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Tributes paid to teenager stabbed to death

Kyle Byfield was found injured in Banbury earlier this month Credit: Thames Valley Police

The family of a teenager who was stabbed to death in Oxford have paid tribute to him.

23-year-old Kyle Byfield, 23 was found injured at Jubilee Court in Banbury, on 16th April. He died later in hospital.

"Firstly Alan, Laurie and I and both families would like to say how much we appreciate all the love and support from the local community that has been shown. We are all overwhelmed by the generosity people have shown towards Kyle. We cannot name you all but here are a few; Steve Hunt, the Sawyer family, Tracey Yeomans and Chris Phillips. Kyle was our first child who adored his younger sister Aleah who we lost to asthma 10 years ago. He was a loving, caring son, who would do anything for friends and family. He had a fantastic character and was a happy go lucky young man. He was the joker and life and soul of the party. Family and friends will always remember him for his cheeky smile and charm. Kyle loved to ‘dress to impress’ and was always fashion conscious. He loved his sports and was a very good football and rugby player; he played both from the age of 6. He played for Banbury Bulls and many local football teams over the years. Kyle loved music and singing and dancing and was always showing ‘his moves’. We are all totally devastated and shocked by this tragic loss of our beloved Kyle. He will be greatly missed by all and forever in our hearts. We will notify everyone of the funeral date when it has been arranged."

– Ronnie Byfield, Alan Byfield and Laurie Peach (Mum, Dad and girlfriend)


Unexplained death in Banbury

Thames Valley Police is currently investigating an unexplained death in Banbury.

Officers were called to an area of grassland off Hennef Way in Banbury at around 1.20pm today.

Officers attended and declared a man, thought to be aged in his forties, deceased at the scene.

The man’s death is being treated as unexplained but is not thought to be suspicious at this time.

Officers are still at the scene whilst enquires are ongoing.

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.

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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.

Regional competition highlights the finest photos

It's the longest running photographic exhibition of its kind in the world, and this year Banbury has been chosen to display the winners of the Royal Photographic Society's international competition. And several photographers from our region made it to the final one hundred. Cary Johnston reports.

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.

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