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Robbers tie up shop workers in supermarket raid

Masked robbers tied up three shop workers before making off with alcohol at a supermarket, police have said.

The offenders forced the staff members into the back of the store in Eastington, near Stonehouse, last night (Friday February 26) as they were locking up.

They tied the workers up before carrying out a search of the shop and making off.

One staff member was then able to free themselves and raise the alarm.

The offenders, who had their faces covered and wore dark clothing, had searched the shop for cash but only managed to steal a couple of bottles of spirits and a set of keys.

– Gloucestershire Police

Police are urging anyone who say anything suspicious, or has any information, to call 101.

Gloucestershire family still haven't heard from daughter

23-year-old Johanna Bohlen was trekking in Nepal when the earthquake happened

Family and friends of a Gloucestershire woman trekking in Nepal are hoping she will make contact after the earthquake which has claimed 3,617 lives.

23 year-old Johanna Bohlen, from Stonehouse, was trekking in the Langtang National Park with her friend when the earthquake happened on Saturday.

Her parents have still not heard from their daughter.


Gloucester man jailed for child sex offences

Michael Cropton has been jailed for 20 years for sexual offences against children Credit: Avon & Somerset Police

A 42-year-old man has been jailed for 20 years for a series of sexual offences against children in Bristol and Gloucester.

Michael Cropton, of Stonehouse, Gloucester, was jailed for 20 years at Bristol Crown Court earlier today.

He will also serve an extended six year licence following the prison sentence and will be placed on the sex offenders’ register. He also received a Sexual Offenders Prevention Order (SOPO) to run indefinitely.

A 39-year-old woman was also jailed for 32 months in connection with this investigation. She will also be placed on the sex offenders’ register.

Cropton and the woman jointly admitted one count of conspiracy to sexually assault a child under the age of 13 and arranging the commission of a child sex offence. These charges relate to two girls.

In addition, Cropton also admitted four counts of rape in relation to a third victim, a boy.

Cropton met the woman through an online dating site in 2013 and over a period of time encouraged the woman to become involved in the sexual abuse of children.

Det Insp Gary Stephens, of the Public Protection Unit, says there could be more victims who have not yet come forward.

This has been a distressing and harrowing investigation involving the horrific sexual abuse of children. Michael Cropton is a devious and manipulative man who used classic grooming techniques to identify vulnerable children he could abuse. He admitted these offences due to the overwhelming evidence against him which resulted from the hard work of the investigation team. We believe there could be more victims out there and I hope the outcome of this case will encourage people to come forward and speak to us in confidence. I would also appeal to anyone who has been in a relationship with Michael Cropton to please get in touch with us.

Cropton is now in the right place and the community is a much safer place without him in it.

– Det Insp Gary Stephens, of the Public Protection Unit

Fire near building estate in Gloucestershire

Crews have been tackling a fire near a building estate at Stonehouse in Gloucestershire.

They were called to the commercial property near Elms Road just after 4 am. A total of 16 firefighters were detained at the scene for three hours.

More than half the building was destroyed.

Investigations into what caused the fire haven't yet begun.

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Elderly man waits 30 hours to get to hospital

An ambulance trust has apologised after an elderly patient from Gloucestershire was kept waiting more than thirty hours to be taken to hospital.

95 year old Frank Hazlewood was in pain from a suspected broken wrist after a fall at his care home in Stonehouse.

There will now be an investigation into what happened.

Bob Constantine reports:

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