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COLUMN: The Very Thing with Simon Rickards

I start with an apology for the obvious pun that is about to ensue. Here it comes… There’s some UNBELIEVABLE news from Sportbeat today with the announcement that Forest of Dean legends EMF are to set Gloucester alight when they play the Saturday night of the Plock Court festival on 20th August. This will be the ONLY live performance they lads will play in Gloucestershire as they celebrate their 25th anniversary year – it really will be an extremely special event. They haven’t played in the county since their amazing shows in December 2013 at the Guildhall which sold out in less than 24 hours. As I’ve been an EMF fan since they first burst onto the scene in the early 90’s I’m absolutely buzzing!! I’ve got to know the boys personally since booking them for Lakefest in 2012 (a personal career highlight) and apart from being just out of this world live they are just the most lovely lads. Even if I’m still in hospital in August I’m determined that I’ll get home leave that weekend just so that I can be there – this is one act that can’t be missed and I’m positive that Gloucester will roll back the years and we’ll all give the lads a warm home-coming. Get the beanie hats ready, get the ¾ length shorts out, learn all the lyrics to Unbelievable,...

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EMF to perform at SportBeat Festival in Gloucester

Forest of Dean legends EMF are to perform at this year’s Sportbeat Festival. The band will play the main stage on Saturday night at the festival. This will be the ONLY live performance they will play in Gloucestershire as they celebrate their 25th anniversary year of Schubert Dip. EMF haven’t played in the county since December 2013 at the Gloucester Guildhall which sold out in less than 24 hours. EMF frontman, James Atkin told GNC: “We are super excited to be performing at this year’s Sportbeat Festival. Twenty-five years ago we released our first album ‘Schubert Dip’ which saw us launch a career filled with discovery, debauchery, teenage shenanigans, heartache and way too much fun-addled bellyaches. The thought of us getting back on stage and ripping it up again is joyous. We always revelled in our live shows, giving 100% to every performance. We are back, and ready to party like it’s 1991!” EMF Unbelievable from 1001videoclips on Vimeo. SportBeat festival director, Jody Gooding said “We are really happy to have such a local talent who made it to the big time perform on our main stage at SportBeat Festival this year joining the already great lineup. We still have loads of great acts to announce including our Saturday Headliner.” EMF join a lineup which includes Happy Mondays, Echo & The Bunnymen, Jaguar Skills, Coast and Duke. The festival takes place...

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Bank holiday waste collection in Gloucester

Gloucester City Council is reminding residents that refuse and recycling collections due on Monday 30th May will be taking place as usual.  Lloyd Griffiths, head of neighbourhood services, said: “Our waste service provider, Amey, will be working normal hours during bank holiday Mondays on 30th May. “All bank holidays tend to generate additional waste as families take the opportunity to meet up or get out and about.  As a result, we are encouraging everyone to recycle as much as possible, including food and drink packaging. Crews collect recycling and food waste weekly, and there will be no change to garden waste collections either.” You can find out more information at http://www.gloucester.gov.uk/resident/bins-and-recycling, including a printable bin collection calendar, or phone 01452 396 396. Gloucester News Centre –...

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University seeks strategic partner for development ‎of student residences in Gloucester

The University of Gloucestershire seeks a strategic partner for the development ‎of student residences in the city of Gloucester for September 2018 and for further phased delivery over an anticipated period of 5 years thereafter. The university is in the midst of a substantial capital programme of circa £90 million and part of this entails the relocation of its existing Business School and 1,100 students from Cheltenham to its Oxstalls campus in Gloucester by September 2018. The Business School plans to grow student numbers by a further 1,000 in the five year period up to 2020/21. The new student residences will provide city centre accommodation for first, second and third year students. The university intends to select a ‎strategic development partner in the next few months and seeks expressions of interest from potential partners who have experience in land purchase and the design, build, finance and operation of student residences in city centre locations. Interested parties should e-mail their expressions of interest to jwain@glos.ac.uk by no later than Monday 6 June 2016. An information pack will be issued to all interested parties outlining the selection process. Gloucester News Centre –...

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Moffat brothers reclaim Guinness World Record for the Tightest Double Parallel Park

Gloucester based stunt driving Brothers, Alastair and John Moffatt have reclaimed the Guinness World Record for the Tightest Double Parallel Park during filming for CBBC programme Officially Amazing at Bentwaters Airfield on 15th July 2015, at a distance of 41cm in Fiat 500s kindly provided by Fiat UK. This Guinness World Record is calculated by adding the length of both cars and subtracting this measurement from the distance between the two parked cars. The two cars are then parked into the space without touching either of the parked cars, each other and within 30cm of the kerb line. Alastair, a Master Instructor at Stunt Drive UK also holds Guinness World Records for the Tightest Single Parallel Park, Tightest Reverse Parallel Park and Tightest Gap Driven through on Two Wheels. Whilst John and Alastair jointly hold the Tightest Triple Parallel Park and Fastest Time for Three Cars to Complete Ten Donuts in a Fan Formation with Alastair. Commenting on their achievement, John noted, “With a team World Record its really important that both of us are at the top of our game at the exact same time. Its taken lots of practicing to achieve this record today and create a new precision driving record” The Moffatt Brothers’ astounding display of precision driving is also available for viewing on BBC iPlayer. Stunt Drive UK is the leading provider of car based...

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Paul James re-elected as leader of Gloucester City Council

The leadership team at Gloucester City Council has been re-elected.   At the Council’s Annual Meeting on Monday, Paul James was re-elected as Leader of the Council.  Paul became Leader in 2007 and has been a councillor for 20 years. Jennie Dallimore stays as his deputy and retains her Communities and Neighbourhoods portfolio. The Council’s Cabinet remains unchanged, with the portfolios as follows: Paul James – Leader and Regeneration and Economy Jennie Dallimore – Deputy Leader and Communities and Neighbourhoods Dave Norman – Performance and Resources Colin Organ – Housing and Planning Jim Porter – Environment Lise Noakes – Culture and Leisure   The Conservatives retain an overall majority, after winning 22 out of 39 seats at the recent local elections. Paul James said, “I am delighted to be re-elected Leader after 9 years in the role.  My enthusiasm for the city and for the job is as great as it was on day one.  We were re-elected with an ambitious programme for Gloucester and we will be energetic in our pursuit of delivering our contract with the electorate.  I am fortunate to have a strong team behind me and we will be working hard to keep Gloucester on the up.” Gloucester News Centre –...

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Two men sentenced to total of over 12 years in prison for historical sex offences

Two offenders involved in an historical sex abuse case in Gloucester have been sentenced to a total of 12 years 9 months imprisonment at Bristol Crown Court. Stephen Lee, 58 and of Sandyleaze in Longlevens and David Bevan, 67 and of Coney Hill Road, Gloucester were convicted of sexual offences against young children between the 1970s and 1990s following a lengthy trial at Bristol Crown Court that started on 4 April 2016. Lee was given an 8-year term while Bevan was sentenced to 4 years 9 months. Both had to be sentenced in accordance with the sexual offences legislation that was in place at the time their crimes were committed. They will now be placed on the sex offenders’ register indefinitely. Stephen Lee was convicted of indecent assault and indecency with a child between 1986 and 1990, whereby he abused his position of trust and indecently touched a girl aged between 8 and 11 years and forced her to touch his penis on a systematic basis. He was also convicted of indecent assault and indecency with a child between 1982 and 1988. This was against another girl who was aged between 6 and 12 years at the time. Again he committed acts of gross indecency against her. David Bevan was convicted of indecent assault on a boy who was aged between 5 and 8 between 1977 and 1980. This involved...

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New mayor and sheriff for Gloucester city

City Councillor Neil Hampson has been appointed as the new mayor of Gloucester city in a special mayor making ceremony at Gloucester City Council. Monday’s ceremony saw outgoing Mayor Sebastian Field hand over the reins to Moreland Councillor Neil Hampson for the 2016/17 council year. Having represented Moreland for the last year, Labour Cllr Neil Hampson has lived there with his wife and children for the past 29 years. In his spare time Neil enjoys gardening, and reading science fiction. In the new role, he is particularly looking forward promoting the youth of Gloucester, and being an ambassador for Longfield...

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The EU referendum, have you registered?

Gloucester City Council is reminding all residents to use their right to vote on Thursday 23rd June for the European referendum. Whatever your political views, it is important that you use your right to vote at all elections and referendums. If you are already registered to vote you do not need to register again. You will receive a polling card telling you the date and time of the referendum and the address of your polling station. For those who are not already registered to vote, you must register by Tuesday 7th June, and you can do so by visiting www.gov.uk/register-to-vote or by contacting the city council on 01452 396203 (you will need your national insurance number). To vote by post at this referendum, your application must be received by 5pm on Wednesday 8th June. To vote by proxy, where you nominate someone to make your vote for you, your application must be received by 5pm on Wednesday 15th June. Unless you have applied for a postal or proxy vote, you should go to the polling station stated on your poll card on the date of the referendum 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, and the staff at the polling station...

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Missing Gloucester woman Dee Lawrence found safe and well

UPDATE – Dee Lawrence, who went missing from Gloucester on Tuesday 17 May, has been found safe and well. She was located in Munkford, Wales at around 8.30pm yesterday (Monday 23 May). Police are appealing for information to help find a missing Gloucester woman. Dee Lawrence, 29 and from the Tuffley area, was reported missing yesterday (Tuesday 17 May) but hasn’t been seen in nearly a month. Dee has experienced a number of personal problems recently and is vulnerable. Officers are urging Dee to make contact so they can check her welfare. Dee also has connections to Torquay. She was last seen in Gloucester on 21 April and anyone who has seen her since should call 101, quoting incident 278 of 17 May. Dee is described as white, 5ft 6ins tall, of medium build and with shoulder length dark brown hair. She usually wear jeggings, a green parka jacket with fur trim and trainers. Gloucester News Centre –...

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Scrutiny success for Gloucester City Council

Gloucester is to be featured online as an example of good scrutiny following its commitment to improve privately rented housing in the city. In March this year the city council’s Overview and Scrutiny Committee joined forces with Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service and Trading Standards to tackle unsafe properties and improve conditions in multiple occupancy houses. Landlords who were renting unsafe properties were identified and informative leaflets were distributed to raise awareness. Then a series of unannounced inspections were carried out. Thirty seven properties were visited and 68 per cent where identified as poorly managed. Some properties had been illegally converted into flats. This month the Centre for Public Scrutiny has published work carried out by the council’s Housing Task and Finish Group as an example of good scrutiny. It has been published on their website as a blog at http://www.cfps.org.uk/good-scrutiny-gloucester/ Cllr Jan Lugg, Chair of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee 2015/16 said, “It’s a real accolade for Gloucester to be featured by the Centre for Public Scrutiny as an example of good scrutiny. It reflects the excellent work carried out city council staff and the members of the Overview and Scrutiny Task and Finish Group to improve privately rented housing in the city.” John Beard, assistant chief fire officer said, “It’s important that affordable rented accommodation is available in the county but we can’t ignore unscrupulous landlords who...

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Calling all Gloucestershire students: Don’t miss out on a refund

As students begin winding down for the year, TV Licensing is reminding those moving home for the summer they may be able to claim a refund, worth £36, on their licence. For Gloucestershire students preparing to head back to their parents’ home for the break, the extra cash could come in useful. Students who bought a TV Licence at the start of the academic year will have three full months remaining on their licence, and a refund can be claimed for this unused quarter. To be eligible for the refund, students need to have a TV Licence with three months remaining on it, be leaving their halls or rented accommodation and be moving to a licensed address. Students can apply for their refund online or over the phone. For those students who aren’t returning home, but moving straight into a shared house or private accommodation, they can easily move their TV Licence to their new address. Mark Whitehouse, spokesperson for TV Licensing, said: “The student refund is brilliant news for students and we encourage those who bought their licence at the start of the academic year to claim the refund they’re entitled to. For those who aren’t moving back home for the summer, they can easily transfer their licence to their new student digs. “It’s important students buy a TV licence at the earliest opportunity when starting university if they...

