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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.

A song for Hollie, a year after her murder

Hollie Gazzard was murdered in Gloucester a year ago today Credit: Family

The words come from the song "Just the way you are" by Bruno Mars but they might as well have been written for Hollie Gazzard, the young hairdresser who was stabbed to death a year ago today.

Oh, her eyes, her eyes Make the stars look like they're not shinin' Her hair, her hair Falls perfectly without her trying She's so beautiful And I tell her everyday

They were sung at a vigil this evening to remember Hollie. It took place outside the hairdressing salon in Gloucester where the 20-year-old worked - and where she was stabbed to death by her ex-boyfriend.

Here's the song sung in memory of Hollie Gazzard, who died on 18 February 2013.

Service to remember Hollie, one year on

Hollie Gazzard was murdered a year ago today Credit: Family

A year ago today Hollie Gazzard was stabbed to death in the hairdressing salon where she worked in Gloucester.

The attack was carried out by her former boyfriend Asher Maslin. He's now been sentenced to a minimum of 18 years in prison.

This evening her family will gather outside the salon where she worked for a service of remembrance.

Her father Nick says hundreds of people are expected to attend.

We want it to be a celebration, because it is a year since Hollie has died. And lot of good things have happened in that year, since she has died, so we wanted to celebrate her life, and all those people who have helped us throughout that year to join us and celebrate as well.

– Nick Gazzard, Hollie's father

Since Hollie's death, her family and friends have worked tirelessly to combat domestic abuse. The Home Secretary has issued a statement to mark the anniversary of Hollie's murder.

I offer my condolences to Hollie Gazzard’s family on the first anniversary of her tragic murder.

I commend the work of her family to set up the Hollie Gazzard Trust in her honour. It is to stop cases like Hollie’s that I have brought forward legislation to criminalise coercive and controlling behaviour. I have also placed domestic homicide reviews on a statutory footing to make sure lessons are learnt from these individual tragedies.

The best thing we can do to honour the memory of Hollie and other victims is to work to end all violence against women and girls.

– Theresa May MP, Home Secretary


Funeral set for Friday for machete victim

Zac Evans was killed outside a pub in Tuffley in Gloucester Credit: Family

The funeral of teenager Zac Evans who died from machete wounds outside a pub in Gloucester will take place this Friday.

His mother says that she would like Gloucester Cathedral to be filled with people who knew him or were moved by his death.

And she is thanking the local community for their support.

PICTURES: Man arrives in court charged with the murder of teenager Zac Evans

44-year-old Ewen Reynolds arrives at Cheltenham Magistrates Court Credit: ITV News

Ewen Reynolds arrives at Cheltenham Magistrates Court this morning charged with the murder of teenager Zac Evans.

The 19-year-old died outside the Pike and Musket pub in Tuffley in an alleged 'machete attack'. Two others were also injured.

Ewen Reynolds is charged with the murder of teenager Zac Evans Credit: ITV News

Man due in court after teenager killed in machete attack

Zac Evans was killed outside a pub in Tuffley in Gloucester early on 24 January Credit: Family

A man is due before magistrates in Cheltenham this morning charged with murder following a machete attack in Gloucester.

19-year-old Zac Evans died outside the Pike and Musket pub in Tuffley. Two others were also injured during the attack in the early hours of Saturday morning. 44 year old Ewen Reynolds was charged with murder and attempted murder yesterday evening.

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