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18 August

Arrests made in connection with St Aldate Street stabbing

A number of arrests have been made in connection with the stabbing on St Aldate Street on 13 August.

Yesterday, Thursday 17 August, a 21-year-old man from Gloucester was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm and suspicion of conspiracy to supply class A drugs.

A 27-year-old man from Gloucester was arrested yesterday on suspicion of conspiracy to supply class A drugs.

A 39-year-old man from Gloucester was arrested yesterday on suspicion of conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm.

This morning, Friday 18 August, a 32-year-old man from Gloucester has been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm.

All four remain in custody at this time.

Police were called to St Aldate Street at 2.30am on Sunday 13 August to reports that a male had been stabbed.

The 23-year-old victim remains in hospital and is in a stable condition.

Detective Chief Inspector Julie MacKay, who is leading the investigation, said: "We continue to work with our communities to ensure that Gloucester is a safe place to work and live and we thank them for their assistance so far."

Anyone with information about this crime is urged to call 101 or email 101@gloucestershire.police.uk and quote incident 61 of 13 August.

16 August

Man arrested following attempted knifepoint robbery of 12-year-old

A man has been arrested following the attempted knifepoint robbery of a 12-year-old boy in Stroud.

A 48-year-old man from Gloucester was arrested yesterday (Tuesday) on suspicion of attempted robbery and has been released under investigation.

On Wednesday 9 August in the alleyway leading from Stratford Park to Jack Russell Close a 12-year-old boy was approached by a man and threatened with a pocket knife.

The boy was unharmed in the incident and nothing was taken but he was very upset.

Anyone with information should call police on 101 or email 101@gloucestershire.police.uk and quote incident 274 of 9/8.

16 August

Attempted theft of ATM machine in Cirencester

Officers are appealing for information after the attempted theft of an ATM machine from a supermarket in Cirencester.

Police were called shortly after 2.20am this morning (Wednesday 16 August) to reports of a break in at a supermarket on Cricklade Road.

Unknown offenders in an old green Land Rover Defender rammed the front of the building which caused extensive damage.

Four males in dark clothing entered the store and made attempts to remove an ATM machine but no cash was taken.

A silver Audi A4 estate was also spotted at the scene and fled with the Land Rover.

Enquiries are ongoing and anyone with information, or any witnesses, should call police on 101 or email 101@gloucestershire.police.uk and quote incident 32 of 16/8.

8 August

Warning - financial scam

Gloucestershire Constabulary are investigating a recent case of financial fraud.

An elderly woman in Gloucester has transferred thousands of pounds to a very skilled and plausible fraudster who claimed to be an investigator working on behalf of Lloyds Bank fraud department.

The male fraudster contacted the woman on a number of occasions during July 2017. She was told that if she assisted the bank with their enquiries she would be rewarded with £10,000. The fraudster did transfer £10,000 into her account which, it transpires, was stolen from a victim in another county.

During July the woman was persuaded to withdraw thousands of pounds from her accounts. She was told to keep the money at home and await further instructions. She was further contacted by a male claiming to be a named officer from the Metropolitan Police who gave what appeared to be a genuine telephone number. However, when a victim uses the telephone it often remains open enabling the fraudster to continue to pretend to be a victim's genuine bank when he/she calls back to check.

Fortunately the scam came to light by her bank when she went into the branch and attempted to write a cheque for thousands of pounds. The bank intervened, the whole story came to light and the police were called.

This has been a hugely upsetting for the woman has been harassed by persistent and increasingly aggressive telephone calls from this man.

We want to advise the public that these fraudsters are very clever and manipulative. They are skilled in persuading innocent people that they are the victims of fraud or are assisting police in their enquiries.

The new angle used is transferring to the victim a large sum of (stolen) money as a 'reward' for their assistance.

Our advice is always to remain vigilant and be aware should you receive unsolicited telephone calls or unexpected approaches by anyone who claims to be from your bank or building society.

Detective Sergeant Michael Prentice, of the Force Intelligence Bureau, said: "These are heartless crimes which target the most vulnerable and trusting members of our society, defrauding them of their life savings."Please be aware that banks and police officers will never ask for your PIN or account details over the phone and never ask you to transfer money to another account.

"If you get a call like this hang up and phone the police and your bank immediately using a different phone, in case the fraudster is still on the line. Do not be pressured into giving any details or handing over any money.

"Please share this information with family, friends and neighbours who you think might be vulnerable to this kind of offence."

