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Heseltine: "No regrets ..."

It's twenty-five years this month. 25 years since the Oxfordshire MP Michael Heseltine, challenged Mrs Thatcher for the Tory leadership.

What does he regret about those days? Did he really think he was going to win? Now he's 83 and looks back over those heady events, what keeps him awake at night ? And - why was the man they called "Tarzan" on a trip to the zoo when he realised the game was up?


Final preparations for eighties Rewind Festival

Final preparations are being made for the eighties Rewind festival Credit: ITV Meridian

Final preparations are underway for this year's eighties Rewind Festival.

The event which takes place on Saturday and Sunday returns for the seventh year at Temple Island Meadows.

The stage is set for this years Rewind Festival at Henley-on-Thames Credit: ITV Meridian

The line up includes 80s stars Billy Ocean, ABC, and lead singer of T'Pau, Carol Decker.

Decision day for Oxfordshire hospital

Local support for Townlands Hospital Credit: ITV news

A crucial decision will be made today about the future of an Oxfordshire hospital. The Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group will consider how many beds the Townlands Hospital will be allocated as part of its redevelopment. Eighteen were initially promised - but it's feared that could be cut to just five.

The decision follows a public consultation. Hundreds of people have taken to the streets to protest at the plans. Health bosses say reducing the number of beds will mean more services can be provided. The new hospital is expected to be ready next year.

David Smith, Chief Executive of Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group said: "We have been very clear from the outset of the consultation that the CCG would be listening to what people had to say, reflecting on those views and paying full consideration to them as part of the review and further development of our proposals."

Extra trains running for Henley Regatta

A massive turnout is expected for Henley Regatta Credit: ITV

First Great Western has announced that all 156 additional trains provided for the Henley Royal Regatta will run despite heat related speed restrictions in the London Thames Valley area today.

To stay comfortable passengers are reminded to carry water and sun screen. Also, passengers are being urged not to board trains if they feel unwell.

With up to 60,000 people expected to make the train journey to and from the Henley Royal Regatta between Wednesday 1 and Sunday 5 July, services are expected to be exceptionally busy.

Appeal for witnesses following dog attack

Thames Valley Police is appealing for information after a dog bit a woman’s leg while she jogged along the Thames Path, Henley on Thames.

Between approximately 6.55pm and 7.05pm last Tuesday the victim, a 27-year-old woman, was running with her friend and dog along the path.

They ran past a man and his dog who snarled at the victim’s dog. They ran back towards them again a short while later and the man’s dog ran towards the victim’s dog. The man’s dog sunk its teeth into the victim’s right thigh causing bleeding, swelling and bruising.

The dog owner is white, tall, slim and in his seventies. He was wearing a blazer and chinos.

“We are keen to speak to anyone who may have information on this attack or may know the owner of the dog, this is a popular area for dog walking and at this time of day it is likely people would have seen the incident take place. Anyone with information should call Thames Valley Police via the 101 number.”

– PC Elizabeth Masters from Henley on Thames police station


Carol Decker to perform at Rewind festival

Carol Decker, the lead singer of T’Pau Credit: Cancer Research UK/PA

It has been announced that Carol Decker, the lead singer of T'Pau will be singing at this year's Rewind Festival in Henley in the summer. T’Pau burst onto the music scene in 1987 with “Heart and Soul”, enjoying success in both the UK and US before releasing the classic “China In Your Hand” which stayed at no. 1 in the UK for five weeks.

CCTV image released after bike theft

Police have released this CCTV image in connection with a bike theft Credit: Thames Valley Police

Thames Valley Police is releasing a second CCTV image of a man it would like to speak to in connection with a bike theft in Henley-on-Thames.

The theft took place between 12.45pm and 1.15pm on 31 December from outside Waitrose in Bell Street.

The bike, a royal blue Kona Blast, was locked to a bike rack outside the store.

Police would like to speak to the man in the CCTV image, who is slim and wearing a dark-coloured baseball cap with a white or pale-coloured square-shaped motif on the front, a black jacket, black jogging bottoms, which appear to have text on the side, possibly “Nike”, and white trainers.

Anyone with information about this incident should contact investigating officer PC Becky Tanner, of Henley police station, via the 24-hour enquiry line 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.

Henley Rewind Festival announces 2015 line up

The stage at Henley's Rewind Festival in 2014 Credit: ITV Meridian

Rewind South at Temple Island Meadows, Henley-on-Thames returns for its seventh year on Friday 21st August until Sunday 23rd August with headliners OMD and Human League.

The line up includes 80s stars - Billy Ocean, ABC, T’Pau,Midge Ure,Kim Wilde,Nik Kershaw,Hot Chocolate,Belinda Carlisle,Go West, Soul II Soul, Bananarama, and for the very first time, Black Box, Dave Edmunds, Slim Jim Phantom from The Stray Cats, plus British Electric Foundation featuring M’s Robin Scott,Thomas Dolby, Joy Division’s Peter Hook,Heaven 17’s Glenn Gregory, The Noisettes’ Shingai Shoniwa, and Fairground Attraction’s Eddi Reader, plus many more big names.

Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday January 23rd.

Appeal for help to trace stolen paintings

Do you recognise this picture? Credit: Thames Valley Police

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses after two paintings were stolen from a gallery in Henley.

Between 9pm on Friday (10/10) and 9am on Saturday (11/10), two paintings were stolen, one called Chandelier Against Grey which painted in acrylic and inks, unframed, measuring 61 x 61 x 5cm. The other painting called Temple Island is a lino print on paper with imitation silver leaf. This was framed in a black frame and is approx 48 x 35cm.

One of the stolen paintings Credit: Thames Valley Police

The pictures were housed in a corridor that adjoins two buildings. They were in a glass space with three sides but no top. It is believed the offender climbed up and unhooked the works. Anyone with any information about the theft or who saw anything suspicious should contact PCSO Helen Anderson from Henley police station via the Thames Valley Police Enquiry Centre on 101. Or you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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