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A hare-raising total for Cirencester sculpture trail

Jack and Scott Lippiatt found a friend on the sculpture trail Credit: Rebecca Lippiatt

A Gloucestershire town's sculpture trail of decorated giant hares has raised £113,000 for a local wildlife charity after the five foot tall models were auctioned at the weekend.

The sculpture trail around Cirencester during the summer was inspired by a Roman mural found in the town in the 1970s which depicts hares,

The money will be used by the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust for projects aimed at improving the environment and helping young people - including a new wildlife walk called the Green Hare Churn Way.

The plan is to open up the River Churn near to Cirencester and put in wildflower meadows and habitats.

Hares on parade - some of the sculptures that went under the hammer at the weekend Credit: Glos Wildlife Trust

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Hares under the hammer

Two of the hares going under the hammer tonight

As the Cirencester Hare Festival finally hops out of town, people are getting the chance to buy a piece of it for posterity.

Forty 5ft fantasy hare statues were dotted on display around Cirencester over the spring and summer. Decorated by local artists, celebrities and school children, the statues are made of fibre glass and were individually sponsored by local businesses and community groups.

Now the statues are to be auctioned to help raise money for the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust. You can take a last look at the hoard of hares at Bingham Hall from 16:00pm, before the auction starts at 19:00.

School bus crashes on the way to Cirencester from Malmesbury

The accident happened on the A429 in Malmesbury Credit: PA

A school bus carrying 20 children has been involved in an accident in Malmesbury.

The bus, which was on its way to Cirencester, crashed at the Five Lane Crossroads on the A429.

The road is currently blocked and diversions are in operation.

Two people people have been taken to hospital, including a child.

Continued diversions after man dies lorry crash

A man who was trapped in a crash between a lorry and a van on the A417 this morning has died.

Emergency services were called the road between the Air Balloon Roundabout and Cirencester at 0530.

The man who died at the scene is believed to be the driver of the van.

Another man, believed to be the lorry driver, has been taken to hospital with what's believed to be non life changing injuries.

The southbound carriageway is expected to remain closed for a number of hours, while one lane has also been closed northbound.

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Cirencester father arrested after baby son's death

A father from Cirencester has been arrested on suspicion of murder after the death of his baby boy.

Emergency services were called to a home in Cirencester on Tuesday afternoon. The baby was taken to Bristol Children's Hospital but died on Wednesday.

The man, who's in his 20s is in police custody. Officers are now investigating whether the injuries to the baby were non-accidental.

A murder investigation is now underway Credit: PA

Police investigate Cirencester attack

Police are appealing for information after a 25-year-old man was attacked in Cirencester.

The man is in hospital being treated for serious internal and head injuries.

The incident happened in the town centre outside Sports Direct in Cricklade Street between 3am and 3.45am on Saturday April 19.

The victim was kicked and punched by another man.

It is thought the attacker was involved in an assault earlier that evening outside HSBC on the same street.

A 20-year-old man from Stranraer was arrested in connection with the incident but has been bailed.

Anyone who witnessed either assault or has information should call 101, quoting incident 58 of April 19.

Celebrity designer helps launch Hare Trail

Cirencester's answer to the Gromit Trail got underway today.

Local artists, school children and celebrities have decorated 40 giant hares.

They'll be on display all over the town throughout the summer, before being auctioned off to raise money for Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust.

Hares have been linked with Cirencester since an image of one was found on a Roman mosaic in the town.

Cirencester's hare trail gets underway

Former Changing Rooms star Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen unveils his decorated hare with festival organiser Florence Bettlestone. Credit: ITV News West Country

Cirencester's answer to the Gromit Trail got underway today.

A sculpture trail of 40 hares which are 5ft tall, and over 30 life-sized hares will be on display over the next few months.

The hares are individually sponsored by local businesses, community groups and schools and are creatively decorated by local artists, celebrities or school children.

In October the hares will all be auctioned. The proceeds will be used to help raise the £50,000 needed by Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust to begin to develop the Green Hare Churn Walkway around the River Churn in Cirencester.

Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen's hare. Credit: ITV News West Country
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