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Sleep out in The Shed highlights homelessness

Fundraisers have spent the night sleeping in the famous shed stand at Gloucester Rugby's Kingsholm stadium.

The Gloucester Rugby Community Charity organises the annual event alongside city homeless charity Gloucester City Mission.

Last year's event raised £60,000 for Cheltenham charity Caring for Communities and People, which helped allow a new winter shelter to be opened.

"I had no idea what to expect," said Tim Sandies from the charity Street Vets, who was one of about 40 people to participate last night.

"I set the target at £100 but then put it up to £250 and for one uncomfortable night, to have already raised myself about £650 is great.

"It will make a big difference to people who have to sleep out like this."

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Public to have their say on £435million plan to transform A417

The proposed garden bridge above the new A417 road
Highways England
The proposed garden bridge above the new A417 road

Members of the public have had their say on ambitious £435million plans to transform the notorious bottleck in Gloucestershire, the A417.

The proposal for the A417 will see the last stretch of three miles of single carriageway on the 31-mile A417/A419 route upgraded to a dual carriageway.

The A417/A419 runs between Gloucester, Cirencester and Swindon and is used by many motorists travelling between London and the West Midlands as a shortcut between the M4 and the M5.

The existing stretch of road between Brockworth bypass and the Air Balloon roundabout will be lowered and would be accessed only by walkers, cyclists and horse riders, and will connect to a new garden bridge overlooking Gloucestershire.

Both the Air Balloon roundabout and Cowley roundabout are to be removed as part of the scheme.

New roundabouts and an underpass will be created at Shab Hill to support hamlets and villages based near the A417.

A new sloping lane will be introduced leading up the A417 for vehicles to overtake heavy good vehicles safely.

Highways England announced the preferred route for the scheme, known as Option 30, in March and is expected to receive its budget from the Government by the end of the year.

The project is scheduled for completion for 2024. Option 30 also sets out how the new road would have a 70mph speed limit and a short road connecting Birdlip to the A417.

Members of Highways England are asking members of the public for feedback in a series of events across Gloucestershire, with the last exhibition ending next week.

There are still two more events the public can explore the proposals and talk to members of Highways England.

  • Friday, October 11, from 11am to 6pm Cirencester Town Council, Bingham House, 1 Dyer Street, Cirencester, GL7 2PP
  • Tuesday, October 15, from 2pm to 8pm Churchdown Community Association, Parton Road, Churchdown, Gloucester, GL3 2JH

Parents urged to take up children's flu inoculations

Flu spray
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Public Health England is urging parents in the West to take up the offer of free childhood flu vaccinations in school this year.

Immunisation is now being offered to all primary-aged children for the first time.

The vaccine is administered through a free nasal spray in schools and parents are being advised to make sure they sign and return consent forms

The Goodies are back, thanks to local producer

The Goodies
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Remember the 1970s TV comedy The Goodies?

Tim Brooke-Taylor, Graeme Garden and Bill Oddie reunited to record an audio version of the show in front of a live studio audience earlier this year.

It was produced by Gloucester's Barnaby Eaton-Jones, who is also among the cast - along with stars such as Joanna Lumley and Jon Culshaw.

It's available to listen to from today on Audible.

Mental health services in Gloucestershire 'difficult to access'

Mental health, generic
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An independent patient group in Gloucestershire has highlighted shortcomings in NHS mental health services.

Healthwatch Gloucestershire asked around 430 people about how easy it was to access services.

Key findings from the study show:

  • A lot of people experience long waiting times for the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies Service (IAPT) and Children and Young People’s Services (CYPS) across the county.
  • People talked about the positive support and help that their GP gave to them but understood that they were not specialists and were limited in the support that they could provide.
  • Patients and carers need more flexibility on the number of support sessions they are given.
  • Some people were able to access information about services and support easily, however some people struggled to know where to go to get this information. Carers especially felt that accessing professional support or advice for themselves was hard.
  • People felt that the information they accessed could sometimes be conflicting and difficult to understand. It often came from many different sources.
  • People talked about the difficulties in accessing support for people who were in acute crisis and that they were sometimes signposted to services that were not able to offer support for those in crisis.

