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Severe disruption: A449 Monmouthshire southbound

BBC News Travel

A449 Monmouthshire southbound severe disruption, from A472 to M4 J24.

A449 Monmouthshire - A449 closed and it's slow southbound from Usk Interchange in Llangeview to Coldra in Langstone, because of a police investigation.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Doctors and nurses across Gloucestershire make pledge to coronavirus victims

This emotive video has been made by health professionals in Gloucestershire to reassure the families of those being treated for coronavirus that they will not be forgotten.

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Make a Difference: Rotary club donated toiletries to hospital staff

BBC Hereford and Worcester

The Rotary Club in Hereford is raising money and also organising the delivery of donations for people working on the front line.

Hereford County Hospital
Google

This weekend it donated £150 of toiletries and chocolate to staff at the County Hospital (pictured).

The Rotary Club is also giving grants of up to £250 to local charities and groups that are helping others.

Severe disruption: M5 Gloucestershire southbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Gloucestershire southbound severe disruption, from J13 for A419 to J14 for B4509 Thornbury.

M5 Gloucestershire - One lane closed on M5 southbound from J13, A419 (Stroud) to J14, B4509 (Thornbury), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Temporary mortuary set up in Hereford

A temporary mortuary has been set up in Hereford in preparation for an increase in deaths from Covid-19.

The council-owned site at Three Elms will provide extra capacity for the Wye Valley NHS Hospital Trust.

It won't be open to the public and Herefordshire Council said it was working with funeral directors to ensure a "safe and respectful process".

Coronavirus patients to be treated at community hospital

Tewkesbury Community Hospital is to be used to support Gloucestershire patients with Coronavirus.

The hospital's 30 beds will be used by patients transferred from the county's two main hospitals - in Gloucester and Cheltenham.

Other services previously provided in Tewkesbury - such as the Minor Injury Unit and day surgery - have been temporarily suspended.

Nine fined in 24 hours for non-essential journeys

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Police in Gloucestershire have reminded the public not to make non-essential journeys after they fined nine people on Monday.

Excuses included visiting friends, seeing a girlfriend and heading for a takeaway with a large group in the car.

Among those being spoken to by officers were two men who had travelled from Swindon to Matson to buy a car.

Just after buying it, the driver of the new car crashed into a garden in Matson. Nobody was injured and officers issued them both with £60 fines.

Inspector Dan Wakeford said: “This incident was clearly an unnecessary drain on resources which wouldn’t have happened if these two men were following the rules.

“We are continuing to engage with motorists and give words of advice wherever possible as most people were out for genuine reasons, including shopping for essential items, working or picking up medication.

“However, Gloucester in particular was unnecessarily busy. The message doesn’t seem to be getting through to everybody and excuses that we heard included visiting friends and going to see girlfriends or boyfriends."

He urged people to continue to act responsibly and not be tempted to take day trips or go on holiday during the Easter weekend.

This year's Cheltenham Music Festival cancelled

Pittville Pumproom
BBC

This year's Cheltenham Music Festival has been cancelled.

Event organisers said they had to "put the safety of our audiences, artists, staff and volunteers first."

But, they added they were "delighted" to announce the Literature Festival in October would be expanded to include some elements from the town's Jazz, Science and Music festivals and said "more will be revealed in due course".

Severe disruption: M5 Bristol northbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Bristol northbound severe disruption, from J15 for M4 J20 to J14 for B4509 Thornbury.

M5 Bristol - One lane closed on M5 northbound in Gloucestershire from J15, M4 J20 (Almondsbury Interchange) to J14, B4509 (Thornbury), because of a lorry having a tyre changed.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: M5 Gloucestershire both ways

BBC News Travel

M5 Gloucestershire both ways severe disruption, from J11A for A417 Gloucester to J12 for B4008 Quedgeley.

