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 …

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 …

Teen driver jailed for Jordan Maxwell death

A TEENAGER was jailed today for causing the death of 21-year-old Jordan Maxwell by dangerous driving. Jake Buckle, 18, of Kingswood, Bristol, was sentenced to four years and four months jail for causing the death of Mr Maxwell by dangerous driving, driving without a licence and driving whilst uninsured. Mr Maxwell was killed in a crash on the A38 at Hardwicke last year. He was a passenger in the Mazda 6 being driven by Buckle who was 17 at the …

Neighbour films Painswick mother driving while banned

A Painswick mother who had been banned from driving was filmed by a neighbour as she moved her car just ten metres into a parking space near her home. The neighbour then sent the video to the police, who arrested 43-year-old Rebecca Overton-Applebee and charged her with driving whilst disqualified and without insurance. The defendant, from Vicarage Street, Painswick, Stroud pleaded guilty to the offences when she appeared before Cheltenham magistrates on September 12. Prosecuting lawyer Sonia Alford said: “The …

Young Stroud woman launches crowdfunding appeal to pay for life-saving surgery

A YOUNG woman from Stroud is in a race against time to save her life. Nine years ago, Carys Hellewell was just an ordinary Thomas Keble school girl, who enjoyed art and sports and was interested in international development. But following surgery for an appendicitis her health began to decline. The 25-year-old, who grew up in Stroud and now lives in Nympsfield, started losing weight and eating became a major issue. “I found even the smallest meals caused me pain …

DOINA’S DIARY: Cycle path resurfacing set to begin

Doina Cornell, the leader of Stroud District Council, returns with her weekly diary. This is my first diary after a long break, due to both the summer holiday and an injury to my leg (playing rounders in a SDC charity match) I still have limited mobility, something that’s really made me appreciate the importance of good accessibility in public places. I attended the opening of the Wool and Water festival at the Museum in the Park – it was easy …

HOME OF THE WEEK: £1m Monks Ditch is secluded in woods near Cranham

This week’s featured property is Monks Ditch, in Cranham priced at £995,000. Monks Ditch is a great example of Edwardian architecture and accordingly reflects the confident nature of buildings of that period, with high ceilings, well proportioned rooms and other appealing features. A substantial property, of over 3,000 square feet, set in extensive grounds of about 1.5 acres, Monks Ditch would be a classic home from which to entertain and bring up a young family. Set at the heart of …

Why there has been an increase in fallen trees

This column has been written by Ellen Winter, Stroud Community Wildlife Officer for Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust. In the hedgerows the hips and haws, blackberries and sloes are turning colour and starting to be devoured. The songbirds are either busy with a late brood or are trying to fatten themselves for winter – either way, it feels like time is getting shorter. On our many reserves tree and scrub cutting work will soon start again, once the growing and bird nesting …

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