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    Large Barn Fire near Kingsland, Herefordshire

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    Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service crews called to a large barn fire at Lawton near kingsland. 

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    6 pumps from 3 brigades worked through the night to stop the fire spreading. Crews will remain on site today.

    Thank you to Covid-19 support in Herefordshire group.

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    A huge thank you to everyone at Covid-19 support in Herefordshire. You have given local people across our county a invaluable service for the past 10 weeks.

    Give yourselves a massive round of applause 👏👏👏

    📄 A statement on their page reads; 👇


    It's been a great privilege supporting those in need within Herefordshire during the COVID-19 pandemic but unfortunately we are suspending our services from Sunday 24th May.

    Don't worry, for anyone still in need of cooked meals please contact Meals on Wheels, Herefordshire by Bake and Create.

    We will be sending out menus and information flyers with tomorrows delivery so PLEASE READ!!!

    We have delivery around 4480 cooked meals, desserts and approximately ,plus’s 400 food packages to people in need!!!

    So a big thank you to all those that have donated produce, money and time to the cause over the last 10 weeks.

    All the best COVID-19 Support in Herefordshire Volunteers!


    Light Aircraft Crash Landing Near Kingsland.

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    Light Aircraft Crash Landing Near Kingsland.


    Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service with crews from Kingsland, Leominster, Hereford fire stations all attended the light aircraft incident, near Shirl Heath, Kingsland.

    Crews from Droitwich and Malvern stood down en route when the scale of incident was assessed by initial crews.

    The incident involved light aircraft crash landing on field. One person self rescued prior to arrival, uninjured thankfully.

    Aircraft has been made safe.


    4.5 Tonnes of Litter Removed from A 40 in Herefordshire

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    Well done to the Herefordshire Council street cleansing teams who have been making the most of the lower levels of traffic on the network on the A40. In just 3 days, 4.5 tonnes of litter and road debris was removed by their sweepers and litter pickers. 


    Please help keep it this way, take your litter home!

    Man dies and two others injured after being attacked by water buffalo in Monmouthshire.

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    Man dies and two others injured after being attacked by water buffalo in Monmouthshire.

    It is believed that the animal went on the rampage on a farm near Usk, Gwent.


    A statement from Gwent Police said: 


    "We received a report of an incident at a commercial property in Gwehelog, at around 2.50pm on Tuesday, after two men and a woman were attacked by a water buffalo.

    A 57-year-old man from the Gwehelog area was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics from Wales ambulance service.

    A 19-year-old man from the Gwehelog area sustained critical injuries during the incident. He has been taken to the University hospital for Wales for treatment by the Welsh air ambulance.

    A 22-year-old woman from the Gwehelog area sustained a serious injury to her leg. Her injuries are not thought to be critical and she has been taken to the Royal Gwent hospital for treatment.

    “The water buffalo has been destroyed. Officers received assistance from the National Police Air Service at the scene.”

     According to a report in the Guardian;


    "A neighbouring farmer said he had been told that the buffalo went on the rampage. He said: “The first I knew of it was when I saw the police helicopter and the air ambulance buzzing around. Some people do try to diversify and keep water buffalo, usually for their milk,” he said. “It’s a huge shock to everyone in the area.”

    The richness of water buffalo milk makes it a popular ingredient in products ranging from mozzarella to ice-cream. Water buffalo are sometimes also introduced as part of conservation projects and have grazed since 2002 on the Teifi Marshes in Pembrokeshire, south-west Wales.

    The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales said that usually they posed no risk to humans.


    “Given their size, water buffalo are generally intelligent docile creatures, who respond well to gentle handling,” 


    Organ Donation Law in England has Changed from Today

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    Organ donation law in England has changed.


    What has changed?

    Organ donation in England has moved to an 'opt out' system. You may also hear it referred to as 'Max and Keira's Law'.

    This means that all adults in England will be considered to have agreed to be an organ donor when they die unless they have recorded a decision not to donate or are in one of the excluded groups.

    Your family will still be approached and your faith, beliefs and culture will continue to be respected.

    You still have a choice whether or not you wish to become a donor. Get the facts about organ donation to help you decide. 

    Why has the law changed?

    The law has been changed to help save and improve more lives. Every day across the UK, someone dies waiting for a transplant.

    What do I have to do?