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Student EU Referendum debate to be held in Gloucester

A group of ambitious business students at Gloucestershire College are organising an EU Referendum Debate this week, with local MPs and councillors lined up to share their views on the panel. 12 students on the Level 3 Business Studies course will chair the Question Time-style debate, which aims to inform and increase young people’s awareness of the issues around our membership of the EU and whether we should remain in or leave, and encourage them to vote. There are five special guest speakers on the panel, including Gloucester MP Richard Graham (Conservative), Tewkesbury MP Laurence Robertson (Conservative), Councillor Richard Leppington (UKIP), Lord Paul Tyler (Liberal Democrats) and Mark Boyce from the Chamber of Commerce. Each will give their reasons why they think we should remain in or leave the EU, as well as take questions from the floor in a Q&A session. GC staff and students will be asked to ‘vote’ in or out before the event, and then asked again at the end to see if the discussions have changed their minds. 19-year-old Megan Moseley, a former Chosen Hill pupil from Gloucester who is part of the student team organising the event, said: “We are looking forward to the panel discussion on Friday and the opportunity to learn more about the importance of the EU. We feel that as young adults we need to be better informed on...

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Happy Mondays to headline Sunday night at Sportbeat Festival

It’s official – indie legends Happy Mondays will headline the main stage at this year’s Sportbeat Festival in Gloucester. The 1980s/90s Manchester group, whose hits include Step On and Hallelujah, still have a large following nationally. They will headline the main stage on Sunday 21st August 2016. Singer Shaun Ryder said: “We’re all really excited and looking forward to playing the Sportbeat festival for the first time – outdoor events always have a good vibe and atmosphere about them as well.’’ Echo & The Bunnymen, Jaguar Skills, Coasts and Duke have already been announced with Saturday’s headline act still to be announced. The festival takes place on August 20th – 21st at the Oxstalls Sports Park, Plock Court, Gloucester. Tickets are on sale now: https://www.sportbeatfest.com/tickets/  Gloucester News Centre –...

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COLUMN: The Very Thing with Simon Rickards

This week’s outstanding headline news comes from Sportbeat again with the announcement that their Sunday night headliners this year are the absolutely fantastic Manchester LEGENDS – Happy Mondays. This is sure to put a smile on the face of just about everyone, and it certainly did for me when I found out. I was a huge fan of Bez & the gang back in the 90’s so I can’t wait to hear tracks such as Step On, Kinky Afro and Loose Fit floating across Plock Court. Now…about those tickets… www.sportbeatfest.com Ever watched The Voice thought about giving it a go yourself? Well now could be your chance!! On Sunday 22nd May (8pm) at The Cotswold Inn, Cheltenham and Monday 23rd May (7pm) at The Cavern, Gloucester representatives from the ITV show will be holding auditions for the next series of the popular TV show. To book yourself a slot and be in with a chance of being the next Justin Bieber or Rita Ora simply drop an email to one of the following: For The Cavern: andrew.baker@kftseekers.org.uk For The Cotswold Inn: tiny.tasha85@googlemail.com Rovin Fest have announced their line up for this year – and it looks pretty damn impressive. It’s great to see this boutique style event returning following their debut last year and it looks like they are looking to build on the success they enjoyed last year...

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Appeal for woman who witnessed assault in Gloucester to come forward

Police are appealing for a woman to come forward who witnessed an assault in Gloucester. The incident happened on Napier Street at about 3.45pm on Friday May 13. The victim – a 27-year-old woman – was assaulted in front of her four children. Police would like to speak to a woman who consoled the children during and after the attack. The woman is described as white and around 50-years-old and is asked, along with anyone else who may have witnessed the incident to contact Gloucestershire Police on 101, quoting incident number 318 of May 13. A 22-year-old woman and a 26-year-old man from Gloucester were both arrested on suspicion of assault and have been released on bail to return to police on June 14 pending further enquiries. Gloucester News Centre –...

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County’s planning committee appoints new chairman

Cllr Nigel Moor Following Cllr Nigel Moor’s appointment as cabinet member for fire, planning and infrastructure at Gloucestershire County Council, the planning committee has elected a new chairman. Cllr John Cordwell, county councillor for Wotton-under-Edge takes over as chairman of the committee, having previously held the role between 1985 and 1991. He has served as a county councillor for 35 years, having been first elected in 1981, and brings with him a wealth of experience. In his time at the council, Cllr Cordwell has sat on many of the council’s committees including the Environment and Communities Scrutiny Committee, Traffic Regulation Committee and the Commons and Rights of Way Committee. He has also had a leading role in regional planning. Cllr John Cordwell Speaking after the announcement, Cllr Cordwell thanked colleagues for the opportunity. He said: “I’ve been a member of this committee for a long time, and have a lot of experience in the area. “I’m grateful to my colleagues for electing me as chairman, and hope to be able to carry on the good work of Cllr Moor.” Cllr Nigel Moor, who steps down as chairman, said: “I’ve enjoyed my time chairing the committee. “Following my appointment to the county council’s cabinet, we needed to find a replacement chairman for the committee and Cllr Cordwell was the outstanding candidate for the role.” Gloucester News Centre –...

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Appeal after thousands of pounds worth of bikes stolen from garage near Chepstow

Police are appealing for information after bikes worth thousands of pounds were stolen from a garage on the Gloucestershire/Monmouthshire border. The incident happened at about 4am on Monday May 16 at an address on the B4228 at Woodcroft, near Chepstow. Offender(s) entered a garage next to the house and when inside took two mountain bikes worth several thousand pounds as well as a petrol strimmer. A silver Audi A4 was seen in the area at the time. Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact Gloucestershire Police on 101, quoting incident number 57 of May 16. 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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Tredworth teenager takes part in her first ever pony race

Tredworth teenager Brogan Miller exceeded all expectations by racing to third place on Saturday at Wincanton Racecourse in Somerset. Brogan, aged 14, is a pupil at St Peter’s Catholic School and only started learning to ride 12 months ago at St James City Farm Riding School and was fortunate to have been supported by Olympic Dressage Rider Emile Faurie and have the backing of the Pony Racing Authority, so she could have weekly lessons. As her skills improved, Brogan was linked up to Bourton Vale Equestrian Centre for further training, including practice on the gallops with Cotswold racehorse trainers at the Bobble Barn Stud. Speaking after the race, Brogan commented: “I can’t believe I got 3rd in my first ever pony race getting a trophy and a rosette with Guinness! I got to race with my best friend Alicia Perkins (also St James City Farm). This has been the best day ever and one I will always remember! This is hopefully the start of something big and many thanks to all the people who have been helping me!” St James City Farm Riding School is managed by the ‘Friendship Café’ charity and was opened by BBC presenter Adam Henson in December 2014 with the specific aim of giving children from the inner-city a chance to learn to ride and is supported by the Police Crime Commissioner for Gloucestershire, Martin Surl,...

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Join the ‘Celebration’ at Gloucester Carnival

Following the success of last year’s event, 2016’s Gloucester Carnival theme will be ‘Celebration’.  There will be live bands and music, Arts, plenty of famous local faces and music in the park until late. Taking place on Saturday 23 of July, the event kicks off with the Carnival procession which starts from the Lower Westgate Street, proceeds along Eastgate Street, Lower Eastgate Street and then into Gloucester Park. Following the procession there will be a prize giving ceremony for the winners of each category. Once the parade reaches Gloucester Park the festivities do not stop. In addition to the Wilson’s Funfair, there will be a music stage featuring both national and local talent. Previous performers include King Pleasure and the Biscuit Boys, King Solomon, Solid Gone, Awfully Nice and others. There will be a fully stocked bar alongside the music and catering. The event will be running into the evening and finishing at 10:00pm. Gloucester Carnival 2016 is part of Gloucester’s Summer of Music, Arts & Culture (SoMAC) programme taking place alongside events such as the 3 Choirs Music Festival, The Gloucester Quays Food Festival, Sportbeat and Art In The City. Karen Pearson, event operations manager commented “We have been very happy with how carnival has developed over the years and aim to make it relevant to both those who have grown up with the event and a modern...

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Tickets go on sale for UB:40 concert in Gloucester

Tickets go on general sale this morning for UB:40’s return gig to Gloucester. Following the sell out show at GL1 last year they are set delight fans at the popular venue on Friday 28th October. Local promoter Bryn Williams said: “Last year’s date sold out in just over a day and UB:40 said it was one of the best in the tour so they couldn’t wait so they couldn’t wait to come back to Gloucester’s GL1.” By popular demand this gig will be a standing event. Tickets go on general sale at 10am via See Tickets or via the Gloucester Guildhall Box Office. Gloucester News Centre –...

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Army Camp Archaeology at Robinswood Hill in Gloucester

Join Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust and a team of expert archaeologists to uncover the military past of Robinswood Hill through a summer of geophysical surveys and archaeological digs. “We’re really excited to be delving into the history of Robinswood Hill and the part it played in World War II. Reservoir Camp, later known as Robinswood Barracks was in active use from around 1939 to the early 1960s before it was finally demolished for housing development,” said Nicky Simpson, Gloucester Community Wildlife Officer, The Army Camp Archaeology project will take place in two parts this year, with initial sessions in May and follow up digs in July. Members of the public are welcome to attend and are encouraged to play a huge part in the project; carrying out geophysical surveys of the site where the army camp residences were located; learning new skills in archaeological techniques, recording and investigation; as well as gaining a greater knowledge of their local area along the way. Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust are also appealing for local people to get in touch with any information they have on Robinswood Hill, as Nicky Simpson explains: “Very little is known about the army camp so we’d love to hear memories or connections people have with the site so that we can build a better picture of the history of the area to share with future generations.” To share your...

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Gloucestershire girl with quadriplegic cerebral palsy to be featured on ITV show

Five-year-old Charlotte Bottger from Gloucestershire will be featured on an ITV programme this evening. Charlotte Bottger has quadriplegic cerebral palsy and has been told that she will never stand or walk. The show follows her journey to the US for an operation which is modern medicine’s only chance of giving her the life of which she dreams. What Would Be Your Miracle is presented by Emma Willis on ITV1 at 9pm Gloucester News Centre –...

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It’s not a waste of time to take part in consultation

Gloucester City Council is launching a consultation into how it delivers waste and recycling services in the city and wants to hear from residents. The council has been carrying out a review into how it delivers its waste & recycling service with a focus on:   Improving recycling performance / diverting waste away from landfill   Providing better value for money   Being customer focussed  The review has identified a series of changes that will help the council to meet those criteria and what the consultation proposals should include. Some of the proposals include keeping black bin collections to every two weeks basis and dry recycling on a weekly basis as it is now, but with the introduction of corrugated cardboard and textiles being able to be recycled. Each resident would receive a weather proof sack to put their corrugated cardboard in, whilst all other dry recycling items would go into the green box as usual. By collecting extra materials at the kerbside, it will increase recycling by up to five per cent and deliver savings in the region of £300,000 per year to the council. If adopted, the changes, and introduction of a new fleet of recycling trucks, would come into place in Jaunary 2017. These changes would build on the work of the council’s Environmental Projects Team, whose efforts saw over 1,000 tonnes of waste diverted from...

