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Kind-hearted strangers pay to put homeless man in room for coldest night

A homeless man is seeking kind-hearted strangers who took pity on him on the coldest night of the year - putting him up in a hotel.

Timothy Murray was huddled on the streets covered in blankets when he was spotted by the guests.

To his surprise, he was then approached by a staff member at the Kings Head, in Cirencester, who told him he had a room booked for the night.

A homeless person Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA

I was outside when one of the lasses who works there (the Kings Head) said someone had paid for a room for me for the night. I thought they were joking. My eyes lit up.

When I got into my room I was very cold and tired.

There was a walk-in shower and a bath, and I was going to watch telly, too, but as soon as I lay on the bed I must've fallen straight to sleep because I don't remember anything until morning.

– Timothy Murray
A homeless person bundles themselves up as they sleep on streets Credit: Paul Zinken/DPA

The people who paid for the room have asked to remain anonymous, but now Timothy is now urging them to come forward so he can say thankyou.

I was never told who it was. It's strange that I don't know, but I appreciate they would rather remain anonymous. Thank you.

– Timothy Murray
Credit: Kings Head Hotel

Timothy was an engineer before falling on hard times, first losing his job and eventually his flat in Siddington around five months ago.

Some guests kindly paid for a homeless gentleman to spend a night at the Kings Head. The hotel supports a wide range of local charities and we applaud our guests' generosity.

– Kings Head spokesman

Police concerned about missing Cirencester man

Kevin has been missing since yesterday morning Credit: Gloucestershire Police

Police are becoming increasingly concerned about a missing 44 year-old man from Cirencester, who officers say is in a "vulnerable state of mind."

Kevin Paul Williams, who is known as Paul to his family, left his home at around 11.20 am on Monday. He is believed to have travelled north in his blue Honda Civic.

It's reported that he was seen in the Nottingham area this morning. Kevin is described as white, 5ft 7ins tall, with shaven hair and a Welsh accent.


New plaque to honour late rock legend

Credit: Geordie Scene - Tyne Tees TV

A commemorative blue plaque in honour of Cirencester rock legend Cozy Powell is to be unveiled in the town.

Queen guitarist Brian May will perform the ceremony at the Corn Hall today (7 January).

Cozy Powell was a famous drummer in his day, playing for bands like Rainbow. Credit: Geordie Scene - Tyne Tees TV

Cozy drummed for many bands including Rainbow, Whitesnake and Black Sabbath.

He died in a car crash on the M4 near Bristol in 1998 when he was 50 years old.

Countess Bathurst launches appeal for flood victims

Lady Bathurst wants to raise thousands of pounds to help flood victims Credit: ITV News

Lady Bathurst of Cirencester Park, Cirencester, has launched an online appeal to raise funds for the victims of the Christmas 2015 floods across the UK.

"Like so many, Lord Bathurst and I have watched the news reports over this festive period with a growing sense of horror and helplessness.

It was a completely natural and immediate reaction to want to try and do something constructive to help those who are having such a devastating experience, right across the country."

We all remember the devastating 2007 floods across Gloucestershire and the equally wonderful way in which complete strangers pulled together to help each other. It is only natural that we would all wish to reflect the amazing support we were shown back then, and if I can offer an avenue for everyone to do so, then I couldn't be happier.

– Lady Bathurst

The ​appeal has already raised ​£700 and ​will help flood victims, with particular emphasis on those who are no longer covered by insurance, the elderly, the isolated, as well as those families with young children.

It will help them to refurnish their homes with basic furniture and essential electrical goods such as sofas, kitchen equipment, washing machines and other household necessities.

You can find out more here.

Flooding in York at the weekend Credit: ITV News

Paralysed Gloucestershire student's Tough Mudder triumph

Rob Camm controls his wheelchair with his chin. Credit: ITV West Country
Rob Camm and his team conquered the 12-mile course near Cirencester. Credit: ITV West Country

A Gloucestershire student has become the first tetraplegic person in the world to take part in a Tough Mudder challenge.

21-year-old Rob Camm and his team navigated the 12-mile course near Cirencester on a wheelchair that he controls with his chin.

He was left paralysed from the neck down and reliant on a ventilator following a car crash in September 2013.

You can see Katie Rowlett's report on Rob's triumph here:

And you can watch her report on the Tough Mudder here:

PICTURES: Scene of fatal crash on A429 in Cotswolds

Gloucestershire Police have confirmed that two men have died following a collision on the A429 in the Cotswolds.

Two cars and a lorry were involved in the crash. Credit: ITV West Country
The crash happened near the village of Fossebridge. Credit: ITV West Country
Traffic is being diverted along the A417 toward the Air Balloon roundabout. Credit: ITV West Country

The force have said that the road is likely to be shut between Cirencester and Northleach for most of the day.


Two men have died following a collision on A429

Gloucestershire Police have confirmed that two men have died in a collision between a lorry and two cars on the A429 in the Cotswolds.

The force have said that the road is likely to be shut between Cirencester and Northleach for most of the day.

Traffic is being diverted along the A417 toward the Air Balloon roundabout, the A436 via Seven Springs to re-join the A40 at Andoversford.

The crash happened near the village of Fossebridge in the early hours of this morning.

Woman crashes her Mini into the back of a van... while using a sex toy

Well as excuses go, this is certainly one of the rarer ones.

A female mini driver has been left more than a little bit red faced after her car smashed into the back of a van... as she was using a sex toy.

The woman, described in her 30s, lurched forward while stuck in traffic in Cirencester, Gloucestershire. As she got out of her car she was spotted doing up her trousers while holding on to the rampant rabbit style toy.

After swapping details, the van driver's bosses then checked the vehicle's rear camera footage which revealed the unusual circumstances.

To M&J Seafood's surprise, the video revealed all.

A driver was called into the office and feared he was getting the sack. He'd been on his first shift after looking for work for ages.

The bosses told him it wasn't his fault and then said 'Have you seen this?'.

– A source

The driver was working for M&J Seafood's branch in Cirencester, Glos.

The firm, which refused to ID the driver or release the video, added: "The matter is in the hands of our insurers."

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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