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Man fleeing parking attendant to avoid ticket knocks down elderly lady

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Officers are investigating a non-stop collision in Cheltenham where an elderly lady was knocked over.

At around 3.20pm on Friday 8 January, a parking attendant was issuing a ticket to a vehicle parked outside WH Smiths on the High Street.

To avoid receiving the ticket, the driver of the brown Volkswagen jumped into his car and drove off, knocking over the woman who was crossing the road.

The vehicle carried on driving and did not stop at the scene.

Police are keen to speak to some witnesses who came forward to help.

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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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