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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.


Cheltenham businessman 'saves' Banksy

A local businessman in Cheltenham whose paid to keep a Banksy artwork in place says he wanted "to save the painting for the town."

The piece has been at the centre of a dispute between the local community and a private collector who wanted to remove it - but millionaire Hekmat Kaveh has offered the homeowner an undisclosed sum to leave it in place.

Cheltenham Banksy saved by local philanthropist

'Cheltenham Spies' saved by local philanthropist Credit: ITV West Country

A Banksy artwork in Cheltenham valued at more than £600,000 has been saved by a wealthy businessman.

The piece has been at the centre of a dispute between the local community and a private collector who wanted to remove it but now millionaire Hekmat Kaveh has offered the home owner an undisclosed sum to leave it in place.

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.

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