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New ‘BBC Tours’ coming to Gloucester Cathedral in August

Film friendly Gloucester Cathedral is the place to be this August for the launch of the new and exciting BBC Tours. For three nights only you can come and enjoy an exciting and informative tour as we take you behind the scenes of some of the BBC’s biggest shows filmed at Gloucester Cathedral, including: The Hollow Crown (Nave/Garth), Sherlock (Crypt), Wolf Hall (Nave/Cloisters) and Doctor Who (Millers Green). Knowledgeable guides will lead you around this amazing building where you will see costumes relevant to the era/style of the show, hear snippets of insider information and be prepared for a few surprises along the way! Enjoy a glass of wine or soft drink midway through the tour in the beautiful surroundings of the Cloister Garth, the setting for many of the iconic scenes that were filmed here. Tours take place on Thursday 11, Friday 12 and Saturday 13 August at 7.00pm and will finish at 9.00pm. Tickets are £15 available from Tel: 0845 652 1823 (Mon-Fri 10.00am – 4.00pm), in person from the Cathedral Gift Shop or on-line at www.gloucestercathedral.org.uk   Gloucester News Centre –...

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TV Licensing change in law affects students in Gloucester

The start of the academic year will bring many changes for students in Gloucester, including, for the first time, the need to buy a TV Licence to download or watch BBC programmes on demand. A change in the law means as of 1 September 2016, a licence will be needed to download or watch BBC programmes on demand, including catch up TV, on BBC iPlayer. Research by TV Licensing has revealed iPlayer is the most popular catch up platform used by students, ahead of sites such as YouTube and services including Netflix. The survey confirms two in three students view catch up TV, with many watching on-demand programmes. With less than a quarter of students (22 per cent) taking a TV with them to university, online viewing on mobile devices has become by far the favoured way of consuming catch up TV content. Watching TV remains an integral part of university life with 84 per cent of students finding it gives them the chance to relax on their own and more than half (60 per cent) citing TV viewing as a great opportunity to unwind with friends. Richard Chapman, spokesperson for TV Licensing South West, said: “Watching catch up TV is really popular among students and we want to make sure students are aware of the change in law. From 1 September, everyone will need to be covered by a TV...

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Gloucester summer fireworks get a circus spectacular

This year’s Fireworks Spectacular in Gloucester Park will get an added twist in the form of a high wire circus performance and dance showcase.  The Fireworks Spectacular is usually a standalone event, however this year with Arts Council of England funding the Fireworks will be accompanied by internationally renowned high wire circus performers and dance group. This Saturday’s event will start at 9:00pm with a Street Dance showcase performed by local Team MSB. Following the dance showcase, Cirque Bijou will begin their high wire show at 9:20pm followed by the Fireworks Spectacular finale at 9:40pm. Cirque Bijou create stunning artistic, large scale shows and try to bring the new, unusual and surprising to their audiences and this show in Gloucester Park will be no different. Geraldine Giddings, Cirque Bijou Show Producer said:”By all accounts, Gloucester’s firework display is one not to be missed and what could make it even more unmissable than adding in a spectacular highline stunt?  We’re delighted to be joining Marketing Gloucester and Titanium Fireworks in Gloucester Park to present a very exciting live performance before the firework display.  A 6m high and 16m long highline walk across the park by our one-of-a-kind ropewalker is a very rare (and nail-biting!) feat – and we are also bringing a brilliant troupe of drummers with beautifully lit costumes and drums.  It will definitely be a fitting opening to the...

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Tributes paid as local councillor passes away

Councillors and staff at Gloucester City Council have paid tribute to Cllr Jim Porter, who sadly passed away overnight.   Councillor Jim Porter was first elected to represent Longlevens Ward on 1 May 2008 and subsequently re-elected in 2012 and 2016 bringing his total service as a Gloucester City Councillor to 8 years.  He had been the Council’s Cabinet Member for the Environment since May 2014, overseeing services including waste and recycling, street cleaning and grounds maintenance.   He lived and worked in the ward for over 45 years and was actively involved in the community during that time.   He first became involved in local politics in 1972, when he joined the Conservative Party. He had a particular passion for local education, serving as a school governor for many years.   While serving the Longlevens ward alongside fellow Conservative councillors Paul James and Kathy Williams, Jim campaigned on issues such as libraries, highways, flooding and sporting facilities.   Councillor Porter served on many committees including planning, overview and scrutiny, audit and governance, the boundary review working group and a number of years as the vice chair of the licensing and enforcement committee.   Councillor Porter served for a number of years as a director of Gloucestershire Airport and a trustee of Aspire Sports and Cultural Trust. During the course of his service, he was appointed by the council...

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BBC’s political reporter elects to join police commissioner’s team

BBC Political reporter Chris Brierley is being lined-up to the new position of Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner for Gloucestershire. It is hoped that Mr. Brierley, 36, who joined BBC Radio Gloucestershire in 2005 and has also worked for BBC 5Live, BBC West’s Politics Show and the corporation’s political unit in London, will help share Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Martin Surl’s burgeoning workload. The proposal will go to the commissioner’s governance board and if approved, the appointment will be submitted for confirmation at the next meeting of the police and crime panel in September. Mr. Brierley said, “It will be a wrench to the leave the BBC but I am very much looking forward to a new challenge and the next stage in my career. “Police and crime commissioners are the first phase in decentralisation with their powers devolved by the Home Office. Having seen much of the good work that has already gone on in Gloucestershire under the umbrella of the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC), I am keen to play a part rather than just report on it”. Mr. Brierley will represent the PCC in meetings and in public and act on his behalf as required by the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011, the legislation which created PCCs. He is expected to take up his new post after working his notice...

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Historic site being made fit for a lady of Mercia

Philip Halling Important work is being done to repair parts of St Oswald’s Priory in time to commemorate 1,100 years since the death of Lady Aethelflaed of Mercia, founder of St Oswald’s Priory, in 2018. Five areas of stone which have been worn down to their core have been identified at the site following a recent survey. Stone replacement is taking place to repair the grade I historic monument.The stonework along the top of the main wall is in poor condition, as is the stonework on the top of the transept arch. These areas will be repointed and any loose stone either fixed back into the structure or removed. Work will extend from the top of the structure to four rows of stones down. The work will take place over the next couple of months, weather dependent. The work has to be done by hand and an experienced team of stonemasons and conservators are currently working on it. Whilst the scaffolding is erected, it gives a fantastic and rare opportunity to inspect the top of the monument which is normally hidden from view. It also offers an opportunity for a detailed inspection of all areas of the monument. The site, exposed to elements over the last 900 years has meant the ruin has suffered from weathering. The repairs which are being undertaken will ensure that the monument will continue...

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Man and woman charged with child neglect after death of baby

A man and woman have been charged in connection with the death of a baby in Gloucester over the weekend. Hannah Henry, aged 20, and Alistair Walker, aged 26, both of Archdeacon Street in Gloucester, have been charged with child neglect. They will appear at Cheltenham Magistrates Court today (Tuesday 2 August). A police investigation into the baby’s death continues. Gloucester News Centre –...

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Art In The City hailed a success

The inaugural Art in The City Event is being hailed as a huge success as hundreds of artists descended on the city of Gloucester this weekend with approximately 80,000 people in the streets and docks of the historic city engaging with artwork and artists. Visitors and locals alike were able to see artists with easels on the streets creating pieces of work for the WSP Solicitors, Art in the City open competition, with pieces influenced by their impression of the city on the day.  There was a prize fund of £3800 and a top prize of £1500. Judged by artists P J Crook, Richard Parker Crook, Swarez and Russell Haines there was a whole range of different media and techniques used by competitors including lithograph, pastels, oils and other mixed media. The top prize was won by Viviene Townsend with runner up Max Hale and the winner of the student prize was Emilia Grace Steele. Upon awarding the top prize, internationally renowned artist P J Crook commented on the high quality of the participants and in particular the technical skill and sense of movement of the winning piece and the way that the painting caught the spirit of the city on that day. During the weekend over all genre of visual arts were represented with demonstrations and workshops of sculpture, life drawing, watercolours, print, charcoal and dozens of other...

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Roof repairs set to start after Gloucester Cathedral receives £486,000 grant

Gloucester Cathedral is delighted to announce that it has been awarded £486,000 to undertake urgent repairs to the Nave and Abbot’s Chapel roofs. The funding comes from a government-sponsored fund, The First World War Centenary Cathedrals Repair Fund, which was set up to support English Cathedrals to carry out vital work. Thirty-nine cathedral grants totaling £14.5 million have been announced by the government through the scheme. Cathedral Architect, Antony Feltham-King said: “Both roofs are leaking and some of the stonework is in need of conservation, including a badly cracked nave pinnacle which we think was struck by lightning and is currently being held in place with wire! The nave parapet gutters require relining to ensure effective water run-off and to avoid further leaks and damage to this beautiful historic building.” Emily Shepherd, Chief Operating Officer said: “We are delighted to have been awarded this wonderful grant from the First World War Centenary Cathedral Repairs Fund. This is a significant project which will help to ensure the Cathedral remains weather-proof and water-tight for everyone to enjoy.”  Welcoming the announcement, Dame Fiona Reynolds, Chair of the Cathedrals Fabric Commission for England said: “Cathedrals are the beating hearts of their communities, offering sanctuary, beauty, collective history and social and economic support to people of every generation. Cathedrals which have benefited from the first phase of this fund have been repaired and refurbished, and...

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BREAKING: Murder enquiry launched after three-month-old baby dies

A man and a woman have been rearrested on suspicion of murder after a baby boy died, police have said. The three-month-old was seriously injured in an incident in Gloucester on Saturday and had been in a critical but stable condition. He died on Sunday night. Gloucestershire Police said a 20-year-old woman and 26-year-old man, who had been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder in connection with the incident in Archdeacon Street had been rearrested on suspicion of murder. A police spokeswoman said: “The baby has sadly died at Bristol Children’s Hospital on Sunday evening. “The man and woman arrested for attempted murder have now been arrested on suspicion of murder in connection with the case. “They are still in custody.” More follows… Gloucester News Centre –...

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Police appeal for information on anniversary of Jesse Richards’ death

West Mercia Police have issued an appeal seven years after the death of Jesse Richards in Cleeve Prior, Evesham. Detectives investigating the death of Jesse are urging the local community to come forward with information to help trace his body which has remained outstanding since his death on 31st July 2009. Jesse, who was originally from Gloucester, was killed in a sustained and brutal attack over a drugs debt.  Five men were jailed in connection with his death and were collectively sentenced to more than 50 years in prison. His family continue to hope that Jesse will be found and his mother, Lucy Richards, has reiterated her appeal for anyone with information to come forward. She said: “I speak to those people who have information but haven’t contacted police.  If they could for one minute put themselves in my place they would know the heartache I am feeling and have felt for the last 7 years. “I ask anyone who has any information that could lead me to my son’s body to please contact the police.” Superintendent Mark Loader led the investigation. He said: “Jesse was killed seven years ago and his killers have been brought to justice for their crimes.  However, his family continue to suffer and we want to give them the opportunity to lay Jesse to rest. “The investigation found evidence to suggest Jesse’s body was transported to...

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Two arrested over attempted murder of baby in Gloucester

Two people have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a three-month-old boy was seriously injured in Gloucester. The baby was admitted to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital on Saturday and then moved to Bristol Children’s Hospital. He remains in a critical but stable condition. A woman, 20, and a man, 26, have been arrested by Gloucestershire Police. A police spokesman said: “Police were called to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital at 11am on 30 July after concerns were raised for a baby’s welfare. “A baby boy, aged three months old, was brought to the hospital with serious injuries. “He now remains in a critical but stable condition at Bristol Children’s Hospital. “We wish to reassure the local community that this is thought to be an isolated and contained incident, with no wider risk to the public.” Gloucester News Centre –...

