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13 April 2017

Three arrested following operation targeting DDNs

Three people have been arrested in Cheltenham tonight (Wednesday 12 April 2017) as part of an operation to tackle Dangerous Drug Networks operating in Gloucestershire.

Armed officers arrested three men just after 8pm on the Golden Valley bypass as part of a pre-planned operation. The road was closed briefly.

The men, from the Birmingham and Gloucester areas, were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs and are now in police custody.

11 April 2017

Fatal RTC in Cheltenham this morning

We can confirm that a pedestrian, a woman in her 30s, was pronounced dead at the scene, following a collision with a vehicle in Crescent Place , Cheltenham this morning.

Police are in the process of contacting her next of kin.

Witness appeal after car flips over at M5 services, injuring father and son

Collision investigators are seeking witnesses after a father and son were hurt, when the car they were in clipped a kerb at an M5 service station, and landed on its side in a ditch.

It happened on the approach to the car park of the Michaelwood services, southbound between junctions 13 and 14, just before 4pm last Tuesday (4 April).

The 44-year-old driver of the grey Proton Savvy sustained minor injuries, but his 82-year-old father who was a passenger, suffered serious chest and abdominal injuries.

Both men, who were from the West Midlands, were taken to hospital for treatment. The elderly man has now, sadly, died.

Anyone with information is asked to call 101, quoting incident 323 of 4/4/17.

Road traffic collision in Cheltenham

Gloucestershire Police together with paramedics and the Air Ambulance are attending a serious collision involving a pedestrian and a car in Cheltenham town centre at Crescent Place. Please avoid this area of the town centre if possible at present.

Incident 98 of 11 April refers.

10 April 2017

Arson attacks in Matson, Gloucester

Gloucestershire Police are appealing for information following three arson attacks in Matson, Gloucester.

Between the hours of 3.20am-5.15am on 8 April three large wheelie bins were set alight at Matson Avenue at the rear of flats adjoining Munsley Grove. At Winnycroft Lane some householders were evacuated following a motorbike being set on fire and the flames travelling up to the balconies of their premises. Another property in Winnycroft Lane was also targeted when a mattress was set alight in a communal bin.

If you witnessed any suspicious behaviour or have information that could help police with their enquiries please call 101 quoting incident number 65 of 8 April 2017.

30 March 2017

Teenager arrested over assaults and damage to parked cars in Cirencester

An 18-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of assault and criminal damage following an incident in Cirencester in the early hours.

Police received a report at about 2am (today, 30 March) that a group of men was being pursued by a moped rider who was threatening to harm them. It followed an altercation at a wine bar in Castle Street earlier, in which three of the men were assaulted.

A short while later, it was reported that between 15 and 20 cars parked in Gloucester Street had been vandalised.

The two incidents are being linked.

Anyone with information about the assaults or the moped incident, or who was affected by the car damage but has not yet reported it to police can call 101, quoting incident 33 of 30/3/17, or call into Cirencester police station.

Moped driver injured in Stroud

Police are appealing for witnesses following a road traffic incident at Edge, Stroud.

On Tuesday 28 March at 4.20pm an 18 year old man was driving his moped on the main road in Edge when a large silver or light blue van pulled out in front of him from Edge Lane on to the A4173. The vehicles did not collide but the moped driver served to avoid the van and subsequently came off. The van did not stop and continued driving towards Gloucester or down Severnleaze Lane. An ambulance was called and the man was taken to GRH with a broken wrist.

Police are asking for the driver of the van or anyone with any information to come forward. Please call 101 quoting incident number 328 of 28 March 2017.

28 March 2017

Serious collision in Linden

Delays are likely after a serious collision in Linden this afternoon.

The incident happened on Linden Road shortly after 3.20pm today (Tuesday 28 March).

A male cyclist suffered a serious leg injury after his bike was in collision with a Seat Ibiza.

The cyclist is being taken to hospital for treatment.

Anyone who witnessed the collision but hasn't spoken to officers should call 101 and quote incident 252 of 28 March.

Motorists are warned that officers may have to put road closures in place while our investigation continues at the scene.

24 March 2017

Convicted sex offender jailed for 4 and a half years

Today 39 year old Glenn Richards of Pitman Place, Wotton Under Edge was sentenced to 4 and a half years for breaching his Sexual Offences Prevention Order.

Richards was jailed for four breaches of the court order including 'contacting a child aged under 16' and 'failing to make available internet capable devices'.

He was convicted in 2010 of having sexual activity with an under-aged girl and a grooming three other youngsters. As such, he was placed on a sex offenders prevention order until further notice.

The officers in charge of the case, PC Chris Scott and DS Paul Howell, say they are pleased with today's outcome.

"Today's sentence shows how seriously we take these kind of breaches and how important it is to ensure offenders released under these orders are closely monitored. The restrictions were put in place to protect some of the most vulnerable people in our society and we are pleased the courts took the same opinion as us - they must be protected."

21 March 2017

Steven Sharpe pleads guilty to murder

A man has pleaded guilty to the murder of Birmingham teenager Camran Green.

Steven Sharpe (31) of Shakespeare Road, Cheltenham today pleaded guilty to the murder of 17 year Camran Green at Bristol Crown Court.

Sharpe stabbed Camran in the stomach in a robbery at an address on Shakespeare Road on Sunday 2 October 2016.

Sharpe fled the scene on his bike and evaded police for three days until his arrest on 5 October.

When he was taken into custody he spat at three police detention officers, committing assault by beating offences he also pleaded guilty to today.

Detective Chief Inspector Ruth Mather said: "Drug gangs from big cities have been using vulnerable young men on a frequent basis as drug runners in smaller towns to do their dirty work for them.

"Camran was being used in this way - basing himself at Sharpe's girlfriend's address to deal crack cocaine and heroin for gang leaders in Birmingham.

"Tragically Camran had his life taken as a result of that work.

