NHS advice on staying safe in the heatwave

The NHS in Gloucestershire is urging people to take steps to stay safe and well as the high temperatures across the county are set to rise further over the coming days. The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) and the Met Office have issued an Amber alert warning of extreme heat for Thursday to Sunday highlighting health risks for the public in general, not just those who are vulnerable. Temperatures in Stroud are set to reach 32C during this period.  And so the NHS …

Jet2 announces expanded ‘winter sun’ flights from Bristol Airport

With continued demand for Winter Sun, Jet2.com and Jet2holidays have today (August 10) put an expanded Winter Sun programme on sale from Bristol Airport for Winter 23/24. The airline is increasing its Winter Sun capacity by 50 per cent in the companies’ second full winter of operations. The airline and tour operator has a range of Winter Sun destinations on sale from Bristol Airport thanks to this expansion. The company said its Ski and City Winter 23/24 destinations going on …

Large fire sends cloud of smoke visible for miles

A FIRE is sending up a large plume of smoke which is visible for miles across the Stroud district. These pictures were taken from Rodborough by resident Claire Penketh a few minutes ago looking across from Butterrow Lane towards the London Road area. It appears that the fire is in the Golden Valley/Chalford direction although there are reports that it is actually further away in the Rodmarton area. The large cloud of smoke can be seen from Nailsworth, Randwick and …

Bourton woman accused of beating and mistreating vulnerable person

Sonia Abbott, of Robin Close, Bourton-on-the-Water is alleged to have ill-treated or wilfully neglected a woman who lacked, or whom she would have reasonably believed to have lacked, mental capacity. The incident is said to have happened between November 14 and November 17 of last year. Abbott, 32, has also been accused of beating the woman on November 15, 2021. On June 6 of this year, Abbott pleaded not guilty to both charges. A trial was due to take place on Monday at …

Calls for action over women’s safety at community meeting

WOMEN at a public meeting have called for urgent action to tackle misogyny and improve safety in Stroud.  The meeting comes three weeks after a woman was raped on the B4066 Dudbridge Road near Sainsburys at midday on Friday, 22 July – but also addressed the recent Tetbury incident where a woman was chased and the rape at Stroud cemetery.  Almost 200 people attended the meeting at the Stroud subscription rooms and concerns were raised by attendees about women’s safety, …

Third digital ad screen on M32 ‘too distracting for drivers’ rule council planners

A plan to put up a third huge digital advertising screen by the side of the M32 has been rejected by council planners because it would distract drivers too much. Bristol City Council has refused a planning application by a London-based property company to put up the screen, overlooking the motorway in St Werburghs. The application had almost 100 objections from local residents and campaigners against the proliferation of advertising in Bristol, but it was road safety that council planners …

Three Brooks Nature Reserve sees additional patrol after sexual assault

A woman was sexually assaulted at a nature reserve in South Gloucestershire. Police are carrying out additional patrols at Three Brooks Nature Reserve after this incident. The sexual assault happened last Thursday (August 4) at around 8.30pm while the woman was walking around the nature reserve. She then attended the police station yesterday (Monday, August 8) to report the assault. In a statement, Avon and Somerset Police said: “We’re investigating an incident in which a woman was sexually assaulted in …

Recap: Community meeting held after women raped

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