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Whitesmiths Arms Assault – police turn to public for information

Officers in Gloucester are turning to the public for information after an assault at a pub in Gloucester. A 28-year-old man was drinking at the Whitesmith’s Arms on Southgate Street at around 11pm on Saturday 2 July when he was hit from behind on the head, possibly with a bottle. The victim staggered towards the door of the pub and then fell over. He had suffered a gash to the rear and top of his head and needed eight staples to close the wound at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital. CCTV has been viewed and numerous inquiries carried out but police still need witnesses to come forward. If you saw anything that night or know who did this please call 101 and quote incident 268 of 3 July. You can also contact the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through their Anonymous Online Form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court. Gloucester News Centre –...

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Flying Motorbikes, Fire Stunts and Comedy descend on Gloucester Park this Sunday

The Flying Ryan Motorcycle Stunt show is a ‘Not to be missed’ unique event the promises great enjoyment for the whole family. The Show will kick-start at 2:30pm on Sunday the 31st of July in Gloucester Park.  The second half the show will begin at 4:00pm following a brief intermission. Jason Smith, Chief Exec of Marketing Gloucester said: “This promises to be a fun, exciting afternoon for the whole family. We especially want to thank Listers Toyota who have allowed their cars to be jumped over”. The Flying Ryan Motorcycle Stunt Show is a compact professional show filled with motorcycle stunts like no other UK stunt show. This show brings together daredevil stunts, comedy routines and fire stunts as a norm while flying Ryan leads the stunt display with hilarious non-stop commentary. All the while Jumpin James tries to outperform the seasoned entertainer and Bombin Becky performs comedy routines and various stunts throughout the 2 different displays.   Gloucester News Centre –...

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Volunteers needed to check prisoners in police custody

It is an unglamorous job but a very important one in any civilised society. And now, the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner is looking for more volunteers to visit prisoners in police custody to check on their welfare. Custody visiting originated as a result of the re commendations from the Scarman Report into the 1981 Brixton riots; Initially, the provision of custody visiting was voluntary and run by the Police Authorities, but it was placed on a statutory basis in 2002 and is now the responsibility of the Police and Crime Commissioner. Gloucestershire PCC Martin Surl said, “Independent Custody Volunteers (ICVs) are crucial to the welfare of prisoners and help me in my role of holding the Constabulary to account. “It is also has the potential to be a fantastic opportunity for those who have a related interest such as criminology or public service students  as it  will give them ‘hands-on’ experience and enhance their CV’s”. ICV responsibilities include: Carrying out custody visits to Custody Unit in Quedgeley, Gloucester. Checking on detainee conditions: health, wellbeing, legal rights and entitlement Bringing attention to the Custody Officer of any concerns/requests arising from the visit and any issues that need to be dealt with. Contributing towards improving how the scheme is delivered. OPCC Project Officer Grace Boughton, said, “We are really excited to be opening a new round of recruitment...

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Man struck with metal pole during Kingsway burglary

A man was knocked unconscious with a metal pole during an aggravated burglary at a house in Kingsway earlier this week. The daytime attack happened in Woodvale between 3pm and 4.15pm on Tuesday (26 July). The 21-year-old victim was at home alone when three unknown offenders entered through an unlocked back door. As the victim reached the bottom of the stairs one of the offenders, a white man with patchy facial stubble and a hoodie, struck him several times with a metal pole, knocking him unconscious for a short time. The offenders left the scene after stealing several thousand pounds from the house and a solid gold bracelet that has been on the victim’s wrist. Detective Inspector David Shore-Nye said: “This may be linked to a criminal feud but obviously it’s appalling that these people had the audacity to just walk into a house on a quiet estate in the middle of the day and beat someone unconscious. “We’re doing everything we can to trace the men but we need the public’s help. The burglary happened on a  bus route with very regular buses and I want anyone who was on a bus or in the area around the time of the incident to think if they saw anyone or anything suspicious, no matter how innocuous it seemed at the time. “If you can think of anything that you...

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Rugby in the Park all set for second year

Rugby in the Park returns for its second year running in partnership with O2 Touch, Old Cryptians RFC and Gloucestershire RFU in Gloucester Park.   The event takes place this Saturday as part of Gloucester SoMAC (Summer of Music, Arts & Culture). This year Rugby in the Park in hoping to build on the success from last year’s activities, creating a great day out for the whole family to enjoy. The free-to-attend event will consist of touch rugby for all ages and abilities, music and food on a what is fore-caste to be lovely day in Gloucester Park. Rugby in the Park kicks off at 9:40am on Saturday morning and will consist of pitch-up-and-play sessions every hour on the hour.  To be a part participants will need to register for at the admin tent with the limited places being assigned on a “first come” basis. Interspersed with the pitch-up-and-play sessions, rugby games will occur every twenty minutes as well. The games will run most of the day with the RFU’s DJ bus playing music sets from 11am to 4:30pm. People of all ages and abilities are encouraged to get involved and come down with family and friends. Following the rugby activities, there is live music and an open air picnic in the park, again for anyone and everyone to enjoy free of charge. The live music will run from...

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Council takes lead on dog control

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Earn as you learn with the city council

Gloucester City Council has announced seven new apprenticeship placements for this year, giving the chance for young people in the city and beyond the opportunity to earn as they learn at the council. The deadline for application is August 7th 2016.   Apprenticeships are available in several areas including the Tourist Information Centre, the Guildhall and Blackfriars Priory, and Customer Services. All placements will have both office-based and hands-on tasks, from event booking at the Guildhall to tree planting with the Neighbourhood Services team. There will also be opportunities to work on the Kings Quarter and new bus station project with the Regeneration & Economic Development team.   Apprentices will work towards work-based learning qualifications in business and administration or customer services.   Cllr Dave Norman, cabinet member for performance and resources, Gloucester City Council said: “These opportunities may be particularly attractive to individuals who might not know what to do next after the summer break.  The city council is pleased to be able to offer seven apprenticeship places to support local people, and I invite anyone to apply.”   Apprenticeships are an ideal blend of work and study helping young people to develop confidence, skills and abilities, and gaining a nationally recognised qualification at the same time.   Qualified apprentices are highly employable as they have the advantage of demonstrating high levels of commitment, motivation, transferable skills and...

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Appeal to trace good Samaritan after incident in Churchdown

Police are appealing for the good Samaritan who helped a vulnerable man in Churchdown. At around 11.20pm on Saturday 23 July, concerns were raised for a man’s welfare who was stood on the wrong side of the bridge on Parton Road over the A40. Officers attended immediately and closed the road. The man, in his 20s, was brought to safety by police and was not harmed during the incident. He was taken to Wotton Lawn Hospital. Before police arrived, a member of the public stayed with the man, spoke with him and held his arm to stop him from falling. He left the scene before police could speak to him. Officers are asking him to get in touch so they can personally thank him for his help. His actions helped to save the man’s life. The good Samaritan is asked to call PC 693 Newman on 101 quoting incident 570 of 23 July. Gloucester News Centre –...

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Hartpury continue to make waves on water with fifth national rowing title

Hartpury’s momentum on the water is showing no sign of slowing after the rowers secured their fifth national title this season. The girls’ quad, made up of Freya Webb, Zoe Adamson, Rosie Gladding and Alex Watson, sailed to success in the British Rowing Junior Championships at Nottingham last weekend, securing an England call-up in the process. Rosie and Alex were drafted in to replace Bryony Lawrence and Frances Russell, who helped secure a historic hat-trick of consecutive Henley Royal Regatta wins alongside Freya and Zoe with success in the junior girls’ quad sculls. Bryony and Frances are currently involved in the Great Britain junior team selection process. The new crew didn’t take long to get into stride as they posted the fastest time in the time trial event before making light work of their opponents in the semi-final. The team then produced a similarly strong performance in the final, where they saw off Warrington Rowing Club to secure the spoils. And they will now represent England at the Home International Regatta this weekend (23rd July) in Cardiff-  the third time that the Hartpury programme has been selected to represent England in the junior women’s quad. They will be hoping to produce the same results as past Hartpury crews who have participated in the prestigious competition, who took the gold medal in 2013 and 2015. The female quartet will be...

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A38 Crash: Woman recovering well in hospital

Sparrow Media / Twitter The 65-year-old woman involved in the serious RTC on the A38 in Quedgeley yesterday is recovering well in hospital. Her injuries are not as serious as first thought. The woman was travelling in her Nissan Micra at around 1.40pm, along the A38 away from Gloucester, when her vehicle collided with a lorry at the traffic light junction by Asda. An air ambulance attended and took her to Southmead Hospital with life threatening internal injuries. The lorry driver was uninjured. Anyone who witnessed the collision, or the circumstances leading up to it, should call police on 101 quoting incident 227 of 27 July. Gloucester News Centre –...

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Green light for Elmbridge roundabout upgrade to start this summer

A key congestion hotspot is to be upgraded by Gloucestershire County Council thanks to £9m in government funding, approved today. Elmbridge Court roundabout is one of the busiest junctions in Gloucestershire and relieving congestion there will also boost economic development in the county. On 28th July the Department for Transport confirmed £9million for improvements works at the roundabout and for an extra lane for buses along the A40 westbound, Whittington Road junction to Arle Court roundabout, Cheltenham. Work will begin towards the end of August, with completion expected in September 2017. The improvements, which will increase capacity, cut congestion and improve journeys at peak times, include a new straight-on ‘hamburger lane’, a widening of the approach lanes and the latest traffic signal technology. The work will build upon the recent improvements which were successfully carried out on the surrounding routes at the Walls, C&G and Over roundabouts. In July 2015 the county council and the Department for Transport agreed to take a phased approach to work in the Elmbridge area with construction at the roundabout becoming phase one. Phase two, part of the future Local Transport Plan to 2030, could include a new 1000 space park and ride site, although this aspect has yet to be agreed. Cllr Vernon Smith, cabinet member for highways said, “The county council is working to cut congestion wherever we can across Gloucestershire. That’s not...

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A38 Crash: Woman remains in ‘serious’ condition

Sparrow Media / Twitter A woman remains in a serious condition after her car collided with a lorry on the A38 in Quedgeley yesterday. The 65-year-old woman was travelling in her Nissan Micra at around 1.40pm, along the A38 away from Gloucester, when her vehicle collided with a lorry at the traffic light junction by Asda. An air ambulance attended and took her to Southmead Hospital with life threatening internal injuries. The lorry driver was uninjured. Anyone who witnessed the collision, or the circumstances leading up to it, should call police on 101 quoting incident 227 of 27 July. Gloucester News Centre –...

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Gloucestershire Firm Invests Over £1.5 Million To Enhance Production

Permali Gloucester Limited, one of the UK’s leading composite and polymer development and manufacturing companies, committed to over £1.5 million of investment in it’s future during 2016. This included a major investment in replacing and upgrading the company’s process heating system. The new system is significantly more efficient than the legacy boilers previously used and will result an estimated annual reduction in CO2 emissions of 400 tonnes, while also bringing additional process capability to support future product developments. Upgrading the factory lighting to energy-efficient LEDs will also result in a further 27 tonne reduction in CO2 emissions. The company has also installed a new manufacturing line for it’s Tuftane® thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) film business unit. This new line will increase production capacity by 50% and also broaden the company’s range of products and capabilities. The selection of the specialist machinery took 6 months, examining options from potential suppliers all over the world, and once selected the machinery took a further 6 months to design, build and install. Tuftane® has a wide range of applications across the medical, automotive and personal protection markets, amongst others. This investment in the factory and production capability is in addition to a continued investment in Research & Development to develop new products, with the company re-investing over 6% of turnover in new product development (significantly higher than the UK average). Permali’s Managing Director, Mr...

