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CCTV released following GBH incident

Thames Valley Police is releasing CCTV images in relation to an incident of grievous bodily harm in Oxford.

The victim, a 19-year-old man, was in the White Horse public house, London Road, Oxford, at about 7.10pm on Sunday 1 March when he became embroiled in an altercation with two men.

Police want to speak to this man in connection with an incident on GBH in Oxford Credit: Thames Valley Police

One of the men threw a glass at the victim, after which the second man punched the victim in the face.

The victim sustained injuries to his face and was treated at John Radcliffe Hospital. He has since been discharged from hospital.

Thames Valley Police would like to speak to the man pictured in the CCTV images as he might have vital information regarding the incident.

“If you recognise yourself as the man in these images, or believe you know the man pictured then please come forward either to a local police station or by calling 101. We believe that he has vital information that will aid our investigation. If you don't want to speak directly to the police then you can contact 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.”

– Investigating officer, Det Con Matthew Hodgetts

Warrant carried out at suspected brothel

Thames Valley Police has carried out a warrant on a suspected brothel in Oxford.

Officers entered the Cowley Road property at 11am on Tuesday. They departed at 1.30pm.

Two women were found at the house and have been safeguarded.

Independent Trauma Advisers from the Elmore Community Team provided practical and emotional support for the women and have put a care plan in place for them.

Seven officers and two Special Constables took part in the warrant.

Property, including telephones and two laptops, was seized and no one has yet been arrested.

“We are working with our community partners in order to identify vulnerable women and to ensure that they are safeguarded and that any potential perpetrators are brought to justice.”

– Inspector Rachel Patterson, of Cowley police station


Consultation opens for Oxford tram system

Oxford city centre trams are part of the county council's vision for Oxfordshire Credit: Oxfordshire County Council

A consultation on city centre trams and a new train station has now been opened by Oxfordshire County Council.

The council's Connecting Oxfordshire plans are designed to cope with the growth in population expected by 2031, with 80,000 new jobs and 100,000 new homes.

Ideas include city centre trams, a new railway station and larger buses.

Cycle super-routes could be introduced across the city along with a new A40-A44 link road as well as improvements to Junction 9 of the M40.

The consultation on the council's website is open until Thursday, 2 April.

Police appeal for help in finding missing teenagers

Thames Valley Police is appealing for the public’s help in finding two teenage girls missing from Oxford.

The girls haven't been seen since yesterday

Danica Du Plooy, aged 14, and Andrayah Corfield, aged 15, have been missing since 9pm yesterday evening and are thought to be together.

Danica (right), is white, around 5ft3ins, of medium build with brown hair. She was last seen wearing black and white leggings, a pink hooded top, a navy blue coat, with an ankle brace and is using crutches.

Andrayah (left) is white, 5ft6ins, slim with blonde hair. She was last seen wearing black leggings, a light blue jumper, black coat with leopard print inside, grey Puma trainers and carrying a pink shoulder bag.

Police are concerned for their welfare due to their young age and the amount of time they have been missing.

It is thought that they may be in either Oxford or have travelled to Bicester.


1,500 pupils to visit 'Careers Fest' in Oxford

The previous Oxford City Learning Careers Fest took place in 2014

The MINI car plant at Cowley in Oxford is hosting a two-day jobs fair to introduce teenagers to the world of work after they leave school.

The fifth annual Oxford City Learning Careers Fest will feature 50 exhibitors. The firms are offering chances for school pupils aged 14 - 18 to explore potential job and career opportunities. The organisers 'Oxford City Learning' (OCL) have invited 1,500 children from schools across Oxfordshire to the event.

"With Oxfordshire's Strategic Economic Plan indicating that up to 75,000 new jobs could be created in the county between 2014 and 2031, this event will showcase a host of exciting employment opportunities over the next few years, together with the types and levels of qualifications required.

"As in previous years, we'll be encouraging students visiting to 'have a go' at the range of activities run by the exhibitors, who will also provide information and advice to help young people understand and consider a full range of career pathways including apprenticeships, further and higher education and employment."

– Alison Robb-Webb, OCL Project Director

Funding boost for Oxford's City Centre Ambassadors

Funding boost for Oxford's City Centre Ambassadors Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Oxford's City Centre Ambassadors will continue for another year after a funding boost.

Oxford City Council has allocated £32,000 in its proposed budget for 2015/16 to keep the ambassadors patrolling the street, welcoming residents, workers and visitors.

They also help promote the City Council’s Kindness Can Kill anti-begging initiative and keep an eye out for illegal street traders and unauthorised buskers.

Councillor Dee Sinclair, Board Member for Crime and Community Response at the council, says: 'I am delighted we are able to continue supporting the Ambassadors. They will work in the city for seven days a week during peak times.

'They will be the face of the city centre for tourists and visitors but they will also be the eyes and ears of the community. They will also be looking at issues like graffiti, litter, illegal street trading and any other anti-social behaviour.'

Oxford's biggest city centre car park closes

Shoppers and visitors to Oxford face major problems if they plan to drive to the city as the biggest car park in the centre has closed this week.

More than a thousand cars would normally be able to use the Westgate multi-storey.

Now motorists will have to find somewhere else to park in a city already struggling to provide car parking space. Penny Silvester reports.

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