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Tributes paid to promising teenage boxer who died in car crash near Cheltenham

Jesse Johnson training with Darren Allen-Jones

A teenage boy who died in a car crash near Cheltenham last Thursday has been named as Jesse Johnson.

16-year-old Jesse was a promising boxer.

He was taken to John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford after the car he was in hit a dry stone wall, but he later died from his injuries.

Two other teenagers aged 15 and 16 who were also in the car, survived with minor injuries.

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Serious crash shuts A345 near Netheravon

Emergency services warn the delays could last for several hours.

Three vehicles have been involved in a serious crash on the A345 at Netheravon in Wiltshire.

The Salisbury Road is blocked in both directions as emergency services deal with the crash. The air ambulance is at the scene.

Police say the road could cause delays for four or five hours, and that drivers should avoid the area.

Man arrested after car crashes into flats in Plymouth

Credit: ITV West Country
Credit: ITV West Country

A 27-year-old man from Cornwall has been arrested after a car crashed into flats last night in Plymouth.

The building on St Levan Road was evacuated and the six occupants spent the night in temporary accommodation. It's understood no one was seriously injured. A police investigation has been launched.

Credit: ITV West Country
Credit: ITV West Country

Teen's family issue emotional statement

The family of Katie Clutterbuck have issued a statement following the sentencing of the man that caused her death

Following the sentencing today of Lance Hepworth, at Gloucester Crown Court for causing death by careless/inconsiderate driving, the family of 19-year-old Katie Clutterbuck have issued the following statement.

As a family we have always maintained a dignified silence regarding the death of our beautiful Katie.

With regards to comments made about the circumstances in which Katie tragically died, there is no evidence to suggest that Katie did not look when she stepped onto Bath Road. Regardless of this, 9 seconds is more than enough time to perform an emergency stop or make an attempt to brake after being warned by passengers.

Katie was a young woman on an evening out with friends enjoying life, a life which she had taken from her through no fault of her own. As a family all we wanted was to find out the truth about what exactly happened that night.Losing Katie has had an effect not just on all of the family, but on her friends, work colleagues and those kind people who were there at the scene of the accident, particularly those who tried to save her life. We have had to wait eleven traumatic months to find out exactly what happened and have had not only to deal with the court hearings but with the loss of Katie. We are still trying to come to terms with her death. The loss is devastating and will remain with us for the rest of our lives.

– Family statement

Cheltenham Taxi driver sentenced to 7 months for killing teen

Katie Clutterbuck

A taxi driver who killed a teenage girl by careless driving has been sentenced to seven months in jail at Gloucester Crown Court.

19-year-old Katie Clutterbuck from Longlevens was heavily intoxicated when she crossed the road in front of private hire driver Lance Hepworth in Cheltenham last September.

Police say Hepworth had 7-9 seconds to react, and that his passengers shouted a warning to him that she was there.

Lance Hepworth Credit: Gloucester News Service
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