Fraud can happen to anyone. Advice on protecting yourself against fraud and scams can be found on our website:

https://www.gloucestershire.police.uk/staying-safe/staying-safe-against-scams-or-fraud/ 

https://www.gloucestershire.police.uk/what-do-i-do-if/i-have-been-a-victim-of-crime/i-have-been-a-victim-of-fraud/ 

4 August

Arrest made in connection with Gloucester Park stabbing

This morning (4 August) officers arrested an 18-year-old man in connection with the Gloucester Park stabbing on Tuesday 1 August.

The male, from Gloucester, has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and remains in custody being questioned.

The investigation continues and we are still appealing for witnesses.

Any witnesses to the incident, or anyone with information, should call police on 101 or email 101@gloucestershire.police.uk and quote incident number 432 of 1/8.

31 July 2017

Two more arrests in Gloucester stabbing investigation

Two men have been arrested in connection with an incident which happened in Podsmead, Gloucester at the weekend.

The men, aged 39 and 40, were arrested yesterday, Sunday 30 July, on suspicion of wounding with intent and are currently in custody.

Police were called to Scott Avenue at about 12.30am on Saturday, 29 July, following a report of a stabbing.

It is believed that the incident took place in the Keats Avenue, Burns Avenue and Scott Avenue areas.

A 34-year-old man suffered serious injuries and remains in hospital where is condition is said to be serious but stable.

Another man was also taken to hospital but has since been released.

A 41-year-old man and a 38-year-old woman, who were arrested on Saturday in connection with a suspected linked incident in Podsmead some time earlier, have now been released under investigation.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call 101, or email 101@gloucestershire.police.uk, quoting incident 18 of 29 July.

26 July 2017

Concern for missing teenage girl

Gloucestershire Constabulary are concerned for the welfare of missing teenager Yasemin Sulcova.

Yasemin (pictured), 15, was last seen at 11pm yesterday at Hobourne Caravan Site, South Cerney.

She is white, 5ft 7in tall with green eyes and long black hair. She was wearing a black coat with a fur trimmed hood, a black top, grey leggings and black trainers.

She has connections to Gloucester and may have travelled there.

If you have seen Yasemin or know of her whereabouts, call 101 quoting incident number 588 of 25 July 2017.

25 July 2017

Teenagers arrested following fire in Cheltenham

Four teenaged boys have been arrested on suspicion of arson following a fire in Yorkley Road, Cheltenham last night.

The fire was reported at about 7.20pm and police and fire crews attended the scene where rubbish was alight.

A dumper truck was also damaged.

Police officers with dogs, and assistance from the National Police Air Service (NPAS), conducted a thorough search of the area.

Four boys, two aged 13, one aged 15 and one aged 17, were located nearby and taken into custody where they are being questioned.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Gloucestershire Constabulary on 101, or email 101@gloucestershirepolice.uk, quoting incident 460 of 24/7.

19 July 2017

Man attacked in Cheltenham

Gloucestershire Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was seriously assaulted in Cheltenham yesterday.

A man, in his forties, was found by a bystander in Sandford Park and an ambulance was called. He has serious neck and head injuries. He was taken to GRH by ambulance and from there to Southmead Hospital, Bristol by air ambulance.

Police would like to hear from anyone who was in Sandford Park or the area around College Road/Bath Parade junction between 4pm and 6pm yesterday who may have witnessed something.

Anyone who saw a tall male wearing shorts and running away out of town should get in touch.

If you saw anything or have any information that could help police with their enquiries, call 101 quoting incident number 421 of 18 July 2017

18 July 2017

Driver, 93, sustains chest injuries in collision

Gloucestershire Police are appealing for witnesses following a road traffic collision at Campden Vale yesterday.

Police were called at 4.37pm yesterday after a white Ford Fiesta Zetec driven by a 92-year-old man from Inkberrow and a red Hyundai Accent collided on the B4632 near Weston-sub-Edge.

The 92-year-old man was airlifted to Worcester Royal Hospital with a suspected chest injury. His 90-year-old female passenger was taken by ambulance to the same hospital with abrasions.

The 53-year-old female driver of the Hyundai was taken to the Alexandra Hospital Redditch to be checked over.

Police would like to hear from anyone who witnessed the incident or has any information that could help collision investigators. Call 101 quoting incident number 331 17 July 2017.

12 July 2017

'Pamela lived for her husband, sons and grandchildren'

A 65-year-old woman has died after a collision involving two vehicles.

Officers were called at around 4pm on Saturday, 1 July to the Meysey Hampton crossroads on the A417 to reports of a two vehicle collision.