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Woman in ‘life threatening’ condition following crash on A38

A 65-year-old woman is fighting for her life following a crash with a lorry. The collision which involved a car and lorry happened on the A38 Quedgeley Bypass near ASDA this afternoon. Police say the woman has been flown by air ambulance to Southmead Hospital in Bristol with life threatening injuries. The Southbound carriageway between A430 Bristol Road / Cole Avenue (Bristol Road Traffic Lights) and B4008 (Cross Keys Roundabout) remains closed. Gloucester News Centre –...

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Stagecoach slashes numerous bus services across Gloucestershire

Changes announced by Stagecoach West will see services cut from this September. The bus operator says services have been changed due to low passengers numbers and punctuality improvements. What services are affected? From 4th September there will be changes to bus times on many services in and around Gloucester. 1:  Matson to city centre –          Minor changes to times at Melick Close and Caledonian Rd to improve punctuality –          New Sundays journeys departing city centre at 0830, 1940 and 2020   7:  Finlay Road & Tredworth to city centre –          Minor timetable changes throughout to improve punctuality –          Due...

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400 artists set to hit Gloucester this weekend

Over 400 artists will be on the streets of Gloucester’s city centre this weekend live painting, sculpting, drawing and any other art form you can think of for Gloucester’s brand new art event, Art in the City. The event consists of various demonstrations of live art throughout the city, free workshops and classes for the public to sign up to as well as competitions with prize money amounting to £3800.  With different categories in the competition, a variety of different art forms for the demonstrations and workshops, there is sure to be something for everyone this weekend at Art in the City. The event begins this Saturday morning and will go on throughout the day until 6pm when the competition closes. The following day on Sunday the 31st of July, Art in the City continues with plenty more demonstrations and workshops for the public.  Members of the public are invited to enter the competition for free or to register for a free workshop on a variety of different art classes. There is also a number of demonstrations taking place throughout the two days, ranging from chainsaw carving and stone carving, to large upside down speed painting and giant chalk street art. These demonstrations will be scattered throughout the city centre and all the details of when and where each demonstration will be, can be found on the Art in...

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Robinswood Hill Country Park and Barnwood Park and Arboretum named as two of the best parks in Britain

© Copyright Derek Harper and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence. Two of Gloucester’s most popular outdoor attractions will be flying the Green Flag Award this year. Barnwood Park and Arboretum and Robinswood Hill Country Park are two of the very best parks and green spaces in the UK – and that’s official. They are among a record-breaking 1,686 parks and green spaces which have received a prestigious Green Flag Award – the mark of a quality park or green space. The award, now celebrating its 20th year, recognises and rewards the best parks and green spaces across the country. A Green Flag flying overhead is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent facilities. Barnwood Park and Arboretum is a local nature reserve owned by Gloucester City Council. The arboretum has many mature trees and much grassland making it a great habitat for birds, insects and small mammals. The grass is managed by grazing ‘Dexter’ cattle in the summer and rare breed sheep in the autumn and winter. Robinswood Hill Country Park is set in 250 acres of open countryside with extensive views, pleasant walks, a traditional orchard, and way-marked trails. The summit has fabulous views of the Severn Bridge to the south, the Malvern Hills to the north and the Black Mountains to the...

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Have your say on the future of Kings Quarter

Gloucester City Council is holding an event to showcase the proposals for the future of Kings Quarter, Gloucester. Members of the public are invited to an event on Friday 29th July and Saturday 30th July at Unit 11 of Grosvenor House. On Friday, people can drop into anytime between 10am – 7pm and on Saturday the doors will be open between 9am – 1pm. The purpose of the drop in events is for members of the public to view the proposals for the future of Kings Quarter, and give their views. Officer will be on hand to answer any questions that people may have. Kings Quarter is the space opposite the new bus station. Proposals for it include a new indoor market, a hotel, a replacement car park, retail and residential space and community space. Anyone who is unable to attend this event can visit www.gloucester.gov.uk to view the plans and have their say using the online feedback form. Alternatively, a second consultation event will take place in the same venue on the 9th and 10th of September. Cllr Paul James, cabinet member for regeneration and leader of Gloucester City Council, said: “It’s really important that we hear the thoughts of local people on the regeneration of Kings Quarter. After all, Gloucester is the city that they’ve chosen to live in so we want to make sure it reflects...

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Family event at Hucclecote Meadows

Local people are invited to a family friendly outdoor event on Sunday 31st July from 2pm to 4pm. The event has been organised by Gloucester City Council to encourage families to explore and enjoy the meadows. Activites on offer will include ‘hapa zome printing’, a form of leaf printing from Japan. Visitors can make their own leaf picture to take home. Join the scavenger leaf hunt around the meadows which are flat and easy to walk around. No booking is required – just turn up on the day. There is a charge of £1.50 for each participant. The event will take place regardless of the weather and all children must be accompanied. Lloyd Griffiths, head of neighbourhood services at Gloucester City Council said, “Come along and enjoy some family fun in one of the county’s most ancient pastures. Hucclecote Meadows were traditionally managed for hay, cattle and sheep grazing, but on Sunday 31st July lots of activities will be available so join us in the fresh air and enjoy your local area.” You can find Hucclecote Meadows at Lobleys Drive, Abbeymead, Gloucester, GL4 5YG. Gloucester News Centre –...

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Blue water warning for Severn Trent customers

Severn Trent customers have been asked to look out for an illegal fitting on their toilets that could lead to their water turning bright blue. Customers should check to see whether their toilets feature an illegal inlet valve that, when combined with a blue toilet block, can result in the blue toilet water being siphoned back to the kitchen tap after a loss of supply. Dan Littlewood, Water Fittings Senior Technician at Severn Trent, said: “Essentially, the incorrectly installed valves are submerged in water in toilet cisterns and won’t cause a problem unless there happens to be a loss of supply. “Once that happens, the valve effectively ‘sucks’ the water all the way back to the kitchen tap and our customers end up with bright blue water that, for obvious reasons, they shouldn’t drink. “We’d urge everyone to take a look at their cistern and to make sure that everything’s nice and legal and, if it’s not, then fitting a Water Regulations Advisory Scheme (WRAS) valve as per it’s installation requirement note can prevent contamination.” Advice from Severn Trent is to only use WRAS products in accordance with their installation requirement notes. “From our point of view, it’s bad enough that our customers have had a loss of supply,” said Dan. “We really don’t want them to have to deal with blue water as well when it’s relatively easy...

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England cathedrals benefit from £14.5 million government investment to help protect nation’s heritage

Almost 40 cathedrals across England will benefit from government funding of £14.5 million for repairs to help secure their future, Culture Secretary Karen Bradley announced today. Awarded from the First World War Centenary Cathedral Repairs Fund, it will see 39 grants allocated to help safeguard cathedrals, including keeping buildings wind-proof, weather-tight, safe and open to the public. The Chancellor announced the first £20 million phase of the fund in 2014, and allocated a further £20 million in the budget in March. Decisions on funding allocations are taken by an expert panel which includes English Heritage, the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Church of England and the Catholic Church. Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport Karen Bradley said: “Cathedrals are powerful symbols of Britain’s shared history. They are important not only for their architecture and heritage, but also for the vital role they play in local communities.” “I am delighted that the First World War Centenary Cathedral Repairs Fund will ensure that these wonderful cathedrals remain in a good state of repair and are preserved for future generations.” The Church of England’s 42 cathedrals are estimated to contribute £220 million to the economy every year, and welcome more than 11 million visitors annually. Dame Fiona Reynolds, Chair of the Cathedrals Fabric Commission for England, said: “Cathedrals which benefitted from the first phase of this fund have been repaired and...

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Jail for illegal tobacco traders in Cheltenham and Gloucester

Three men were sentenced to prison yesterday and a fourth was given a community order for the sale and possession of illegal tobacco. Four defendants, Oscar Sorani, Sartip Mahmud, Shamal Ahmed Arif and Sermend Karim appeared at Gloucester Crown Court yesterday (13th July) to face charges for illegal tobacco, much of which was unbranded and of unknown quality. The case was brought by Gloucestershire Trading Standards Service following a series of inspections and test purchases at ‘Zam Zam’ 247 High Street, Cheltenham and ‘General Store’, County Chambers, Station Road, Gloucester. All four men had entered guilty pleas for their offences before the sentencing hearing began. When trading standards received information that the ‘Zam Zam’ shop was selling illegal tobacco it carried out two test purchases in February and March last year. On both occasions cigarettes were sold for well below the lawful selling price of over £9, and no UK duty had been paid. An inspection was then carried out and 66 packets of 20 cigarettes and 48 pouches of 50g hand rolling tobacco were seized. All of the items, which had been hidden in a black sports bag in the store room of the shop, were illegal because they were not labelled for the UK market and no duty had been paid. The haul would have netted the shop £668 and evaded duty of £1080 if the items...

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Police searching for guns at Tredworth house

Police are currently carrying out a firearms search at a property in Tredworth. Gloucestershire Police says a firearm was retrieved from a vehicle after being stopped in Regent Street yesterday evening. A search is being carried out at a house in Bathurst Road in connection with the incident. Four men, two aged 25, one aged 18, one aged 46, have been arrested and are currently in custody. Gloucester News Centre –...

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TV Licensing reminder to community groups in Gloucestershire ahead of Olympic screenings

With more than 3,000 hours of live sporting action from Rio this summer, TV Licensing is reminding community groups and charities in Gloucestershire to check they are correctly licensed to share the spectacular sporting TV coverage as it happens. Considerable numbers of community groups, sporting and social clubs are expected to host viewing events and parties, where they are set to enjoy landmark Olympic moments at community groups and centres across the county. BBC One’s coverage kicks off featuring the Opening Ceremony on 5 August, with live action each day from 1pm to 4am until the Closing Ceremony on 21 August. On BBC Four, live action will be available every day from 1pm to 4am. TV Licensing has produced a Guide for Community Groups, which answers common questions asked by groups and includes information about holding one-off live viewing events and refunds. Community groups can view or download the “Guide for Community Groups” at http://www.tvlicensing.co.uk/check-if-you-need-one/business-and-organisations/clubs-and-community-groups-aud10 Mark Whitehouse, spokesperson for TV Licensing, said: “Community groups will need to buy a TV Licence if they plan to watch the coverage live but can claim a refund for any unused quarters if they only need a licence for this one-off sporting event. “Social and community group managers have been prosecuted in Magistrates’ courts in the past year. We would always rather people pay for their TV Licence than risk an embarrassing prosecution and...