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International Street Market Brings Flavour of the Continent to Gloucester

The International Street Market which has swept Scandinavia with a feast of foodie fun is on its way to Kings Square, Gloucester; aiming to build on the success of the last event. Traders from around the world will be on hand to display the best products that their respective countries have to offer. From bespoke craft items, to hot food traders from around the world, the International Street Market will have it all. Run by Groupe Geraud, the largest market operator in Europe, the International Street Market programme has been running successfully across the UK, Sweden and now also Denmark, and the market team is working in partnership with Gloucester City Council to bring the market to the city. Groupe Geraud’s John McInnes said: “It’s been a big hit in Europe thanks to the atmosphere and buzz it creates and we are sure it will go down a treat as it tours the UK.” From Thursday 12th to Sunday 15th May, around 20 traders will be present selling the best of the continent’s gastronomic delights and craft items. The food on offer will range from crepes and cakes for those with a sweet tooth, to barbecued treats for those craving a meat feast as well as authentic Chinese street food. Gloucester News Centre –...

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UPDATE: Trains now running following landslip near Stroud

*UPDATE – 17:50* Services are now running in both directions but delays remain. Rail commuters are being warned to face delays this evening due to a landslip near Stroud. There is currently no service on Great Western Railway between Swindon and Gloucester. The landslip is only affecting Gloucester-bound services. Disruption is expected to continue until 7:30pm. More to follow. Gloucester News Centre –...

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The Voice to hold auditions in Gloucester and Cheltenham

Do you have what it takes to be on The Voice UK? The Cavern on Westgate Street in Gloucester will be holding auditions for the ITV show on Monday 23rd May 2016 at 7pm. You also need to be over the age of 16. To pre-book a slot, email: andrew.baker@kftseekers.org.uk The Cotswold Inn on Portland Street in Cheltenham will also be holding auditions on Sunday 22nd May at 8pm for Over 18s only. To pre-book a slot, email:  Natasha – tiny.tasha85@googlemail.com They are looking for singing talent to be on the show. The Voice UK is open to solos, duos and trios, and all music styles are welcome. Under 18’s must be accompanied by a parent / legal guardian. The Voice UK is a talent contest where famous judges, usually part of the music scene, will listen to artists with their backs turned. If they like what they hear, they will turn around. Each judge will take on a set amount of artists, which will battle it out in a combination of knockouts and live shows. Find out more about The Voice UK: www.itv.com/thevoiceuk Gloucester News Centre –...

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Missing Gloucester teenager Danni Lee found in Blackpool

18-year-old Danni Lee who has been missing from her Barnwood home since April was found safe in Blackpool and has been returned home. Officers would like to thank the public who shared our appeals and provided information on Danni’s whereabouts.  A 28-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of controlling or coercive behaviour in connection with Danni’s disappearance and has been released on police bail pending further enquiries. Gloucester News Centre –...

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Friends of Cathedral Music Awards Gloucester Cathedral £49,000 Music Grant

The Friends of Cathedral Music (FCM) announced last week that it is handing out a record £600,000 to boost music-making in British cathedrals and churches. At a time when some cathedral and church music departments are battling with running costs, the sum goes some way to ensuring that a priceless 1,400 year-old heritage will be preserved for future generations, the world-renowned charity believes.   The highest grant of £49,000 has been awarded to Gloucester Cathedral. The Gloucester award is in support of an endowment grant for choristers and is the largest the Cathedral has ever received from FCM. The Very Reverend Stephen Lake, Dean of Gloucester said:   “FCM work tirelessly to support cathedral music across Britain and we are incredibly grateful to receive such a generous award. Music is at the heart of almost all that we do and this funding will help to ensure that the Cathedral’s musical life continues to flourish.”   Adrian Partington, Director of Music at Gloucester Cathedral said: “We are thrilled and honoured to receive this major grant. It is a testament to Gloucester Cathedral’s vision not only to maintain the tradition of our ancient boys              choir, but also to provide opportunities for as many young people as possible to sing here through our unique Cathedral Youth Choir, rapidly-expanding Cathedral Junior Choir or by becoming a Girl Chorister.”   Other Awards   The next...

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£100 million to be invested into Gloucester Quays development

An extra £100M is to be invested into the Gloucester Quays development over the next three years. More than 400 new houses and apartments will be built and a new marina is planned for the Monk Meadow area. Peel Outlets say another 770 jobs will be created – excluding construction. Details were revealed at a business leaders meeting earlier today. The Designer Outlet opened seven years ago in May 2009 as part of Peel’s 10-year regeneration plan. Gloucester News Centre –...

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Man suffers punctured lung after assault on Barton Street, Gloucester

A man suffered a punctured lung after being assaulted on Barton Street in Gloucester. A 50-year-old man was punched to the ground by four or five other men at around 1.55pm on Saturday 7 May. He was taken to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital. The men are described as wearing jeans and white t-shirts. This is believed to be an isolated incident, where one of the offenders is thought to be known to the victim. Anyone who witnessed the altercation is urged to call police on 101 quoting incident 260 and 261 of 7 May. Gloucester News Centre –...

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Not just hot air at wind orchestra event

Gloucestershire Symphonic Wind Orchestra (GSWO) is hosting two events in Gloucester over the next month. The two events will be held at Colwell Arts Centre on Derby Road, Gloucester and give advanced musicians in the area the chance to play with two professionals. The first event, on Monday 16th May, will see the rehearsal led by Johnny Morrish, former band master of the Royal Marines. The second is being held on Monday 13th June, and the group will be hosting composer Martin Ellerby for the evening. He will be giving advice and guidance in the performance of his own works, which GSWO are currently working on. GSWO is aimed at providing advanced adult wind, brass and percussionists with the opportunity to rehearse and perform challenging wind band repertoire. It welcomes new adult members (minimum grade 7) who may attend either or both of the events above, but attendees must bring their own instruments. For more information, please e-mail: steve.legge@gloucestershire.gov.uk or telephone 01452 330300. Gloucester News Centre –...

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UPDATE: Tony Moss found safe and well in Leeds

Police have now released an image of a man missing from Gloucester. Anthony Moss, known as Tony, was reported missing by his neighbour after not being seen since Thursday 5 May. He left the house to buy a newspaper but has not returned. They would usually see each other every day. The *76-year-old, who lives in Tuffley, is described as white, around six foot, well built, with grey hair. He normally wears dark grey trousers and either a grey top or a chequered patterned shirt. Tony is now thought to be in Leeds, as his bank card has been used there. Despite enquiries, police have not yet traced his next of kin or anybody else who knows Tony. They are asked to get in touch. Anyone who knows Tony, or who has seen a man of his description, is urged to call Gloucestershire Constabulary on 101 quoting incident 102 of 7 May. You can also give information through the Missing People charity on 116 000. Or you can find out more information through the charity’s website www.missingpeople.org.uk/police Gloucester News Centre –...

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UB40 return to Gloucester this Autumn

World famous UB40 return to Gloucester’s GL1 on Oct. 28th 2016 following the huge success of their first visit last year that sold out in a little over a day!    By popular demand this gig will be a standing event with tickets on sale to the general public on Friday 13th of May when tickets will be available from Gloucester Guildhall and via See Tickets online.   Bryn Williams of BWM Promo the local promoter working with the GL1 concert with main promoter the MJR Group said “Last years date sold out in just over a day and UB40 said it was one of the best in the tour so they couldn’t wait to come back to Gloucester’s GL1”   The band became famous with hits like Red Red Wine, 1 in 10 and Kingston Town. Gloucester News Centre –...

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COLUMN: The Very Thing with Simon Rickards

We start this week with the exciting news of the return to Gloucester of global legends UB:40. Following the sell out show at GL1 last year they are set delight fans at the popular venue on Friday 28th October. Local promoter Bryn Williams said: “Last year’s date sold out in just over a day and UB:40 said it was one of the best in the tour so they couldn’t wait so they couldn’t wait to come back to Gloucester’s GL1.” Bearing this in mind we reckon these tickets will be hot property so be sure to get yours as soon as possible. There’s a pre-sale that starts tomorrow (10th May) at 10am via www.seetickets.com. They go on general sale on Friday (13th May) also via See Tickets or via the Guildhall Box Office. You can call the Guildhall on 01452 503050. Sportbeat are ramping up the announcements of their line up and have stormed it with another three fabulous acts this week. The outstandingly talented and widely tipped band NGOD, Cheltenham based beatbox/vocal/guitar combo and OUTRAGEOUSLY brilliant Duke, and the massively popular iconic British band Echo & The Bunnymen have all been added to ensure that the Plock Court arena is transformed into a festival heaven for everyone lucky enough to have a ticket. You haven’t got one? I think you better remedy that by nipping off to www.sportbeatfest.com and...

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The Bootleg Beetles to perform at free Gloucester music festival

The Imjin Music Festival has announced  that it will be headlined by the renowned tribute act The Bootleg Beetles and that the Spitfire fly-past will now be sponsored by Cheltenham’s first chambers – Cotswold Barristers.   The free music festival is held at the Imjin Barracks in Innsworth on the ninth of June will be to in honour of the Queens 90th Birthday and will include a Spitfire fly past, military pageantry from The Band & Bugles of The Rifles and the British Army’s famed Light Infantry and Sound Retreat before more live music from local bands on the big stage followed by the headline act – The Bootleg Beetles. There will also be delicious street foods as well as children’s entertainment throughout the day.   When Carla Morris-Papps, CEO of the Cotswold Barristers and a recent recruit to Royal Gloucestershire Hussars herself, heard about the fly-past she was keen to get involved. “I joined the Hussars last year and from the inside you can see what great work our forces are doing both abroad and here at home.   “We want to show our support for them and by sponsoring the music festival with other local companies we are ensuring that the good community work put in by our Gloucestershire armed forces is continued – it will be a night not to miss.”   Brigadier Paul Tennant, Director...

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Former Miss Cheltenham to take on new charity role

The 25 year old building surveyor has recently hung up her tiara and is now the former Miss Cheltenham and is looking forward to starting her new role with the trust. “I have been an Ambassador for the Hollie Gazzard Trust for 16 months and really enjoyed every challenge put in front of me to help support, fundraise and spread the message of the Trust,” Sophie said. “This has included running three of my own fundraising events, volunteering, helping make Hollie hearts, running 2 half marathons and a devil mud run for the charity and even jumping out of a plane to raise funds for the Trust; it is tough but also very rewarding to support such a wonderful local charity and family doing great work in Hollies memory.    “Now I can add to the ambassadorial role as a trustee with the experience behind me as Miss Cheltenham. I plan to bring some new and fresh ideas to the table as well as continuing to support the important projects already in hand; I can’t wait to get going with my new role”   Sophie will be the youngest ever Trustee for the charity, something that does not phase Trust chairman Nick Gazzard who welcomes Sophie on board. Nick said: “I would hope the skills and experience that Sophie has gained as Miss Cheltenham will lend themselves to the...

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Missing Gloucester man found safe and well

*UPDATE* Michael Kent, who went missing on Friday 6 May, has been found. He was located near Berkeley on Saturday 7 May. Police are appealing for the public’s help to trace a man missing from Gloucester. Michael Kent, aged 54, was last seen at around 6.30pm on Friday when he left his home in the Matson area. He is described as white, of a large build, around 5 foot 8, with short curly grey hair. Michael wears glasses and is thought to currently be wearing a blue polo shirt, grey jogging bottoms, white trainers, a silver bracelet and a gold necklace. Michael also drives a silver Volkswagen Bora with the registration X873 PWL. Anyone who sees Michael is urged to call police on 101 quoting incident 532 of 6 May. Gloucester News Centre –...

