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Police search for missing vulnerable man

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Gloucestershire Police are appealing for the public's help to find 28-year-old Benjamin Gardner who is missing from the Forest of Dean area.

Officers are concerned for Benjamin's welfare and he has not been seen since around 11pm on July 31 in Cinderford.

He is described as white, slim build, 5ft 5ins tall, with brown cropped hair and a moustache. He is believed to be wearing blue jeans, brown sandals, a light brown jumper and glasses.

If you see Benjamin please call police on 101 and quote incident 189 of 31 July.


Two men posing as bogus milkmen at homes of dog owners spark suspicion

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Two men are reported to have been posing as bogus milkmen during a couple of suspicious incidents in the Forest of Dean.


At the first incident two men in a white van knocked on a woman's door declaring they were milkmen. The men were said to be forceful in persuading the resident to open her front door wide.

After remaining at the property for around 10 minutes, they were then seen looking over the householder's back fence. The woman at the property is the owner of a husky dog.


An elderly woman was involved in the second incident where the two bogus milkmen questioned her about whether she'd be interested in a milk delivery they were supposedly starting up.

Later a large white mark, which officer's say has been difficult to remove, was discovered outside her and her next door neighbours' house. Both households own pedigree dogs.

The incidents happened at addresses in Cinderford on 2 February. Police are appealing for information.


Sad news for foal found on Christmas Day

Chancer did make it back on all fours but later his condition deteriorated Credit: RSPCA

A foal that was rescued from a field in Cinderford on Christmas Day in a very poorly state had to be put down on New Year's Day.

Chancer, as he was named, was thought to be rallying and even managed to stand up by himself, but he suddenly got worse.

Sadly Chancer was put to sleep by the specialist equine vet late on January 1 when his condition suddenly deteriorated. The vet at Three Counties Equine Hospital, near Tewkesbury decided it was the kindest thing to stop him suffering. We would like to thank everyone involved in Chancer's rescue, it was an incredible joint effort to help this little foal and give him the best possible chance. We’d also like to thank the staff at the equine hospital for the round-the-clock care they gave Chancer.

– RSPCA Spokesperson

The RSPCA is investigating and is appealing for anyone who knows Chancer's owner to contact Acting Chief Inspector Hayward on 0300 1238018.

Body of man discovered near Cinderford named

The body of a man discovered in Cinderford has been confirmed as that of Ian Eltringham.

Mr Eltringham had been reported missing in May. Police say his death is not regarded as suspicious but is currently unexplained.

It is believed that Mr. Eltringham was last seen in Cinderford Town centre on the evening of Wednesday 13 May 2015.

Officers are keen to locate items of property that he is believed to have had with him at around that time, but which are currently unaccounted for. Items include a large black coloured holdall potentially with white lettering.

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