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Free classical music festival launches in Gloucester today

A new and completely free Classical music festival launches this week in Gloucester as part of the SoMAC festival. The inaugural performance will take place later with a lunchtime recital from 12.30 at St John’s Northgate by tenor Magnus Walker and pianist Sam Mitchell performing pieces by Schumann. The purpose of this new festival is to allow people from all backgrounds and communities to be able to freely access and experience world class music in the places they live, work and study. And the organisers are encouraging both those with a love of classical music and those who might be new to live classical music to come along. The festival is part of a greater programme by different city agencies to ensure that culture is at the heart of the city with the aim of Gloucester bidding to be capital of culture in 2025. Festival directors, former Mayor of Gloucester Sebastian Field and Vicki Field said: ‘We are delighted to be organising the first Gloucester Classical Music Festival. We have a fantastic array of artists lined up, with lunchtime recitals, community choirs, a lute workshop, works by Gloucester composers Ivor Gurney and Gerald Finzi, and much more. All the events are completely free, and this makes the festival very inclusive and community-orientated. We look forward to welcoming everyone to the festival’. This inaugural festival will have thirteen different performances at different...

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Gloucestershire Airport celebrates 80 years with charity open day

Gloucestershire Airport celebrates its 80th Anniversary on Saturday 16th July with a Charity Open Day. From 11am – 4pm, you’ll be able to get a ‘behind-the-scenes’ look at what goes on at the Staverton site, with the opportunity to take to the skies on helicopter pleasure flights and trial flying lessons. There’ll also be refreshments, bouncy castles, a hot air balloon, fire engines, classic cars and other attractions to entertain the family. Weather and serviceability permitting, a Spitfire flypast is also planned at around 2pm. A free shuttle bus will be running throughout the day to take visitors to the Jet Age Museum too. Operations director, Darren Lewington said: – “Our open days have proven popular in the past and we very much enjoy inviting the public on site to see what goes on at their local airport. This year is, or course, a special anniversary, exactly 80 years to the day that the airport was officially opened. That said, we’re hoping for better weather as that official opening was rained off! The Spitfire flypast will be the icing on the cake. The iconic WWII fighter also celebrates the 80th anniversary of its first flight this year and the unmistakable roar of a Merlin engine will takes us right back to those early days of aviation.” Admission to the event is free, but donations to the Airport’s chosen charity,...

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City council car park improvements

As part of a £750,000 investment in the city’s Eastgate Shopping Centre car park, work is well underway to repair the damaged road surface and install the new ‘pay on foot’ parking system. The new system allows customers to pay for their parking once they’ve finished enjoying their time in the city, rather than feeling the need to rush back before their ticket runs out. In addition to the ‘pay on foot’ payment machines, users who are paying by contactless debit or credit card will be able to ‘wave and pay’ on entry and exit. A sensor will register the payment allowing the customer to visit the car park without having to receive a ticket at the machine. The ‘pay on foot’ parking systems will be supported by using automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) allowing disabled users to pre-register their vehicles and drive into the car park hassle free. The ANPR system will automatically recognise the registered vehicle and the barrier will rise, on both entrance and exit. In order to carry out the resurfacing of the roof, all but one pay and display machine has had to be removed. The increased use of the one machine has caused a few issues with payment, but staff are making regular checks to make sure payments can be made. Cllr Paul James, leader of Gloucester City Council and cabinet member for...

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Serious sexual assault in Painswick – appeal for information

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Free courses for motorbike users

The Road Safety Partnership (RSP) is supporting all motorcycle users this year by providing another round of the successful workshops for all riders. First starting in 2014, Biker-Down workshops are a free session in which people can learn basic first aid courses for riders and what to do in an accident if they are ever involved in one. The workshops are free and take place on Friday evenings, 6pm-9pm, at SkillZONE, Tuffley Lane, Tuffley, Gloucester GL4 0DT. The first session took place in June and was fully booked, but the RSP wants to remind people that they can book for future events now. They take place on: 15th July, 23rd September, 21st October, 18th November and 9th December 2016. People can book by emailing bikerdown@glosfire.gov.uk Cllr Nigel Moor, cabinet member for fire, planning and infrastructure, said: “Last year we had a really good turn out of motorbike users attending these events, and this year we are hoping to provide these workshops to even more people. “Providing riders with basic first aid and what to do if an accident happens is really important because it could potentially save a life.” Martin Surl, Police and Crime Commissioner, said: “I recommend these workshops to all motorbike users. As our roads become busier, bikers become more vulnerable so any initiative aimed at keeping them safe is both timely and welcome.” For more details...

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Gloucestershire’s marvellous libraries and the big friendly read

Gloucestershire libraries are inviting young people to take part in this year’s scrumdiddlyumptious summer reading challenge and win a gold ticket to visit the Museum of Gloucester’s amazing robot exhibition. Libraries everywhere are celebrating 100 years of the world’s favourite storyteller – Roald Dahl. This year’s summer reading challenge is celebrating that, named ‘the big friendly read’, and gives children and young people the chance to join the fun. The challenge runs from Saturday 16th July – Saturday 10th September, so there is plenty of time to join and complete the challenge. Anyone who completes the challenge will receive a medal and certificate for reading six books. Anyone wishing to join in can do so at their local library. When they do, they will receive a free collector folder to keep special big friendly read cards. The cards, some of which are scratch and sniff, are fabulous Quentin Blake illustrations from some of Roald Dahl’s best-loved stories. Young people are encouraged to take two books at a time, and they will be given two cards each time for the six books. Taking part is completely free and is a great way to keep busy during the summer holidays. Nearly 10,000 children aged 4 -12 took part last year in the “record breakers challenge”, and the council hopes even more will join in this year. All children who do take...

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Appeal after Minsterworth collision

Police are appealing for witnesses to a collision on the A48 at Walmore Hill in Minsterworth last Friday. A blue Toyota Yaris was travelling towards Westbury-on-Severn at about 4.20pm when the car collided with two elderly pedestrians that were crossing the road. One pedestrian suffered serious hip and leg injuries and is currently in a serious but stable condition at Southmead Hospital in Bristol. The other pedestrian was taken to hospital with a broken ankle but has since been discharged. Anyone who witnessed the incident or the car being driven prior to the incident should call 101 and quote incident 368 of 8 July. Gloucester News Centre –...

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£4.1million investment for county schools

Three county schools are due for expansion if cabinet agree to allocate the money in the budget next week. At next Wednesday’s cabinet meeting (20th July), members will be discussing proposals to invest more than £4.1million into building new or expanding classrooms at Lakefield C of E Primary School, Gloucester and Pittville and Bournside Schools in Cheltenham. The proposals form part of the normal budget report cabinet regularly receives and it asks for money to be allocated from existing capital budgets to pay for the work that’s needed at the schools. There is a need to create more places at Bournside School by one class at Year 7 when pupils start secondary school. Feasibility work has identified that the cost of the building work will be £2.4 million. In July 2015, cabinet approved £1million to increase places at Pittville School. A development plan was drawn up and, like Bournside, it was identified that there was the need for an extra class at Year 7. An extra £500,000 is needed in order to create the buildings associated with the additional class. In total this would bring Pittville’s investment to £1.5million. Lakefield C of E Primary has an intake of 30 per year group but is regularly oversubscribed and agreed to take on an extra four pupils this year. To accommodate the additional pupils the school has agreed to take on...

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Learn how to get your older building buzzing with efficiency

Gloucester City Council is inviting property owners, contractors and architects to take part and learn more about how to improve the energy efficiency of older buildings across the city as part of a series of training sessions and workshops. Run through the Townscape Heritage Initiative, the sessions aim to raise awareness of issues related to historic buildings, and to involved local people with the restoration process. The energy efficiency event takes place on Monday July 25th between 9.30am – 4pm, at the Civic Suite, North Warehouse, Gloucester Docks. Anyone who is a taking part in the Southgate Street Townscape Heritage Initiative scheme can attend for free. Anyone not part of the scheme can attend for £15, which will cover a course pack and refreshments. The workshop will be led by John Edwards, a director of Edwards Hart Consultants in partnership with the Environmental Studies Centre. The day will include sessions about: Construction of older buildings Upgrading the insulation value of older buildings ‘Significance’ and impact of alterations Building Regulations and Energy Efficiency EPC’s Tools Guidance and Advice Cllr Paul James, leader of Gloucester City Council, said: “I am really pleased that these sessions are continuing to support owners to keep our historic buildings in the city in the best shape possible. “We recognise the challenges that older buildings offer and want to help people improve the energy efficiency of...

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Bristol Road in Gloucester to be closed for resurfacing work

Bristol Road in Hardwicke will be closed for resurfacing work between 7:30am and 5:30pm from this Friday. The resurfacing work will continue until Friday 22nd July. The road is expected to remain fully open on Saturday and Sunday.   The road closure will affect local bus services: Service 66E & 66S will divert from Cross Keys Roundabout via A38 to Waterwells in both directions. Service 66F will follow it’s old route via Severn Vale Drive in both directions. Service 62 will divert from Cross Keys roundabout via A38 and rejoin normal route at Tesco Quedgeley, in both directions. During this closure, buses will be unable to serve stops between Cross Keys Roundabout and Tesco Quedgeley Roundabout. Services will resume normal routes as soon as the road reopens.   Gloucester News Centre –...

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Community comes together to beat knife crime

Following last December’s Safer Gloucester led ‘Community Conversation’ event at Gloucester Guildhall, residents are being asked to join in the conversation about community safety in the city. At the event at the Guildhall, local residents, community groups and leaders, as well as representatives from the council and police, met to discuss how to tackle knife crime in Gloucester. Attendees made pledges to do what they could in their local community, to help reduce the amount of knife crime in the city. The event also included activities sharing views on why some people feel the need to carry knives and how we can give them confidence to leave those weapons behind. At 6pm Wednesday 13th July at Parry Hall, Tredworth, Gloucester, there will be a follow up event where the pledges made at the earlier meeting will be presented. Safer Gloucester is encouraging as many local residents as possible to come down to Parry Hall and take part. There will also be Pizza served from 6pm, with dance entertainment organised by Tyler Attwood of Team Multi Styles Battle taking place at 6:15pm. Cllr Jennie Dallimore, deputy leader of Gloucester City Council and chair of Safer Gloucester, said: “We want Gloucester to be a safe and welcoming place for residents and visitors alike. “At our event at the Guildhall in December, local residents, community groups and leaders, as well as representatives...

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Man in serious condition following Tuffley collision

A 29-year-old man from Gloucester is in a serious condition in hospital following a collision in Tuffley in the early hours of today. The grey Fiat Punto he was driving collided with a tree on Tuffley Avenue at about 1.20am. The man was airlifted to Southmead Hospital in Bristol where he remains with serious head injuries. No other vehicles or persons are believed to be involved but anyone who saw the incident or has camera footage of the collision or the vehicle being driven in the Gloucester area beforehand should call 101 and quote incident 24 of 11 July. Gloucester News Centre –...

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Anticipation is building as robot invasion heads for Gloucestershire

An army of robots is coming to Gloucestershire in just matter of days – but there is no need to panic! The Museum of Gloucester, based in Brunswick Road, Gloucester, is delighted to be hosting a blockbusting sci-fi exhibition – ‘Robot’ – featuring a collection of robots, cyborgs and android from TV and film over the past 40 years. The stunning exhibits include R2D2 and C3P0 from Star Wars, a life size bust of Arnold Schwarzenegger from Terminator 2, Kryten from the TV series Red Dwarf and Locutus of Borg from Star Trek: The Next Generation. The exhibition is being sponsored by Moose Marketing and PR, publishers of Punchline-Gloucester.com, and Cass-Stephens Insurances. The ‘Robot’ exhibition runs from 16 July to 27 August. Entry to the ‘Robot’ exhibition is included in the normal price of admission, which is £5 for adults, £3 concessions, £12 for a ‘family’ ticket (up to two adults and five children), while under-fives go free. Vicki Hopson, Business Development Officer at the Museum of Gloucester, said: “We’re thrilled the ‘Robot’ exhibition is coming to the museum and it’s already attracted plenty of interest. “The exhibits are stunning and it’s not often you get the chance to see them all on one place, like this.” “It’s one of the largest privately-owned collection of robots, cyborgs and androids in Europe and we’re delighted it will be making the...