Jane Melton, from Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust, said: "Feedback about people’s experiences of our specialist services and other local services is really important.

"The results will add to our knowledge of how to provide best services for people experiencing mental illness and people with learning disabilities."

Warning over feeding wild boar in forest

Wild boar
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A campaign has been launched to discourage people from feeding wild boar in the Forest of Dean.

A working group has been set up to raise awareness of the potential problems caused by feeding them human food scraps.

Experts say the measure will help keep African Swine Fever out of the UK.

The disease has killed 800,000 pigs and wild boar across Europe, and millions in Asia.

It does not affect humans but it can be picked up by pigs that eat meat from infected animals.

"The perfect boar food is plentiful and growing naturally in the forest, let them forage for their own food," a spokesman said.

A417 reopens in Gloucestershire after fatal crash

The A417 near Cirencester has reopened after being closed at 10am today due to a fatal crash.

Police shut the southbound carriageway for accident recovery work after a lorry collided with a car at the junction with Burford Road at Harebush services.

The car driver was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the lorry was uninjured.

The southbound carriageway was closed until just after 5.30pm.

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Police officer barred after making indecent images of children

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Gloucestershire Constabulary

A former Gloucestershire police officer has been barred from policing after he admitted making nearly 9,000 indecent images of children.

PC Stephen McGoldrick quit Gloucestershire Police after he was charged with five counts of making indecent images of children. He pleaded guilty to all the charges at Bristol Magistrates Court in August.

When he was sentenced at Bristol Crown Court he avoided a prison sentence, and was instead sentenced to an 18-month community order with 40 days of rehabilitation and ordered to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work.

He was also been placed on the sex offenders register for five years.

Mr McGoldrick was suspended by Gloucestershire Constabulary as soon as the allegations came to light in April, 2019.

The misconduct report said it is "unacceptable" for police officers who should be enforcing the law to "break the law themselves".

“Offending of this nature involves such a fundamental breach of the public’s trust in police officers that it inevitably brings the wider profession into disrepute.”

Arrest after hit-and-run in Gloucester

Police have arrested a 22-year-old man from Birmingham in connection with a hit-and-run which seriously injured a pedestrian in Gloucester.

The incident happened on Kingsholm Road near the junction with Skinner Street around 8.35pm on Saturday 28 September.

The pedestrian, a man in his 50s, is still in hospital in a critical condition. As well as the arrest, a vehicle has also been seized.

Gloucestershire Police want to hear from anyone who may have seen the collision. Potential witnesses can submit information here or call 101, mentioning reference number 409.

Gloucestershire Police have appealed for witnesses after a hit-and-run left a pedestrian in a critical condition in Gloucester
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Police have appealed for witnesses after a hit-and-run in Gloucester

Every Mind Matters: Help with stress, low mood or trouble sleeping

Every Mind Matters
Public Health England

Every Mind Matters is a new platform which aims to show people simple steps they can take to be better prepared for life’s ups and downs.

It's been created by Public Health England and the NHS.

Users are invited to answer some multi-choice questions before a personalised action plan is created.

In the South West new data from a survey reveals more than 84% of people have experienced early signs of poor mental health in the past 12 months.

These include feeling anxious, stressed, having low mood or trouble sleeping.

Points failure causing train delays

Passengers are being warned that trains travelling between Cheltenham Spa and Worcester may be cancelled or delayed this morning due to a points failure.

Disruption is likely to last until at least 08:15 BST and anyone travelling on the route is advised to check the latest updates before travelling.

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baby singalong sessions are being pushed out across the country in dementia care homes
Liz Turner has held sessions in Newport for the past seven years, and has now brought them to Gloucestershire.

New school planned for Gloucester

A new secondary school is being planned for the south of Gloucester.

Cotswold Beacon Academy Trust wants to open a sixth-form entry comprehensive school ready for September 2023 in Brookthorpe with Whaddon, on the outskirts of Tuffley.

