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"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.

Gloucestershire police officer pleads guilty to misconduct

A police officer, currently suspended from all duties, has pleaded guilty to five counts of misconduct in public office.

Darren Stephen Heath, 44 and of Taynton near Newent appeared at Bristol Crown Court today.

The charges relate to several cases in which Mr Heath made inappropriate advances or formed sexual relationships with vulnerable women he met through his duties.

The alleged offences are due to have taken place between 2002 and 2012.

Heath pleaded not guilty to two charges of rape, two charges of misconduct in public office and theft.

The case is now being referred to the Professional Standards Department.

Darren Heath would use his position as a police officer, whether it was during his time working in restorative justice or as a family liaison officer, to identify women he could offend against.

These were often victims of crime who were already extremely vulnerable but who he wanted to take advantage of even further. Our investigation has been lengthy because we have had to spend time regaining the confidence of women who had been badly let down by someone they should have been able to trust, precisely at a time when they needed him the most.

Heath was manipulative and calculating while he was offending and that is one of the reasons he was able to carry on doing this over a number of years.

The most disappointing thing is that he has shown no remorse whatsoever towards his victims and made no comment throughout his interviews. He could have made it a lot easier for them but chose not to.

Those victims have shown incredible bravery by supporting this prosecution and I want to pay tribute to them for that.

It doesn’t stop here though - I have absolutely no doubt there are more victims out there and I would appeal to them directly to come forward. We want to talk to you and get details of what Darren Heath has done. You will be listened to and we may be able to direct you to support services that can help you.

– Detective Inspector Giulia Marogna, Senior Investigating Officer with the Constabulary's Anti-Corruption Unit


A draw for Gloucester at Kingsholm

Henry Purdy runs in to score a try that ends up not being given Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA

A 33-33 draw for Gloucester in their Premiership match against top of the table Northampton Saints.

The Cherry and Whites were leading 23-9 at the break. But the final score saw Gloucester fall to ninth place in the table.

Fathers 4 Justice crash Labour's pink bus campaign

Harriet Harman was in Gloucester this morning to launch the Labour Party's "Woman to Woman" tour of the South West on a pink bus.

Labour are targeting the 9.1 million women across the country who didn't register a ballot at the 2010 election, and they're throwing their support behind the city's Labour candidate Sophy Gardner.

However the arrival of the pink bus in Gloucester wasn't welcomed by everyone as two Fathers 4 Justice campaigners dropped in on the event.

Police had to intervene after confrontations between the pair and the Labour supporters became heated.

Fathers 4 Justice campaigners tried to hijack the event Credit: ITV News
Police had to intervene after confrontations became heated Credit: ITV News
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