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A couple whose home was wrecked by a gas explosion in a next door property have been handed the keys to their new house.

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Appeal for footage after officer assaulted in Cheltenham

Police in Cheltenham are appealing for anyone who filmed an assault on an officer to show them the footage. 56 year old Hamid Reza Baygi, of Montpellier Terrace, Cheltenham is being charged with assault by beating, a racially aggravated public order offence and assaulting a police officer.

It comes after an incident near Tesco Express on the Lower High Street on the afternoon of Thursday 31st July. Police had responded to reports of a drunk man being aggressive. Officers were then racially abused and one officer with kicked in the shin.


Cheltenham businessman 'saves' Banksy

A local businessman in Cheltenham whose paid to keep a Banksy artwork in place says he wanted "to save the painting for the town."

The piece has been at the centre of a dispute between the local community and a private collector who wanted to remove it - but millionaire Hekmat Kaveh has offered the homeowner an undisclosed sum to leave it in place.

Cheltenham Banksy saved by local philanthropist

'Cheltenham Spies' saved by local philanthropist
'Cheltenham Spies' saved by local philanthropist Credit: ITV West Country

A Banksy artwork in Cheltenham valued at more than £600,000 has been saved by a wealthy businessman.

The piece has been at the centre of a dispute between the local community and a private collector who wanted to remove it but now millionaire Hekmat Kaveh has offered the home owner an undisclosed sum to leave it in place.


Cheltenham man's disappearance 'completely out of character'

Missing man: Matiss Lapins
Missing man: Matiss Lapins Credit: Gloucestershire police

Police are concerned about a 22 year old Gloucester man who has been missing since Sunday.

Matiss Lapins was last seen in Cheltenham on Sunday afternoon and his disappearance is described as completely out of character.

He failed to turn up at work in Tewkesbury on Monday and officers are particularly concerned as Matiss had no phone and very little money on him when he went missing. Anyone who knows where he is should call police straight away. Matiss is described as white, 5ft 8ins tall, of proportionate build, with short, dark brown hair and a beard. He has a tattoo of a large black owl with green eyes on his left shoulder. He was last seen wearing a dark coloured t-shirt, dark jeans and trainers.

– Gloucestershire police

If you can help please call 101, quoting incident 64 of July 28.

Cheltenham "bomb magnet" soldier awarded Military Cross

A soldier from Cheltenham blown up 17 times during tours of duty in Afghanistan and Iraq has described being in harm's way as an "occupational hazard". 38 year old Warrant Officer Class 1 Patrick Hyde, nicknamed "bomb magnet" has been awarded the Military Cross by the Prince of Wales.

On one occasion the soldier, who is the Regimental Sergeant Major of the 4th Battalion The Rifles, sustained injuries to his hand, neck and stomach. While he was lying injured on the ground he arranged for troops to be removed by helicopter and avoided any more casualties.

"There's no lucky charms, when you operate in Sangin, as I have done, it becomes a bit of an occupational hazard up there. I'm just fortunate enough that I've survived.

"We're trained to do what we do and it becomes second nature. You work together as a team and regardless of the threat there's a job to be done at the end of it."

– Warrant Officer Class 1 Patrick Hyde

Culture Secretary to visit Cheltenham Banksy

'Spy Booth' Credit: ITV West Country

The governments Culture Secretary Sajid Javid is visiting Cheltenham later to try to drum up support for keeping a Banksy artwork in the town.

Scaffolding was erected around 'The spy booth' after the artist confirmed it was his. Campaigners are trying to raise £650,000 to buy the house and turn it into a museum.

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