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Two men posing as bogus milkmen at homes of dog owners spark suspicion

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Two men are reported to have been posing as bogus milkmen during a couple of suspicious incidents in the Forest of Dean.


At the first incident two men in a white van knocked on a woman's door declaring they were milkmen. The men were said to be forceful in persuading the resident to open her front door wide.

After remaining at the property for around 10 minutes, they were then seen looking over the householder's back fence. The woman at the property is the owner of a husky dog.


An elderly woman was involved in the second incident where the two bogus milkmen questioned her about whether she'd be interested in a milk delivery they were supposedly starting up.

Later a large white mark, which officer's say has been difficult to remove, was discovered outside her and her next door neighbours' house. Both households own pedigree dogs.

The incidents happened at addresses in Cinderford on 2 February. Police are appealing for information.


Sad news for foal found on Christmas Day

Chancer did make it back on all fours but later his condition deteriorated Credit: RSPCA

A foal that was rescued from a field in Cinderford on Christmas Day in a very poorly state had to be put down on New Year's Day.

Chancer, as he was named, was thought to be rallying and even managed to stand up by himself, but he suddenly got worse.

Sadly Chancer was put to sleep by the specialist equine vet late on January 1 when his condition suddenly deteriorated. The vet at Three Counties Equine Hospital, near Tewkesbury decided it was the kindest thing to stop him suffering. We would like to thank everyone involved in Chancer's rescue, it was an incredible joint effort to help this little foal and give him the best possible chance. We’d also like to thank the staff at the equine hospital for the round-the-clock care they gave Chancer.

– RSPCA Spokesperson

The RSPCA is investigating and is appealing for anyone who knows Chancer's owner to contact Acting Chief Inspector Hayward on 0300 1238018.

Body of man discovered near Cinderford named

The body of a man discovered in Cinderford has been confirmed as that of Ian Eltringham.

Mr Eltringham had been reported missing in May. Police say his death is not regarded as suspicious but is currently unexplained.

It is believed that Mr. Eltringham was last seen in Cinderford Town centre on the evening of Wednesday 13 May 2015.

Officers are keen to locate items of property that he is believed to have had with him at around that time, but which are currently unaccounted for. Items include a large black coloured holdall potentially with white lettering.


Men arrested over Shaun James bailed until June

Five men arrested in connection with the death of Gloucestershire man Shaun James have had their police bail extended until June.

Shaun, who was 32, was run over in Cinderford in December 2002. Following a review, police are now treating his death as murder.

A 60 year old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder, and four others on suspicion of conspiracy to murder.

Man bailed in connection with Shaun James murder

A man arrested yesterday on suspicion of murdering Cinderford man Shaun James in 2002 has been bailed by police pending further inquiries.

The 60 year old man from Cinderford was detained on suspicion of murder and will now return to police in May.

His arrest followed the arrests of four men last week on suspicion of conspiracy to murder. Those men have also been bailed to return to police in May.

Shaun James was 32 when he was run over in Steam Mills Road in Cinderford on the evening of December 15th 2002.

Police who investigated the case at the time believed the incident was a hit and run traffic collision but were unable to identify the driver.

A cold case review of all forensic and witness evidence by the Major Crime Investigation Team (MCIT), using the benefit of new technology and investigative techniques, together with new information that has come to light over the years, led to it being reclassified as murder.

Another man arrested in Shaun James murder case

Shaun James was killed in 2002.

Another man has been arrested in the Shaun James murder case.

A 60-year-old man from Cinderford, Gloucestershire was arrested on suspicion of the 2002 murder this morning.

This follows last week's arrests of four men on suspicion of conspiracy to murder the 32-year-old. Those men have been bailed until May.

Shaun James was killed after leaving a pub in Cinderford in 2002 in what police at the time thought was a hit-and-run, but now believe was murder.

Gloucestershire Police are appealing for anyone with further information to come forward.

Four bailed in Shaun James murder case

Shaun James was 32 when he was run over in Steam Mills Road in Cinderford on the evening of December 15 2002. Credit: Family

Four men arrested in connection with the murder of a man in Cinderford 12 years ago have been released on bail.

Shaun James was run over in December 2002. Police who investigated the case at the time believed the incident was a hit-and-run, but it has since been reclassified as a murder. Two men arrested on Thursday, and a further two arrested on Friday - all from Gloucestershire - have been released on bail until May.

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