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Sheep, cow and alpaca's prepare for royal show.
Livestock owners reveal pamper techniques ahead of the Royal Three Counties Show in Malvern.

Emergency byelaw 'to protect salmon stock'


An emergency byelaw comes into force on Saturday to help protect salmon stock in the Severn Estuary.

The Environment Agency (EA) order means draft net and putcher fishing would be prohibited - and Lave net fishing, and rod and line, will operate on a catch-and-release basis only.

An EA spokesman said the move was necessary to protect this salmon population and comes after figures for the Severn, Wye and Usk, which salmon from the Severn Estuary migrate to, showed numbers to be extremely low.

"This has not been an easy decision to take. We have looked at other options, such as reduced catch limits for both net and rod fishermen and voluntary catch and release for lave net and rod fishermen, but felt that stopping any salmon being taken on the Severn this season through a by-law was necessary to protect salmon in the river," he said.

"We understand the impact this will have on fishermen, but only by the use of immediate and robust action, with cooperation from others, can we prevent the collapse of salmon stocks in the Severn in the future."

Police warning over Flying Scotsman

Flying Scotsman
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Police say they will prosecute anyone who trespasses onto rail tracks as the Flying Scotsman travels through Gloucestershire this weekend.

The iconic steam locomotive will pass through Kemble, Gloucester and Cheltenham tomorrow morning.

But some people have risked their lives to get a glimpse by going onto railway lines.

Sgt Phil Horne from British Transport Police says as well as being dangerous, trespassing can also cause big delays.

Motorcyclist injured in hit-and-run in Gloucester

A motorcyclist was injured in hit-and-run in the Barnwood area of Gloucester.

The 52-year-old man, from Gloucester, was travelling on a Honda motorbike along the A40 from the Elmbridge Court roundabout towards the C&G roundabout shortly after 06:30 BST when it is alleged a white van cut in front of him.

He collided with the crash barrier, suffering cuts and bruises, and was checked over at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital before being discharged.

The van driver did not stop at the scene and Gloucestershire Police is now appealing for the motorist, or people who saw what happened, to come forward.

Cheltenham Borough Council mulls multiple occupancy housing cap

St Pauls Church, Cheltenham

Cheltenham Borough Council will make a decision tonight on whether to limit the number of houses of multiple occupancy (HMO) in St Paul's.

The district, named after St Paul's Church, is popular with students, who often end up living in large groups under one roof. The council estimates 12% of housing stock in St Paul's is a HMO.

In a cabinet paper up for discussion, the council says HMOs can have a "potentially negative impact on communities" because of parking issues, and waste management.

Ghost-like sculptures adorn Berkeley Castle
The sculptors used chicken wire to bring characters from centuries ago back to life in Gloucestershire.

New patient transport service begins

A new transport service has started for non-emergency patients in Bath and North East Somerset, Somerset, Gloucestershire, Swindon and Wiltshire.

E-zec will run the service for patients who cannot travel by other means due to a medical condition or mobility need.

Patients who want to make use of the service need to be assessed against national eligibility criteria.

E-zec delivers services across the UK and currently provides non-emergency patient transport services across Dorset, Somerset, Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire.

Important changes to how you get your TV programmes

Changes are being made to the way some channels are broadcast on Freeview on June 5.

You may need to retune your TV equipment to continue watching programmes when these take place in your area.

More details about what to do can be found by clicking here. Scroll down for full information.

You can also call the Freeview Advice Line free on 0808 100 0288

Watch to find details of what to do to make sure you can keep watching programmes after June 5

Tudor treasure unearthed at Sudeley Castle dig

Archaeologists at Sudeley Castle
Sudeley Castle

Artefacts buried for hundreds of years have been unearthed as part of an archaeological dig taking place at Sudeley Castle in Gloucestershire.

Archaeologists excavating a field within the grounds have found fragments of hand-made green glazed pottery, with the potter's thumbprints on it, possibly from the Tudor period, as well as glass, clay pipes and ornamental iron work.

The dig, which is underway from now until Sunday, offers the public a rare opportunity to see archaeologists working to unearth secrets of Sudeley that have remained hidden underground for hundreds of years.

To find out more about the dig and all the events on at Sudeley Castle, visit:

This archaeological dig is a hugely exciting and rare opportunity for members of the public to witness the re-emergence of a thrilling piece of Tudor history. It’s wonderful to have made such exciting discoveries already and we are keen to see what else we find over the next week.

Wendy WaltonSudeley Castle CEO
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Woman raises £750 in 0.5km sponsored walk over four Fridays

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A woman who suffered a traumatic brain injury as child, and who could hardly walk until a few months ago, has managed a total of half a kilometre to raise money for charity.

Telma Belo from Cheltenham walked 125m using her frame, each Friday in May, in the town's Pittville Park.

Each one was the maximum distance she can cover in one go.

Ms Belo, who was injured in a car crash at age 11, described the feat as a "huge achievement"

Disabled woman to finish charity walk today

Tellma Belo

A disabled woman who could hardly walk a few months ago today finishes her half a kilometre walk to raise money for charity.

Telma Belo suffered a traumatic brain injury as a child, and can only walk 125 metres in one go.

Her fundraiser page has so far raised £730 for Headway Gloucestershire, smashing her target of £500.

She will finish her walk in Pittville Park this morning.