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05 March 2018

Witness appeal after assault near Cycle Centre in Coleford

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was assaulted in Coleford last month.

The incident took place near to the Pedalabikeaway Cycle Centre at around 7.40am on Friday 23 February and left a 20-year-old man with facial injuries and a cut to the back of his head.

It's believed that the victim was driving behind the offender's car, as they approached the Myrie Stock crossroads the offender stopped his vehicle and got out, the victim also got out of his vehicle and this is when an altercation started between the two.

A female with brown hair got out of the offender's car and separated the men.

It's thought that the offender went to walk off before he swore at the victim and punched him in the face; this left the man unconscious.

The offender is described as a white male in his mid-20s who had light coloured cropped hair.

He was of muscular build and was wearing a grey hoody and joggers.

He is thought to be around 5ft 5 inches tall and was driving a blue/grey coloured car.

Any witnesses to the assault are asked to call 101 or email 101@gloucestershire.police.uk  quoting incident 51 of 23 February.

05 March 2018

Bikes stolen from Halfords in Stroud

Officers are trying to locate eight bikes that were stolen during a burglary at the Merrywalks Halfords in Stroud at the weekend.

At just before 1am on Saturday (3 March), a number of unassembled boxed bicycles were stolen from a metal storage area within the multi-storey car park.

The bike models are as follows:

  • A white Boardman hybrid comp woman's bike
  • A red Carrera Kraken mountain bike
  • A black Carrera Sulcata mountain bike
  • A blue Carrera Valour mountain bike
  • A black Carrera Vengeance E electric bike
  • A silver Crossfire E woman's electric bike
  • A black Voodoo Malice BMX
  • A light blue Voodo Zaka BMX

It's believed that four males entered the Merrywalks car park on foot via the exit on Rowcroft Retreat before forcing some metal fencing and gaining access to the company's storage area before leaving with the boxed bikes.

If you see or are offered the bikes please call the police on 101 or email 101@gloucestershire.police.uk  quoting incident 307 of 3 March.

03 March 2018

Latest weather report

Temperatures will climb above zero today and there will be less wind, so the windchill won't be nearly as marked as we've had for last few days either and the snow will become much less inclined to drift too.

There is likely to be a little more snow falling for a time today, but as the less cold air pushes in across us from the south that will tend to turn to sleet and eventually rain, with many places seeing a little rain tonight as well and into Sunday morning

Generally though we will start to see a softening and a limited thaw of the lying snowpack starting today.

Things will freeze up tonight though as we lose the sun,s influence, and we will see ice and hard frozen rutted snow forming on many roads as the night time temperatures will still be below freezing.

The Met Office has issued a low impact Yellow warning on its website to highlight this risk of ice overnight into Sunday.

The thaw will continue tomorrow (Sunday) and into next week as well - with the relatively milder air now looking to become well established across us for a while.

We will see some spells of rain during Sunday and Monday as more normal conditions return. The rain doesn't look especially heavy and will speed up the thaw a bit but where the deep snow cover is still blocking drains then the mix of rain and snowpack melt will tend mean we could see some surface water buildup on a few roads but we aren't looking at a rapid thaw of all the snow cover - just a gradual reduction over the next few days.

Good news, but there is still a need to be careful on the roads!

02 March 2018

Weather Update

Here's the latest from the Met Office this morning.

The AMBER high impact weather warning we have had in place overnight expired at 8am this morning. From now on we have a YELLOW weather warning in place for snow and ice valid for the rest of the day.

The heaviest snowfalls have now stopped across much of the Midlands although there has been some heavy snow falling across parts of Herefordshire and Gloucestershire. There's a lot of snow cover down on the ground with some deep drifts in places. It is still very cold - bitterly cold if you factor in the windchill.

For the remainder of today expect fresh snow falls but probably not as heavy as last night. Winds will be strong enough to cause drifting of the snow with the possibility of roads becoming blocked again, even in places where they've been previously cleared.

Overall, expect conditions to remain difficult today with more snow and bitterly cold winds.

Thanks for your support throughout snowy Gloucestershire.

 01 March 2018

Appeal following serious collision, Stroud

Police investigating a serious road traffic collision near Stroud this morning, Thursday 1 March, are appealing for witnesses.

Emergency services were called to the scene of the collision on the A419 at Frampton Mansell shortly after 11.20am.

The collision involved a red Hyundai 120, which was travelling towards Cirencester, and a blue Vauxhall Astra which was travelling in the opposite direction.

