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Plans to expand Didcot shopping centre get local backing

New look for the Orchard Centre Credit: South Oxfordshire Council

People in Didcot have given their backing to plans to expand the town's main shopping area. The proposals would almost double the size of the Orchard Centre - with 24 new shops and 6 new restaurants. Just under 500 people were surveyed - with 88 per cent supporting the scheme.

The project would also include a gym, public open space and more parking space for both cars and bikes. Developers say with the town's population growing, there is an increasing need to provide additional facilities for residents and visitors. When asked about the town as a place to live 92 per cent of respondents said that they are satisfied, up from 79 per cent in 2007.

Cllr John Cotton, Leader of South Oxfordshire District Council, said: "It's really encouraging to see that residents support the proposed expansion of the Orchard Centre. The plans will go a long way to meeting the need for additional retail and leisure space and will help put Didcot on the map as a regional destination for shopping and dining."

Inquest into deaths of family of three killed in Didcot

Janet Jordon, Derin Jordon and Phillip Howard died at their home in Didcot

The inquests have opened today into the deaths of a family of three - killed at their home in Oxfordshire.

The bodies of Janet Jordon, her six year old daughter Derin and her partner Philip Howard were discovered at their home in Vicarage Road in Didcot last month. Post mortem examinations showed that they had all died from stab wounds.

A manhunt was launched for Janet's 21-year-old son Jed Allen - he was found hanged in woodland the following evening. His inquest was also opened today.

Penny Silvester sent this report from the Oxford Coroner's Court.

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Jayden murderer sentenced to 8 months more jail time

The man jailed for murdering his pregnant ex-girlfriend Jayden Parkinson and hiding her body in his uncle's grave, has been sentenced to a further eight months for assaulting a man at Didcot railway station with a bottle.

The judge in the case acknowledged that Ben Blakeley had been 'goaded' and 'provoked', but said that Blakeley had been involved in an "organised confrontation which resulted in a fight in which you used a bottle".

The convicted killer is currently serving a life sentence at HMP Winchester for Jayden Parkinson's death. Therefore he appeared via videolink at Oxford Crown Court. He shouted out as he was sentenced for the bottle incident. The eight month term was ordered to run concurrently to his life sentence.

Inquests open into death of family of three from Didcot

Janet Jordon, Derin Jordon and Philip Howard Credit: Thames Valley Police

The inquests open today into the deaths of a family murdered in their home in Didcot. Six year old Derin Jordon, her mother Janet, and her partner Philip Howard were found with multiple stab wounds in Vicarage Road last month. An inquest will also open into the death of the murder suspect - Janet's son 21 year old Jed Allen. His body was found in woodland two days later. The funeral of Derin, Janet and Philip will take place on June the 11th at Oxford Crematorium.

Inquests to open into deaths of family of three

Inquests are being opened tomorrow, at Oxford Coroner's Court, into the deaths of a family found murdered in their home in Didcot.

Six year old Derin Jordon, her mother Janet, who was 48, and her partner Philip Howard, aged 44, were found in Vicarage Road last month. All three had died of multiple stab wounds.

Janet Jordon, her daughter Derin and her partner Philip Howard all died from stab wounds Credit: ITV Meridian

An inquest will also be opened into the death of the murder suspect - Janet's son Jed Allen, aged 21.

A post mortem's found he died from hanging. The funeral of Derin, Janet and Philip will take place on June the 11th at Oxford Crematorium.

Jed Allen died as a result of hanging Credit: ITV Meridian

'No Dash for Cash' group to stage protest

Members of the 'No dash for cash' group will protest at Didcot Power Station Credit: ITV Meridian

A protest camp is being set up in Oxfordshire as part of a 'global weekend of action'.

Didcot Power Station will see the No Dash for Gas group stage the demonstrating from today until Tuesday.

Police have been told and say they will work towards a peaceful protest with minimal impact on local people.

"Thames Valley Police will be working closely with its partners, including the RWE and those wishing to protest, in order to minimise the impact of the protest on the local communities and fulfil our legal responsibility to facilitate peaceful protest. We respect everyone's right to protest in a way which is non-violent protest against people or property. However, should activity go beyond peaceful, those breaking the law will be dealt with proportionately. Measures are in place to notify local residents and those who might be affected by the protests, and our aim is to ensure that there is minimal disruption caused to them and the wider community of Didcot, and the surrounding areas, while facilitating protest. However, it is highly likely that there will be some disruption to the area. People should remain vigilant and take appropriate measures to secure access to open land."

– Acting Supt Jim O'Ryan, Silver police Commander for the operation

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Tributes to little girl murdered in Didcot

It's a case which has shocked the country. And tonight Police are still trying to find out why a man killed his mother, her partner and his young sister in Didcot in Oxfordshire.

Janet Jordon, her six year-old daughter Derin and her partner Philip Howard who was 44 were found in their home in Vicarage Road on Saturday night. They'd all been stabbed to death.

A major manhunt was launched for Janet's son - 21-year-old Jed Allen. His body was found in a wooded area at Marston Ferry Road in Oxford yesterday afternoon.

Meanwhile tribute continue to pour in for six year old Derin as Kate Bunkall reports.

And what of Jed Allen the tortured son and brother who murdered his family He's said to have phoned and texted friends before he died saying he'd 'done something bad.'

In widespread use of social media he profiled himself as a knife wielding fan of superheroes, a bodybuilder who brandished weapons who was gripped by uncontrollable rages. At the same time a man who deeply loved his mother.

Penny Silvester has this report.

Murder weapon found as police continue hunt for triple-killer

Armed police officers are scouring Didcot, Oxfordshire, and its surrounding areas, after the bodies of Philip Howard, 44, Janet Jordon, 48, and daughter Derin were discovered in a house in Vicarage Road just after 8.20pm on Saturday, following a call from a member of the public.

More than 100 officers are also searching Oxford University Parks where Allen worked as a groundsman.

Police also revealed they have found what they believe is the murder weapon at the crime scene.

Detective Superintendent Chris Ward, the head of Thames Valley Police's major crime unit, said they believe Jed arrived in Oxford by train from Didcot at 5.45pm on Saturday.

Det Supt Ward said: "Jed is wearing a red or maroon shirt, a dark hooded jacket with a white trim on the zip, blue jeans and black shoes.

"After visiting WH Smith, we believe that Jed then walked to Oxford University Parks."

Appeal to find man who shouted racial abuse

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses after a racially aggravated public order offence.

The incident happened on The Broadway, Didcot, at about 2pm on Friday.

A man shouted abuse at a 45-year-old man and his 17-year-old son from a first floor window as they walked past the property in the street below. The incident occurred near to DK Elegance Beauty Salon.

The offender is white, with very short or shaved hair, medium to stocky build and in his twenties or early thirties

“Given the time of day when the incident took place, there would more than likely have been other people around on the street who saw or heard this unprovoked attack take place. We are very hopeful that anyone who saw or heard anything suspicious will come forward with the information.”

– Investigating officer, PC James Su

If you have any information please contact the Thames Valley Police Enquiry Centre on 101.

If you don't want to speak directly to the police you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

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