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Kerry Reeves murder investigation: more arrests

Kerry Reeves was shot outside flats in Abingdon earlier this month Credit: Thames Valley Police

Police investigating the murder of a woman in Abingdon, who was shot in the head have made two more arrests.

Kerry Reeves was shot at close range, outside flats in Thornhill Walk on the 3rd of November. The 26-year-old died in hospital two days later.

A 45-year-old man from London and a man from Oxford - who's 33, have been released on bail.

Two other men, aged 20, have been charged with murder and are in due in court in February.

Appeal for woman motorist who may hold clues to Abingdon shooting

A woman motorist may hold vital clues in the shooting of Abingdon woman Kerry Reeves.

The 26-year-old was shot in the head outside a block of flats a week ago, as she sat at a table in a friend's garden. She was on life support in hospital before the machine was eventually switched off.

Police initially arrested a 20-year-old man in Ealing, West London, on suspicion of attempted murder. Another suspect, also aged 20 years and from Corby, Northants, was arrested yesterday.

Kerry Reeves who was shot in Abingdon Credit: ITV Meridian

A spokesman for Thames Valley Police said they were keen to trace a woman spotted sitting in a vehicle around the time of the shooting.

Detective Chief Inspector Mike Lynch of the Major Crime Unit, urged the woman to contact the force immediately.

He added: "We have information to suggest that a woman was sitting in a white vehicle outside Thornhill Walk off Northcourt Road at around the time of the shooting last Tuesday.

"The woman in the vehicle may not have seen or heard anything suspicious, but we would still like to speak to her as a potential witness in this murder investigation.

"I would appeal directly to this woman or anyone who knows her to contact police immediately."

Kerry, who was living with her mother in Saxon Way, Abingdon, at the time of the shooting, lost her struggle for life at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.

A post mortem examination carried out on Monday found she had been killed by a gunshot wound to the head.


26-year-old woman fighting for her life after being shot

A 26-year-old woman remains in a critical condition in hospital tonight after being shot in the head outside flats in Oxfordshire.

Emergency services were called to Thornhill Walk in Abingdon on Tuesday evening. Police are hunting for two suspects who they say are known to the victim and it wasn't a random shooting.

Kate Bunkall reports from the scene:

People awarded for roles in fight against breast cancer

A care home worker from Abingdon was among the winners at a charity awards ceremony held in Oxfordshire last night.

Jeff Denton was recognised at the Against Breast Cancer Achievement Awards - which celebrates the success and achievements of groups and indivduals across Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire.

Our very own reporter Mel Bloor was there to host the awards....

Former nurse sentenced to 18 years for abusing unconscious patients

Andrew Hutchinson was working as a staff nurse when the offences took place

An Oxford nurse, who pleaded guilty to a string of sex offences on patients while they were unconscious, has been sent to prison for 18 years.

Andrew Hutchinson's crimes on women and girls included voyeurism and sexual assault.

He was arrested when children reported he was filming at the White Horse Leisure Centre in Abingdon.

"It is impossible to conceive of a greater breach of trust in our society."

– Judge Ian Pringle


Woman raped while jogging in Abingdon

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses after a report of a rape in Abingdon.

Between 8.30pm and 8.45pm yesterday, a woman in her twenties was jogging on a bridleway adjacent to the A34 in Drayton, when a man approached her, pulled her to the ground and raped her.

“We take all incidents of this nature very seriously and we are conducting a thorough investigation. Officers are working with the victim today to establish exactly what happened and to locate the offender. If anyone saw or heard anything at all in the Drayton area last night which could help us with this investigation, no matter how insignificant they might think their information is, please contact us immediately. Incidents of this nature are extremely rare, but if anyone has any concerns or questions, please speak to officers who are in the area today conducting enquiries, or call 101. Anyone with information is asked to contact Det Insp Roddy on the Thames Valley Police non-emergency number, 101."

– Det Insp Louise Roddy, from Force CID

Police station voyeurism charge

A man has been charged with voyeurism following an incident at a police station in Oxfordshire.

Christopher Richardson-Blake, of Foxdown Terrace, Wellington, Somerset, is charged with one count of voyeurism and one count of theft.

The charge relates to an alleged incident at Abingdon Police Station.

Richardson-Blake was released on bail to appear at Oxford Magistrates’ Court on November 25.

Smoke alarm saves elderly man's life

An Oxford man managed to escape a fire in his Oxford flat after his smoke alarm alerted him to smoke in his bedroom.

On the 3rd November at 11.24am, Oxfordshire County Council Fire and Rescue Service were called to a flat fire in Abingdon.

The elderly man initially tried to tackle the fire but then called the fire service who extinguished the heavily smoke logged property.

The fire was believed to have been caused by a defective electric blanket, which had set alight to the bedding, spreading to the rest of the bedroom.

This is another example of when a smoke alarm has saved lives! We would like to remind people to check that they have working smoke alarms in their homes.This flat had working smoke alarms, so for the rest of 2013 make it your resolution to ensure that you have working smoke alarms on each level of your house and check them on a regular basis.

The Incident also highlights the importance of having your electric blanket tested before use each year, this service is offered free of charge by Oxfordshire County Council’s Fire and Rescue Service."

– Neil Priestley, Oxford Crew Manager
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