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Burst main located in field in Churchdown

Diggers at the scene of the burst main in Cheltenham. Credit: Severn Trent Water

Severn Trent Water has brought in tankers to top up mains supplies in south west Cheltenham after a major mains burst this morning. The 24-inch main fractured under a field in Brookfield Road, Churchdown.

At the moment there is no indication when supplies will be restored to all the properties affected. At least 18 schools remain closed.

"We're now starting to move water around our network of pipes and we already have tankers full of water ready and waiting to fill up the pipes. There is the possibility that supplies may be a bit murky, which is nothing to worry about and will clear. This is just a result of the way we're moving our water around the pipes, although we understand that you might not want to drink it."

– Severn Trent Water statement

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Hillary Clinton speech at Cheltenham Literature Festival delayed

Former First Lady Hillary Clinton was due to speak at 12pm today to thousands of people at the Cheltenham Literature Festival.

Her highly-anticipated speech has been delayed by at least 1 hour.

Tickets for the event sold out in less than 48 minutes.

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Tributes paid to promising teenage boxer who died in car crash near Cheltenham

Jesse Johnson training with Darren Allen-Jones

A teenage boy who died in a car crash near Cheltenham last Thursday has been named as Jesse Johnson.

16-year-old Jesse was a promising boxer.

He was taken to John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford after the car he was in hit a dry stone wall, but he later died from his injuries.

Two other teenagers aged 15 and 16 who were also in the car, survived with minor injuries.

Under-age driver dies in crash in Cheltenham

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A teenager has died in a crash in Cheltenham.

The 16 year old under-age driver collided with a wall on Cotswold Way late on Thursday night. They were taken to John Ratcliffe Hospital in Oxford but died in the early hours of Friday morning.

Two passengers in the car - a 15 year old and a 16 year old - were treated for minor injuries at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital.

Police are investigating the crash but say no other vehicles were involved.

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