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Incinerator to begin operating

Javelin Park incinerator

The controversial Javelin Park incinerator in Gloucestershire is due to start operating within the next three weeks, the BBC has learned.

Household waste from Stroud and Gloucester will be burnt at the plant from Monday 10 June, with other areas due to start sending rubbish there a fortnight later.

The official opening will not be until July, on a date Gloucestershire County Council has not yet confirmed.

The council says the incinerator will efficiently combust 190,000 tonnes of waste a year - providing electricity to power the equivalent of 25,000 homes, and says it will save taxpayers £100m over the next 25 years.

Campaigners against the plant have argued it does not represent good value for money.

Photos from Doctor Who filming

Doctor Who being filmed in Gloucester

The new series of Doctor Who is filming today outside Gloucester Cathedral.

Dozens of fans have gathered in the sunshine to watch the BBC film crew in action.

One scene which was filmed this morning involved the actress Jo Martin playing a tour guide.

Doctor Who being filmed in Gloucester

Doctor Who filming in Gloucester

Gloucester Cathedral

Gloucester may not be the first place you'd expect to encounter a terrifying monster.

But that's exactly where one of Doctor Who's most famous villains is set to make a return.

Jodie Whittaker's Doctor is set to encounter The Judoon in the city when the next series launches.

They were last seen terrorizing the 10th Doctor (played by David Tennant) in the 2007 episode Smith and Jones.

Filming is taking place on College Street and inside Gloucester Cathedral today and tomorrow.

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BBC Sport Wales at Parc y Scarlets

Nick Selman and Marnus Labuschagne hit centuries as Glamorgan fight back after being forced to follow on by Gloucestershire.

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Gloucestershire pledges to cut carbon emissions

Gloucestershire County Council will cut huge chunk of its carbon emissions by 2030 after councillors backed proposals.

The call, to reduce 80 per cent of the county council’s emissions within 11 years, was unanimously backed by county councillors, as well as “striving” to offset the remaining 20 per cent by the same date.

Activist group Extinction Rebellion, which was at the meeting, said the pledge “still does not go far enough”.

The group’s members were hoping to cause disruption for the third time in three months by tabling a series of public questions about the climate and green issues.

At February’s meeting, protesters caused huge disruption when they superglued themselves to the public benches inside the council chamber and positioned themselves on the chairman’s bench.

The EU elections: perspectives from the west

Paul Barltrop

Political Editor, West of England

More on our look at the three main schools of thought for candidates standing in the EU elections on May 23rd.

Today: There’s keen competition in the South West between parties who unashamedly love the EU.

The Liberal Democrats are riding high, having made big gains across the region in the recent local elections. That in turn has boosted their campaign, with party members happy to get out campaigning.

The Greens are a smaller party, but fared better than the Lib Dems at the last Euro election, and are proud of the track record of their sitting MEP Molly Scott Cato. They too fared well earlier this month, notably increasing their tally of councillors.

It is harder for Change UK, the new party set up by MPs who left Labour and the Conservatives. Without an established party structure or membership, they face a tough challenge winning over pro-EU voters.

A quarter of children in poverty

Hungry child
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About a quarter of children in our region are living in poverty, according to new research.

Among the local authorities facing the highest levels of child poverty, after housing costs are taken into account, are West Somerset with a figure of 31% and Gloucester with a figure of 28%.

The data has been published by the End Child Poverty coalition.

Other figures locally include Bristol (27%), Forest of Dean (26%), South Somerset (25%), Sedgemoor (24%) and Wiltshire (24%).

The Children's Society said the findings were "disappointing".

Without significant additional investment, there is little hope of reducing child poverty rates in coming years.

Sam RoystonThe Children’s Society

Gloucestershire among lowest spenders on mental health

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There is nearly a two-fold difference in mental health spending across England, an analysis suggests.

Mental health charity Mind looked at investment across 42 NHS regions.

It found that Surrey Heartlands spent the least - £124 per person last year - compared with South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw, which spent more than £220.

The charity said the differences were huge and would affect the quality of care but, despite the variation, spending was still rising everywhere.

Gloucestershire was the third lowest spender (per person, per year) at £137

The EU elections: perspectives from the West

Paul Barltrop

Political Editor, West of England

More on our look at the three main groups you will be asked to vote on in the EU elections on May 23rd.

Three parties are deeply opposed to the European Union, and want us to leave without delay.

UKIP caused something of a political earthquake in the last Euro elections, coming first and getting two MEPs elected in the South West. But they have since left, and the party has fractured, amid claims it has become too extreme.

Many have followed former leader Nigel Farage into his new Brexit Party. Only set up this year, it is fielding some well-known candidates, including former Conservative minister Ann Widdecombe in the South West.

Also standing, though with just two candidates, are the English Democrats; they have stood in several previous European elections, though without success.

Tomorrow I'll be looking at those who unashamedly love the EU and do not want a "divorce".