    We are asking everyone to:

    1. Record your organ donation decision on the NHS Organ Donor Register
    2. Tell your family and friends what you have decided


    If you would like to speak to somebody about your choices, please call our dedicated line: 0300 303 2094

    When did the law change?

    The opt out system in England came into effect on 20 May 2020.

    Who will the changes affect?

    These changes will affect all adults in England unless they have recorded a decision not to donate or are in one of the following excluded groups:

    • Those under the age of 18
    • People who lack the mental capacity to understand the new arrangements and take the necessary action
    • Visitors to England, and those not living here voluntarily
    • People who have lived in England for less than 12 months before their death

    Download the factsheet below

    The factsheet explains the changes to the law around organ donation in England, and the choices you can make.


    Captain Tom Moore to be knighted

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    Captain Tom Moore to be knighted


    The World War Two veteran, who raised funds by walking up and down his garden, says he is "absolutely overwhelmed" at the award.

    Captain Tom Moore, who raised almost £33m for the NHS as it battled to cope with coronavirus, is to be knighted, Boris Johnson has said.The 100-year-old World War Two veteran, who raised the extraordinary sum of money by walking up and down his garden, said:


    I am absolutely overwhelmed. Never for one moment could I have imagined to be awarded with such a great honour.

    I'd like to thank Her Majesty the Queen, the prime minister and the Great British public. I will remain at your service.

    This started as something small and I've been overwhelmed by the gratitude and love from the British public and beyond.

    We must take this opportunity to recognise our frontline heroes of the National Health Service who put their lives at risk everyday to keep us safe.

    The prime minister, who recommended the award, which the Queen approved, called Captain Moore a "true national treasure" who "provided us all with a beacon of light through the fog of coronavirus".

    His knighthood comes just weeks after he was made an honorary colonel to mark his centenary and fundraising efforts.

    Source SkyNews

    A woman whose body was discovered in the Forest of Dean has been named as Phoenix Netts

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    A woman whose body was discovered in the Forest of Dean last Tuesday (12 May) has been named as Phoenix Netts, aged 28.

    Phoenix Netts

    A statement released on behalf of Phoenix’s family reads:


    As a family we are devastated with what has happened to Phoenix.

    We ask most humbly that our family's privacy is respected whilst we grieve and come to terms with the loss of Phoenix in such tragic circumstances.

    Whilst we understand this is a news story, we hope everyone can understand why we need to be left alone at this very difficult time.

    We have family and good friends supporting us and our thanks go out to all of them.

    We would also like to thank all the police officers involved in the investigation for their hard work and sensitivity.

    Our thoughts are with Phoenix's family at this extremely difficult time. 

    We've been working closely with detectives from West Midlands Police over the past week and they are now leading the murder investigation. 

    Two people charged in connection with the investigation appeared at court this morning (19 May).

    Detectives from West Midlands Police have been working closely with colleagues at Gloucestershire Constabulary and are now leading the murder investigation.

    Exactly where Phoenix was killed is still unknown and officers continue to follow-up a number of enquiries in a bid to establish what happened.

    Our specialist family liaison officers are working with the 28-year-old’s family at this devastating time.

    Two people charged in connection with the murder appeared at Gloucester Crown Court this morning (19 May).

    Gareeca Conita Gordon, aged 27, from Salisbury Road, Birmingham was charged with the murder of a woman on or before 12 May 2020. Mahesh Sorathiya, aged 38, from Denmore Gardens, Wolverhampton was charged with assisting an offender on or before the 12 May.

    Gordon was remanded into prison, while the court granted Sorathiya conditional bail, and both are next due to appear at Bristol Crown Court on 4 August. 

    Detective Chief Inspector Scott Griffiths from our homicide team said:


    Firstly, I’d like to offer my sincere condolences to Phoenix’s family.

    We’ve worked closely with colleagues at Gloucestershire over the past week and our investigation continues at pace.

    We’d urge anyone with any information about the tragic loss of Phoenix’s life to get in touch with us.

    Anyone with any information can contact Gloucestershire Police or call 101 anytime.

    What's going to happen after Coronavirus?

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    What's going to happen after Coronavirus

    Where are we going when Coronavirus fades away and the government has run its course in keeping us at home.The sheer economic disaster coming and affecting everyone is already being discussed by some MPs. One remedy is to impose a one off wealth tax. The idea is that everyone – households and businesses, rich and poor – has to pay a sum equivalent to a chunk of their net assets. This would reverse taxation regimes across the world which tax income far more than the taxation of wealth.

