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Police are checking if anyone was inside Gloucester warehouse during huge fire

Police are checking whether anyone died in the fire which destroyed a 150-year-old warehouse in Gloucester's dockland at the weekend.

The building was derelict, but homeless people were known to use the building for shelter and there are fears some may possibly have been trapped when the fire broke out.

More than a hundred firefighters were needed to put it out Credit: ITV News

Although we currently don't believe anyone was in the building we are carrying out enquiries to try and eliminate the possibility entirely.

– A Gloucestershire police spokesman

"We have no information to suggest there are human remains in the building but we are aware the premises was used by some people and therefore it's imperative we do everything we can to establish as firmly as we can that no one was present."

Because the building is used by vagrants to sleep in, we are not sure if anybody has died in the fire.

– Prosecutor Jo Wallis


Family to retrace missing Swindon man's last steps

Paul Griffiths was last seen nearly a week ago Credit: Avon & Somerset Police

The family of a missing musician from Swindon are to stage a walk tomorrow to mark a week since he disappeared. Paul Griffiths hasn't been seen since leaving the Priory Hospital in Bristol where he had checked himself in after suffering from serious anxiety.

Mr Griffiths, 60, from Clifton Street in Swindon, was last seen at 11.30am last Tuesday morning on Heath House Lane in the Stapleton area of Bristol.

“We have conducted several lines of enquiry since Paul was reported missing and we have carried out extensive searches in the area local to where he was last seen.

“I am really keen to hear from anyone who may have seen Paul last Tuesday morning on or around Heath House Lane, Bristol, or in the local area since that time."

– Det Insp Peter Highway, Avon & Somerset Police

Accused fundraiser: "I just feel totally insulted"

Former soldier and endurance athlete Mike Buss described how his life collapsed around the time of his arrest on suspicion of fraud. He had tried to take his own life, by overdosing on pills and slashing his wrists before his arrest.

He said he was innocent, and he felt there was a campaign against him in Swindon.

In the witness box, he told the jury: "I just feel totally insulted. It's not just any old charity but charities that are close to me. I was a soldier. I still consider myself a soldier. I needed support. I am disgusted with the way people have found me guilty before I was even charged."

Developers: fire a 'major blow' to plans for Baker's Quay

Developers say the fire is a setback to their plans Credit: @Chris_l_Esquire

Developers hoping to build flats and a hotel at Baker's Quay in Gloucester say this weekend's fire is a major blow. Rokeby Developments say the wooden beams and cast iron girders of Provender Mill were an important part of its charm but that the weekend's fire makes the restoration job much more difficult.

Structural engineers are now looking at the Victorian structure to see what can be saved. The developers say they are going to try to speed up their planning application so they can buy the site and try to save it. The plan is to build 154 flats, a hotel and shops and restaurants.

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