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Tall Ships Festival due to take place in Gloucester

Thousands of people are expected in Gloucester for the Tall Ships festival Credit: ITV News

Final preparations are underway for theTall Ships festival in Gloucester Docks this weekend.

A hundred thousand people are expected to take in the sights of the masted vessels and the events on offer.

Visitors will be able to board some of the ships and enjoy live music and craft fairs.

Final preparations for Gloucester Tall Ships festival

Earl of Pembroke Ship at Gloucester Docks Credit: ITV News

Final preparations are underway for the Tall Ships Festival in Gloucester Docks this weekend.

Crowds of thousands are expected to take in the sights of the masted vessels and the events on offer.

Jason Smith is from Marketing Gloucester and spoke to ITV West Country

One of ships is the Earl of Pembroke which was used for the sequel to Alice in Wonderland starring Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway and Helena Bonham Carter.

Earl of Pembroke Ship at Gloucester Docks Credit: ITV News

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Doves released in celebration of teenagers life

Hundreds of mourners have said their final goodbyes to a teenager from Gloucester who died in a speed boat accident.

Emily Gardner was with friends on a boat in Brixham in Devon earlier this month. She was killed when her life jacket became caught when the boat overturned.

Her funeral was held at Gloucester Cathedral earlier today.

Briohny Williams reports

Almost two hundred mourners remember teenage speedboat crash victim

The Emily Gardner Memorial Fund is being set up to honour the teenager.

Almost two hundred mourners were at Gloucester Cathedral today for the funeral of a teenager who in died in a speedboat crash in Devon.

14-year-old Emily Gardner was killed when the boat she was in capsized in Brixham harbour on Saturday May 2nd.

A police investigation found Emily's life jacket became caught when she was thrown overboard in Brixham harbour.

Many of Emily's school friends attended the service. Credit: ITV News

Many of Emily's friends from Chosen Hill School in Gloucester attended the service, and donations were made to a memorial fund in her name.

Family members release doves outside the church to honour the "happy, smiley, bubbly, lively" teenager.

Emily Gardner's mother releasing a dove in her memory. Credit: ITV News

Funeral of teenage speedboat crash victim takes place today

Emily Gardner died in a speedboat crash earlier this month Credit: ITV News

The funeral of a teenager from Gloucester who died in a speedboat crash in Devon takes place today.

14-year-old Emily Gardner was killed when the boat she was in capsized in Brixham harbour on Saturday May 2nd.

A police investigation found Emily Gardner's life jacket became caught when she was thrown overboard in Brixham harbour.

A private service will take place at Gloucester Cathedral at 11am.

Body found by police searching for missing woman

A body, thought to be that of missing Swindon woman Julie Peters, has been found in a canal in Gloucester

Police searching for a missing woman from Swindon have found a body in a canal in Gloucester. The body was found yesterday (Thursday 14 May) near Kaskelot Way in the Monkmill Dock area.

While formal identification has not yet taken place, police have informed Julie's next of kin and the coroner. The death is not being treated as suspicious.

Julie, who was 55 and from Hamble Road in Swindon, was last seen at her home address on Tuesday 5 May. Her red Ford Ka was later found parked in Tuffley Crescent, in Gloucester,

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Police appeal for help to find 16-year-old Mandy Smith

Mandy Smith has not been seen since Saturday Credit: Gloucestershire Police

Police are appealing for information to trace a missing teenager from Gloucester.

16-year-old Mandy Smith was last seen near McDonald's in the Kingsditch Retail Centre in Cheltenham at about 11.40pm on Saturday evening.

She is believed to have been visiting a friend. Although Mandy has been missing before she usually phones an appropriate adult daily.

"We will all miss her happy smile": Tribute to teenager killed in speedboat tragedy

Emily Gardner died on Saturday.

The teenager from Gloucester killed in a speedboat accident in Devon has been described as "popular, happy, friendly" in a moving tribute from her school.

14-year-old Emily Gardner attended Chosen Hill School in Churchdown. She was killed when the boat she was in capsized in Brixham harbour on Saturday. Police say her life jacket became caught when the boat overturned.

Emily was a popular, happy, friendly girl with friends across all year groups. She was chatty and charming, polite, reliable and responsible. She had just completed her application to become a school prefect. We will all miss her happy smile. Written tributes and flowers are being left at the school in remembrance of Emily.

– Mrs. Sue Turner, Headteacher, Chosen Hill School

Speedboat death caused by life jacket

14 year old Emily Gardner died in a speedboat accident on Saturday

Police investigating the death of a 14 year old girl from Gloucester in a speedboat accident say the boat was overturned by a wave.

Devon and Cornwall Police say that Emily Gardner's life jacket became caught when she was thrown overboard in Brixham harbour. Enquiries into Emily's death are ongoing.

Enquiries are continuing into the cause of the incident. From the enquiries conducted so far, reports suggest that the boat hit a wave before overturning. The four people on the boat were then thrown overboard as a result. It appears that Emily became trapped due to her buoyancy aid getting caught on part of the boat. The other people on the boat and the jet ski riders tried to help Emily but could not free her. The RNLI crew freed her from the boat and took her to the shore.

At this stage in the investigation we are satisfied that there are no suspicious circumstances and we believe that this was nothing more than a tragic accident.

– Devon and Cornwall Police

Family tribute to teenager who died in Devon

Emily Gardner died in a fatal speedboat incident in Devon Credit: Family photo

Emily Gardner's family have paid this tribute to her:

“Our beautiful Emily was a caring loving, gentle daughter and sister. She was full of life and had the world ahead of her. She was our diamond, now shining bright in the sky.

"She will be missed and forever in our hearts."

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