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Police: 'Stranger Danger' safety guide for children

Police are urging parents to review 'Stranger Danger' advice with their children after a suspicious incident in Cheltenham, where a young girl was offered sweets by a man in a car.

They've issued the following advice, and you can review all their safety guidelines here:

Strangers come into our lives every day, in shops, in parks and where you live. Usually, they are normal, harmless people, but some may not be and may want to hurt children.

It's not always easy to tell who is a good stranger and who is a bad stranger. Just because someone looks scary, doesn't mean he or she is dangerous. And a nice-looking stranger is not always a good person.

– Gloucestershire Police website

To stay safe:

  • do not go off anywhere with a stranger or get in a car with one
  • do not take things, such as sweets, money or gifts, from a stranger
  • never play near public toilets
  • do not go off on your own; always play with other children and be back home before it gets dark
  • if you are frightened by a stranger, go straight home and tell a parent or carer. If you can't run home, tell a safe stranger. Safe strangers are people you can go to for help if you need it, such as police officers, firefighters, teachers or an adult that you know well
  • remember, most strangers are good. You don't have to worry about strangers if you follow the rules to stay safe


Gloucestershire Police to be investigated over collapse of university rape trial

Gloucestershire Police are to be investigated over the collapse of a trial where four defendants were accused of rape. Credit: PA Images

The Independent Police Complaints Commission says it will investigate Gloucestershire Police after the collapse of the trial of four men accused of raping a woman at the Royal Agricultural University in Cirencester.

On the first day of the trial in March the prosecution announced they would offer no evidence and the four male defendants - three of whom were students at the university - were acquitted.

Issues have been raised concerning the police investigation and the disclosure of evidence in preparation for the trial.

The IPCC says it will carefully examine the actions of the officers involved during both the investigation and the pre-trial process.

Police search for 'shot gun' in double Somerset shooting

Police are still searching for Donna and John Broadway Credit: Avon & Somerset Police

Police are still searching for two people in connection with a murder in Somerset. 37 year old John Broadway and Donna Broadway, who's 26, are wanted over a fatal shooting at a residential caravan site at Ilton, near Ilminster.

Three other people are already in custody over the death of 50-year-old Wilfred Isaacs, who was shot dead on Thursday evening. Detective Superintendent Andy Bevan says they are now also looking for a shotgun:


Victim in Somerset shooting formally identified

Police investigate after double shooting in Ilton Credit: ITV News

Police have this afternoon formally identified the 50 year old victim in the fatal shooting in Somerset. Wilfred Isaacs was shot dead at a mobile home site in Ilton on Thursday evening. Another man suffered injuries, described as 'not life threatening'.

Specialist family liaison officers are continuing to support the victim's family.

Broadway has handed himself in to police

Police have confirmed that Charlie Broadway has handed himself into officers at a custody centre in Somerset within the last hour. He has been arrested on suspicion of murder and attempted murder, and remains in custody.

Police carry out fingertip searches Credit: ITV News

Investigations continue at the site in Ilton with police carrying out fingertip searches this evening. Officers say they are now searching for two more people in connection to the incident.

"We are now asking the public to help us locate a further two people involved in the shooting incident in Ilton last night. As part of this on-going inquiry we are now also keen to speak to John Broadway, 37, and Donna Broadway, 26, who have yet to come forward.

John is described as white, with dark brown hair, brown eyes and a thin build. Neither are considered to pose any risk to the public but we would urge the pair to contact us directly. Anyone with information as to the whereabouts of these two should call us now on 999 and quote log number 1051 of May 5."

– Detective Superintendent Andy Bevan
Police want to speak to John Broadway Credit: Avon & Somerset Police

Police have told us that the firearm believed to have been used during the incident has not yet been recovered. They are asking anyone with information to contact them on 999.

At the scene: manhunt continues after fatal shooting

The search continues for Charlie Broadway after two men were shot - one fatally - in Somerset last night.

Police say they have deployed every resource available to find the 23 year old - who may still be armed.

Our reporter Bob Cruwys is outside the residential site in Ilton and sent us this update:

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