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Badminton Horse Trials: Zara Tindall competes on final day

Zara Tindall onboard High Kingdom preparing for the cross country course yesterday. Zara Tindall has completed the final phase, the show jumping of the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials with a score of 62 on High Kingdom. Zara spoke to Bethan Lewis afterwards: http://gloucesternewscentre.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/MMBHT2016_Zara-Tindall_SJ.mp3 Gloucester News Centre –...

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Badminton Horse Trials: Gemma Tattersall finishes 3rd for Great Britain

Gemma Tattersall has completed the final phase, the show jumping of the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials on Arctic Soul with a score of 44.6 after a fantastic clear round as she finished third as highest Brit. The 31-year-old – who followed up a clear cross-country round inside the time at last year’s European Championships by impressively repeating that feat at Badminton – has given herself an outstanding chance of making the four-strong Great Britain team for this summer’s Olympics. Gemma spoke to GNC’s Josh Peacock afterwards: http://gloucesternewscentre.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/MMBHT2016_Gemma-Tattersall_SJ.mp3 Gloucester News Centre –...

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Michael Jung wins the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials

Michael Jung has won the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials and Rolex Grand Slam on La Biosthetique Sam with a score of 34.4 after an amazing clear round at showjumping. The 33-year-old had already won at Burghley and Kentucky and completed the treble with a flawless showjumping performance in Sunday’s final event. Michael spoke to GNC’s Beth Lewis afterwards: http://gloucesternewscentre.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/MMBHT2016_Michael-Jung.mp3 The Winning Commentary with Rupert Bell: http://gloucesternewscentre.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/Jung-Commentary.mp3 Gloucester News Centre –...

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Election Live: The results are in for Gloucester

The results are in for all 18 wards on Gloucester City Council. Gloucester went to the polls today to elect their representatives on their city council for the next year. All 39 seats were available this year as this was the first time Gloucester City Council had an ‘all out’ election, with every seat up for grabs. The city council previously elected councillors by thirds. The Conservative Group won 22 seats, Liberal Democrat Party won seven seats, whilst Labour won 10. After the result of this local election, the Conservative Group retained their majority and control of the city council. Jon McGinty, returning officer for Gloucester City Council, said, “I would like to thank all those involved with the election count. From the people who delivered the polling cards, to those who staffed polling stations and took part in the count at Oxstalls Tennis Centre. “I also want to extend a thank you to everyone who voted. Democracy gives the people of Gloucester a way to have their say on issues that affect people’s everyday lives. “It’s not for me to say what the changes will mean politically, but I wish all new councillors the best of luck in their new roles.” Turnout was higher than the previous election in 2015. Of the 90,024 people eligible to vote in Gloucester, 33.7% actually voted. For details of the elected councillors...

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ELECTION LIVE: Gloucester Results 2016

Election summary for Wards Wards Elected candidates Elected party or parties Abbeydale Collette Jane Finnegan Conservative Andrew Gravells Conservative Abbeymead Laura Pearsall Conservative Gordon Taylor Conservative Barnwood Joanne Marie Brown Liberal Democrat Lise Noakes Conservative Barton and Tredworth Usman Bhaimia Labour Said Hansdot Labour Sajid Patel Conservative Coney Hill Lauren Marie Fearn Labour Elmbridge Howard Hyman Liberal Democrat Emily Sarah Trevithick Ryall Liberal Democrat Grange Nigel Joseph Hanman Conservative Steve Morgan Conservative Hucclecote David John Brown Liberal Democrat Declan Wilson Liberal Democrat Kingsholm and Wotton Isabel Mellonie Brazil Liberal Democrat Jeremy Eric Hilton Liberal Democrat Kingsway Richard Lawrence Cook Conservative Jennie Rotheva Dallimore Conservative Longlevens Paul Simon James Conservative Jim Porter Conservative Kathy Williams Conservative Matson and Robinswood Tom Coole Labour Kate Haigh Labour Jan Lugg Labour Moreland Neil Hampson Labour Terry Pullen Labour Kevin Ernest Stephens Labour Podsmead Deborah Ann Smith Labour Quedgeley Fieldcourt Lee Hawthorne Conservative David Foley Norman Conservative Quedgeley Severn Vale Andy Lewis Conservative Hannah Norman Conservative Tuffley Gerald Charles Dee Conservative Colin Adrian Organ Conservative Westgate Dawn Melvin Conservative Paul Geoffrey Toleman Conservative Pam Tracey Conservative Gloucester News Centre –...

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Art In The City: Artists invited to compete in live, outdoor painting contest

Marketing Gloucester have announced a brand new event for SoMAC -Gloucester’s Summer of Music Arts and Culture, on Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 July. ‘Art In The City’ celebrates creativity inspired by Gloucester’s history and heritage, its picturesque surroundings and its people. The event features a live, outdoor, one-day painting competition taking place on the Saturday, along with free activities, live art demonstrations and an Artists’ Village on the Saturday and Sunday. Over £3,000 has been offered up as prize money across three categories: For traditional artists there is the Main Competition (first prize £1,500, runners up £500) and the Student Competition for under 18s and those in higher or further education (£750); and in recognition of Gloucester’s burgeoning urban art scene, there is also a Street Art Competition (£500). Artists can use a range of different media. Oils, watercolours, acrylics, drawing, pastels, mixed media, spray paint, pen and ink are all accepted. Artists will be competing to best capture the spirit of Gloucester and its community, and impress the judging panel which includes P.J. Crook, Stroud-based Swarez, Gloucester’s very own Russell Haines and Lady Bathurst, the High Sherriff of Gloucestershire. Judging will take place on the Saturday evening. The best of the entries will be showcased in an exhibition throughout August. Mhairi Smith, Event Director at Marketing Gloucester said: “We are thrilled to be showcasing Gloucester’s dynamic art scene in this...

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Historic Launch of New Homes in Matson

On Wednesday the 4th May, Gloucester City Homes (GCH) launched its first new homes since becoming an independent housing provider in March 2015.   6 properties, a mixture of two-bed bungalows and two-bed houses in Bazeley Road, Matson have now been handed over to tenants.   A launch event marking the completion of these first new homes was attended by the new tenants, local residents, dignitaries, GCH staff and Aqua construction, who have made the homes a reality. The event provided an opportunity for everyone to look around the new developments, showcasing the high quality homes.   4 shared ownership bungalows have also been completed on Painswick Road with the new residents moving in shortly. A further 23 properties are currently in development with more planned in the near future.   Tim Dare, Chair of the GCH Board commented: “We are delighted that after many years, GCH are now able to provide new, high quality, affordable housing in the City. We are especially pleased that we have also been able to do this through local companies supporting our aim of generating employment and training opportunities within Gloucester. We look forward to releasing more homes for rent and shared ownership soon.”   A tenant moving into one of the new properties said: “This new property is lovely and I cannot thank you enough for this opportunity. It is much more...

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Wessex Garages sold to VT Holdings

Keith Brock, Managing Director at Wessex Garages, said: “The complete share capital has been sold to VT Holdings Co Ltd, a major international motor company. Our existing business partners and manufacturers have been most supportive in working with us and we would like to thank them for their support and patience “We now have seven dealerships based in South Wales and the South West, which fits exceptionally well with VT’s existing companies – Griffin Mill Garages and CCR Motor Co. VT Holdings will also give Wessex access to funding for future growth and the relationship as a whole will be good for our existing and potential customers, our loyal staff and the business overall. “Wessex Garages has developed a great regional brand and it is the intention for Wessex Garages to continue in its existing format for the foreseeable future. The company will still be known as Wessex Garages and I will continue as the Managing Director, which will ensure continuity. “Established by Steve Patch almost exactly 30 years ago with one site on Feeder Road in Bristol. Since then the business has grown into what it is today – a modern, progressive and award-winning motor dealer group. We were also recently voted as one of the most inspiring companies in a report for the London Stock Exchange and have won numerous awards for business performance, customer service and environmental campaigns....

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Missing Gloucester girl Shania Slade found safe and well

*UPDATE – Shania has since been found and well* Police are appealing for information to help trace a missing girl from Gloucester. 17-year-old Shania Slade from Tuffley was last seen at her home address around 4pm on Thursaday May 5. Shania is described as white, around 5ft 4ins tall, of slim build and with dark-brown, shoulder-length hair. She was last seen wearing white jeans, a blue Barbour-style jacket and blue/pink Nike trainers. Anyone who may have seen Shania or know of her whereabouts are asked to contact Gloucestershire Police on 101, quoting incident number 8 of May 6. Gloucester News Centre –...

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Election LIVE: Gloucester results and reaction through the day

Updates from the Gloucester count at Oxstalls Tennis Centre in Gloucester plus reaction from across Gloucestershire and the UK. 19:45 – Abbeydale Ward Result – Two Seats – Go to the Con’s Andrew Gravells and Collette Finnegan. Results: FINNEGAN Collette Jane (CON) 881, GRAVELLS Andrew (CON) 1138, HARBER David (IND) 285, HODDY Emily Ann (Green) 103, LUGG Steve (LAB) 357, SANDERS Maisie Rose (LAB) 331, SPARKES Danny (UKIP) 349, WILSON Patrick James (Lib Dem) 149. 19:28 Elmbridge Ward Result – Two Seats – Both go to the Lib Dems. Results: GRIFFITHS France Joan (GREEN) 141, HOPKINS Shane Aaron (CON) 476, HUDSON Justin Oliver (CON) 517, HYMAN Howard (Lib Dem) 734, INGLEBY Jonathan Cecil (GREEN) 82, MACE Bob (UKIP) 251, MARTIN Roger John (LAB) 344, RYALL, Emily Sarah Trevithick (Lib Dem) 918. 19:23 – Barnwood Ward Result – Two Seats – One for the Conservatives and one for the Lib Dems. BAKER Brendan Mark (GREEN) 117, BROWN Joanne Marie (CON) 681, BROWN Judi (Lib Dem) 685, HOWARD Trevor Duncan (LAB) 219, NOAKES Lisa (CON) 883, PALMER Jess (Lib Dem) 594, POTTAGE Stephen Leslie (UKIP) 251, WOODMAN Cilla (LAB) 248. 19:15 – Barton & Tredworth Result – Three Seats – Two for Labour and one for Conservatives. Result: BAILEY Katy (TUSC) 116, BHAMIA Usman (LAB) 1231, BIRCHER Charley (GREEN) 179, FAROOQ Rashid (CON) 630, HANSDOT Said (LAB) 1121, HARRIES Paul (Lib Dem)...

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Gloucestershire Police launch probe into claims Tories broke election spending rules

Gloucestershire Police have launched an investigation into claims electoral laws may have been broken in the county. The vote last May, which saw the Conservatives soar to an unexpectedly dominant 330 seat victory, is being probed by Gloucestershire Police. The constabulary confirmed today it was looking into an allegation of electoral fraud – although they would not specify which party or parties were involved or which constituency or constituencies were affected. However, despite receiving the allegation, time is already running out for the investigation to take place before the one year deadline passes. Officers can only investigate allegations of fraud for one year after the event – but police revealed today that the probe would likely take a month, passing the time limit. A spokesperson for Gloucestershire Police said: “We have received an allegation of electoral fraud and an investigation has been launched. “We are considering an application for extension on time to investigate. “This is in relation to the 2015 general election.” The Electoral Commission met with police and prosecutors today and will now decide whether to grant a one month extension to the investigation. The probe comes amid separate claims that the Tories may have breached election spending rules last year. The party faces allegations that accommodation costs of activists bussed into key constituencies should have been recorded under individual candidates’ limits. Instead, they were included in the national...