The EU elections: perspectives from the West

Paul Barltrop

Political Editor, West of England

The South West will be picking six people to represent the whole region in the European Parliament on election day, May 23rd.

Voters will have a big choice.

On the ballot paper there are eight political parties, listed alphabetically, along with three independents, and every candidate’s name is printed. But we can break the parties down into groups.

There are three who love the EU, and want to stop Brexit: the Liberal Democrats, the Greens and Change UK.

The two biggest political parties, the Conservatives and Labour, are rather on the fence: officially committed to enacting Brexit, but deeply troubled over how to do it.

Then there are those who want out straight away, unafraid of leaving with no deal: UKIP, the Brexit Party and the English Democrats.

Across this week I'll be looking at these three main groups.

Weekend rail services disrupted

Workers on railway line

Train services in the Bath area will be disrupted this weekend as Network Rail continues to upgrade the railway.

The company says essential maintenance is needed to improve the reliability of the rail infrastructure and improve the service for customers.

On Saturday 11 May and Sunday 12 May buses will replace trains between:

  • Bristol Temple Meads and Chippenham
  • Bath Spa and Westbury/Frome
  • Westbury and Chippenham (via Melksham)

Services between Bristol Temple Meads and London Paddington will operate via Bristol Parkway towards Swindon.

On Saturday 11 May, signalling work will also affect services until 0720 between Didcot Parkway and Newport and between Gloucester and Westbury/Weston-super-Mare.

Buses will replace trains during this period and some services may be amended up until approximately 12pm that day.

I thank passengers in advance for their patience while we continue to improve the reliability of the railway before the launch of our new timetables in December.

Rob MullenGWR Operations Manager
Christian Doidge: Forest Green Rovers striker on Bolton Wanderers exit and play-off bid
Christian Doidge speaks about Forest Green's bid for promotion from League Two and his exit from Bolton in January.
Counterfeit cigarettes hidden in hydraulic secret compartment
Police and trading standards officers found the illegal tobacco in a raid on a shop in Gloucester.

Shoplifting groups targeting Gloucester and Cheltenham, say police

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Police say groups of shoplifters are travelling into Gloucester and Cheltenham to steal goods, with many of them targeting large department stores.

A BBC Freedom of Information request to Gloucestershire Police has also revealed there were 10,000 shoplifting incidents during a two-and-a-half year period.

Gloucester charity - City Safe - says it's working with local businesses to try and stop offenders.

BBC local radio headlines across the West

Radio presenter
  • BBC Radio Bristol: An inquest will continue today into the death of a 20-year-old student from Bristol University.
  • BBC Gloucestershire: Police say groups of shoplifters are travelling into Gloucester and Cheltenham to steal goods.
  • BBC Somerset: Wildlife is getting trapped in plastic netting put up by developers in Bridgwater.
  • BBC Wiltshire: A 17-year-old boy is due in court in Bristol today, charged with the murder of Calne teenager Ellie Gould.

Nurse plans longest river swim

Allen Cook

BBC News

A nurse is planning to swim the UK's longest river next month to thank a charity for funding her stem cell treatment.

Melissa Compton swimming
Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Trust

Melissa Compton, who works for Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust, started open water swimming after a knee injury left her walking with a stick.

She had stem cell therapy for osteoarthritis with funding from Versus Athritis and will swim the 220-mile (350km) River Severn in June to thank them.

It will take her three weeks, swimming 10 to 12 miles a day, starting from the river's source in Mid-Wales and swimming through Shropshire, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire and ending at Severn Beach.

A friend of mine suggested that I should take up swimming. I was reluctant at first having never given it any thought before, but as my mobility reduced still further, I realised that I needed some form of exercise to stay fit. So, I literally took the plunge.

Melissa ComptonNurse

Torino FC victims of 1949 plane crash remembered in Italy

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Leslie Lievesley (back row, far left) from Gloucester became a coach at Torino in 1947

The family of the English coach of Torino FC, who was killed in a plane crash with most of the club's squad in 1949 in Italy, have spent the weekend in Turin marking the 70th anniversary of the accident.

Leslie Lievesley, from Gloucester, was returning from Lisbon with the team when the plane crashed just outside Turin near a giant basilica that overlooks the city.

Searchers going through the wreckage realised that among the 31 dead were Serie A's all-conquering champions, Il Grande Torino.

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No more treadmills, says 'Britain's answer to Forrest Gump'

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Britain's answer to Forrest Gump has vowed never to get on a treadmill again after breaking the Guinness World Record for the greatest distance covered in a week on one.

Jamie McDonald, 32, has spent the last seven days in a tent in his home city of Gloucester, running more than 20 hours a day to beat the 513.97 miles (827.15km) set by Marcio Villar in Brazil in 2015.

The tennis coach broke the record with more than two hours to spare and carried on running until he had reached the 168-hour mark when he stopped, having set a new record of 524.4 miles (844.9km).

"My ankles were swollen up so bad and I didn't realise walking on a treadmill was so brutal. I call it the dreadmill," he said.

Jamie McDonald