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Police appeal after suspected 'abduction attempt'

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Gloucestershire Police are appealing for witnesses following a report of a suspicious incident involving a child in Newent.

A girl, 12, was cycling on Aston Ingham Road, Kilcot when a white Ford car with three people inside, a man and woman in the front and another man in the back, pulled up alongside her.

The male driver opened the door and said to the girl to get in the car. A young male got out of the back of the car and tried to grab her, however he did not touch her and the girl quickly cycled home.

The driver of the car is described as around 45 years of age, of muscular build and balding. The younger male, possibly a teenager, was wearing a grey zip up hoody with the hood up. The woman in the front passenger seat had long hair.

Police would like to hear from anyone in the area at the time who saw a white Ford car and its occupants or who has any information that can help police with their enquires.


Huge bald eagle missing in Gloucestershire

Bald eagles have a wingspan of around 2m Credit: PA Images

A bald eagle with a broken tracker has gone missing from the International Bird of Prey Centre in Gloucestershire.

According to founder Jemima Parry-Jones, the female bird called 'Cremorne' is in a wood near Newent - refusing to come down.

The bird was being flown at the centre on Saturday when it flew off and didn't come back.

Man arrested for Forest of Dean death released without charge

A 54-year-old man arrested for murder after a woman was found with serious head injuries has been released without charge.

Police were called by the the ambulance service to a house in Popes Hill, Newnham on Friday evening where a 56-year -old woman was found with fatal injuries. It's thought she had fallen down the stairs.

Detectives say they have now completed their investigation and are satisfied the death was not suspicious.

Officers would like to thank local residents for their cooperation and the scene will be handed back to the family shortly.

Police will now continue to gather information for the coroner in relation to the death.

– Gloucestershire Police

South Western Ambulance Service say the woman had a "rather nasty head injury", and despite best efforts, were unable to save her.

We were called at 10.15pm on Friday night with reports that a female in her 50s had fallen down the stairs and sustained a head injury.

She was treated by the ambulance service but unfortunately was deceased at the scene.

As with any sudden death, we contacted our colleagues at the police.

We did carry out treatment but it seems it was a rather nasty head injury.

We tried to save her, but unfortunately our actions were in vain.


Police appeal to find missing teen

Larimar Evans went missing following an argument at home Credit: Gloucestershire Police

Police are appealing for help to trace a 15-year-old girl who disappeared from home following an argument.

Larimar Evans was last seen in Newent around midnight on Friday and it is believed she left to meet up with a friend.

Police are urging Larimar to get in touch and want to reassure her she is not in any trouble.

She is described as around 5ft 6ins tall, of slim build, with very long mousy brown hair. She is believed to be wearing pale aqua jeans and a pink polo shirt or blue and white hooped long sleeve Joules t-shirt.

Murder accused appears in court for the first time

A woman appeared in court charged with the murder of Marc Hastings

A woman appeared in court this morning charged with the murder of 43-year-old Marc Hastings in Newent.

Joanne Williams spoke only to confirm her name as she appeared at Cheltenham Magistrate's Court. The case was adjourned until Wednesday where the 51-year-old will appear at Bristol Crown Court.

Officers were called to Williams' home on Wednesday night where they found the body of 43-year-old Mr Hastings.

Williams was arrested on suspicion of murder and was charged on Saturday night.

Police have not yet revealed the cause of death of Mr Hastings, who was from Berry Hill, near Coleford.

Coroner's officers said the full postmortem examination results could take months and the inquest will not open until later this week.


Gloucestershire woman charged with murder

Marc Hasting's body was found in Meek Road on Wednesday Credit: Bing

A 51 year old woman has been charged with murder after a man's body was discovered at a property in Gloucestershire.

Police were called to an address in Meek Road in Newent on Wednesday.

The man has now been identified as 43 year old Marc Hastings. Joanne Williams has been charged with his murder and will appear at Cheltenham Magistrates Court on Monday.

Newent Murder: Police investigate after body discovered

A woman has been arrested after the discovery of a body in Gloucestershire.

Police were called to an address on Meek Road, in Newent last night and found the body of a 43 year old local man.

Gloucestershire Police is treating the death as "suspicious", and a 51-year-old local woman is being held on suspicion of murder.

A 51 year old local woman has been arrested on suspicion of murder and is currently being questioned in relation to the incident.

– DCI Steve Porter

The property remains cordoned off while the incident scene undergoes forensic examination.

The Coroner has been informed but a formal identification of the body has not yet taken place.

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