New students are to be warned by police about the dangers of so-called legal highs. Thames Valley Police are to target the thousands of freshers who will arrive in Oxford from later this month. The force is considering handing leaflets to students after the county's director of public health, Dr Jonathan McWilliam, warned of the dangers of the substances in a report in June. He said: "They are really the new challenge in the drug world. It's something we need to get more eyes open to in this county."
Oxford's police commander, Superintendent Christian Bunt, said that legal highs were now causing problems for the emergency services. He said: "We have seen an increase in people saying they have taken legal highs. It does seem that the national trend is playing out here in Oxford." Mr Bunt said the drugs left users vulnerable to crime and caused problems for medical staff, who might not know what substances had been taken.
He said: "Our concern is about people who put themselves at risk and in a vulnerable situation. A lot of them are having the exact same impact they are when they take illegal drugs."
The father of Connor Tremble, 17, who was fatally stabbed in Oxford in February has issued a tribute to his son. The statement follows the sentencing of the teenager's killer to a minimum of twenty-three years behind bars.
“Will Blencowe admitted killing Connor. Then made up a pack of lies to blacken Connor’s name and justify the brutal premeditated crime.
“Our family is grateful that the jury saw through these lies and gave Connor the justice he deserved.
“Our thanks go to the paramedics and staff of the JR2 Adult Intensive Care Unit for their valiant efforts to save Connor’s life.
“Our family also thanks Thames Valley Police, the DPP and Richard Barton for bringing Blencowe to justice.
“Our special thanks go to the family liaison officers DC Claire Routledge and Katy Datchler for their care and support over these last months.
“In his short life Connor touched many lives. He will be greatly missed and always remembered.”
Twenty-one year-old William Blencowe has been jailed for life for the murder of seventeen-year-old Connor Tremble. The teenager from Oxford was stabbed at a property in Fairacres Road in the city on 13th February. He died in hospital two days later.
Blencowe, who is from Banbury, will serve a minimum of twenty three years behind bars. He was found guilty at Oxford Crown Court yesterday.
Two other defendants: Bradley Jones, 21, of New Road, Bledington, and Grant Clemens, 24, of Stockwells, Moreton-in-Marsh - who were on trial alongside Blencowe - both accused of perverting the course of justice, were both found not guilty.
“This sentence reflects the severity of the crime Blencowe has committed.
“Throughout this process Blencowe has shown no remorse for his actions which lead to 17-year-old Connor’s death.
“Blencowe has not done anything to help police with the investigation and he will now have a long time in prison to reflect upon his actions.”
A man has been found guilty of the murder of Oxford teenager, Connor Tremble.
17-year-old Connor was stabbed at Fairacres Road in February. He was taken to hospital but died two days later.
Will Blencowe, who's 21 was found guilty by a jury at Oxford Crown Court this afternoon.
Plans for a new rail link between Oxford and Cambridge have come a step closer. An independent study says there is a good business case for the link which Network Rail will now take forward and work on detailed plans.
It is part of the East West Rail scheme with the first phase from Oxford to Bedford given the go ahead. Phase two would see a link to Cambridge with detailed plans due to go to the Government in 2016. If could open in ten years time.
Four arrests were made during two opposing demonstrations in Oxford city centre this afternoon.
A demonstration was carried out by individuals claiming to represent the National Front and a counter demonstration by groups including Oxford Unite Against Fascism were held in the same area.
Supt Christian Bunt, local police commander for Oxford police area, said: 'I am pleased that these demonstrations passed with minimal disruption. We are grateful for the support we received from local businesses and communities.
'There were a handful of arrests made over the course of the day, however, the vast majority of those taking part were well behaved.
'The demonstrations had understandably caused concern among some of our communities and I would like to thank them for their tolerance, co-operation and patience.'
The four arrests included a 21-year-old woman from Oxford, a 25-year-old man from Reading, and a 26-year-old man from Oxford all on suspicion of obstruct/resist a constable in the execution of duty.
A 26-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of the theft of a flag. All four people currently remain in police custody.
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Hampshire Police are appealing to public after a diner in Kingsclere was broken into and thieves stole nearly £30,000.
At around midnight last night, unknown offenders broken into the American-themed diner and stole two safes from the office area.
Extensive damage was caused to the diner as it is thought heavy machinery was used to drag out the safes.
The activity around the diner during this incident would have caused quite a lot of noise and may have attracted some attention.
Were you in the area at the time? Did you see anything unusual or anyone acting suspiciously?”
We are urging you to help us find info or sightings of a red car that decided to drive into our diner and smash everything up!!