The five biggest crime stories in Gloucestershire this week

Here are five of the biggest crime stories that have featured in the SNJ, Gazette Series or Wilts Glos Standard over the past few days.

Police are searching houses in Cirencester and Swindon as part of a murder investigation.

Two people arrested on suspicion of murder have been released on police bail until October 26.

FULL STORY: Two arrested on suspicion of murder

Police have released an e-fit of a man who they would like to speak to about an incident of racial abuse in Stroud.

It follows an appeal from earlier this year when a man was subjected to the abuse following a disagreement with another man on the B4066 by the Old Flying Club Café, close to Penn Wood.

FULL STORY: Police release e-fit following incident of racial abuse near Stroud

A cat has died a day after being found on a doorstep with deliberate slash wounds.

The incident is believed to have happened on September 29 after the cat was let out by its owners on Mill Lane, Corston near Malmesbury.

Police are appealing for information.

FULL STORY: Police launch probe after pet cat dies from horrific slash wounds near Malmesbury

Police have seized cannabis worth over £100,000 after raiding a cannabis farm in the Cotswolds.

Over 140 cannabis plants were found in Upper Rissington following a tip off from a local resident.

A 23-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of supply of a class B drug and remains in police custody.

FULL STORY: Tip off leads to raid on huge cannabis farm in the Cotswolds

A man has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by careless driving following a fatal collision on the M4.

One man was pronounced dead at the scene, while another was taken to Southmead Hospital with life-threatening injuries but has since been discharged.

The incident occurred shortly after 1.30am last Thursday between junctions 17 and 18.

FULL STORY: Man arrested following fatal M4 crash

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