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Young Morse returns for second series

Shaun Evans in a scene from the new series of Endeavour
Shaun Evans in a scene from the new series of Endeavour Credit: ITV/Mammoth Screen

A second series of the Inspector Morse prequel Endeavour returns to our screens this Sunday evening, 30th March 2014. We've been for a sneak peak on location in Oxfordshire and Berkshire, and for a chat with the stars. All that will be available on our website shortly.

Co-star Roger Allam talks about his role as Inspector Fred Thursday
Co-star Roger Allam talks about his role as Inspector Fred Thursday Credit: ITV Meridian


Nuisance caller caused "extreme distress"

You proceeded to make thousands of phone call calls to various people, beauticians and charities. Your actions had an effect on hundreds of people...causing extreme distress.

– His Honour Judge Pringle

This investigation started in December 2013 when Martin Crowe made a call to say he had kidnapped a female in Warwick. From there, it was discovered that Crowe had been making phone calls like this across the UK, causing distress to hundreds of people. He now has time in prison to reflect on his actions and the effect they had.

– Investigating officer Det Sgt Mike West

Crowe was also ordered to pay £120 victim surcharge and amendments were made to an existing ASBO.

Man jailed for making nuisance calls to charities

Martin Crowe Credit: Thames Valley Police

A 51-year-old man was yesterday sentenced to 38 months’ imprisonment after admitting making nuisance calls to charities and businesses across the UK.

Martin Crowe, of Dashwood Road, Oxford, was charged with causing a public nuisance on 1st January this year.

In the early hours of the day before, Crowe had called a domestic violence charity to say he had kidnapped a woman in Warwick.

This instigated a live kidnap investigation and Crowe was located and arrested in Oxford.

He pleaded guilty on 2 January. Historic reports of similar phone calls across the UK were linked to his phone after his arrest.

Mum wants to meet supplier of drug that killed daughter

Martha Fernback
Martha Fernback, 15, died after taking ecstasy last year

The mother of a teenager from Oxford who died after taking the drug ecstacy, says she wants to work with the person found guilty of supplying the class A drug which killed her daughter.

Anne-Marie Cockburn's fifteen-year-old daughter, Martha, died last year. She wants to meet Alex Williams, who is seventeen, to help change people's minds about legalising some drugs.

Anne-Marie Cockburn
Anne-Marie Cockburn wants to spread awareness of the dangers of taking drugs


Missing girl from Oxford

Thames Valley Police is appealing for the public’s help to trace a missing teenage girl from Oxford.

Jessica Arthur, aged 14, was last seen at her home address in Oxford on Friday afternoon.

Jessica Arthur was last seen on Friday afternoon Credit: Thames Valley Police

Jessica said she was travelling to Banbury to go to a friend’s house, but failed to return to her home address in Oxford and was reported missing on Friday evening.

She is white, 5ft, with dyed bright red, shoulder-length hair. She was last seen wearing jeans, brown UGG boots and a black leather jacket.

Det Sgt Simon Hannam said: “We know that from Banbury, Jessica has taken a train to London and we are progressing our enquiries there.

“We are keen to speak to anyone who may have seen her in either in the Oxford or London areas and can provide us with any information about her movements.

“We also believe that she has friends in the Grays area of Essex, and may have travelled to that area."

Missing woman from Oxford

Thames Valley Police is appealing for the public’s help in tracing a woman missing from her home in Oxford.

Joanna Stannard, aged 28, was last seen at her home in Bullingdon Road, yesterday.

Joanna Stannard was last seen at her home yesterday Credit: Thames Valley Police

She is described as white, 5ft, 8in, slim build with short hair. She wears fine rimmed spectacles and often wears a sheepskin sleeveless jacket although it is not known if she is wearing this.

She has taken her bicycle which is described as pink/purple, with a basket on the back.

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