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

A banned driver led police on a 20-mile chase from Gloucestershire to Wiltshire, ignoring his pregnant girlfriend’s pleas to stop, because he was worried officers would take his bulldog.

Jamie Sharman-Palmer, who has never passed his driving test and has seven offences of disqualified driving on his record, ignored her repeated requests for him to pull over.

But the 32-year-old of Dicketts Road, Corsham, wept in the dock as he admitted dangerous driving, driving whilst disqualified, driving without insurance and breaching a community order.

He was remanded in custody to appear before Swindon Crown Court on a date to be fixed.

FULL STORY: Dangerous driver who left pregnant girlfriend in car as he fled was worried about police taking his dog

A 37-year-old Leonard Stanley man who tried to kidnap a terrified 13-year-old girl in Chalford last summer has been jailed for five and three quarter years.

Robert Hall of Woodlands, Leonard Stanley, claimed he was being told by voices in his head to snatch the girl - but his explanation was rejected by a Gloucester Crown Court judge after he had heard evidence from Hall during a 'trial of issue' to determine the extent of his guilt.

Hall admitted attempted abduction of the girl on June 2nd 2020. As well as the five year nine month jail term the judge, Recorder James Waddington QC, added a four year parole extension - meaning that Hall is liable to recall to prison at any time after his release on licence until the end of 2030 if he breaches the terms of his release.

FULL STORY: Leonard Stanley man Robert Hall jailed for trying to kidnap teenage girl

A Quedgeley father who beat, abused and neglected his 10-year-old son has been jailed for three years.

The man beat the child every day and forced his nose into his faeces when he defecated in his bedroom after being prevented from going to the toilet, Gloucester Crown Court heard.

Police found the boy in his bedroom sitting on the floor in the dark, with no toys, pictures or light bulb and extremely dirty bedding, the court was told.

prosecutor Jennifer Tallentire said the man’s then partner, who is not the boy’s biological mother, informed the police about his behaviour after she had secretly videoed him chastising his son on February 17, 2020.

FULL STORY: Quedgeley dad jailed for beating and abusing his own son