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Gloucester hope to lift European trophy tonight

Billy Meakes scores Gloucester's first try during the European Challenge Cup Semi Final against Exeter Chiefs. Credit: David Davies/PA Wire

Gloucester will be looking to lift their first European trophy in 9 years tonight.

The Cherry and Whites take on Edinburgh in the final of the Challenge Cup at the Twickenham Stoop (7.45pm).

It's Gloucester's only chance of silverware this season after another disappointing Premiership campaign.

David Humphreys' men reached the final after beating Exeter Chiefs in a thrilling semi-final last month.

Birds of prey to solve Gloucester's seagull problem

A specialist company will use birds of prey to scare the seagulls away. Credit: Holger Hollemann/DPA/PA

Plans to rid Gloucester of thousands of seagulls have been announced.

A specialist company will use birds of prey to scare the birds away, and nests will be removed by pest controllers.

The city council had been spending £20,000 a year oiling eggs to stop them hatching. That budget has now been significantly increased in a bid to solve the problem.

New gull proof bins are also being installed in the city centre.

"Be more insistent with doctors", warns cancer patient

Chris and his pregnant wife Kate. He says his ultimate goal is to meet his unborn son Credit: ITV News

A 31-year-old lung cancer sufferer and his pregnant wife are warning people his age to be more insistent with doctors if they feel they're not being taken seriously.

Chris Rowe from Gloucester - a non-smoker - was told by doctors that his cough was due to a virus. He looked up his symptoms, which included coughing up blood, on the internet and the hospital confirmed it was cancer.

His form of the illness is incurable. Chris told ITV West Country that his ultimate goal is to meet his unborn son Max.


New role for former Gloucester ace Vickery

Phil Vickery playing for Gloucester in 2002. Credit: David Davies/PA Archive

Former Gloucester and England rugby captain, Phil Vickery, has been appointed to a new role.

The Lord Lieutenant of Gloucestershire, who is the Queen's representative in the county, has announced that he will be one of her six deputies in recognition of his contribution both nationally and to the community.

He will attend civic events across Gloucestershire and South Gloucestershire.

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.

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