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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.

Oxford's Westgate development approved

Oxford's Westgate development will create hundreds of jobs Credit: Gillespies

Approval has been given to a four hundred million pounds redevelopment of the Westgate shopping centre in Oxford. It will see cafes, restaurants, a cinema and a department store built.

Oxford's Westgate development will create hundreds of jobs Credit: Gillespies
Oxford's Westgate development will create hundreds of jobs Credit: Gillespies


Man sexually assaulted in Oxford

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses after a man was sexually assaulted while walking along a towpath parallel with Abingdon Road, Oxford, yesterday.

At around 2pm, the victim, a man in his thirties, was walking with another man along the towpath close to Folly Bridge and the Head of the River public house when they walked past a man who started calling out homophobic abuse at them.

When the pair tried to walk away, the offender ran his hands over the victim’s side and shoulder and pressed himself up against the victim’s body.

The offender is white, in his forties, around 5ft 10ins to 6ft tall, of skinny build wearing several layers of clothing and a blue coat with short, greyish hair. He is described as looking dirty and dishevelled, possibly being homeless.

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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.'

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