Police have released more details about the movements of a man suspected of the murder of a 17-year-old boy in Cheltenham. The suspect is believed to have left the scene of the murder on a bike and travelled to Buckingham Avenue and Clevedon Square. He may have been on foot for part of the journey before getting into a silver Vauxhall Astra (registration number W488 XOB) in Clevedon Square and driving at speed through Cheltenham.
The lead detective in charge of the investigation says that for operational reasons the name of the suspect is not being released publicly at this time although an appeal is being made directly to anyone who is protecting him. Detective Inspector Ruth Mather said:
"We know that this person's name is out there on the streets. I am convinced someone knows where he is and who is protecting him. Please do the right thing and call us. If you don't want to speak to us you can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 and stay anonymous. To the wider public I would ask anyone who was in the area at the time of the murder and remembers seeing either a man riding a bike nearby or this silver Astra being driven around to call us straight away. You could have a vital clue for us and we need to hear from you."
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Liam Dennett, 33, from Cheltenham, was in the queue for the Smiler ride when an announcement was made about a "technical fault".
He posted videos on Facebook showing the people stuck on the rollercoaster.
Mr Dennett said:
The ride's still closed now. We can see it in the distance that it's still closed. I would say between 30 and probably 35/40 minutes that they were stuck for.
My son still wants to go on it, but I wouldn't go on it personally now," he said.
Police are urging parents to review 'Stranger Danger' advice with their children after a suspicious incident in Cheltenham, where a young girl was offered sweets by a man in a car.
They've issued the following advice, and you can review all their safety guidelines here:
Strangers come into our lives every day, in shops, in parks and where you live. Usually, they are normal, harmless people, but some may not be and may want to hurt children.
It's not always easy to tell who is a good stranger and who is a bad stranger. Just because someone looks scary, doesn't mean he or she is dangerous. And a nice-looking stranger is not always a good person.
To stay safe:
- do not go off anywhere with a stranger or get in a car with one
- do not take things, such as sweets, money or gifts, from a stranger
- never play near public toilets
- do not go off on your own; always play with other children and be back home before it gets dark
- if you are frightened by a stranger, go straight home and tell a parent or carer. If you can't run home, tell a safe stranger. Safe strangers are people you can go to for help if you need it, such as police officers, firefighters, teachers or an adult that you know well
- remember, most strangers are good. You don't have to worry about strangers if you follow the rules to stay safe
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