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Ten to Ten - Robert Murphy meets the Stroud candidates

In the run-up to the election, we are looking at some of the key battlegrounds in the West Country.

One of the closest fights is in Stroud in Gloucestershire where the same two main candidates are fighting it out for the fourth consecutive general election.

Labour's David Drew has won two of these - but was unseated by Conservative Neil Carmichael last time around.

In the latest in our series looking at ten seats that lead to Number Ten, our political reporter Robert Murphy has been meeting the Stroud candidates.

A sixth candidate, an independent, Richard Wilson, also says he'll stand.

Police appeal following sexual assault in Stroud

The girl was attacked in an alleyway near Stratford Park in Stroud Credit: ITV News

Police are appealing for information after a 14-year-old girl was sexually assaulted in Stroud.

The incident happened in an alleyway near Stratford Park between 5.30pm and 5.45pm on Saturday.

The victim was sitting on a fence in an alleyway between the park and Jack Russell Close.

The offender, who was with a woman at the time, approached the victim and made a comment to the victim's boyfriend, then approached the pair and sexually assaulted the girl.

The victim described the offender as of mixed heritage, in his late 30s and around 6ft to 6ft 4ins tall. He had a full beard which was speckled with grey and a shaved head.

He was wearing a dark pair of jeans and a navy-coloured puffa jacket.

Anyone who may have information on this incident is asked to contact Gloucestershire Police.


Horse rider from Stroud dies after incident involving a dog

Gloucestershire Police are interviewing a dog walker who came forward following the incident Credit: Gloucestershire Police

A 52-year-old rider who was thrown from his horse after an incident involving a dog, has died in hospital.

Christopher Barron was riding with a woman companion - who was also thrown - when the black and white Border Collie-type dog was involved in the incident last Wednesday.

Police investigating an allegation that the dog was out of control are today talking to its woman owner after she came forward in response to an appeal.

Mr Barron, who lived locally, suffered a serious brain injury and was airlifted to Southmead Hospital in Bristol, where he later died.

The female rider, who has not been named, sustained a broken shoulder and collar bone.


WATCH: Ed Miliband answers your questions

Our presenter Kylie Pentelow has been traveling around the West asking you to record your very own Election Selfies.

You've been sending in your questions and comments for the country's leaders in the run up to the election.

Now we've put your questions to the Labour Leader Ed Miliband.

Have a look at how he got on below, and if you want to record an Election Selfie of your own please send the short video to

Second arrest made over Gloucester assault

A second man has been arrested in connection with a serious assault in King's Walk in Gloucester on 10 January.

A man was punched in the face and fell to the ground, losing consciousness. He had serious facial injuries and a head wound.

A 28-year-old man from Stroud is now in custody following his arrest on suspicion of assault.

Earlier Gloucestershire Police arrested a 25-year-old man, also from Stroud, on suspicion of assault.

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