    Ed Conway, the economics editor at Sky News, writing in the Times, roughly calculates that a one-off 10 percent levy on all household net wealth in the UK would generate over £1 trillion ($1.24 trillion) of revenues. That would be enough to pay off all the costs of Covid-19. It would provide for the NHS for generations and reduce the national debt from wartime levels to something more like normality. 

    The government reduction plans for local authority council funding on the basis that the shortfall can be made up with councils keeping the collection of business rates now looks a dead duck.

    The desire to give us all an identity card accompanied with a vaccination certificate looks pretty certain. Get ready for all citizens to be given a free smartphone and be fined if not carried on one's person at all times to enable tracking at all times.

    This quote says it all:

    “The telephone was not his favorite object, and more than once he had considered getting rid of his. What he disliked most of all was its tyranny. Not only did it have the power to interrupt him against his will, but inevitably he would give in to its command.”
    ― Paul Auster, City of Glass

    Local Business Hey Honey New Online Store!

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    Two charged in connection with remains found in Forest of Dean

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    A woman has been charged with murder in connection with the discovery of human remains in the Forest of Dean on the evening of Tuesday 12 May.

    Photo courtesy of Gloucestershire Live/BPM Media

    Gareeca Conita Gordon, 27 and of Salisbury Road, Birmingham has been charged with the murder of a woman on or before 12 May 2020.

    Mahesh Sorathiya, 38 and of Denmore Gardens, Wolverhampton has been charged with assisting an offender on or before 12 May 2020.

    The pair have been refused bail and are due to appear before magistrates in Cheltenham via video link today, Saturday 16 May.

    Police are awaiting results of DNA tests to establish the identity of the victim.

    Over 1.8 Million People (85%) Have Recovered from Coronavirus Worldwide.

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    Over 1.8 Million People (85%) have recovered and been discharged from hospital from Coronavirus worldwide.


    Most people who catch coronavirus will only get mild symptoms and make a full recovery.

    We are in no way trying to dilute the severity of this virus or the impact of loss and bereavement this disease is having for so many people but just wanted to 'highlight' how many people are recovering each day, rather than publish the daily doom and gloom numbers of deaths being constantly reported.

    World statistics of the Covid-19 - Coronavirus pandemic recovery rates last updated: May 17, 2020, 0:50 GMT.
    Source: Worldometer
    Graphic designed by Freepik
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    Bodenham Lake Nature Reserve Watercolor

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    February, Calm, Coot Calling' a studio watercolour created from outdoor sketches at Bodenham Lake Nature Reserve managed by Herefordshire Wildlife Trust


    Thank you to Richard Bavin for painting this superb watercolour for our viewing pleasure.

    Richard is a local landscape painter specialising in trees and woodland, Richard seeks to capture the character and atmosphere of particular places in all weathers and seasons. 

    Kate Bingham Appointed Chair of UK Vaccine Taskforce

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    Congratulations to Kate Bingham, wife of our own Jesse Norman, MP for Hereford and South Herefordshire.

    Kate Bingham has today (16 May) been appointed chair of the UK’s Vaccine Taskforce – the group set up by the Government’s Chief Scientific Adviser, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Business Secretary and Health Secretary to lead UK efforts to find and manufacture a COVID-19 vaccine.

    This is a cross-government role and Kate Bingham will report directly to the Prime Minister.


    Kate Bingham is a leading figure in the life sciences sector and her appointment will enable the Vaccine Taskforce to accelerate the development of a safe and effective vaccine, one of the long-term solutions to controlling the coronavirus pandemic and saving lives without social distancing or contact tracing in place.

    Kate will co-ordinate the work already underway across Government, academia and industry to rapidly develop vaccines, and ensure that as and when a viable one becomes available, it can be produced in mass quantities and safely administered to the public – both in the UK and around the world.

    The Taskforce is ensuring the work being done to find a vaccine in the UK complements and supports global efforts. The UK is a leader in the global response, committing £250 million to the international drive to develop a coronavirus vaccine through the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations and hosting the upcoming global pledging conference for Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, on June 4th.

    Kate is uniquely qualified for the role, having worked in the biotech sector in the UK and internationally for 26 years – most recently as Managing Partner at SV Health Investor. Her work has led to the launch of six drugs for the treatment of patients with inflammatory and autoimmune disease and cancer.

