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Man charged with murder of Stroud pensioner

Dennis Plater was found dead at his home in Stroud last Friday, 7 November Credit: Family

Police investigating the death of an 82-year-old grandfather in Stroud have charged a man with his murder.

Dennis Plater, who was 82, died of stab wounds at his home on Walkley Hill last Friday, 7 November. A 47-year-old man, who was arrested in Hampshire, is due before Cheltenham magistrates this morning.

Police given more time to hold Stroud murder suspect

82-year-old Dennis Plater was found dead from stab wounds last Friday, 7 November Credit: Family

Police in Gloucestershire have been granted another 36 hours to question a man in connection with the murder of an elderly man in Stroud.

Dennis Plater, who was 82, died of stab wounds at his home on Walkley Hill on Friday 7 November.

Detectives now have until tomorrow morning, 13 November, to hold a 47-year-old man arrested in Hampshire on Sunday.

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Tributes to Stroud murder victim

Police at the scene on Walkley Hill in Stroud Credit: ITV News

A man from Stroud who was found dead in his home on Walkley Hill last Friday (7 November) has been named as 82-year-old Dennis Plater.

Officers are treating his death as murder and a 47-year-old Stroud man remains in police custody in connection with the case.

Dennis Plater was found dead at his home in Stroud last Friday Credit: Family

Dennis Plater was a beloved husband, father, brother and grandfather.

"Dennis and his wife Mary moved to Stroud in 2004 to be closer to their daughter and her family; they had come to call it home. Dennis enjoyed crafts, tapestry and was most happy tinkering with his model railway.

It is incomprehensible that we have lost Dennis in this way, and the family would like to ask that you respect our privacy at this difficult time.

– Family statement

Man arrested after pensioner fatally stabbed in Stroud

Man arrested after pensioner fatally stabbed in Stroud Credit: ITV News

A man has been arrested after a pensioner was stabbed to death in Gloucestershire. Police were called to Walkley Hill in Stroud on Friday where they found the body of an 82 year old man. Police say they want to hear from anyone with information as a matter of urgency. A 47 year old man was arrested in Hampshire earlier today.

M5 coach crash driver to be charged

The coach was carrying 53 passengers. It crashed on the M5 near Stroud in August Credit: ITV News

The driver of a coach carrying 53 passengers, most of whom were children, that crashed on the M5 is to be charged with driving without due care and attention.

The 60-year-old from Wolverhampton was interviewed by Gloucestershire Police last week and was reported for summons to court.

The coach was taking a group of youngsters from a children's centre in Sandwell, near Wolverhampton, on a trip to the beach in Weston-super-Mare.

Nobody was seriously injured in the crash which happened close to junction 13 for Stroud, Gloucestershire, on 19 August.

No court date has yet been set for the driver's case.

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Councillor says bedroom tax is affecting the vulnerable

A Stroud councillor says the so-called bedroom tax is hitting the most vulnerable people in society Credit: ITV News

The so-called bedroom tax - otherwise known as the under-occupancy charge - is hitting the most vulnerable people in society, according to a councillor in Stroud.

It was introduced to try to free up under-occupied properties for families but campaigners say it should be scrapped. The Green party in Stroud says that the bedroom tax is hitting the wrong people.

Suspended jail sentences for ecstasy victim's friends

Nick Bonnie from Stroud died after taking the drug ecstasy in Manchester Credit: ITV News

Four men who lied to police after a man from Gloucestershire died after taking the drug ecstasy have been given suspended jail terms.

Nick Bonnie from Stroud died in hospital after collapsing at a nightclub in Manchester.

Four of his friends had admitted perverting the course of justice.

Child neglect couple have sentences tripled

An "inept and inadequate" couple who blighted their children's lives with five years of extreme neglect in the home had their sentences more than doubled by top judges today.

The couple - who cannot be named - were prosecuted after social workers, teachers and medics became concerned about the deteriorating welfare of their five children, some of whose heads had become "excoriated" with the marks of chronic lice.

When the family home was searched by police it was found in a state of "complete disarray", Lord Justice Fulford told London's Appeal Court today.

Children were inhabiting bedrooms that smelled of urine and animal faeces, and sleeping on soiled mattresses.

The mother, in her 40's and the father, in his 30's, pleaded guilty to five counts of child cruelty in relation to five children, and received respective sentences of two years nine months and two years at Gloucester Crown Court in June.

However, the case reached London's Appeal Court as lawyers for the Attorney General, Jeremy Wright QC, urged Lord Justice Fulford to increase the pair's sentences on the basis that they were "clearly unduly lenient".

Today he concluded that both parents' sentences were far too light - increasing them to six years.

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