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Exhibition dedicated to selfies

Now, they say 2014 was the year of the "selfie" - that's posing and taking a photo of yourself on a mobile phone. But artists have been doing the same for centuries - sitting in front of mirrors and painting self-portraits. Now a gallery in Kent has put on an exhibition dedicated to "selfies" throughout history. David Johns has been for a preview.


Major landslip causes rail disruption

There has been an extremely significant landslip in the Harbury area between Leamington Spa and Banbury affecting both train lines and the tunnel. After an initial assessment it is estimated that around 350,000 tonnes of material will need to be removed and the line between Leamington Spa and Banbury will have to remain closed for at least one week to allow for an investigation to determine the scale of the problem.

Major landslip Credit: Network Rail

Engineers are currently monitoring the site to see if it continues to move and to know if it’s safe to begin a detailed assessment, which may take several days. This is a known problem area experiencing elevated levels of ground water and engineers continue to work with local landowners to try and rectify and control the situation safely.

Landslip near Railway tracks Credit: Network Rail

Customers using Chiltern Railway and Crosscountry services are asked to check the National Rail website before they travel for any service modifications

Rail disruption after landslip Credit: Network Rail

Services between Manchester and Bournemouth and Newcastle, Reading and Southampton are currently being disrupted. There are bus replacement services operating between Leamington Spa and Banbury (and between Leamington Spa and Oxford for Sunday 1 Feb only). A revised service is in effect between Banbury and Marylebone, Birmingham and Leamington Spa, and Stratford upon Avon and Leamington Spa. Passengers for London are encouraged to drive to Banbury and use the large multi-storey carpark there. For those travelling north, Warwick Parkway is the best station to drive to.


Sussex MP and Cabinet Office minister to stand down

Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude will step down as an MP at the general election, the Conservatives have confirmed. The veteran Tory MP for Horsham said that 32 years after entering Parliament it was time to "make way for a younger candidate".

Francis Maude to stand down Credit: Press Association

I was first elected to the House of Commons in 1983 just before I was 30, and will be nearly 67 by the time of the election in 2020. Public service continues to exercise great appeal. However, 27 years is a long time to serve as a Member of Parliament, and I believe now is the right time to make way for a younger candidate to carry the Conservative flag in Horsham.

– Francis Maude MP
MP Francis Maude leaves politics Credit: Press Association

Mr Maude entered the House of Commons in 1983 as MP for North Warwickshire, where he served until 1992. After five years out of office he returned as MP for Horsham in 1997, a seat he has held since. Mr Maude took up ministerial roles under former prime ministers Margaret Thatcher and Sir John Major, including in the Treasury and Foreign Office, before returning to Government under David Cameron in the Cabinet Office. He won his seat at the 2010 General Election with a majority of 11,460 over the Liberal Democrats.

Heroin dealer jailed

A 52-year-old man has been jailed for two years for possession with intent to supply drugs in Reading.

Frank Wootton from Arthur Place, Reading was sentenced to 24 months’ imprisonment at Reading Crown Court for the charge of possession with intent to supply a class A drug (heroin).

He was found guilty on 12 November 2014 at the same court following a two-day trial.

Heroin dealer jailed Credit: Thames Valley Police

Thames Valley Police regards the supply of class A drugs as a high priority. Our residents highlight drug-dealing as a scourge, causing socio-economic damage to our communities. We will tirelessly seek to end such illegal activities and bring the offenders to justice. We welcome the guilty verdict returned in this case and hope this acts as a deterrent for anyone thinking of taking up the supply of drugs.

– PC John Chen
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