"Camran's family have been devastated by Sharpe's cowardly actions and I hope today's guilty plea will provide some comfort for them."

He will be sentenced this afternoon.

17 March 2017

Lee McClatchley found guilty of murder

A man has been convicted of killing Cheltenham pensioner Tony Swift.

A jury at Bristol Crown Court today found Lee McClatchley, 30 and of Barlow Road, Cheltenham, guilty of murder following a 3 week re-trial following a jury being unable to return a verdict either way in August 2016.

68-year-old Tony was killed by McClatchley at Tony's flat in Mendip Road at around midday on Monday 26 October 2015, before McClatchley stole Tony's cannabis and sold it on to others.

Senior Investigating Officer Detective Inspector Richard Pegler, said: "Tony's death and the subsequent trials of Lee McClatchley have placed considerable strain and upset upon his family. A re-trial comes with great sorrow and pain and I am grateful for their patience and support throughout and my thoughts are with them at this time.

"The investigation was by no means straight forward and the weapon used has never been recovered. Over 18 months detectives have worked tirelessly gathering evidence in this case from a number of sources, the most crucial being the CCTV evidence that captured McClatchley's movements and change of clothing that day. Mcclatchley told a series of lies which we were able to disprove; he lived each day ducking and diving as a Cannabis dealer, repeatedly lying to friends and customers and ripping them off at regular intervals.

"That day he was a desperate man seeking to put right a number of dodgy deals. I believe he saw Tony as a soft target and tried to rob him of his stash but it all went wrong in the flat and he battered Tony to death. The dedication and hard work of a small team of detectives since the trial last year has been exemplary. To have a 'hung jury' last year was bitterly disappointing but they have never given up to ensure that McClatchley was found guilty and a violent man removed from our community.

"I am extremely grateful to the Whaddon community, particularly those who have spoken out and supported us in our investigation. Many people would not be keen to stand up in a crown court and talk about using and buying cannabis but that is what many witnesses have done to make sure there was some justice for Tony and his family."

Tony's family have issued the following statement: "The family would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to the police and the prosecution team for all they have done for us and for dad.

"We would also like to thank dad's neighbour who did all she could for dad on the day he died.

"We hope that rather than focus on how dad died and all that has entailed, everyone who knew and loved Tony will take a moment or two, every now and again, to remember him and to be thankful for him and the time we had with him."

10 March 2017

Appeal for witnesses to suspicious incidents in Gotherington

Police are appealing for information about two house burglaries and other suspicious activity in Gotherington on Tuesday (7 March).

Rings, bracelets and watches were taken from a house in Gopshill Lane between 10am and 5.30pm while jewellery was also stolen from a house in Malleson Road between 9am and 3.30pm after patio doors were smashed.

Another resident reported a man acting suspiciously in Malleson Road at around 3.50pm. He is described as in his late 20s, wearing a dark thick jumper and carrying a rolled up magazine in his hand. A resident in Gopshill Lane also described seeing two white men of slim build, around 5ft 10ins tall and wearing black beanie hats.

Inquiries are ongoing but anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area at the time or has any CCTV that may be helpful is urged to call 101 and quote incident 336 of 7 March.

08 March 2017

Elderly woman knocked off mobility scooter in Cheltenham

An elderly woman has been taken to hospital after being knocked off her mobility scooter in Cheltenham.

It happened at about 11.30 this morning (8 March) in Albion Street.

The woman was struck by a silver Volvo as she crossed the road on the scooter.

Albion Street and Winchcombe Street have been closed to traffic while investigations continue.

Police are appealing for witnesses. They are also keen to trace the driver of a gold 4x4 vehicle seen in the area at the time of the incident who did not stop at the scene, but may have seen what happened.

The woman was taken by ambulance to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital for treatment. The extent of her injuries are not yet clear.

Anyone with information is asked to call 101, quoting incident 200 of 8/3/17.


Appeal after man pulls knife on taxi driver in bid to escape payment

Police want to trace a man who pulled a knife on a taxi driver to escape payment.

The driver had picked him up from the accident and emergency department at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital in the early hours of Saturday, 4 March.

The man asked to stop at the Co-op in Finlay Road to use an ATM, but on arrival made off without paying his fare.

The taxi driver gave chase and caught up with him in Selwyn Road, but the man produced a pen-knife with a four-inch blade and raised it in a threatening manner.

The offender then ran off towards Northfield Road.

He is described as white, about 5ft 9ins tall and of stocky build. He was wearing a grey hoodie, with the hood up.

Police are appealing for witnesses. Anyone with information should call 101, quoting incident 41 of 4/3/17.

27 February 2017

Girls approached by men in Brockworth

Gloucestershire Police are appealing for information following reports that two girls, aged 9 and 11, were approached by two men in a car in Gloucester.

The girls, one playing on her scooter, were outside the Moorfield Road flats near the shops in Brockworth (Moorfield Road/Tamar Road junction) when a black car pulled up alongside them and asked if they wanted a lift home. Both girls declined and there was no attempt to reach out to the girls. This happened at around 4.30pm on Tuesday 21 February.

The driver is described as black and 'quite old' with an eastern European accent and the passenger is a white or mixed heritage male with a 'wrinkly face'. The car driver was wearing a denim jacket.

If anyone saw a black car, possibly a Renault Clio, driving around the area of the Moorfield Road flats or has any information that help police with their enquiries please call 101 quoting incident number 340 of 21 February 2017.

23 February 2017

Elderly woman injured in Gloucester mugging

A 79-year-old woman was injured after being pulled to the ground when two youths snatched her handbag.

The incident happened as she walked past the Colwell Arts Centre on Derby Road, Gloucester, at about 4.30pm yesterday.

Among the items stolen along with the brown leather handbag were a red purse, a red leather diary, about £35 in cash and a Samsung Galaxy mobile phone.

The victim suffered injuries to her head, wrist and hip which, fortunately, are not thought to be serious.

