Live updates

Cheltenham diamond hunter pops the question

Scott Thompson and Lucienne Simpson have got engaged Credit: ITV News West Country

After three hours of hunting through various locations in Cheltenham, Scott Thompson found a diamond on the bushes at the 131 restaurant. Shortly afterwards he proposed to his girlfriend Lucienne Simpson who gracefully accepted.

The couple have been together for six years and Lucienne says they would never have afforded a diamond ring. The owner of the jewellers who donated the gems was so touched he has agreed to pay for the diamond to be set in a ring.

Ten diamonds had been hidden around the town with clues being sold to raise money for a local charity, Maggies which supports cancer patients and their families.

Diamond hunt frenzy in Cheltenham

Matt Jeffries and Fay Morehen found the first diamond Credit: Gloucester News Service

Scores of people turned up in Cheltenham this morning to take part in the hunt for ten diamonds hidden around the town.

The charity stunt features ten Cartier gems worth £1,000 each and the first of them was found within six minutes of the event starting.

Delighted insurance worker Matt Jefferies, 23, and his girlfriend Fay Morehen, 28, who works for an accountancy firm, were the lucky finders..

The couple had a hunch that one of the diamonds would be hidden at the iconic Daffodil restaurant, a former art deco cinema in the town, and they were proved right.

"We're thrilled to be the first and to have found it so quickly. We're taking the diamond away with us and we'll talk about what we're going to do with it."

– Fay Morehen

To stand a chance of finding one of the diamonds, treasure hunters had to spend £10 for a limited edition map giving approximate locations of the gems.

The competition raised funds for the Maggies cancer support charity in the town.


Treasure hunt for diamonds in Cheltenham

These ten diamonds have been hidden around Cheltenham Credit: ITV News

A jeweller in Cheltenham is staging a diamond hunt this weekend to raise money for cancer charity Maggies.

Ten genuine diamonds - worth ten thousand pounds in total - have been hidden in obscure spots around the town. Participants can buy maps and clues to track them down, and the winners can have the stones made into their own unique piece of jewellery.

Annie Mason from Maggies Cheltenham says: "We've got some really good locations so we're able to hide them in plain sight. So there's no need to go burying into flower beds or climbing trees or anything like that. But they're done in such a way that you may see them, but not see them."

£10,000 worth of diamonds hidden around Cheltenham

Ten diamonds, each worth £1,000 will be hidden around Cheltenham

Ten diamonds, each worth £1,000 will be hidden around Cheltenham.

This weekend the 'Diamond Rush' treasure hunt will take place in Cheltenham. The event has been organised by family run jewellers Beards, who have donated the diamonds to raise money for local charity Maggie's Cancer Care.

Anna Mason from Maggie's Cancer care charity with Alexander Rose from Beards jewellers in Cheltenham

Treasure hunters must purchase a £10 exclusive Diamond Rush map to discover general locations of the diamonds and then clue makers stationed around the town on the day will provide further clues for £5 each.

The diamonds have been flown in from New York, and have attracted international attention. The town is preparing for an influx of visitors.

Crowds expected for Tour of Britain

Final preparations are being made as the west gears up to host Stage 4 of the Tour of Britain Cycle Race.

Some of the The 184 kilometre route ends in Bristol.

The competitors will set off from Worcester at quarter-to-eleven this morning, before passing through Gloucestershire and the Cotswolds. One of the towns en route is Winchcombe, near Cheltenham, where crowds are expected to give the riders a huge welcome.

Jim Davies from Winchcombe Town Council is expecting a good turnout:


Cheltenham named best place in UK to raise a family

Cheltenham was ranked number one in a list of family-friendly places to live Credit: Barry Batchelor/PA Archive

Cheltenham has been named the best place in the UK to raise a family.

The Telegraph has compiled a list of the top 20 family-friendly areas, based on criteria such as schools, housing, leisure activities and nature.

Lynn Simmonds of Hamptons International said: "Excellent schooling, low crime rates, a thriving sporting culture and a bustling town centre all make Cheltenham a natural place for families with children."

Bristol was described as "a very child-friendly city" Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Archive

Meanwhile, Bristol came at number 15 on the list, and was described by luxury estate agent Fine and Country as "a very child-friendly city”.

Redland, Westbury Park and Bishopston were all picked out for having schools rated "outstanding" by Ofsted.

The Durdham Downs and St Andrews Park were also noted for making the areas "perfect for families".

Teen's family issue emotional statement

The family of Katie Clutterbuck have issued a statement following the sentencing of the man that caused her death

Following the sentencing today of Lance Hepworth, at Gloucester Crown Court for causing death by careless/inconsiderate driving, the family of 19-year-old Katie Clutterbuck have issued the following statement.

As a family we have always maintained a dignified silence regarding the death of our beautiful Katie.

With regards to comments made about the circumstances in which Katie tragically died, there is no evidence to suggest that Katie did not look when she stepped onto Bath Road. Regardless of this, 9 seconds is more than enough time to perform an emergency stop or make an attempt to brake after being warned by passengers.

Katie was a young woman on an evening out with friends enjoying life, a life which she had taken from her through no fault of her own. As a family all we wanted was to find out the truth about what exactly happened that night.Losing Katie has had an effect not just on all of the family, but on her friends, work colleagues and those kind people who were there at the scene of the accident, particularly those who tried to save her life. We have had to wait eleven traumatic months to find out exactly what happened and have had not only to deal with the court hearings but with the loss of Katie. We are still trying to come to terms with her death. The loss is devastating and will remain with us for the rest of our lives.

– Family statement

Cheltenham Taxi driver sentenced to 7 months for killing teen

Katie Clutterbuck

A taxi driver who killed a teenage girl by careless driving has been sentenced to seven months in jail at Gloucester Crown Court.

19-year-old Katie Clutterbuck from Longlevens was heavily intoxicated when she crossed the road in front of private hire driver Lance Hepworth in Cheltenham last September.

Police say Hepworth had 7-9 seconds to react, and that his passengers shouted a warning to him that she was there.

Lance Hepworth Credit: Gloucester News Service

Cheltenham Mayor says policing at GCHQ demo was "overkill"

Cheltenham Mayor says policing at GCHQ demo was Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The mayor of Cheltenham has hit out at the cost of policing a demonstration outside GCHQ - saying that with hindsight it was overkill. Up to six police forces were involved, after the movement known as Anonymous claimed thousands of people could turn up. In the end there about 20. Gloucestershire police say that the extra officers were utilised elsewhere in the county, and won't cost the force more money.

Load more updates