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Police follow "significant lines of enquiry" in hunt for men who abducted girl in Oxford

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Thames Valley Police say they are following up a number of significant lines of enquiry into the abduction and sexual assault of a 14-year-old girl in Oxford - but still need the publics’ help.

Police have also released more details of Wednesday morning, when she went missing. Officers say they were made aware that the girl did not arrive at school and police were informed by the school and her mother at 8.45am. They say they immediately began an investigation to trace the missing girl. At Midday officers were called to Cavendish Drive, Marston, after the victim knocked on doors in the area seeking assistance. She is being offered ongoing support by specially trained officers and other specialist agencies. Det Supt Chris Ward, Head of Thames Valley Police Major Crime Unit, said: “I would like to thank the public for their assistance in connection with this extremely worrying incident. Our Police Enquiry Centre has received a substantial number of calls in the last 24 hours and we are currently working through the information and following up any significant lines of enquiry. Specially trained officers continue to offer this very vulnerable victim support, and we are slowly and sensitively trying to piece together more information from the victim to aid the investigation. At this time we are not linking this incident with others, but we are keeping an open mind”.

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Plans unveiled for £2.2 million flood alleviation scheme in Oxford

Parts of Oxford were badly hit by flooding in January 2014 Credit: ITV news

A decision will made today on the future of a £2.2 million pound flood alleviation scheme in Oxfordshire. It aims to reduce the risk of flooding for more than 100 homes in the Northway and Marston area. The work will include installing natural embankments and creating a wetland reserve to use as temporary flood storage. This means when an area is hit by torrential rain, water is channelled to specific areas, held there temporarily and then gradually released into the drainage system and waterways. This aims to prevents flooding of homes and businesses, roads and pavements.

If planning permission is granted, it is hoped the work will be completed in mid-2017. The Northway and Marston areas have been hit by flash flooding in the past due to their close proximity to Peasmoor Brook and the Headington Hill tributary.

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Crews called to tackle fire at Oxford hotel

The fire was caused by a faulty extractor fan in the bathroom Credit: Oxfordshire

Fire crews have been tackling a blaze in a hotel in Oxfordshire. Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue were called to the Jury’s Inn Hotel yesterday afternoon.

The hotel had been evacuated when crews had arrived.

On investigation, the cause of the fire was found to be a faulty extractor fan in the bathroom of one of the rooms.

The fire was caused by a faulty extractor fan in the bathroom Credit: Oxfordshire Fire & Rescue

"I would like to congratulate the staff and management of the hotel for their fire procedures. The evacuation was completed quickly and safely, andkey information was promptly given to the crews upon arrival.

"A well-practiced Fire Evacuation plan is essential for any home or business, and the calm and controlled procedures assisted in quickly determining that no persons were trapped inside the building and lead to the rapid conclusion of this incident, with the fire and smoke damage being confined to the room of origin.

"We pride ourselves on supporting businesses and anyone requiring advice on fire prevention and or business continuity can contact us using the attached details”

– Station Manager Mick Clarke

Route revealed for Oxford flood scheme

More details of a project to protect hundreds of homes in Oxford from flooding will be revealed later.

The Oxford Flood Alleviation Scheme will see parts of the floodplain lowered and rivers and streams widened to create more space for floodwater.

An event is being held at the town hall today to show the route of the project.

Parts of Oxford were devastated by flooding at the beginning of 2014 Credit: ITV Meridian

"We are really pleased to share the route of the scheme. The feedback from people in Oxford has helped shape this. We wanted to show this information in a visual way and to do something different.

"We hope the public find the event today informative and take the opportunity to speak to us about it."

– Joanna Larmour, Project Director for the Environment Agency

Couple in court for helping son in Syria

Jack Letts travelled to Syria in 2014 Credit: ITV Meridian

A couple from Oxford are due in court accused of sending money to their son, who's believed to have joined the Islamic State.

John Letts and Sally Lane have denied giving Jack Letts hundreds of pounds.

The twenty year old converted to Islam at sixteen and travelled to Syria in 2014.

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