Pamela Daniels was taken to Southmead Hospital in Bristol after sustaining life-threatening injuries.

Sadly, she died on Saturday, 8 July.

Her family have released the following statement: "Pamela was a much-loved lady who had lived in the village of Meysey Hampton for over 20 years with her family.

"She was an active member of the local community having been a post lady in the village for 10 years and enjoying walking with the local walking group.

"Pamela was a keen gardener who really appreciated the beauty of the area she lived and through this she encouraged others to do the same.

"Pamela had lovely qualities, she was a kind and gentle person who was humble and private and she lived for her husband, sons and grandchildren.

"This has been a tragic loss for her family and the community who have lost a much loved mother, granny, wife, auntie, sister, neighbour and friend."

The family would like to be given time to come to terms with what has happened and ask that their privacy at this time is respected.

A male passenger who suffered chest injuries in the collision was also taken to Southmead Hospital but has since been discharged.

No arrests have been made at this time.

Officers are investigating and any witnesses who haven't already spoken to us should call police on 101 and quote incident 339 of 1/7/17.

10 July 2017

Witness appeal after 75-year-old injured in road rage incident

Officers in Stroud are appealing for witnesses after a 75-year-old man was the victim of a road rage incident.

At approximately 9.15am on Wednesday, 5 July, a man in a Citroen was driving along the B4066 when he noticed he was being tailgated.

The victim had travelled from North Woodchester toward the Coaley Peak viewpoint near Nympsfield when he pulled over to allow a van to overtake.

The offender was driving a distinctive old decommissioned Royal Mail van where the red colour had faded.

After pulling over, the victim got out of his car and a man, believed to be in his 30s, assaulted the man causing him minor facial injuries.

Damage was also caused to the victim's car.

Officers are looking to speak to a number of witnesses who were travelling in vehicles behind the van and stopped to help the victim.

Any witnesses, or anyone with information, should call police on 101 and quote incident number 300 of 5/7/17.

05 July 2017

CCTV appeal after attempted robbery in Cirencester

Police in Cirencester have released CCTV images of two men they want to speak to after an attempted

robbery on Trafalgar Road last week.

At about 5pm on Wednesday 28 June a woman was walking into Trafalgar Road from Spittalgate Lane when she became aware of someone behind and turned to see two people a short distance away.

She was then grabbed from behind by one male who took hold of her two bags and pulled her to the ground before running off towards an alleyway which leads to Goose Lane.

The woman got up and gave chase shouting at the offender who dropped both bags and continued running away.

He is described as a white male, 16 to 18-years-old, about 5ft 10ins tall, of skinny build and with blonde, wavy hair with a long fringe.

He was wearing a red hooded top with the hood up, blue jeans and dark coloured trainers and carrying a black and grey rucksack.

The second male was a similar age, height and build but had short, dark hair and was wearing a dark grey hooded top and carrying a backpack.

Officers investigating the incident would like to hear from anyone who witnessed it or has any information which would help them with their enquiries.

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 quoting incident 356 of 28/6/17.

05 July 2017

Witness appeal after serious collision near Bisley

Police investigating a serious collision near Bisley on Tuesday are appealing for witnesses.

It happened shortly after 5.40pm on the Calf Way close to Holbrook Garage, between Bisley and The Camp.

A dark coloured BMW, which was travelling from Bisley, was waiting to turn right into the garage, while a blue Ford Focus driven by a 34-year-old man from Gloucester was waiting behind.

A third car, a silver Honda Civic being driven by a 35-year-old man from Gloucester, was travelling from Bisley towards The Camp.

The Honda Civic hit the nearside grass verge before overturning and coming to rest upside down and hitting the rear of the waiting Ford Focus.

The driver of the Honda Civic sustained serious but not life-threatening injuries, and was taken by air ambulance to Southmead Hospital.

No-one else was injured as a result of the collision.

Investigating officers would like to speak to anyone who may have seen the collision or who may have seen the Honda shortly before the collision.

The road remained closed until around 11pm whilst a specialist collision investigator from the Triforce collaboration conducted an examination of the scene.

Any witnesses who have not yet spoken to police are asked to call us on 101 and quote incident 420 of 4/7/17.

30 June 2017

Cheltenham woman sentenced to 12 years for sexual offences against children

A Cheltenham woman has today been sentenced to 12 years in prison after a series of sexual offences against children.

Pauline Long, 60, of Overton Road in Cheltenham, committed the non-recent offences as Paul Long but has since changed sex.

