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Severe disruption: M50 Herefordshire eastbound

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M50 Herefordshire eastbound severe disruption, between M50 J4 and J3 for B4221.

M50 Herefordshire - One lane closed on M50 eastbound between M50 J4, Travellers Rest roundabout and J3, B4221 (Newent), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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

War memorial vandalised

Stroud war memorial
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A war memorial in Stroud has been vandalised.

Damage to the cenotaph in Park Gardens, Slad Road, was discovered yesterday morning.

It is believed a chisel or other heavy instrument was used to gouge out the engraving “And all subsequent campaigns” at the bottom of the monument.

Stroud Town Council said it had been reported to the police, and has appealed for any witnesses to come forward.

Stroud town mayor, Kevin Cranston, said: "This will cause great offence to people in Stroud who have lost loved ones in conflicts.

"This monument does not celebrate war.

"It is a memorial to people who made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedom we enjoy today."

The council said steps were being taken to repair the damage and reinstate the wording "as soon as possible".

"We are also considering improving security measures in this area,” a spokesman said.

Severe disruption: M5 Gloucestershire northbound

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M5 Gloucestershire northbound severe disruption, from J11 for A40 Gloucester to J9 for A46.

M5 Gloucestershire - One lane closed on M5 northbound from J11, A40 (Gloucester) to J9, A46 (Tewkesbury), because of a lorry having a tyre changed. Traffic is coping well.

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Parish council tax bills rise 'to save services from cuts'

High Street, Chippenham
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Dozens of parishes in England have doubled their council tax bills, while some are taking on services they say larger authorities cannot afford.

Chippenham in Wiltshire saw the largest increase in overall council tax income compared to 2018-19. It added £842,432 to its total precept, an increase of 40% on the year before.

Councillor Sandie Webb, leader of Chippenham Town Council said it needed the extra money to run services formerly delivered by Wiltshire Council, which had to make savings of £27m.

"Our councillors were left with a stark choice," the council's chief executive Mark Smith said. "Don't take on the services and watch the town decline, or take the brave decision to take on services."

In a letter to residents, the council said it had taken on green space and play area maintenance as well as street cleaning and management of the town market. It also took on running costs of sports centres, an arts centre and allotments.

Councillor Philip Whitehead, Wiltshire Council cabinet member for finance, said transfers of assets and services had "proven to be beneficial for local communities as it has allowed them to decide at a local level how to prioritise their spending".

Severe disruption: M5 Bristol southbound

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M5 Bristol southbound severe disruption, from J18 for M49 to J17 for A4018.

M5 Bristol - Two lanes closed and queues on M5 southbound from J18 M49 in City of Bristol to J17, A4018 (Cribbs Causeway) in Gloucestershire, because of a lorry on fire. Congestion to beyond J17. Travel time is around 25 minutes.

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Severe disruption: M4 Bristol eastbound

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M4 Bristol eastbound severe disruption, between J20 for M5 J15 and J19 for M32.

M4 Bristol - One lane closed and it's slow on M4 eastbound in Gloucestershire between J20, M5 J15 (Almondsbury Interchange) and J19, M32 (Bristol), because of a break down.

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M4 relief road: The village sick of sitting in traffic
Most people living in the Monmouthshire village of Magor rely on the M4 to get anywhere.

Severe disruption: M5 Gloucestershire southbound

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M5 Gloucestershire southbound severe disruption, from J12 for B4008 Quedgeley to J13 for A419.

M5 Gloucestershire - M5 partially blocked and it's slow southbound from J12, B4008 (Quedgeley) to J13, A419 (Stroud), because of a break down. Matrix sign set to 40 mph.

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Thali cafe to close another restaurant

Image of Thali cafe's Southville Branch
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Bristol's popular Indian restaurant Thali has closed another branch.

The Southville branch is the next restaurant from the independent chain to be closed.

The well-known restaurant went into administration in 2018.

It has since closed three out of their five restaurants in the city, and now the branch in North Street has shut up shop.

Its Totterdown restaurant was closed in March 2019 and the Clifton branch was closed in 2018.

Severe disruption: M5 Gloucestershire northbound

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M5 Gloucestershire northbound severe disruption, at J11 for A40 Gloucester.

M5 Gloucestershire - M5 lane closed on exit slip road northbound at J11, A40 (Gloucester), because of a lorry having a tyre changed. Traffic is coping well.

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The new gargoyles that are the spirit of Gloucestershire
The new creatures at Gloucester Cathedral are being designed to represent the spirit of Gloucestershire.
What happens beneath Greenland's ice?
Scientists from Cardiff University head to Greenland this week to trial new sensors that can be placed under the 2km-thick ice sheet.

'Men don't talk about post-natal issues'

Man suffering from mental health issues
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A new support service has started to help men affected by post-natal depression.

Bluebell's Dads in Mind service in Bath & North East Somerset will be run by Andy Chambers, who volunteered after helping his wife through her post-natal issues that also affected him.

It will offers one-to-one support and monthly gatherings for fathers who have anxiety or a low mood in relation to their roles as parents.

Mr Chambers said:"With dads, there's the attitude of macho culture, that stops them from admitting something is wrong.

"I hope this group will allow men to have frank and honest discussions with our peer group."

A similar support group is already operating in Bristol.

Severe disruption: M5 Bristol southbound

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M5 Bristol southbound severe disruption, at J18 for M49.

M5 Bristol - One lane closed on M5 southbound in City of Bristol at J18 M49, because of a break down.

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

Severe disruption: M5 Gloucestershire both ways

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M5 Gloucestershire both ways severe disruption, from J9 for A46 to J11 for A40 Gloucester.

M5 Gloucestershire - Temporary closure on M5 in both directions from J9, A46 (Tewkesbury) to J11, A40 (Gloucester), because of a break down and animals on the road.

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

Severe disruption: M5 Gloucestershire southbound

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M5 Gloucestershire southbound severe disruption, at J12 for B4008 Quedgeley.

M5 Gloucestershire - M5 partially blocked southbound at J12, B4008 (Quedgeley), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe disruption: M32 Bristol southbound

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M32 Bristol southbound severe disruption, at J3 for A4320 Easton Way.

M32 Bristol - One lane closed and it's slow on M32 inbound in City of Bristol at J3, A4320 (St Pauls), because of a break down.

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Severe accident: A46 Gloucestershire both ways

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A46 Gloucestershire both ways severe accident, from A420 to M4 J18 Bath.

A46 Gloucestershire - A46 blocked and queues in both directions from Cold Ashton Roundabout in Pennsylvania to Bath in Dodington Ash, because of an accident involving two cars.

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

Severe disruption: M4 Monmouthshire westbound

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M4 Monmouthshire westbound severe disruption, from J23A for A4810 to J24 for A449.

M4 Monmouthshire - One lane closed and queues on M4 westbound from J23a, A4810 (Magor Services) to J24, A449 (Coldra), because of a break down.

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

Severe disruption: M5 Gloucestershire northbound

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M5 Gloucestershire northbound severe disruption, 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 a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe accident: M32 Bristol southbound

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M32 Bristol southbound severe accident, at J2 for B4058 Stapleton Road.

M32 Bristol - M32 in City of Bristol entry slip road closed southbound at J2, B4058 (Eastville), because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

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