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Man arrested on suspicion of Gloucester stabbing

lcar A man has been arrested in connection with the stabbing of a man near the entrance to Gloucester Park on Monday night. The victim, in his 20s, flagged down a passing motorist after he was stabbed in the hand and stomach close to the zebra crossing in the Park Road/Wellington Street area at around 7.30pm. The motorist drove the man to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital and while it was initially believed the man’s injuries were been life threatening they are now deemed serious but not life threatening.  The victim is still recovering in hospital. This morning a 23-year-old man from London was arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm in connection with the incident. He remains in police custody at this time. Police still want to hear from anyone who has information or witnessed the incident. Anyone who knows anything  should call 101 and quote incident 452 of 4 July. Gloucester News Centre –...

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Huge Weekend for Gloucester as SoMAC festival

This week sees Gloucester’s Summer of Music, Arts and Culture off to a walloping start for all. This weekend we welcome pianos on the streets, Peter Rabbit and his friends into the city and a thoroughly jammed-packed start to SoMAC. Keep your eyes peeled for the beautifully painted pianos popping up in Gloucester. Students of Gloucestershire College have designed and painted a number of pianos that will bring music to the streets of Gloucester over the summer. – the pianos are signed ‘tickle my ivories’. Go on! Have a go Join Peter Rabbit and Jemima Puddle Duck on the miniature trail around Gloucester and celebrate 150th anniversary of Beatrix Potter birth. Grab your trail map from Gloucester’s award winning Tourist Information Centre, seek out the characters hidden in various places around Gloucester, collect all 20 stickers and receive a prize from the House of the Tailor of Gloucester. Various music will be heard in Gloucester this weekend ranging from The Battle of the Bands Final, where the four finalists battle it out to see who wins a slot at the Underground Festival this Saturday in Gloucester Guildhall (doors open at 19.30 FREE ENTRY), to Cheltenham Music Festival in the Gem of the Cotswolds, Gloucester Cathedral playing host to Holst and Howells this Saturday, with Herbert Howells’ Cello Concerto being played in the building that the Gloucestershire-born composer came of age...

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Gloucestershire Regimental Colours at Gloucester Cathedral celebrate a little known anniversary!

It is 50 years ago this week that the Gloucestershire Regimental Colours displayed proudly in Gloucester Cathedral were taken down for a spot of spring cleaning. Consecrated on presentation and laid-up on retirement in the County War Memorial Chapel (St Edmund’s Chapel) in Gloucester Cathedral, the Colours represent the 28th and 61st Gloucestershire Regiments and were the last sets of Colours to go into battle before the practice was abandoned. This week an article an article came to light in a ‘Backbadge’ magazine dated Summer 1966: SPRING CLEANING A PAGE OF HISTORY The recent redecorating of the North Ambulatory in Gloucester Cathedral presented an opportunity of taking down and dusting two old sets of Colours belonging to the Gloucestershire Regiment. Both are over 110 years old, and much of the original silk has vanished in the passage of time, but the Regimental numbers remain-the XXVIII and the LXI on their crimson shields-and the proudly-borne battle honours of the Peninsular War and Waterloo, of India and the Crimea.   Many other colours of the Glosters are hung in the Cathedral, but these two sets that have now been spring-cleaned have one peculiarity in common; they were the last to be actually taken into battle. Those of the XXVIII were carried at the battle of Alma in the Crimea War of 1854, and those of the LXI at the battle of...

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Man taken to Gloucestershire Royal hospital with serious stab wounds

A man is in hospital tonight after suffering a serious stab wound to the hand in an incident in Gloucester. The victim, aged in his 20s, flagged down a passing motorist near Gloucester Park just after 8pm tonight. The motorist drove the man to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital and while it was initially believed his injuries may have been life threatening they have now been confirmed as serious but not life threatening.  The victim will remain in hospital overnight and will then require further treatment on his hand. The incident is believed to have taken place close to a zebra crossing in the Park Road/Wellington Street area and officers have cordoned off the possible scene while an investigation continues. Anyone who knows anything about what happened but hasn’t come forward yet should call 101 and quote incident 452 of 4 July. Gloucester News Centre –...

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Jordan Barclay found guilty of murdering Dolton Powell

A man has been found guilty of murdering 21-year-old Dolton Powell from Gloucester last August. A jury of six men and six women spent just over two days deliberating at Bristol Crown Court before finding 18-year-old Jordan Barclay, of Campbell Street, St Paul’s, Bristol, guilty of stabbing and killing Dolton in the early hours of Sunday 23 August 2015. Seven other defendants were found not guilty of murdering Dolton and another man was found not guilty of assisting an offender in connection with the case. Barclay and 18-year-old Nico Daley, of Dermot Street, Bristol were also found guilty of causing grievous bodily harm to 32-year-old Elijah Sutherland shortly before Dolton’s murder. Dolton had witnessed his friend Sutherland being stabbed in a car park off Chase Lane and as Barclay tried to flee the scene, he tried to stop him but was stabbed in the neck.  Despite the best efforts of people at the scene, he died from his injuries. Detective Superintendent Steve Porter, the Senior Investigating Officer of the case, said this is another case where carrying knives or weapons ends with a tragic loss of life: “It’s clear that Dolton was a kind, bright young man who was a completely innocent party to what happened that night.  Our thoughts are with his family, friends and those who loved him. “For whatever reasons knives and weapons were brought to a birthday...

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Teacher’s Stike 2016: Which schools in Gloucestershire are affected?

  A number of school closures and partial closures will be taking place in Gloucestershire on Tuesday 5 July 2016 due to strike action by the National Union of Teachers. Status School Message District Open Abbeymead Primary School The school will be open as normal on 5 Jul 16. Gloucester Current notice Open Amberley Parochial School The school will be open as normal on 5 Jul 16. Stroud Current notice Open Ampney Crucis C of E Primary School The school will be open as normal on 5 Jul 16. Cotswold Current notice Open Andoversford Primary School The school will be open as normal on 5 Jul 16. Cotswold Current notice Open Ann Cam C of E Primary School The school will be open as normal on 5 Jul 16. Forest Current notice Open Archway School ADVANCED NOTICE: On Tues 5 July 16 the school will be partially closed to pupils. The school is closed to Years 8 and 9. They will also be closed to Year 10 students, excluding Drama students who are expected in at 1:30pm ahead of their practical exam. The school will be open for Years 7 and 12 as normal. Stroud Open Ashchurch Primary School The school will be open as normal on 5 Jul 16. Tewkesbury Current notice Open Ashleworth C of E Primary School The school will be open as normal on 5 Jul 16....

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Freeze away, not throw away

Gloucester City Council calls on residents to ‘freeze not throw away’ this Food Safety Week. The city council is supporting this year’s Food Safety Week, which takes place between 4th-10th July, which aims to help people better understand how to waste less food safely, by making more use of their freezers. New research from the Food Standards Agency (FSA) has revealed that 68 per cent of UK adults report that they have thrown food away in the past month. Over two thirds, 36 per cent, of those who had thrown away food said they have discarded food as it was past its use by date. Other reasons for throwing food away include buying too much and not eating it, which was reported by 30 per cent of people; and not having the chance to eat food before it went off, which almost a quarter, 23 per cent, gave as an excuse for putting food in the bin. This contributes to the seven million tonnes of food that is wasted in the UK each year which, according to the Love Food Hate Waste campaign, costs each household around £470 annually. Gloucester City Council is backing the FSA’s campaign to encourage residents in the Gloucester area and across the UK to help tackle the problem of food waste by planning ahead and, if necessary, to freeze  food within its use by...

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Fancy being on Gogglebox? Producers looking for participants from Gloucestershire

Want to be the next Leon and June? Or Sandy and Sandra? Then here’s how you can apply for the new series of smash-hit Channel 4 show, Gogglebox. The television company who make Channel 4’s hit series, Gogglebox, has put out a call for brand new participants. Studio Lambert wants viewers from Gloucestershire with “strong and entertaining” opinions about TV to apply. To apply, email: applyforgogglebox@studiolambert.com or call 07880 006 708. Gloucester News Centre –...

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Worcester Warriors announce the departure of Dean Ryan

Worcester Warriors have today announced that Director of Rugby Dean Ryan has been released from his contract and will leave his post immediately. Moving forward, Warriors’ senior management team will consist of Head Coach Carl Hogg and High Performance Director, the Club’s High Performance Director, both of whom will report to CEO Jim O’Toole. Hogg, who has six years’ experience as a Head Coach at Warriors and Gloucester Rugby, retains responsibility for the first-team squad while Johnston continues his pioneering work in running the Academy, Medical, Sports Science and Player Welfare departments. Commenting on the announcement, O’Toole said: “We are very sorry to see Dean move on from Sixways. He has been instrumental in developing and putting in place our long-term plan and we have been delighted with our progress and the momentum we have built-up over the last three years. “Dean has also helped to build a team around him who are ready to step-up to the next level and build on that progress. For the first time in Warriors’ history we have an active succession plan which has already kicked-in. “We are an ambitious Club with sights on the top six places in the Premiership and the Champions Cup.” Warriors have invested heavily in a corporate platform which underpins the viability of the Club’s long-term ambition to bring the Sixways environment in line with the very best...

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Cambridge first for GC Sixth Form student

A former GC Sixth Form student has gone on to realise his dream and achieved a first-class honours degree in history at Cambridge University. 21-year-old Simon Hickman, from Chepstow, studied A Level History, Government and Politics, and Religious Studies: Philosophy and Ethics at GC Sixth Form Cheltenham, achieving an impressive two A*s and one A in 2013. Prior to coming to GC Simon gained “relatively average” GCSE results at Chepstow Comprehensive School, and chose to study his A Levels at GC Sixth Form due to the rare offer of both Government and Politics, and Religious Studies: Philosophy and Ethics at A Level. He said: “The relaxed atmosphere at GC was perfect for me and allowed me to perform at my best, which was instrumental in getting me into Cambridge, despite relatively average GCSE results. “The lecturers at GC immediately treated me like an adult, capable of making my own decisions. I found that the overall atmosphere among students was more open and welcoming than in school, and I also found excellent friends.” Simon always had a passion for history and now he has achieved a first-class degree in the subject, he hopes to follow the route of academic history: “History and religious studies were the only subjects I was good at in school, and I became more interested in history through reading extensively on niche subjects like the Swedish...

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‘Best Bar None’ award scheme expands in Gloucester

The Safer Gloucester NightSafe Group will encourage licensed premises across the city to showcase their business when this year’s Best Bar None award scheme launches on Tuesday 5th July. The national scheme, which promotes the responsible management and operation of alcohol licensed premises, will launch locally at the Gloucester Guildhall Cinema at 2.30pm. The awards are open to pubs, bars, late bars and nightclubs that create a safe haven for customers to enjoy themselves responsibly. Premises, including small local pubs and family friendly pubs are rewarded for good management and good standards. Last year fifteen premises in the city centre reached accreditation standard and went on to compete against each other for individual awards.   The overall winner, Butler’s Venue Bar, and scheme coordinators attended a celebratory ceremony at the House of Lords where Gloucester won the “National New Best Bar None Scheme” award. This year, during the summer and autumn, assessments of licensed premises will be carried out by impartial assessors and feedback will be given to all entrants to help them improve. In January 2017, an awards ceremony will declare a winner for each category of pubs, bars and latebars/nightclubs, small local pubs, family friendly pubs and an overall winner for the city centre. Cllr Jennie Dallimore, deputy leader of Gloucester City Council said, “Through the Safer Gloucester NightSafe Group, agencies work with licensed premises to make...

