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Man released without charge after Cheltenham murder

Tony Swift (r) was found with 'horrific' head injuries Credit: Gloucestershire Police

One man has been released without charge as police continue their investigations into the murder of a Cheltenham man.

68-year-old Tony Swift was found with "horrific" head injuries at his home in Mendip Road last Monday. He was later pronounced dead by paramedics.

A 21-year-old man arrested in relation to his murder has been released. A second man, a 29-year-old from Cheltenham remains in custody.

Police need help to find 'violent and dangerous' attacker

Tony Swift (r) was found with 'horrific' head injuries. Credit: Gloucestershire Police

Police are asking for the public's help to find the "violent and dangerous" attacker who killed a pensioner in his own home in Cheltenham, in a "shockingly brutal" attack.

68-year-old Tony Swift was found with "horrific" head injuries at his home in Mendip Road on Monday. He was later pronounced dead by paramedics.

Police say he was repeatedly struck over the head with a blunt object - and that he may have been targeted for a reason.

“We also believe the offender would have been heavily bloodstained. Specifically we need to hear from anyone who saw anyone on the day with bloody clothing, anyone who has found bloody clothing or anything that could be the murder weapon.

“The victim’s mobile phone was also missing from his house – have you seen a discarded phone?

“We are concerned because potentially a violent and dangerous person is on our streets and he needs to be caught as soon as possible."

“For the sake of Tony’s family we’re asking that anyone with information comes forward straight away."

"He had a lot of visitors to his home and we would urge those people to come forward to speak with us."

– Detective Inspector Richard Pegler, Senior Investigating Officer, Gloucestershire Police

Inquiries are ongoing, and police officers are patrolling the area to reassure the local community.


Can you help find missing Charlene?

Charlene was last seen at 10pm on Monday 19th October Credit: Gloucestershire Police

Officers are becoming increasingly concerned over the whereabouts of a woman from Cheltenham who went missing on Monday 19th October.

32 year-old Charlene Savory, from Denham Avenue, was last seen at a friends house in Cheltenham at 10pm.

Police say, she may be in the Folkestone area, and are urging anyone with information to come forward.

Charlene is described as 5ft tall, slim, with shoulder length blond hair and blue eyes. She was last seen wearing an olive green parker with fur, black velour tracksuit bottoms and beige colour desert boots.

Fundraiser's 35-hour gaming marathon breaks world record

Joe Kelly and his friends at the start of his 35-hour odyssey. Credit: @Majikel / Twitter

A video game virtuoso from Cheltenham has broken the world record for the longest ever game of Minecraft - playing the popular block-building challenge non-stop for more than 35 hours.

31-year-old Joe Kelly was raising money for Cancer Research UK, saying he was motivated by losing family and friends to the disease. With friends observing his Saturday to Sunday marathon and tweeting on his progress, the avid gamer has smashed his original target of £300 by 533% - raising £1600 for the charity.

Parts of the odyssey were streamed on YouTube, with donations going to his justgiving page.

Car crashes into Cheltenham shop after police chase

Car crashes into shop Credit: Gloucestershire Police

A jeep smashed through the window of a shop in Cheltenham late last night after failing to stop for police.

A 19-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of driving offences, criminal damage and failing to stop in connection with the incident.

The pursuit started around 8.10pm Oct 8 when the driver of the blue Jeep Cherokee ignored police requests to pull over on Prestbury Road.

Around 20 minutes later it was spotted in the St Paul's area and there was a short pursuit before a stinger device was successfully used to burst the tyres near Clarence Square.

The driver carried on though on two flat tyres, driving through red lights at speed before failing to take a left turn and crashing through the window of Clarence Stores.

There are believed to have been four male occupants in the car, all wearing dark clothing, who made off from the scene.

A number of people were near the crash site at the time and police would like to hear from them.


Police search for missing Portuguese man in Cheltenham

Carlos Teives de Matos was last seen on Saturday morning Credit: Gloucestershire Constabulary

Police in Cheltenham are concerned for missing 43 year old Carlos Teives de Matos who was last seen on Saturday 19th September at the town library at 10:30am. He is described as a white Portuguese male, 1m 74 cm tall, slim build.

Police say he is believed to have been wearing blue jeans, brown shoes, a plain white T-Shirt, and a black/white fleck cardigan with buttons down the front.

Death row grandmother meets her granddaughter for the first time

A Cheltenham grandmother, sentenced to die for drug smuggling, has met her two-year-old granddaughter for the first time - just weeks before she is due to be executed in Bali.

Lindsay Sandiford's granddaughter Ayla rushed to visit the 59-year-old after her lawyers were told her name was on a list of ten drug traffickers scheduled to be shot on September 21.

Since then however her legal team has been told by Indonesian government officials there will be a temporary suspension of executions until the end of the year - meaning she could face the firing squad as early as January.

Lindsay Sandiford plays with her two-year-old granddaughter Credit:

The decision means Mrs Sandiford - who has been refused legal funding by the British government - now has only weeks to raise the £25,000 she needs to fund a final appeal against her death penalty.

The grandmother met Ayla during several emotional meetings last week, where the pair hugged and played in a visiting room at Kerobokan prison, where she is being held.

She was also reunited with her 26-year-old son Lewis - Ayla's father - for the first time since her arrest in 2012.

Read more:

  • Following the executions of two Australian drug dealers in April, Lindsay Sandiford said she was "deeply saddened" by the fates of her friends.
  • Brit sentenced to death by Bali court
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