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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Police make 34 arrests in Thames Valley paedophile investigation

A national operation targeting suspected paedophiles has resulted in 34 arrests across the Thames Valley.

More than 10 children have been safeguarded as a result of this operation.

ACC John Campbell said: “This operation has seen a great deal of work being done, both in the Thames Valley and nationally, as all the Forces involved came together to tackle those who would seek to sexually exploit children.

“As part of the operation, we were provided with intelligence from the NCA that allowed us to focus our investigations over the past six months, identifying both suspects and victims.

“I hope that this operation sends out a clear message to anyone who seeks to sexually exploit and abuse children and young people using the internet as a medium, that the internet is no longer a faceless void that allows those to prey on the most vulnerable members of our society.

Driving charity supports point increase for phone use

A road safety charity has welcomed reports that the government is considering doubling penalty points for those caught using their phone while driving.

Brake is backing the proposed point increase that was recommended by the Metropolitan Police Chief.

This is a welcome proposal, and we hope the government will implement it.

Brake has long campaigned for tougher penalties for mobile phone use at the wheel because of the suffering we see the bereaved and injured victims of road crashes put through as the result of such a senseless and unnecessary risk.

An increase in penalty points is a step in the right direction, but it could provide a more effective deterrent if combined with a increase in the fixed penalty fine to £500-1,000, as well as heightened traffic enforcement, so risky law-breaking drivers know they will not get away with it."

– Julie Townsend, deputy chief executive, Brake


Severe weather warning issued for Saturday

The heatwave will come to an abrupt end on Saturday with a severe weather warning being issued for the south and south east.

Areas of heavy, thundery showers may develop over England and Wales from Friday night before moving northwards on Saturday.

The development of these is uncertain but where they do form some torrential downpours are possible with frequent lightning, large hail and locally strong gusts.

One prisoner caught as another is still at large

Ricardo Dunn was arrested by police last night Credit: Thames Valley Police

A prisoner who escaped a prison in Buckinghamshire has been caught by Thames Valley Police.

Ricardo Dunn was arrested by police last night in Thame Road, Aylesbury.

Two people have also been arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender and are in police custody.

Another prisoner, Darren Douglas, is still at large.

Darren Douglas is still on the run Credit: Thames Valley Police

Supt Gez Chiariello said, "These searches are still on-going at this time and the information that we currently have suggests that the remaining absconded prisoner, Darren Douglas, is in the Aylesbury area.

“I would urge anyone who knows of his whereabouts to come forward and speak to us as soon as possible.

Anyone with information should contact Thames Valley Police on 101 or in an emergency 999.


Pinewood expansion will create "thousands" of jobs

Commenting on the announcement that expansion has been approved, Ivan Dunleavy, Chief Executive of Pinewood Shepperton plc said:

“Our project builds on the success of the Government’s policy for the creative industries and addresses the shortage of stage space in the UK.

"As a result of today’s green light from the Secretary of State, thousands of much needed new jobs will be created in this growing sector of the economy.

"We want to begin construction as soon as possible. I’d like to thank colleagues both within and outside the industry, for the tremendous support they have given the project.”

Pinewood Studios expansion given the go-ahead

Plans for a multi-million pound expansion of Buckinghamshire's Pinewood Studios have been given the go-ahead. It comes as filming continues on the set of the new Star Wars franchise.

The Department for Communities and Local Government confirmed ministers had approved plans for the studio expansion. Film companies including Universal, Disney and LucasFilms backed the £20m Project Pinewood, while London Mayor Boris Johnson and the British Film Institute also came out in favour.

Plans have been approved to expand Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire Credit: ITV Meridian

It comes after the Buckinghamshire-based site was earmarked as the filming location for the next instalment of the Star Wars franchise, Episode VII.

Missing 14-year-old boy may have travelled to London

Steven is from Buckingham and has links to Aylesbury, Milton Keynes, Oxford and Northamptonshire.

We are growing increasingly concerned about Steven’s whereabouts and believe he may have travelled out of the area to London. However he may well have returned to the Milton Keynes later that day. Steven is a 14-year-old boy who has been missing for three days now and it is vital that anyone with information about his whereabouts gets in touch with us so we can establish that he is safe.

– Det Chief Inspector Richard North, Milton Keynes Force CID

If you have any information about Steven’s whereabouts lease call the 24-hours Thames Valley Police enquiry centre on 101 quoting occurrence number 43140092907.

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