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Carnival Arts Training a success!

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Lionel Richie fans warned umbrellas must be down during performance

Ahead of tonight’s Lionel Richie concert at Kingsholm Stadium, Gloucester Rugby has issued an update to concert goers with the following information, in case rain falls on Sunday evening. Kingsholm is an open air stadium, and concert goers seated on the pitch area of the stadium are able to bring in an umbrella, however the umbrellas must be taken down and closed during the musical entertainment which starts with Corinne Bailey Rae at 18:45, and then with Lionel Richie at 19:45. Out of respect to other concert goers, all umbrellas must be closed whilst the stage is occupied. Therefore, we would like to remind concert goers to dress appropriately and bring coats just in case the rain does fall! The club would also like to remind everyone visiting Kingsholm this evening, to arrive early to take their seat and collect tickets as to avoid any queues. Tonight’s concert is a sell out, and therefore the largest concert Kingsholm Stadium has hosted. For information on parking, and collecting tickets, please visit here. If you do need to contact anyone at the stadium for any information other than posted here, please call 01452 872250. Gloucester News Centre –...

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Man arrested after indecent exposure at Cattle Country

A man has been arrested after an indecent exposure at a farm park. The incident happened at around 2.30pm yesterday at Cattle Country Farm Park in Berkeley. A man was seen at the park by visitors indecently exposing himself and performing a lewd act. Thanks to quick thinking by the farm park, staff posted the offender’s description on their Facebook page which prompted numerous members of the public to come forward with information. This led to the arrest of a 35-year-old man from Cheltenham. He remains in custody for questioning. Officers would like to thank those members of the public who helped with enquiries and wish to reassure communities that such behaviour is completely unacceptable and will not be tolerated. Anyone who  witnessed the incident and hasn’t yet spoken to police is urged to call 101 quoting incident 267 of 25 June. Gloucester News Centre –...

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Archaeological dig begins at Gloucester Bus Station

Gloucester’s new bus station hub is continuing to take shape this month as demolition of buildings has been completed and the archaeological dig begins. Gloucester City Council is currently on schedule for the build of its new bus station hub in the city centre. Since the necessary demolition has been completed, the resulting rubble has now almost been cleared. New scaffolding is being erected so that the exposed end wall of Grosvenor House can be weather proofed with new cladding. The remainder of Grosvenor House and Bentinck House are due to be demolished in a later phase of the Kings Quarter plans, on which public consultation will take place this summer. The archaeological dig, which will be done by Cotswold Archaeology, will begin from 27th June. Cotswold Archaeology has a history of working with the City Council including at Blackfriars. Depending on the amount of rainfall, the dig should only take between two to three weeks. Cllr Paul James, Leader of Gloucester City Council and cabinet member for regeneration, said: “Ahead of the archaeological dig beginning, I am really pleased to see how much progress has been made on site so far. “The regeneration of our city centre is a key priority for the city council and something I feel passionately about. The bus station is a hugely important part of this, and I hope it will act as...

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Police appeal after homeless man’s tent is set on fire

Police in Gloucester are appealing for witnesses after a tent, belonging to a homeless man, was deliberately set on fire. The incident happened between midday and 9.30pm yesterday (Tuesday 21 June) in the park area off Metz Way near KFC. The victim returned to the tent, which held all of his possessions inside, to find that it had been set on fire. Police are treating the incident as arson. Anyone who witnessed suspicious activity in the area is urged to call police on 101 quoting incident 491 of 21 June. You can also contact the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through their Anonymous Online Form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court. Gloucester News Centre –...

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EU Referendum – use your vote, it is your right

Tomorrow polling stations across the UK will open for people to cast their vote for the EU referendum and Gloucester City Council is reminding people across Gloucester to take part. Polling stations will open on the 23rd June at 7am and close at 10pm. Whatever your political views, it is important that you use your right to vote at all elections. If you are eligible to vote you will have been sent a polling card telling you the date and time of the referendum and the address of your polling station. For those who have not registered to vote, you will not be able to register in time for the referendum, but can register to vote at future elections at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote. If you have applied for a postal or proxy vote, please follow the information sent to you and remember that you can hand your completed postal vote pack into any polling station in Gloucester City if you have not already returned it by post. Otherwise, you should go to the polling station stated on your poll card on the 23rd June during the hours shown on the card. You can show the polling station staff your poll card, but you do not need it to vote. You will be asked to provide your name and address to the staff, who will double check you are on the register....

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Walk for Wildlife this July

On Saturday 2nd July Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust (GWT) are holding their annual Walk 4 Wildlife at one of their newest nature reserves, Crickley Hill. It rounds off their month long #30DaysWild social media campaign encouraging people to get out and enjoy nature in their everyday lives. Walk 4 Wildlife is a great event where members and friends get together to explore a part of our beautiful county, raise some money for GWT, and have a lot of fun in the process. Eveybody in the family, including the dog, is welcome at the event. Crickley Hill, just off the Air Balloon roundabout on the A417, is a favourite place for locals who enjoy its stunning views, its wonderful walks, and the opportunity to barbecue in the woods. But even if you know Crickley Hill well, joining in with Walk 4 Wildlife is well worth doing as it will help you get to know more about this well-loved and beautiful place. The very knowledgeable reserve managers will be on hand to share their in-depth knowledge of the interesting history and ecology of the reserve. It may be hard to believe now, but Crickley Hill was inhabited for thousands of years, providing as it did an ideal site to see invading marauders from all sides. These days you are more likely to see a great spotted woodpecker, or a birds nest orchid,...

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Gloucester MP hosts EU discussion on the eve of the referendum

The University of Gloucestershire’s Oxstalls campus will be the venue for an EU referendum debate hosted by Gloucester MP Richard Graham on 22 June. Latest polls say the IN and OUT camps are equal at 41% for the June 23rd EU Referendum. Gloucester MP Richard Graham said: “This is the most important decision for our country in many people’s lifetimes. Everyone should vote, and many people don’t feel they know enough. So I’m hosting a discussion with questions and answers on the EU referendum to help undecided voters the night before the vote, at the University of Gloucestershire’s Oxstalls Campus from 6-7pm. Come and join me!” Local students will be joining Richard on the panel, stating why they’re voting IN or OUT and sharing their concerns. Richard noted: “This Referendum could be very close. I’m clear that we are Stronger IN but others will have different views – this is a chance to hear both sides and ask questions”. The event is free and open to the public from 6-7pm on the 22nd of June. The University is advising guests to register online in case the event fills to capacity. Gloucester News Centre –...

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10,000th LED street lights are alight

Gloucestershire County Council is celebrating replacing 10,000 lamps with LED technology across the county. In May, work began in Cheltenham to upgrade streetlights with the more efficient and better quality lamps, whilst work continued in Gloucester. The plan is to replace approximately 55,000 streetlights across the county over three years, with the work starting in November last year. To help residents learn more about LED streetlights, and their benefits, the county council has been holding a series of community events where residents can ask questions and find out more about the scheme. There is another event taking place on Thursday 23rd June in Prestbury near the shops on Prestbury Road from 3pm to 6pm in the following locations: Events have already started in Cheltenham, and events have previously taken place in Gloucester. Cllr Vernon Smith, cabinet member for highways, said: “As we’ve reached the 10,000 mark, it is important to realise why we are doing this. The benefits of using LED street lighting include; a better quality of light, a decrease in light pollution and a 70 per cent reduction in energy usage.” “I would like to thank all the residents who have taken out time to come to one of the events we have put on to learn about the benefits and positives of these LED lights. Anyone else who wants to find out the benefits or these...

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No better time to access higher education

In light of the recent news that record numbers of Access to HE students progressed to degree-level study last year*, and the upcoming changes to the Advanced Learner Loan to increase accessibility to higher level study, Gloucestershire College is urging those who missed out on the chance to go to university to consider this route to improve their career prospects. TES reported last week that almost 26,000 Access to HE students went on to higher education last year – an increase of 10 per cent from the previous year – with 88 students graduating with the diploma from Gloucestershire College, across humanities, education, science and health and social care. Success rates in this area at GC continues to increase, up from 68% in 2010-11 to 92% in 2015-16, with many going on to study at Russell Group universities. This year alone top students are going on to study Anatomical Science at the University of Manchester, Physiotherapy at Cardiff University, Political Science and Law at the University of Bristol, and an impressive eight students have been accepted on midwifery courses too. On average 90% of GC Access to HE students progress to higher education, with the remaining 10% tending to take a year out to gain further vocational experience or to travel, before applying for HE the following year. GC fully supports its Access students throughout the UCAS application process;...

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Regeneration proposals submitted for much-needed specialist retirement homes in Gloucester

McCarthy and Stone has submitted a full planning application to Gloucester City Council to redevelop vacant land at St Ann Way, Gloucester Quays with specialist homes for older people. Prior to submitting its plans, McCarthy and Stone held individual meetings with local stakeholders including councillors, followed by a public exhibition in April 2016. Supportive feedback has been received from the majority of local residents, with praise received for the proposed design and layout and a recognition of the need for additional specialist retirement properties locally.  Proposed design and regeneration The design and layout for Gloucester Quay has been carefully considered to rejuvenate this derelict site, while recognising the need to ensure the setting of the adjacent Llanthony Secunda Priory is respected. The proposals represent part of the wider regeneration of Gloucester Quays, making a positive contribution to the future of the City’s economy. McCarthy and Stone’s plans for the site include building 28 Retirement Living apartments and 55 Assisted Living (Extra Care) apartments. The development would also include car parking for residents and visitors, together with the introduction of extensive new landscaping and additional planting throughout the site. Darren Humphreys, Regional Managing Director at McCarthy and Stone said: “The majority of the feedback responses received following our public consultation supported the proposed redevelopment, with recognition of the local need for additional housing for older people, as well as the...

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Amber Rudd visits Horizon Nuclear Power in Gloucester

Energy and climate change secretary Amber Rudd was in Gloucestershire yesterday convincing staff to vote ‘Remain’ in the European Union referendum. Mrs Rudd was at Barnwood-based Hitachi-owned Horizon Nuclear Power to meet 150 staff and the hottest topic in politics was soon on the agenda. The pro-Remain Conservative MP spoke direct to Business on whether the country had the right people in place to make the changes everyone seemed to want – remain or not.   Gloucester News Centre –...

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New primary academy for Longford

Work on a brand new primary academy in Longford will begin in July. The state of the art academy and nursery will be opening in September 2017 and run by Gloucestershire Learning Alliance (GLA), a local multi academy-trust made up of Bishop’s Cleeve Primary Academy, Rowanfield Junior School and Springbank Primary. Work is already beginning on the site, with a ground breaking ceremony on 1st July including children from the multi-academy trust’s existing schools. The GLA was given approval earlier this year to sponsor the new primary academy with 210 places, complete with nursery, to open at Whittington Park in Longford. Local people are being asked what they would like their new academy to be like to help the GLA develop the future direction of the school and to develop its own identity. An extensive consultation will begin in September, but anyone is welcome to contact the headteacher for enquiries or to comment on the new school via head@longfordpark.org.uk A new website is also available featuring all the details for the new academy including artist impressions of the beautifully designed building and grounds, and how to apply for places ready for the launch in 2017. Visit www.longfordpark.org.uk or the facebook page via the link on the website. Applications for places will be accepted in late 2016, with a number of information events planned to ensure that parents know about...

