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Family pay tribute to 'beautiful little' Bonnie who died during Hunt

The family of nine-year-old Bonnie Armitage who died after falling from a horse during the Cotswold Hunt have paid tribute to their 'beautiful little girl.'

Speaking from the family cottage in Wantage, Oxon, Bonnie's parents say she was happiest when out riding her pony.

She was a beautiful, vivacious and compassionate girl, who touched the hearts of everyone who knew her.

She loved riding, and was never happier than when with her Shetland pony, Lindsay.

We will miss her more than we can say, and we greatly value the prayers of so many of our friends

– Polly and Nick, bonnie's parents

They said the pony, Lindsay, was 'absolutely fine' following the accident and that it wasn't the animal's fault in any way.

It was just a tragic accident. I don't want anyone to be blamed for this. It was no one's fault.

– polly, bonnie's mother
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Bonnie suffered severe injuries while she was out riding at an event in Miserden, near Shroud in Cheltenham on Saturday.

Nine-year-old girl who died after falling from horse named

The nine-year-old girl who died after falling from a horse during the Cotswold Hunt has been named as Bonnie Armitage.

She died after being kicked by a horse while riding her pony.

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Bonnie Armitage suffered severe injuries while she was out riding at an event in Miserden, near Shroud, Cheltenham on Saturday morning.

She was airlifted to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital where she later died.

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Andrew Nott, headmaster of St. Hugh's, the prep school where Bonnie was a pupil, says the school are devastated by the news.

The entire school community was devastated to learn of the tragic death of one of our pupils, Bonnie Armitage, following a riding accident on Saturday.

Bonnie, the daughter of a member of our staff, was a truly lovely, talented girl who was bright, kind, compassionate and full of joy.

Our love, thoughts and prayers are with her parents, Nick and Polly, and siblings Zach and Mamie at this profoundly difficult time.


A spokesman for Gloucestershire Police said officers were called to a farm in Miserden at around 1pm on 2 April.

Police confirmed they are not treating the incident as suspicious.

Nine-year-old girl dies after falling from horse

A nine-year-old girl has died after falling from a horse during the Cotswold Hunt.

It's thought she may have been kicked by a horse while riding her pony

The school girl was rushed to the Gloucestershire Royal Hospital by air ambulance after suffering life-threatening injuries, but despite medics best efforts, sadly died.

The accident happened while she was out riding in Cheltenham on Saturday April 2.

Police say her death is not being treated as suspicious.

The incident happened at a farm at Miserden

Officers were called to a farm at Miserden at around 1pm on Saturday April 2.

A nine-year-old girl was taking part in an organised event when she was involved in an incident involving a horse. The girl suffered serious injuries and was taken to Gloucestershire Royal hospital by air ambulance where she sadly died.

The coroner and the child's family have been informed. Police are not treating the death as suspicious.

– Gloucestershire Police

A source told the Press Association: "My understanding is that she was riding slightly behind a bigger horse that kicked out at her pony.

"The kick caught her. It was a tragic accident."

The tragedy happened at a farm. Another source said: "She is believed to have been kicked off her horse by another horse. It is an extremely sad incident."

South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust attended the scene with Wiltshire Air Ambulance.

At 11.25am on Saturday we received a report that a female child had been involved in an incident with a horse.

We attended with a rapid-response vehicle, an ambulance crew, a doctor and an officer, and the air ambulance.

She was flown in a life-threatening condition to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital.

– South Western Ambulance spokesperson

Gloucestershire girl in critical condition after falling from horse

The girl was taken by air ambulance to the Gloucestershire Royal Hospital Credit: ITV News

A nine year old girl is in a critical condition after falling from a horse near Cheltenham this morning.

The accident happened while she was out riding with the Cotswold Hunt.

She was taken to the Gloucestershire Royal Hospital by air ambulance with life threatening injuries.

I can confirm there was an accident this morning. A young girl was taken to hospital with life threatening injuries. The Cotswold Hunt's thoughts are with her family.

– Chris Adams, Joint Master, Cotswold Hunt


Man charged after Cheltenham bus stabbing

Cheltenham Magistrates Court

A man has been charged with attempted murder after a 28 year old man was stabbed on a bus in Cheltenham.

20 year old Mulazim Khan will appear at Cheltenham Magistrates Court later today.

On Sunday afternoon a man suffered serious stab wounds on a double decker bus in the town's bus station. He remains in a stable condition.

Man arrested after stabbing on coach in Cheltenham

The victim was stabbed at the Royal Well Bus Station on Easter Sunday Credit: ITV News West Country

A man has been arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm and making threats to kill after a stabbing on a coach in Cheltenham. It happened on a London-bound Megabus at the Royal Well Bus Station on Sunday afternoon.

The victim is a man in his late 20s who was taken to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital with stab wounds. He suffered chest wounds and a cut to the chin and is now thought to be in a stable condition. A 20 year old from Cheltenham is in custody.

Banksy Spybooth mural 'worthless'

'Spybooth' by Banksy Credit: PA

An art dealer who initially valued the Cheltenham 'Spybooth ' Banksy at more than a million pounds now says it's effectively worthless.

Cheltenham borough council commissioned a report which found it has no commercial value.

It is my professional opinion that the dilapidated state of the mural and the listed status of the flank wall that the work has been applied to has resulted in the work having no viable commercial value.

This assessment is based on more than ten years of experience working with and successfully marketing similarly difficult street works by this artist.

– Robin Barton, specialist Banksy art dealer
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The mural appeared on the the house in Fairview Road, Cheltenham, on April 13th 2014. It shows three secret agents eavesdropping on conversations at a phone box and is widely interpreted as being a side swipe at the role of GCHQ operations in Cheltenham.

The GCHQ 'doughnut' building is less than two miles from the house which is owned by David Possee. It is believed Banksy chose the house because of the position of the wall and the now famous phone box in the street alongside it.

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Mr. Posse was offered £650,000 by an American collector for the painting when it first appeared but the offer was withdrawn when the mural was listed as a result of an application to the Council.

Mr Possee had authorised the Council to commission separate valuations for the building and the mural in order to arrive at an acceptable selling price for his property.

Giving his reaction to the recent valuation, Mr Possee said he wasn't surprised and that he hoped the work could be restored. He also remained philosophical about losing a potential fortune saying "what you never have, you never miss."

A local businessman has offered to buy the property and restore the Banksy for the benefit of Cheltenham.

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