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Thieves steal 30-year-old Shetland pony from animal sanctuary

This is Eric, a 30-year-old Shetland pony, stolen from Dorney Animal Sanctuary in Lake End Road, Taplow.

Sanctuary staff noticed Eric missing when they went to check on him at 7am this morning and are desperate for him to be returned.

They are increasingly worried as he has a broken shoulder and needs regular medication. Eric's stable friend is also very distraught as they have been together for a long time.

Staff are desperate for Eric to be returned home Credit: Thames Valley Police

Staff and police believe that Eric was stolen between 1am and 7am.

Eric is approx 3ft, chestnut and white in colour and has a freeze marking on his back.

Anyone with information should call PCSO Kiffin on 101.

Residents reassured over planned demos

Thames Valley police are assuring people in Aylesbury they'll be making sure two demonstrations take place peacefully.

The English Defence League is planning to protest through the town centre on Saturday. While a counter-demonstration is also planned for the same day.

"Thames Valley Police recognises everyone's right to demonstrate peacefully, and our aim is to facilitate a peaceful demonstration.

"I recognise the impact that this demonstration may have on the people of Aylesbury going about their business on Saturday. As always, we and our partner agencies will be working to ensure that the impact on local people, businesses and visitors is minimised.

"I would ask for the support of all sections of the community to help us and our partners, to make sure these demonstrations pass by smoothly."

– Supt Wright


£4.2bn trains will be 'slower than in 1970s', claims union

Great Western Railways have spent billions on new Hitachi trains Credit: ITV Meridian

The rail union RMT has claimed that £4.2 billion worth of new high speed trains will actually be slower than the existing ones, which were introduced in the 1970's.

They say their research shows that passengers on Great Western Railway will face a worse service on the new Hitachi bullet style trains.

Great Western Railway (formerly First Great Western) say the the union is wrong and that services in the Thames Valley are faster and more frequent than ever before.

The RMT Union is currently locked in a dispute with Great Western Railway over the new trains due to fears that there will be job cuts.

Watch Dan Panes from GWR respond to the claims below:

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