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Boys, 12, arrested after man stabbed and beaten with bat

The street in Cheltenham where the attack happened Credit: Google Maps

Two 12-year-old boys have been arrested after a man was repeatedly beaten with a baseball bat and stabbed.

The man was attacked by a gang of around five or six young boys in Grosvenor Street in Cheltenham at 5.30pm Friday.

The 30-year-old victim was taken to hospital after the attack and treated for stab wounds to his shoulder and armpit. His injuries are no longer considered serious.

Gloucestershire Police said that the boys and the victim knew each other, and are appealing for witnesses to speak to them about the attack.

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Banksy Spybooth mural 'worthless'

'Spybooth' by Banksy Credit: PA

An art dealer who initially valued the Cheltenham 'Spybooth ' Banksy at more than a million pounds now says it's effectively worthless.

Cheltenham borough council commissioned a report which found it has no commercial value.

It is my professional opinion that the dilapidated state of the mural and the listed status of the flank wall that the work has been applied to has resulted in the work having no viable commercial value.

This assessment is based on more than ten years of experience working with and successfully marketing similarly difficult street works by this artist.

– Robin Barton, specialist Banksy art dealer
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The mural appeared on the the house in Fairview Road, Cheltenham, on April 13th 2014. It shows three secret agents eavesdropping on conversations at a phone box and is widely interpreted as being a side swipe at the role of GCHQ operations in Cheltenham.

The GCHQ 'doughnut' building is less than two miles from the house which is owned by David Possee. It is believed Banksy chose the house because of the position of the wall and the now famous phone box in the street alongside it.

Credit: PA

Mr. Posse was offered £650,000 by an American collector for the painting when it first appeared but the offer was withdrawn when the mural was listed as a result of an application to the Council.

Mr Possee had authorised the Council to commission separate valuations for the building and the mural in order to arrive at an acceptable selling price for his property.

Giving his reaction to the recent valuation, Mr Possee said he wasn't surprised and that he hoped the work could be restored. He also remained philosophical about losing a potential fortune saying "what you never have, you never miss."

A local businessman has offered to buy the property and restore the Banksy for the benefit of Cheltenham.

Three horses killed on Cheltenham's opening day

Three horses died on the opening day of Cheltenham Festival, which is an unusually high number for a single afternoon.

The three horses all died on the first day of the festival Credit: PA

The Govaness died in a fall at the last in the OLBG Mares' Hurdle. Pont Alexandre broke down during the National Hunt Chase for amateur riders. Finally, Rezorbi, trained by Jonjo O'Neill, suffered a fatal fall in the Close Brothers Novice Handicap Chase.

The deaths have marred Cheltenham's opening day, but it is not unusual, with eight horses killed in last year's festival.

  1. West Country (E)

Here come the girls: Ladies Day at the races

Credit: ITV West Country

In a few hours time gates will open for the second day of this year's Cheltenham Festival.

Wednesday at the Festival is Ladies Day, giving racing fans an opportunity to enjoy the very best in jump racing, as well as dressing up in all their finery to join in with the fashionable crowd of racegoers.

As part of this year's celebrations, the Festival are also hosting a best-dressed lady competition offering prizes for the best-dressed among them.

LADIES DAY PROCEEDINGS (WEDNESDAY)

  • 13.30 The Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle Race
  • 14.10 The RSA Steeple Chase - Favourite: More of That (9/4)
  • 14.50 The Coral Cup Hurdle (A Handicap Hurdle Race)
  • 15.30 The Betway Queen Mother Champion Steeple Chase
  • 16.10 The Glenfarclas Cross Country Steeple Chase
  • 16.50 The Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle Race
  • 17.30 The Weatherbys Champion Bumper (A Standard Open NH Flat Race)
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