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Death row grandmother has grounds for appeal lawyer says

Lindsay Sandiford faces a firing squad after she was convicted of smuggling cocaine into Bali in May 2012

The family of a grandmother from Cheltenham, who faces the death penalty in Indonesia, are appealing for money to fund a final appeal against her sentence.

Lindsay Sandiford faces a firing squad after she was convicted of smuggling cocaine into Bali in May 2012. Her lawyer says there is a very strong argument for appeal.

BT responds to high speed broadband quarrel

BT has, and will continue to, talk straight to the community in Up Hatherley.

If any commercial company has already provided fibre broadband to an area, the government funded schemes – such as Fastershire – are not allowed to also offer public funding or support. In the absence of any help from other companies BT has offered to try and bridge this gap and jointly fund a new street cabinet. In the case of Up Hatherley we are endeavouring to support these 52 households and help them to pay for another cabinet. As a private company we can only go so far and we need to have a reasonable business case jointly agreed with people in the community. Cabinets like this can cost £20,000 - £25,000.

We are prepared to joint fund the building of the cabinet so that the cost to the residents is reduced to £9,000. It seems no other company is prepared to make such an offer.

– BT spokesman


Residents told they have to pay £9,000 for high speed broadband

People who live in a street in Cheltenham have been told they can only have high speed broadband if they pay £9,000 to have it installed.

One Cheltenham street has been told it will cost them £9000 for high speed broadband Credit: ITV News

Even though most of these properties are new, no fibre cable was ever laid under their streets. The residents have started a campaign to try to persuade internet providers to wire them up without levying the extra cost, but they've been told they can only get it if they are prepared to group together and pay they full cost of digging up the road and paths.

They say that their current internet speeds are well below the national average.

Resident Clark Lawson has begun a campaign, called 151, which has so far received pledges of £3,000 from residents.

Gary Johnson's first game as Cheltenham manager

It's a busy time for our football clubs who play two matches over the Easter weekend.

Gary Johnson takes charge of Cheltenham for the first time. They travel to fellow strugglers York this afternoon. The Robins are bottom of the table, but Johnson is confident of keeping them in the Football League:

In League One, top-of-the-table Bristol City are away at Oldham, while Yeovil host Chesterfield at Huish Park.

In the Conference, Bristol Rovers take on Chester, and Forest Green entertain Aldershot (4.30pm).

Today's football fixtures

Road rage baseball bat assault in Cheltenham

Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward after a motorist was assaulted with a baseball bat in Cheltenham, receiving a serious but not life threatening head injury.

The baseball bat broke in two during the assault.

It happened on the afternoon of Tuesday 31 March when the victim stopped at traffic lights at the junction of Princess Elizabeth Way and Orchard Avenue, and a van behind was in collision.

The victim, age 45, got out of his car, a green Peugeot 206, and approached the van behind to discuss the incident.

He was assaulted by the male who was leaning out of the van, which has been described as a silver transit van with a roof rack and a ladder and/or pipes on the roof.

Anyone with information regarding the incident is being asked to contact Gloucestershire Police.


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.

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