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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

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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