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The Thames Valley marks Armistice Day

Thousands of people gathered in silence across the Thames Valley to pay their respects this Armistice Day to Britain's war dead. This year, the commemorations took place as the nation marks 100 years since British troops were sent to the front line, in the First World War. From Aldershot, traditional home of the British Army, Divya Kohli reports.

Dog thrown and used as weapon during attack

Stephen Baker Credit: Thames Valley Police

A man has been jailed after he threw a Staffordshire bull terrier as a weapon during an assault outside a restaurant in Oxford.

Stephen Baker then punched and kicked his victim whilst his dog bit the man during the attack on four men outside the Pierre Victoire restaurant on Little Clarendon Street.

The 31-year-old then bit a police officer as they arrested him and accomplice Tom East.

Baker, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty and received a 38 month prison sentence and was disqualified from owning a dog for life.

East, 23, of no fixed address, also pleaded guilty and was sentenced to a year’s imprisonment and disqualified from owning a dog for five years.

Investigating officer Det Con Matthew Hodgetts, from Oxford Force CID, said: 'East and Baker committed an unprovoked and sustained attack on four men who should have been able to enjoy a meal out in peace.

'A Staffordshire bull terrier was used a weapon, and ultimately bit one of the victims, nearly causing life-changing injuries

'Violence on the streets will not be tolerated and will be investigated thoroughly by Thames Valley Police.'


Three people escape house boat fire

Three people escaped a house boat fire moored at Osney Bridge in Oxford Credit: ITV Meridian

Three people escaped a fire on a house boat in Oxford during the early hours.

At 3.38am today, two fire crews from Oxfordshire County Council Fire and Rescue Service were called to a fire involving a 20 foot fibreglass pleasure craft being used as a house boat.

The boat was well ablaze after becoming loose from its moorings beside Osney Bridge on the river Thames .

The three residents of the boat managed to escape the blaze before fire crews arrived to tackle the blaze.

Station Manager Guy Dunkley from Slade Park Fire Station said: ' At this time the cause of the fire is not known, but Thames Valley Police are in the process of conducting investigations.

'Although not vast in numbers, the residential moorings in Oxford are a small but very important part of the local community, and I would urge residential boat owners across the county to check their smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.'

Beer to celebrate 150 year of Oxford Brookes

A beer has been brewed specially to mark Oxford Brookes University's 150th anniversary.

Beer named after former principal

The India pale ale was created by former graduate Ed Murray and has been named after the institution's former principal and "spiritual founder," John Henry Brookes.

The beer will be launched this week ahead of the anniversary celebrations in 2015 with just 600 limited edition 750ml bottles available.

"We decided to recreate an authentic 1865 recipe so the beer would reflect what beer tasted like when Oxford Brookes was founded," said Mr Murray, who now runs Shotover Brewing Company, in Horspath, Oxon.

"We did some research and found an 1864 export IPA recipe which we have produced as closely as we can."

Oxford Brookes, which opened in 1865 as Oxford School of Art, officially became a university in 1992.

Oxford bus users to get free wifi

Oxford is to get free wifi on its buses today thanks to a government grant.

There is to be wifi hotspots in some public buildings from next April Credit: Press Association

The city's two main bus operators, Oxford Bus Company and Stagecoach, will have installed Wi-Fi on virtually all buses within the Oxford Smart Zone by the end of November.

In addition, Super Connected Oxford will also make available a Wireless concession in the streets of the city and Wi-Fi Hotspots in free to enter public buildings like libraries and museums, from next April.

The Programme also offers local small and medium-sized businesses within Oxford and the surrounding area connection vouchers towards the installation costs of superfast broadband.

Refugee couple make housing plea

Human rights campaigners want a local authority to find a permanent home for a refugee couple who claim they and their three children could be left homeless.

Morad Morad and his family fled war-torn Syria to seek safety in the UK after he was injured. They have been living in temporary accommodation in Oxford.

The family have the support of their GP and the children's school. But the city council says its budget is stretched. Cary Johnston reports.


Man arrested after rape at Oxford flats

Police in Oxford have arrested a man in connection with an incident of rape in Headington.

Between 2am and 3am yesterday (20/9) a woman entered a block of flats and was followed by a man who raped her before leaving the scene.

Det Insp Ian Wood said: “There have been extra patrols in the area today following the incident and if anyone has any concerns they can approach an officer or call the Neighbourhood Team on 101.

“The investigation is ongoing and I would like to continue to appeal for anyone with any information about this incident which could help police with their enquiries to speak to an officer.

“Thames Valley Police takes reports of this nature very seriously and is continuing to support the victim.”

If you have any information which could help police please call Oxford Force CID via the 24-hour Thames Valley Police enquiry centre on 101.

Police appeal after woman followed into flats and raped

Thames Valley Police is investigating Credit: PA

Police in Oxford are appealing for witnesses following a report of a rape at flats in Headington in the early hours of Saturday.

The woman's attacker followed her and attacked her between 2am and 3am, before raping her and leaving the scene.

The offender is described as white, aged in his forties to fifties, of skinny to medium build, and has grey hair. He was wearing a dark jacket which had a hood, a grey shirt and dark blue jeans.

The attack is not being linked to a separate report of a rape in Brewer Street, Oxford, also in the early hours of Saturday. A 21 year old man is currently being questioned in connection with THAT incident.

Det Insp Larry Johnson said: “I am appealing for anyone with any information about the incident, or anyone who saw a man in the area matching the description of the offender, to speak to police. An investigation is underway and, at the time, the victim is being supported."

Missing man from Oxford

Peter Dixon hasn't been seen since Wednesday morning Credit: Thames Valley Police

Thames Valley Police is appealing for the public’s help in tracing a 48-year-old man missing from his home in Oxford.

Peter Dixon was last seen in Clarks Row at around 10.50am on Wednesday.

He is described as white, with a stocky build. He was wearing black-rimmed glasses, a blue T shirt and grey tracksuit bottoms. He has a tattoo of a swallow on his left forearm and one of a union flag on his right forearm.

Officers are increasingly concerned for Peter’s welfare as he has limited access to money and he needs regular medication.

Investigation launched after woman raped in Oxford

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses following a report of a rape in Oxford.

At approximately 2am today an 18-year-old woman walked down St Ebbes Street with a man she had met in a nightclub earlier in the evening. They entered Brewer Street where the man raped her. The woman left Brewer Street at around 2.30am.

A scene watch is currently in place in the area of Brewer Street and St Ebbes Street while officers examine the area.

The offender is described as black, aged in his twenties with short black hair. He was wearing dark grey jeans and a light grey T-shirt.

"We take all reports of this nature seriously and a thorough investigation is now in progress. Officers are currently working to establish the circumstances of what happened and to locate the offender. The victim is being supported by specially-trained officers. If anyone saw or heard anything at all in the area which could help us with this investigation please contact us. Our Neighbourhood Team is aware of the incident and officers will be in the area. If anyone has any concerns please approach an officer.”

– Det Sgt Nicole Murphy, from Oxford Force CID
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