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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Two sentenced over sports car theft

Two men have been sentenced for their part in the theft of a sports car in Buckinghamshire. Jack Pickton of Gomms Wood Close in Buckinghamshire, and Asif Parvez of Gilliat Road in Slough have been told to complete unpaid work.

It's after a hire company car was reported stolen, and later found stripped.

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The car was found completely stripped Credit: Thames Valley Police

Both were ordered to pay £300 towards the costs of the prosecution as well as a victim surcharge of £60.

Det Con Austin Parry, officer investigating, said: "CCTV footage, as well as information from the hire company, played a significant part in this investigation.

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The car was found completely stripped Credit: Thames Valley Police

"Both men were for example seen purchasing a cutting blade from a store in Slough prior to the car then being stripped and cut. I believe the pair committed the crime to make money by selling the car's parts and panels."

HS2 is "opportunity to create jobs and develop skills"

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin gave this statement after MPs voted in favour for work to being on HS2 in 2017:

By voting in favour of the hybrid Bill, Parliament has made a clear commitment to a key part of the government’s long term economic plan. HS2 is a once in a generation opportunity to create jobs and develop skills, provide the extra space we need on our rail network for commuters and freight and better connect our biggest cities.

I am aware of the concerns some who live very close to the HS2 route have. I am confident however that by working together we can ensure this vital new north-south railway is designed in the right way, and we will have spades in the ground in 2017 as planned.

– Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin

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MPs vote in favour of HS2, set to be built in 2017

Work on HS2 will get under way in 2017 Credit: ITV News

Work on the High Speed Two rail link will begin in 2017 as planned after MPs voted in favour of it last night.

The bill passed its 2nd reading in the Commons with MPs voting 452 to 41 in favour.

Several villages are in the path of the proposed route through Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire.

The government has confirmed that MPs will vote on the HS2 Phase 1 Hybrid Bill later this month.

Former Cabinet minister Cheryl Gillan, who led the rebellion against the HS2 scheme which will cut through Tory heartlands in the Chilterns, indicated that she would keep up the fight by scrutinising the project "inch by inch" as it progressed through Parliament.

Underground HS2 raises hopes for locals

Local businesses and residents are hopeful that the HS2 rail will use an underground tunnel and protect existing wildlife areas. If the tunnel goes ahead, it provides a solution for the new high speed railway link as the countryside will remain largely unaffected.

Juliette Fletcher has been to find out how the HS2 plans affect those living near the proposed line.

Plans from MPs and councils to be unveiled about HS2

Plans from councils and MPs from Buckinghamshire could suggest putting HS2 in underground tunnels Credit: ITV Meridian

Alternative plans to the controversial High Speed Two plan will be revealed by councils and MPs today in Buckinghamshire.

It is thought that instead of building HS2 through the Chilterns, which is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, a report suggesting tunnelling underneath the countryside could be an option.

It has also been reported that around 500 wildlife sites will be affected by the development of HS2.

Estimates by the Wildlife Trust suggests the proposals will damage and destroy more wildlife habitats and populations of wild species than it will take steps to replace.

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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
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