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Police appeal for missing Gloucester man

Michael vanished after discharging himself from hospital Credit: Avon and Somerset Police

Police are appealing to trace Michael Tomczyk, who has gone missing from hospital.

The 36-year-old discharged himself from Gloucester Royal Hospital on Tuesday afternoon after having been admitted for treatment.

He lives in Churchdown in Gloucester, but is also known to spend time in Ryecroft Street.

He is 5ft 5in, with short black hair and was last seen wearing a dark hoodie and blue jeans. He has a bicycle with distinctive red handlebars.

Police are extremely concerned for Michael’s health.

Anyone with information should contact police.


Gloucestershire police officer pleads guilty to misconduct

A police officer, currently suspended from all duties, has pleaded guilty to five counts of misconduct in public office.

Darren Stephen Heath, 44 and of Taynton near Newent appeared at Bristol Crown Court today.

The charges relate to several cases in which Mr Heath made inappropriate advances or formed sexual relationships with vulnerable women he met through his duties.

The alleged offences are due to have taken place between 2002 and 2012.

Heath pleaded not guilty to two charges of rape, two charges of misconduct in public office and theft.

The case is now being referred to the Professional Standards Department.

Darren Heath would use his position as a police officer, whether it was during his time working in restorative justice or as a family liaison officer, to identify women he could offend against.

These were often victims of crime who were already extremely vulnerable but who he wanted to take advantage of even further. Our investigation has been lengthy because we have had to spend time regaining the confidence of women who had been badly let down by someone they should have been able to trust, precisely at a time when they needed him the most.

Heath was manipulative and calculating while he was offending and that is one of the reasons he was able to carry on doing this over a number of years.

The most disappointing thing is that he has shown no remorse whatsoever towards his victims and made no comment throughout his interviews. He could have made it a lot easier for them but chose not to.

Those victims have shown incredible bravery by supporting this prosecution and I want to pay tribute to them for that.

It doesn’t stop here though - I have absolutely no doubt there are more victims out there and I would appeal to them directly to come forward. We want to talk to you and get details of what Darren Heath has done. You will be listened to and we may be able to direct you to support services that can help you.

– Detective Inspector Giulia Marogna, Senior Investigating Officer with the Constabulary's Anti-Corruption Unit

A draw for Gloucester at Kingsholm

Henry Purdy runs in to score a try that ends up not being given Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA

A 33-33 draw for Gloucester in their Premiership match against top of the table Northampton Saints.

The Cherry and Whites were leading 23-9 at the break. But the final score saw Gloucester fall to ninth place in the table.

Fathers 4 Justice crash Labour's pink bus campaign

Harriet Harman was in Gloucester this morning to launch the Labour Party's "Woman to Woman" tour of the South West on a pink bus.

Labour are targeting the 9.1 million women across the country who didn't register a ballot at the 2010 election, and they're throwing their support behind the city's Labour candidate Sophy Gardner.

However the arrival of the pink bus in Gloucester wasn't welcomed by everyone as two Fathers 4 Justice campaigners dropped in on the event.

Police had to intervene after confrontations between the pair and the Labour supporters became heated.

Fathers 4 Justice campaigners tried to hijack the event Credit: ITV News
Police had to intervene after confrontations became heated Credit: ITV News


Gloucester Rugby sign Crusaders scrum-half Willi Heinz

Heinz in action for the Crusaders (in red) Credit: PAUL MILLER/AAP/Press Association Images

Gloucester Rugby have signed Crusaders scrum-half Willi Heinz.

The 28 year old, who will join next season, will bolster Gloucester's half back options with the current Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw and hugely promising Callum Braley already in the squad.

Heinz has represented the Crusaders over 50 times and even has a Facebook page set up by the fans dedicated to him.

Willi has been a stand out performer in a Canterbury side that hasn't finished any lower than fourth in Super Rugby since 2001. His experience of playing in that competition, for such a successful franchise will be a very welcome addition to our squad.

– David Humphreys, Director of Rugby

Hundreds gather to say goodbye to teen machete victim

Hundreds of people gathered to remember a teen who died after being struck with a machete Credit: ITV News

Hundreds of people filled Gloucester Cathedral today to remember a teenager who died after an being struck with a machete.

19-year-old Zac Evans was killed three weeks ago after an alleged attack outside a pub in Tuffley, a man has been charged with his murder.

Today mourners dressed in his favourite colour blue, shared tears and laughter as they celebrated his short life. Zac's coffin was driven in the sidecar of a motorbike.

His mother spoke of how her talented musician son had always longed to be famous, while his friends added he would have loved the attention.

Zac's coffin arrived in a sidecar of a motorbike Credit: ITV News

It was a fantastic highlight to what has been an extremely traumatic four weeks since Zac died for all his family and friends, some of whom have just not known what to do with themselves. But today has been a real focus and it has been a positive focus, we have focused on Zac's young life, he had such a zest for life and he made so many other people happy by the way that he lived and the way he looked out for other people.

– Rev Bruce Clifford
Friends and family wore blue, Zac's favourite colour Credit: ITV News

Zac Evans's funeral to be held at Gloucester Cathedral

The family of Zac Evans have asked people to wear blue at his funeral today Credit: Family

The funeral of a teenager from Gloucester who died in an alleged machete attack will be held today.

19-year-old Zac Evans died in January when he was attacked outside the Pike and Musket pub in Tuffley.

The service will take place at Gloucester Cathedral after more than £8,000 was donated to cover the costs.

Zac's mother has asked people to wear blue at the ceremony.

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