A thief who tried to snatch £20 from a disabled teenage girl has been jailed after she fought him off and passers-by pinned him down.Read the full story ›
Rugby Walsh sealed his third Cheltenham victory on the opening day of the festival after winning the Champion Hurdle with Faugheen.
Douvan gave Willie Mullins and Ruby Walsh the perfect start to the four-day Cheltenham Festival when running out a smooth winner of the Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Hurdle.
Walsh brought the 2-1 favourite to lead before the final flight and Douvan bounded up the hill to score by four and a half lengths.
The mural itself and the satellite dish have been granted listed status in Cheltenham, but the phone booth at the centre could be removed.Read the full story ›
Street artist Banksy has confirmed he is behind the artwork which shows shady agents eavesdropping around a telephone box on a street in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.
The piece appeared three miles from GCHQ, home of the Government's spying network, leading many to speculate that the artist is taking a swipe at the UK's intelligence-gathering methods.
The mural shows three 1950s-style agents, wearing brown trench coats and trilby hats, using devices to tap into conversations at a telephone box.
The Bristol artist did not officially confirm the piece at the time but claimed responsibility during a question and answer session on his website.
Banksy was asked four questions on his website, including, "Did you paint the spies in Cheltenham?" to which he replied: "Yes".
In reply to another question the artist said the worst thing about street art is: "Having to make your mistakes in public".
A Banksy-esque mural showing shady surveillance agents eavesdropping on a telephone box has appeared on a street in Gloucestershire.Read the full story ›
Grand National-winning rider Mick Fitzgerald has spoken of his sadness and of the risks involved in racing after it was revealed by the family of rider JT McNamara that the serious neck injury he suffered in a fall at the Cheltenham Festival has led to paralysis.
Leading amateur McNamara, 37, was injured when Galaxy Rock fell at the first fence in the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup and had to be airlifted to Bristol, where he remains, although plans are to be made for a transfer to Dublin in due course.
Fitzgerald told Sky Sports News: "It's a mixture of sadness, it's the end of a great career for a jockey who was an amateur and did it because he loved the game.
"When it happened at the time a sombre (mood) descended on Cheltenham, everyone had everything crossed and plenty of people were praying their worse fears wouldn't be realised.
"This is the end of a glittering career."
Leading amateur jockey JT McNamara is in a coma in hospital after being injured when his horse fell at the Cheltenham festival, his uncle said tonight.
The Irishman, 37, fell at the first fence while riding Galaxy Rock for trainer Jonjo O'Neill in the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup this afternoon.
McNamara's uncle, the trainer Andrew McNamara, said: "I've been told that JT is in an induced coma at the moment."
The jockey was airlifted to Frenchay Hospital in Bristol by air ambulance from the Gloucestershire course.
Medical staff were quickly on hand to treat McNamara after the fall and it was decided to transfer him for further treatment without delay.
Braving the cold at the Cheltenham Festival the coats have stayed on and lots of fur has been on show, but despite the weather the hats have been no less impressive.
Styles this year seem to favour smaller hats with plenty of feathers making an appearance.
How does Ladies' Day compare to last year?
The Cheltenham Festival should get away with a dry and bright day after a cold start, we should see temperatures of around 6C this afternoon, so nowhere near as cold as yesterday.