The muggers were both in their teens, dressed in black or navy blue clothing, and one had a scarf around his nose.

Anyone with information about the robbery should call 101, quoting incident 359 of 22/2/17.

14 February 2017

Two arrested following stabbing in Gloucester

Officers were called to Midland Road in Gloucester at 3.55pm yesterday(Monday 13 February) following a report of stabbing.

A man was stabbed at the junction of Midland Road and Goodyere Street before those involved entered Go Outdoors, Barton Street, Gloucester. The victim's injuries are not life threatening and he spent the night at GRH for treatment and observation.

Two men have been arrested and are currently in custody. One man, aged 53 from Gloucester, has been arrested on suspicion of assault (GBH) and possession of a class A drug. The second man, aged 36 from Gloucester, has been arrested on suspicion of assault (ABH) and possession of a class B drug.

If you can help police with their enquiries or witnessed the incident please call 101 quoting Incident number 337 of 13 February 2017.

A man has been arrested on suspicion of assault in connection with the incident and remains in custody at this time.

Any witnesses or anyone who may have seen something that could help the investigation should call 101 and quote incident 337 of 13 February.

13 February 2017

Appeal launched to find 'vulnerable' man

Gloucestershire Police have today made an appeal for help to trace a missing Cheltenham man.

John Barden, 63, was last seen in the Lansdown area at about 6am today.

There are fears for his welfare because he is vulnerable and has a number of medical issues.

John is white, 5ft 10in tall, of stocky build and bald on top but with long grey hair on the side. He walks with a shuffle and was wearing a grey overcoat, blue jeans and dark shoes.

If you see John or know where he is, call 101 and quote incident 46 of 13 February. Alternatively you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

8 February 2017

Churchgoer,76, is attacked in Cirencester

Police are appealing for information after a 76-year-old woman was injured during an attempted bag snatch in Cirencester.

She was a visitor to the town and was walking from her hotel to the parish church in Market Place, just before 6pm on Sunday, 4 February, to attend the evening service.

As she arrived in the church porch, a man came up behind her and tried to pull her black handbag from her shoulder.

She screamed and the man let go, causing her to fall backwards onto the stone-flagged floor, injuring her hip.

The man ran off and the woman called for help.

Church officials went to her aid, and one member of staff attempted to give chase, but was unable to catch the offender.

The victim was admitted to hospital for treatment to significant bruising.

She has described the mugger as probably white, of thin build and wearing murky beige or khaki clothing.

There were many people around at the time including other worshippers and the church choir which was assembling in a room above the entrance, and police are appealing for witnesses.

Anyone with information should call 101, quoting incident 372 of 5 February 2017.

1 February 2017

Man suffers fractured skull in street attack in Cheltenham

Police are appealing for witnesses after a 21-year-old man suffered a fractured skull in an assault in Cheltenham.

He was walking down Regent Street from the High Street between 3.15am and 4am on yesterday morning (31 Jan), following a night out, when he was approached by two men, one of whom squared up to him and attacked him.

The next thing the victim remembers is waking up on the ground with blood down his T-shirt and severe pain at the back of his head.

He was taken to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital and treated for a fractured skull, a 2cm laceration to his head needing four staples to close it, swelling and bruising to the left side of his jaw and grazes to his left elbow, hip and knee.

The only description he has been able to give is that his attackers were both white, aged 19 or 20, about 6ft tall with light brown hair.

Anyone who witnessed the assault or has any information which could help this enquiry is asked to call 101, quoting incident number 82 of 31/1/17.

12 January 2017

Appeal for witnesses to Gloucester sexual assault

Police are appealing for witnesses to a sexual assault in Gloucester yesterday (Wednesday 11 January).

A woman was walking along the alleyway that runs off Derby Road towards Asda between 2.45pm and 3pm when a man approached her and started talking to her.

The woman entered into conversation with the man as they walked towards the train station before he pulled her towards him and sexually touched her. He then left towards Asda.

The man is described as being of mixed heritage, 5ft 11ins tall, in his mid to late 20s, of slim build but "muscley", with a moustache or goatee and short, tidy dark hair. He was wearing dark clothing and carrying a plastic bag.

Anyone who saw the man or the incident should call 101 and quote incident 446 of 11 January.

You can also contact the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through their Anonymous Online Form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

Warning over cold call from security firm claiming to work with Gloucestershire Police

Gloucestershire Constabulary are warning the public of a security firm who cold called a resident claiming they worked in conjunction with us.

A resident in Berkeley received the call yesterday (Wednesday 11 January) from a home security company. It was reported as being persistent and hard-selling, pressing for the resident to arrange a visit at their home.

The company claimed to be working with Gloucestershire Police in order to arrange these visits. We can confirm that we do not work with independent security firms and we do not ask security companies to contact residents in this way.

Officers have made Trading Standards aware of the call. Anyone who receives a similar call should get in touch by calling the non-emergency number 101, or by emailing 101@gloucestershire.pnn.police.uk

11 January 2017

Persistent shoplifter banned from Gloucester city centre

A persistent shoplifter has been banned from Gloucester city centre after receiving a criminal behaviour order at court.

Bradley John Windle, 37 and of Deans Way in Gloucester, appeared at Cheltenham Magistrates' Court yesterday (Monday 9 January), where he pleaded guilty to two thefts from shops in the city.

A Criminal Behaviour Order was then granted meaning Windle cannot enter the city centre except when he has an arranged appointment or enter any business that is part of the Gloucester City Safe scheme.

The order will last two years and any breach could result in a prison sentence.

PC Mark Mansfield said: "Windle has been a constant thorn in the side of businesses and the police in Gloucester. He's been responsible for tens of shoplifting cases, causing harassment, alarm and distress to many.

"We hope this order helps change things but if it doesn't he could face prison.

"We're releasing his photo so that people can report any breaches to us on 101."

