Drink-driver found with cannabis and lock knife in Nailsworth

When a suspected drink driver was pulled over by police, he was found in possession of cannabis and a folding lock knife, a court heard. Josh Price, 32, of Melmore Gardens, Cirencester, was found guilty of three offences when he appeared at Cheltenham Magistrates Court on November 6. Price was stopped by police in his car on the Old Market in Nailsworth, on July 8 this year. A breath test revealed that Price had 53 micrograms of alcohol in 100 …

Mother says son’s death in Vietnamese hostel swimming pool was due to ‘neglect’

A grieving Stroud mum says her teenage son’s tragic death from drowning at a Vietnamese beach hostel was due to ‘neglect’ by staff and a ‘dangerous’ swimming pool. There was also a very slow response from the local ambulance service, which took more than an hour to arrive and was not properly equipped, an inquest into the death of 19-year-old Matthew Finn Cook was told. Matthew, of Kites Nest Lane, Stroud, was with six friends in a back packing holiday …

Police review determines ‘no criminal offences’ took place following Javelin Park allegations

A Victims’ Right to Review has determined that there should be no further action following allegations about the Javelin Park Energy from Waste project in Gloucester. Earlier this year Gloucestershire Constabulary received a complaint from a member of the public in relation to the Javelin Park incinerator project. The complaint alleged that there had been misconduct in public office and also that there may have been influencing of a local authority vote in 2015. Police determined that no criminal offences had …

EDITOR’S VIEW: Don’t let First World War be forgotten

AS time marches on, wars of the distant past can become forgotten in our nation’s collective memory, and that is why Remembrance Sunday remains so important: to make sure today’s generation understand the huge sacrifices made by their forebearers. Understandably, it is the most recent wars that we focus on when paying our respects, and for that reason it is the Second World War and the recent conflicts in the Middle East in which British soldiers died that are at …

Robber jailed for hammer attack at Stroud BP garage

A ROBBER with a guilty conscience has been jailed for three years after he turned himself into the police and admitted a brutal hammer attack on a petrol station cashier. Police had suspected Michael King, 40, after the raid in Stroud in May this year and had arrested him and searched his home in Swindon. He denied being involved and was released because police did not find enough evidence against him. But three months later King went to a police …

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