They've just returned from their first tour of Afghanistan - and today they were given a Royal welcome home Juliette Fletcher reports.
Video. The Princess Royal has been in Didcot today to present medals to members of Eleven Explosive Ordnance Disposal Regiment who've recently returned from Afghanistan.
HRH Princess Anne is presenting medals to soldiers in Didcot today.
She is the guest of honour at the Freedom Parade and will be presenting medals to 11 Explosive Ordnance Disposal Regiment who have just got back from Afghanistan.
Two-hundred troops from the Vauxhall Barracks are at the parade.
Five men have been jailed for more than 30 years after MOD-owned munitions containing explosives were stolen from a freight train in Didcot, Oxfordshire.
Forty anti-tank mines were safely recovered within days of the theft last October. Only highly trained soldiers can use the explosives.
Phillip Yates, Kris Black and David Smith all pleaded guilty to theft and possessing explosives.
Mr Smith failed to attend and a warrant for his arrest has been issued.
Leonard Ash, Michael Hellon and Jason McKee were found guilty of handling stolen goods and possessing explosives.
Ten packages, each containing four mines, were reported stolen shortly after 7:30am on 25th October 2012.
An investigation was launched with counter terrorism officers sent to sites where the train had stopped.
40 minute delays between Didcot and Reading as there is a broken down train. Coaches between Twyford and Pangbourne. Updates to follow.
Disruption between Didcot and Reading expected to continue until early morning. Pangbourne will not be served for the rest of the evening.
The parents of a 10-year-old boy who died after being hit by a car have issued a tribute to him. Freddie Perry was involved in a collision on Oxford Crescent in Didcot on Tuesday 10th September. He died the next day at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.
Freddie's parents Lea and Judith Perry issued the following statement in tribute to him:
“Freddie John Perry was our lovely son. He was taken from us far too early. He was a wonderful son and a fantastic younger brother to Rhiannon, 14, who has Down’s Syndrome and he doted on her, and to Eloise, 11. He will be very sadly missed by all. Rest in peace.”
A ten-year-old boy has died following a collision with a car in Oxfordshire.
The youngster was injured after colliding with a black Nissan Micra car in Oxford Crescent in Didcot at 5.35pm on Tuesday.
He passed away at John Radcliffe hospital, Oxford, as result of his injuries yesterday
Police are urging anyone who was in the area or who may have seen this incident and has not yet contacted them to get in touch
Anyone with information is asked to contact PC Naomi Voysey at Abingdon Roads Policing on the non-emergency number 101.
Thames Valley Police have launched an appeal to trace a missing man from Didcot in Oxfordshire. Vincent Gallagher, 41, went missing from his home in Wessex Road on Saturday 27th July 2013.
Mr Gallagher was seen later that day at Peartree Roundabout in Oxford. He was wearing a sleeveless top and jeans. He has been described as 5ft10in tall, of a slim build, with black greying hair and two tattoos; one on his right and one on his left arm, both reading ‘Jordan Lewis’.
Anyone with information can contact Thames Valley Police on 101. Or get in touch with Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
A woman suffering from terminal cancer had her life savings stolen from her home in Didcot.
The 61-year-old victim was in her back garden in Wessex Road between 12.30 and 4pm on Friday July 5 when someone entered her property.
The offender stole a large white whey powder container which held a large amount of cash.
The victim noticed the container had been taken the following day.
– Ross Duff, Investigating Officer, Didcot Police Station
This is a despicable and heartless crime involving the theft of more than £2,000 in cash from a woman who is suffering from terminal cancer.
There was a mixture of coins and notes in the container and the notes would be quite distinctive as they were folded into very small squares so will have a checked pattern of creased on them.
The victim is distraught by the theft as effectively her life savings have been taken and we will do all we can to catch the person or people responsible."
Rare diesel train engines have just arrived at the Great Western Railway Centre in Didcot ahead of a unique event to be held over the Bank Holiday weekend. Early trains from the 1970's are being bought in for the event.