9 January 2017

Serious RTC on A429 near Northleach

Gloucestershire Police were called at 11.47 this morning following an RTC on the A429, The Fosseway heading towards Northleach near the A40 roundabout.

The road is currently closed in both directions and will remain closed for a long time while emergency services, including police, fire, ambulance and the air ambulance attend the scene. Paramedics are currently assessing casualties.

Two cars and a lorry were involved. The lorry is across the road and has lost its load of stones.

The area is gridlocked and drivers are advised to avoid the area.

Incident 144 of 9 January refers.

5 January 2017

CCTV appeal for suspicious man who assaulted a woman in Cheltenham

Police have released CCTV images of a suspicious man who assaulted a woman in Cheltenham.

The victim, a 35-year-old woman, was approached by two female friends on the High Street, who

complained to her they were being followed by a man. The victim offered to escort them back to her home on Grove Street, where he continued to follow the group.

As the victim opened her front door, he assaulted her by punching her in the face before having a verbal altercation with her two friends. He then left in the direction of the High Street.

This happened at around 12.45am on Sunday 27 November. The victim sustained a broken nose, bruised eye and broken teeth as a result.

The offender was not known to the women and he is described as white, in his 30s, with an Eastern European accent, of an athletic build and around six foot in height. He was wearing a striped woolly hat, a green hooded jacket, black baggy jogging trousers and black training shoes.

Investigating officers wish to speak to the man in the image in connection with the incident. Anyone who recognises him should call police on 101 quoting incident 30 of 27 November.

Alternatively, report information to us online at: https://www.gloucestershire.police.uk/contact-us/report-a-crime-or-incident/

You can also contact the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through their Anonymous Online Form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

4 January 2017

South Cerney supermarket robbed

Gloucestershire Police are appealing for witnesses following a robbery at a supermarket in Cirencester.

Officers were called just after 6.30pm on Tuesday (3 January) to the Londis supermarket on Broadway Lane, South Cerney after a man entered the shop and threatened staff with a knife before taking a bag of cash from the till.

A CCTV image has been released of a man officers want to speak to about the robbery.

He is white, possibly in his late twenties and with light coloured eyebrows (so he may have light coloured hair). He was wearing a cap and a dark navy jumper that he had pulled up covering his mouth and nose. He was wearing bright yellow socks over his hands.

If anyone saw a man matching this description or perhaps saw a strange car in the area, or has any information that can help police with their enquiries please call 101 quoting incident number 343 of 3 January.

Officers would also like a customer who was in the store at the time but hasn't yet been identified to come forward.

Anyone who wishes to remain anonymous can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or use their anonymous online form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

3 January 2017

Sheep attacked by dogs in Wotton-under-Edge

Police are appealing for information after sheep were attacked by dogs in Wotton-under-Edge.

The first incident happened between 9pm on Boxing Day and 9am on Tuesday (27 December) in a field between the B4060 and the Old London Road, where a sheep was killed. The sheep was of a large and tall breed so it is thought a large dog or groups of dogs are responsible.

Another attack occurred between 10am on Tuesday (27 December) and 11.30am yesterday (Wednesday 28 December). Three sheep were attacked in a field opposite the Cotswold Edge Golf Course, nearby to the other incident.

Dog walkers should always keep their dogs on a lead when crossing farm land and must stay to the designated footpath or right of way. Please make sure that dogs are restrained on leads at all times in order to prevent any harm coming to livestock or your pets, and please remember to ensure that all gates are properly secured after they have been used.

Anyone with information on these incidents should call police on 101 quoting incidents 107 of 27 December and 297 of 28 December.

Alternatively, report information to us online at: https://www.gloucestershire.police.uk/contact-us/report-a-crime-or-incident/

You can also contact the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through their Anonymous Online Form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

12 December 2016

Woman robbed in sports field in Quedgeley - appeal

A woman was robbed in a field in Quedgeley over the weekend.

The incident happened as the victim walked a dog through the large field between Stephenson Drive and Naas Lane at around 11.30pm on Saturday (11 December).

The woman was listening to music and holding her mobile phone in her hand when she noticed a group of two males and a female walking in the opposite direction.

They walked past her but a few moments later the victim felt a sudden pain to the back of her head, as though she had been struck on the head with a blunt object. She fell to the ground and dropped her phone and dog lead.

Those in the group then attacked her - pulling her hair, slapping, punching and scratching her and forcing her to the ground again, demanding money.

Eventually the woman managed to get free and run away. She later found the dog in a neighbour's garden and the phone in the field the next day.

The woman had suffered a lump to the back of her head and cuts and abrasions to her face, hands and arms.

The female offender is described as white, around 5ft 7ins tall, of slim build and with dark hair that was slicked back into a pony tail.

Anyone with information about the incident or witnessed the group in the field on the night should call 101 and quote incident 321 of 11 December.

People are urged to remind themselves of the personal safety advice on our website at www.gloucestershire.police.uk/staying-safe/keeping-yourself-safe/personal-safety/

14 November 2016

Police appeal after woman raped in Gloucester

Detectives in Gloucester have issued an appeal after a woman was raped in the city.

It happened at around 7.20pm on Sunday 2 October, when the victim, in her 20s, was walking along the footpath parallel to Metz Way. She had just past the junction with Derby Road, heading in the direction of Eastern Avenue, when a man walking towards her knocked her to the floor and raped her.

He then ran off in the direction of Derby Road. He is described as white, in his 30s, of a slim build, around 5 foot 5 tall, of a slim build, with dark hair and wearing dark coloured clothing.

Detective Inspector Dave Shore-Nye, of the Rape and Serious Sexual Offences team, said: "This was an extremely distressing ordeal for the victim and we are doing all we can to support her.

"Enquiries have been ongoing into this horrific crime since it occurred and we are now in a position to appeal for the public's help to trace the man responsible.