She was found guilty at trial in Bristol Crown Court earlier this month to a total of eight sexual offences against a boy and a girl including indecent assaults, taking indecent images and forcing a child to watch sexual activity.

Detective Constable Jon Youdan said: "This is a very satisfying result. The girl was seven and the boy 10 when the offences started and they continued for years.

"Their bravery in coming forward was humbling and I really hope the outcome encourages more victims to have enough confidence in the criminal justice system to report such crimes.

"Long terrorised these children for her own sexual gratification. She was a bully and a monster to them and it's good that she's now behind bars where she can't cause any further harm."

29 June 2017

Woman dragged from vehicle in possible car-jacking attempt in Nailsworth

Witnesses are being sought to a possible car theft attempt in Nailsworth, in which a woman was dragged out of her vehicle at temporary traffic lights by another motorist.

She was driving along Horsley Road towards Wotton-under-Edge in her black Mercedes Coupe at about 5pm on Monday when she stopped at the lights.

A silver-coloured VW Passat with rust on the bonnet pulled up close to her, and the driver got out and approached her.

He leaned in through her open window and tried to grab the car keys. She fought back and during the scuffle, the man dragged her out of the vehicle.

The key broke in two and the offender made off with his half attached to the key ring, when he was spooked by other drivers.

The victim, though shaken, was unhurt and the car wasn't damaged.

The suspect is described as white, skinny, about 5ft 6in tall with long, messy brown dreadlock hair. He was wearing dirty jeans and a hoodie.

The victim said nothing was said during the incident to explain his actions, and she cannot think why it happened, other than he might have been trying to steal her car.

Anyone with information is asked to call 101, quoting incident 410 of 26/6/17.

27 June 2017

Appeal after violent robbery in Gloucester

Officers investigating the violent robbery of an elderly woman at her home in Gloucester have recovered a car believed to have been used in the incident.

The robbery took place in the Hempsted area of Gloucester at about 10pm last Wednesday .

The victim, who is in her 70s, was assaulted and her credit and bank cards were taken.

A white Renault Megane, stolen from St Paul's Rd in the city earlier the same evening, was later found abandoned in Henlow Drive, Kingsway with items from the burgled property inside.

Enquiries led to a man seen on CCTV camera footage using her stolen debit card to get cash at Sainsbury's in St Ann Way at 10.18pm.

The suspect was white and of athletic build wearing a baseball cap and shorts whilst he was unseasonably wrapped up for a hot evening, with a covering over his mouth and nose.

The Renault Megane (registration number BD53 AKO) is believed to have been dumped just minutes after money was withdrawn.

Anyone who saw the offender abandon the vehicle in Kingsway is urged to come forward. We're also interested in seeing dash cam footage from any vehicle being driven in the vicinity of St Pauls Rd, Hempsted, Sainsbury's in St Ann Way and Kingsway during the time the offences were being committed. Please call 101, quoting incident 559 of 21/6/17.

14 June 2017

Theft of trout in Bibury

Police investigating the theft of a number of rainbow trout from Bibury Trout Farm are warning the public to be wary if they are offered any for sale.

The fish are part of the breeding stock at the trout farm and, as the females are anaesthetised as part of the egg harvesting process, are not intended for human consumption.

PC David Wood said: "There is no cause for alarm or panic as there is no serious danger to human health, but the farm has to certify that the female trout are not for human consumption when they dispose of them so it is right to make the public aware in case they are offered any for sale."

The trout, estimated to be worth up to £500, were stolen overnight on Monday and Tuesday this week.

More fish died as a result of stress caused by the attempts to catch them.

Anyone with information about the theft, or is aware of the fish being offered for sale, is asked to call Gloucestershire Police on 101 quoting incident 64 of 13 June.

1 June 2017

Appeal after knife point robbery of laptop in Gloucester

A man was robbed of his laptop in Gloucester yesterday afternoon after a knife was pulled on him.

At approximately 3.10pm, a man was returning to his parked car on Napier Street, close to the junction of Widden Street, when he was approached from behind by two men.

The men asked the victim to hand over his silver Apple MacBook Pro and when he refused one of the men produced a kitchen knife.

One offender is described as black, in his late 20s, 6ft tall, of a stocky/muscular build, with a long and skinny face.

He was wearing a blue and black baseball cap, a blue T-shirt under a grey zip-up hoody along with grey jogging bottoms and spoke with a Caribbean accent.

The second offender is described as white, in his late 20s, 6ft tall, a skinny build and light brown bushy hair. He was wearing a navy blue zip-up hoody.