The driver of the Astra, a 63-year-old man from Stroud, suffered injuries to his hip, pelvis, ribs and arms. He was taken to Southmead Hospital, Bristol where his condition is said to be serious but stable.

The driver of the Hyundai, a 17-year-old male from Stonehouse, suffered arm and hip injuries and was taken to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital for treatment.

Both drivers had to be freed from their vehicles by fire service officers.

The road was closed for five hours to allow police officers conduct an investigation of the scene and for the vehicles to be removed.

Anyone who witnessed the collision, or saw either vehicle before it occurred, is asked to contact Gloucestershire Constabulary on 101 or email 101@gloucestershire.police.uk  quoting incident 126 of 1 March.

01 March 2018

Action Fraud Contact Centre has reduced capacity

We have been advised that due to the poor weather conditions in Scotland the Action Fraud contact centre is working on reduced capacity. If you need to report an incident to Action Fraud please use their online reporting tool which is easy to access via their website www.actionfraud.police.uk. If you, or someone else, is in immediate danger or risk of harm dial 999.

01 March 2018

Shotgun recovered during warrant in Churchdown

Police recovered a stolen firearm and made an arrest after executing a warrant at an address in Churchdown yesterday (Wednesday).

Officers from Force Crime Operations and Support Group acted on intelligence received and attended an address in Churchdown.

A shotgun which is believed to have been stolen during a burglary in December last year was located and seized.

A 25-year-old woman from Gloucester was arrested on suspicion of firearms offences and has been released under investigation while enquiries continue.

01 March 2018

Warning and CCTV appeal following vehicle crime in Gloucester

Officers in Gloucester have been taking part in extra patrols and warning the public of a rise in vehicle crimes in the Longlevens and Elmbridge areas.

In February more than 40 vehicle related crimes were reported to police in these areas, compared to an average of four incidents over previous months.

A number of the crimes reported to the Constabulary involved unlocked vehicles being entered and property stolen from within.

Police have been making enquiries in the area and have been reviewing CCTV which shows men walking up driveways and trying car doors.

So far police have arrested an 18-year-old man in connection with the incidents and he has been released under investigation while enquiries continue.

Police are appealing for the public's help to identify a man pictured in CCTV footage and shown to be trying car doors in the Longlevens area. If you know this man, please call police on 101 and quote incident 84 of 15 February, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Gloucester Neighbourhood Policing Team Inspector Jason Keates said: "We would like to reassure the public that we have put on patrols in these areas to try and stop this spike and we're reviewing CCTV to bring those responsible to justice.

"However, the police cannot do this alone and the public also need to take measures themselves to protect their own property, such as ensuring your vehicles are locked and any valuables are removed.

"If anyone sees anything suspicious then they should contact police immediately. Earlier this week a member of the public reported suspicious activity in the Longlevens area and on police attendance it was discovered the man was a milkman on his round.

"Although on this occasion the activity was totally lawful, I wish to thank that member of the public who took the time to call us that morning.

"Next time it may well be someone who is of interest to the police. If you are unsure whether to call or not after seeing suspicious activity, then I ask that you do make that call."

01 March 2018

Arrests made after cannabis factory discovered in Gloucester

Officers in Gloucester made arrests earlier this week after more than 100 Cannabis plants were found in a property.

Officers attended an address in Abbeydale in Gloucester on Monday 26 February and discovered the plants over three floors of the property.

Three men have been charged with producing a class B drug and being concerned in the supply of a class B drug.

They are; Redon Maloku, 28, Mentor Hoti, 32 and 37-year-old Jetmir Daci, all of no fixed address. They are due to appear at Gloucester Crown Court later this month.

28 February

Fatal collision in Gloucestershire

Police in Gloucestershire are investigating a fatal collision which happened on the A417 at Crickley Hill, Witcombe this afternoon.

The collision happened shortly before 2.55pm and involved a black Nissan Qashqai and a silver Peugeot 206.

The driver of the Peugeot, a 39-year-old woman from the Stonehouse area, died at the scene.

Next of kin has been informed.

The driver of the Nissan, a man, was treated by ambulance crews at the scene but no details of his injuries are available.

The A417 remains closed at this time as work continues to recover the vehicles and for accident investigators to complete their work.

Officers would like to hear from anyone who witnessed the incident or saw either of the vehicles before the collision occurred.

