50 to J7, A44 (Worcester), because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe accident: M5 Worcestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Worcestershire northbound severe accident, from J8 for M50 to J7 for A44 Worcester.

M5 Worcestershire - M5 partially blocked northbound from J8 M50 to J7, A44 (Worcester), because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe accident: M5 Worcestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Worcestershire northbound severe accident, from J8 for M50 to J7 for A44 Worcester.

M5 Worcestershire - M5 partially blocked northbound from J8 M50 to J7, A44 (Worcester), because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe accident: M5 Worcestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Worcestershire northbound severe accident, from J8 for M50 to J7 for A44 Worcester.

M5 Worcestershire - M5 partially blocked northbound from J8 M50 to J7, A44 (Worcester), because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe accident: M5 Worcestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Worcestershire northbound severe accident, from J8 for M50 to J7 for A44 Worcester.

M5 Worcestershire - M5 partially blocked northbound from J8 M50 to J7, A44 (Worcester), because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: M5 Worcestershire southbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Worcestershire southbound severe disruption, from J7 for A44 Worcester to J8 for M50.

M5 Worcestershire - Two lanes closed on M5 southbound from J7, A44 (Worcester) to J8 M50, because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time