"We want to hear from anyone who used the footpath on that Sunday evening, as they may have vital information which can help us with our investigation.

"I wish to reassure the local community that this type of incident is very rare in Gloucestershire and our area remains a generally safe place to live."

Anyone with information should call police on 101, quoting incident 114 of 14 October.

Alternatively, report information to us online at: https://www.gloucestershire.police.uk/contact-us/report-a-crime-or-incident/

You can also contact the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through their Anonymous Online Form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

24 October 2016 

Traffic Lights not working at Cole Avenue, Gloucester

Gloucestershire Police would like to advise the public that the traffic lights are not working at Cole Avenue and Bristol Road junction Gloucester. We've had reports that they are stuck on Red and congestion is building. Gloucestershire Highways have been informed and the signal fault reported. Please avoid the area if possible and take care.

Two Cheltenham men handed Sexual Risk Orders

Two men from Cheltenham have been handed Sexual Risk Orders to help protect children at risk of sexual exploitation in Gloucestershire.

Alex Sheerin, aged 26, of Whaddon Road and Lewis Hawker, aged 30, of Alstone Court, appeared at Bristol Crown Court on Friday (21 October).

The court issued the orders after it heard compelling information that the men had been involved in sexually exploiting a teenage girl and engaging in sexual activity with her on at least one occasion.

The orders will last for five years and prohibit the men from contacting the teenage girl, either in person or via any phone or social media channels.

They are also banned from communicating with or contacting any girl under the age of 18 and from entering any school, college or educational premises for under 18-year-olds or from going within 50 metres of one.

To add to this, Sheerin is banned from contacting 12 other named girls, who are under 18 and at risk of child sexual exploitation.

If they break the orders, the men could face a prison sentence of up to five years.

DCI Chris Hanson, of the Constabulary's Public Protection Bureau, said: "Sheerin and Hawker pose a danger to vulnerable teenage girls and I am releasing their details and photographs to help enforce the orders.

"We are committed to protecting vulnerable people in Gloucestershire. These Sexual Risk Orders are an extremely important tool to help protect other young teenagers from being exploited and are the first ones to be issued in the county.

"Securing them was a joint effort between the police and social care. We work together as one multi-agency team, sharing information and making the most of each other's areas of expertise, this result highlights partnership working at its best."

21 October 2016

Appeal for information about Cheltenham arson

Police in Cheltenham are appealing for information about an arson behind Currys/PC World on Tewkesbury Road at the beginning of the month.

It happened between 5.30pm and 6pm on Tuesday 4 October.

An unknown offender or offenders set fire to some cardboard and a commercial bin that were placed under the air ventilation system.

The fire caused damage to a wooden pallet and smoke damage that extended up the wall of the building.

The store was closed for 90 minutes due to the risk of the public suffering smoke inhalation.

Officers are particularly keen to speak to two girls who may have witnessed the offence.

Anyone with information should call 101 and quote incident 416 of 4 October.

You can also contact the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through their Anonymous Online Form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

20 October 2016

Man arrested in connection with Tetbury sexual assault

A man has been arrested in connection with a sexual assault on a 24-year-old woman in Tetbury last week.

It happened in The Green on Thursday 13 October between 6.30pm and 7.30pm.

The victim was confronted, pushed against a wall and slapped before being sexually assaulted. She suffered minor injuries to her face and ripped clothing, but managed to fend off her attacker and run away.

A 54-year-old Tetbury man was detained yesterday on suspicion of sexual assault and has been bailed to return to police on 2 December, pending further inquiries.

Despite the arrest police are very keen for anyone with information who hasn't come forward to call 101, quoting incident number 514 of 13 October.

You can also contact the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through their Anonymous Online Form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org . No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

17 October 2016

Appeal after 24-year-old woman sexually-assaulted in Tetbury

Police are appealing for information to help trace a man who sexually assaulted a 24-year-old woman in Tetbury.

It happened in The Green last Thursday (13 October) between 6.30pm and 7.30pm.

The man jumped out from behind the victim, pushed her against a wall and slapped her before sexually assaulting her. She suffered minor injuries to her face and ripped clothing, but managed to fend off her attacker and run away.

The offender is described as white, of medium build and in his late 30s to early 40s. He is about 5ft 8ins tall and had messy collar-length fair hair and stubble on his face.

He wore a navy or black short coat, dark jeans and brown shoes and is believed to be local to the area.

Although this incident is a rare occurrence, it is understandable that it might cause concern in the community. As a result, local police have stepped up patrols in the area.

Anyone who thinks they recognise the offender from the description, or who has any information regarding this enquiry is asked to call 101, quoting incident number 514 of 13/10/16.

14 October 2016

Robbery at Tuffley Co-op

Masked men robbed a Co-op in Tuffley last night.

The incident happened at the store in Seventh Avenue at around 10.45pm.

Several men wearing balaclavas entered the store, taking the staff into a room at the back of the shop and then forcing one of them to open the safe. During the incident two staff members suffered non-serious injuries.

It is believed around five robbers were involved.

They made off with several thousand pounds.

Officers are continuing inquiries this morning.

Anyone who saw or knows anything should call 101 and quote incident 525 of 13 October.

12 October 2016

Six arrested in connection with Gloucester murder

Six people have been arrested overnight in connection with the murder of a 49-year-old man at Marian Court flats in Gloucester last Friday (7 October).

Of these, two men aged 18 and a 19-year-old man were arrested in Gloucester while a 17-year-old male was arrested in Northampton, all on suspicion of murder.

A 37-year-old woman and a 34-year-old man arrested in Gloucester were detained on suspicion of assisting an offender.

All remain in custody at this time.

Inquiries are continuing and formal identification of the victim has now taken place.

The Gloucestershire Coroner's Office will now formally release the victim's name at the forthcoming inquest opening.

Officers were called to Marian Court flats in Archdeacon Street at 4.50pm on Friday (7 October), where a man had suffered a fatal stab wound. Paramedics treated the man but he was declared dead at the scene just after 6pm.