Anyone with information who has not already spoken to police is asked to call Gloucestershire Constabulary on 101 or email 101@gloucestershire.police.uk  quoting incident 240 of 28 February.

28 February 2018

Cold Weather Warning

Gloucestershire Police are asking the public to be aware of poor weather conditions which are set to cause disruption on the roads across the county from tomorrow.

The Met Office has advised that heavy snow will fall in the county tomorrow, Thursday 1 March, from around lunchtime. We are particularly asking the public not to be complacent if the weather appears good in the morning. The anticipated snow will arrive around from midday together with strong winds and it is better to be prepared.

Poor weather conditions lead to collisions on the county's roads and the possibility of being stranded.

If you don't need to travel then our advice is to stay at home. If you are expected at work perhaps speak to your employer and discuss alternative working arrangements such as leaving work at lunchtime or working from home for the day.

If you do need to travel please take precautions such as making sure you are well equipped with warm clothes, a blanket, food and drink plus a charged mobile phone.

The current weather warning, until 2pm tomorrow, is yellow for snow. After 2pm on Thursday this changes to an amber warning for snow, ice and wind.

We are working in together with many partners including the Fire and Ambulance Service, the County Council, City Council and District Councils, NHS England, the Highways Agency and Public Health England to ensure the safety of Gloucestershire's residents. All have excellent help and advice pages on their websites. Some useful links are given below. Charities such as the British Red Cross are also helping to support vulnerable people.

Local radio and television including BBC Radio Gloucestershire, Heart and The Breeze will also have updates and advice on weather conditions.

As always in the case of an emergency please call 999 but if it's not an emergency please call 101. You may also find our website useful and offers the information you are looking for:

https://www.gloucestershire.police.uk/ 

Information on road closures can be found by following @GlosRoads and @GlosPolice_FCR on Twitter or by visiting:

http://www.highways.gov.uk/traffic-information/ 

https://www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/roads-parking-and-rights-of-way/roads/roads-in-severe-weather/ 

Further information on keeping warm and severe weather can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/cold-weather-alerts-and-health-warnings-issued 

https://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/winterhealth/Pages/KeepWarmKeepWell.aspx 

If you're worried about someone who is sleeping rough contact the county's outreach team via Streetlink www.streetlink.org.uk  or call 0300 500 0914. During very bad weather the Severe Weather Emergency Protocol (SWEP) is activated which provides a safe shelter for anyone who is spending the night outside.

If you have concerns about a vulnerable neighbour in your area you can contact the Adult Services Care Team at Gloucestershire County Council on 01452 425000.

Top tips for keeping warm:

Wear layers - two or three thin layers keep you warmer than one thick layer.

Hot water bottles - snuggling up to a hottie helps keep chills at bay!

Hot drinks - we all love our cups of tea and sharing a cup of tea with an elderly or housebound neighbour is a good way to check up on them and make sure they are okay.

Cold weather can trigger symptoms of asthma - keep drugs and inhalers handy.

Block out draughts by keeping curtains drawn and doors shut.

And finally, keep moving around the house. Sitting still makes you cold.

28 February 2018

Hayley Khurana death - man's bail extended

A man arrested in connection with the death of 22-year-old Gloucester woman Hayley Khurana (formerly Hayley Kubiak) has had his bailed extended while police enquiries continue.

Hayley died at her home in Hopewell Street in the city on Thursday 8 February.

A 26-year-old London man was arrested later that day on suspicion of murder. He will now return to police on 28 April.

Officers are continuing to urge anyone with information on Hayley's whereabouts in the 24 hours prior to her death to call 101 and quote incident 58 of 8 February.

28 February 2018

Women attacked in town car park

Police are appealing for witnesses after two women were assaulted in Cheltenham.

The incident near St James Street car park took place at around 4.50am on Friday, 16th February.

It's believed that the two women left Domino's on the Lower High Street at 4:38am and headed towards St James Street car park when they were approached by a male before being attacked.

A woman in her 30s suffered bruising to her eye socket and a second woman, also in her 30s was punched but suffered no serious injuries.

A Gloucestershire police spokesman said: "We are trying to find any witnesses to the assault as we believe that some members of the public tried to assist.

"The women were taken home in a taxi and the driver may have information which will help with our enquiries."

If you have any information on the incident please call 101 quoting incident 45 of 16 February.

