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Man arrested in Cirencester for assaulting police officer

Police in Gloucestershire are appealing for information after a man and a police officer were assaulted in Cirencester.

At 1am on Saturday morning police were alerted to an alleged assault in Castle Street. An ambulance was attending a 43 year old man from Cirencester who had been knocked unconscious in the street by a man near Stoney's restaurant.

The offender, a 20 year old man from Cirencester, returned to the scene of the alleged assault, where he was spoken to by an officer. He then assaulted the officer by grabbing him and knocking him to the ground.

With the help of other officers the offender was arrested and taken into custody.

The victim of the original assault was taken by ambulance to the Great Western Hospital in Swindon where he received treatment for concussion and bruising. The police officer sustained a broken tooth and bruising to his face and hands.

During the incident a crowd gathered in the street and the actions of some of those present were questionable at best. Some of the crowd appeared to be egging on the young man who was arrested. We would like to speak to those people and appeal to other members of the public who were trying to enjoy a night out in Cirencester to help us identify them and provide any evidence that they can about the assaults.

– Sergeant Chris Wright

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Woman jailed for stealing antiques and art in Cirencester

Kim Roberts has been jailed for three years for stealing antiques and art worth thousands of pounds Credit: ITV News

A woman has been jailed for three years for stealing antiques and art, including a Picasso sketch, from a countess in Gloucestershire.

Kim Roberts pleaded guilty to theft and burglary at Gloucester Crown Court.

She was working as a housekeeper for Lady Bathurst when she stole precious paintings, antique vases and silver plates from her ex-employer.

The 59-year-old took the paintings and plates worth a combined total of £500,000 from the Dowager’s home on her family's Cirencester Park Estate, between April 30 and May 21 last year.

Grenade found in garden in Cirencester

Grenade found in back garden in Cirencester Credit: Gloucestershire Police

Gloucestershire Police found a grenade at a house in Churnside, North Cerney, Cirencester at the weekend.

It's thought to be a World War 2 grenade and following investigations by the Explosives Ordnance Disposal unit, it was found to safe as it had been disarmed some time in the past.

Missing 13-year-old boy could be in Cirencester

Kyle Nicholas has been missing since Monday 1 December Credit: Gloucestershire Police

Gloucestershire Police are concerned for the welfare of a 13-year-old boy who has been missing from the Gloucester area since yesterday, 1 December.

Kyle Nicholas, from Hardwicke, is white, 4ft 10ins tall, of slight build and has light brown spiked, cropped hair. He looks younger than his 13 years.

He was last seen wearing dark jogging bottoms, dark shoes, a red jumper and an over-sized orange jacket. He also has a Severn Vale Uniform with him

It's believed he has travelled to the Cirencester area.

If anyone has seen Kyle or knows of his whereabouts they are asked to call the police on 101 quoting incident no. 376 of 01/12/14.

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Magical Journey Christmas attraction to reopen today

Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen with elves at The Magical Journey. Credit: BPM Media

A Christmas attraction backed by celebrity interior designer Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen is due to reopen today after being swamped with complaints.

The Magical Journey at the Belfry Hotel in Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham, shut down after just one day following gripes it was unfinished, had "rubbish presents" and "chav elves".

Ticket prices of £22.50 for a 90-minute visit were also criticised with many branding the "winter spectacle" a "rip-off".

After three days of improvements Llewelyn-Bowen, who stressed he had nothing to do with the production or management of the event, said he hoped the experience was now "much closer to his original ravishing vision".

But despite reopening to the public, organisers have barred the press from attending.

A spokesman said: "We feel that introducing camera crews, reporters and journalists is only going to take away from the experience and possibly even create anxiety for our visitors."

They added they "just want to concentrate on making Christmas as magical as we can for the people who have chosen to join us for The Magical Journey".

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"I can't apologise enough" says Magical Journey boss

The organiser of The Belfry's Magical Journey Christmas experience has apologised to visitors for closing after it was "hammered by the weather'.

Paul Dolan, organiser of The Magical Journey experience, said that work was underway to get all the issues fixed by Wednesday.

We were hammered with four weeks of horrendous rain which really affected the site and slowed us down.

We were very far behind but I didn't want to disappoint children.

We thought there was enough there that people wouldn't see the small details that weren't there but there were too many small details and it built up.

We shouldn't have opened yesterday. I can't apologise enough.

What we want this to be is a perfect experience.

– Paul Dolan, Magical Journey organiser

This morning organisers posted a message on the Magical Journey Facebook site saying it was 'closed for improvements'.

The attraction - designed by TV presenter Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen - was immediately slammed on social media with hundreds of complaints from disappointed customers.

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Furious parents attack Magical Journey on Facebook as kids' Christmas experience is cancelled

Angry parents have taken to Facebook in their droves to complain about the eleventh hour cancellation of Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen's Christmas show.

Many parents had already set off for The Belfry Golf Club's Magical Journey with their children before they discovered the news it had been temporarily closed after complaints about safety and quality.

One frustrated parent, Leah Gulliver, said: "We are on the road to this now! I have kids crying in the back. I want a full refund now."

The Magial Journey had been billed as ‘the most amazing Christmas experience that planet Earth has ever seen’.

Organisers say they took the decision to close for three full days based on customer feedback so they "could implement changes and improvements to the experience".

Since the announcement was made on Facebook at 9.30am Sunday morning parents have swamped the page with compaints and concerns.

Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen with elves at The Magical Journey Credit: BPM Media (Midlands)

My partner has booked his final day's holiday for tomorrow especially to experience this visit. Now it's too late to change his leave. Feeling very disappointed.

– Jacqui Evans on Facebook

I want my £220 refunded.

You did not deliver what you advertised and have ripped people off, that is the issu,e and some of your staff are damn right rude and clearly do not care.

Magical experience what a joke and it didn’t even last the allocated time of 80/90 Minutes either.

– Natalie Craig on Facebook

However some parents have backed the organisers saying it was the right decision to make.

Best decision made. Well done for taking everyone's comments on board and refunding those who have already been and have left disappointed. We are looking forward to our Magical Journey.

– Steph Clarke on Facebook
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