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Warnings over dangerous mudflats

Emergency services say they fear a tragedy could happen if people don't follow warning signs about the dangerous North Somerset mudflats.

Avon Fire and Rescue's Hovercraft was called into action yesterday afternoon after reports that 8 bathers had got stuck on the beach at Weston-super-Mare during low tide.

Amongst them was a heavily pregnant woman and a young girl.

Avon Fire and Rescue's Hovercraft was called into action yesterday afternoon after reports that 8 bathers had got stuck on the beach at Weston-super-Mare during low tide.
Avon Fire and Rescue's Hovercraft was called into action yesterday afternoon after reports that 8 bathers had got stuck on the beach at Weston-super-Mare during low tide. Credit: ITV

A icy treat for Gloucestershire's otters

Otters are keeping their cool at The Wildfowl and Wetland Trust at Slimbridge with the help of some special fish lollies.

Keeper John Crooks has been busy making the lollies by putting ingredients such as smelt, trout, minced beef and sardines in moulds to create the chilled treats.

John gives his otters fishy treats
John the keeper gives his otters fishy ice lollies at Slimbridge Credit: The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT)

“It isn’t just our visitors enjoying ice lollies in this hot weather our otters love them too!

“They enjoy playing outdoors in all weathers so this is a way of keeping them cool with the added bonus that the texture of the ice gives their teeth a bit of a clean too.”

– WWT Otter Keeper, John Crooks
The lollies are made of fish and put in moulds to create the chilled treats.
The lollies are made of fish and put in moulds to create the chilled treats. Credit: The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT)

WWT Slimbridge has three North American River Otters called Flo, Minnie and Ha ha.

A Gloucester man who cheats pubs out of meals and drinks is banned from just about every bar and restaurant in Gloucestershire.

A Gloucester man who cheats pubs out of meals and drinks that he can't afford to pay for has had a criminal ASBO order slapped on him.

It means Paul Gordon Miles, 41, of Willowleaze, Longlevens, is banned from just about every bar and restaurant in Gloucestershire.

The 'CRASBO' was imposed on Miles after he was convicted at Cheltenham Magistrates’ Court this week of obtaining services dishonestly from a pub in Kingsway without the funds to pay.

He also asked for an identical incident at the same pub earlier this year to be taken into consideration.

At the time of the latest offence Miles was subject to a suspended jail sentence for similar offences,

But police argued at court against him being locked up on the grounds jail had not been effective in stopping him on release.

Instead they requested the CRASBO order barring him from every pub in the county except the Double Gloucester pub in Cheltenham Road for the next three years.

Paul Miles
Paul Miles, Conman Credit: GNS

Miles has done this on numerous occasions - typically ordering a £30 or £40 meal and drinks and then revealing he doesn't have any money.

This latest incident even saw him asking other customers if they would like him to open a tab on their behalf and then offering to take their money to pay off the bill.

It's unacceptable and very distressing to the businesses who he targets.

However, what is clear is that prison hasn't deterred him in the past, which is why we wanted this CRASBO.

We’re hoping it will be a better way of stopping him acting in this brazen way. From now on if he legitimately wants a drink he can only visit his local pub (the Double Gloucester) where the landlord is now aware of his past activity.

To aid the CRASBO we are issuing Miles’ photo so that business owners are aware of what he looks like and can call us if he enters their premises.

If you believe Miles is breaching the CRASBO please call our officers immediately. People should be aware he has links to Gloucester, Cheltenham and Coleford, so please be alert.

– Acting Inspector Richard Bruce, Gloucestershire Police

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5 dogs, worth £7,000 stolen, in Somerset

Five dogs worth several thousand pounds have been stolen in Somerset.

The theft was discovered on Monday with the dogs being taken overnight from a property in Beercrocombe. The five animals – including one which is expecting a litter - are worth around £7,000 between them.

Stolen dog
Stolen dog Credit: Owner

The dogs are described as:

A male French Bulldog, three years old, fawn-coloured with a black mask. A female French Bulldog, two years old, fawn coloured with a black mask, white chest and tattoo on her belly. A female French Bulldog puppy, six months old, fawn coloured with a black mask. A male Pug, six years old, fawn coloured with its left eye missing. A female Pug, 10-11 weeks old with a damaged left eye.

Stolen dog
Stolen dog Credit: Owner

Police say the owner is keen to have his dogs returned to him so if you have seen any for sale, or know who took them, please contact PC David Jeeves on 101 and quote 74082/14.

Stolen dog
Stolen dog Credit: Owner
Stolen dog
Stolen dog Credit: Owner

Witness appeal after serious sexual assault in Lydney

Police are appealing for information after a serious sexual assault on a woman near Lydney Boating Lake at about 11pm on Saturday.

The offender is believed to have been wearing dark clothing but no other description is available.

The victim is being given every possible support at present and we are carrying out a number of forensic and CCTV enquiries to identify this man. A fishing competition was taking place on the lake at the time, so it may be that an angler saw or heard something.

– Gloucestershire police

Gloucestershire police are warning people to be vigilant and avoid badly lit routes and shortcuts.

Anyone who witnessed a man in the area or has any information that could assist police is urged to call 101, quoting incident 589 of July 26.

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