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Work begins for remove cladding from Oxford tower blocks

Oxford City Council has begun the process of removing the cladding on two tower blocks in the city after it failed new Government fire safety tests. The council says residents in both Windrush and Evenlode Towers won't have to leave their homes while the work takes place. And all flats had already been fitted with sprinklers and smoke detectors as part of a recent renovation project. Richard Slee reports.

Man who killed his girlfriend is jailed for 14 years

Michael Rough Credit: Thames Valley Police

A 55-year-old man has been jailed for killing his partner at his home in Berkshire. Michael Rough, of Ellis Road in Crowthorne, was sentenced at Reading Crown Court to fourteen years in prison after earlier pleading guilty to manslaughter by diminished responsibility.

Jackie Pattenden Credit: Thames Valley Police

On the night of Sunday 2nd October 2016 police received a call from the home of Rough stating he had stabbed his girlfriend, that she had died and he was going to kill himself. Officers went to the home where they found 53-year-old Jacqueline ‘Jackie’ Pattenden in a bedroom unresponsive. Sadly Jacqueline died at the scene. A Post-Mortem examination found she died from a stab wound to her chest.

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Senior investigating officer Det Ch Insp Ailsa Kent, of Thames Valley Police, said: “Michael Rough and Jackie had been involved in a relationship since the beginning of the year which appeared to those who knew them to be happy with no suggestion of violence or arguments between them. However after reporting feeling depressed and stressed over work, on the evening of 2 October Rough stabbed and killed his partner Jackie. I hope today’s sentencing will enable those who knew and loved Jackie to have a sense of closure and be able to move on from this utterly tragic time in their lives.”

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Pedestrian's amazing escape after bus crash

A 49-year-old-man has had an amazing escape after being hit by a bus in Berkshire. Simon Smith was walking along the pavement in Gun Street, Reading, just after 9am on Saturday morning when the double-decker crashed into him.

Although he was dazed, he didn't suffer any major injuries. Reading Buses says the driver has been "taken off the road" while an investigation is carried out . Mel Bloor reports.

Camber Sands inquest hears from people who tried to save lives

It's been revealed that on the day of the Camber drownings tragedy last August a member of the RNLI was on the beach to assess whether lifeguards were needed.

An inquest heard he'd been asked to carry out a survey by the local council following the deaths of two men, the month before.

Rother council met with the RNLI after the two deaths - but before the drowning of the five friends later. It asked the RNLI if it could provide a lifeguard service at Camber. But the RNLI said it didn't have the resources to do so.

That inquest into the deaths of the five friends has now heard from some of the people who tried to save the men.

Derek Johnson reports

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