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Cheltenham Festival goer still missing

A pensioner from Rotherham who is visiting the Cheltenham Festival remains missing on Wednesday.

Friends of 70 year old Philip Lucas last saw him around 5.50pm on Tuesday.

He was supposed to be staying in Cranham during the week of the festival.

Gloucestershire Constabulary have told ITV News West Country that they received a report of a possible sighting of Mr Lucas in the Kings Arms public house around 11.15pm on Tuesday, but there has been no confirmed information about his whereabouts.


Warming up in the snow at Cheltenham

Horses from Henry de Bromhead's stable exercise on the gallops Credit: David Davies/PA Wire

With the first race being delayed by only 5 minutes, horses at Cheltenham have started warming up despite the snow.

Thousands of spectators are expected for the Gold Cup week.

Sizing Australia (left) and Sizing Europe make their way to the gallops Credit: David Davies/PA Wire

The Cheltenham Festival will open later amid warnings for race goers to leave extra time due to the poor weather.

Read: Cheltenham Festival gets the go-ahead.

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Police given extra time to question terror suspects

Police erected a 200 metre cordon around a property in Cheltenham following the discovering of a suspect device. Credit: ITV News

Police in Cheltenham have been given more time to continue questioning two men being detained on suspicion of the terrorist offences following the discovery of a suspicious device in a garage.

Officers from the South East Counter Terrorism Unit now have until Friday 18 May to charge, or release the men, or apply for an additional extension.

The men, both from Cheltenham and aged 52 and 31, were arrested on Friday following the examination of items found in a garage on Buttermere Close in Cheltenham.

For more on this story go to ITV West

Police cordon lifted in Cheltenham

Gloucestershire Police have lifted a 200-metre cordon around Buttermere Close in the Up Hatherley area of Cheltenham, after two men were arrested under suspicion of terrorism offences.

Assistant Chief Constable Richard Berry said:

“We know that this announcement will come as a huge relief to all of the families that haven’t been able to access their homes over the last couple of days, meaning residents who live within that area can now return home.

“We are incredibly grateful for the support we have received from the community during what had to be a methodical and thorough search of the area for the safety of local residents.

Officers from Gloucestershire Police will be carrying out house to house enquiries in the area. A 25 metre cordon will remain in place around the garage.

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