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

A 53-YEAR-old Stroud man has been placed on the sex offenders register after admitting four charges of downloading indecent images of a child, possessing them and distributing them.

Simon Blake, of The Chase, Cashes Green, will be sentenced at Gloucester Crown Court on September 3.

FULL STORY: Stroud man Simon Blake, 53, admits possessing indecent images of a child

A predatory paedophile, described as "every parent's nightmare", has been jailed for 14 years following a complex investigation by Gloucestershire Constabulary's Child Sexual Exploitation team.

Mark Taylor, aged 49 and of Manor Park, Longlevens, Gloucester, met girls online, groomed them and then travelled to different parts of the country to commit sexual offences against them.

FULL STORY: 'PARENT'S NIGHTMARE': Gloucestershire man jailed for grooming young girls

A police officer was caught in a sting operation at Cheltenham Festival by colleagues after stealing money from a lost wallet that was handed in to him, a court has heard.

Matthew Rollason, 38, who served with Gloucestershire Police, was on duty when he was given the wallet with two wads of cash inside by a member of the public at the races in March 2019.

He removed one of the bundles of cash, believed to be around £100, before handing the item in to lost property at the festival.

Judge Michael Longman sentenced Rollason, who pleaded guilty to two counts of theft, to 12 months in prison suspended for two years.

FULL STORY: Ex-Gloucestershire police officer sentenced after stealing money from lost wallet

A 27-year-old woman who assaulted three police officers in a village near Cirencester has been sentenced to a six week home curfew, writes John Hawkins.

At Cheltenham Magistrates Court on July 31, Gabrielle Harford admitted three charges of assaulting emergency workers by beating them at Ampney Crucis, on August 17 last year.

FULL STORY: Woman, 27, admits assaulting three police officers near Cirencester

A driver reportedly gunned his Range Rover to speeds of around 140mph in a bid to evade police.

Jawad Ali, 19, was behind the wheel of a borrowed car and on his way back from celebrating Eid with family in Cardiff when police spotted him on the M4 on the evening of Saturday, August 1, Swindon Magistrates’ Court heard.

Magistrates bailed him to appear before Swindon Crown Court for sentence on September 4.

FULL STORY: Range Rover driver hit speeds of up to 140mph in M4 chase