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18 October

Cyclist injured in collision in Dursley

Gloucestershire Police were called just after 9am today following reports of a collision between a cyclist and a stationary vehicle.

The incident happened on the B4060 at Stancombe, Dursley where a 40 year old male cyclist, travelling towards North Nibley, hit the rear of a stationary Western Power Distribution van.

The man who sustained various fractures was taken by ambulance to Southmead Hospital, Bristol. His condition, although serious, is not life threatening.

The road was closed while emergency services were at the scene.

Police would like to hear from anyone who witnessed the collision who has not already spoken to the police to please get in touch. Call 101 quoting incident number 90 of 18 October 2017.

16 October

Young man arrested in connection with sexual assaults in Gloucester area

At around 1800 yesterday evening, detectives located and arrested a local young man in connection with the sexual assaults and other related incidents from earlier this week in Abbeymead and Abbeydale.

The young man was questioned until late last night and has been released on conditional police bail whilst further evidence is gathered for review by the Crown Prosecution Service.

We are not looking for any other suspects.

Detective Inspector Richard Pegler said:

"I'm really grateful to the local community and those who replied to our Facebook post to help us identify the suspect.

"It's positive that the women subjected to this have had the confidence to report what has happened to them and the quality of the information they have provided has been excellent. Officers are in touch with all of those affected to update them and offer ongoing support.

"I don't underestimate the impact of these types of incident, they are quite simply horrible and unacceptable. Whilst I don't want to see any young person castigated or vilified, we must keep people safe and we will be working with our partners including the Youth Offending Service to address the issues raised."

06 October

Burglar who targeted Winchcombe and Brockworth homes jailed for five years

A prolific burglar from Birmingham was sentenced on Monday (2 October) to five years in prison after he was found guilty of committing three burglaries in Winchcombe and Brockworth.

Martin Payne, 37 (pictured top) of Bleakhouse Road, Oldbury, was sentenced at Gloucester Crown Court for residential break-ins that took place between April and May 2017.

Leanne Hadley, 39 (pictured below) and of Edinburgh Road, Oldbury, was sentenced to a community order with a drug rehabilitation requirement after handling stolen goods from the burglaries in Brockworth.

Payne was also sentenced for driving whilst disqualified between Tewkesbury and Birmingham.

The first burglary took place at a house in The Finches in Greet on Saturday 8 April and saw Payne gain entry to the property by smashing the back door. Once inside he conducted a tidy search and left the premises with various items of jewellery.

During a burglary in Court Road, Brockworth on Wednesday 17 May, Payne smashed the glass conservatory doors of the house before entering and stealing a PS4 console, eight games, jewellery, a Samsung TV remote, a bottle of Jameson whisky and a quantity of cash.

The final burglary, which happened between Wednesday 17 May and Sunday 21 May, saw Payne smash the rear facing French doors of a property in Nightjar Road in Brockworth before stealing jewellery from a bedroom.

Payne was already wanted by the police after a DNA test matched him to the burglary in Winchcombe and after breaking in to the two houses in Brockworth, Payne and Hadley were detained in a car at Strensham Services whilst making their way back to Birmingham.

A vehicle search was conducted and officers found woollen gloves containing the jewellery stolen from the two properties in Brockworth behind the car stereo.

Officer in charge of the case Sergeant Chris Barnes said: "I am pleased with the sentences handed down today. Payne is a prolific criminal well known to the West Midlands area but who had a significant impact in our county.

"Payne smashed his way into two houses, and stole items that were of a high sentimental value to the victims, it was only through the good work of officers from Tewkesbury Local Policing Area, Tri-Force and Central Motorway Police Group, that Payne and Hadley were brought to justice and some of the stolen items were recovered."

15 September

Police investigate report of rape in Wotton under Edge

Police investigating a report of a woman being raped in Wotton-under-Edge last week are appealing for witnesses.

The incident is believed to have happened in a wooded area near to the sports and social club in Synwell Lane at about 11pm on Saturday 9 September.

The 33-year-old victim, who had been attending a charity event at the club, did not know the offender and no description is available.

DI Dave Shore-Nye, of the Rape and Serious Sexual Offences team at Gloucestershire Constabulary, said: "We are treating this incident very seriously and urge anyone with information to come forward.

"We are appealing for witnesses who may recall seeing a female in distress. We would particularly like to speak to a female who assisted the female and stayed with her until the police arrived. They may have information which can help us with our enquiries.

"We understand an incident of this nature can cause concern within the local community, but we wish to reassure members of the public that we are doing all we can to trace the person responsible."

Anyone with information should contact Gloucestershire Constabulary by calling 101 or emailing 101@gloucestershire.police.uk and quoting incident 7 of 10 September.

8 September

Man arrested following collision on M5

A man has been arrested in connection with a collision which happened on the M5 in Gloucestershire early this morning, Friday 8 September.

The collision happened shortly before 4.30am in the southbound carriageway between junctions 9 and 10 and involved a black Vauxhall Zafira and a red Kia Cee'd

The Vauxhall left the road and landed on its side in a field.

The driver, a woman in her 60s, was not physically injured.

The driver of the Kia failed to stop at the scene.

At about 7.45am officers arrested a 21-year-old man on suspicion of drink driving and he was taken into custody for questioning.

He has since been released under investigation.

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