    Business Secretary Alok Sharma, who has been tasked with ministerial responsibility for the government’s work on vaccines said:


    Discovering a vaccine is going to be vital in the plan to defeat COVID-19. Kate’s appointment as chair of the UK’s Vaccine Taskforce will give us exceptional leadership and focused energy as we seek to make this essential breakthrough.

    We stand firmly behind the work of Kate and the Taskforce as they lead efforts to discover and mass produce a COVID-19 vaccine that could save millions of lives in the UK and around the world.

    Chair of the Vaccine Taskforce Kate Bingham said:


    Our immediate aim on vaccines is two-fold: to ensure everyone in the UK that needs to be vaccinated against COVID-19 can be as soon as practicable. Secondly, to ensure adequate global distribution of vaccines to bring the quickest possible end to the pandemic and the economic and social damage it causes.

    Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock said:


    We are determined to harness the UK’s world leading scientists and institutions to discover and develop a vaccine to tackle this global virus.

    Kate’s work will be critical to this effort. She has an excellent track record in the biotech industry, and brings vast experience working with drug and therapeutic discoveries which gives us a head start in finding and manufacturing a COVID-19 vaccine.

    Government Chief Scientific Adviser Sir Patrick Vallance said:


    All vaccines that come into development are long shots and to stand the greatest chance of making a crucial breakthrough we need we need great leadership. That is exactly what Kate Bingham will bring.

    There are many vaccines worldwide in development and its vital that the UK continues to play its leading role in trialling potential vaccines and stands ready to get behind any viable vaccine candidates.

    About Kate Bingham

    Kate is temporarily stepping back from her full time role as Managing Partner at SV Health Investors, a leading international life sciences venture capital firm to take on this role as Chair of the Taskforce. At SV she is responsible for biotech investments and activities in the UK and serves or has served on the boards of companies in the UK, US, Ireland, Sweden and Germany. Her investments include small-molecule drug discovery and development projects, biotherapeutic development projects, and drug discovery platforms in a broad range of clinical areas.

    Kate played a leading role in setting up the UK’s Dementia Discovery Fund (DDF) and serves on the DDF Investment Committee. The DDF was created by six leading pharmaceutical companies (Biogen, GSK, Johnson & Johnson, Eli Lilly, Pfizer, Takeda), together with the UK Department of Health and Alzheimer’s Research UK. Launched with initial commitments of £70m it now has £250m to invest in new potential disease modifying therapeutics for dementia.

    Prior to joining SV, Kate worked in business development for Vertex Pharmaceuticals, a biotechnology company in Cambridge, MA and at Monitor Company, a strategy consulting firm. She has an MA in Biochemistry from Oxford University (First class) and studied on a Kennedy Scholarship at Harvard Business School (MBA Baker Scholar).

    Jesse Norman

    In 1992 Hereford and South Herefordshire MP Jesse Norman married The Honourable Kate Bingham, daughter of The Lord Bingham of Cornhill, the former Lord Chief Justice. They have two sons and one daughter.

    Sunshine Radio in Breach Of Broadcasting Code in Relation to Sam Smith Comments

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    Sunshine Radio in Breach Of Broadcasting Code in relation to gender identity during a broadcast on the 16th September 2019, 07:45 on the Paul Ellery in the morning show.


    Type of case: Broadcast Standards
    Outcome: In Breach
    Service: Sunshine Radio
    Date & time: 16 September 2019, 07:45
    Category: Generally accepted standards

    Summary: This programme featured potentially offensive statements about gender identity which were not justified by the context. In breach of Rule 2.3 of the Broadcasting Code.


    Sunshine Radio is a local radio station serving Hereford and Monmouthshire with music, speech, local news and information. The licence for the service is held by Sunshine FM Limited (“Sunshine FM” or “the Licensee”).

    Paul Ellery in the Morning is a daily light-entertainment programme that includes discussions of news of the day.

    Ofcom received a complaint that a presenter talked in a mocking manner about singer Sam Smith coming out as non-binary,1.

    After playing a Sam Smith track during the programme, the presenter Paul Ellery said:


    I can’t get over this that he [Sam Smith] says he doesn’t identify with being male or female, so in future we have to call him ‘they’. And I heard somebody on – I think it was on BBC News Channel over the weekend saying, ‘the easiest way to find out, Sam, if you’re male or female or they, is to take your clothes off – there we go you’re definitely a boy!’.

