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Concern grows for missing young woman from Buckinghamshire

Missing Ella Pecko Credit: Thames Valley Police

Thames Valley Police are concerned for the safety of a woman who went missing just under a week ago.

The last two sightings of 26-year old Ella Pecko, were at Applegreen petrol station in Bicester Road, Aylesbury, at about 12.30pm on Sunday 26th March and then in Cockton Road at about 4pm on Monday 27th March

Ella was wearing grey leggings, a grey hoody and brown and white slippers.

I am becoming increasing concerned for Ella’s welfare. She hasn’t been seen since Monday and was reported missing on Tuesday, since then, numerous missing person enquiries have been carried out, however we have yet been unable to locate her. Ella is from Aylesbury and is known to frequent Buckingham Park, but also has links to High Wycombe, so I would ask residents of these towns to look out for her. I would urge anyone who has any information regarding Ella’s whereabouts to contact Thames Valley Police immediately by calling 101 and quoting reference number 1075 Alternatively, you can visit your nearest police station and provide any information you have.

– Det Supt Gill Wooton

Woman dies following crash in Aylesbury

A woman has died in a crash in Aylesbury.

Police were called to the A41 Tring Road at the junction with King Edward Avenue on the afternoon of Thursday 16th March.

A silver Volkswagen Golf was involved in a collision with a white Land Rover Defender. The driver of the Volkswagen, a 74-year-old woman from Aylesbury, was taken to Wycombe Hospital for treatment, but she died on Sunday.

“This incident has very sadly resulted in a lady losing her life and I am appealing for information from anyone who saw this collision or who has any information relating to it.

“If anyone has any details which they think could help our investigation, please call the Thames Valley Police non-emergency number on 101.”

– Investigating officer PC Colin Riley


14-year-old boy missing in Aylesbury

Max James Credit: Thames Valley Police

Thames Valley Police are appealing for the public’s help in order to trace a missing boy.

Max James, aged 14, was last seen in Disraeli Square, Aylesbury on Thursday afternoon.

He is black, about 5ft 7ins with short black afro hair and brown eyes. When he was last seen, he was wearing a black tracksuit with a zip up hooded top, a black puffer jacket, a grey or white t-shirt, and black and navy Nike trainers. He was also wearing a black baseball cap with a white logo on the rim.

Investigating officer Det Insp Dominic Williamson, said: “We are concerned about Max and I am appealing for anyone who has any information about him to get in touch.

“Max, if you are reading this, please call us to let us know that you are safe and well. You are not in any trouble, we just want to make sure that you are OK.”

Have you seen Lucy from Aylesbury?

Police are appealing for help to find missing person Lucy Sessions Credit: Thames Valley Police

Thames Valley Police have issued a missing persons appeal to find Lucy Sessions, aged 21, from Aylesbury.

Officers say they are concerned for her welfare. Lucy was last seen at 3am on Tuesday 25th October in Griffin Lane, Aylesbury. She is described as white, with brown hair, a slim build, and is around 5ft3in tall.

When last seen Lucy was wearing dark Converse trainers, a grey or black hooded top, and dark trousers. Lucy was also carrying a floral satchel.

Anyone who can help is asked to contact the police.

"We would like to appeal for the public’s help in tracing Lucy. She is known to visit Slough, Bicester, Aylesbury, Oxford and High Wycombe. If you see a woman matching the description please come forward.

“We are concerned for Lucy’s welfare. If anyone knows where Lucy is I would ask them to get in touch by calling the Thames Valley Police Enquiry Centre on 101.”

– Inspector Rachel Taylor, Thames Valley Police


Residents reassured over planned demos

Thames Valley police are assuring people in Aylesbury they'll be making sure two demonstrations take place peacefully.

The English Defence League is planning to protest through the town centre on Saturday. While a counter-demonstration is also planned for the same day.

"Thames Valley Police recognises everyone's right to demonstrate peacefully, and our aim is to facilitate a peaceful demonstration.

"I recognise the impact that this demonstration may have on the people of Aylesbury going about their business on Saturday. As always, we and our partner agencies will be working to ensure that the impact on local people, businesses and visitors is minimised.

"I would ask for the support of all sections of the community to help us and our partners, to make sure these demonstrations pass by smoothly."

– Supt Wright

Young Offenders Institution is 'unsafe with high levels of violence and access to drugs'.

It is home to some of the most dangerous young offenders but today a damning report has criticised the Aylesbury Young Offenders Institution. It says the prison is unsafe, with high levels of violence and a shortage of staff.

  • The Buckinghamshire unit can hold up to 444 young people between the ages of 18 and 21.
  • At the time of the inspection, there were 377 prisoners.
  • One in 3 are serving more than ten years or life behind bars.
  • Concerns were raised over the levels of gangs and access to drugs

The Deputy Chief Inspector of Prisons, Martin Lomas, says that Aylesbury has deteriorated and is failing to provide training and education for young offenders.

'High levels of violence' at Aylesbury Young Offenders Institute

"A dire, dangerous and disasterous prison." That's how inspectors have described Aylesbury Young Offenders Institute.

Levels of violence have increased and staff shortages have caused problems.

Managers say they're putting an action plan in place.

ITV Meridian spoke to Deputy Chief Inspector of Prisons, Martin Lomas.

Damning report issued on Young Offenders Institution in Aylesbury

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A damning report on the Young Offenders Institution in Aylesbury has highlighted concerns about high levels of violence, a lack of purposeful activity and staff shortages. The report by the Chief Inspector of Prisons follows an unannounced inspection to the facility in Buckinghamshire.

HMYOI Aylesbury, a training prison, holds up to 444 young adult men aged 18 to 21 who are serving among the longest sentences for this age group in the country. Over 80% of those held are serving more than four years and 30% are serving more than 10 years to life.

Inspectors were concerned to find that:

· Aylesbury was not safe enough: levels of violence were high and some incidents were serious;

· although some useful work was being done to address gang affiliations and to combat violence, much more needed to be done.

· the long periods of lock-up and inactivity most prisoners experienced caused frustrations that contributed to the likelihood of violence and aggression;

· the quality of the environment was mixed as was the quality of staff-prisoner relationships, undermined by the numbers of temporary staff;

· the management of learning and skills was weak, many classes and workshops were closed owing to staff shortages; and the quality of teaching needed improvement;

· staff shortages were undermining offender management with heavy caseloads, a backlog of risk assessments and some limited sentence planning.

However, inspectors were pleased to find that security was managed adequately and intelligence was managed well, but drug usage was double the target. Although the number of prisoners who had self-harmed was high and worse than in similar prisons, some prisoners spoke highly of the care staff provided. Offending behaviour work was impressive with some innovative and encouraging initiatives being introduced.

Chief Inspector of Prisons Nick Hardwick said: "The population at Aylesbury presents risks but it is reasonably stable. The purpose and function of the prison was clear but the prison was uncertain about how to deliver its core functions in a coherent and joined-up way. Trust was too limited and relationships unpredictable. There was too little to motivate young men, or to encourage their personal investment in their futures while at the prison."

Michael Spurr, Chief Executive of the National Offender Management Service, said: "Staffing shortfalls have had a serious impact on the quality of the regime provided at Aylesbury. We are recruiting more staff and have put an action plan in place to address the recommendations made by the Chief Inspector in this report. The Governor will receive the support he needs to urgently improve the prison over the coming months."

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