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Gloucester maintain 100% record in Europe

Wins for Gloucester and Bristol today.

Gloucester have kept up their 100% record in the Challenge Cup. The Cherry and Whites scored four tries in a 32-16 win at Italian side Zebre. Steve McColl, Henry Purdy, Charlie Sharples and Ben Morgan crossed the line to secure the five-point win.

And in the British and Irish Cup, Olly Robinson scored a hat-trick of tries as Bristol won 32-14 at Connacht. The win guarantees them a home tie in the quarter-finals.

Appeal to trace missing Gloucester man

Kelvin Badham-Williams was last seen on Wednesday. Credit: Gloucestershire Police

Police in Gloucester are appealing for information to trace a man missing since Wednesday.

Kelvin Badham-Williams, 54, is experiencing some personal problems and hasn't been reported missing before.

He is described as white, 5ft 6ins tall, of stocky build and with a shaved head. He was last seen wearing a blue padded wax jacket.

Kelvin's family say his disappearance is completely out of character and are urging him to make contact.

Anyone who has seen Kelvin or knows where he is should call 101, quoting incident 459 of 10 December.


Judges dismiss appeal by the man who murdered Hollie Gazzard

Hairdresser Hollie Gazzard was stabbed to death at work in Gloucester in February Credit: PA

An appeal by the man who murdered Gloucester hairdresser Holly Gazzard has been dismissed by three high court judges.

They ruled that the minimum 24 year sentence imposed on Asher Maslin was not excessive.

His barrister had argued that the trial judge had been unduly influenced by the impact on Hollie's family and failed to take sufficient account of a guilty plea. Hollie died after being stabbed 14 times in full view of customers at the hairdressers where she worked in February this year.

Asher Maslin pleaded guilty to killing Hollie Gazzard in February Credit: ITV News

Gareth Evans signs new contract at Gloucester Rugby

Gareth Evans signs new contract at Gloucester Rugby Credit: Gloucester Rugby

Gareth Evans has signed a new deal to stay at Gloucester Rugby. The 23 year old's current contract was due to end at the end of the season and has agreed to stay at Kingholm despite interest from other clubs.

It's the first time that I have been in this situation as a senior player, but I am delighted to be remaining at Kingsholm and continuing my career with Gloucester.

I must thank all the Medical, and the Strength and Conditioning staff behind the scenes, for the dedicated hard work that they put in over the past few months in helping me return to full fitness after my serious knee injury in April.

It's great to be back in playing action and playing my part in the team's fortunes going forward. I am now hugely excited for the future and hopefully tasting success as part of this great club.

– Gareth Evans

Gareth is a player with a bright future, who has impressed us with his ability, work rate and attitude. So, to secure his signature is great news for everyone.

He will hopefully be a big part of our future and we look forward to seeing him grow as a player.

– David Humphreys

Elton John to play Gloucester rugby stadium

Elton John performing in Poland earlier this month Credit: PA

It's been announced that Elton John and his band are to play Kingsholm Stadium in Gloucester next year as part of their European tour.

The concert on Sunday 7 June will be the rock star's first ever performance in Gloucester. It will feature classics from his five-decade-long career.

I am very much looking forward to playing my first show in Gloucester. My drummer, Nigel Olsson, and guitarist, Davey Johnstone, have been with me since 1970 and 1972 respectively and we all have such fond memories of our early shows in the area.

The fans there have always shown a great love for my music and my band and I can't wait to bring our show to Kingsholm Stadium. I promise it will be worth the wait and am sure we will all have a fantastic time.

– Elton John

Gloucester Rugby's Chief Executive says the club couldn't be more excited about the gig.

We have held some successful concerts at the stadium in the past but this really enhances our reputation as a venue for top quality acts and will be part of an exciting year for the club, culminating with hosting four fixtures as part of Rugby World Cup 2015 later in the year.

– Stephen Vaughan, Gloucester Rugby's CEO

Tickets go on sale on Friday 28 November at 9am.


CCTV issued in child abduction investigation

Police investigating a possible abduction of a child in Gloucester have released a CCTV image of a man they would like to interview.

Police would like to speak to this man who claimed he had seen a girl being abducted Credit: Gloucestershire Police

Police have made the appeal following a call they received on 13 November.

A man called 999 from a phone box on Sellars Road in Hardwicke at 4.10pm explaining to an officer that a girl was by the window of a black Vauxhall Vectra driven by a white man of large build who appeared to grab at the girl. When the man was asked further questions by the operator he hung up.

Officers are urging the man who rang 999 to call back on 999 or 101.

The incident is believed to have happened on Naas Lane in Quedgeley, Gloucester, at around 4pm on 13 November.

May scores but England lose to All Blacks

Gloucester's Jonny May is tackled by New Zealand's Sam Whitelock. Credit: EMPICS Sport

Seven Bath players have been involved in England's opening Autumn International match against New Zealand at Twickenham.

Gloucester's Jonny May put the first points on the board with a trademark try in the 4th minute, but the All Blacks scored three in reply, to win 24-21.

Bath's Dave Attwood in action for England v New Zealand. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Attwood to carry "dad strength" into New Zealand test

Bath's powerhouse says becoming a father has made him even stronger.

The 27-year-old lock forward, who grew up and started his playing career in Bristol before moving to Gloucester and Bath, will start his first England match in over a year on Saturday against the All Blacks.

His first born child arrived earlier this week but, rather than distracting him, Attwood insists fatherhood has given him renewed focus:

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