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2,000 year old paw print found in Gloucester

These paw prints were made by a Roman cat prowling through Gloucester Credit: Gloucester City Council

The paw print of a cat has been found on a roof tile dating back to Roman times.

A pile of roof tiles was dug up in Berkeley Street in Gloucester in 1969 but the discovery was only made by an archaeologist in June.

The cat is thought to have snuck across the wet clay tiles in Gloucester in about AD 100. The tile in question, a tegula, was used on the roof of a building in what became the Berkeley Street area of modern Gloucester.

What a fascinating discovery. Dog paw prints, people’s boot prints and even a piglet’s trotter print have all been found on tiles from Roman Gloucester, but cat prints are very rare.

– Cllr Lise Noakes, cabinet member for culture and leisure at Gloucester City Council

The discovery is on display at The City Museum and Art Gallery.

13-year-old Jack Parfitt missing again hours after being found

Teenager Jack Parfitt is missing again. Credit: Wiltshire Police

A 13-year-old schoolboy is missing again, just hours after being found.

Police announced earlier that Jack Parfitt had been found safe in Swindon after more than two weeks missing from his Gloucester home, and that a 23-year-old woman had been arrested.

However they now say that he ran away from his social worker just hours later, just as he was about to be taken back to Gloucester.

Wiltshire Police have now re-started their hunt for the missing teenager.

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Can you help find missing Jack Parfitt?

13-year-old Jack Parfitt has been missing for more than a week Credit: Wiltshire Police

Police are concerned for the welfare of a 13-year-old boy who's been missing for more than a week.

Jack Parfitt was last seen at his home in Bittern Avenue in Gloucester on Saturday 20 June. He had gone out to play with a friend but never returned home.

He may be in Swindon as he has friends and family there.

Wedding fears after bridal shop closes down

The Mystia bridal boutique in Gloucester has closed down Credit: ITV News West Country

Customers of a bridalwear shop in Gloucester which has closed down suddenly are concerned it may affect their wedding plans.

Mystia Bridal Boutique has ceased trading, with a number of brides-to-be with orders in place. It is a member of the British Bridal Retail Association, has issued the following statement about the closure of Mystia Gloucester.

Here at the BBRA we would like to express our regret that this has happened to one of our members. We have no information around the closure nor how may brides are affected as the member is not returning our calls or requests for information. Thankfully, as a member retailer they should have offered their brides our free insurance. Brides who got this were required to call our insurance partners to activate the free cover and to register their purchase. Those that did will be covered and should contact the insurers on the telephone number provided on their policy. Those that did not register will not be covered. If you paid by credit or debit card you should contact the issuer to make a claim. I apologise for the distress that our member has caused so many. Our membership will work hard to help those affected.

– British Bridal Retailers Association spokesperson

The British Bridal Retailers Association says its members are on standby to do all that they can to assist brides that have been affected. You can find a member nearest to you here.

Crackdown on 'chuggers' asking for cash in Gloucester?

The city council brought in restrictions last year after Credit: ITV News

"Chuggers" fundraising on Gloucester's streets have been called a nuisance (the nickname comes from "charity mugger") - but a tougher clampdown could be on the way.

The city council wants to reduce the number of collectors, how many days they can work, and the area they can cover, but their plans must be approved by a regulatory body believed to be meeting with them today.

At the moment charities can collect in the city three days a week, as part of tougher rules introduced in 2012 after complaints from the public.

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Men arrested following child abduction attempt in a supermarket

Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Three men been arrested following an attempted abduction of a three-year-old girl at a supermarket.

A 41-year-old man has been arrested, along with two other men, aged 22 and 37. All have been bailed pending further enquiries.

The child was unharmed following the incident at Asda in Gloucester on Sunday lunchtime.

A Gloucestershire Police spokesman said: "Witnesses saw a male approach a three-year-old girl in a checkout queue, and staff intervened."

Gloucester man who died of cancer inspires others through book

A 22 year old from Gloucester who died from a brain tumour is now inspiring thousands after publishing a book to help others cope with the disease.

Neil Vines was diagnosed with cancer when he was just 19. His book was completed just days before he passed away.

Our Health Correspondent Katie Rowlett met his brother to discuss how his story is helping others.

Neil Vines raised £5,500 on his own, then helped the Text Santa appeal to raise £6million. You can find out more about Neil's incredible story here: www.neilvines.com

Sorry not the hardest word? Elton apologises to steward

Sir Elton John performing in 2014. Credit: Newspix/ABACA/Press Association Images

Elton John caused a stir in Gloucester last night, after making a female steward at Kingsholm Stadium cry.

The 68-year-old music legend lost his temper after stewards appeared to ban fans from waving, and singled out the woman for a string of foul-mouthed abuse - after which she walked off crying.

I came here to play music, now all you stewards down there, especially the woman in the pony tail, f**king lighten up will you? These people have come to hear music and if they want to put their hands in the air let them. This is not f**king China, so piss off. You've got a f**king uniform on and you think you're Hitler and you're not. You can piss off! I mean really. Don't have any sympathy with her, this is a concert ok?

– Elton John

After outrage from the crowd and another song the singer apologised and brought her on stage to give her a hug and share his piano stool with her.

Opinion has been divided on Twitter about the star's behaviour, with some agreeing with what he did and others praising the concert but criticising the outburst.

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