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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 No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

Easter disruption for rail passengers

Rail passengers across the region are facing massive disruption over Easter. From Good Friday for ten days there'll be major closures and disruption from Didcot to Hayes, because of engineering works. They include the upgrade of Reading station, new signals, and Crossrail. All services on First Great Western and Cross Country will be heavily disrupted in Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Hampshire and Wiltshire. But Network Rail are promising to "put passengers first" and avoid the huge delays cause by works overrunning at Christmas. Mike Pearse reports.

Police investigate Didcot robberies

Thames Valley Police is appealing for information after a series of robberies in Didcot.

The first offence occurred in Basil Hill Road. A man was walking near the sewage works when he was approached by two men who produced a knife and demanded money.

The second robbery happened outside the shops in Lostock Place. A 44-year-old woman was approached by two men who produced a knife and demanded money.

During the third offence, a 27-year-old woman was approached by a man who produced a knife. The incident happened again outside the shops in Lostock Place in the evening.

During the final incident, a 29-year-old woman was approached by one man who produced a knife in Avon Way at about 11pm.

Money was taken during the first two robberies.

Two men, aged 29 and 30 and both from Didcot have been arrested. Anyone with information should contact the Thames Valley Police Enquiry Centre on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at


Burglars steal gifts from under the tree

Children's Christmas presents stolen during a burglary in Oxfordshire contained personalised family photographs, police have said.

The wrapped gifts were in the living room of the home in Itchen Court, Didcot, which was broken into through a window at the back of the property, Thames Valley Police said.

Christmas presents beneath the tree Credit: itv news

The presents were for children in the family and were mainly toys, as well as personalised calendars featuring family photographs and a white Samsung tablet, a spokesman said.

"This is a terrible burglary due to the fact that several children's presents were taken on Christmas Eve. "I would appeal to anyone who saw or heard anything out of the ordinary in the area around the time of the offence to come forward to police in the hope that we can track down the offenders."

– Detective Constable Georginia Bradley

Anyone with information should call Thames Valley Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

Witness appeal after pub assault in Didcot

Thames Valley Police are appealing for witnesses after a fifty-year-old man was assaulted in a pub in Didcot, Oxfordshire.

The incident happened in the Wallingford Arms public house in Broadway at around 2.30am on Saturday 14th December.

The victim was on the dance floor when he was assaulted by a stranger. He lost consciousness and was left with cuts to his chin. He was taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital, but has been discharged.

Officers would like to speak to anyone who saw what happened, especially a woman who was wearing a burgundy dress. She is thought to have been in the dance floor at the time of the incident.

Anyone with information can call Thames Valley police via the 24-hour enquiry line 101. Alternately, if you want to remain anonymous, you can contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Police release CCTV of victims of assault in takeaway

Man and woman were victims of assault in a takeaway Credit: Thames Valley Police

Thames Valley Police is releasing CCTV of two victims that officers would like to speak to after a series of assaults in Didcot.

The incidents took place at Delight 2, a kebab shop in Broadway, at 12.45am on 15 November.

Two men entered the kebab shop and became disruptive, with one of the men kicking the female and male customer pictured in the CCTV image.

One of the offenders then demanded chicken and, after being told it had sold out, reached across the counter and punched a member of staff in the face.

Staff then removed the men from the store, but they re-entered several times and one of the men damaged the window of the shop.

Police are looking to speak to speak to anyone who witnessed the incidents, and particularly to the woman and man who and are pictured in the image.

If you have any information which could help with the investigation, please contact PC Jon Morley from Didcot police station via the Thames Valley Police Enquiry Centre on 101.

If you do not want to speak directly to the police you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

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