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Police search for missing Portuguese man in Cheltenham

Carlos Teives de Matos was last seen on Saturday morning Credit: Gloucestershire Constabulary

Police in Cheltenham are concerned for missing 43 year old Carlos Teives de Matos who was last seen on Saturday 19th September at the town library at 10:30am. He is described as a white Portuguese male, 1m 74 cm tall, slim build.

Police say he is believed to have been wearing blue jeans, brown shoes, a plain white T-Shirt, and a black/white fleck cardigan with buttons down the front.

Death row grandmother meets her granddaughter for the first time

A Cheltenham grandmother, sentenced to die for drug smuggling, has met her two-year-old granddaughter for the first time - just weeks before she is due to be executed in Bali.

Lindsay Sandiford's granddaughter Ayla rushed to visit the 59-year-old after her lawyers were told her name was on a list of ten drug traffickers scheduled to be shot on September 21.

Since then however her legal team has been told by Indonesian government officials there will be a temporary suspension of executions until the end of the year - meaning she could face the firing squad as early as January.

Lindsay Sandiford plays with her two-year-old granddaughter Credit:

The decision means Mrs Sandiford - who has been refused legal funding by the British government - now has only weeks to raise the £25,000 she needs to fund a final appeal against her death penalty.

The grandmother met Ayla during several emotional meetings last week, where the pair hugged and played in a visiting room at Kerobokan prison, where she is being held.

She was also reunited with her 26-year-old son Lewis - Ayla's father - for the first time since her arrest in 2012.

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  • Following the executions of two Australian drug dealers in April, Lindsay Sandiford said she was "deeply saddened" by the fates of her friends.
  • Brit sentenced to death by Bali court

Tonga's rugby team welcomed in Cheltenham

Tonga team welcomed in Cheltenham Credit: ITV News

The Tonga Rugby World Cup 2015 team have been welcomed in Cheltenham in a ceremony at the Town Hall.

Members of the squad performed the Tongan rugby dance to a captive audience.

The Tonga team will be using Cheltenham RFC as its training base throughout the Rugby World Cup which starts next week.

Sione Kalamafoni plays for Tonga and the Gloucester rugby team.


Who is this cat who hitchhiked from Cheltenham to Swindon?

Chrissie the hitchhiking cat Credit: Drove Vets

Chrissie the cat made an epic trip from Gloucestershire to Wiltshire last week.

Named after the patron saint of travel St Christopher the moggy made a 31 mile trip from Cheltenham to Swindon after climbing into the back of a car.

The lady (who wishes to remain anonymous and uncontactable) opened her boot upon returning to Swindon to find Chrissie. The lady had made several stops within Cheltenham and the cat could have jumped in at any point.

Chrissie is now being looked after by the Drove Veterinary Hospital in Swindon who are trying to track down her owner.

She isn’t microchipped so the vets are asking for anyone who recognises Chrissie to get in touch.

Pensioner fends off attacker by squeezing his testicles

Pensioner fends off attacker by squeezing his testicles Credit: PA

An elderly woman fended off a man who attacked her - by squeezing his testicles.

The pensioner was walking her dog near a small wooded area in Stoke Orchard near Cheltenham at about 11.30am on Monday when the incident happened.

She told police a man stomped out of the wooded area shouting "get off my land" before hitting her in the mouth.

In reaction, the victim said she "immediately grabbed the man by his testicles" causing him to fall to the ground before walking away and not looking back.

Gloucestershire Police are now appealing for information about the attack, which left the woman with bruising and a small cut to her face.

Her attacker is described as white, aged between 25 and 35, around 5ft 8 tall and of slim build.

He was wearing blue jeans, a black or navy jacket, brown work boots and a navy baseball cap.

The woman said he was suntanned and spoke with a "young voice".

A Gloucestershire Police spokesman said: "Clearly this was an unusual method of self-defence and the attacker got more than he bargained for.

"It would have been a terrible experience for a person of any age and we would urge anyone who can help to come forward and call 101, quoting incident 143 of August 4."

Police seek driver who failed to stop after collision with cyclist

Police want to trace a driver in Cheltenham, who didn't stop after a collision with a cyclist, which left him with fractured ribs and cuts to the head.

The collision happened at the junction of St John's Avenue and Fairview Road at about 6.30pm on Monday.

The 55-year-old cyclist was riding along Fairview Road, when he collided head-on with a small dark blue car which was turning right.

The driver of the car then left the scene in the direction of Fairview Street.

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