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Local filmmaker Simon Sheridan rocks film industry with revealing documentary

Gloucester Guildhall continues to champion local filmmakers as part of its Filmmaker Forum series and on Saturday May 14 they welcome Cheltenham-born Simon Sheridan. His first feature film Respectable – The Mary Millington Story (which has already been bought by Netflix) tells the story of 1970s porn star Mary Millington. The shocking true story is a tale of rebellion, painted against a backdrop of disco, politics and porn, where a beautiful woman was sacrificed for her beliefs. Shot on location in London, and at the legendary Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire, this documentary reveals the truth behind a British icon and speaks to those who knew her best, with actor Dexter Fletcher narrating a story stranger than any fiction: of lost innocence, sex, fame, fortune and tragedy. Mr Sheridan said: “My first ever experience of ‘seeing’ Mary actually happened in Gloucester. I saw a glamorous poster of her outside the ABC cinema on King’s Square in 1979, and the memory of it stayed with me ever since. “We had the West End première at the Regent Street Cinema on April 7th. The screening in Gloucester is the first outside of the capital.” Prior to the London screening a blue plaque was unveiled in Great Windmill Street, Soho, to commemorate Mary’s incredible life, and her role in Britain’s longest-running film, 1977’s Come Play with Me. At the unveiling Simon did a speech and Mary’s...

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Gloucester live gig to benefit local people with terminal cancer

A live music gig is taking place in Gloucester next week in aid of two charities providing specialist care for people with cancer in the county. Gloucester woman, Sue Gibbons, is aiming to raise funds for Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice and Macmillan at the event being held at Walls Social Club, Barnwood, Gloucester on Saturday 14th May. The ticket only event will see a variety of acts take to the stage, including Red Alert, singer Megan Hayden and DJ Martyn, promising a rocking night for all whilst raising much needed funds for the two charities. Tickets, costing £15, are available in advance only by calling Walls Social Club on 01452 612851 or emailing sgibbons@blueyonder.co.uk. Sue, said, “I have chosen to support Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice as I lost my brother in 2006 and we received care from the hospice. My brother stayed at Leckhampton Court for two weeks and the last few days myself and our sister were able to stay at the hospice with him.” “Everybody there really understood how my brother was feeling. Nothing was too much trouble.” “Unfortunately a year later I also lost my mum to cancer and the hospice provided amazing care for us again. I have always wanted to do something to help repay the support we have received as a family. That’s why we are holding this live music night.” Elise Hoadley,...

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Fred and Rose West’s sinister card to paedo couple

Picture Copyright: Jules Annan / Gloucester News Centre Police are continuing to dig the Devon garden of the couple who were jailed last year for rape and sex attacks on ten children. The holiday postcard was sent by the Wests to their friends David and Pauline Williams, who it is believed, were looking after their children while they were away. The Williams, who were jailed last year for child sex offences, are now at the centre of a new investigation. Police are digging up the garden of the couple’s former home in Bradninch, Devon, amid reports they are searching for a baby’s body. The Williams ran the Prince Albert pub in Gloucester, close to the home in Cromwell Street where the Wests imprisoned, tortured and killed young women, including their own teenage daughter Heather. The card, sent on October 14, 1990, shows landmarks from the Cheshire Ring canal circuit. Rose writes: “Colin (an unknown companion) says the ‘birds’ are very friendly here. “Loads of wild life (sic) — especially when the soup exploded all over the galley! “Several fishermen have also lost their groundbait. “Mum and Dad xx.” Copyright: Jules Annan / Gloucester News Centre The Wests’ children are thought to have been staying with their evil pals and the card is addressed to the “West Williams Menagerie”. 18 Belgrave Road, Gloucester. Copyright: Shaun Moore / Gloucester News Centre...

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Echo and the Bunnymen to perform at SportBeat 2016

Echo and The Bunnymen have been confirmed for this Summer’s SportBeat Festival in Gloucester. The English rock legends will be entertaining festival-goers with their massive collection of songs from their 5 top 10 albums. They join Jaguar Skills, Coasts, NGOD and Cheltenham band Duke. Organisers are expected to announce the headliners over the next few weeks. Festival-goers will also have the chance to watch teams participating in team sports such as Rugby 7s, Volleyball and Netball. The festival based at Plock Court in Longlevens is taking place on Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st August. A limited amount of Early Bird tickets are still available....

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Children robbed in Churchdown and Brockworth

Two children were subjected to robbery attempts in Churchdown and Brockworth last Friday. A 13-year-old girl was attacked in the first incident, which happened in Pirton lane in Churchdown between 3.35pm and 3.45pm. A male, described as black, 5ft 7ins tall and wearing a black hooded top with black drawstrings, black jogging bottoms and black gloves jumped out from a hedge and tried to grab the victim’s phone. The victim kicked the offender between the legs and ran away, managing to keep hold of her phone. The victim said that the male had been at a bus stop on the road prior to the incident. In the second case, a 15-year-old boy was cycling home across fields between Tesco and Coopers Edge at around 8.15pm when he was approached by a man on a bike who shouted at him and then held up his fist, threatening him. The male stole the victim’s Bench rucksack, which contained a key, and cycled off towards Tesco. The robber in this incident is described as white, around 40 years old and with a clean shaven, wrinkly face. Anyone with information about the Churchdown robbery should call 101 and quote incident 309 of 29 April. Anyone with information about the Brockworth robbery should call 101 and quote incident 462 of 29 April. You can also contact the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800...

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Police dig at former home of Fred West’s Friends

Police are digging up a garden at the former home of a paedophile couple who were friends with Fred and Rose West. David and Pauline Williams are believed to have met the Wests while they were running the Prince Albert pub in Gloucester, where they also began to abuse children in the 1980s. The abuse continued after they moved to Exeter in the 1990s, where they ran the Victoria Inn. On Tuesday scaffolding was erected in the garden at the bungalow where the Williams’ last lived in Cullompton, Devon, before they were jailed. Devon and Cornwall Police confirmed the enquiry related to the previous owners and that they were excavating the garden following a tip-off. A police spokesman said: “Following intelligence received, Devon and Cornwall Police are undertaking excavation work at a property in Cullompton, Devon. “This relates to historic intelligence connected to the address and its former occupants. It is expected to take up to four days to complete. “Specialist officers will be involved in the excavation, which we hope will have as little impact on the local community as possible.” Police said after their trial in November 2015 that the couple had been found guilty of 48 individual and joint charges stretching over 15 years. David Williams was jailed for life after being found guilty of a number of offences including 11 counts of indecent assault, 10...

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Primary school students learn to #BeWaterAware

Children from Lakeside primary school have learnt about being safe around water at SkillZONE as part of Water Safety Week. Last week, Lakeside primary school in Cheltenham visited SkillZONE, which has a state-of-the-art life size village with interactive learning environments to teach people of all ages how to recognise dangerous situations and stay safe. While in the water safety zone, the children took part in a scenario which educated them in the dangers of rivers and sandbanks and beach safety. They were also taught about what to do if they ever saw anybody in difficulty. The scenario demonstrated just how attractive, especially on a summers day, a stretch of water may appear to swimmers but also shows the many dangers lurking beneath the surface. The scenario also deals with both water safety in rivers and at the seaside. In 2014  there were over 300 water related deaths, which included tripping, falling, or underestimating the risks associated with being near water. Forty-four per cent of these people were taking part in everyday activities such as walking or running near water. Drowning in the UK is one of the main causes of accidental death, and working as part of the National Water Safety Forum, the Chief Fire Officers Association is aiming to reduce the number of drownings in the UK by 50% by 2026. During Water Safety Week, Gloucestershire Fire and...

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Stagecoach West scores highly in independent research

Independent research undertaken by Transport Focus at the end of 2015 has revealed that overall satisfaction with Stagecoach is at 86%, making them the third highest performing transport company within the UK. Furthermore, Stagecoach West in Gloucestershire has an overall satisfaction of 90%, setting them above the company average. Recent research has shown record levels of satisfaction for the local bus operator, Stagecoach West. At the end of, independent transport user watchdog, Transport Focus, undertook independent research across 24 areas within England to reveal satisfaction scores for the UK’s transport companies, as voted for by the passengers. Over 1,000 Gloucestershire bus users took part in the UK-wide research. The outstanding satisfaction score within the county of Gloucestershire was due to various factors, including ease of getting on & off the bus, availability of seats, driver driving standards and driver appearance. Further results for Gloucestershire show that passengers’ level of satisfaction regarding the value for money is at 67%, an increase from 62% the previous year, and satisfaction with punctuality is at 83%, up from 82% the previous year. 56% of respondents choose to use the bus with the biggest reason being that the bus was cheaper to use than the car for their journey. These satisfaction scores follow further national research that highlighted the savings to be made through travelling by bus; the average commuter in the UK could...

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2gether Focuses on Building Relationships For Mental Health Awareness Week

Activities are being held across Gloucestershire to mark Mental Health Awareness Week (MHAW) 2016. The occasion – which runs from 16-22 May – is organised annually by the Mental Health Foundation. The theme of this year’s week is relationships. 2gether NHS Foundation Trust is working with a range of partners to support MHAW and is coordinating events to raise awareness of mental wellbeing, promote advice and highlight locally available support. Gill Oxley, Social Inclusion Team Manager for 2gether, said: “We are pleased to be supporting Mental Health Awareness Week again this year. “While we work all year round to support people with mental health conditions, Mental Health Awareness Week is a great opportunity for us to reach out to even more people. “Quality relationships are essential for good mental health and we want to encourage people to think about the impact their relationships can have on their mental health. We also want to highlight how common mental health issues are, the steps we can take to improve our own mental wellbeing and the support that is available. “One in four of us will be experiencing a mental health problem at any given time, with the most common issues including depression, stress and anxiety. “We hope to be able to spread the message to our local communities that people do not need to struggle alone. There is lot we can...

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Man commits lewd act in Haresfield woodland

Police are appealing for information after a man was seen committing a lewd act in woodland near Haresfield. The incident happened in woodland regularly used by dog walkers at about 3.20pm on Wednesday April 27. The victim was walking her dog through the woods when she saw a man committing a lewd act in front of her. The victim had seen the same man in a car on the main road through Haresfield shortly before the incident. The offender is described as white, with dark hair, in his 30’s and wearing sunglasses. Officers are asking dog walkers in the area to be aware of this incident. If anyone witnessed this incident or similar, they should call police on 101, quoting incident number 328 of April 27. 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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Police appeal after teenager assaulted in Abbeydale

Police are appealing for information after a teenager was assaulted in Abbeydale. The incident happened on Skylark Way at around 3pm on Thursday April 21. The victim – a 19-year-old local man – was walking along Skylark Way when he was approached the male offender. The man then pushed the victim into some bushes, threatened him and then assaulted him causing the victim facial injuries. The victim and offender are known to one another. Anyone who may have information on this incident is asked to contact Gloucestershire Police on 101, quoting incident number 278 of April 21. Gloucester News Centre –...

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Bank holiday waste collection in Gloucester

Gloucester City Council is reminding residents that refuse and recycling collections due on Monday 2nd May will be taking place as usual.  Lloyd Griffiths, head of neighbourhood services, said: “Our waste service provider, Amey, will be working normal hours during the two bank holiday Mondays on 2nd and 30th May. “All bank holidays tend to generate additional waste as families take the opportunity to meet up or get out and about.  As a result, we are encouraging everyone to recycle as much as possible, including food and drink packaging. Crews collect recycling and food waste weekly.” You can find out more information at http://www.gloucester.gov.uk/resident/bins-and-recycling, including a printable bin collection calendar, or phone 01452 396 396. Gloucester News Centre –...

