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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

Owner of Banksy mural wall "strenuously objects" to the mural being listed

The man who owns 159 Fairview Road in Cheltenham - the external wall of which is covered in the Banksy 'Spy Booth' artwork - has said he "strenuously objects" to the mural being listed.

Among other reasons, David Possee said the piece is an unsolicited act of vandalism which he reported to the police. He added that a council stop order against any work being carried out on the wall has meant he has been forced to neglect repairs on the building and consequently has not been able to rent it.

Mr Possee concluded that if there is a genuine intention to find a way forward to protect the mural is should be retrospectively commissioned by the council to remove its illegal status.

You can read his full objections outlined below

  • The mural was and remains an illegal and unsolicited act of vandalism against the property, which was reported by myself to the police at the time of its discovery
  • A council stop order against any work being carried out to the flank wall of the property has led to unnecessary neglect and water ingress that has rendered the building effectively un-tenantable resulting in considerable and ongoing loss of income.
  • If it transpires that the flank wall is in fact not owned by myself, then the responsibility for all repairs and upkeep plus any claimable loss of income rests with the newly elected owner/owners.
  • The satellite dish cannot reasonably be included in the proposed listing as it is the private property of myself and the basis for its inclusion is entirely subjective based on a narrative applied to an act of vandalism by local and national press.
  • Similarly the telephone kiosk cannot reasonably be included in the proposed listing as it is privately owned and only becomes part of the assumed narrative if it is to be believed that the author owns some level of intellectual copyright for both the mural and its associated environment, which he does not as previously attested by the murals very existence as a reported criminal act.


Security fences put up to protect people from potentially dangerous Banksy wall

Security fencing has been installed by council officers in Cheltenham to protect passers by from a potentially dangerous stretch of wall which includes the Banksy artwork known as the Spy Booth.

The flank wall of 159 Fairview Road has been fenced off to protect people from the potential danger of plater falling from it.

The scaffolding which surrounded the Banksy piece used to provide this protection, before it was removed last week.

Notices have been put up on the fencing warning people to stay out of this area. The owner of the building and the highways authority have been notified.

Student died of hypothermia after night out in Cheltenham

Ali Bunney died while walking home from a Cheltenham nightclub Credit: ITV News

An inquest has heard how a university student died from hypothermia after walking home in the cold from a night out in Gloucestershire.

Ali Bunney, 20, could have been more than four times the drink drive limit when he left a town centre nightclub to walk the nine miles to his home wearing just a short sleeve shirt and trousers in temperatures as low as 4C.

He had been out in Cheltenham on the night of February 8 last year with a group of people celebrating his friend's 21st birthday.

Gloucestershire Coroner's Court heard the student had eaten a meal and friends described seeing him drinking pints of lager, glasses of cocktails and shots of spirits during the night out, which ended at a nightclub.

Friends described him as "staggering" and "swaying from side to side" and when he vanished from the Subtone club they tried to ring him but could not get hold of him.

The inquest heard they thought the Cardiff University student would have got a taxi home to Gloucester as he had done that before.

Mr Bunney - who was days from his 21st birthday - was found unconscious at the edge of Gloucestershire Airport, near Cheltenham, the following afternoon by a man out walking his dog and despite every effort to save him by the emergency services, he died later that day in hospital.

The court heard police had received reports that a man was walking along the A40 - a by-pass that links Gloucester to Cheltenham known locally as the Golden Valley - but were unable to find anyone.

Alexander Petrie, who was celebrating his birthday that night, told the hearing how Mr Bunney left his hooded top and coat at a friend's house after eating the meal.

They went to a couple of pubs and carried on drinking cocktails, he said.

"I don't think Ali was too drunk - probably similar to me, I guess," he told the court. "At Subtone he had only one drink during the time he was there and I remember it was a rum and coke - he was drinking with one of my friends.

"Later, my friend, who he was spending most of his time with, said 'Where's Ali?' and we couldn't see him. We checked the whole club."

Mr Petrie said it was at around 2.30am when his friend "just disappeared".

He said: "At that point I just assumed he had got a taxi home as he had done this on one or two occasions after a night out in Cheltenham."

Asked about the weather, Mr Petrie said: "I remember it being very cold and I think it was raining quite a bit."

He also said the group of friends were not drinking heavily and Mr Bunney had drunk "just as much as the rest of us".

"I definitely cannot say how much he had to drink," he added.

Matthew Davis, another friend celebrating Mr Petrie's birthday, said he and Mr Bunney spoke regularly during the night.

"Ali was fine, he did not seem drunk," he told the court in a written statement.

Mr Davis said that by the time he was in the nightclub he was drunk - describing himself as "eight out of 10" on a drunkenness scale - and he assumed Mr Bunney was as well.

"I guess he was drunk because we had been drinking a similar amount," he said.

Matthew James, who was also out that night, described seeing Mr Bunney unsteady on his feet in the nightclub.

"Ali had a drink in his hand and was swaying from side to side but did not look out of control," he said in a written statement.

Cheltenham Banksy scaffolding mysteriously removed

Spy Booth scaffolding mysteriously removed Credit: ITV West Country/Ken Goodwin

Scaffolding and cladding which covered Cheltenham's famous Banksy, known as the spies, has been taken down today.

The art work, on the side of a house in Fairview road, was covered up after it was vandalised.

Local people had hoped to raise enough money to save the work for the town. A spokesman for The Bankrobber gallery in london, which had erected the scaffolding in the first place, says that it is no longer prepared to pay to protect the work.

Bankrobber is throwing down the gauntlet to the good people of cheltenham, in short we are no longer prepared to pay to protect the work?. So it's time for someone else to put their hands in their pockets. If not it will inevitably fall foul to both the elements and the vindictive souls ?who wish it ill.

– Robin Barton, Bankrobber Art Gallery
The Bankrobber Art Gallery paid for the scaffolding to prevent further damage Credit: ITV West Country/Ken Goodwin
Bankrobber Gallery no longer prepared to pay to protect the work Credit: ITV West Country/Ken Goodwin
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