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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

Police search for man after train passenger beaten

Police officers have released CCTV images of a man they are tracing after a man was shouted at and beaten on a train Credit: British Transport Police

Police officers have released CCTV images of a man they are tracing after a man was shouted at and beaten on a train from Birmingham to Cheltenham.

A 41-year-old man from Bath boarded the train at Glasgow Central at 9.25pm on September 2. At Birmingham New Street, another man got on board and sat directly behind the victim.

During the journey, the second man began shouting intimidating comments at the passenger in front, before getting up and punching him several times in the face.

The man boarded the train at Birmingham New Street Credit: British Transport Police

"This would appear to be a totally unprovoked and particularly violent assault, which left the victim suffering facial injuries as well as being shocked by the man’s behaviour.

“Fortunately this type of incident is rare on the rail network, but this is a very serious offence and it is vital that we trace the person responsible.

"We are now in a position to release these images of a man that we believe will have key information about this incident.

“I would ask anyone who recognises the man to come forward. Although he got off the train at Cheltenham Spa, he boarded at Birmingham New Street and we believe he was intending to travel to Bristol, so it may be that he has connections with both of those cities.”

– PC Frank Hedley, who is investigating the incident
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Council investigates work on Banksy house

The future of the Cheltenham Banksy is still in the balance Credit: ITV News West Country

A man has been questioned by council officers investigating a 'potential criminal offence' at the house where street artist Banksy painted his 'Spy Booth' mural close to GCHQ in Cheltenham, Glos.

Officials entered the house with a warrant and said they found that 'substantial work' had been carried out inside the listed building.

Roger Wilson, the business partner of the property's owner David Possee, was formally interviewed about the work that has taken place, possibly in breach of planning and listed building regulations,

The 'Spy Booth' artwork appeared in April, leading to a financial battle over whether it stays or goes - and also becoming a target of vandalism and an apparent attempted theft by a man who drilled four holes in the wall around it earlier this week.

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