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You have the right: vote!

Gloucester City Council is reminding all residents to use their right to vote on Thursday 5th May for the elections for Gloucester City Council and the Police and Crime Commissioner. The city council has made the move to ‘all out’ elections, following the introduction of additional wards across Gloucester, and there will be 39 councilors in total being elected. 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 election 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 this election, but can still register for further elections and for the EU referendum at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote. Unless you have applied for a postal or proxy vote, you should go to the polling station stated on your poll card on the date of the election 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, who will double check you are on the register. As there are elections for the city council and Police and Crime Commissioner, you will be given...

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Four legs on the beat: Paws on Patrol

Paws on Patrol is returning to Gloucester Park in May for a fifth time and this year two lucky young people will taking part in a police dog handler display. A competition was held for young people to design their own version of what their own hero dog would look like, with the winners getting chance to take part in the displays. The competition closed last week, and judges will decide on the overall winners this week. On Saturday 7th May at midday, the park will be full of activity with displays from Gloucestershire Constabulary’s dog team, LG Agility...

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Missing teenager, Danni Lee, thought to be in Leeds

Police searching for missing teenager, Danni Lee, now believe she is in the Leeds area. The 18-year-old was last seen on Sunday 20 March at around 7.30pm at the Holiday Inn in Barnwood, Gloucester. She was reported missing on Saturday 16 April, after failing to make contact with her family for five days. Danni is still thought to be with David Manning, a 28-year-old man who she met on the internet. Officers have since spoken to who they believe is Danni on the phone, which has reduced the level of concern for her. However, officers still need to see Danni in person and check her welfare before the case can be closed. Anyone who sees Danni is urged to call Gloucestershire Constabulary on 101 and quote incident 378 of Saturday 16 April. Gloucester News Centre –...

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Police appeal for missing 15-year-old boy in Gloucester

Gloucestershire Constabulary are appealing for the public’s help to trace a missing 15-year-old boy. Jessie Margrett was last seen at around 3pm yesterday on London Road in Gloucester and is still believed to be in the city. He is described as white, around 5 foot 6, of a slight build, with short mousey hair. He has a West Country accent and was last seen wearing a black hooded top with a grey hooded top underneath, black tracksuit bottoms with stripes on the side and black and brown trainers. Police believe Jessie has ran away from home and is very vulnerable. If you see him, call police on 101 quoting incident 209 of Tuesday 25 April. Gloucester News Centre –...

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Junior doctors in Gloucestershire to strike for second day

Junior doctors in Gloucestershire will be walking out on strike again at 8am. It’s the second day that emergency cover will be provided by senior consultants. Bosses say they ‘coped well’ yesterday as emergency staff joined the walkouts for the first time. Polls suggest the majority of people still support doctors in their contracts row with the government. Pictures: Junior Doctors outside Gloucestershire Royal Hospital yesterday. Gloucester News Centre –...

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Police appeal following burglary in Quedgeley

Police in Quedgeley are appealing for information after a house was burgled over the weekend. It happened between 11.25am and 1.45pm on Saturday 23 April on Bristol Road. Offenders forced entry to the property and ripped a safe from a wardrobe, which contained jewellery and cash. It is believed the offenders left the property with the safe in a blue Tesco bag for life. Anyone who saw suspicious activity in the area at the time is asked to call police on 101 quoting incident 220 of Saturday 23 April. 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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11-year-old boy attacked by Greyhound in Gloucester

An 11-year-old boy was attacked by a Greyhound in Gloucester and police are appealing for witnesses. The incident happened on St Aldate Street at around 2pm on Sunday 17 April. The boy was walking when he passed a black Greyhound on a lead which leapt up and bit him to the ribs, causing the skin to break. The owner, a white man in his 30s wearing a dark hooded top, has then pulled the dog away and carried on walking. Police urge any witnesses, or the owner himself, to come forward by calling 101 quoting incident 366 of Sunday 17 April. 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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Gloucestershire poultry farm goes under hammer

Lifestyle buyers and farmers are being steered to a former poultry farm at Bulley near Churcham near Gloucester, due to go under the hammer on June 1. Matthew Peters from Bruton Knowles is handling the sale of the property, which is just seven and a half miles north west of Gloucester. Matthew said: “This is an excellent opportunity to re-develop the site as the bungalow is in need of complete refurbishment. “It is a wonderful setting in hilly countryside just off the main A40 Ross-on-Wye road.” The detached three bedroom bungalow, outbuildings and land extends to 43 acres and is available as a whole or in five lots, following the death of farmer John Van Nievelt, a well-known figure in Gloucestershire farming. There are various wooden poultry pens, calf pens an open fronted pole barn and a steel framed livestock building. “Due to the layout it may be possible to extend the property subject to the usual planning permissions.” Lot one consists of the bungalow and 6.37 acres of land. Lots 2-4 consists of 23,7 and 4 acres of agricultural land while lot five conosts of various farm buildings and one and a quarter acres of agricultural land. The sale will be held on Wednesday June 1 at the Gloucester Farmers Club in Sandhurst Lane. For further information please contact Matthew Peters  on 01452 880 000 or matthew.peters@brutonknowles.co.uk Gloucester...

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Missing Danni Lee contacts police

Officers have tonight spoken to Gloucester woman Danni Lee, who was reported missing by her family at the weekend. The 18-year-old was last seen on Sunday 20 March at around 7.30pm at the Holiday Inn in Barnwood. She was reported missing on Saturday 16 April, after failing to make contact with her family for five days. A woman believed to be Danni has now talked to police over the phone, which has reduced the level of concern for her. However officers still need to see Danni in person and check her welfare before the case can be closed so inquiries are continuing. Anyone with information who hasn’t yet spoken to police can still call 101 and quote incident 378 of Saturday 16 April. Gloucester News Centre –...

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Gloucester Cathedral choirboy to sing at St. Paul’s Cathedral

For the first time ever a Chorister from every Cathedral in Britain will join the choir of St Paul’s Cathedral to perform some of Britain’s most-loved choral music. On Wednesday 27 April “An Evening with the Cathedral Choristers of Britain” will take place at St Paul’s Cathedral in the presence of HRH the Duchess of Gloucester, to celebrate the launch of the Friends of Cathedral Music’s new £10million Diamond Fund for Choristers which provides financial assistance to choristers and their families. Classic FM presenters Aled Jones, himself a former chorister at Bangor Cathedral, will be hosting the occasion, while Alexander Armstrong will reminisce about his own time as a chorister at Durham Cathedral and what it means to him personally. Head Chorister, Crispin, age 14, a pupil at The King’s School, Gloucester has been chosen to represent Gloucester Cathedral and will travel to London, for the concert. He said “I have been a chorister for over seven years and have had so many great experiences through singing. I’ve sung in some amazing buildings and have travelled to South Africa, Sweden, Germany and Canada. I’ve never sung in St Paul’s Cathedral so I think it will be a good experience. This is a great opportunity for me to give something back to the Friends of Cathedral Music. They have supported the choristers for many years.” Gloucester Cathedral’s Director of Music,...

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Gloucester couples wanted to appear on Don’t Tell the Bride

Gloucester couples planning on tying the knot this year are being sought for a popular reality TV show. Producers of the BAFTA-nominated BBC Three show Don’t Tell the Bride are on the hunt for couples from the city for its next series. A final call has gone out for love birds in Gloucester who are marrying this year to take part in the show. The show sees grooms-to-be handed £14,000 to plan an entire wedding over just a few weeks without any involvement from the bride, who is kept in the dark right up to the big day. Email: dttb@applyfortheshow.com to request an application form. Good Luck! Gloucester News Centre –...

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New images released of missing teenager from Gloucester

Officers searching for missing teenager, Danni Lee, have released more photos of her in order to trace her whereabouts. The 18-year-old was last seen on Sunday 20 March at around 7.30pm at the Holiday Inn in Barnwood and is believed to be with 28-year-old David Manning, who she met on the internet. She was reported missing on Saturday 16 April, after failing to make contact with her family for five days. Inspector Owen Hughes said: “We believe Danni has travelled to Newport or Weston Super Mare with David of her own accord and we are appealing to Danni to make contact with us directly so we can ensure she is safe and well. “We also ask for anyone in the Newport or Weston Super Mare areas to keep an eye out for her and to call us immediately if they see Danni.” To provide information call police on 101 quoting incident 378 of Saturday 16 April. Gloucester News Centre –...

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People of Gloucestershire urged to take stalking seriously

This week is National Stalking Week (18th-22nd of April) and Gloucestershire’s Nick Gazzard is urging people to do something positive about this and join the Walk4Hollie this weekend in Gloucester in memory of his daughter who was killed and a victim as a result of stalking.   The week is led by the campaign message ‘stalking counts’ and was started in 2011 to assure victims that the Police now take stalking very seriously.   Whilst over recent years the law has been strengthened to help victims to stop their stalker, the number of victims who come forward to report the crime nationally still remain low. It’s thought this may be due to the types of behaviour which are recognised as stalking not being widely known or victims not knowing of the steps that can be taken and the law that can be used to make their stalker stop. The definition of stalking is general seen as a pattern of repeated, unwanted behaviour that causes a person to feel distressed or in fear. It does not necessarily mean someone violent towards another. Stalking can be someone giving persistent and unwanted contact towards an individual that causes distress. It can take many different forms, some of which include; following, contacting, publishing material relating to the victim, monitoring, loitering, interfering with property and watching or spying. The Protection from Harassment Act of 1997...

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Police issue re-appeal to find wanted Worcester man, Barry Tasney

West Mercia Police have issued a re-appeal to the public for their help in tracing a wanted man within the Worcester area. Barry Tasney, 55, is currently wanted on warrant for failure to attend Worcester Magistrates court on Thursday 8 October 2015, to answer a charge of theft. He is also wanted for failure to attend Bristol Crown Court on Tuesday 20 October 2015, to answer a charge of handling stolen goods. He is believed to have connections to the Gloucester and West Midlands area. Anyone with information is asked to contact West Mercia Police on 101 quoting incident number 63s of 5 February 2015. Gloucester News Centre –...

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TRAVEL: A38 at Whitminster closed due to serious accident

*UPDATE*An 82-year-old woman has sadly died after being involved in a serious road traffic collision in Moreton Valence. Read More: http://gloucesternewscentre.co.uk/breaking-82-year-old-woman-dies-road-traffic-collision-moreton-valence/   The A38  at Whitminster is closed to due to a serious accident. The road has been closed between A419 (Fromebridge Mill) and turn for Eastington (Cambridge). Affecting traffic from the roundabout for the Fromebridge Mill along to the Hill Top Garage junction. Gloucestershire Police say a woman was hit by a car while crossing the road. She is in a serious condition and is being taken to hospital by air ambulance. Gloucester News Centre –...

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Illegal tobacco sales continued in spite of warning

On 11th April 2016, Rashad Abdulla Mohammed, 26, appeared before Cheltenham Magistrates and entered guilty pleas to offences concerning the sale and possession for sale of illegal tobacco.   Mohammed traded as Eastgate Off Licence, 138 Eastgate Street, Gloucester, between February and June 2015.   In February 2015 officers from Gloucestershire County Council Trading Standards Service made a test purchase from Mohammed’s shop and purchased 50g of Cutter’s Choice tobacco, labelled in a language other than English, for £9, about half the cost of legal tobacco. The tobacco didn’t carry the correct warnings in English, wasn’t intended for the UK market and had no duty paid on it.   In March 2015 trading standards officers carried out an inspection at the shop and with the assistance of a tobacco detection dog. Illegal tobacco was found behind a remote controlled false wall in the toilet room specifically constructed to conceal illegal tobacco.   The false wall was tiled with the same tiles as the rest of the room effectively concealing its location. In total, around £900 worth of illegal tobacco was found including 36 packs of counterfeit Mayfair cigarettes. Other brands seized included Winston, Fest and Minsk cigarettes, which are not legally sold in the UK.   Mohammed was formally interviewed about the matter but, in spite of this, sales of illegal tobacco continued from the shop. Trading standards officers...

