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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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Leading boy gets proposal at Christmas panto

Leading boy gets proposal at Christmas panto Credit: Thousand Word Media

There was a magical fairytale ending to the Sleeping Beauty pantomime at Cheltenham's Everyman theatre last night. At the end of the show, the actress playing Prince Percival, Kelli Maybank, was proposed to by her long-term partner Mark Grunsell. And of course in true panto style there was a happy ending as she said yes!

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No police to face misconduct charges over Hollie Gazzard murder

Hollie Gazzard was murdered by her ex-boyfriend in February

The IPCC has decided that no police officers are to face misconduct charges over Hollie Gazzard's murder, but they do need to learn lessons.

20 year old Hollie was attacked by her ex-boyfriend Asher Maslin at the salon in Gloucester where she worked.

Maslin's mother says she begged police to arrest him the day before he murdered Hollie. An enquiry into the conduct of officers has found that no charges of misconduct will be brought - but lessons will be learnt from the handling of the case.

The IPCC investigation into Gloucestershire Police contact with Hollie Gazzard has concluded and we will be publishing the findings in the near future. Based on the evidence gathered in the investigation we have not recommended misconduct action, although we identify areas of learning for individuals and the force.

– IPCC

Midlands road deaths figures revealed

More than 300 people were killed on roads in the Midlands last year, according to new figures from the road safety charity Brake.

The figures have been released as part of a new campaign by the charity Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The statistics have been released to try and encourage road users to look out for each other more.

The new campaign is being backed by Avril Childs, whose daughter Sarah was killed by a speeding driver.

Brake are also trying to how vulnerable pedestrians or cyclists are.

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