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11-year-old boy missing from Cheltenham home

Joseph Barnett's mother woke up this morning to find the front door open and her son gone. Credit: Gloucestershire Police

Police are appealing for help to find an 11-year-old boy who is missing from his home in Cheltenham.

Joseph Barnett was last seen between 2-3am at his home in Lucinia Mews, Cheltenham. His mother woke up at 7 this morning to find the front door open and Joseph missing.

Joseph is 5' 6", blond, blue-eyed and stockily built. He is friendly and may approach people. He likes train tracks and local parks, including King George V and Pittville Park in Cheltenham.

He is probably wearing red and black jogging bottoms, a red and white top with a picture of a gorilla on the front and black trainers. He may be carrying a Spiderman rucksack and have a blue and silver metal scooter with him.

Anyone with information should call 101 and quote incident number 43 of 12 June 2015. The police investigation continues.

Cheltenham's dinosaurs pulling in the crowd

Thousands of people are heading to the Cheltenham Science Festival, which has been using dinosaurs to pull in the crowds.

The story of how they became extinct is one of the most popular displays - although there is plenty more on offer - including speakers like Professors Brian Cox and Alice Roberts.

"We are putting the best people in front of our audiences, to highlight the best science. It's fun and informative, and people from all over the UK and the world are coming to the Science Festival".

– Ashley Kent, Cheltenham Science Festival

The festival runs until Sunday - see the full programme here.


"Our beautiful boy will be with us for ever"

Adam Tharia was described as the most wonderful son, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin and friend. Credit: Family

The family of a teenager who died on Sunday 24 May after he was found hanging from a tree in Cheltenham earlier that week, have paid him tribute.

Adam was the most wonderful son, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin and friend. He will be missed by so many. The boy we knew and loved was an outdoorsy teenager who loved skateboarding and going out with his friends. He loved animals and was great with his cousins.

Adam was intelligent and worked hard at school, and had a particular interest in history and politics. He was well thought of by his teachers and peers alike.

Although in some ways Adam was independent and carefree, he seemed quiet, sensitive and serious in others. As Adam's parents, we value the importance of charities promoting good mental health in children and young people.

Our beautiful boy will be with us forever.

– Family of Adam Tharia

Teenager in serious condition after being found hanging

A teenager is in a serious condition after he was found hanging from a tree in a Cheltenham Park.

Police discovered the boy after they were called to reports the boy had been seen hanging in Robert Burns Avenue.

He was cut down from the tree and taken by air ambulance to Bristol Children's Hospital, where he remains in a serious condition.

His family are at his bedside, and his school has been made aware.

Police are not treating the incident as suspicious.

Police appeal for help to find 16-year-old Mandy Smith

Mandy Smith has not been seen since Saturday Credit: Gloucestershire Police

Police are appealing for information to trace a missing teenager from Gloucester.

16-year-old Mandy Smith was last seen near McDonald's in the Kingsditch Retail Centre in Cheltenham at about 11.40pm on Saturday evening.

She is believed to have been visiting a friend. Although Mandy has been missing before she usually phones an appropriate adult daily.


Death row grandmother appeals to Sir Richard Branson

Lindsay Sandiford is hoping Sir Richard Branson will back her last-ditch appeal against her death sentence Credit: PA

A woman from Cheltenham who is on death row in Indonesia for drug-trafficking, has written to Sir Richard Branson in a desperate bid for backing for a last-ditch final appeal against her sentence.

Lindsay Sandiford, who is 58, is facing death by firing squad after being convicted for drug offences in 2012. She has started saying her goodbyes after running out of money for further appeals and following the recent executions of eight convicted drug smugglers, including two Australians, by the Indonesian authorities.

Lindsay Sandiford, seen here after her arrest in 2012, says she longs to see her grand daughter who was born afterwards Credit: PA

You can read the letter to Sir Richard Branson here:

Lindsay Sandiford's letter to Sir Richard Branson

Cheltenham appoint Johnson as permanent manager

Gary Johnson in the Cheltenham dugout against Shrewsbury last Saturday. The Robins lost 1-0 which condemned them to relegation after 16 years in the Football League. Credit: Julian Herbert/PA Wire

Gary Johnson has agreed to stay on as Cheltenham Town manager next season.

The 59-year-old took charge on a temporary basis last month, but was unable to save the Robins from relegation to the Conference.

The former Yeovil Town and Bristol City boss will sign a 2 year contract at Whaddon Road.

Foreign Office is 'closely following developments in Indonesia'

We are closely following Lindsay Sandiford’s case in Indonesia. We stand ready to provide consular assistance to Ms Sandiford and her family at this difficult time, if it is requested.

It is the long-standing policy of the UK to oppose the use of the death penalty in all circumstances. We believe it undermines human dignity, there is no conclusive evidence of its deterrent value, and any miscarriage of justice leading to its imposition is irreversible and irreparable.

We are closely following the developments in Indonesia. We have repeatedly made representations to the Indonesian government on this matter and we will continue to do so. We cannot comment in detail on individual cases.

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