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Tonga's rugby team welcomed in Cheltenham

Tonga team welcomed in Cheltenham Credit: ITV News

The Tonga Rugby World Cup 2015 team have been welcomed in Cheltenham in a ceremony at the Town Hall.

Members of the squad performed the Tongan rugby dance to a captive audience.

The Tonga team will be using Cheltenham RFC as its training base throughout the Rugby World Cup which starts next week.

Sione Kalamafoni plays for Tonga and the Gloucester rugby team.


Who is this cat who hitchhiked from Cheltenham to Swindon?

Chrissie the hitchhiking cat Credit: Drove Vets

Chrissie the cat made an epic trip from Gloucestershire to Wiltshire last week.

Named after the patron saint of travel St Christopher the moggy made a 31 mile trip from Cheltenham to Swindon after climbing into the back of a car.

The lady (who wishes to remain anonymous and uncontactable) opened her boot upon returning to Swindon to find Chrissie. The lady had made several stops within Cheltenham and the cat could have jumped in at any point.

Chrissie is now being looked after by the Drove Veterinary Hospital in Swindon who are trying to track down her owner.

She isn’t microchipped so the vets are asking for anyone who recognises Chrissie to get in touch.

Pensioner fends off attacker by squeezing his testicles

Pensioner fends off attacker by squeezing his testicles Credit: PA

An elderly woman fended off a man who attacked her - by squeezing his testicles.

The pensioner was walking her dog near a small wooded area in Stoke Orchard near Cheltenham at about 11.30am on Monday when the incident happened.

She told police a man stomped out of the wooded area shouting "get off my land" before hitting her in the mouth.

In reaction, the victim said she "immediately grabbed the man by his testicles" causing him to fall to the ground before walking away and not looking back.

Gloucestershire Police are now appealing for information about the attack, which left the woman with bruising and a small cut to her face.

Her attacker is described as white, aged between 25 and 35, around 5ft 8 tall and of slim build.

He was wearing blue jeans, a black or navy jacket, brown work boots and a navy baseball cap.

The woman said he was suntanned and spoke with a "young voice".

A Gloucestershire Police spokesman said: "Clearly this was an unusual method of self-defence and the attacker got more than he bargained for.

"It would have been a terrible experience for a person of any age and we would urge anyone who can help to come forward and call 101, quoting incident 143 of August 4."

Police seek driver who failed to stop after collision with cyclist

Police want to trace a driver in Cheltenham, who didn't stop after a collision with a cyclist, which left him with fractured ribs and cuts to the head.

The collision happened at the junction of St John's Avenue and Fairview Road at about 6.30pm on Monday.

The 55-year-old cyclist was riding along Fairview Road, when he collided head-on with a small dark blue car which was turning right.

The driver of the car then left the scene in the direction of Fairview Street.


Cheltenham man's voice to replace woman at self-service checkouts

Andy Turvey's voice could be in every store in the near future. Credit: ITV West Country

Just how annoyed do you get in Tesco when the woman at the self-service check outs tells you there's an unexpected item in the bagging area?

Some customers have even complained that the female voice is "too bossy" so the supermarket have decided to trial a different voice in some stores.

This time it's a man, rather than a woman's voice has been used and it's Andy Turvey from Cheltenham.

The new recording is supposedly meant to be "friendlier and more helpful".

If the trial is a success then his voice could be used in every store across the country.

What do you think of this decision? Have your say on our Facebook page.

Woman sexually assaulted twice in Cheltenham

Police are appealing for witnesses. Credit: PA Images

A man has been arrested in connection with a serious sexual assault on a woman in Cheltenham last night.

Police are still appealing for witnesses, after two serious sexual assaults were carried out on the same woman in a Waitrose car park and Grove Street between 10pm and 12pm.

The victim, in her twenties, was followed by the attacker who she had met in town earlier on that day.

The West's green spaces win green flags

The Botanical Gardens at Victoria Park in Bath Credit: Richard Collett

90 parks and green spaces across the South West have been awarded Green Flags today for being among the best in the country.

Among those recognised are Royal Victoria Park in Bath and Hatherley Park in Cheltenham.

Hatherley Park in Cheltenham. Credit: ITV West Country

You can find out which parks in your area have won green flags here.

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