Police officers who investigated the Great Train Robbery have been commended for their part in solving the "crime of the century"
The police investigation into the Great Train Robbery will be commemorated tonight, on the eve of the 50th anniversary of the crime.
In an article for ITV News, the chairman of JD Wetherspoon has hit back at critics over the opening of a pub at a motorway services area.
The Bill that will allow HS2 to go ahead has just been published. It confirms the route will go near Wendover, Aylesbury and north of Bicester and Banbury. It gives exact details of the scheme and is 55,000 pages long.
MP's will now consider the detals of the £42 billion project and local peple will be able to raise objections.The Secretary of State for Transport, Patrick McLoughlin MP, said:
"This is a significant step forward in the Government’s strategy for a high speed rail network that will address the critical capacity constraints that we face and improve connectivity between our great cities."
The Bill includes the powers necessary to construct and operate Phase One of HS2 between London and the West Midlands. Alongside the Bill I will also be publishing several other related documents.
Today's HS2 Bill reveals full details of a massive new interchange that will benefit the Thames Valley. Built at Old Oak Common, on the Great Western line, it will connect the new HS2 scheme with Great Western services from towns like Newbury and Reading, Crossrail trains from Maidenhead.
The Heathrow Express and have a link to the Channel Tunnel. It will mean people going to Europe will be able to change trains at the new station or take a high speed service to Manchester, Liverpool or Leeds. It will be the biggest interchange in the country
The Transport Secretary is to face a grilling by MP's over a report that claimed HS2 would boost the UK economy by £15 billion a year. Patrick McLoughlin, as well as the report's authors, have been summoned to appear before the Commons Transport Select Committee to explain the controversial report.
Mr McLoughlin had used the report's findings to gain support for the £50 billion HS2 project. But it was later revealed while some areas would grow because of the new rail line others would lose out. He faces claims "only positive and selective elements" of the report were made public.
That's because while some areas would see investment it would be at the expense of others away from new stations on the line. For example Buckinghamshire could lose out by £100 million. The line runs through parts of Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire.
A serving soldier has been arrested in connection with firearms offences after bomb disposal teams were seen at a premises in Buckinghamshire.
It is thought the arrest of the soldier, in Aylesbury, is linked to ammunition that was found.
Up to three bomb disposal units were reportedly seen at a premises in Aylesbury on Sunday afternoon.
The Ministry of Defence confirmed that a soldier has been arrested in connection with firearms offences.
A spokesman said: "We can confirm a serving soldier has been arrested in connection with firearms offences.
"The matter has been handed over to the Royal Military Police.
"With their investigation ongoing it would be inappropriate to comment any further."
It's been reported there are up to three bomb disposal units at an address in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire. The incident is believed to be part of a Royal Military Police investigation around the Harvey Road and Mandeville Road area. More to follow.
Two lanes closed and queueing traffic due to an accident involving two cars on the M25 clockwise between J16 M40 and J17 A412 (Maple Cross).
Sir Cliff Richard waved off 200 hundred children from across the South East who are on their way to America at Heathrow yesterday.
They are a group of seriously ill and disabled youngsters taking part of a trip to theme parks in Florida. The trip was organised by a Buckinghamshire charity called Dreamflight.
Sir Cliff's full interview is below:
A 27 year old man from Aylesbury has been sentenced to 42 months imprisonment for committing two burglaries.
David Rowe, from Eeles Close, admitted a dwelling burglary and a non-dwelling burglary at Aylesbury Crown Court.
The dwelling burglary took place between Thursday 12th September and Friday 13th September in St Catherine's Court and the non-dwelling burglary took place on Monday 26th June.
Sergeant Jim Forrest, from Aylesbury local CID, said:
"This sentence sends out a clear message that burglary will not be tolerated in the area. Burglary is an intrusive crime and we will continue to work with our partners to ensure that it is both prevented and offenders who commit burglary in our area and brought to justice.”
It's been reported by The Telegraph that the registration of a new battlefield site along the HS2 route could add further costs to the project.
The paper said English Heritage was listing "a previously 'lost' site" of the Battle of Edgecote fought in 1469 as part of the Wars of the Roses.
The site in Northamptonshire, six miles from Banbury, is where the nobleman Richard Neville defeated the forces of King Edward IV.The paper says it was located after research and analysis by the Battlefields Trust which was then sent to English Heritage.
– The Telegraph
Although the battlefield’s new listing does not give the area statutory protection from development, it does mean that its status must be considered in the planning process. The government’s National Planning Policy Framework says that development of historic battlefields should be ‘wholly exceptional’.
Even if the track goes ahead as planned through the area, the listing could still add to the time and cost involved – which has already spiralled to £50 billion – as it might mean work is held up for archaeological research."
The Treasury Committee has today published a report containing conclusions and recommendations from its inquiry into the 2013 Spending Round.
The report included several recommendations on the proposed HS2 rail link which would cut through Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire.
– Andrew Tyrie MP, chairman of the Treasury Select Committee
There appear to be serious shortcomings in the current cost-benefit analysis for HS2. The economic case must be looked at again. The Bill should not proceed until this work has been done and the project has been formally reassessed by the Government. At £42.6bn, excluding a large contingency reserve, the construction cost of the project has increased by 17 per cent even before it has started."
He added: "A more convincing economic case for the project is needed. We need reassurance that it can deliver the benefits intended and that these benefits are greater than those of other transport schemes - whether in the department's project pipeline or not - which may be foregone."
Three men have admitted assaulting a man in Aylesbury which left the victim with bleeding on the brain.
Tomasz Biernacki, 41, Gwedon Jakoc, 30, and Elias Cordero, 20, admitted carrying out the assault on the 42-year-old victim at around 2.30am in Aylesbury on 7th May.
Biernacki and Jakoc were sentenced to five years in prison and Cordero was given an 18 month sentence for admitting Grevious Bodily Harm when they appeared at Aylesbury Crown Court on Wednesday 14th August.
Investigating officer Det Con Dave Phipps said: “This was an unprovoked attack that left their victim with serious injuries that required treatment in hospital.
“I hope these sentences send out a stark warning to people that mindless violence is totally unacceptable and will not be tolerated.”