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Halloween scare as snake spotted in Cheltenham

Milk snake like this was spotted in Cheltenham Credit: PA

Halloween revellers got a real fright when they spotted a snake slithering around a busy town.

The 60cm milk snake, which is orange, black and white, was seen in Cheltenham yesterday and again today.

The snakes, which are not dangerous to humans, are normally found in Canada, the United States and parts of South America.

Missing baby and parents found safe

Following a police appeal for information about a child who was taken from her foster carer by her natural parents in Cheltenham, all three have now been found. The child is safe and well.

Gloucestershire Police say that the two-month-old baby and her parents, a 19-year-old man and a 17-year-old girl, were found near to Cheltenham train station at around 1.15pm. The child will be returned to foster care and no action will be taken against the parents

Officers would like to thank everyone for their help in tracing the child and her parents.

Appeal after baby goes missing in Cheltenham

Charlie Collins and Nicole Harper Credit: Gloucestershire Police

Police are trying to trace a baby who has been taken from her foster carer by her natural parents.

Charlie Collins, aged 19 and 17-year-old Nicole Harper both of Princess Elizabeth Way in Cheltenham took 2-month-old Lily May Collins from her foster carer from an address on Gardners Lane in Cheltenham at around 10.25 this morning (October 16).

Nicole and Charlie were both seen pushing a black pushchair near to The Range on Tewkesbury Road at around that time. It is believed that the two may have, or plan to leave Cheltenham by bus or train.

We’re extremely worried for the welfare of Lilly May as although we don’t believe that Nicole or Charlie will hurt her, they may not have any food for the baby and there are concerns around their ability to look after her.

– Insp Brian Murnaghan, Gloucestershire Police


FT: Cheltenham Town 1 - 3 Bristol City

Korey Smith scored twice for Bristol City at Cheltenham. Credit: Nigel French/EMPICS Sport

Bristol City are through to the last 16 of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy after beating Cheltenham 3-1 at Whaddon Road.

Wes Burns' header gave City a half-time lead, before two goals from Korey Smith in the second half wrapped things up for Steve Cotterill's men.

Terry Gornell scored Cheltenham's goal.

The draw for the next round is on Saturday.

Cheltenham Town vs Bristol City team news

Bristol City manager Steve Cotterill returns to his hometown club Cheltenham tonight as the two sides meet in the second round of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.

Kick-off at Whaddon Road is at 7:45pm:

Charity diamond hunt is hailed a big success

Anna Mason from Maggie's with Alex Rose from Beards Credit: ITV News West Country

Cheltenham's great diamond hunt has finished with all ten gems successfully found by eager competitors for the charity event. A total of £10,000 worth of diamonds were hidden across the spa town by luxury jeweller Beards to help raise money for local cancer charity Maggie's Cancer Care Centre.

The first diamond was found within 10 minutes of the Diamond Rush kicking off and the last was uncovered at 1.34pm, hidden in the underground car park at The Montpellier Chapter.

One Cheltenham couple, who found the diamond in 131 The Promenade, heightened the emotion of the day with a marriage proposal. Builder Scott Thompson, 27, got down on one knee to ask his girlfriend Lucienne Simpson, 26, to marry him.

“It has been an amazing and rather emotional day which has not only raised a huge amount for Maggie’s but has also changed lives of people taking part. The people who have found the diamonds have been over the moon, and this was simply topped with one of the lucky finders popping the question to his girlfriend.”

– Anna Mason, Maggie's Cancer Care
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