The school is being proposed to meet the demand created by a proposed housing development of up to 3,000 homes in Whaddon, as well as an increase in demand for places from children already in Gloucester primary schools.

The trust, which comprises of Marling School, Berkeley Primary School and Cam Woodfield Junior School, said the new school will create a total of 180 new school places per year, leading to a total 900 places when full.

The trust is asking members of the public to send feedback on the proposed school by October 31, before it submits its proposals to the Department for Education in November 2019 under the Government’s free school programme.

Fan's Cadbury memorabilia goes on show

Gill Cocks
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The "biggest private collection" of Cadbury memorabilia donated to the company archives by an avid fan from Gloucestershire, is going on show later.

Gill Cocks, from Winchcombe, had been collecting since the 1970s and gathered more than 5,000 items which she donated to Cadbury last year.

Today she is due to cut the ribbon on her exhibition at Cadbury World near Birmingham.

Bid to rescue wonky phone box

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Residents are trying to save a wonky red phone box in a Gloucestershire village.

The leaning red phone box of Dumbleton has slowly been keeling over and is now too "precarious" to use.

"We have one of the tallest trees in Gloucestershire in the village but the roots are pushing the phone box over," said Jim Harmsworth-Cowles, chairman of the village hall, to explain why it stands on a slant.

"It has become really popular with residents and visitors posing for selfies."

Mr Harmsworth-Cowles added the phone box was an important part of the village's heritage.

Residents are hoping to raise £5,000 which will be used towards purchasing and moving the phone box to a new location near the bus shelter.

It's been earmarked by BT for decommissioning and put up for bids from local groups to take on responsibility for the box.

Villagers, hoping to save it, have raised £1,000 so far.

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Pine martens re-established in the wild

Watch: Pine martens re-established the wild

A population of pine martens has been established in the Forest of Dean.

The animal had faced extinction in this country because of extensive hunting and loss of English woodland.

Hunt for person "swept away" in floodwater

Emergency services at River Severn in Gloucester.
BBC

A search has begun following reports that a person was swept away in floodwater next to the River Severn in Gloucester.

Gloucestershire Constabulary said emergency services were called out to Gloucester Docks shortly after 11:25 BST.

Police, fire and rescue crews, the police helicopter and the Severn Area Rescue Association is searching in the Castlemeads area.

The road has been closed at Westgate Island while the search continues.

Emergency services at River Severn in Gloucester.
BBC

Road gritters to be checked before winter

Snow gritting vehicle
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Road gritters are being tested to make sure cold weather doesn't bring Gloucestershire to a standstill this winter.

The county council has received its 30 strong fleet, which will salt roads if the temperature drops.

The machines need to be ready to be used ahead of tomorrow, which is the start of the council's winter season.

Plans for A417 'missing link' between Gloucester and Cirencester to go on show

A417
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A new £430m road in Gloucestershire could help relieve congestion and pollution on a notorious stretch of road between Gloucester and Cirencester.

Starting on Monday, Highways England is holding a number of events where people can see the plans for the so-called A417 "missing link" project.

If funding is approved its hoped that work will start in 2021.

County Championship: Gloucestershire and Northants celebrate promotion to Division One
Gloucestershire and Northants players celebrate promotion to Division One of the County Championship after Glamorgan's draw with Durham sees both sides go up.

Ambulance crews to be given body cameras

South Western Ambulance Service staff are to wear bodycams for a trial period.

It's hoped it will reduce the number of crews being assaulted and abused.

Staff will start wearing the cameras for three months from next month.

There were more than 1,000 incidents of violent or aggressive behaviour towards staff in the South West in a year.

Ambulance
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Man arrested after teenager stabbed in Gloucester

A man has been arrested after a teenager was stabbed in Gloucester city centre.

The 19-year-old boy suffered serious stab wounds in the attack on Southgate Street, yesterday afternoon.

The teenager was taken to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital where police say he remains in a serious but stable condition.

A man in his fifties has been arrested.

Southgate Street, Gloucester
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