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Man arrested on suspicion of attempted murder

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A man's been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder on the A41 near Aylesbury.

Police officers and Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service were called to a car fire in a layby on the A41 between Aylesbury and Aston Clinton just after 11.30pm on Monday.

When the emergency services arrived at the scene they found a Mercedes Sprinter van on fire. The driver of the van, a 47-year-old man, managed to escape the vehicle but was taken to hospital as a precaution. He did not sustain any serious injuries.

Thames Valley Police is treating the fire as arson and have this afternoon arrested a man on suspicion of attempted murder. The 42-year-old man from Tring, Hertfordshire, is currently in police custody at this time.

Work on unofficial cathedral could take 'many years'

Brighton's unofficial cathedral could remain under scaffolding for years to come as restorations are carried out.

The work on St Peter's Church could take years to fund and carry out.

Scaffolding went up in December 2014.

Work on St Peter's Church could take many years Credit: ITV Meridian

"It's going to be a long programme of works. The grants we have been granted so far has allowed us to do exploratory work literally brick by brick to look at which needs restoring and which need replacing.

"That work has at least told us how much we need which is about £1 million so we're probably going to need to go back a few times for different grants.

"We will look to start from the top and gradually work our way down but it will take several years, that's the timescale we are looking at."

– Reverend Archie Coates

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Crowds vow to 'stand together' following Brexit vote

Thousands of people have signed a petition calling for a second referendum Credit: ITV Meridian

Crowds gathered in Brighton last night vowing to "Stand Together" and show unity in the wake of the EU vote.

Almost 70% of the city's population voted to remain in Europe and thousands have now signed a petition calling for a second referendum.

ITV Meridian spoke to Dr Lucy Robinson from the University of Sussex.

Thousands expected at Henley Royal Regatta

Thousands of people are expected at Henley from today as the annual royal regatta gets underway.

They'll watch crews from across the world compete in more than two hundred races at the five day event.

More than 200 races will take place at the event Credit: ITV Meridian

“I am delighted not only with the number of entries but also the incredibly high standard of crews at every level.

“The record entry level reflects the prestigious appeal Henley Royal Regatta holds for rowers at school, club, college, university and international levels.

“Personally I am looking forward to seeing the men’s double sculls having seen the GB boys come through the ranks and Jack recently made two World Cup finals in a day after being subbed into the quad and winning a silver. There’s a strong chance they’ll meet the Belgium Lightweight double which will make for an outstanding race.

“The Queen Mother Challenge Cup has this year attracted record entries and we’ll have four overseas crews along with four GB crews and some serious competition.”

– Sir Steve Redgrave

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Driver escapes with minor injuries following crash

Emergency services were called to the M40 this afternoon Credit: Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service

A driver managed to escape with minor injuries following a crash on the M40 in Oxfordshire.

Emergency services were called to the stretch of motorway between junction 11 at Banbury and Junction 12 at Gaydon.

Crews found debris from the crash spanning 25 metres from the hard shoulder across the embankment, including a wooden electricity pole that had been snapped in half.

An electricity pole had snapped in half during the crash Credit: Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service

“When I first saw the van I was very concerned as to the state that we might find any of the occupants. I am astounded that the driver has escaped this incident with relatively minor injuries.

"It looks like the van has gone airborne as it got to the top of the embankment, hit the power lines that are carrying electricity at 11,000Volts, and then came crashing back down to earth rolling several times before coming to rest.

"The amount of tools that were thrown out of the vehicle just shows how important it is to secure any load, as even the smallest of items in a car or van can become a lethal projectile in the event of a crash."

– Station Manager David Bray

Renewed appeal to find one of Kent's most wanted

Dale Brown is wanted in connection with an assault in Gravesend Credit: Kent Police

Police have renewed their appeal for help to find one of Kent's most wanted men.

Dale Brown who's 30 and from Gravesend is wanted in connection with an assault in Park Place in November last year.

"A significant number of enquiries to locate him have already taken place and we would again like to ask anyone who knows of his whereabouts to get in touch.

"If you know where he is, please call 101 quoting Most Wanted and reference XY/40434/15. Alternatively call Kent Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111."

– Investigating officer Detective Constable Mark Silk
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