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Naunton Park in Cheltenham

Cotswold Astronomical Society staged an eclipse watch in the park for members of public and kids from Naunton Park School today and were on hand to offer advice and expertise to anyone who asked.

Eager watchers gather in Cheltenham to see the eclipse Credit: ITV News

Peter Cadogan, of Cotswold Astronomical Society, spoke with us at the event.

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Police concerned for missing teenager who hasn't been seen in two weeks

Lauchlan Pritchard hasn't been seen for two weeks Credit: Gloucestershire Police

Police are appealing to trace a 16-year-old boy who has not been seen at his Cheltenham home for two weeks.

Lauchlan Pritchard from the St Paul's area of the town, was last seen leaving his home on Thursday 5 March.

It is believed he was leaving to do some work with someone he knows, but officers are very concerned because, aside from his young age, Lauchlan is considered very vulnerable and impressionable.

Lauchlan is described as white, 6ft tall, of slim build, with short, straight mousy hair and a Welsh accent. He was last seen wearing jogging bottoms and Adidas navy blue Hessian trainers.

Anyone with information should contact police.

Cheltenham rapist is one of most wanted British criminals on the run

Mohammed Jahangir Alam is wanted by Gloucestershire police for rape and sexual assault Credit: National Crime Agency

A convicted rapist from Cheltenham is one of ten most wanted UK criminals to have gone on the run.

Mohammed Jahangir Alam was convicted in his absence of four counts in connection with the rape and sexual assault of a woman by penetration and sentenced to 14 years' imprisonment.

But the 32-year-old Bangladeshi national is believed to have skipped the country and now be hiding in Spain.

Alam's is one of ten faces circulated by crime fighting charity, Crimestoppers and the National Crime Agency (NCA) as Britain's most wanted fugitives.

Spain is not a safe haven for British fugitives. The NCA and its partners will continue to pursue these individuals relentlessly and return them to the UK to face justice.

Sixty-five fugitives on the Captura list have been caught, along with many more fugitives linked to other operations.

– Hank Cole, Head of International Operations for the National Crime Agency

Cheltenham Town earn a valuable point at Newport

Former Wales U21 forward Wes Burns scored Cheltenham's only goal Credit: PA

In football, Cheltenham had to be content with a point tonight.

They travelled to Newport in league two. While on loan signing and former Wales under 21 player Wes Burns opened the scoring in the 16th minute at Rodney Parade, the home side equalised before half time and that's how it ended - 1 all.

PICTURES: car crashes into house in Cheltenham

Car damaged after crashing into house in Cheltenham Credit: Gloucester Road Police

A car has crashed into a house in the Swindon Road area of Cheltenham.

Both the vehicle and the property were damaged in the incident last night, but police say no one sustained life threatening injuries.

House damaged in the Swindon Road area Credit: Gloucester Road Police


Amateur jockey airlifted to hospital

Amateur jockey Tom Weston has been airlifted to Southmead Hospital after his horse fell at Cheltenham Credit: PA

Experienced amateur jockey Tom Weston has been airlifted to Southmead Hospital with injuries after his horse, Benbane Head, fell at the 14th fence in the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Handicap Chase.

He was attended on the course by doctors and medical personnel and then taken to Cheltenham Racecourse's medical centre before being airlifted to hospital - he was breathing and conscious at the time.

Benbane Head ridden by Matt O'Connor going to post for the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Handicap Chase during Cheltenham Festival 2012 Credit: PA

Ladies Day at Cheltenham Festival

Duchess of Cornwall will attend the second day of The Festival at Cheltenham Credit: PA: Anwar Hussein

The Duchess of Cornwall will be at Cheltenham races today.

Her Royal Highness will present the trophy to the winning owner, jockey and trainer of the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase, the feature race of Ladies day.

I am delighted that The Duchess of Cornwall will again be attending this year's Festival on Ladies Day.

Last year, she presented the prize to the Preston family whose horse, Sire De Grugy, won the race. Sire De Grugy was trained by Gary Moore and ridden by his son Jamie.

The scenes in the Winner's Enclosure after Sire De Grugy won the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase were some of the best of the week and this year's race is shaping up to be as competitive as ever.

– Robert Waley-Cohen, Chairman of Cheltenham Racecourse

Record first day at Cheltenham

Racegoers at Cheltenham Credit: PA: Mike Egerton

Thousands of people have turned out for the for the opening day of the Cheltenham Festival.

63,249 racegoers attended making it a record year; the previous highest opening day crowd was 61,132 in 2002.

We are delighted that so many racegoers wanted to be here and they have been rewarded with fantastic racing and wonderful weather.

– Ian Renton, Regional Director of Jockey Club Racecourses South West

Meanwhile local police teams have praised visitors to the annual event.

With the thousands of people at the racecourse today the engagement between the police and the public has been very positive.

We’ve had one reported incidence of the theft of cash from one of the desks in the Centaur.

There have been a number of car parking issues and a car overheating but we’ve worked with Racecourse staff and other Emergency Services to solve these problems as quickly and efficiently as possible.

– Superintendent Emma Ackland,Gloucestershire Constabulary

Opening day at the races

Opening day of The Festival Credit: PA:David Davies

Cheltenham Festival goers will get the first look of a new Prestbury Park today for the first day of the races.

Over the last 12 months the racecourse has been undergoing a £45 million redevelopment - with work still ongoing.

I walked the course yesterday. It's probably dried out a little bit but it's still good to soft, good in places on the Chase and Hurdle courses

The rain that we were forecast, although only light rain, as of yesterday hasn't materialised so we've not actually had any rainfall here for over a week.

The course is in pretty good nick compared to previous years but we're not quite where we were last year as we didn't have a winter last year.

– Simon Claisse, Cheltenham's Clerk of the Course
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