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Cheltenham man arrested on suspicion of creating an explosive substance

The man was arrested in Cheltenham. Credit: ITV West Country

A 57-year-old man has been arrested in Cheltenham this morning, 2 November, on suspicion of making an explosive substance.

Three houses were evacuated during the 'pre-planned' operation. Forensic experts also searched the semi-detached house.

Sources said he had not been arrested under the Terrorism Act.

Eight officers, two police cars and two forensic vans were sent to the scene between the town centre and the GCHQ spy centre on the outskirts.

Gloucestershire Police have told local residents that there is no need for concern.

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All water supplies are now back on in Cheltenham

Severn Trent Water have announced that all water supplies are now back on in Cheltenham.

Severn Trent Water has announced that all water supplies are now back on in Cheltenham.

The broken pipe is fixed and the company are now working to get everything back to normal.

The burst was on a large 24 inch pipe and was chased back to a field in Cheltenham.

Over the next 24 hours, residents may have low pressure, or even intermittent supplies.

More advice can be found here.

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Severn Trent Water 'can't just yet give a time' for repairs on Cheltenham water main

Credit: Severn Trent Water

Severn Trent Water says it "can't just yet give a time" for repairs on a Cheltenham water main burst this morning.

The 24-inch main fractured under a field in Brookfield Road, Churchdown.

Severn Trent Water says it has restored supplies to some customers but supplies may be off or at low pressure for those in the south-west part of the town.

"We’d like to reassure our customers that we’re doing everything we can to get the water supplies back on and some customers are now starting to see their water returning. We know there are still customers with no water, and some who are seeing it coming and going as we're working to restore the supply for everyone."

"We're also working on setting up sites to hand out bottled water to those affected and we'll be able to share more details once we have everything in place.

"We've contacted our vulnerable customers to make sure they're ok and have everything they need and are delivering bottled to them.

"We know this isn't a great situation, especially as we can't just yet give a time for when this will all be sorted, but we are doing our best and we'll update everyone once we have more information."

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Burst main located in field in Churchdown

Diggers at the scene of the burst main in Cheltenham. Credit: Severn Trent Water

Severn Trent Water has brought in tankers to top up mains supplies in south west Cheltenham after a major mains burst this morning. The 24-inch main fractured under a field in Brookfield Road, Churchdown.

At the moment there is no indication when supplies will be restored to all the properties affected. At least 18 schools remain closed.

"We're now starting to move water around our network of pipes and we already have tankers full of water ready and waiting to fill up the pipes. There is the possibility that supplies may be a bit murky, which is nothing to worry about and will clear. This is just a result of the way we're moving our water around the pipes, although we understand that you might not want to drink it."

– Severn Trent Water statement

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Burst water main forces a number of school closures

Burst main forces school closures in Cheltenham Credit: PA

At least 15 schools in Cheltenham are closed this morning after a water main burst.

An unknown number of homes and businesses have lost supplies after the burst, which is affecting postcode areas GL51 and GL53.

Details of school closures here.

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Tributes paid to promising teenage boxer who died in car crash near Cheltenham

Jesse Johnson training with Darren Allen-Jones

A teenage boy who died in a car crash near Cheltenham last Thursday has been named as Jesse Johnson.

16-year-old Jesse was a promising boxer.

He was taken to John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford after the car he was in hit a dry stone wall, but he later died from his injuries.

Two other teenagers aged 15 and 16 who were also in the car, survived with minor injuries.

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