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Teenager in serious condition after being found hanging

A teenager is in a serious condition after he was found hanging from a tree in a Cheltenham Park.

Police discovered the boy after they were called to reports the boy had been seen hanging in Robert Burns Avenue.

He was cut down from the tree and taken by air ambulance to Bristol Children's Hospital, where he remains in a serious condition.

His family are at his bedside, and his school has been made aware.

Police are not treating the incident as suspicious.

Police appeal for help to find 16-year-old Mandy Smith

Mandy Smith has not been seen since Saturday Credit: Gloucestershire Police

Police are appealing for information to trace a missing teenager from Gloucester.

16-year-old Mandy Smith was last seen near McDonald's in the Kingsditch Retail Centre in Cheltenham at about 11.40pm on Saturday evening.

She is believed to have been visiting a friend. Although Mandy has been missing before she usually phones an appropriate adult daily.


Death row grandmother appeals to Sir Richard Branson

Lindsay Sandiford is hoping Sir Richard Branson will back her last-ditch appeal against her death sentence Credit: PA

A woman from Cheltenham who is on death row in Indonesia for drug-trafficking, has written to Sir Richard Branson in a desperate bid for backing for a last-ditch final appeal against her sentence.

Lindsay Sandiford, who is 58, is facing death by firing squad after being convicted for drug offences in 2012. She has started saying her goodbyes after running out of money for further appeals and following the recent executions of eight convicted drug smugglers, including two Australians, by the Indonesian authorities.

Lindsay Sandiford, seen here after her arrest in 2012, says she longs to see her grand daughter who was born afterwards Credit: PA

You can read the letter to Sir Richard Branson here:

Lindsay Sandiford's letter to Sir Richard Branson

Cheltenham appoint Johnson as permanent manager

Gary Johnson in the Cheltenham dugout against Shrewsbury last Saturday. The Robins lost 1-0 which condemned them to relegation after 16 years in the Football League. Credit: Julian Herbert/PA Wire

Gary Johnson has agreed to stay on as Cheltenham Town manager next season.

The 59-year-old took charge on a temporary basis last month, but was unable to save the Robins from relegation to the Conference.

The former Yeovil Town and Bristol City boss will sign a 2 year contract at Whaddon Road.

Foreign Office is 'closely following developments in Indonesia'

We are closely following Lindsay Sandiford’s case in Indonesia. We stand ready to provide consular assistance to Ms Sandiford and her family at this difficult time, if it is requested.

It is the long-standing policy of the UK to oppose the use of the death penalty in all circumstances. We believe it undermines human dignity, there is no conclusive evidence of its deterrent value, and any miscarriage of justice leading to its imposition is irreversible and irreparable.

We are closely following the developments in Indonesia. We have repeatedly made representations to the Indonesian government on this matter and we will continue to do so. We cannot comment in detail on individual cases.



Boy with learning disability pushed off bike

Police in Cheltenham are appealing for information after a 16-year-old boy with a learning disability was pushed off his bike and threatened with harm by three youths.

The teenager was riding along the Honeybourne Line cycle path at about 4.30pm last Sunday afternoon (26 April) when he was approached by the three boys.

They pushed him off his bike and said they would hurt him with a knife, although no knife was seen.

A couple stopped to help the victim, who suffered a grazed knee in the fall, and walked him home.

300 walk through Cheltenham in memory of Hollie

Hollie was killed by her ex boyfriend in February 2014

Over 300 people will take part in a walk through Cheltenham today in memory of Hollie Gazzard.

This is the second year Hollie's father Nick has organised the event. Last year over £7,000 was raised for the charity set up in Hollie's name. The Hollie Gazzard Trust aims to promote the dangers of knife crime, reduce the level of domestic abuse and to help, support and fund young hairdressers in Gloucestershire through a partnership with Gloucestershire College.

The 20 year old hairdresser was stabbed to death at work by her ex boyfriend Asher Maslin.

The Walk 4 Hollie begins at 12:00 at Lansdown Park in Cheltenham and finishes six miles away at the King Teddy pub.

Johnson unhappy with some of his players

Gary Johnson was disappointed that he was unable to save Cheltenham from relegation to the Conference.

The former Yeovil Town and Bristol City manager criticised the attitudes of some of his players.

Johnson wouldn't say if he'd still be at Cheltenham next season, but is confident the club will bounce back:

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