Around 100 police officers and staff are working on the investigation, which is being led by detectives working as part of the regional Brunel Major Crime Investigation Team.

Riding gear stolen from stables in Edge

Thieves have stolen thousands of pounds worth of riding equipment from stables in Edge, near Stroud.

Three stables, located at a farm in Horsepools Hill, were broken into between 10.30am and 4.30pm yesterday (10 Oct).

Bridles, saddles, riding hats, numnahs (saddle padding), head collars and whips were among the items taken.

Given that most of the stolen goods were made of leather, police believe the stables were targeted, and members of the riding community are asked to get in touch if they see items they suspect are stolen put up for sale.

Anyone with information which could help this enquiry is asked to call 101, quoting incident 298 of 10/10/16.

10 October 2016

Update on Longlevens assault

The 18-year old woman arrested on suspicion of attempted murder has been bailed to return to police on 7 November.

A slight correction to the injuries. The more seriously injured victim suffered a stab wound to the chest and one to the arm(not groin as previously stated). She remains in hospital at this moment.

The other woman suffered a non-serious stab wound to the groin (not arm as previously stated). She has been discharged from hospital.

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A 21-year-old woman suffered stab wounds to the chest and groin in a serious assault in Longlevens in the early hours.

An 18-year-old woman from Cheltenham has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder in connection with the attack, which also saw another woman, also 21, suffer a less serious cut to the arm.

The incident happened at a house in Meadowleaze shortly before 1.45am today (Saturday 8 October).

The more seriously injured victim remains in Gloucestershire Royal Hospital today.

Inquiries remain ongoing and anyone with information should call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

7 October 2016

Arrests made as part of police operation in response to badger cull

Several arrests have been made in the past week as part of the joint operation between Gloucestershire and West Mercia Police in response to the DEFRA-managed badger cull.

On Tuesday (4 October) a 56-year-old man from Cheltenham was arrested on suspicion of assault and dangerous driving.

It relates to an incident on Thursday 15 September at around 7pm, when officers received a report that a man working at a location near to Tewkesbury on the Worcestershire and Gloucestershire border, had been assaulted and a car driven at him.

The arrested man has been released on bail until a date in November.

Meanwhile a 46-year-old woman from Sheffield was arrested late on Tuesday (4 October) on suspicion of assisting an offender following an assault last Tuesday (27 September).

The assault happened following an altercation in an area near Tewkesbury. A man was hit on the forehead with a metal torch, causing a wound just above the eyebrow that needed stitches.

Officers are still carrying out inquiries to identify the man who committed the assault. The woman arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender has been bailed to return to police on 8 December.

Finally, two women have been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to cause criminal damage to badger traps. The 38-year-old woman from Stow-on-the-Wold and the 44-year-old from Kingham in Oxfordshire, were arrested today (Friday 7 October) at their homes.

It follows incidents at a farm in the North Cotswolds between 23 September and 1 October. They currently remain in custody.

Rape in Gloucester - appeal to trace possible witness

Police have released a CCTV image of a man who could have vital information about a rape in

Gloucester last weekend.

The incident happened between 2am and 3.15am on Saturday 1 October.

A 21-year-old woman was walking home when she was attacked by a man in the area of Great Western Road.

The man in the image may have witnessed the incident.

Police also want to identify two men who returned the victim's handbag and glasses to her later on in the morning.

If you can help identify any of these men please call 101 and quote incident 135 of 1 October.

You can also contact the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through their Anonymous Online Form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

4 October 2016 

Man dies following Brockworth Collision

A man has died following a collision in Brockworth this morning.

A blue Vauxhall Transporter van was in collision with a male pedestrian at the junction of Henley Bank Lane and Shurdington Road shortly before 7.40am today (Monday 3 October).

The man was treated by paramedics but was sadly pronounced dead shortly before 8.50am. Police are still attempting to make contact with the man's next of kin but he is believed to have been in his 70s and from Brockworth.

The van driver, a 44-year-old man from Brockworth, was uninjured.

The road was closed until around 11am while a collision investigation took place.

While several witnesses have spoken to police, officers are urging anyone who saw the collision but hasn't yet spoken to them to come forward.

Anyone with information should call 101 and quote incident 53 of 3 October.

Lottery Scam Warning

A homeowner in Gloucester has been targeted by a lottery scam and officers are warning the public.

A man in his 60s, who lives in the Abbeydale area, received a letter from a company called Freegate Financial Corporation, claiming that he'd won £125,000 on the FIFA online lottery and to call a number to discuss his prize.

He called the number and spoke to a man with a foreign accent, who asked whether he wanted to be paid into his bank or by cheque. The victim requested by cheque and provided his date of birth. He later told his sister who suspected this to be a scam.

Thankfully the victim did not provide any bank details.

Please follow our advice in case others are targeted with this scam in the county:

• Remember that you can only win money or prizes if you take part in the competition

• Do not provide any personal or bank details to anybody you do not know

• Be suspicious if you are offered money or a prize out of the blue

• If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is

• Make your elderly family, friends and neighbours aware

27 September 2016 

Shop raided in Drybrook

Gloucestershire Constabulary are appealing for information following a break in at a foodstore in Drybrook.

Police were called at 11.45pm on 25 September after the Co-op in the High Street, Drybrook was raided.

Three unknown men wearing balaclavas and gloves used crow bars to force open the rollers on the front door.

A black plastic bin was used to empty a large quantity of cigarettes into the boot of the car.

The men made off in a silver Vauxhall Astra possibly travelling towards Newent.

Police would like to hear from anyone has any information on the three men and the silver Vauxhall Astra or who saw or heard anything in the vicinity that night.

Please call 101 quoting incident number 489 of 25 September 2016.

Serious collision on A436, Andoversford

There was a collision between *1am and 1.30am today (Tuesday 27 September) on the A436 at Andoversford.