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Super Saturday of ‘Stained Glass’ and ‘Song’ at Gloucester Cathedral

This Saturday, Gloucester Cathedral will host a Three Choirs Festival rehearsal day and also celebrate the installation of the latest stained glass window to grace the Cathedral’s 15th century Lady Chapel. The Gloucester Three Choirs Festival takes place from 23 – 30 July 2016 and is the oldest non-competitive classical music festival in the world, rotating each summer between the beautiful English Cathedral cities of Gloucester, Hereford and Worcester. Central to the festival are the daily services of Choral Evensong sung by the professional choirs of all three Cathedrals. There is a rich programme of choral and orchestral concerts, solo and chamber music recitals, masterclasses, talks, theatre, exhibitions and walks. This year Gloucester Cathedral is celebrating the 800th Anniversary of the Coronation of nine-year-old Henry III, which took place here in Gloucester Abbey in 1216. As part of the celebrations the Three Choirs Festival will mark the historic occasion with music of the 13th century. A spokesman for Gloucester Cathedral said: “If you would like to hear what all three choirs sound like in this amazing building come along and join us at Evensong on Saturday at 5.30pm where you will be able to experience the joy that choral music, at its very best, can bring.” “We are delighted to announce that following on after Evensong there will be a Service of Dedication for a newly installed Gerald Finzi...

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Body found by officers searching for missing teenager

Officers searching for missing 18-year-old, Edward Dinsmore, have found a body. The body of a man was found at around 8.15am today in Quedgeley. His next of kin have been informed. Formal identification has not yet taken place. The death is not being treated as suspicious.     Gloucester News Centre –...

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Forensic evidence gathered by police leads to prison sentence for prolific burglar

A prolific burglar has been sentenced to more than four years in prison after burgling ten houses in Cheltenham, Tewkesbury and Uckington. Christopher Jeffery, aged 36, of Wheatland Drive in Springbank, was sentenced to four years eight months at Gloucester Crown Court on Friday 17 June. He pleaded guilty to ten burglaries, which were carried out over a four month period between February and May this year. Laptops, jewellery, a Kindle reader, Premium Bond certificates, driving licenses and a Mini Cooper, were amongst some of the property stolen. Jeffery was arrested on Friday 13 May where he was in possession of stolen property. His footwear was then examined by forensic officers who were able to link this to five burglaries. During a search of his mother’s home on Saturday 14 May, £2,500 worth of jewellery was found hidden in his bedroom, some of which dated back to World Wars 1 and 2 and were of sentimental value. The strong evidence put forward by police to Jeffery in his interview forced him to admit all ten burglaries and a handling stolen goods offence. He took officers to a stolen vehicle which was still outstanding and gave details of the other five burglaries he had committed. PC Matt Rollason, the investigating officer, said: “Burglary is a heinous crime that affects the victims long after the event. Jeffery has at least given...

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14,000 attend Jess Glynne concert at Kingsholm Stadium

Some big names have graced the stage at Kingsholm in recent years, and it was Jess Glynne’s turn on Saturday. And she didn’t disappoint, with the crowd on their feet from the opening seconds in what was a superb set. The crowd were nicely warmed up by Jay Prince and Izzy Bizu, but it was Jess who the crowd were waiting for and she took to the stage to a massive ovation. She got the crowd going right from the very off as she launched into ‘Don’t Be So Hard on Yourself’ before following up with the song which which she achieved massive success with Clean Bandit – ‘Rather Be’. The pace didn’t let up in what Jess described to the crowd as her ‘biggest solo show’. Her voice, so familiar to fans worldwide, translated superbly to the live environment and the 14,000 plus crowd lapped it up. As well as her own repertoire, she unveiled an impressive cover of Amy Winehouse’s ‘Tears Dry On their Own’ which went down a storm on an evening when even the weather looked down favourably on Kingsholm. The hits kept on coming, the crowd loving the likes of ‘Ain’t Got Far to Go’, ‘Right Here’ and, as dusk set and phones were waved aloft by the crowd, ‘Take Me Home’. A blistering version of Chaka Khan’s ‘I Feel For You’ took things...

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Missing from Coleford believed to be in Gloucester

Gloucestershire Police are appealing for the public’s help to trace a missing man from Coleford who is believed to be in Gloucester. Christopher Weaver, aged 34, left his home in Coleford at 6.30am today (Friday 17 June) to go to work, but he has since not arrived at his workplace. Christopher’s family are growing increasingly worried for him and officers are eager to hear from Christopher or anyone who has seen him. He is described as white, of a slim build, 5 foot 5, with short straight hair and clean shaven. He also has some distinctive tattoos, with his wife’s name on his knuckles and the names of his children on his arms. Christopher is thought to be in Gloucester and anyone who sees him is urged to get in touch via 101, quoting incident 75 of 17 June. Gloucester News Centre –...

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Man sentenced to five years in prison for rape

A man has been sentenced to five years in prison after raping a woman. Lemar Whitter, aged 25, of Crossways in Luton, was found guilty of rape on Friday at Gloucester Crown Court. He raped a woman on 30 November 2014 at her home. He already knew the victim and bumped into her whilst out clubbing in Gloucester before the incident. Whitter, a Chosen Hill Rugby player who has been studying Psychology at the University of Luton, denied raping her, but was found guilty by the jury after a five day trial. The investigating officer, DC Darren Smith, of the Rape and Serious Sexual Offence Unit, said: “We hope this sentencing indicates our determination to bringing offenders to justice and highlights that Gloucestershire Constabulary takes all rape and sexual offences extremely seriously. “We urge anyone who has been a victim of a rape or sexual assault to contact police. We have a Rape and Serious Sexual Offences Unit with specially trained officers who will treat you with the utmost care and respect. Call 101, or 999 in an emergency. “If you wish to report a rape or sexual assault, you can also contact the Gloucestershire Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre on 01452 526770 or you can visit the Hope House Sexual Assault Referral Centre in person, or call 01452 754390.” Gloucester News Centre –...

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Dealership’s football match raises £292 for charities

Staff at a car dealership in Gloucester took part in a football match on Tuesday and helped to raise £292 for a number of charities. Wessex Garages on Mercia Road organised the event at the Newport International Sports Village on June 14 and some of the money raised will be donated to The Leukaemia & Intensive Chemotherapy Fund (LINC) in Cheltenham. Keith Brock, Managing Director at Wessex Garages, said: “Ahead of the European Championship game of Wales versus England on June 16 we thought it would be a great idea to host a charity football match between all of the Wessex Garages’ branches in Wales against all of the branches in England. “We have three dealerships in Wales and four in England and members of staff from each outlet formed a Welsh team and an English team to battle it out on the pitch. “It was a fantastic game. Wales scored a goal in the first fifteen minutes and then England fouled and Wales missed a penalty. England then scored a penalty to equalise five minutes from the end. Wales then managed to score another goal with seconds to full time making them the winners. Staff from all of our branches either played or came along to watch the match and support their team.” Staff were invited to bet on the result of the game. It was £2 a go...

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Learning Disability Awareness Week in Gloucestershire

A week-long series of events will be taking place across Gloucestershire to mark national Learning Disability Week 2016. The annual event is organised by the charity Mencap. The theme this year is ‘Friendships and Relationships’. The events, organised under the umbrella of the Gloucestershire Learning Disabilities Board, start on Monday (June 20) and the Board’s Co- Chairs Jan Marriott, Zara Humphrey and Tim Heaven said there was much to look forward to. They said: “We are really excited about this week and many organisations and support groups will open their doors to provide opportunities for people with a learning disability in Gloucestershire.” Simon Shorrick, of 2gether NHS Foundation Trust’s Health Facilitation Team, is coordinating the event with the Board. He said: “We really hope people will take the opportunity to get involved in the week. It’s a great opportunity to get together and celebrate everything people with learning disabilities in Gloucestershire do, and what support organisations have to offer. “There’s a lot happening so I’d encourage everyone who has a learning disability, as well as their friends, families, support workers and carers, to get involved.” Cllr Kathy Williams, cabinet member for long term care at Gloucestershire County Council, said: “Raising awareness to help people with learning disabilities and supporting them to live their lives to the fullest is a priority for the county council. Whatever your interests, with so...

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Fly tipping will cost you, don’t do it

A man has been fined for fly tipping in Barton and Tredworth after Gloucester City Council took him to Cheltenham Magistrates Court. Mr Chana of Blenheim Road Gloucester, appeared before magistrates earlier this month, and pleaded guilty to fly tipping. The offence took place in July 2015 and the waste consisted of several black bags of household rubbish which Mr Chana had transported from his property and dumped in the bin area at Vauxhall Terrace. Mr Chana was fined £100.00, ordered to pay costs of £793.84 and a victim surcharge of £20.00. Cllr Jennie Dallimore, cabinet member for communities and neighbourhoods, said: “I am very disappointed that people continue to try and commit these sort of crimes. “Fly tipping is not a victimless crime and we will always seek to prosecute those who blight this city with their inconsiderate actions. “Let this be a warning to anyone else who thinks that they can fly tip, it won’t be tolerated.” To report fly tipping you can fill in an online form available from http://www.gloucester.gov.uk/resident/bins-and-recycling/Pages/fly-tipping.aspx  or by calling 01452 396 396. Anyone looking for help with their help managing household waste can contact the city council by emailing heretohelp@gloucester.gov.uk or calling 01452 396396. Gloucester News Centre –...

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Appeal for witnesses after car collides into house in Matson

Gloucestershire Police are appealing for witnesses after a car collided into a house in Matson, Gloucester. The incident happened at around 7.45pm on Sunday 12 June when a silver Vauxhall Zafira was being driven along Baneberry Road. It then collided with another vehicle and a house on Norbury Avenue. The driver of the Zafira ran from the scene and has not yet been traced. Enquiries are also ongoing to identify any passengers in the vehicle. PC James Stringer, investigating the incident, said: “The owners of the property were very shocked and lucky to not have been seriously injured. The property’s infrastructure is safe and secure. This incident could have been a lot worse. “We want to hear from anyone who witnessed the incident or a man fleeing the scene. The driver has put himself and members of the public at serious risk and police are eager to identify him so he can be brought to justice.” Anyone with information is urged to call 101 quoting incident 433 of Sunday 12 June. Gloucester News Centre –...

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Bishop of Gloucester visits GCHQ

The Right Revd Rachel Treweek, Bishop of Gloucester has made her first visit to GCHQ to learn more about the work of the organisation and to give a talk on leadership and diversity. The visit included a tour of the building and Bishop Rachel had the opportunity to delve deeper into how the organisation works. She said: “It was a real privilege to be able to meet with the staff who work to keep our country safe. It gave me an opportunity to say thank you for all they do.” Director of GCHQ Robert Hannigan said: “I’m delighted to have welcomed Bishop Rachel to GCHQ and to have had the opportunity to talk to her about the vital work we do to keep Britain safe. I’m grateful that the Bishop was able to talk to staff about her important responsibilities within the Church and wider society.” During the visit Bishop Rachel was able to discuss the Investigatory Powers Bill, which will now be considered by the House of Lords, of which Bishop Rachel is a member. She also gave a talk and answered questions from staff about; the role of women in leadership, diversity in the workplace, and the importance of community and her role in making those wider connections. Gloucester News Centre –...

