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Who is this cat who hitchhiked from Cheltenham to Swindon?

Chrissie the hitchhiking cat Credit: Drove Vets

Chrissie the cat made an epic trip from Gloucestershire to Wiltshire last week.

Named after the patron saint of travel St Christopher the moggy made a 31 mile trip from Cheltenham to Swindon after climbing into the back of a car.

The lady (who wishes to remain anonymous and uncontactable) opened her boot upon returning to Swindon to find Chrissie. The lady had made several stops within Cheltenham and the cat could have jumped in at any point.

Chrissie is now being looked after by the Drove Veterinary Hospital in Swindon who are trying to track down her owner.

She isn’t microchipped so the vets are asking for anyone who recognises Chrissie to get in touch.

Pensioner fends off attacker by squeezing his testicles

Pensioner fends off attacker by squeezing his testicles Credit: PA

An elderly woman fended off a man who attacked her - by squeezing his testicles.

The pensioner was walking her dog near a small wooded area in Stoke Orchard near Cheltenham at about 11.30am on Monday when the incident happened.

She told police a man stomped out of the wooded area shouting "get off my land" before hitting her in the mouth.

In reaction, the victim said she "immediately grabbed the man by his testicles" causing him to fall to the ground before walking away and not looking back.

Gloucestershire Police are now appealing for information about the attack, which left the woman with bruising and a small cut to her face.

Her attacker is described as white, aged between 25 and 35, around 5ft 8 tall and of slim build.

He was wearing blue jeans, a black or navy jacket, brown work boots and a navy baseball cap.

The woman said he was suntanned and spoke with a "young voice".

A Gloucestershire Police spokesman said: "Clearly this was an unusual method of self-defence and the attacker got more than he bargained for.

"It would have been a terrible experience for a person of any age and we would urge anyone who can help to come forward and call 101, quoting incident 143 of August 4."


Police seek driver who failed to stop after collision with cyclist

Police want to trace a driver in Cheltenham, who didn't stop after a collision with a cyclist, which left him with fractured ribs and cuts to the head.

The collision happened at the junction of St John's Avenue and Fairview Road at about 6.30pm on Monday.

The 55-year-old cyclist was riding along Fairview Road, when he collided head-on with a small dark blue car which was turning right.

The driver of the car then left the scene in the direction of Fairview Street.

Cheltenham man's voice to replace woman at self-service checkouts

Andy Turvey's voice could be in every store in the near future. Credit: ITV West Country

Just how annoyed do you get in Tesco when the woman at the self-service check outs tells you there's an unexpected item in the bagging area?

Some customers have even complained that the female voice is "too bossy" so the supermarket have decided to trial a different voice in some stores.

This time it's a man, rather than a woman's voice has been used and it's Andy Turvey from Cheltenham.

The new recording is supposedly meant to be "friendlier and more helpful".

If the trial is a success then his voice could be used in every store across the country.

What do you think of this decision? Have your say on our Facebook page.

Woman sexually assaulted twice in Cheltenham

Police are appealing for witnesses. Credit: PA Images

A man has been arrested in connection with a serious sexual assault on a woman in Cheltenham last night.

Police are still appealing for witnesses, after two serious sexual assaults were carried out on the same woman in a Waitrose car park and Grove Street between 10pm and 12pm.

The victim, in her twenties, was followed by the attacker who she had met in town earlier on that day.


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
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