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Cheltenham Town earn a valuable point at Newport

Former Wales U21 forward Wes Burns scored Cheltenham's only goal Credit: PA

In football, Cheltenham had to be content with a point tonight.

They travelled to Newport in league two. While on loan signing and former Wales under 21 player Wes Burns opened the scoring in the 16th minute at Rodney Parade, the home side equalised before half time and that's how it ended - 1 all.

PICTURES: car crashes into house in Cheltenham

Car damaged after crashing into house in Cheltenham Credit: Gloucester Road Police

A car has crashed into a house in the Swindon Road area of Cheltenham.

Both the vehicle and the property were damaged in the incident last night, but police say no one sustained life threatening injuries.

House damaged in the Swindon Road area Credit: Gloucester Road Police


Amateur jockey airlifted to hospital

Amateur jockey Tom Weston has been airlifted to Southmead Hospital after his horse fell at Cheltenham Credit: PA

Experienced amateur jockey Tom Weston has been airlifted to Southmead Hospital with injuries after his horse, Benbane Head, fell at the 14th fence in the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Handicap Chase.

He was attended on the course by doctors and medical personnel and then taken to Cheltenham Racecourse's medical centre before being airlifted to hospital - he was breathing and conscious at the time.

Benbane Head ridden by Matt O'Connor going to post for the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Handicap Chase during Cheltenham Festival 2012 Credit: PA

Ladies Day at Cheltenham Festival

Duchess of Cornwall will attend the second day of The Festival at Cheltenham Credit: PA: Anwar Hussein

The Duchess of Cornwall will be at Cheltenham races today.

Her Royal Highness will present the trophy to the winning owner, jockey and trainer of the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase, the feature race of Ladies day.

I am delighted that The Duchess of Cornwall will again be attending this year's Festival on Ladies Day.

Last year, she presented the prize to the Preston family whose horse, Sire De Grugy, won the race. Sire De Grugy was trained by Gary Moore and ridden by his son Jamie.

The scenes in the Winner's Enclosure after Sire De Grugy won the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase were some of the best of the week and this year's race is shaping up to be as competitive as ever.

– Robert Waley-Cohen, Chairman of Cheltenham Racecourse

Record first day at Cheltenham

Racegoers at Cheltenham Credit: PA: Mike Egerton

Thousands of people have turned out for the for the opening day of the Cheltenham Festival.

63,249 racegoers attended making it a record year; the previous highest opening day crowd was 61,132 in 2002.

We are delighted that so many racegoers wanted to be here and they have been rewarded with fantastic racing and wonderful weather.

– Ian Renton, Regional Director of Jockey Club Racecourses South West

Meanwhile local police teams have praised visitors to the annual event.

With the thousands of people at the racecourse today the engagement between the police and the public has been very positive.

We’ve had one reported incidence of the theft of cash from one of the desks in the Centaur.

There have been a number of car parking issues and a car overheating but we’ve worked with Racecourse staff and other Emergency Services to solve these problems as quickly and efficiently as possible.

– Superintendent Emma Ackland,Gloucestershire Constabulary

Opening day at the races

Opening day of The Festival Credit: PA:David Davies

Cheltenham Festival goers will get the first look of a new Prestbury Park today for the first day of the races.

Over the last 12 months the racecourse has been undergoing a £45 million redevelopment - with work still ongoing.

I walked the course yesterday. It's probably dried out a little bit but it's still good to soft, good in places on the Chase and Hurdle courses

The rain that we were forecast, although only light rain, as of yesterday hasn't materialised so we've not actually had any rainfall here for over a week.

The course is in pretty good nick compared to previous years but we're not quite where we were last year as we didn't have a winter last year.

– Simon Claisse, Cheltenham's Clerk of the Course


Cheltenham Town draw away to Accrington

Bristol City loanee Wes Burns put Cheltenham ahead in the 31st minute. Credit: David Davies/EMPICS Sport

Cheltenham Town have drawn 1-1 at Accrington Stanley.

Wes Burns' header gave the Robins a first-half lead, but they were denied their first win in eight games when the hosts equalised on the hour.

Cheltenham remain in the bottom two, but are now level on points with 22nd place, Tranmere.

Armed police to patrol GCHQ full time

Armed police to patrol GCHQ full time Credit: PA

Armed police will have a permanent presence outside GCHQ in Cheltenham, after the threat to terrorism in the UK increased last year to severe.

The Government's spy centre has confirmed the move but say it is not in response to any specific threat.

They're expected to send leaflets to local residents explaining the decision.

The security posture of our sites, including the safety of our staff, is under constant review. Our enhanced security arrangements are not in response to any specific threat but related to the raising of the UK threat level from international terrorism from substantial to severe last year.

– Spokesperson, GCHQ
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