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Dale Vince’s ex-wife awarded £300k settlement 20 years after divorce

The ex-wife of a green energy tycoon has been awarded a “modest” lump sum payment of £300,000, nearly 20 years after the couple divorced. Kathleen Wyatt, 55, first took legal action against Dale Vince, 53, founder of wind-power firm Ecotricity, in 2011 around 25 years after they separated. She had demanded a £1.9m payout but has been awarded a “realistic” lump sum of £300,000 by a High Court family judge. Neither Ms Wyatt nor Mr Vince were in court for the settlement announcement. Approving the terms of the settlement, High Court family judge Mr Justice Cobb said he was “perfectly satisfied “that it was “reasonable”, and Ms Wyatt was “entitled to receive a modest capital award” following the breakdown of the marriage. “The lump sum payment agreed between the parties fairly represents, in my view, a realistic and balanced appraisal of the unusual circumstances of this case,” he said. It is uncertain how much Ms Wyatt, who lives in Monmouth, will actually receive of her award due to outstanding legal bills. The couple met as students in their early 20s, married in 1981 and lived a New Age traveller lifestyle. They separated in the mid-1980s and divorced in 1992. In the mid-1990s Mr Vince – who now lives in Stroud – set up his company Ecotricity which is now worth an estimated £107m. In 2011, Ms Wyatt lodged a...

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Gloucester man missing for more than two weeks

Gloucestershire Constabulary is concerned for a missing Gloucester man. Gary Melville, 56, from Johnston Close, Staunton, Gloucester has not been seen for over two weeks.  He is a vulnerable adult and due to the length of time he’s been missing there are concerns for his welfare. He is 5’7″ tall, with short, white hair and a goatee beard.  His eyes are blue and he wears glasses.  He has a tattoo on his chest which says ‘Be true to thyself’ and a scorpion tattoo on his right arm. He could be driving a VW Passat – registration number WG02 KR0 and may be in Wales in the Dyfed Powys area. If you have seen or know the whereabouts of Gary please call us on 101.  Alternatively call or text the Missing People Helpline on 116 000. Gloucester News Centre –...

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Prince Charles and Duchess of Cornwall attend ‘The Big Lunch’ in Brimpsfield

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall attended a Big Lunch street party in Gloucestershire today. Their Royal Highnesses joined more than 100 residents from three local villages surrounding Brimpsfield to celebrate Her Majesty’s 90th birthday. There was something for everyone at today’s Royal-themed celebration: from apple bobbing to face painting and a King’s and Queen’s Fancy Dress competition! The Duchess of Cornwall has been Patron of The Big Lunch since 2013 and this year, The Big Lunch joined together with The Patron’s Lunch in celebration of Her Majesty’s 90th birthday. Their Royal Highnesses last attended a Big Lunch in Piccadilly to mark Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012. Gloucester News Centre –...

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Former Gloucester mayor to appear on Asian TV to speak for BREXIT

A former  Labour Mayor and Sheriff  of Gloucester who is now a prominent member of UKIP in the city has been invited to appear on one of the UK’s largest Asian networks to talk about BREXIT. Harjit Gill who runs the Post Office in Tredworth told Gloucester News Centre: ” I am absolutely delighted to have been invited to take part in this programme, which reaches all parts of the South Asian community, not just in this country but in many others as well.” “In Gloucester, BREXIT is of great interest to all  those with a South Asian background, whether they are Sikhs, Hindus or  Muslim. The vast majority of those I speak to want the UK to leave the EU.  They feel strongly that the EU discriminates against those with historical and family ties to the UK built up over many generations and in two World wars in favour of citizens of other EU member states who have little or no connection to the UK, and who in many cases do not even speak English.” “This is completely wrong. When I came to the UK back in the Seventies  I had to prove that I had certain qualifications and sufficient English language skills before I was able to stay. The fact that EU citizens do not have to do this is ridiculous , and it  means that this country...

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The Charlatans to headline at Sportbeat

The Charlatans have been announced as the Saturday headliner for the Sportbeat Festival in Gloucester. Festival organizer, Jody Gooding’s said, as “The Charlatans have been high on the list of performers we’ve wanted to bring to SportBeat, since we started, in 2013. I know Gloucester love them and it’s great to have them back in the City. Their last gig was at GL1 in 1997” The Mancunian Legends have enjoyed enormous success and in total have released 12 studio albums, 7 top 10, 3 of which were number ones, 17 Top 30 singles, including 4 Top 10 in the UK charts. Their current album Modern Nature was released last year to rave reviews and described as one of the best of their career The Charlatans, who are revered by peers and festivalgoers around the globe, join (already announced) Happy Mondays, EMF, Echo & the Bunnymen, Jaguar Skills, Coasts, NGOD, Duke, King Solomon Band & Quigley. SportBeat 2016 takes place over the weekend of 20-21 August, at Oxstalls Sports Park, in Gloucester. Festivalgoers in the last few years have enjoyed performances from headliners: The Feeling, The Enemy, Razorlight, Soul ll Soul, The Fratellis and De La Soul and it’s become a firm favourite in the Festival Calendar. Full details of tickets, lineup and latest news can be found on the website: sportbeatfest.com Gloucester News Centre –...

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Zest bar in Gloucester set to close this August

Zest bar in Eastgate Street in Gloucester is set to close this August after being bought by local developers William Paige Ltd.     MD of the company Charles Perkins has exciting plans to reinvigorate the property that is in desperate need of external and internal improvements.   The company has invested significant sums over the past few years in various buildings in the road including Libertys with Hijinx Soft play and Paint Pot Pottery Painting and The Secret Garden Nursery.   Mr Perkins told Gloucester News Centre: “Our company is confident that this busy artery into the City Centre has a bright future, but under invested in properties need to go and be replaced with better businesses.”   “We call on the City council to invest aswell in this area as it is very neglected and dirty compared to the other gate streets.” Gloucester News Centre –...

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Local leadership expert getting down to business with university students

Leadership expert, author and managing director of Gloucestershire-based company QuoLux, Stewart Barnes, will be working with students studying at the University of Gloucestershire’s Business School. Recently appointed a visiting fellow at the university, Stewart will be offering his expertise to students as well as working with the Business School on a range of research projects. On his appointment Stewart said: “It is a great privilege to contribute to the work of the university in my role as visiting fellow. The integration of our finest learning institutions with the coal face of commerce, the thousands of small and medium businesses which are responsible for employing almost a third of the working population and producing almost a third of our GDP, is vital. There is much that we can achieve together, and an extraordinary range and depth of expertise to be shared by all of the visiting fellows.” Gwyn Jones, Dean of the Faculty of Life Sciences and Business at the University of Gloucestershire, said: “One of our principle aims is to produce career-ready graduates and so we offer our students real-life business experience alongside their learning and expose them to leading business expertise. As an enterprise and leadership expert and practitioner, Stewart’s involvement will be hugely beneficial to our students as they learn directly from him. From a Business School perspective, Stewart will also be helping determine and develop areas...

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Council funds local trainer to ASIST with mental health

As part of Gloucestershire County Council’s (GCC) continued work on improving mental health in the county, the council’s public health team have funded training for an officer to train frontline staff in how to support people who are feeling suicidal. Emily Toomer, who currently works for the Forest of Dean district council (FODDC) in the Community Engagement team, was selected from a number of candidates and has completed a course in delivering Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST). ASIST was developed in 1983 and is widely regarded as the world’s leading suicide intervention workshop, with over 1,000,000 people having taken part since it started. During a two-day interactive training course, participants are taught to intervene and help prevent the immediate risk of suicide. ASIST teaches effective intervention skills for frontline staff that may have to deal with high risk individuals, whilst helping to build suicide prevention networks in Gloucestershire. GCC’s public health team secured funding of just under £10,000 from Health Education England to train Emily in ASIST so that she can share her skills with front line staff around the county. Emily will deliver these (six) training courses over the next two years, with her first training course to frontline workers having taken place last month. Cllr Andrew Gravells, cabinet member for public health, said: “I’m delighted to have Emily on board to complement the work we’re already...

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Demolition work completed at Gloucester Bus Station

The Gloucester bus station hub is continuing to take shape this month as the demolition phase is completed and the operation to clear the area begins. Gloucester City Council is currently on schedule for the build of its new bus station hub in the city centre. Now that all the required buildings have been demolished, the resulting rubble needs to be cleared. Due to the volume of rubble, it will take a few weeks for the site to be cleared. As soon as the rubble has been removed new scaffolding will be erected so that the exposed end wall of Grosvenor House can be weather proofed with new cladding. The remainder of Grosvenor House is due to be demolished in a later phase of the Kings Quarter plans, on which public consultation will take place this summer. Once all the cladding is in place by the end of June/early July, Cotswold Archaeology will begin the archaeological dig where the old buildings stood. Cllr Paul James, Leader of Gloucester City Council and cabinet member for regeneration, said: “I’m really pleased with the progress to date with the bus station and am looking forward to seeing the next stages start. “The Council is fully committed to the regeneration of the city centre. The new bus station will look impressive and modern, but is just the start of a much bigger plan...

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Noisy neighbours convicted for breaching abatement notice

Two Gloucester residents have been convicted for continually playing loud music over long periods of time. Between July and August 2015, Mrs. Bohumila Karchnakova and Mr. Julius Gazi of 56 Salisbury Road, Gloucester breached a notice, issued by Gloucester City Council, on two separate occasions by playing loud music for long periods of time. The couple were summoned to Cheltenham Magistrates Court on Wednesday 25th May 2016 to answer to two counts of breaching a noise abatement notice under section 80 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990. The couple has previously been convicted of the same offence in July 2014 and received a civil Injunction due to persistent anti social behaviour in January 2016. However, they continued the offences which forced the council to take further legal action as it appeared the breaches were being done deliberately. Gloucester City Council staff were granted a warrant to enter the couple’s home and seized televisions, music instrument and electric monitors in an attempt to stop the continuing noise nuisance. The court has ordered that these items should not be returned to them. Both Mrs. Karchnakova and Mr. Gazi were in attendance in court, pleaded not guilty and gave evidence in their defence. Two council officers, as expert witnesses, provided the court with evidence to prove the case and obtained a guilty verdict. Cllr Paul James, leader of Gloucester City Council, said:...

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Two Gloucester men killed in serious collision on the M5

UPDATE: The M5 has reopened between junction 8 and 9 southbound after two linked collisions in the early hours of this morning. Police are carrying out a full collision investigation but believe that the incident involved five vehicles and started when a Ford Mondeo and an MG Rover were in collision about half a mile south of the M50 junction at 1.05am. An HGV then stopped and was involved in a collision with a silver Mercedes and black Mazda. The 24-year-old Gloucester man who was driving the Mercedes died at the scene while a 23-year-old Gloucester man who was a passenger in the vehicle also died. Another passenger in the Mercedes, a 23-year-old Gloucester man, was taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital and remains in a critical condition while the final passenger of the Mercedes, another 23-year-old Gloucester man, remains in a critical condition in Southmead Hospital. A man who was a passenger in the Mazda and a man who was driving the Mondeo were taken to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital. Both are believed to have suffered injuries that are not life threatening. Anyone who witnessed the collision or has any information but hasn’t yet spoken to police should call 101 and quote incident 17 of 2 June. “Upon arrival, the emergency services found a car which had been involved in a serious collision with four men inside. Sadly, nothing could be...

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Brewerism Gloucester Docks Microbrewery Tour

April 27 @ 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm GMT
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Farmers Market

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