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Former Cheltenham schoolboy takes abuse letter to PM

Roy Messenger delivers his message to number 10. Credit: ITV West Country

A man who says that he, and more than 100 other children, were abused at boarding schools in Gloucestershire and Wiltshire has taken his case to Downing Street.

Roy Messenger - who attended Dowdeswell Court near Cheltenham - wants an investigation into how much local councils and police knew about the allegations at the time, and what they did to stop abuse.


Trains delayed out of Bristol Parkway due to points failure

A points failure near Bristol Parkway meant delays of up to 40 minutes this morning. Credit: National Rail Enquiries

Rail passengers travelling between Bristol Parkway and Swindon or Cheltenham this rush hour have had to put up with delays of up to 40 minutes due to a points failure.

It is affecting both Cross Country and Great Western Railway services.

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The points problem has now been resolved but National Rail Enquiries says passengers will still experience delays of up to 25 minutes until 11.30am this morning, 6 November.

Cheltenham man arrested on suspicion of creating an explosive substance

The man was arrested in Cheltenham. Credit: ITV West Country

A 57-year-old man has been arrested in Cheltenham this morning, 2 November, on suspicion of making an explosive substance.

Three houses were evacuated during the 'pre-planned' operation. Forensic experts also searched the semi-detached house.

Sources said he had not been arrested under the Terrorism Act.

Eight officers, two police cars and two forensic vans were sent to the scene between the town centre and the GCHQ spy centre on the outskirts.

Gloucestershire Police have told local residents that there is no need for concern.


All water supplies are now back on in Cheltenham

Severn Trent Water have announced that all water supplies are now back on in Cheltenham.

Severn Trent Water has announced that all water supplies are now back on in Cheltenham.

The broken pipe is fixed and the company are now working to get everything back to normal.

The burst was on a large 24 inch pipe and was chased back to a field in Cheltenham.

Over the next 24 hours, residents may have low pressure, or even intermittent supplies.

More advice can be found here.

Severn Trent says water restored to majority of customers in Cheltenham

Thousands of homes are thought to have been affected by the burst. Credit: Severn Trent Water

Severn Trent Water says water has been restored to the majority of customers in Cheltenham following a mains burst overnight.

"We're happy to say that we've managed to restore supplies to the majority of our customers in the Cheltenham area.

"Some customers may still be seeing their water coming and going, this is because we're filling the network back up.

"We're working hard to get everything back to normal for everyone, but customers may experience some poor pressure this evening.

"We're also still handing out bottled water to those affected, and our teams are continuing to work on-site fixing the burst pipe.

"Customers that are affected, can collect bottled water from the Morrisons in Hatherley, Cheltenham GL51 3BW. Bottled water will be available to be collected until 10pm tonight, we're currently working on getting a second location arranged."

Severn Trent Water 'can't just yet give a time' for repairs on Cheltenham water main

Credit: Severn Trent Water

Severn Trent Water says it "can't just yet give a time" for repairs on a Cheltenham water main burst this morning.

The 24-inch main fractured under a field in Brookfield Road, Churchdown.

Severn Trent Water says it has restored supplies to some customers but supplies may be off or at low pressure for those in the south-west part of the town.

"We’d like to reassure our customers that we’re doing everything we can to get the water supplies back on and some customers are now starting to see their water returning. We know there are still customers with no water, and some who are seeing it coming and going as we're working to restore the supply for everyone."

"We're also working on setting up sites to hand out bottled water to those affected and we'll be able to share more details once we have everything in place.

"We've contacted our vulnerable customers to make sure they're ok and have everything they need and are delivering bottled to them.

"We know this isn't a great situation, especially as we can't just yet give a time for when this will all be sorted, but we are doing our best and we'll update everyone once we have more information."

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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