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The West's green spaces win green flags

The Botanical Gardens at Victoria Park in Bath Credit: Richard Collett

90 parks and green spaces across the South West have been awarded Green Flags today for being among the best in the country.

Among those recognised are Royal Victoria Park in Bath and Hatherley Park in Cheltenham.

Hatherley Park in Cheltenham. Credit: ITV West Country

You can find out which parks in your area have won green flags here.


Man wanted over Cheltenham hit-and-run hands himself in

The car mounted the pavement and hit two pedestrians in Cheltenham. Credit: Gloucestershire Police

A man wanted in connection with a hit-and-run in Cheltenham has handed himself in following an urgent appeal by police.

29-year-old Asa Martin handed himself in to police officers in Gloucester yesterday, and was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving. He remains in custody.

A man and woman previously arrested in connection with the incident are out on bail.

The crash happened earlier this month, when the car mounted the pavement on Hester's Way and hit two pedestrians, causing serious injury.

Urgent police hunt for possible hit-and-run driver

Police say Asa Martin could be trying to leave the country. Credit: Gloucestershire Police

Police have put out an urgent appeal to find a Cheltenham man believed to be involved with a hit-and-run which injured two people, one of them seriously.

29-year-old Asa Martin may be in Bristol, and police say he could be trying to get a passport to leave the country.

A 60-year-old man was hospitalised and a 50-year-old woman was also hurt in the crash, in which a car mounted the pavement in Hester's Way on Saturday.

Credit: Gloucestershire Police

One man has already been arrested, along with a woman who gave herself up after a police appeal. They are out on bail pending further enquiries.

Anyone who sees Asa Martin has been warned not to approach, but to contact police urgently.

Man arrested following hit and run in Cheltenham

The driver of the Seat Leon left the car following the incident. Credit: Gloucestershire Police

One man has been arrested and a woman has come forward following a police appeal to find three people in a car involved in a serious collision in Cheltenham.

Police are still trying to find a further man. A 60 year old man and a 50 year old woman were injured in the incident on Hester's Way on Saturday. The driver of the grey Seat Leon left the car and fled the scene.

One male remains outstanding and he is being actively sought by a dedicated police team today. If he does not come forward or is not found by mid-afternoon today a decision will be made about releasing his photo and details to press.

– Gloucestershire Police

Man in serious condition after Cheltenham hit and run

Man in serious condition after hit and run in Cheltenham Credit: ITV News

A man is in a serious condition in hospital after a hit and run in Cheltenham.

The incident happened on Hester's Way when the man and another pedestrian were hit by a grey Seat Leon yesterday. The driver left the car and fled the scene.

A man in his 60s was airlifted to hospital with serious head injuries. A woman in her 50s was also hurt.

Police are appealing for witnesses.


11-year-old boy missing from Cheltenham home

Joseph Barnett's mother woke up this morning to find the front door open and her son gone. Credit: Gloucestershire Police

Police are appealing for help to find an 11-year-old boy who is missing from his home in Cheltenham.

Joseph Barnett was last seen between 2-3am at his home in Lucinia Mews, Cheltenham. His mother woke up at 7 this morning to find the front door open and Joseph missing.

Joseph is 5' 6", blond, blue-eyed and stockily built. He is friendly and may approach people. He likes train tracks and local parks, including King George V and Pittville Park in Cheltenham.

He is probably wearing red and black jogging bottoms, a red and white top with a picture of a gorilla on the front and black trainers. He may be carrying a Spiderman rucksack and have a blue and silver metal scooter with him.

Anyone with information should call 101 and quote incident number 43 of 12 June 2015. The police investigation continues.

Cheltenham's dinosaurs pulling in the crowd

Thousands of people are heading to the Cheltenham Science Festival, which has been using dinosaurs to pull in the crowds.

The story of how they became extinct is one of the most popular displays - although there is plenty more on offer - including speakers like Professors Brian Cox and Alice Roberts.

"We are putting the best people in front of our audiences, to highlight the best science. It's fun and informative, and people from all over the UK and the world are coming to the Science Festival".

– Ashley Kent, Cheltenham Science Festival

The festival runs until Sunday - see the full programme here.

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