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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'

Salmon
PA

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."

Forest Green Rovers' stadium plans rejected

Planned stadium
Zaha Hadid Architects

Plans for a new 5,000 seat stadium for Forest Green Rovers have been refused.

A meeting of Stroud District Council voted against a recommendation of approval by council officers, citing concerns over noise, traffic and the impact on the landscape.

Club Chairman Dale Vince was disappointed by the ruling.

I think the council are on weak ground, and I might appeal, but that's another year of my life. ow hard should I have to try to bring some progress and create jobs? I do wonder if it's worth the effort, but we'll see.

Dale VinceChairman, Forest Green Rovers

Rail crash driver died after telling signalman train had passed

Crash scene
Nicky Blackmarket

A man died when his vehicle was hit by an express train on a level crossing after he gave "incorrect information" to a signalman, an inquest heard.

Colin Cameron's Land Rover was struck by the London Paddington to Cheltenham Spa service at Frampton Mansell, near Stroud, in February 2017.

A verdict of accidental death was recorded by the jury.

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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.

Council to decide on wooden football stadium

Wooden stadium plan
Zaha Hadid Architects

Councillors in Stroud will tonight decide whether to approve plans for a new wooden stadium for Forest Green Rovers.

Planning officers at the district council have recommended outline planning permission be approved for the new 5,000 seat venue near junction 13 of the M5.

Forest Green Rovers said the move would enable the club to progress to the Championship.

But a number of concerns have been raised about extra traffic, noise and light pollution.

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: www.sudeleycastle.co.uk/events

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
'I haven't ridden a bike for 90 years'
Residents at a care home in Stroud were able to ride special bikes thanks to a local charity.