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Temporary reprieve from execution for Lindsay Sandiford

Lindsay Sandiford was sentenced to death in 2013 after being found guilty of smuggling over £1 million worth of cocaine into Indonesia. Credit: PA

A grandmother from Cheltenham has been granted a reprieve from execution by an Indonesian firing squad, after the country announced a temporary halt in its use of the death sentence.

59-year-old Lindsay Sandiford is due to be executed after she was convicted of trying to smuggle 3.8kg of cocaine into Bali in 2012.

Indonesia's Chief Security Minister Luhut Panjaitan told a new conference the country would temporarily stop all executions.

Indonesia has some of the toughest drug laws in the world. This year it has executed 14 people by firing squad.


Watch: House destroyed in 'deliberate' lorry crash

A house in Cheltenham has been destroyed after a lorry crashed into the front of it.

The vacant house on Tewksbury Road has been severely damaged in what was thought to have been a deliberate attack yesterday evening.

It's believed the truck was reversed into the property on purpose.

A lorry, thought to have been used to cause the destruction, was later found burnt out in a nearby field.

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Car crashes into Cheltenham shop after police chase

Car crashes into shop Credit: Gloucestershire Police

A jeep smashed through the window of a shop in Cheltenham late last night after failing to stop for police.

A 19-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of driving offences, criminal damage and failing to stop in connection with the incident.

The pursuit started around 8.10pm Oct 8 when the driver of the blue Jeep Cherokee ignored police requests to pull over on Prestbury Road.

Around 20 minutes later it was spotted in the St Paul's area and there was a short pursuit before a stinger device was successfully used to burst the tyres near Clarence Square.

The driver carried on though on two flat tyres, driving through red lights at speed before failing to take a left turn and crashing through the window of Clarence Stores.

There are believed to have been four male occupants in the car, all wearing dark clothing, who made off from the scene.

A number of people were near the crash site at the time and police would like to hear from them.

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Man charged with murder of woman in Gloucestershire

Police were called to Kingston Road in Tewkesbury early on Wednesday morning Credit: ITV News

A man has been charged with the murder of a 54-year-old woman in Tewkesbury in Gloucestershire.

The woman's body was found at a house in Kingston Road in the town early on Wednesday, 30 September.

59-year-old David Lancaster from Kingston Road in Tewkesbury is due before magistrates in Cheltenham today.


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Death row grandmother meets her granddaughter for the first time

A Cheltenham grandmother, sentenced to die for drug smuggling, has met her two-year-old granddaughter for the first time - just weeks before she is due to be executed in Bali.

Lindsay Sandiford's granddaughter Ayla rushed to visit the 59-year-old after her lawyers were told her name was on a list of ten drug traffickers scheduled to be shot on September 21.

Since then however her legal team has been told by Indonesian government officials there will be a temporary suspension of executions until the end of the year - meaning she could face the firing squad as early as January.

Lindsay Sandiford plays with her two-year-old granddaughter Credit:

The decision means Mrs Sandiford - who has been refused legal funding by the British government - now has only weeks to raise the £25,000 she needs to fund a final appeal against her death penalty.

The grandmother met Ayla during several emotional meetings last week, where the pair hugged and played in a visiting room at Kerobokan prison, where she is being held.

She was also reunited with her 26-year-old son Lewis - Ayla's father - for the first time since her arrest in 2012.

Read more:

  • Following the executions of two Australian drug dealers in April, Lindsay Sandiford said she was "deeply saddened" by the fates of her friends.
  • Brit sentenced to death by Bali court

Police appeal for witnesses following attack on 55-year-old man in Cheltenham

The man was assaulted in the middle of the night. Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Archive/PA Images

Police are appealing for witnesses after a 55 year old male was assaulted in Sandford Park Cheltenham in the early hours of Sunday morning.

The victim was assaulted between 1 am – 4.50 am after walking through Sandford Park to collect his bicycle near St Luke’s Church.

As he walked into the park from Vernon Place, he was approached and spoken to by a number of males.

He remembers nothing more until waking up in Cheltenham General Hospital. He received a lacerated head requiring stitches.

His shoes, wallet and watch were missing but a number of items were recovered in the park later.

His three assailants are described as 25 years old and of thin build.

Anyone who saw the incident is asked to contact Gloucestershire Police on 101, quoting Incident Number 166 of 9 August.

Residents affected by power cut in Cheltenham

Western power Distribution has tweeted residents in parts of Cheltenham could be waking up without power this morning. It's affecting the GL53 postcode area which includes the villages of Seven Springs, Cockleford and Elkstone. The firm's hoping to have power restored by 6:00am.

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