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Landslide causes disruption for Thames Valley rail users

Disruption to rail travel between Banbury & Leamington Spa continues Credit: Bing

Rail passengers across the Thames Valley have faced misery today after a landslide blocked part of the line from Oxfordshire to the Midlands.

The landslide happened on Saturday afternoon near Harbury Tunnel in Warwickshire. The incident closed the line between Banbury and Leamington Spa.

It means services on the Chiltern Line - are seriously affected. Network Rail says it's still too dangerous to access the site as three hundred thousand tonnes of earth and rock is still moving. Callum Watkinson reports.

The interviewees are: Liam Sumpter from Network Rail; and Thomas Ableman from Chiltern Railways.

TRAVEL - TRAINS: Landslip causes delays - Banbury

There is disruption for rail passengers after a landslip between Leamington Spa and Banbury. A limited bus service is running between the stations. Buses are also running between Banbury and oxford.

Chiltern Railways and Crosscountry passengers can use both services during the disruption.

The National Rail Enquiries Service is advising that passengers can follow the incident by using the hashtag #BanburyTrains on social media.


Woman charged with attempted murder

Thames Valley Police has charged a woman following an investigation into a incident at the Horton General Hospital in Banbury, which was reported to police on 16 October 2014.

Julia Knight, aged 55, of Sycamore Drive, Banbury has been charged with attempted murder.

The charge relates to an incident where the condition of an 80-year-old woman, who was a patient at the hospital, deteriorated unexpectedly.

A subsequent police investigation found evidence to suggest that the victim had been administered a potentially lethal dose of an un-prescribed medication. The woman received medical attention and has since been discharged from the hospital.

Knight has been remanded in custody to appear at Banbury Magistrates’ Court this morning.

The woman charged is not an employee of Horton General Hospital.


Appeal after serious assault in Banbury

Police are appealing for witnesses after this man was assaulted in Banbury Credit: Thames Valley Police

Thames Valley Police is continuing to appeal for witnesses after an assault occasioning Grievous Bodily Harm in Banbury.

An image of the victim’s injuries is being released in a renewed appeal for witnesses to come forward.

At around 12.30am on Tuesday 8 August, the victim, a 48-year-old man, was walking along the footpath leading from West Bar Street to People’s Park with two female friends.

As they walked along the footpath they noticed a man and a woman walking behind them.

Suddenly, the man behind them jumped on the victim, knocked him to the ground and punched him repeatedly before running off into People’s Park.

During the incident, the woman who was with the offender shouted “Michael” at him before running back towards West Bar Street.

As the victim’s friends went to help him, a third man ran past them into People’s Park shouting ‘Mikey”.

The victim sustained a number of serious lacerations to his face and was taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital for treatment.

“This was a very nasty assault which appears to have been completely unprovoked. The victim was on his way home after an evening out when he was viciously attacked, causing the horrific injuries shown in the photograph. We know that there were other people around at the time of the assault, and I am appealing to them, especially the man and woman believed to have been in the company of the offender, and to anyone else who might know something about this incident, to come forward and speak to me.”

– Investigating officer, Det Con Paddy O’Grady

The offender and the two people with him are believed to have come from the direction of Crouch Street.

They are captured on CCTV walking through the car park of Hawthorn Veterinary Lodge before crossing West Barr Street into The Shades where the victim was attacked.

The offender is white, aged in his mid-twenties, 5ft 10ins, of medium build with short brown hair. He was wearing an electric blue hoody and blue jeans.

If you have any information about this incident, please contact Det Con Paddy O’Grady from Banbury Force CID, via the Thames Valley Police Enquiry Centre on 101.

If you don’t want to speak directly to the police, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers (opens new window) anonymously on 0800 555 111 No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

Police investigate Banbury crash

Police appeal for information Credit: PA

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses after a pedestrian was in collision with a car in Banbury.

A 50-year-old man was crossing the road at the junction of Newland Road and Dashwood Road on the afternoon of 16th August when the accident happened. He suffered injuries to his knee, ankle and hip. The car didn't stop.

Police said they would like to hear from anyone who saw what happened. They've arrested a 27-year-old man from Banbury on suspicion of common assault, failing to stop at a road traffic collision, causing bodily harm by wanton/furious driving, driving a motor vehicle in a manner likely to cause danger to passengers and resisting arrest. He was released on bail until 25 September.

Concern for missing Banbury man

Thames Valley Police is renewing its appeal for the public’s assistance to locate a 43-year-old man reported missing since Saturday 17 May from Portway, Banbury.

It is thought he may have travelled to the Cambridgeshire area.

Andrew Mark Lever, called Andy, was last seen by family on the evening of Saturday 17 May and thought to have driven to the Cambridgeshire area in his blue Ford Ka licence plate BW03.

Andy Lever was last seen on 17th May Credit: Thames Valley Police

He may have been headed towards the Chatteris, or Peterborough area of Cambridgeshire.

He is white, around 5ft 10ins tall, with short brown hair. He was last seen wearing a grey t-shirt and black three-quarter length jeans.

Andy is thought to have travelled to Cambridgeshire in a car similar to this one Credit: Thames Valley Police

Det Insp Claire Thorngate of Cherwell and West Oxfordshire Local CID said: “Despite extensive enquiries we can find no evidence of the normal footprint of activity that people leave in their everyday life."

Renewed appeal for missing man from Banbury

Andrew Mark Lever Credit: Thames Valley Police

Thames Valley Police has renewed its appeal to locate a 41-year-old man reported missing on Saturday from Portway in Banbury. Andrew Mark Lever, called Andy, was last seen by family on Saturday evening and may possibly be in the Cambridgeshire or Lincolnshire areas.

He has two tattoos, a Japanese symbol on one arm and black and red design on the other. He was last seen wearing a grey t-shirt and black three-quarter length jeans. He drives a blue Ford Ka licence plate BW03.

Investigating officer, Detective Inspector Claire Thorngate said, “Police are increasingly concerned for his welfare due to his state of mind when he went missing. I would appeal to anyone who may know his whereabouts to contact us as soon as possible."

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