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Three men sentenced to six years in prison after burglary in Berkeley

Three men have been sentenced to a total of six years in prison after a burglary in Berkeley. The burglary occurred on Tuesday 3 March 2015 at a cottage at Hill, where around £40,000 of family jewellery was stolen including a £20,000 diamond-studded engagement ring. Benjamin Campbell, aged 22, of Church View in Berkeley was jailed for 32 months and Kaine Emery, aged 22, of St Frederick Thomas Road in Dursley was jailed for 22 months, after both pleading guilty to burglary. Jamie Eyre, aged 23, of Meadowvale in Dursley was jailed for 18 months after he pleaded guilty to handling stolen goods, as he drove the other two defendants to the cottage and to Gloucester after the burglary. They were sentenced at Gloucester Crown Court on Tuesday 12 April. Gloucester News Centre –...

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17-year-old boy injured after assault in Tuffley

A 17-year-old boy sustained a broken collar bone, fractured shoulder and facial injuries after he was assaulted in Tuffley, Gloucester. The incident happened on Saturday 9 April at around 11.30pm on Epney Road, after the victim got off a bus and was followed by a large group of teenagers. He has then been pushed to the ground and physically assaulted before the group of around 10 people left the scene. Some of the offenders are believed to be known to the victim and anyone who has information is urged to contact police to help with their enquiries. Call 101 quoting incident 5 of Sunday 10 April. 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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Gloucester Beer & Cider Festival returns this month

More than 100 real ales, ciders and perries from around the country will be tasted at this year’s CAMRA Gloucester Beer & Cider Festival in Gloucester.   Also on offer will be a fully stocked foreign bottled beer bar, hot and cold food and live entertainment at the two day festival.   The festival is taking place at the historic Blackfriars Priory from Friday 22nd April – Saturday 23rd April.   Doors open each day at 11am, closing time is 23:30pm.   Admission is £6, find out more here: Gloucester Beer & Cider Festival. Gloucester News Centre –...

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Gloucester Gym Marks Six Year Anniversary With Mile-Long Charity Lunge Challenge

The Gym on Bristol Road in Gloucester will celebrate its sixth year anniversary this Saturday; with staff and members marking the occasion by embarking on a mile-long “lunge-athon”. Those taking part have been fundraising ahead of the event and all money raised will be donated to the People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA) charity. Members and staff of The Gym on Bristol Road will be setting off at 9:30am on Saturday 16th April from the car park, where they’ll begin a continuous walking lunge for the total distance of one mile. So far, 25 members from The Gym and...

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Robbery at home of Stroud pensioner – man arrested

Police have arrested a man in connection with a robbery at the home of an elderly Stroud man. The 18-year-old from Matson in Gloucester was arrested on suspicion of burglary and has been bailed to return to police on June 9 pending further enquiries. The arrest is in connection with a robbery at the home of a man in his nineties at an address on Middle Hill, Stroud overnight between Friday April 1 and Saturday April 2. Gloucester News Centre –...

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Firefighters to breath easy with new equipment

Next week, cabinet is being asked to approve a recommendation for new state of the art equipment for Gloucestershire’s firefighters to help them stay safe when fighting fires. The county’s fire service is on the look out for new breathing apparatus to meet new national guidance to ensure that crews have the best possible tools when they’re risking their lives and saving others. Previous guidance on standards for this equipment and working processes dates back to 1997 and a decision was taken by the industry to raise these standards to ensure the safety of crews and to take into account significant technological advancements in breathing apparatus. Gloucestershire Fire & Rescue Service (GFRS) is asking the county council’s cabinet on Wednesday 20th April to agree to approve a recommendation to go to tender to secure new state of the art breathing apparatus, which could include extra functions like improved communications between incident controllers and extra monitoring software to safeguard firefighters in dark, smoke filled buildings. This will allow then to concentrate on performing their task and to improve the safety for both firefighters and the public. If approved, the fire service will go through a procurement process to ensure it gets the best value for money in securing the new equipment and a contract will be awarded to the chosen supplier. As part of the procurement process, GFRS will run...

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Jail for man who spat at Gloucester rail staff before running from police

A man, who spat at a member of rail staff at Gloucester railway station before running from police, has been jailed for 12 months.   Isaac Quinlan, 23, was trying to board a train on 15 October 2015 when the staff member asked to see his ticket. Quinlan did not show one and when he was advised to buy one, he spat at the employee and challenged him to a fight.   An off-duty BTP officer at the station came over and was in the process of arresting Quinlan when he broke free and ran off. The officer went after him but Quinlan managed to escape.   CCTV images from the incident were circulated to local police who identified Quinlan and he was arrested at Gloucester Crown Courtjust seven days later, where he was appearing over an unrelated matter.   Quinlan, of no fixed address, was later charged with assaulting the member of rail staff and obstructing a constable in the course of his duty.   He admitted both offences and on 1 April, he was handed a three-month term for the assault and one month for the obstruction, to run consecutively. His conviction also activated an eight-month suspended sentence for a previous offence, giving him a total term of 12 months.   PC Ashley Smith from BTP said: “Nobody should have to experience aggression and violence simply for...

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Internationally Renowned Organist, David Briggs, launches a Celebratory Recital Series at Gloucester Cathedral

To celebrate the 350th anniversary of the building of the Cathedral’s organ case, Gloucester Cathedral organists past and present will perform the chorale-fantasias of Max Reger in the centenary year of his death (1873-1916) On Wednesday 20 April at 7.30pm, David Briggs, Organist Emeritus, Gloucester Cathedral, will perform Reger’s Chorale-Fantasia: Straf’ mich nicht in deinem Zorn, op. 40 no. 2. David is an internationally renowned organist whose performances are acclaimed for their musicality, virtuosity, and ability to excite and engage audiences of all ages.  David held positions at Hereford, Truro and Gloucester Cathedrals. He is currently Artist-in-Residence at St James Cathedral, Toronto.   Admission to the recital is free and to mark the opening night of the special series you are warmly invited to join us in the Chapter House at 6.45pm for a pre-concert drinks reception.   Gloucester Cathedral’s magnificent organ was originally constructed in 1666 by Thomas Harris. It is the only complete 17th century cathedral organ case surviving in this country, and the pipes displayed on the front of the case still speak to this day! Max Reger (1873-1916) was a progressive early modernist composer in Germany who expanded upon the styles of Johann Sebastian Bach and Johannes Brahms. He was considered one of the great composers of the era alongside Richard Strauss and Gustav Mahler. A prolific composer who wrote more than 1,000 works, he...

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Plans submitted to build four restaurants at Victoria Basin

A planning application has been submitted to transform a neglected part of Gloucester Docks into four restaurants. Gillsepie Yunnie Architects wants to build the restaurants at 23-25 and 27-29 Commercial Road. A new set of stairs and a ramp leading from Commercial Road into the Victoria Basin are included in the application. Gloucester City Council acquired a long leasehold of the buildings from the former Regional Development Agency in 2011 and had been negotiating for some time with the Canal and River Trust to purchase the freehold. Cllr Paul James, Leader of Gloucester City Council and Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economy, said: “I have always said that I want the Quays, Docks and city centre to act as a single, cohesive destination and this scheme will help us to achieve this.” “It will draw people from the Quays, through the Docks and onto the city centre. Its waterside setting makes it an ideal location for restaurants. Whilst Gloucester Quays provides the big chain family restaurants, I can see this becoming a hub for high quality dining.” Gloucester News Centre –...

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Rotary Club of Gloucester to Support Local Community Groups

The Rotary Community Awards, organised by The Rotary Club of Gloucester, are looking for small, local organisations to support within the City area.   This follows on from the success of the first year  of the Awards in 2015, when 17 groups received grants ranging from £150.00 up to £500.00. The Rotary Club raises funds through car parking for matches played at Kingsholm using facilities at Imperial Commercial, Mercia Road and Winfield Hospital. Additional funds are raisded through The Tree of Light and street and store collections at Christmas. Here are just some of the views expressed by some of last year’s recipients, describing how the grants have helped make a real difference to their activities:- “Thanks for your support which has made a positive change.  It was possible to arrange 3 courses in Matson, Barton and Tredworth so 61 disadvantaged people have increased their level of first aid knowledge to enable them to look after loved ones or other members of the public in an emergency.”The British Red Cross, Gloucester  branch “We have made immense progress in developing the first football team for deaf players. We now have 17 players and have been asked to help set up a similar group in the Swindon area for around 12 deaf players. We have attracted some funding from Sports Relief. Our aim is to compile a team to play in the...

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Repairs to take place along Gloucester’s Hempsted bypass this month

Drivers are being advised to allow extra time for journeys while repair work takes place this month on the A430 Secunda Way, known locally as Hempsted bypass. The repairs will take place between Wednesday 20th and Monday 25th April on the stretch of the road which runs between Sainsbury’s and the junction with traffic lights at Hempsted Lane. Highways crews will be onsite from 9.30am to 4pm each day, avoiding the busy travel time periods. The road will remain open during the work, but to keep the workforce and road users safe, two way traffic lights and a convoy vehicle will be used to guide traffic through. Every effort will be made to minimise disruption for both residents and drivers, and those who continue to use the road while the improvements take place are being thanked in advance for their patience. Cllr Vernon Smith, cabinet member for highways and flood said, “When repairs take place on Secunda Way this month we’re going to make sure our work doesn’t effect the morning and afternoon rush hours and the road will be kept open at all times, but if you do use this popular city route, please allow extra time for your journey.” Gloucestershire County Council’s highways team work 365 days a year to keep Gloucestershire moving. Follow @GlosRoads on Twitter for updates and the latest information about highways work. For...

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Strike A Light Festival returns to Gloucester this month

Strike A Light Festival returns to Gloucester for its sixth season this month with performances taking place indoors, outdoors and on a car park rooftop! The festival programme is packed with something for everyone to enjoy, including critically acclaimed dance and theatre, spoken word, free family performance and a potential cultural revolution at the biannual launch night. Tickets to the shows are £10/£5 as part of the festival’s commitment to making cultural events accessible. Wednesday 20 April kicks off with an evening of organised chaos at the Festival Launch, with special celebrity guest Tom Herbert from Channel 4’s The Fabulous Baker Brothers, and operations director of Hobbs House Bakery in Gloucestershire. Tickets are free, but there are only 150 so you need to book in advance. Thursday 21 April double-programming sees Travelling Light Theatre’s nationally acclaimed theatre show Into The West by Greg Banks take to the stage for family audiences and on top of the roof of King’s Walk car park, internationally renowned site-specific dance & music performance Of Riders and Running Horses  by Still House will delight all audiences of all ages against the panoramic backdrop of Gloucester city at dusk! Come along for a drink next to the fire before the performance begins and soak up the electric atmosphere. Accessibility & disability take centre stage on Friday 22 April when Touretteshero bringa comedic performance where no two shows...