A vehicle, a green Ford Mondeo estate, left the carriageway between Seven Springs and the Air Balloon.

The driver, a man, sustained serious injuries and was airlifted to Southmead Hospital. His injuries are thought to be life changing and he remains in a serious condition. His next of kin have been informed.

No other vehicle is thought to be involved. The road reopened at around 7.20am.

Anyone who witnessed the collision, or the vehicle prior to the incident, should call police on 101 quoting incident 12 of 27 September.

Burglar sentenced after being witnessed by neighbour

A burglar has been sentenced after a neighbour witnessed him committing the crime.

Robert Mayer, aged 41, of Quay Street in Gloucester, was sentenced to three years and three months in prison after appearing at Gloucester Crown Court today (Friday 23 September).

He pleaded guilty to burglary, theft and attempted theft and was sentenced to three years for the burglary. He was sentenced to another three months, to run consecutively, for the theft and attempted theft.

The burglary occurred last month, on Wednesday 24 August, on Priory Road in Gloucester, when Mayer climbed into a secure courtyard and kicked down a wooden door to the property. He carried out an untidy search and located the keys to a vehicle parked on the driveway. He looked inside the vehicle and then attempted to open a set of gates at the front of the property to escape.

Meanwhile, a neighbour was witnessing the burglary and called police. Officers quickly attended, disturbing Mayer who jumped over a garden fence to get away. He was later found hiding behind a wheelie bin in a nearby alleyway.

This case shows the importance of witnesses and that their sightings and information are key. If you witness a crime in progress or suspect suspicious activity, alert police immediately by calling 999.

20 September 2016

World War Two medals stolen in Woodmancote

An image has been released of World War Two medals which were stolen during a burglary over the weekend.

It happened between 5.30pm on Friday (16 September) and 7pm on Saturday (17 September) when offenders forced entry to a property on Meade King Grove in Woodmancote.

The medals stolen are of sentimental value to the victims who are very upset that they have been taken.

Anyone who can help locate them should call police on 101 quoting incident 419 of 17 September.

Alternatively, report information to us online at: https://www.gloucestershire.police.uk/contact-us/report-a-crime-or-incident/ 

You can also contact the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through their Anonymous Online Form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org . No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

19 September 2016

Officers investigating a serious assault in Gloucester city centre are appealing for witnesses.

A 36-year-old man left Fusion on Southgate Street at around 12.30am on Tuesday 13 September. He was then assaulted and taken to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital by an ambulance, after sustaining serious head injuries. He has since been discharged.

There is currently not a description of the offender and it is not known exactly where the assault took place. Officers are trawling CCTV of the city centre to establish these details.

Anyone who thinks they saw the assault should call police on 101 quoting incident 208 of 13 September.

Alternatively, report information to us online at: https://www.gloucestershire.police.uk/contact-us/report-a-crime-or-incident/ 

You can also contact the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through their Anonymous Online Form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org . No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

16 September 2016

Appeal for witnesses after man arrested for brandishing knife on Barton Street in Gloucester

Officers investigating an incident involving a knife on Barton Street in Gloucester are appealing for witnesses.

It happened on Wednesday 14 September at around 5pm, when a man threatened another man with a knife. The victim ran to Barton Street Police Station for help and was not injured.

Meanwhile, the offender walked towards Sainsbury's Local and put the knife in his pocket. Police promptly attended and arrested the man in the store, who was shouting racially abusive language at the time. A knife was also seized.

A 31-year-old man from Gloucester was arrested on suspicion of possessing an offensive weapon in a public place and racially aggravated disorder. He was bailed until 14 October pending further enquiries.

This is thought to be an isolated incident with no wider threat or risk to the general public.

Witnesses have been spoken to at the scene but police are still appealing for anyone else in the area at the time who saw what happened to come forward.

In particular, two men standing at the bus stop are thought to have witnessed the incident and they are urged to contact police and help with enquiries.

Anyone with information is urged to call police on 101 quoting incident 350 of 14 September.

Alternatively, report information to us online at: https://www.gloucestershire.police.uk/contact-us/report-a-crime-or-incident/ 

You can also contact the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through their Anonymous Online Form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

14 September 2016

CCTV released in connection with sexual assault in Gloucester 

Officers investigating a sexual assault in Gloucester have issued CCTV images in hope of tracing the offender.

The incident happened at around 2am on Saturday 2 July at the junction of Market Parade and Clarence Street. The victim, a 19-year-old woman, was walking along Eastgate Street when she was approached by a man who asked her for directions. He walked with her until they reached the junction and then pushed her against a wall and sexually assaulted her. The victim shouted before the offender then walked off.

He is described as black, in his 30s, of a medium build, around 5 foot 6 in height and was wearing a Barbour jacket.

Police are eager to speak to the man in the image in connection with the incident. Images have also been released of two men he was in company with that night.

DC Austin Parry, the investigating officer, said: "We have trawled CCTV and established that the three men attended several bars in the city centre on the evening of Friday 1 July. They frequented the Regal, Butlers, Zest and Liquid.

"The images we have decided to release see the men entering the Regal at around 11pm. We particularly want to speak to the man alone in the image, but his associates in the other photo, may also be able to assist us with our enquiries.

"I urge themselves, or anyone else who recognises them, to call police on 101 quoting incident 344 of 2 July.

"We take reports of sexual offences very seriously and we hope our proactive approach to trace the man responsible indicates this."

You can also contact the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through their Anonymous Online Form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court.


Sentimental jewellery and hundreds of pounds stolen in Shurdington burglary

Sentimental jewellery and hundreds of pounds was stolen during a burglary in Shurdington yesterday (Tuesday 13 September).

Offenders forced entry to the property on Main Road. It is believed to have happened at midday, as the offenders knocked over a clock causing its batteries to fall out, stopping the time at 12pm.

