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'Human swan' to become 'human osprey'

Watch: Sacha Dench prepares to migrate with ospreys

A conservationist, who flew with Bewick's swans three years ago, is planning to follow the migration of ospreys from the UK to Africa.

Sacha Dench became known as the "human swan" when she followed the birds from arctic Russia to Slimbridge in Gloucestershire.

She is now training to follow the ospreys' migration from Scotland to Ghana in west Africa.

She will cross more than 15 countries and cover almost 10,000km using a parachute wing with a small propeller engine strapped to her back.

Plaque unveiled for 'Britain's loudest man'

Alan Myatt
Alan Myatt

A plaque to mark the spot where "Britain's loudest man" broke two world records has been unveiled.

Alan Myatt, Gloucester's town crier, made it into Guinness World Records in 1991 with a 112.8 decibel shout.

As well as being the loudest crier he also set the world record for vocal endurance, issuing a 100 word proclamation every 15 minutes for a period of 48 hours.

A plaque to mark the spot on North Quay where he set the record, was unveiled on Wednesday night

Gloucestershire police officers working full-time teaching positions
The force's new programme, Schoolbeat, has officers teaching at secondary schools around the county.

Closure of respite centre for disabled children

Hop Skip and Jump

A respite centre for disabled children in Cheltenham has been forced to close its doors due to a lack of funding.

Parents say a vital lifeline has been taken away after the closure of Hop, Skip and Jump, located at Seven Springs.

Kim Moxham from Gloucester says the care provided for her autistic son benefited the whole family and called the closure "devastating".

A statement on the Hop Skip and Jump website said the decision "followed a lengthy but ultimately disappointing consultation with Gloucestershire County Council over additional resources."

"Sustaining the level of care that the centre provides requires £250,000 per year and despite our best efforts we have been unable to secure this level of funding," it continued.

"We thank all the staff, volunteers, donors, patrons and families who have helped to maintain the centre over the 37 years it has been in operation. Closing the centre has not been an easy decision for any of us."

Gloucestershire County Council said funding for the centre had increased year on year for the past three years.