    • 1. Stonewall defines the use of the term ‘trans’ as “An umbrella term to describe people whose gender is not the same as, or does not sit comfortably with, the sex they were assigned at birth. Trans people may describe themselves using one or more of a wide variety of terms, including (but not limited to) transgender, transsexual, gender-queer (GQ), gender-fluid, non-binary, gender-variant, crossdresser, genderless, agender, nongender, third gender, two-spirit, bi-gender, trans man, trans woman, trans masculine, trans feminine and neutrois”.

    Ofcom considered that the material raised potential issues under Rule 2.3 of the Code, which states:


    In applying generally accepted standards broadcasters must ensure that material which may cause offence is justified by the context...Such material may include, but is not limited to, offensive language, violence, sex, sexual violence, humiliation, distress, violation of human dignity, discriminatory treatment or language (for example on the grounds of age, disability, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation, and marriage and civil partnership). Appropriate information should also be broadcast where it would assist in avoiding or minimising offence.

    We therefore sought comments from the Licensee about how the programme complied with this rule.

    Ofcom also requested information from the Licensee about the content on BBC News referred to in the programme. The Licensee could not find it.


    Sunshine FM described the programme as a live, unscripted “one man show” and stated that there was no production team or “backroom staff” involved in its broadcast.

    The Licensee said that the comment about Sam Smith’s gender was part of a “throw away short link” and was not intended to offend listeners. However, it added that after reviewing the programme, the presenter’s view was that his comment was “misjudged” and had the potential to have caused offence.

    Sunshine FM said that the presenter would not have deliberately sought to offend the LGBT community. It added that Paul Ellery had undertaken compliance and legal training, in addition to him attending daily meetings to review content.

    In response to Ofcom’s Preliminary View, which was to record a breach of Rule 2.3, the Licensee said that the presenter had resigned from Sunshine Radio. Ofcom also provided the presenter with the opportunity to make representations in this case but he did not provide any.


    Reflecting our duties under the Communications Act 2003, Section Two of the Code provides protection for members of the public from harmful and/or offensive material.

    Ofcom takes into account the audience’s and the broadcaster’s right to freedom of expression set out in Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights when considering whether a broadcaster has provided listeners with adequate protection from offensive material in a programme.

    Ofcom has also had due regard in the exercise of its functions to the need to eliminate unlawful discrimination, to advance equality of opportunity and to foster good relations between those who share a relevant protected characteristic – such as gender reassignment – and those who do not.

    Rule 2.3 requires that in applying generally accepted standards, broadcasters must ensure that potentially offensive material is justified by the context. Context includes, but is not limited to, the editorial content of the programme, the service on which the material was broadcast, the time the material was broadcast and the extent to which the nature of the content can be brought to the attention of the potential audience (for example by giving information).

    Ofcom first considered whether the broadcast contained material which could be considered offensive.

    During the programme the presenter:

    • repeated a remark he said he had heard from another source conflating Sam Smith’s gender and their sex at birth. In our view, it would have been clear to listeners from the presenter’s tone and the manner in which he was discussing this subject (“I can’t get over this...”) that he endorsed the discriminatory and dismissive remarks to which he was referring; and,
    • referred to Sam Smith using the masculine pronouns “he” and “him” and said that they were “definitely a boy” despite the fact that it had been widely reported – and the story that the presenter was discussing referred to the fact – that Sam Smith was identifying as non-binary and had requested that people use the pronoun “they” when referring to them.

    We considered that these comments had the potential to cause offence as they sought to ridicule Sam Smith’s non-binary status. In addition, by referring to Sam Smith using the incorrect pronoun, the presenter appeared to ignore and undermine Sam Smith’s publicly stated gender identity.

    As set out above, potentially offensive comments and material can be broadcast, but the Code requires them to be justified by the context in which they are presented to the audience. Ofcom therefore went on to consider whether this content was justified by the context.

    Paul Ellery in the Morning is a daily light-entertainment programme which includes discussion of news of the day. Ofcom acknowledged that listeners would therefore be likely to expect a range of personal views across a variety of subjects, some of which may be contentious or attract strong opinions from the presenter. We recognise the importance of broadcasters, in line with the right to freedom of expression, being able to discuss issues surrounding gender identity, including those relating to people who identify as non-binary. However, when discussing sensitive issues, particularly those linked to people with protected characteristics, it is important sufficient context is provided so as to comply with Rule 2.3.

