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Crime Prevention Minister in Cheltenham

Crime prevention minister Norman Baker spoke to bar owners in the town.
Crime prevention minister Norman Baker spoke to bar owners in the town. Credit: ITV News West Country

Bars and nightclubs in Cheltenham will have to pay a levy towards street cleaning and policing costs from tonight.

Norman Baker, Councillors and Gloucestershire Police and Crime Commissioner visiting bars in Cheltenham to discuss the late night levy.
Norman Baker, Councillors and Gloucestershire Police and Crime Commissioner visiting bars in Cheltenham to discuss the late night levy. Credit: ITV News West Country

Under the Cheltenham scheme, licensed premises selling alcohol between midnight and 6am pay an annual amount to help offset the cost to the taxpayer of the late night clean-up.

Crime Prevention Minister Norman Baker visited the town today to mark the launch of the scheme.

Crime prevention minister Norman Baker in Cheltenham
Crime prevention minister Norman Baker visited the town to mark the launch. Credit: ITV News West Country

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Ambitious plan for Cheltenham man

Ben Hooper plans to swim across the Atlantic. Credit: ITV News West Country

Ben Hooper, a swimmer for Cheltenham, has revealed his plans to swim The Atlantic.

His plan is to swim from Dakar in Senegal to Natal in Brazil, a distance of 1,700 miles.

If he succeeds he will be the first man to do so.

Ben Hooper plans to swim from Senegal to Brazil. Credit: ITV News West Country

Bus hit bridge in rush hour

the roof of the bus was sheared off completely. Credit: ITV News West Country

The double decker hit the bus on Hyde Lane at around 7am this morning. The bus driver was said to be "shaken" but not injured. There were no passengers on board.

Luckily there were no passengers on board. Credit: ITV News West Country
Clearing up after the accident. Credit: ITV News West Country
Marks on the bridge show where the roof hit it. Credit: ITV News West Country
The bus roof was completely sheared off. Credit: ITV News West Country

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Bus crashes into bridge in Cheltenham

A double decker bus has hit a railway bridge in Cheltenham. It happened on Hyde Lane close to the junction with Wymans Lane and Church Road this morning.

Witnesses say they heard a loud crash and saw flying debris as the driver attempted to drive the double decker under the bridge.

The bus ploughed on leaving the wreckage of its upper deck behind it before stopping about 30 yards from the bridge.

The driver of the bus, owned by Swanbrook Coaches of Cheltenham, is said to be unhurt. There were no passengers on the bus.

A passerby out walking under the bridge was showered with debris and taken to hospital by paramedics.

The road is now closed in both directions and emergency services and highways workers are at the scene.

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