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12 suspected illegal immigrants arrested in Gloucestershire

Police searched the riverside village of Arlingham in Gloucestershire. Credit: Barry Batchelor/PA Wire

12 men have been arrested after a police hunt for suspected illegal immigrants in Gloucestershire.

Officers were called to the village of Arlingham on Thursday after reports of up to 19 people running away from a lorry.

A police search with dogs and a helicopter led to the arrests, though the driver of the lorry fled the scene. The men arrested are believed to be from Iran or Iraq, and are likely to be handed over to the Home Office immigration team.

The lorry driver has been described as a white man of large build, aged 35-40, and wearing a checkered shirt.

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Would you pay more council tax to deal with cuts?

Gloucestershire's Police and Crime Commissioner is suggesting a 2% increase in council tax to deal with cuts Credit: ITV News

Gloucestershire's Police and Crime Commissioner is asking the public whether they'd be willing to pay 2% more council tax to make up for funding cuts.

The force has had almost £12 million pounds cut from its budget since 2010. And next week Chancellor George Osborne is expected to announce further cuts of up to 40%.

The level of cuts now are very very severe. Officer numbers will fall in Gloucestershire and across the country, I believe.

We'll make a good job of it but the public need to understand that times are hard now, we'll have to refocus our efforts into different areas of work.

– martin surl, Gloucestershire PCC

Man due in court charged with Cheltenham pensioner murder

Tony Swift (r) was found with 'horrific' head injuries. Credit: Gloucestershire Police

A man is due in court charged with the murder of a pensioner in Cheltenham.

68-year-old Tony Swift was brutally attacked at his home in Mendip Road last week.

29-year-old Lee McClatchley, also from Cheltenham, will appear before magistrates in the town later.

Police say they are still looking for the murder weapon.

Man charged with murder of Cheltenham pensioner Tony Swift

Tony Swift (r) was found with 'horrific' head injuries. Credit: Gloucestershire Police

A man has been charged with the murder of Cheltenham pensioner Tony Swift.

29-year-old Lee McClatchley, also from Cheltenham, will appear at Cheltenham Magistrates' Court tomorrow.

68-year-old Mr Swift was found with "horrific" head injuries at his home in Mendip Road last week. He was later pronounced dead by paramedics.

Police say they are still looking for the murder weapon, for bloodstained clothing, and for anybody who was in the area at the time of the attack.

"Although a man has been charged with the murder of Tony Swift police are still looking to identify anybody who was in the vicinity of Mendip Road, Cheltenham last Monday, 26 October between 11.30am and 1.00pm.

We are also continuing to look for bloodstained clothing and a blunt instrument used in the attack which we believe may have been discarded or hidden in Whaddon or the surrounding area of Cheltenham."

– Detective Chief Inspector Steve Porter, Gloucestershire Police

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Friends remember Dolton as his funeral takes place

Dolton's funeral is carried into Gloucester Cathedral for a service celebrating his life Credit: ITV News

The funeral has taken place at Gloucester Cathedral of a man who was stabbed to death in the city in August..

Family and friends of 21-year-old Dolton Powell wore his favourite colour purple for the service.

His best friend Jahmel Westcarr told ITV News how Dolton had the most contagious smile, while his other friends spoke of his love for his family.

Dolton Powell Credit: Family

Funeral of Dolton Powell to take place in Gloucester

People are being asked to wear a touch of purple in Dolton's memory Credit: Family

The funeral of Dolton Powell is being held at Gloucester Cathedral at 11am this morning.

The 21-year-old shop worker was stabbed to death near the All Nations Club in Chase Lane early on Sunday 23 August. Seven people have been charged with his murder.

Hundreds of people are expected for the service, including friends and family who have flown in from America and Jamaica. Those who come are being asked to wear some purple, which was Dolton's favourite colour.

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