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End in sight for Gloucestershire flood cleanup

It has been a difficult time for homes and businesses hit by the recent floods. Some residents are still clearing up damage to their properties.

One pub owner in Gloucestershire was forced to close her pub over Christmas. She was completely cut off and says her situation this **time was even worse than the floods in 2007. But, three months on, she says there is finally some good news.

Manhunt for suspect in £1,000 cash card thefts

CCTV footage has been released of a man wanted by police in connection with a series of thefts in Cheltenham, after hundreds of pounds were withdrawn from a Coventry bank using stolen cards.

The man wanted in connection with thefts in Cheltenham
The man wanted in connection with thefts in Cheltenham Credit: West Midlands Police

In one of the thefts, sophisticated card-trapping equipment was used to snatch people's cards, while a recording device logged their PINs.

The thief then went on to withdraw around £1,000 while in the Coventry area.

Anyone who recognises him is urged to contact Gloucestershire Police on 101.

The man wanted in connection with thefts in Cheltenham
The man wanted in connection with thefts in Cheltenham Credit: West Midlands Police

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Eddie 'The Eagle' Edwards is ready to soar again

Twenty-five years after shooting to fame as a figure of fun with the world's worst Olympic ski jump, Eddie "The Eagle" Edwards is to make a comeback.

The Cheltenham-born plasterer has announced he is due to fly to Bavaria to take on the Garmisch-Partenkirchen New Year ski jump.

Eddie 'The Eagle' Edwards is due to return to the slopes at a contest in Bavaria. Credit: DAVID LIPNOWSKI/The Canadian Press/Press Association Images

Edwards came last in the 70m and 90m ski jumps at the 1988 Calgary Winter Games but became a household name and the unlikely hero of that Olympiad.

Once contracts are confirmed, Edwards, who lives near Stroud in Gloucestershire with his wife and two children, will test the conditions at the venue before the competition starts.

Eddie 'The Eagle' photographed in 1988 ahead of the Winter Olympics in Calgary. Credit: PA/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Edwards, who turns 50 tomorrow, told the Gloucestershire Echo that he plans to fly to Germany next week to try the jump for the first time.

"I'm still fit and in pretty good shape and I wanted to do it before it was too late for me physically," he told the paper.

"This will be my last chance to have a go and see if I can still do it.

"I've always had that 'have a go' spirit. It's not reckless because I think about the risk and every conceivable thing that could go wrong. I am nervous but also quite excited."

Read: Eddie 'The Eagle' Edwards wins ITV's Splash!

A cracking Christmas: behind the scenes of the ballet 'Nutcracker'

The Birmingham Royal Ballet is a company of 60 dancers from all over the world so there is some serious competition for roles.

Their Christmas production of The Nutcracker opens this evening but instead of princes and princesses from far-away lands, they hail from places a little closer to home.

The Nutcracker prince is from Selly Oak and Clara is from Cheltenham. It has also been a huge project to get it ready in time - in just two weeks!

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Coroner rules school girl dies from natural causes

An inquest into the death of a schoolgirl who collapsed suddenly has ruled she died from natural causes.

The inquest heard how 11 year old Megan White from Cheltenham had been "merry and laughing" with her friends at All Saints' Academy in the town. But she suddenly fell unwell and was rushed to a nearby hospital, where tests revealed she had suffered a small bleed on her brain.

Megan collapsed at school on January 13. She was taken to hospital where investigations showed a large bleed on her brain.

"She was transferred to Bristol Children's Hospital where despite treatment, she died on January 14. I am sorry that the experts have not been able to make it any clearer as to why this happened. She died of natural causes."

– Gail Elliman, deputy coroner for Avon

While she was in the emergency department, she had a larger bleed which caused her to go unconscious and at that point she was put on a breathing machine.

"She was taken to Frenchay Hospital and underwent neurosurgery. After that, unfortunately she was still showing signs of a very severe brain injury.

"This bleed occurred in an area very deep inside the brain where even a small bleed can cause a large amount of damage. We probably see two cases like this a year, where people come in with a small bleed then the second bleed occurs.

"Mostly, despite our best efforts, we are unable to save these children. It is very, very sad - going from someone who is quite normal to such devastating injury."

– Dr Margrid Shindler, Bristol Royal Hospital for Children

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Witness appeal after pedestrian critically injured

Scene of the incident on Bath Road, Cheltenham. Credit: ITV News

Police are investigating after a pedestrian was critically injured on Bath Road in Cheltenham in the early hours of this morning (Sunday 15 September). The incident happened at around 12:40am outside the Wetherspoons Moon Over Water pub on Bath Road.

Officers were called to reports that a pedestrian had been in a collision with a Skoda Superb private hire vehicle. The pedestrian, a 19-year-old woman from Gloucester, suffered serious injuries in the incident.

She was taken to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital but has since been transferred to a specialist neurological ward at Frenchay Hospital in Bristol, where she is in a critical condition. Any witnesses that have not yet spoken to officers are asked to call Gloucestershire Police on 101.

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MP pledges to fight grandmother's death sentence

The MP for Cheltenham, Martin Horwood, has pledged to fight the death penalty imposed on former Cheltenham resident, Lindsay Sandiford, in the light of her failure to win her appeal at the Indonesian Supreme Court.

  • He is working with the charity Reprieve supporting Mrs Sandiford in Indonesia
  • He plans to meet with the Foreign Office to discuss how to get her legal advice to help find evidence that could mean a Judicial Review
  • He will request another meeting with the Indonesian Ambassador to discuss her sentence
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