Gloucester’s derelict Fleece Hotel to be revamped after 17 years

Image caption The Fleece opened in about 1497 to house pilgrims visiting the tomb of King Edward II A 15th Century derelict hotel is to be redeveloped into a boutique hotel and restaurants. Gloucester City Council said it would revamp the Fleece Hotel in Westgate Street, which has been empty since 2002, with a private developer. Councillor Paul James said a “solution had been achieved” for the “enormously complex site”. No start date has been agreed and the work will …

Audi driver accused of causing death of two pensioners in head-on crash bailed

AN AUDI driver his said to have caused the death of two pensioners in a head-on crash near Malmesbury. Nicholas Haynes, 32, of Newark Road, Gloucester, appeared in the Swindon dock following the death of Anthony Webster and Gillian Smith, both in their 80s and from the Buckingham area, on Monday. The self-employed construction manager entered no pleas to two charges of causing death by dangerous driving and failing to stop after allegedly rear-ending a Range Rover. Wearing chinos and …

Number of false alarms reaches five-year high

The number of false alarms attended by the Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service has reached its highest level in five years, with thousands of incidents recorded. The Fire Brigades Union says false alarms use up resources and increase response times to real emergencies, but that “it is always better to be safe than sorry”. Home Office figures show the Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service responded to 6,992 callouts in 2018-19 which proved to be false alarms. …

Cheltenham man arrested over solid gold toilet theft

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionSolid gold toilet stolen in Blenheim Palace heistA second man has been arrested as police continue to hunt for a solid gold toilet stolen from Blenheim Palace. The artwork, valued at $6m (£4.8m), was stolen in a raid at the stately home in Woodstock, Oxfordshire on Saturday. Police said the 36-year-old man, from Cheltenham, was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to burgle and had been released under investigation. A 66-year-old man was …

Trial for trio accused of supplying Class A drugs in Stroud

TWO men and a youth are to be tried for allegedly supplying class A drugs in Stroud and Gloucester earlier this year. The trio – Matthew Edrich, aged 44, of no fixed abode, James Joyce, 18 of Hucclecote Road, Gloucester, and a 17-year-old Gloucester youth – have pleaded not guilty to possessing class A drugs with the intent to sell on April 24, 2019. Caleb Goggins, 18, of Hatherley Road admitted the same charge at an earlier hearing at Gloucester …

Gloucester new tall buildings designed to prevent suicide

Image copyright Google Image caption The new policy is part of the Gloucester City Plan, a blueprint for future growth of the city up until 2031 New buildings in Gloucester taller than 12m (40ft) will only be approved if they have been designed to prevent people jumping or falling from them. It would mean developers would have to introduce anti-climb features, fences, barriers or rails. Gloucester city councillor Andrew Gravells said anything it could do to reduce the number of …

Stroud is going on strike over climate change

STROUD is going on strike this week in a peaceful protest against climate change. Young activists who have been taking part in school strikes over the climate crisis will be joined by adults when they walk out on Friday. Schoolchildren, business owners and residents will be joining forces to draw attention to the environment and call for the government to act. Stroud’s protesters join citizens in towns and cities in more than 150 countries holding strikes at the same time, …

Travellers pitch up in Stroud car park

TRAVELLERS pitched up in a Stroud town centre car park on Monday evening. A total of nine caravans and associated vehicles parked in the far corner of the Cheapside car park, next to Stroud train station. A police spokeswoman said: “Shortly after 8.40pm yesterday, Monday, September 16, Police were called to Cheapside car park in Stroud following reports that travellers had moved onto the site. “Officers have served a section 61 Order to leave to those on site who have …

Travellers move on from Stroud car park

A GROUP of travellers who pitched up in a Stroud town centre car park have moved on. A total of nine caravans and associated vehicles parked in the far corner of the Cheapside car park, next to Stroud train station on Monday night. The group were served with a notice to leave yesterday, which they did. A police spokeswoman said: “Shortly after 8.40pm on Monday, September 16, Police were called to Cheapside car park in Stroud following reports that travellers had …

Man arrested after two die in crash near Malmesbury

Two people have died in a crash near Malmesbury. Emergency services were called to the A429 between Kingway bridge and Corston village shortly before 4.30pm yesterday. An Audi A5 was in collision with a Honda Jazz. The front seat passenger of the Honda, a woman aged in her 80s, and a rear seat passenger, a man in his 80s both from the Buckingham area, died at the scene. The driver of the Honda, a man in his 80s, sustained minor …

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