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  1. Rupert Evelyn: Wales & West of England Correspondent

Locals claim pub machete attack was 'premeditated'

A fatal attack outside a Gloucester pub in the early hours of this morning was premeditated, locals are telling me.

There is no word on any arrest yet or recovery of the weapon - thought to be a machete - thus far.

Therefore the killer is "still at large", to use the words of one person at the scene in Tuffley.

The few people who have turned up here with flowers so far have been young - perhaps a reflection of the young age of the victim.

Murder probe after 'machete attack' outside pub

The attack happened outside the Pike and Musket pub in Gloucester. Credit: Google Street View

One man has died and another left with serious injuries after a suspected machete attack outside a pub in Gloucester, police say.

A murder investigation is now underway after a 19-year-old local man was pronounced dead at the scene of the fight outside the Pike and Musket pub in Tuffley.

The second man, 22, is now in a stable condition following surgery.

A third, 18-year-old man sustained minor injuries.

Gloucestershire Police say they would like to speak to anyone who witnessed what happened in the pub's car park or was in the area at the time.


Burglar becomes third prisoner to abscond from Gloucestershire prison in a week

Police are hunting a convicted burglar who has absconded from HMP Leyhill - the third inmate to go on the run from the prison inside a week.

Michael Dare Credit: Avon and Somerset Police handout

Avon and Somerset Police said Michael Dare - described as a risk to the public - was last seen at the prison in South Gloucestershire at around 5pm on Friday.

The 29-year-old, who is serving a 20-month sentence for a burglary committed in 2010, has links to Suffolk but is believed to be in Birmingham.

He is described as white, 5ft 11ins, of heavy build, with an angular face and receding brown hair.

A Prison Service spokesman said it had "tightened the eligibility for open prisons following a comprehensive review".

Man due in court over Sharon Wall murder

A man is due in court later today charged with the murder of healthcare assistant Sharon Wall, who was stabbed while working in a psychiatric hospital.

Ryan Matthews, 61, of Horton Road, Gloucester, will appear before magistrates in Cheltenham this morning.

Matthews was arrested shortly after the incident at an inpatient unit at Wotton Lawn Hospital hospital on Wednesday.

Police warning after bogus social worker examines baby

Police have urged parents to be vigilant after a bogus social worker called at a house and examined a baby.

The woman, who claimed she was from Gloucestershire social services, was carrying a false ID badge and a black zip-up folder.

She visited a mother in Quedgeley, Gloucestershire, and told her there were concerns for the welfare of her four-month-old son.

The bogus social worker examined a four-month old baby boy. Credit: PA Wire

The fake social worker asked to carry out checks and listened to the boy's heartbeat with a stethoscope during the incident on Wednesday.

Detective Inspector Andy Dangerfield, of Gloucestershire Police, said the woman did not have any physical contact with the baby.

"We don't know what the motivation for this was but clearly it is very concerning," Mr Dangerfield said.

Police have appealed for information about the woman, who is described as white with "slightly tanned skin", in her late 20s or early 30s and with dark shoulder-length bobbed hair.


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Family release statement

A statement has been released on behalf of the family of Hollie Gazzard:

Hollie is our daughter and was a beautiful, happy and loving girl. She was full of life and we are very proud of her. She was at the beginning of her life and to have it taken away in this manner is very hard to bear. Everybody she came in contact with loved her, enjoyed her company, her happy nature and her sense of fun. The world has lost a treasure, she was so loved by all her family and friends and the brightest star in their lives has now gone out.

The only comfort we have at this time is that Hollie is now free and at peace and that no harm can ever come to her, as she lives with the angels in heaven.

We are grateful for all the support of our family and friends and would like to express our thanks to the medical staff who tried so hard to save Hollie and to the police for their sympathetic and understanding care. We would ask the media to respect our privacy and allow us time to come to terms with our loss.

– Gloucestershire Constabulary
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Stabbed hairdresser named as Hollie Gazzard, 20

Hollie Gazzard. Credit: Fringe Benefits

A hairdresser fatally stabbed in Gloucester last night (Tuesday 18 February) has been named as Hollie Gazzard, aged 20 and from Gloucester.

A 22 year-old man is currently in police custody, having been arrested on suspicion of murder in the early hours of this morning (Wednesday 19 February).

Man arrested after woman stabbed to death in shop

A man has been arrested over the murder of a woman who died after being stabbed in a shop, police have said.

Officers were called to reports of a man attacking the woman at a shop in Southgate Street, Gloucester, at about 5.50pm yesterday.

A spokesman for Gloucestershire Police said: "A 22-year-old male was arrested on suspicion of murder in the early hours of this morning.

"He is currently in police custody."

The ambulance service attended the incident and took the 20-year-old victim to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital, although efforts to save her were unsuccessful.

The spokesman said next of kin and the coroner had been informed.

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