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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.

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  • 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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Cheltenham's dinosaurs pulling in the crowd

Thousands of people are heading to the Cheltenham Science Festival, which has been using dinosaurs to pull in the crowds.

The story of how they became extinct is one of the most popular displays - although there is plenty more on offer - including speakers like Professors Brian Cox and Alice Roberts.

"We are putting the best people in front of our audiences, to highlight the best science. It's fun and informative, and people from all over the UK and the world are coming to the Science Festival".

– Ashley Kent, Cheltenham Science Festival

The festival runs until Sunday - see the full programme here.

Choirs chosen for World Cup welcome

Choirs chosen for Rugby World Cup welcome events Credit: Tim Goode/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Three school choirs from the Midlands are among 20 to have been selected to welcome teams to England for the Rugby World Cup.

Choirs will perform the official Rugby World Cup anthem, World in Union at ceremonies that will welcome the teams officially to Rugby World Cup 2015.

Bishop's Cleeve Primary Academy from Cheltenham will welcome Tonga in Cheltenham. Isbourne Valley School from Gloucestershire will welcome Scotland in Gloucester Alderman’s Green Primary School from Coventry will welcome Ireland in Burton Upon Trent.

"Great people make great events and it is wonderful to see such incredible levels of excitement and enthusiasm from the schools who will welcome the world’s best players to Rugby’s greatest event."

– Bernard Lapasset, World Rugby Chairman

"Schools across the nation are eagerly looking forward to Rugby World Cup 2015 and it is fantastic to see such a wide range of them playing an active role in the Welcome Ceremonies."

– Steve Grainger RFU Development Officer

Teenager goes missing from home in Cheltenham

Mandy Smith Credit: Gloucestershire Police

Police are appealing for help in tracing a teenage girl who has gone missing.

Mandy Smith, 16, was last seen near McDonald's in the Kingsditch Retail Centre in Cheltenham at about 11.40pm on Saturday. Officers believe she was visiting a friend is believed she was visiting a friend.

Mandy made contact with friends via social media yesterday but she did not reveal where she was. She also indicated she may have a medical issue.

Mandy is described as white, 5ft 3ins tall, with very long, straight, brown hair

When she was last seen she was wearing jeans and a dark jacket.

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