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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.


Four-day protest begins outside Cheltenham's GCHQ

GCHQ in Cheltenham

A four day protest is expected to begin this morning outside the Government's monitoring centre, GCHQ in Cheltenham.

Police say they may close Hubble Road around the site to deal with the planned protest by the UK Anonymous group. The action is taking place against surveillance of the public by UK and foreign Governments.

Cheltenham Police are asking any residents with access problems to contact them on the day.

Injury forces Cheltenham extreme triathlon man to quit

Sean Conway at John O'Groats. Credit: ITV News West Country

A man from Cheltenham has had to abandon the final leg of his extreme triathlon around Britain.

After swimming around the coast of the UK, and then cycling the length of the country, an injury has prevented 33-year-old Sean Conway finishing his run from John O'Groats to Lands End.

But he hasn't given up, and plans to try again next year.

Appeal for footage after officer assaulted in Cheltenham

Police in Cheltenham are appealing for anyone who filmed an assault on an officer to show them the footage. 56 year old Hamid Reza Baygi, of Montpellier Terrace, Cheltenham is being charged with assault by beating, a racially aggravated public order offence and assaulting a police officer.

It comes after an incident near Tesco Express on the Lower High Street on the afternoon of Thursday 31st July. Police had responded to reports of a drunk man being aggressive. Officers were then racially abused and one officer with kicked in the shin.

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