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Appeal for witnesses after 14-year-old sexually assaulted in Cheltenham

E-fit of the man police want to trace. Credit: Gloucestershire Police

Police have appealed for witnesses after a 14-year-old girl was sexually assaulted while walking home from school in Cheltenham.

The incident happened in Brunswick Street on Monday 18 January when the girl, who was walking with a friend, was approached by a man who pushed her against the wall of the Matalan car park and sexually assaulted her, before running off towards St Paul's Road.

The man police are looking for is described as 6 feet tall and black, wearing blue denim jeans, a black Puffa jacket with the hood up and a long navy blue scarf.

Police have now released an e-fit with the help of the victim. They are asking for anyone with information to come forward and call 101 or Crimestoppers.

Parents and children in the area are being advised to stay alert and call police immediately if they see anyone acting suspiciously.


Man vanishes after dropping his wife off at station

If you see Alexander Gattas please call 999 Credit: Gloucestershire Police

Police are appealing to the public to help trace a missing man from Cheltenham.

37-year-old Alexander Gattas was last seen by his wife as he dropped her off at Cheltenham train station at around 8.20am on 7 January.

  • white
  • 5ft 11ins tall
  • medium-large build
  • short brown hair and a short beard
  • usually wears glasses
  • last seen wearing navy-blue chino-type trousers, a white shirt with a dog pattern on it, a burnt-orange sweatshirt with a white logo on it, brown brogue-type shoes and a green Barbour jacket

It is thought that Alexander is in the Cheltenham or surrounding area.

Police and Alexander's family are extremely concerned for his welfare and are asking anyone who may have seen him to call police on 999 immediately, quoting incident number 449 of January 7.


Family of missing man 'extremely worried for his welfare'

Alfredo was last seen by his carer at his home in Alstone. Credit: Gloucestershire Police

Police are appealing for information to help trace the whereabouts of a missing elderly man from Gloucestershire.

95-year-old Alfredo Baglivi was last seen by his carer at his home in the Alstone area of Cheltenham at around 3.30pm this afternoon (7 January).

Alfredo was last seen wearing a green trilby hat, grey trousers, a grey fleece and black shoes.

Officers and Alfredo's family are extremely worried for his welfare and ask if anyone has seen him to contact Gloucestershire Police on 999, quoting incident number 270.

Swimmer hopes to become first person to swim Atlantic

Former policeman Ben Hooper hopes to make history by swimming the entire length of the Atlantic. Credit: Ben Hooper

A man from Cheltenham is hoping to become the first person to swim across the Atlantic Ocean.

Former policeman Ben Hooper hopes to make history by swimming from Senegal to Brazil - a distance of nearly 3000 kilometres.

He's expected to take more than 120 days and will set off next month.

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