27 February 2018

Men released as assault investigation continues

Two men who were arrested in connection with a serious assault in Gloucester on Saturday night (24 February) have been released under investigation.

Gloucestershire police say the men, who are aged 47 and 27, were arrested on Sunday in connection with the incident which happened outside Cafe Rene in Southgate Street.

It is alleged that just before midnight there was a dispute between people waiting for taxis which resulted in a man being punched in the face.

He suffered facial fractures and was taken to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital for surgery.

Officers investigating the incident are still keen to hear from anyone who witnessed it.

Anyone with information is asked to call Gloucestershire Constabulary on 101 or email 101@gloucestershire.police.uk  quoting incident 23 of 25 February.

26 February 2018

Two men arrested in connection with Gloucester assault

Two men have been arrested in connection with a serious assault in Gloucester on Saturday night (24 February).

Just before midnight there was a dispute between people waiting for taxis outside Cafe Rene in Southgate Street which resulted in a man being punched in the face.

He suffered facial fractures and was taken to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital for surgery.

Following an appeal by Gloucestershire Constabulary two men, aged 47 and 27, attended a police station yesterday where they were arrested on suspicion of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

They are currently in custody where they will be questioned today.

Officers investigating the incident are still keen to hear from anyone who witnessed it. Anyone with information is asked to call Gloucestershire Constabulary on 101 or email 101@gloucestershire.police.uk  quoting incident 23 of 25 February.

15 February 2018

Appeal over Hayley's movements during her final hours

Officers investigating the death of a 22-year-old woman in Gloucester are appealing for information over where she was during the day before she died at her home in Hopewell Street in the city.

Following a call to the ambulance service, Hayley Khurana, known formerly as Hayley Kubiak, was found dead by paramedics shortly before 8.25am on Thursday 8 February.

Hayley's movements were captured on CCTV in Gloucester shortly before midnight on Wednesday 7 February and the police have released the images in the hope they will prompt people to come forward with information.

Detective Inspector Gemma Davies, of the Brunel Major Crime Investigation Team, said: "We have CCTV of Hayley walking in King's Square late on Wednesday the 7th - did you see her around that time? If you did please call us as you could have important details we need.

"We're also particularly interested in where Hayley was during the day on Wednesday the 7th February.

"Did you see her and if so where - if you did was she with anyone and what was she doing?

"We're continuing to make numerous enquiries but would still appeal to the public to come forward with anything they might believe is relevant.

"Hayley lived in Gloucester but had links to a few places, including Cheltenham and Coleford."

Anyone with information should call 101 and quote incident 58 of 8 February. Alternatively, Crimestoppers can be called anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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A 26-year-old London man remains on police bail until 28 February in connection with the incident.

05 February 2018

Witness appeal following attempted robbery in Gloucester

Police investigating an attempted robbery in Gloucester last week are appealing for witnesses to help them trace the offender.

The incident happened at the newsagents' shop in Newton Avenue on Monday, 29 January.

At about 6.20pm a man entered the shop carrying a machete and told a male member of staff to hand over cigarettes.

The member of staff refused and verbally challenged the offender who left the shop empty handed.

The member of staff was not injured.

The offender is described as a white man, 6ft 2ins tall and of slim build. He was wearing a denim jacket and a balaclava.

Anyone who saw him, or has any information about the incident, is asked to call Gloucestershire Constabulary on 101 or email 101@gloucestershire.pnn.police.uk  quoting incident 337 of 29 January.

30 January 2018

Man jailed for manslaughter after administering heroin

A man has been jailed for six years after admitting to injecting a 34-year-old woman with a dose of heroin which proved fatal.

Stephen Perrett, 39, and of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty today, Monday 29 January, to the manslaughter of Claire Drury.

Officers were called to the YMCA on Vittoria Walk, Cheltenham at approximately 9pm on Thursday 11 May last year.

Perrett had bought and prepared the drugs which he then administered to Claire, but her health quickly deteriorated and paramedics were called.

Despite the best efforts of the emergency services Claire was pronounced dead at the scene and Perrett was arrested shortly afterwards.

He was due to stand trial at Gloucester Crown Court but changed his plea today before it began.

Following the sentence, officers gave their reaction to the case and urged people to remember the risks and consequences drugs can have.

Chief Inspector Richard Pegler said: "This is a terribly sad case which highlights the very real risks of class A drug use.

"There are no winners here but I am pleased to have secured justice for Claire and my thoughts are with her family.