The laptop is a silver Apple MacBrook Pro, with the white Apple logo in the centre of the lid, it has a slight chip on the lid and was inside a tightly-fitted dark grey zip-up case which had blue stripes and "Skull Candy" written down one end.

The victim was unharmed in the incident.

Officers are asking for any witnesses to call 101 and quote incident 300 of 31 May.

31 May 2017

Appeal after man robbed of his bike at knife point in Gloucester

Officers in Gloucester are appealing for witnesses after a cyclist was robbed of his bike at knife point last night.

Shortly after 7pm a man was cycling home when he was approached by two men on bikes and chased on to a field opposite the Crypt School, next to the basketball court.

One of the offenders kicked the bike, causing the victim to jump off before a knife was pulled on him.

When the victim said he would contact police, one of the offenders dropped the knife and threw a punch at the victim.

The victim managed to run to a nearby house and the offenders were last seen on Podsmead Road, heading towards Tuffley Avenue.

One offender is described as white, around 17 to 18 years old, small in height, and wearing a grey baseball cap with a grey top that had a symbol on it.

The second offender is described as black or mixed race, 17 to 18 years old, taller than the first offender, and wearing all black clothing.

The bike is described as red and black with no brakes and a rear tyre that is thinner than the front tyre.

If you saw anything suspicious around that time in the area or you have seen a bike which matches the description, please call 101 quoting incident 476 of 30 May.

30 May 2017

Newent robbery appeal

A woman was robbed of her purse in Newent earlier today.

At approximately 10am, the victim was walking along an alleyway adjacent to Foley Road when she was approached from behind by an offender.

The 25-year-old victim had been carrying a black faux leather purse containing approximately £50, which was taken as she was pushed, and caused her to fall into a hedge.

The offender, whose gender is not known, had been wearing blue tracksuit bottoms.

The victim, from Newent, has been left shaken up by the ordeal.

Officers searched surrounding areas and conducted house to house inquiries.

Anyone with information should call 101 and quote incident 133 of 30 May.

26 May 2017

Man charged following hoax bomb calls

Following a cross-border operation between Gloucestershire and Avon and Somerset Constabularies, a 56-year-old man has been charged in connection with four bomb hoaxes, including one at Bath bus station.

Peter Osbourne, of no fixed address, has been charged with four counts of making hoax bomb calls.

The charges relate to hoax calls made on Wednesday about Bath bus station and the Bristol Royal Infirmary, as well as further hoaxes referring to Weymouth sea front in Dorset and Wiltshire Police Headquarters.

He is due to appear at Bath Magistrates' Court this morning.

25 May 2017

Vulnerable woman from Cheltenham - police appeal

Gloucestershire Police are appealing for information to help trace a vulnerable woman missing from Cheltenham.

Cindy Leng-Fong, 53, was last seen on 19 May in the morning in Swindon Road, Cheltenham.

Cindy is of Asian heritage, 5ft tall of slight build. She has collar length, untidy blonde hair. She was wearing a grey hoodie with a pink T-shirt underneath, blue jeans and black Sketcher shoes.

Cindy has family connections in Gloucester.

If you see Cindy or know of her whereabouts please call 101 quoting incident number 208 of 19 May 2017.

25 May 2017

Concern for missing Cheltenham teenager

Gloucestershire Police are concerned for a missing teenager from Cheltenham.

Ellie-May Stevens, 13, from Arle Gardens, Cheltenham was last seen at 4pm on Tuesday, 23 May when she came home to collect a bag but has not returned.

Ellie is white, 5ft 3in tall of slight build with shoulder length blonde hair. She was wearing a black top and black trousers and carrying a black bag with a large brown pocket.

Ellie-May does have friends in Cheltenham and has family connections to Milton Keynes.

If you have seen Ellie or know of her whereabouts please call 101 quoting incident number 458 of 23 May 2017.

25 May 2017

Gloucester teenager Zara Nicklin is missing

Officers in Gloucester are appealing for information to help trace missing teenager Zara Nicklin.

Zara, 17, from Tuffley Lane, Gloucester was last seen at around 6.50pm yesterday.

She is white, 5ft 7in tall of slim build with long blonde/ginger hair.

She has piercings in her nostril, eyebrow, septum and below her bottom lip.

She was wearing a sleeveless black dress over a long sleeve black top with skinny black jeans and white trainers and carrying a large, grey bag.

If anyone has seen Zara or knows of her whereabouts please call 101 quoting incident number 568 of 24 May 2016.

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.

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