    In this case, the comments made by the presenter about Sam Smith were brief, which may have limited the potential for offence to some extent. However, they did not form part of a serious or considered discussion about issues related to gender identity and, at no point were his comments challenged, scrutinised or otherwise contextualised. Furthermore, the tone of the presenter’s comments was mocking, dismissive and flippant towards Sam Smith’s announcement that they were identifying as non-binary.

    Noting that we only received one complaint from listeners about the presenter’s comments, we considered that the above factors established the potential for the comments in question to cause offence.

    Given the strength of the presenter’s views on gender reassignment which had the potential to cause offence to listeners, and in particular, to members of the trans community, we considered that these comments were likely to have exceeded listeners’ expectations of content on this local radio station. We therefore considered that there was insufficient context to justify the potentially offensive references to Sam Smith’s gender.

    We acknowledged the Licensee’s position that the comments were not intended to offend listeners, and the presenter’s acknowledgement that they were “misjudged”. However, regardless of the intent, in our view the comments had the potential to cause offence for the reasons set out above.

    Ofcom was concerned by Sunshine FM’s submission that other than the presenter, no other members of a production team or “backroom staff” were involved in the broadcast of the programme. We acknowledged the steps the Licensee has taken to improve compliance prior to the presenter’s resignation, including the presenter undertaking compliance training and attending daily meetings to review content. However, given all of the above, our Decision was that the content exceeded generally accepted standards, in breach of Rule 2.3 of the Code.

    Breach of Rule 2.3

    Body of woman found in two suitcases on road near Coleford

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    Gloucestershire Constabulary have confirmed human remains found off a road in the Forest of Dean were a woman.

    Earlier today officers were been granted a 36-hour magistrates' extension to continue questioning two people who were arrested on suspicion of murder.

    Overnight a 12-hour custody extension had been granted for both the woman aged in her 20s and from Birmingham and the man aged in his 30s and from Wolverhampton.

    The further 36-hour extension was granted at around midday today and means they can remain in custody for further questioning.

    Forensic testing is ongoing to establish the identity of the victim after human remains were found by police shortly after 11.30pm on Tuesday 12 May.


    Police granted more time to question suspects in murder investigation

    Gloucester Police gave the following update:


    Shortly after 10.30pm on Tuesday 12 May a member of the public reported suspicions to police about a vehicle due to its manner of driving.

    It had been travelling on the A4136 near Coleford and officers in the local area were advised.

    The vehicle was located by police a short while later and two people were spoken to.

    Two suitcases were found to contain human remains and two people, a woman aged in her 20s from Birmingham and a man aged in his 30s from Wolverhampton, were subsequently arrested.

    They remain in police custody following a 36-hour extension granted by magistrates at around midday today, Thursday 14 May.

    A vehicle was also seized.

    Investigating officers believe there is one victim, a woman, and forensic examinations are ongoing to confirm her identity.

    Senior Investigating Officer DCI John Turner said: "The nature of this incident is distressing and we're working around the clock to fully understand what has happened.

    "Someone's life has been lost and our priority is to identify the victim and get answers for her family.

    "Searches have taken place in the surrounding area for evidence gathering and contrary to media reports no remains have been found as part of these searches.

    "Our Major Crime Investigation Team is working in collaboration with the West Midlands Police homicide team to carry out further enquiries."

    Photograph: Chris Fairweather/Huw Evans/Rex/Shutterstock

    Old Postcard of Hereford Cathedral from the River Bank

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    We have acquired this old postcard recently and thought it was quite interesting..


    The caption on the card says, "Hereford, Cathedral from the River Bank" It is printed and has been postally used dated September 15th 1908, what is written on the reverse is fascinating... see here >>>  https://hfd.news/2rd

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      Please arrive 15 min earlier to any class if new to us, If uncertain of directions , and due to possible changes in venue / time of start please phone before attending to avoid disappointment. Thank you.

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      This is the profile of a new terrace of brick-built houses near Birmingham city centre (designed by the Courtyard's architect Glen Howells) which is due to be unveiled later this month by the developer Urban Splash. What a pity something as architecturally well-mannered as this couldn't have gone up on the ex-Rockfield DIY site alongside Hereford Station, which will shortly be playing host to a student accommodation block which looks more like a STASSI training centre!

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    • H.Wilson

      Bloody Quality Street in Tesco's already, its August not Xmas!
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