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Princess Anne opens new Cheltenham Racecourse grandstand

Princess Anne to receive a warm welcome in Cheltenham despite a wet and windy day. Credit: PA

On the first day of The Open meeting at Cheltenham Racecourse, Princess Anne will be opening its new, five and a half storey grandstand.

It's the final part of a 45 million pound redevelopment of the course spanning a year and a half.

Cheltenham racecourse's new five and a half storey grandstand will be opened today. Credit: Nick Potts/PA

Today is the start of one of Cheltenham Racecourse's most popular meets, The Open - with thousands expected to flock to the event.

The Princess is one of two Royals visiting the West Country today, as The Duke of Edinburgh is in Plymouth visiting marines this afternoon.

Parts of Gloucestershire are hotspots for radioactive gas radon

People warned of the dangers of radon Credit: ITV News

A public health campaign is underway this week to alert people to the dangers of radon.

The naturally occurring gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking.

The Forest of Dean, the Cotswolds and Cheltenham are radon hotspots - but homes can be protected.

There are also hotspots in Devon and Cornwall.

Maps showing the areas most at risk from high levels of radon Credit: ukradon.org

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Man due in court charged with Cheltenham pensioner murder

Tony Swift (r) was found with 'horrific' head injuries. Credit: Gloucestershire Police

A man is due in court charged with the murder of a pensioner in Cheltenham.

68-year-old Tony Swift was brutally attacked at his home in Mendip Road last week.

29-year-old Lee McClatchley, also from Cheltenham, will appear before magistrates in the town later.

Police say they are still looking for the murder weapon.

Man charged with murder of Cheltenham pensioner Tony Swift

Tony Swift (r) was found with 'horrific' head injuries. Credit: Gloucestershire Police

A man has been charged with the murder of Cheltenham pensioner Tony Swift.

29-year-old Lee McClatchley, also from Cheltenham, will appear at Cheltenham Magistrates' Court tomorrow.

68-year-old Mr Swift was found with "horrific" head injuries at his home in Mendip Road last week. He was later pronounced dead by paramedics.

Police say they are still looking for the murder weapon, for bloodstained clothing, and for anybody who was in the area at the time of the attack.

"Although a man has been charged with the murder of Tony Swift police are still looking to identify anybody who was in the vicinity of Mendip Road, Cheltenham last Monday, 26 October between 11.30am and 1.00pm.

We are also continuing to look for bloodstained clothing and a blunt instrument used in the attack which we believe may have been discarded or hidden in Whaddon or the surrounding area of Cheltenham."

– Detective Chief Inspector Steve Porter, Gloucestershire Police

Tony Swift murder inquiry: officers given more time to interview suspect

Tony Swift (r) was found with 'horrific' head injuries Credit: Gloucestershire Police

A 29-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murder in Cheltenham remains in custody.

The man was arrested at the weekend after a 68-year-old man was found with serious head injuries in his house on Mendip Road. Tony Swift was treated at the scene by paramedics but was pronounced dead at the scene.

Officers investigating have been granted more time to interview the suspect and he will remain in custody until this evening.

Man released without charge after Cheltenham murder

Tony Swift (r) was found with 'horrific' head injuries Credit: Gloucestershire Police

One man has been released without charge as police continue their investigations into the murder of a Cheltenham man.

68-year-old Tony Swift was found with "horrific" head injuries at his home in Mendip Road last Monday. He was later pronounced dead by paramedics.

A 21-year-old man arrested in relation to his murder has been released. A second man, a 29-year-old from Cheltenham remains in custody.

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Police need help to find 'violent and dangerous' attacker

Tony Swift (r) was found with 'horrific' head injuries. Credit: Gloucestershire Police

Police are asking for the public's help to find the "violent and dangerous" attacker who killed a pensioner in his own home in Cheltenham, in a "shockingly brutal" attack.

68-year-old Tony Swift was found with "horrific" head injuries at his home in Mendip Road on Monday. He was later pronounced dead by paramedics.

Police say he was repeatedly struck over the head with a blunt object - and that he may have been targeted for a reason.

“We also believe the offender would have been heavily bloodstained. Specifically we need to hear from anyone who saw anyone on the day with bloody clothing, anyone who has found bloody clothing or anything that could be the murder weapon.

“The victim’s mobile phone was also missing from his house – have you seen a discarded phone?

“We are concerned because potentially a violent and dangerous person is on our streets and he needs to be caught as soon as possible."

“For the sake of Tony’s family we’re asking that anyone with information comes forward straight away."

"He had a lot of visitors to his home and we would urge those people to come forward to speak with us."

– Detective Inspector Richard Pegler, Senior Investigating Officer, Gloucestershire Police

Inquiries are ongoing, and police officers are patrolling the area to reassure the local community.

Can you help find missing Charlene?

Charlene was last seen at 10pm on Monday 19th October Credit: Gloucestershire Police

Officers are becoming increasingly concerned over the whereabouts of a woman from Cheltenham who went missing on Monday 19th October.

32 year-old Charlene Savory, from Denham Avenue, was last seen at a friends house in Cheltenham at 10pm.

Police say, she may be in the Folkestone area, and are urging anyone with information to come forward.

Charlene is described as 5ft tall, slim, with shoulder length blond hair and blue eyes. She was last seen wearing an olive green parker with fur, black velour tracksuit bottoms and beige colour desert boots.

Fundraiser's 35-hour gaming marathon breaks world record

Joe Kelly and his friends at the start of his 35-hour odyssey. Credit: @Majikel / Twitter

A video game virtuoso from Cheltenham has broken the world record for the longest ever game of Minecraft - playing the popular block-building challenge non-stop for more than 35 hours.

31-year-old Joe Kelly was raising money for Cancer Research UK, saying he was motivated by losing family and friends to the disease. With friends observing his Saturday to Sunday marathon and tweeting on his progress, the avid gamer has smashed his original target of £300 by 533% - raising £1600 for the charity.

Parts of the odyssey were streamed on YouTube, with donations going to his justgiving page.

Car crashes into Cheltenham shop after police chase

Car crashes into shop Credit: Gloucestershire Police

A jeep smashed through the window of a shop in Cheltenham late last night after failing to stop for police.

A 19-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of driving offences, criminal damage and failing to stop in connection with the incident.

The pursuit started around 8.10pm Oct 8 when the driver of the blue Jeep Cherokee ignored police requests to pull over on Prestbury Road.

Around 20 minutes later it was spotted in the St Paul's area and there was a short pursuit before a stinger device was successfully used to burst the tyres near Clarence Square.

The driver carried on though on two flat tyres, driving through red lights at speed before failing to take a left turn and crashing through the window of Clarence Stores.

There are believed to have been four male occupants in the car, all wearing dark clothing, who made off from the scene.

A number of people were near the crash site at the time and police would like to hear from them.

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