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Body of missing Richard Cole found in an Amsterdam canal

Richard Cole hadn't been seen since January 25. Credit: Family

The body of a British man, who went missing in Amsterdam has been found in a canal - Dutch police have confirmed.

30-year-old Richard Cole, from Dursley in Gloucestershire, had been travelling from Copenhagen to Assen via the Dutch capital when he went missing.

He'd been in the Thorbeckeplein area of the city at about 2am UK time on January 25 when he vanished.

His body was found using sonar equipment and recovered by police divers after a tracker dog became "restless" around the Herengracht canal.

It was identified by Mr Cole's brother Lee who had gone to Amsterdam to visit bars and distribute leaflets as part of the search.

The Dutch police will continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding Richard’s death and detectives from Gloucestershire will be liaising with them in order to provide information to the coroner’s office.

Richard has been formally identified by his brother Lee"

– Gloucestershire Police

Missing man's family fly to Amsterdam to help search

Richard and his mother Debbie Credit: Debbie Thornhill/Facebook

The family of a Gloucester man who has gone missing in Amsterdam have flown out to the city to join the search.

30-year-old Richard Cole from Dursely had been travelling from Copenhagen to Assen via the Dutch capital when he disappeared.

He was last seen in the early hours of January 25, where he spoke to his girlfriend on the phone.

Credit: Debbie Thornhill/Facebook


Wallaby still on the run in Gloucestershire

Wallaby at large in Dursley Credit: Glos Police

Police are still on the look out. for a wallaby that is on the run in the Dursley area.

Officers received a call on Saturday night, 26 September, that a kangaroo was on the loose. They cornered the creature, which was later identified as a wallaby. near Woodmancote but it managed to evade them.

They tweeted the story as it happened (see below). It got wide attention on social media.

Police are no longer actively searching for the marsupial but animal experts are warning people not to approach it. Although they are not considered aggressive, they may react if cornered.

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Man with weak heart warns others to get checked

A 67-year-old man from Gloucestershire who was told his arteries were bunged up so badly only 30 per cent of his heart was working is warning other men to get checked.

Simon Whiteley from Dursley thought he was healthy, until his wife persuaded him to see a doctor. He's now encouraging others to do the same.

David Wood reports: