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Horse shot in the head in Cotswolds village

The attack took place in the village of Cowley near Cheltenham Credit: ITV News

Police are investigating after a horse was shot in the head in a peaceful Cotswolds village.

The four-year-old mare "suffered incredibly" as a result of its injuries and was later put down.

Officers said the attack took place on Thursday night, while the horse was on farmland at Cowley in Gloucestershire.

PC Jon Warren, of Gloucestershire Constabulary, said: "This was a cowardly and targeted attack on an animal who suffered incredibly as a result of its injuries."

The village of Cowley, which has a population of 300 people, is set between Cheltenham and Cirencester in the picturesque Churn Valley.

The brutal attack took place in the southern area of North Barn Farm, close to a single-track road leading towards nearby Cockleford.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact police.

Do you know this man? Police are worried about his safety

The man was last seen in Cheltenham on Thursday evening. Credit: Gloucestershire Police

Have you seen this man?

He was last seen at Cheltenham train station at 7.30pm on Thursday, and police are concerned for his safety.

He talked about 'going to London', but then said he was going to his brothers. There is no news on whether he arrived safely. Police have been searching in the area, but have found no trace of him, and there have been no further sightings.

He was wearing a blue jacket and trousers, a yellow T-shirt and black shoes.

Gloucestershire Police would like to know where is and that he is safe.

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Masked men tied up staff and stole from a Tewkesbury pub

No one has been arrested but enquiries are ongoing. Credit: PA

Officers investigating an aggravated burglary at a pub are appealing for information.

Three masked men went into a pub on Gloucester Road in Tewkesbury at just after midnight on Thursday 18 February - while staff were locking up.

They tied up two members of staff - a man and woman - and stole their phones and bank cards.

The male victim was punched in the head and thousands of pounds were stolen from the safe.

We are treating this incident very seriously, which was distressing and traumatic for the two members of staff. Nobody has yet been arrested but enquiries are ongoing to trace those responsible."

– Detective Constable Bee Chant, investigating officer
  • To give information, call police on 101 quoting incident 6 of Thursday 18 February.
  • You can also contact the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111

Avon and Somerset and Gloucestershire police forces 'require improvement'

Two of the region's police forces have been told they require improvement by the organisation that inspects policing.

The results of the 'Policing Effectiveness, Efficiency and Legitimacy' reports have been released today. Credit: ITV West Country

The reports found that the Avon and Somerset and Gloucestershire forces were good at preventing crime but needed to improve the quality of their investigations.

They noted the Avon and Somerset constabulary is generally good at identifying vulnerability, but their assessment of risk for domestic abuse victims and missing people is not always evident.

Meanwhile, the Dorset and Wiltshire forces were both rated as good. The report concluded that the Dorset force’s approach to keeping people safe and reducing crime was ‘good’ as they 'maintain a visible presence in the local communities'.

Man stabbed in buttock after around 10 people got into a fight

The road remains closed whilst enquiries are ongoing. Credit: PA

A man has sustained a serious stab wound in Cheltenham.

It happened at around 4am in the early hours of Saturday 6 February on St Paul’s Road.

Police say there was a physical altercation between around 10 people, resulting in one man, in his 20s, receiving a stab wound to his buttock.

He was taken to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital where he remains in a serious condition. It is not thought to be life threatening at this time.

The road remains closed whilst enquiries are ongoing. Nobody has been arrested.

Police are eager to hear from anyone who has information on the incident and urge them to call 101 quoting incident 52 of Saturday 6 February.

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Two men posing as bogus milkmen at homes of dog owners spark suspicion

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Two men are reported to have been posing as bogus milkmen during a couple of suspicious incidents in the Forest of Dean.

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At the first incident two men in a white van knocked on a woman's door declaring they were milkmen. The men were said to be forceful in persuading the resident to open her front door wide.

After remaining at the property for around 10 minutes, they were then seen looking over the householder's back fence. The woman at the property is the owner of a husky dog.

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An elderly woman was involved in the second incident where the two bogus milkmen questioned her about whether she'd be interested in a milk delivery they were supposedly starting up.

Later a large white mark, which officer's say has been difficult to remove, was discovered outside her and her next door neighbours' house. Both households own pedigree dogs.

The incidents happened at addresses in Cinderford on 2 February. Police are appealing for information.

Family of missing man 'extremely worried for his welfare'

Alfredo was last seen by his carer at his home in Alstone. Credit: Gloucestershire Police

Police are appealing for information to help trace the whereabouts of a missing elderly man from Gloucestershire.

95-year-old Alfredo Baglivi was last seen by his carer at his home in the Alstone area of Cheltenham at around 3.30pm this afternoon (7 January).

Alfredo was last seen wearing a green trilby hat, grey trousers, a grey fleece and black shoes.

Officers and Alfredo's family are extremely worried for his welfare and ask if anyone has seen him to contact Gloucestershire Police on 999, quoting incident number 270.

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