M5 Gloucestershire - One lane closed on M5 from J11a, A417 (Gloucester) to J12, B4008 (Quedgeley), because of a lorry having a tyre changed.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Runners in Gloucester 'facing verbal abuse and spitting'

Tammy McAllister

BBC News

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A sports club in Gloucestershire has said its members have been verbally abused, spat at and had things thrown at them while out running.

The Gloucester Athletic Club said since the lockdown, it has been advising its members to run solo, with the only exception being if they are running with someone in their household.

Richard Blackwell, from the club said: "Club members have contacted me since last week, having been shouted at, spoken to quite aggressively, spat at, and had drinks cartons thrown at them.

"These are people who are running on their own."

He added that all club members had been advised what the rules were, and encouraged them to run to lesser known local trails to help avoid busy areas.

He also said, sometimes, members of the public "tarred other runners with the same brush" if they had seen other runners unaware of their surroundings.

Volunteers make, build and sew vital equipment for NHS workers

Many nurses and doctors who have rejoined the ranks of the NHS to help tackle coronavirus say they do not have the right uniform.

Dozens of volunteers have been working hard to rectify the issue and make sure they feel supported.

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Group fined for car-buying trip from Manchester

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Gloucestershire Police has issued its first fines for people breaking the new coronavirus rules.

More than 120 vehicles were stopped on the county's major routes over the weekend.

And people who were found to be carrying out non-essential journeys were fined £60.

They included three people being stopped on the M5 while travelling from Manchester to Bristol to pick up a new car.

Engineering firm mass-producing ventilator parts

Renishaw in Stonehouse
Renishaw

Engineering company Renishaw has started mass-producing components for medical ventilators, to support the NHS during the pandemic.

The firm, which has manufacturing sites in Gloucestershire and South Wales, said both factories were now running seven days a week.

Marc Saunders, from Renishaw, said: "When the government called, we scrambled to respond, and immediately realised the daunting scale of the challenge.

"Ventilators are sophisticated medical devices and we felt that our capabilities would be best applied to helping scale up the production of designs with existing technologies."

The company normally supplies products for jet engine and wind turbine manufacture, through to dentistry and brain surgery.

Severe accident: M4 Bristol eastbound

BBC News Travel

M4 Bristol eastbound severe accident, from J20 for M5 J15 to J19 for M32.

M4 Bristol - One lane closed on M4 eastbound in Gloucestershire from J20, M5 J15 (Almondsbury Interchange) to J19, M32 (Bristol), because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe accident: M5 Gloucestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Gloucestershire northbound severe accident, from J11 for A40 Gloucester to J10 for A4019.

M5 Gloucestershire - One lane closed on M5 northbound from J11, A40 (Gloucester) to J10, A4019 (Cheltenham), because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Wiltshire firefighters may become temporary ambulance drivers

Ambulance staff in PPE
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Firefighters in Wiltshire have started working with the county's ambulance service to help them during the pandemic.

Fire staff are being trained to drive ambulances if South Western Ambulance Service has staff shortages over the coming months.

Chief fire officer for Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue, Ben Ansell said: "It might be that we reduce some of our fire engines in order to maintain critical emergency ambulances and have firefighters driving them as a crew of two, with a paramedic."

He added that firefighters in Chippenham were also helping ambulance staff by unpacking and assembling masks and respirators - equipment they're well used to working with.

They're also testing the PPE kit to make sure ambulance staff are being properly protected and are confident how to use it.

Your photos: Spring sunshine, sheep and cows

BBC Weather Watchers

It's not warm out, but there's plenty of sunshine and the BBC Weather Watchers have been sharing photos from their daily walks.

These were taken near Much Birch, Crabbs Cross and Hopeshay.

Much Birch sheep
Virginia
Crabbs Cross
Ozzy UK
Cows in Hopesay
Henry

What to do at the weekend: #stayhome fun

Jasmine Ketibuah-Foley

Digital Journalist

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Not sure what to do this weekend? It's going to be good weather for most, but it is important that we all #stayhome.

