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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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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.

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