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World famous cheese rolling races set to take place

Competitors in 2013 chased a foam 'cheese' for increased safety. Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Wire

Thousands of people are expected at Cooper's Hill near Gloucester for the county's annual cheese rolling .

The world famous races, in which competitors chase a large cheese-like object down a very steep slope, is once again unofficial this year. It is discouraged by police and the local council because of crowd safety fears.

Gloucester's European dream still alive

Jonny May celebrates his stunning try. Credit: Simon Cooper/PA Wire

Gloucester have kept their European Champions Cup dream alive.

The Cherry and Whites were trailing in their play-off match with Connacht until a last minute try by Billy Meakes took the game into extra time.

Jonny May then scored one of the tries of the season as Gloucester won by 40 points to 32.

They'll now play Bordeaux Begles next weekend.

Read a full match report here.

Search for Beaufort Hunt's best-known horse

Nigel Maidment riding Josh Credit: Family photo

He is Sherston's gentle giant, who stands at nearly 6 foot tall, but last Wednesday Josh the gelding vanished from the field where he was kept.

Nigel Maidment, who is the secretary of the Beaufort Hunt, had ridden Josh for eight years in the countryside of Gloucestershire and Wiltshire. He was famous amongst the local hunting community. At 28 years old the horse had been moved to a field in Sherston for a quieter life.

There was no sign of forced entry to the field where Josh was kept.

Wiltshire police say they are investigating the disappearance as a suspected theft.

If anyone has information they are asked to call police on 101 and or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Josh a 28 year old gelding Credit: Family photo


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