Around £700 in cash was stolen as well as jewellery of sentimental value to the victim.

The property is near a busy road and it is hoped that a passing motorist or pedestrian may have witnessed suspicious activity at the time.

Anyone with information is urged to call police on 101 quoting incident 235 of 13 September.

You can also contact the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through their Anonymous Online Form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org . No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

13 September 2016

Caught on Camera - Attempted burglary at Gloucester café

A man police want to speak to in connection with an attempted burglary at a café in Gloucester is the latest to be added to Gloucestershire Constabulary's Caught on Camera online gallery.Between 5.10pm on Thursday 9 August and 8.40am on Wednesday 10 August, a man attempted to gain entry to Hubble Bubble on Westgate Street by using a razor blade to tamper with the lock. However, he was unsuccessful leaving the razor behind.This case is just one of 12 featured in the latest batch of images at https://www.gloucestershire.police.uk/news-room/caught-on-camera. Anyone who recognises a person in any of the images can report it quickly and easily via a special button on the page.Amongst the other cases, police want to speak to people in connection with criminal damage at a betting shop in Cheltenham and shoplifting across the county.







Appeal for witnesses and dash cam footage after man and woman injured in collision

Police are appealing for witnesses or anyone with dash cam footage to come forward after a collision in the Linden area of Gloucester.

A silver Ford Focus collided with a blue Peugeot 208 on the Bowly Road and Raikes Road junction at around 8.05pm yesterday evening (Monday 12 September).

The driver of the Peugeot 208, a 26-year-old woman, was taken to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital with a shoulder and arm injury. The driver of the Ford Focus, a 19-year-old man, sustained a minor head injury and was also taken to hospital.

Police are eager to establish the circumstances of the collision and urge anyone who witnessed it, or who may have captured the incident on their dash cam, to make contact with PC 2265 Thomas by calling 101 quoting incident 438 of 12 September.

08 September 2016

UPDATE: Stabbing in Gloucester

Four people remain in custody today following yesterday's stabbing in Gloucester. They are a 16-year-old boy from Gloucester, a 21 year-old man from Cheltenham, a 25 year old man from Gloucester and 42 year old woman from Gloucester.

The victim, a 40-year-old man, received non-life-threatening injuries.

07 September 2016

RTC Maisemore

The A417 is currently closed from the Over roundabout to Maismore in both directions following an RTCIt was reported to police at 1543 today (Wednesday 7 September).Two cars are involved.


Arrests made in Cirencester 

Officers have carried out a warrant in Cirencester today (Wednesday 7 September) as part of an investigation by the county's multi-agency Child Abuse Investigation Team into child sexual exploitation.

A 23-year-old man and two youths aged 17, all from Cirencester, have been arrested on suspicion of sexual activity with children. The three are currently in police custody.

Detective Sergeant Nigel Hatten said: "We take any allegation of the sexual exploitation of children very seriously and we know this news will concern people.

"The Child Sexual Exploitation team has worked extremely hard together with partner agencies tackling sexual exploitation, to proactively pursue the concerns resulting in the arrests today.

"However, we are also appealing to members of the public to report any information they may have about the sexual exploitation of children. They can do that through our 101 number or by calling Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. We all need to help tackle this crime and ensure our children are safe."

02 September 2016

Appeal for missing Quedgeley man

Gloucestershire Constabulary are appealing for the public's help to trace a missing man from Quedgeley.

Scot Holder, 39, was last seen near his home in Quedgeley at around 4am yesterday (Thursday, 1 September) after being dropped off from work. He has not been seen or heard from since.

He likes to walk along the canal and at Robinswood Hill, so people in these areas are especially urged to look out for him.

Scot is white, of a slim build, 6ft 3in tall and has short black hair. He was last seen wearing blue jeans, a blue T-shirt and black trainers.

Scot also has tattoos on his arms - a Celtic band and skulls on his left arm and Chinese writing and the name 'Rachel' on his right arm.

His disappearance is out of character and police and Scot's family are growing increasingly concerned for him.

Anyone who sees Scot should call police on 101 quoting incident 165 of Thursday, 1 September.

31 August 2016

Serious assault at Frocester Beer Festival-appeal

Police are appealing for information after a woman reported that she was seriously sexually assaulted at Frocester Beer Festival at the weekend.

The incident happened in a tent in the cricket club grounds between 9pm and 11.30pm on Friday 26 August.

The victim, in her 30s, was attending the event with a friend and was socialising when she met a man who indicated he was with a large group of similarly aged men.

The victim danced with the man before realising she had become separated from her friend. She walked back to her tent to look for her but was followed by the man. He is then alleged to have raped her in her tent.

The man is described as in his late 20s to early 30s, of medium build, around 6ft to 6ft 1ins tall, with short dark hair, clean shaven and a slim face. He was wearing a short-sleeved burnt orange polo shirt, dark blue shorts and white sport socks with black markings. It is believed the man may be from Bristol.

Forensic and other inquiries are ongoing but police are asking anyone who attended the festival who may have information or knows who the man is to call them straight away on 101, quoting incident 380 of 27 August.

24 August 2016

Witnesses sought over racially-motivated attack at bus stop in Gloucester

Police are appealing for witnesses to a racially-motivated assault at a bus stop in Matson in Gloucester.

The incident happened at about 10am on Saturday 20 August in Norbury Avenue, near its junction with Baneberry Way.

A group of people were standing at the stop when a white man in his 20s got out of a white van and approached them. He appeared to be drunk and started verbally-abusing two of the waiting passengers, who were both black. He then punched one of them.

Police are keen to trace the victim who was punched. He was black and in his 20s and believed to be a Matson resident.

A 22-year-old local man was later arrested on suspicion of assault and racially-aggravated public order offences and bailed till 28 September.

Any witnesses who have not already come forward, including any who were on the bus that arrived while the incident was happening, is asked to call 101, quoting incident

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