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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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."
Thames Valley Police have released a CCTV image of a man the would like to speak to in conneciton with an assault in Banbury during the May Bank Holiday weekend. At around 7:40pm on Saturday 3rd, two men, aged 47 and 39 sustained cuts and bruises to their faces.
They were assaulted by a man in the Wild Lime Pub on Bridge Street. The man is described as white, around 5ft 10ins and of medium build. He has a shaved head and was wearing a grey top and blue jeans. He has a large tattoo on his right forearm.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Thames Valley Police.
Thames Valley Police has charged a man with attempted grievous bodily harm with intent and a drugs offence.
Tabase Ahmed, aged 22, of Park Road, Banbury, has been charged with one count of attempting to cause grievous bodily harm with intent and one count of possession with intent to supply a controlled drug of Class B – Cannabis.
The charges are in relation to an incident on Tuesday in which a car was reversed towards a police officer in Banbury. The officer was not injured.
Ahmed was released on bail to appear at Banbury Magistrates’ Court on 28th April.
Stores at an industrial unit in Oxfordshire have been re-opening after a severe fire at an industrial unit in Banbury on Friday night.
Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service had crews at the scene throughout the weekend monitoring the situation.
On arrival, the first fire appliances were faced with a fully developed fire involving a Cash and Carry and a Tool Hire Unit. There was a lot of heat, large flames and a substantial amount of smoke.
The fire had also heated up cylinders and it appeared that there were fireworks involved as well. At the height of the blaze, 15 fire engines were involved in tackling the flames.
These conditions presented a very hazardous environment and fire-fighting activities had to be carefully planned and supervised."
Fire crews from Oxfordshire are still at the scene of a major fire on an industrial estate in Banbury, Oxfordshire. They were called to the Beaumont estate last night, to tackle the blaze, which broke out at a disused cash and carry unit. A large number of gas cylinders were also near the premises.
We expect to be tackling the fire for several hours yet, and are likely to maintain a presence well into the weekend to monitor the situation - particularly with regard to allowing any potentially dangerous gas cylinders time to cool."