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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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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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Life sentence for man who murdered his ex-wife

A man who beat and strangled his former wife at her home in Cheltenham has been jailed for life. Daniel Spencer killed Jane Wiggett and then hid her body inside here bed where it remained undetected for weeks.

A judge at Bristol Crown Court told Spencer he would remain in prison for a minimum of 16 years.

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