"This is a very unique case and such circumstances are complex. The quality of this investigation was excellent and to receive a guilty plea mean the family did not have to sit through the upset of a trial.

"We had a strong case which was fully supported by the Crown Prosecution Service and led by barrister Ray Tully.

"For those in our communities who are involved in class A drug use, you must understand the risks involved when injecting others and the potential consequences it has.

"Advice and support can be sought from 'Change, Grow, Live' which offers substance misuse support county wide."

22 January 2018

Appeal for witnesses following assault in Cheltenham

Officers are appealing for witnesses to an assault which happened in Cheltenham in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Between 4.15am and 4.50am a 23-year-old man was assaulted in the area of Imperial Square/The Promenade. The victim suffered facial injuries and an injury to his ear during the incident which required surgery.

Gloucestershire Constabulary is appealing for anyone who saw or assisted the victim after the assault to contact police. The victim was discovered by a member of the public on a bench near The Neptune Fountain on The Promenade.

A 27-year-old man from Cheltenham was arrested on suspicion of assault and has been released under investigation.

Anyone who witnessed the assault, or anyone with information should call police on 101 or email 101@gloucestershire.police.uk and quote incident 73 of 20 January. Alternatively call independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

3 January 2018

Woman assaulted and robbed in Gloucester

Gloucestershire Police are appealing for information following an assault and robbery yesterday, 2nd January.

Between 6.20am and 6.45am a woman was walking to work along Beacon Road, Matson then via an alleyway which comes out on Larkham Close, Matson. Whilst walking on the alleyway the woman was hit on the head from behind by an unknown male who shouted at her to hand over her handbag. He then tried to snatch her handbag and hit her in the face and pushed her to the ground. The woman lost hold of her handbag and the male ran off with it.

The handbag was later found with some cash missing.

The male is described as in his early twenties of dark complexion and wearing a dark hoodie - possibly blue or black. He spoke with a foreign accent. He may have some bruising to his face as the victim managed to hit him in the tussle for her bag.

If you heard or witnessed anything or have any information that could help us with our enquiries please call 101 quoting incident number 42 of 2 January 2018.

21 December 2017

Teenagers arrested following report of firearms incident

Three teenage boys have been arrested following a report of a firearms incident in Cheltenham last night, Wednesday 20 December.

At about 11.40pm, a 23-year-old man reported that he had been threatened with a gun as he walked along Princess Elizabeth Way.

Armed officers attended and after an extensive search located the offenders.

They also recovered a firearm which looked like a .22 rifle but closer examination revealed that it was an air weapon.

The three teenagers, two aged 16 and one aged 14, were arrested on suspicion of being in possession of a firearm and are in custody at this time.

The man who was threatened was not physically injured.

Chief Inspector Neil Smith said: "Some imitation firearms look very realistic and it is only when closely examined that it can be established that they are not real.

"Anyone who is threatened with a gun will assume that it is real, and police have to respond on that basis.

"It is not acceptable for anyone to cause fear to another person by threatening them with a weapon of any kind, and the fact that it is not 'real' is no excuse."

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Gloucestershire Constabulary on 101 or email 101@gloucestershire.police.uk quoting incident 510 of 20/12

20 November 2017

Good start for Operation Aztec in Gloucestershire

Operation Aztec, the national firearms surrender supported by Gloucestershire Constabulary, has got off to a good start with more than 70 items being handed in the first five days.

These include guns (real and replica), ammunition and BB guns which have been surrendered at police stations across the force area.

Chief Inspector Jason Keates said: "I am very pleased with the public response to Operation Aztec during the first week, and would encourage anyone who still has unwanted firearms, ammunition or items such as concealed stun guns to surrender them to one of the five nominated locations."

The operation began on Monday (13 November) and runs until Sunday 26 November.

Its aim is to safely remove from circulation as many unwanted firearms as possible to prevent them falling into the wrong hands.

Members of the public can hand in any firearm or imitation gun, stun gun, incapacitant spray or ammunition to a number of nominated locations.

Anyone surrendering guns and prohibited weapons during campaign will not face prosecution for illegal possession of a firearm at the point of surrender and they can remain anonymous.

Any item subsequently found to the linked to crime will attract further investigation, however.

Nominated locations in Gloucestershire are police stations in Cheltenham, Cinderford, Coleford, Gloucester and Stroud.

18 October 2017

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 2017

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 2017

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 2017

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 2017

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.

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