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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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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.

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.

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