Train robbery police commended

Police officers who investigated the Great Train Robbery have been commended for their part in solving the "crime of the century"

Train robbery police to be praised

The police investigation into the Great Train Robbery will be commemorated tonight, on the eve of the 50th anniversary of the crime.

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The Countess of Wessex visits England Hockey base

The countess meets the players Credit: England Hockey

The Countess of Wessex visited England Hockey today at its base at Bisham Abbey National Sports Centre, Buckinghamshire, to talk to staff and players from both National teams, and watch a training session as both teams prepare for a summer of huge importance in the international calendar.

Practicing on the pitch Credit: England Hockey

The Countess, wife of Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex, has been Royal Patron of England Hockey since 2007 and is also patron of a number of other sports.

The Countess gets back on the pitch Credit: England Hockey

During her visit The Countess of Wessex also got involved on the pitch, playing with England player Shona McCallin. HRH said: “I always really enjoyed playing hockey, it’s so much more than just a team sport. Hockey has a great social side and is a thoroughly enjoyable game to both play and watch.”

Man arrested after arson attack on mosque

Thames Valley Police has arrested a 30-year-old man in connection with an arson attack on a mosque in Buckinghamshire. Officers were called to the mosque in Manor Road, Bletchley, shortly before 1am after reports of a man acting suspiciously shortly before a fire at the rear of the building.

Officers carried out enquiries at the scene which led to them arresting a man on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life shortly afterwards. No one was hurt in the incident.

Inspector Lee Brace said: 'There is a scene watch in place at the mosque at this time while enquiries are on-going and officers will be carrying out increased patrols in the area. Anyone with concerns about this incident should speak to them about these.'


Family tribute to mother-of-two killed in crash

Danielle Beresford-Cole died in a crash last month Credit: Thames Valley Police

The family of a mother-of-two killed in a crash in Buckinghamshire have paid tribute to her.

Danielle Beresford-Cole died in a collision on 11th February.

Her family released this statement: "Danielle Beresford-Cole tragically died on Tuesday the 11th February 2014 following a road traffic collision in Amersham, was the much loved daughter of Malcolm.

"Danielle was also mother to Zoe and Kieran, partner of David and younger sister of Simone. Danielle will be loved and missed always and forever by her family and dear friends."

Council leader visits flood clean up emergency teams

Buckinghamshire sandbag crews on the road Credit: Buckinghamshire County Council

The leader of Buckinghamshire County Council, Martin Tett, has visited emergency teams working to contain and clear flood water in Marlow.

Teams are creating a 'Sandbag Station' at Pound Lane in Marlow, as close to the flooded area as possible.

Five hundred sandbags have been stored there for residents to use for defences around their homes.

Martin Tett and Ruth Vigor-Hedderly talk to an official at the Marlow flood command unit

TfB (Transport for Buckinghamshire) has supplied 4,000 sandbags to residents whose homes were in serious or imminent danger of flooding.

Council Leader Martin Tett said: 'It was great to see the teams from Buckinghamshire County Council, Transport for Bucks, Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue, Wycombe District Council and Marlow Town Council operating so well together in very difficult circumstances.

"I'm really proud of the way they're working around the clock to do their best for our residents. I was also really impressed with the way in which local people have rallied round and are offering the teams everything for physical help to tea and biscuits!"

Crews at work on a flooded road in Marlow


Duke of York opens Bucks technical college

In an exclusive interview with ITV Meridian - His Royal Highness the Duke of York has given his backing to a new style of further education - pioneered in the Thames Valley.

University Technical Colleges allow students to leave school at 14 years old and start their chosen career path with training and the qualifications they need.

Penny Silvester reports.

Duke of York at opening of Buckinghamshire UTC

The Duke of York has been at the opening of Buckinghamshire University Technical College this morning.

The UTC is one of several being launched, to prepare young people for work through strong links with the industry.

Partners and students were also there to celebrate the opening.

The Duke of York giving a speech at the new University Technical College in Buckinghamshire Credit: ITV Meridian
The Duke with a student, showing him bricklaying skills Credit: ITV Meridian
Students sit with the Duke of York at opening on new UTC Credit: ITV Meridian

Guest list at PM's Buckinghamshire retreat demanded

A list of visitors entertained by the Prime Minister was released by the Government, but it included only those guests who had received official hospitality.

Shadow Cabinet Office minister Michael Dugher wrote to the PM demanding full disclosure of visitors to Chequers and Downing Street.

The list released by Number 10 included senior politicians from both coalition parties, Afghan president Hamid Karzai and Arts Council England chief Sir Peter Bazalgette, the former boss of Big Brother producers Endemol.

But Mr Dugher said there were "glaring omissions" from the list because of the failure to disclose guests paid for by the Tories.

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