Here are a few things you can do if you have access to a laptop, computer or phone:

Lock down festival has a line up of musicians being streamed all day on Saturday from 14:00 until 23:00 GMT.

Bristol music venue and restaurant, Bambalan, will be hosting an online party with their resident DJ’s from their Facebook page. Tonight from 21:00 GMT.

You can join in with Carnival Fitness for free this Sunday from midday. Follow the registration link on the event page.

If you are looking for some entertainment for children aged 2 years and upwards, Kidstime Live TV is streaming every Saturday from 18.15 GMT presented by Derek and Suzanne.

While Bristol life coach, Nicky, is delivering a free life coaching session called “Dealing with the reality” to help those who are feeling anxious during lock down. The stream starts at 20:30 GMT on Saturday.

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Zooniverse is great for those who want to unleash the scientist and researcher within. A people-powered research platform that allows the public to help scientists with some of the biggest research projects.

Joe Wicks, also known as The Body Coach, continues to hold his increasingly popular daily fitness classes on YouTube.

Audible has 300 free audio books in six different languages that you can get stuck into.

Carol Vorderman is holding online maths classes for children aged 4-11 on her website The Maths Factor.

The National Theatre is streaming free, full-length plays every Thursday on YouTube. Plan your watching for next week.

Zoos all over the world are providing live animal webcams if you fancy taking a trip to the zoo with the family in the living room.

And if you've time leftover after all that lot you might just have to eat cake?

Care centre with 22 beds to reopen

A former rehabilitation centre in Hereford is going to reopen, to help with the coronavirus response.

Herefordshire Council said the 22-bed Hillside Care Centre will be made available to health and social care services, to help patients who need "ongoing healthcare."

Hillside Care Centre
Google

The building was closed by the NHS Wye Valley Trust in 2018 to save money.

The council is now considering how best to redevelop it in the future and said it wanted it to be a "high quality care facility that focuses on specialised long term care for older members of the community."

Residents at care home in Nailsworth left in 'tears of joy'.

Osob Elmi

BBC News

Care home resident watches singer from her window
The Steppes

Residents at The Steppes care home in Nailsworth, Gloucestershire, were left in “tears of joy” when a local opera singer volunteered to entertain them.

Megan Strachan said she would sing for the elderly residents after it was shut due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Families have not been able to visit their loved ones since.

The residents sat by their open windows and doors, wrapped in coats and blankets, to hear the singer from Gloucestershire.

Carer Amelia Webb, 21, said: “they feel a bit forgotten so they were moved to tears when they were told someone came especially for them.

“It was the thought that someone was thinking of them.”

Care home resident claps as opera singer sings outside her window
The Steppes

Adventures from your armchair start tonight

Kenton Cool
Kenton Cool

Adventurer and mountaineer, Kenton Cool, will discuss his many expeditions in a series of live-streamed conversations, beginning this evening (2 April).

He will be in discussion with the artistic director of Cirencester's Barn Theatre, Iwan Lewis, and it can be viewed on the Gloucestershire venue's Facebook, Youtube and Twitter channels.

The first 30-minute episode of Cool Conversations with Kenton Cool will launch this evening at 18:00 BST.

Kenton who lives in Gloucestershire, holds the British record for the most climbs to the summit of Mount Everest and, in 2013, became the first person to climb Nuptse, Everest and Lhotse in a single push without returning to base camp.

A40 upgrade to go ahead as normal

Local Democracy Reporting Service

A40 plans
Gloucestershire County Council

The £22m upgrade of the A40 from the M5 motorway to Cheltenham will still go ahead this year despite the coronavirus lockdown.

An electronic sign on the A40 and Golden Valley bypass says the work will start in May, but Gloucestershire County Council confirmed it expects the scheme to start by early summer.

The project is designed to ease congestion and will include adding extra lanes to the Arle Court Roundabout and past GCHQ, and increasing capacity at J11 of the M5.

