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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

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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

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.

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.

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

Call for ban on tree netting

Netted tree

The West's wildlife campaigners are demanding a ban on the use of netting on trees and hedgerows as used by some developers.

The Home Builders' Federation says the nets prevent birds nesting in trees which are to be chopped down, and projects would otherwise face long delays.


Next month the government will debate whether the practice should be made a criminal offence after 350,000 opponents signed a petition saying the netting is putting birds at risk.

'I nearly died from measles'

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Matthew Limmer, who was not vaccinated against measles as a child, spent four days in hospital in Bristol last year after becoming infected, and says he very nearly died.

He has spoken out about his experience, as new figures show MMR vaccination rates for children in our region have fallen.

The percentage of children vaccinated against measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) by their second birthday in the South West decreased from 94.2% in 2013/14 to 93.3% in 2017/18.

Rates in Bristol fell to the lowest level in the South West - with only 89% of children receiving one dose of MMR when they are two years old.

Somerset, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire have all fallen to about 94%.

Public Health England (PHE) South West is reminding people to make sure their children are up to date with their routine vaccinations as part of European Immunisation Awareness Week.

Event remembers the Battle of Imjin River

Soldiers from the Gloucestershire Regiment
Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum
The Gloucestershire Regiment earned the nickname the Glorious Glosters during The Battle of Imjin River in April 1951

An event is taking place at Imjin Barracks in Gloucestershire later to remember the battle of Imjin River during the Korean War.

The Gloucestershire Regiment earned the nickname the Glorious Glosters during the battle in April 1951.

More than 700 members of 1st Battalion, The Gloucestershire Regiment, withstood the advance of 27,000 men of the Chinese 63rd Army.

Their stand gave other United Nations troops time to regroup and block the advance of Chinese and North Korean forces.

Most of the battalion were either killed or captured, with only 40 men being able to escape.

It remains the bloodiest battle fought by British forces since World War II.

Four of the surviving veterans are expected to attend as guests of honour.

Gloucestershire schools awarded £2.7m

School dinners

An extra £2.7m will be spent on improving schools in Gloucestershire.

The money is being awarded by Gloucestershire County Council as part of its pledge to invest £100m in schools.

Nearly half the money, £900,000, will go on special needs provision in the county, with four schools set to get money to improve buildings, play areas, gym halls and dining areas.

All schools in the county will get a share of £100,000 to spend on improving kitchen facilities.

Young people deserve to have access to good and outstanding school places close to their home, which have the best possible facilities. To make sure that becomes a reality, we promised to invest £100m in our county’s schools. This extra funding is just another step towards that promise. We are fully committed to making sure young people in Gloucestershire have a positive learning experience and improving their learning environment is one way we can do that.

Lynden StoweCabinet member for economy, skills and growth at Gloucestershire County Council

Its cool for.... dogs

Last year Gloucestershire Police became the first force in the country to issue cooling coats for its service dogs.

And the equipment has been helping keep the canines cool during the Easter heatwave.

Dogs can easily overheat in cars or during drugs searches but the coats help them escape fatigue.

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PCC accuses councillor of campaign to 'discredit him'

Martin Surl

Gloucestershire's Police and Crime Commissioner is seeking legal advice after details emerged of a campaign to discredit him.

A leaked email, seen by the BBC, shows details of a campaign against Martin Surl coordinated by the county council's chief executive.

It comes as Mr Surl continues his attempt to take over the fire service, which is currently run by the council.

A spokesman for Gloucestershire County Council says it's been open to its opposition to the PCC's proposal to take over the fire service and that it's completely acceptable for council officers to have worked to highlight this.