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Johnson unhappy with some of his players

Gary Johnson was disappointed that he was unable to save Cheltenham from relegation to the Conference.

The former Yeovil Town and Bristol City manager criticised the attitudes of some of his players.

Johnson wouldn't say if he'd still be at Cheltenham next season, but is confident the club will bounce back:


Cheltenham Town are relegated to the Conference

Cheltenham Town have lost their football league status after a 1-0 defeat to Shrewsbury.

New manager Gary Johnson couldn't save them from relegation. It's the first time the team have been out of the Football League for 16 years.

Cheltenham Town lose their Football League status for the first time in 16 years. Credit: ITV West Country

In League One, Bristol City beat Chesterfield, while Swindon and Yeovil both lost their matches to Preston and Port Vale.

Police rescue lamb abandoned in Cheltenham church

The lamb is believed to be only two days old Credit: Gloucestershire Police

Police officers were called to the rescue when a newborn lamb was found abandoned at the back of a church in Cheltenham.

The animal was discovered by a group of school children last Tuesday. It was found sunburnt, dehydrated and still had its umbilical cord attached - it's believed to be only two days old.

Officers from Hesters Way brought the baby lamb safely back to the police station, and is now making a quick recovery with the RSPCA.

The lamb was found sunburnt and dehydrated Credit: Gloucestershire Police

We gave him a bit of water from a bottle and then he soon perked up. He was bleating and walking around the office for a good two hours, with a long nap in the middle, before being picked up by the RSPCA and taken to an orphaned and abandoned lamb sanctuary.

I have no doubt that if he had been left any longer then he would have died very quickly as it was a very hot day and he was unsheltered and unable to look after himself.

– PC Tania Kirby, Gloucestershire Police

Death row grandmother has grounds for appeal lawyer says

Lindsay Sandiford faces a firing squad after she was convicted of smuggling cocaine into Bali in May 2012

The family of a grandmother from Cheltenham, who faces the death penalty in Indonesia, are appealing for money to fund a final appeal against her sentence.

Lindsay Sandiford faces a firing squad after she was convicted of smuggling cocaine into Bali in May 2012. Her lawyer says there is a very strong argument for appeal.


BT responds to high speed broadband quarrel

BT has, and will continue to, talk straight to the community in Up Hatherley.

If any commercial company has already provided fibre broadband to an area, the government funded schemes – such as Fastershire – are not allowed to also offer public funding or support. In the absence of any help from other companies BT has offered to try and bridge this gap and jointly fund a new street cabinet. In the case of Up Hatherley we are endeavouring to support these 52 households and help them to pay for another cabinet. As a private company we can only go so far and we need to have a reasonable business case jointly agreed with people in the community. Cabinets like this can cost £20,000 - £25,000.

We are prepared to joint fund the building of the cabinet so that the cost to the residents is reduced to £9,000. It seems no other company is prepared to make such an offer.

– BT spokesman

Residents told they have to pay £9,000 for high speed broadband

People who live in a street in Cheltenham have been told they can only have high speed broadband if they pay £9,000 to have it installed.

One Cheltenham street has been told it will cost them £9000 for high speed broadband Credit: ITV News

Even though most of these properties are new, no fibre cable was ever laid under their streets. The residents have started a campaign to try to persuade internet providers to wire them up without levying the extra cost, but they've been told they can only get it if they are prepared to group together and pay they full cost of digging up the road and paths.

They say that their current internet speeds are well below the national average.

Resident Clark Lawson has begun a campaign, called 151, which has so far received pledges of £3,000 from residents.

Gary Johnson's first game as Cheltenham manager

It's a busy time for our football clubs who play two matches over the Easter weekend.

Gary Johnson takes charge of Cheltenham for the first time. They travel to fellow strugglers York this afternoon. The Robins are bottom of the table, but Johnson is confident of keeping them in the Football League:

In League One, top-of-the-table Bristol City are away at Oldham, while Yeovil host Chesterfield at Huish Park.

In the Conference, Bristol Rovers take on Chester, and Forest Green entertain Aldershot (4.30pm).

Today's football fixtures

Road rage baseball bat assault in Cheltenham

Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward after a motorist was assaulted with a baseball bat in Cheltenham, receiving a serious but not life threatening head injury.

The baseball bat broke in two during the assault.

It happened on the afternoon of Tuesday 31 March when the victim stopped at traffic lights at the junction of Princess Elizabeth Way and Orchard Avenue, and a van behind was in collision.

The victim, age 45, got out of his car, a green Peugeot 206, and approached the van behind to discuss the incident.

He was assaulted by the male who was leaning out of the van, which has been described as a silver transit van with a roof rack and a ladder and/or pipes on the roof.

Anyone with information regarding the incident is being asked to contact Gloucestershire Police.

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