The planned work comes ahead of the development of a £650m cyber business park and thousands of homes on the western edge of Cheltenham.

A plan to add extra lanes to Llanthony Road, Gloucester, to increase capacity will also still go ahead.

And the "missing mile" of the Stroudwater Canal will still be restored, with the county council saying site work is ‘progressing well’.

Your photos: Clouds, gardens and lakes

BBC Weather Watchers

We've seen all sorts of photos from the BBC Weather Watchers this morning, as they get outdoors for their daily exercise.

Here's a selection from Shropshire and Herefordshire.

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Monomark
Stoke Edith
Sunshine Seeker
Lydbury North
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Severe accident: A40 Monmouthshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

A40 Monmouthshire eastbound severe accident, from A465 to High Street.

A40 Monmouthshire - A40 closed eastbound from Hardwick Roundabout in Abergavenny to Raglan roundabout in Raglan, because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Two year wait for roadworks is extended by coronavirus

Work to repair a road in Symonds Yat, which has been closed for nearly two years, has had to be put on hold again because of coronavirus.

C1257 shut in June 2018 after a landslide and hasn't been repaired because of a legal dispute over who was responsible for it.

Road closed sign
BBC

A solution had been reached to allow the works to begin in March, but they have now been postponed until after the outbreak.

Accommodation found for dozens of rough sleepers

Hotels, hostels or shelters have been found for 46 rough sleepers from across Herefordshire and Worcestershire.

Last week, the government wrote to every local authority urging them to have every homeless person off the streets by the weekend.

Homeless man
BBC

Some councils, including Worcester, Wychavon and Malvern Hills say they've been unable to put every homeless person into temporary accommodation, though they say offers of shelter have been made.

Chefs urged to help in soup effort

Nicole Jones
Nicole Jones

A café owner in Yate, near Bristol, is calling for professional kitchens to step up and make soup for the vulnerable.

Nicole Jones, of the Vintage Birdcage Cakery and Café, is currently making and delivering free soups to 200 residents across Yate, Chipping Sodbury and Dodington.

But she is now overwhelmed with orders, and is encouraging other chefs to step forward and help.

She said: “I have six people making and delivering soup, but we are now inundated with orders.

“If other local chefs with professional kitchens could make soup and deliver it to us, we would be very grateful.

“We need vegetable soups, and some with no dairy or gluten. We have plenty of storage capacity. Professionally-made cakes and cookies would also be welcome, but not food made in an ordinary kitchen.”

Nicole said that the old and isolated people she was helping were often overwhelmed by her deliveries.

She said: “They are often in tears, or they leave notes by their front doors asking for shopping items, which we feel obliged to help with too.

“There is one lady in Chipping Sodbury who has multiple sclerosis, and I have no idea if anyone else is helping her.

“It is becoming too much to deal with, so we are asking people only to ask for our soups if they really have no one else who can help them.”

If you are a professional chef who can help, please call Nicole on 07538 830446.

Soups
Nicole Jones

Two patients die in Gloucestershire from coronavirus

Two patients being cared for at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital have died after contracting coronavirus.

The hospital confirmed they both died on Sunday after testing positive for Covid-19.

Their deaths bring the total number who have died in Gloucestershire to eight, with 107 confirmed cases in the county.

Gloucestershire Royal Hospital
BBC

Tributes paid to 'compassionate' surgeon

Tributes have been paid to Adil El Tayar, the first working NHS surgeon to die in the UK from coronavirus.

Adil El Tayar
BBC

The organ transplant surgeon had been working as a locum at Hereford County Hospital in the days before he fell ill.

He died on 25 March at West Middlesex University Hospital in Isleworth, west London.

Colleagues have paid tribute to his "compassionate and friendly nature and professional demeanour."

"We were fortunate to have someone of his skill and stature working for the Trust and many patients will have benefited from his talent and expertise," the Wye Valley NHS Trust said.

"He will be sadly missed by all who knew and worked with him.”