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Comedian Mark Watson to appear in Gloucester next week

Multi-award winning comedy star Mark Watson will bring his new show ‘I’m Not Here’ to Gloucester next week. A seemingly minor problem at an airport forms the starting point of the show, which spirals into an examination of identity in the digital age and a search for meaning in our lives; luckily with an enormous number of jokes, as well as Watson’s customary flailing, chaotic audience interactions and all sorts of other fun. As one of the most decorated performers on the UK comedy scene Mark Watson was nominated for Best Newcomer at the 2005 Perrier Awards, before being awarded the 2006 if.comedy Panel Prize. He took home the Time Out Critics Choice Award in 2006 and has been nominated for a Barry Award from the Melbourne Comedy Festival. Mark Watson was the star of Dave TV’s Road to Rio, as well as the host of BBC 4’s We Need Answers. He has also regularly appeared on BBC 2’s Never Mind The Buzzcocks, and Mock the Week, BBC 1’s Would I Lie To You and Have I Got News For You and Dave’s Argumental. He has performed stand-up on BBC 1’s Live At The Apollo, Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow and Channel 4’s Comedy Gala. As well as his TV work Mark has had a number of critically acclaimed radio shows, including his BBC Radio 4 series’ Mark Watson Makes The...

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Cashpoint theft amongst the images in this week’s Caught on Camera Cashpoint theft amongst the images in this week’s Caught on Camera

A man linked to the theft of hundreds of pounds from an ATM user is one of the people to appear in this week’s Caught on Camera round-up. The victim was at a cash machine in Lloyds Bank on High Street in Cheltenham between 2 and 2.30pm on Monday March 29. The offender distracted the woman with flyers for the bank’s products and services and by doing so managed to steal several hundred pounds from her. Also in this week’s gallery, police would like to know the identity of two men linked to the theft of a Samsung Galaxy S6 phone from a shop on Southgate Street in Gloucester back in February and officers want the thief who stole £60 worth of hair clippers from a shop in Gloucester city centre to have more than a close shave with the law.  They would like to speak to a man seen in the store at the time to come forward as he may be able to help with their inquiries. If you recognise anyone in any of the images you can report it by clicking on the relevant reporting button at www.gloucestershire.police.uk/news-room/caught-on-camera. Gloucester News Centre –...

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Apprenticeship Information Evening at Gloucestershire College

For the very first time, Gloucestershire College is hosting an Apprenticeship Information Evening at its Gloucester Campus, and inviting young people and their parents to discover how apprenticeships work, as well as the careers they can lead to. Taking place from 5.30pm to 7.30pm on Wednesday 20 April, the event aims to inform young people who are not quite sure what they want to do after their GCSEs or A Levels about the types of apprenticeships available, from IT, construction and engineering, to hairdressing, care and hospitality. Head of Work Based Learning, Julie Tegg, will deliver short talks throughout the evening, and there will also be the opportunity to meet employers who are recruiting apprentices and talk to current GC apprentices about their experiences. Employers including Poeton, LPC Painting Limited, Flexicare, The Orchard Trust, All Fleet Services, the Isaac Partnership and more will be there on the night to talk about the types of apprenticeship vacancies they offer. There will also be the chance to discover more about higher apprenticeships, which include qualifications such as HNDs, HNCs and foundation degrees, and apply for current apprenticeship vacancies on the night. Julie Tegg said: “We are delighted to be hosting our first information evening dedicated to apprenticeships, and hope that lots of young people and their parents take advantage of the chance to discover more about what GC has to offer....

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Boy charged with park stabbing in Gloucester

A boy has been charged with a stabbing in a park off Windfall Way in Gloucester in February. The 15-year-old Gloucester boy was charged with causing grievous bodily harm and threatening a person with a blade or sharply pointed article in a public place. He will appear at Gloucester Youth Court on 29 April. The incident happened between 5.30pm and 5.45pm on Saturday 6 February. The victim, a 16-year-old boy from Cheltenham, suffered a stab wound to the throat and was treated in hospital for his injuries. A 15-year-old Cheltenham boy was given a youth caution for possession of a knife or sharply pointed article in a public place in connection with the incident.   Gloucester News Centre –...

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Come and Sing Open Day at Gloucester Cathedral

Gloucester Cathedral will be holding a Come and Sing Open Day on Saturday 9 April 2016. Girls and boys who are aged between seven and twelve are invited to come along and experience the fun of singing in this fantastic building and to get a small taste of what it might be like to be part of a Cathedral Choir. The Cathedral’s friendly music staff will guide you through an exciting afternoon of singing. 12.30pm Registration (Ivor Gurney Hall, The King’s School) 1.00pm Singing (IGH) 2.00pm Q&A (IGH) 2.30pm Short walking tour to the Cathedral Quire via the Cloisters 2.45pm Rehearse in the Quire 3.00pm Performance The afternoon will end with a performance by all the children who attend, so be sure to bring all your family and friends to enjoy this special concert. Music has played a big role at Gloucester Cathedral for hundreds of years and you could be part of it. We want to provide opportunities for everyone to participate in singing which is why we have choirs for people of all ages and abilities. It doesn’t matter whether you’re an experienced musician or just starting out, come and sing! If you would like more information about this exciting opportunity to come and sing in the Cathedral please contact: Nia Llewelyn Jones:choirs@gloucestercathedral.org.uk More information about joining any of our choirs can be found at: www.gloucestercathedral.org.uk  ...

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Conservatives reveal Gloucester City Council election candidates

Gloucester Conservatives have published their list of 39 candidates for next month’s City Council elections.  All candidates have now had their nominations accepted as valid, ahead of the deadline for nominations of 7th April. 19 of the 20 sitting councillors are seeking re-election, with only former Mayor and Deputy Leader of the Council Deb Llewellyn standing down in Quedgeley Fieldcourt.  She is replaced as a candidate by Lee Hawthorne, who works for the Alzheimer’s Society and is brother of County Council Leader Mark Hawthorne. Owner of Butlers Venue Bar and Chairman of Gloucester’s Licensed Victuallers Association Justin Hudson is seeking election in his home ward of Elmbridge alongside Shane Hopkins.  Dawn Melvin, owner of Dr Fosters Bar in the Docks, is standing in Westgate ward, where an additional councillor position has been created, with sitting councillors Pam Tracey and Paul Toleman. Deputy Leader Jennie Dallimore is standing in the new Kingsway ward, where she now lives, with running mate Richard Cook, a Quedgeley Parish councillor.  Former Deputy Leader Steve Morgan is looking to make a comeback in Grange with sitting councillor Nigel Hanman and ex-Mayor Norman Ravenhill is standing in Matson and Robinswood with Simon Griffiths and Duncan Hall. Conservative City Council Leader Paul James, who is hoping to be re-elected in Longlevens with Jim Porter and Kathy Williams, said, “We have a great team of candidates, bringing a...

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Council property purchase will help bring forward restaurant plan

Gloucester City Council has completed the purchase of the freehold interest in properties on Commercial Road at the north end of the Victoria Basin at Gloucester Docks. The Council initially acquired a long leasehold of the buildings at 23-25 and 27-29 Commercial Road from the former Regional Development Agency in 2011 and has been negotiating for some time with the Canal and River Trust to purchase the freehold.  This will give the Council greater freedom over the future use of the buildings. The Council has already secured a development partner for the properties who plans to convert the building into a number of quality restaurants.  A detailed planning application is expected shortly. This project is seen as a vital link between the Docks and the city centre. Cllr Paul James, Leader of Gloucester City Council and Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economy, said: “I have always said that I want the Quays, Docks and city centre to act as a single, cohesive destination and this scheme will help us to achieve this.  It will draw people from the Quays, through the Docks and onto the city centre.  Its waterside setting makes it an ideal location for restaurants and some of the drawings I have seen are absolutely stunning.  Whilst Gloucester Quays provides the big chain family restaurants, I can see this becoming a hub for high quality dining.” Gloucester...

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Appeal after water pump stolen from farm in Deerhurst

Police have issued an image of a water pump that was stolen from a farm near Deerhurst in the hope that it will jog the memories of anyone who may have information on the theft. The incident happened at farm in the hamlet of Deerhurst Walton between 6pm on Wednesday March 2 and 9.30am on Thursday March 3. The blue Sykes 1GP 150 water pump with fixed trailer was taken by offenders from a field next to the farm. The plant, worth several thousand pounds is used as a part of flood defence for nearby houses and is only of use to a farmer or for flood defence purposes, so is far more valuable to the owner than it would to the thieves. The theft of the pump has left the village vulnerable to flooding. If you know anything about this theft or you recognise the pump, please contact Gloucestershire Police on 101, quoting incident number 115 of March 3 Gloucester News Centre –...

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Bonnie Armitage: Tributes paid to nine-year-old killed in Miserden horse riding accident

A nine-year-old girl who died after an accident on a horseriding trip has been named. Bonnie Armitage was riding with the Cotswold Hunt for their final meet of the season when horse kicked out at her pony, striking the child in the chest. Paramedics were called to a farm near Stroud on Saturday morning. Bonnie was airlifted to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital, where she later died.   On Monday night her family released a statement: “Our daughter, Bonnie, was a wonderful person. She was a beautiful, vivacious and compassionate girl, who touched the hearts of everyone who knew her.”   “She loved riding, and was never happier than when with her Shetland pony, Lindsay.”   “We will miss her more than we can say, and we greatly value the prayers of so many of our friends.” Gloucester News Centre –...

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St James City Farm volunteer shortlisted for £2000 bursary

A nationwide competition by a major animal feed company to find someone worthy of a £2000 bursary is looking ever more hopeful for local charity worker Charlotte Forkes. Charlotte was nominated for the bursary so that she can pay for the training and fees to become a qualified Riding Instructor, and after sifting through hundreds of applications, Charlotte’s entry has been narrowed down to the national shortlist of 3, which will now be decided by public vote between April 4th to April 27th 2016. Charlotte works and volunteers as a trainee instructor at St James City Farm in Tredworth, Gloucester, as part of a charity that helps children to have riding and pony experience for those who normally wouldn’t be able to afford it. Imran Atcha, spokesman for the farm said: “We’re asking all supporters of St James City Farm to visit­­­­­­­­www.dodsonandhorrell.com/voting  and show your support for Charlotte. We already have a senior qualified instructor, but having another is all part of our plan to give many more children a chance to learn. Charlotte is very committed and the children like her too”. Charlotte, who lives in Stroud, has been riding since she was four years old and was an accomplished dressage rider before concentrating on teaching. She is currently studying a Masters degree in Equestrian performance at Hartpury College, and works and volunteers at City Farm for 3...

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Paint Spraying Syndicate Celebrates EuroMillions Windfall in Gloucester

A syndicate of seven colleagues from Gloucester swapped their paint spraying for champagne spraying last Friday after winning £284,508.40 on EuroMillions. The syndicate from Hanman Surface Technology (HST), based on Goodridge Avenue in Gloucester, won £284,508.40 in the EuroMillions draw on Friday 18 March, and each player will be taking home an incredible £40,629.77. This is the first big win for the HST Syndicate which was established by leader Stuart Fawson seven years ago. Stuart, a sprayer for the company, checked their numbers via the red button on his television on Saturday morning, and couldn’t believe it when he realised they’d matched five numbers and one Lucky Star. Stuart said: “The first thing that went through my head was that I had to tell everyone. I didn’t have anyone’s phone numbers so I had to go to one of my colleague’s houses to ask him to contact everyone. After that, my phone didn’t stop ringing. “While we were waiting for Camelot to validate the win, I kept the ticket on me at all times! I don’t know what I would have done if I’d lost it.” Fellow winner Kay Pegler said: “When Stuart rang, he was very quiet and my first thought was that it was going to be bad news. Then when he told me we’d won the Lottery, I couldn’t believe it. I knew it had to...

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