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18/03/2017

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Pressure's mounting for tighter controls on wild boar in the Forest

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of Dean after villages and towns have had their parks and playing

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pitches ripped up by the animals rooting about for food

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The Forestry Commission says a record number is being culled,

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but some residents complain it's not enough to reduce

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The Forestry Commission estimates there are now more than 1,500 wild

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That's a tenfold increase in less than a decade.

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The green fields of Edge End, the latest to become

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the boars using their snouts to rip up the football pitch

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Pretty much all over this football pitch.

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So, the local community has got together and we'll see what we can

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Removing the torn turf, raking in top soil and reseeding,

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but a solution divides the community.

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There are those who are pro- and anti-cull.

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Others favour a fenced off area within the forest

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But why not just fence off the playing area?

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It would be a shame really to fence off such a beautiful area

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Other green spaces, including a graveyard

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in Cinderford, have suffered recently.

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Locals hope the widespread damage will prompt a stronger response

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from the authorities about how to control

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-- for dinner. for sinner at Edge End anytime.

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More than 100 soldiers from Wiltshire have arrived

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The 5th Battalion the Rifles, based at Bulford Camp on Salisbury Plain,

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are the first of 800 UK troops that will eventually be deployed.

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The Nato operation is to reassure its eastern European members that

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they'll be defended in case of any aggression from Russia.

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Police are still questioning an 18-year-old man on suspicion

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It follows the death of 25-year-old Jordan Taylor from Hilperton,

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who died from stab wounds last weekend after he and

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Police have also urged people not to speculate on social media

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To football and Bristol City fought their way out

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of the relegation zone in style last night after producing one

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of their best performances of the season, beating Huddersfield

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Lee Tomlin opened the scoring before Tammy Abraham here made it 2-0

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in first half stoppage time - his 22nd goal of the season.

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Aden Flint superbly flicked in City's third before

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Bristol Rovers are just three points off the League One play-off places

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after beating Chesterfield 2-1 at the Mem.

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Clark and Gaffney scored for the home side inside

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Swindon conceded twice in the last six minutes to lose at Bradford.

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Nicky Ajose looked to have won the game for Swindon before

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the home side fought back, leaving them third from bottom.

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Cheltenham, without Gary Johnson as he recovers from heart surgery,

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lost 1-0 at home to Cambridge, but Yeovil equalised in the 74th

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minute to get a point against ten-man Accrington.

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And, in the National League, Forest Green won 3-0

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at home against Wrexham to keep their promotion hopes alive.

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Finally, they've been celebrating wild daffodils at Kempley

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The small native daffodils that grow freely in fields and woods

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all around the area have been celebrated for decades.

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This weekend, visitors have been able to take part in organised walks

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The daffodil festival continues at nearby Oxenhall next month.

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Time for a weather check and, with the latest, here's Dan Downs.

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A cloudy and breezy weekend so far with some fog and mist patches

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around. Outbreaks of rain and drizzle as well. Tomorrow starts off

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much the same. Rather cloudy with outbreaks of light rain and drizzle

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at times. One or two brighter breaks a possibility but most hold onto

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cloud and brisk winds. Temperatures are fairly mild. Not a great deal of

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change into Monday but by Tuesday it turns colder. Brightness with heavy

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showers. We're back with an update

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tomorrow evening. Hello, the mild areas going to be

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with us into next week. Things set to be cooler with a return to

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overnight frost for some. This evening and overnight will be mild

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across the board, a messy picture, looks

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