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Cheltenham man's disappearance 'completely out of character'

Missing man: Matiss Lapins Credit: Gloucestershire police

Police are concerned about a 22 year old Gloucester man who has been missing since Sunday.

Matiss Lapins was last seen in Cheltenham on Sunday afternoon and his disappearance is described as completely out of character.

He failed to turn up at work in Tewkesbury on Monday and officers are particularly concerned as Matiss had no phone and very little money on him when he went missing. Anyone who knows where he is should call police straight away. Matiss is described as white, 5ft 8ins tall, of proportionate build, with short, dark brown hair and a beard. He has a tattoo of a large black owl with green eyes on his left shoulder. He was last seen wearing a dark coloured t-shirt, dark jeans and trainers.

– Gloucestershire police

If you can help please call 101, quoting incident 64 of July 28.


Cheltenham "bomb magnet" soldier awarded Military Cross

A soldier from Cheltenham blown up 17 times during tours of duty in Afghanistan and Iraq has described being in harm's way as an "occupational hazard". 38 year old Warrant Officer Class 1 Patrick Hyde, nicknamed "bomb magnet" has been awarded the Military Cross by the Prince of Wales.

On one occasion the soldier, who is the Regimental Sergeant Major of the 4th Battalion The Rifles, sustained injuries to his hand, neck and stomach. While he was lying injured on the ground he arranged for troops to be removed by helicopter and avoided any more casualties.

"There's no lucky charms, when you operate in Sangin, as I have done, it becomes a bit of an occupational hazard up there. I'm just fortunate enough that I've survived.

"We're trained to do what we do and it becomes second nature. You work together as a team and regardless of the threat there's a job to be done at the end of it."

– Warrant Officer Class 1 Patrick Hyde

Culture Secretary to visit Cheltenham Banksy

'Spy Booth' Credit: ITV West Country

The governments Culture Secretary Sajid Javid is visiting Cheltenham later to try to drum up support for keeping a Banksy artwork in the town.

Scaffolding was erected around 'The spy booth' after the artist confirmed it was his. Campaigners are trying to raise £650,000 to buy the house and turn it into a museum.

Local businessman donates £100,000 to save Cheltenham's Banksy

Banksy's 'Cheltenham Spies' Credit: ITV West Country

A local businessman has donated £100,000 to save Cheltenham's Banksy mural.

He has also pledged to match any amount another business agrees to donate. Work to remove 'Spy Booth' from a building in the Town is currently on hold because the Council were concerned about damage to the grade II listed building.


Teenager denies Kayleigh's murder

A teenager accused of murdering his girlfriend and killing her unborn child has appeared in court.

16-year old Kayleigh Palmer from Cheltenham died 3 days after being found unconscious with a scarf around her neck.

Her boyfriend Aston Robinson denies the charges and will face trial later this year.

Rebecca Broxton reports from Bristol Crown Court:-

Man charged over Kayeigh Palmer's murder pleads not guilty

A Gloucestershire man has denied murdering his girlfriend and destroying her unborn baby.

18-year old Aston Robinson is accused of strangling 16-year old Kayleigh Palmer with a scarf whilst she was five months pregnant.

He appeared at Bristol Crown Court today by video-link and pleaded not guilty to one charge of murder and one of child destruction. Kayleigh, who was from Bishops Cleeve in Gloucestershire, died on April 5th, three days after she was attacked at an address in Humber Road.

A trial date has been provisionally set for September 22 and is expected to last at least two weeks.

Council put a stop to work to Grade II listed building

Mark Nelson, Built Environment Enforcement Manager, said:

Cheltenham Borough Council has issued a temporary stop notice to halt work on 159 Fairview Road for 28 days.

The temporary stop notice has been served because the Council considers that works have taken place to a Grade II listed building, which affects its character as a building of special architectural or historic interest, without obtaining consent.

The purpose of the notice is to stop works whilst discussions take place about the next steps.

It is worth clarifying that whilst the Council is supportive of the public's desire to keep the artwork on this property, the temporary stop notice has been issued to protect the integrity of this listed building.

Van parked in protest over Cheltenham Banksy

A van has been parked at the Cheltenham Banksy to block entry to it. It's a protest against the proposed sale of the art to a private collector.

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