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Generous strangers send cancer sufferer on holiday after he's mugged of trip money

John Jukes was left with serious injuries after he was mugged in an alleyway Credit: ITV News

A man suffering with leukaemia who was beaten up and robbed says he's had his faith in humanity restored.

John Jukes had thousands of pounds of cash stolen, which he was going to use for his dream holiday, after collecting it from the post office just minutes before.

People in Cheltenham were so horrified by what happened, they raised enough money to send him, and his wife, on their holiday.

The pair have now flown to Greece - thanks to the generosity of strangers.

Jessie Ezra Evans appeared in court today in connection with the robbery. He is charged with robbery and wounding without intent.

He was remanded to appear at Gloucester Crown Court on May 7.

Baseball bat splits in half over man's head during attack

A man was assaulted in Cheltenham yesterday Credit: PA

A man has been hit so hard with a baseball bat that it split in half during the attack.

The assault happened in Cheltenham yesterday afternoon, when he stopped his car in front of traffic lights at the junction of Princess Elizabeth Way and Orchard Avenue. A van behind crashed into the back of his car.

The 45-year-old victim got out of his car - a green Peugeot 206 - and approached the van behind to discuss what had happened.

It was at that point that he was assaulted by the van driver, who was leaning out of the window. The attacker and his passenger then drove off up Princess Elizabeth Way, eventually mounting the pavement and turning into Redgrove Road.

The attacker's van is silver with a roofrack and a ladder and/or pipes on the roof.

The driver is believed to be about 6’ tall, with ginger hair, of stocky build, wearing a black top with gold coloured writing. The passenger was wearing a similar top.

Later on, a van answering this description was seen driving erratically at Gallagher Retail Park.

Anyone who saw what happened should contact Gloucestershire Police on 101.


Man to appeal life sentence for murder of ex-girlfriend

Asher Maslin was sentenced to a minimum of 24 years in prison Credit: ITV News

A man from Cheltenham will today appeal a life sentence for the murder of his ex-girlfriend in Gloucester.

Asher Maslin was sentenced to a minimum of 24 years in prison after admitting stabbing to death Hollie Gazzard while she was working at a Gloucestershire hair salon in February.

Hairdresser Hollie Gazzard was stabbed to death at work in Gloucester Credit: PA
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