Farmers warned after combine harvester fire in Minety

Firefighters have warned the Wiltshire countryside is ‘tinder dry’ following the recent heatwave.  From August 1-10, Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service attended 180 fires in the open, compared with just 34 over the same period last year.  Last Wednesday crews from Stratton St Margaret and Westlea fire stations were called to Minety after a combine harvester burst into flames.  Photo: Stratton St Margaret Fire Station Landowners have been advised to be prepared for fires while farmers are urged …

The four poshest villages near Bristol – and how much it costs to live there

We all – well most of us – dream of a life in the countryside in a lovely village with a welcoming community. But of course, that comes at a ridiculously high price now, that’s only affordable for the very few. Upmarket estate agents Savills is reporting a post-pandemic rise in demand for rental homes in the most desirable countryside locations – and according to Savills’ agents out in the field, that’s mostly from people who have sold up in …

Tributes to much-loved Stroud woman who has died aged 23

TRIBUTES are pouring in to an inspirational disability campaigner who has died at the age of 23.  Molly Pegler from Nailsworth – who had dreams to become a journalist – died unexpectedly last month. She was born with hypopituitarism, a rare life-threatening hormone deficiency although this was not discovered until she was 14. Molly was completing an online journalism course with the British School of Journalism and sadly she was only a few words away from finishing it when she died on Sunday, …

Man ‘punches’ woman and ‘throws eggs at her’ in Bristol

Police have linked two incidents in Bristol after two people were assaulted and cars were damaged. Police are appealing for witnesses, as well as CCTV and doorbell footage after a woman was punched in the face and pelted with eggs, according to Avon and Somerset Police. A man threw an egg at a woman outside The Bear and Rugged Staff Pub, on Southmead Road, Southmead at around 11pm on Friday, August 12. He then proceeded to follow her home where …

Tributes paid following death of mum-of-eight from Cirencester

Tributes have been paid to a mum-of-eight from Cirencester following her death at the age of 47.  Nicola Kilby had Wegener’s Granulomatosis, a rare blood vessel disease also known as GPA.  The family are now raising money for Vasculitis UK, to raise awareness of the condition.  “It was always something my mum wanted to do but her health occupied her, it wasn’t something she was able to fulfill,” said son Kieran Lane, 25. “Until mum became ill I hadn’t heard …

Man attacked with bat during gang brawl in Stonehouse

POLICE are appealing for witnesses of an assault in Stonehouse on Saturday evening (August 13).  An altercation occurred in Woodcock Lane at around 9.50pm and involved up to 10 people. Three men were arrested in connection with the incident. Two men, a 19-year-old and a 20 year old, both from Stonehouse, were arrested on suspicion of assault and possession of a class B drug.  A 41-year-old man, also from Stonehouse, was arrested on suspicion of assault. All have since been …

Met Office update on when our area will get thunderstorms

FORECASTERS are predicting thunderstorms and torrential rain as a yellow weather warning comes into force across the South West including Gloucestershire and South Gloucestershire. The Met Office has implemented the warning from Midnight on Monday until 11.59pm on Tuesday and then again from 9.00am Wednesday until 11.59pm Wednesday evening, after a change in air pressure led to dramatic showers. Power cuts and delays and cancellations in trains and buses are predicted, while spray and sudden flooding could lead to difficult …

Number of people injured by drink-drivers in Gloucestershire revealed

MORE than 100 people were killed or injured in drink driving incidents in Gloucestershire over just three years, new figures show. The Campaign Against Drink Driving said the more than 14,000 casualties across the country shows there are “many people who need to be educated about the perils of drink and drug driving”. Office for Health Improvement and Disparities figures show 117 people were killed or injured in a crash in Gloucestershire where there was a failed breathalyser test, or …