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Hares under the hammer

Two of the hares going under the hammer tonight

As the Cirencester Hare Festival finally hops out of town, people are getting the chance to buy a piece of it for posterity.

Forty 5ft fantasy hare statues were dotted on display around Cirencester over the spring and summer. Decorated by local artists, celebrities and school children, the statues are made of fibre glass and were individually sponsored by local businesses and community groups.

Now the statues are to be auctioned to help raise money for the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust. You can take a last look at the hoard of hares at Bingham Hall from 16:00pm, before the auction starts at 19:00.

GCHQ's human poppy 'spectacular'

The idea to create the giant human poppy came from staff at GCHQ. It took 1,400 GCHQ and military staff, 1,300 red ponchos and just over an hour to create it.

It's the first time the organisation has ever held such an event. The idea coming from a request to help launch the poppy appeal by the Royal British Legion in Gloucestershire. Ian Corbitt from the Royal British Legion tells us more:


17 year old arrested after racial abuse incident

A 17 year old has been arrested in Cotham after a shopkeeper was racially abused in Cotham.

Police are appealing for witnesses following the incident Tuesday night in which a teenager repeatedly threatened a man in Tucks Newsagents on Cotham Road South.

Police say they'd like to speak to a number of people who entered the shop at the time.

The 17 year old has been released on bail.

Poorly hedgehog loses all his prickles

'Pumpkin' will spend the winter in a heated room in order to recover Credit: Prickles Hedgehog Rescue

A hedgehog with no prickles has won the hearts of staff at a sanctuary in Cheddar. 'Pumpkin' as he's affectionately known was poorly when he was brought in and then lost his spines. He'll have to spend winter in a heated room but it's hoped his spikes will eventually grow back.

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