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Police appeal after elderly man robbed and attacked

Police want to speak to the two men captured in this CCTV in connection with a robbery on August 3 Credit: Gloucestershire Police

Police are appealing for information after a 74-year-old man was attacked and robbed in the street.

It happened on St James Street in Gloucester just after midnight on August 3, when two men watched an elderly man withdraw cash from an ATM at Sainsbury’s, then followed him down the street.

The victim was then pushed him to the ground outside ‘Antig Engineering’, punched and kicked in the head, body and legs, then robbed of his wallet, a bank card and a bus pass. The man was left feeling dizzy and shaken, and paramedics took him to hospital for assessment.

Officers want to speak to two men in connection with the robbery. They are described as wearing hoods and scarves around their faces, and were around 6 foot tall.

Gloucester's James Hook: I never contemplated quitting Test rugby

James Hook in action for Gloucester Credit: David Davies/PA Archive/PA Images

Gloucester star James Hook says that he has never contemplated quitting Test rugby, even though he has only started twice for Wales since the last Rugby World Cup.

Hook admits that if he features in the final Wales squad for the England-hosted tournament it would "probably mean more" to him than his 2007 and 2011 World Cup selections.

He will start at fly-half against opening World Cup warm-up opponents Ireland on Saturday in what will be his 78th cap.

I never thought of packing it in. It does get tough, but when you see your mates out there you realise what a great atmosphere there is in the stadium with the Six Nations and the autumn Internationals. You never want to turn your back on that."

– James Hook

Hook spent three seasons with French club Perpignan immediately after the last World Cup, then he joined Gloucester last year following Perpignan's relegation.

Ross Moriarty playing for Gloucester Credit: David Davies/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Fellow Gloucester teammate Ross Moriarty will also be included in the squad on Saturday in his Test debut. Wales Head Coach Warren Gatland admitted he included Moriarty in the squad at being impressed at how the youngster had 'forced his way' into the Gloucester team.


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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

60-year-old man knocked out in the street

Police want to speak to this man in connection with the attack Credit: Gloucestershire Police

Police want to speak with this man after a 60-year-old was punched in the face for no reason, leaving him knocked out in the street.

In the early hours of the morning on January 10, the victim was walking along Kings Walk in Gloucester when he was attacked by a man in his twenties.

A second man was seen running off with the assailant.

The 60-year-old man has suffered serious facial injuries and needed eight staples in his head.

The attacker is described as white, in his twenties, wearing a blue hoody, light trousers and trainers with a white sole. He is carrying a black coat or jacket.

The second man has short dark hair and was wearing a grey/green shirt, dark trousers and shoes with a white sole.

Police want to speak to the man in this image in connection with the crime, or with anybody who recognises him.


Police looking for owners of black spaniel found near Gloucester

Police are looking for the owners of this black spaniel Credit: Gloucestershire Police

Police are looking for the owners of a black spaniel which officers found outside Gloucester.

The bitch was found off the A40 bypass, near the balancing pond area next to Walham sub-station.

She is thought to be between 3 and 4 years old, and appears to have had a litter of puppies at some point.

The dog was chipped by Archer field vets in Ross on Wye, possibly in 2012.

Man 'sandwiched' by two robbers in Gloucester

Police are looking for witnesses after a man was 'sandwiched' between the two robbers who stole his phone Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Police are looking for witnesses after a man was 'sandwiched' between the two robbers who stole his phone.

The victim was walking along Station Road in Gloucester at 6.15pm on Friday when a man jumped in front of him and stole his phone out of his hand.

Startled, he dropped the phone and then tried to pick it up. At that point, the thief dug his nails into the victim's hand to try to force him to give up the phone.

Then, another man came up and stood on the other side of him, 'sandwiching' the victim between the two robbers. They grabbed his phone and left.

One of the men was black and the other was white - both are in their twenties. The black man was 5' 10" tall, of medium build and was wearing a black coat with a hood or a hat. He had a scar or mark on his neck. The white man, also around 5' 10" tall and medium build, had short dark hair and was clean shaven. He had a local accent and was wearing a white knitted jumper. He looked scruffy and gaunt.

Elderly woman spotted in street in only nightwear

An elderly woman was seen walking around in just her nightclothes in the early hours of this morning Credit: Google Maps

Police are concerned about an elderly woman who was seen wandering around Ruspidge in Gloucestershire in her nightclothes in the early hours of this morning.

Witnesses said the woman - who is about 90-years-old - appeared confused and claimed to be looking for her daughter. She is believed to have dementia.

She was last seen walking up Ruspidge Road, away from Costcutters.

She was pushing a zimmer frame with a seat on it, and she had a bandage around one of her ankles. She was wearing a light nightdress underneath a blue coat and was carrying a black handbag.

A huge search has been taking place today, involving ground and dog units and a helicopter, but police have yet to find the woman.

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