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Member of drugs gang jailed

Aaron Wright was sentenced to more than four years in prison Credit: Thames Valley Police

The eleventh member of a drugs gang which operated out of South Oxfordshire has been jailed for more than four years.

33 year-old Aaron Wright pleaded guilty to a number of drug offences.

His sentencing comes a week after ten of his co-conspirators were sentenced to a total of 70 years.

“These conspirators made substantial amounts of money supplying drugs across the South of England and beyond.

“Disrupting this extensive supply chain and sending those involved to jail for a long time has been extremely satisfying for all of us who worked on this series of investigations. I would like to thank all the police officers and staff for their efforts.

“This has been a lengthy and complex case involving a lot of hard work over a sustained period of around 18 months. This involved liaising with officers across the country and also in Spain in order to bring these offenders to justice.”

– Det Insp Rachel Wheatman, from the Thames Valley Police Serious and Organised Crime Unit


University of Oxford welcomes Vice Chancellor

The University of Oxford officially welcomed its new Vice Chancellor today - the first time a woman has been installed to the post.

In her first major speech she criticised the over-regulation of higher education - and promised to spearhead moves to attract a wider range of students.

Our social affairs correspondent Christine Alsford met the woman who now has the job of preserving the performance and prestige of the dreaming spires.

New Vice-Chancellor sets out her agenda

Oxford University’s new Vice-Chancellor, Professor Louise Richardson Credit: Christine Alsford

Oxford University’s new Vice-Chancellor, Professor Louise Richardson has set out her agenda for a fast-moving University with the capability to transform lives globally.

Speaking as she was installed as the 272nd Vice-Chancellor in Oxford’s history, Professor Richardson called on the University to show ‘agility’ in an era of globalisation and technological change.

She also urged colleagues to maintain a long-term perspective in addressing the challenges of the future.

CCTV: Gang smashes into shopping centre with sledgehammers

Police in Oxford are trying to track down a gang who smashed their way into a shopping centre and targeted a jewellery shop.

The raid happened in the early hours of the morning on New Year's Eve at the Clarendon Centre in the city.

The men - 11 in total - worked in groups on the burglary, some smashing their way in using a sledgehammer - others blocking a road in case cars approached.

Our reporter Mel Bloor has the full story.


Hospitals making millions of pounds in parking charges

It's a place you're forced to visit through illness - or where you visit someone who's sick. But it's been revealed today our hospitals are making millions in car parking charges.

It has outraged patients groups who say the charges are "morally wrong". And it's even worse news for patients and their relatives here in the Thames Valley, as it's revealed the John Radcliffe in Oxford is one of the country's biggest money-makers.

The Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust raked in a massive £3.72 million pounds in the last year.

The Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Trust made almost 1 and a half million.

The Buckinghamshire Healthcare Trust - which includes the Stoke Mandeville Hospital - made 1.3 million.

and Hampshire Hospitals Trust which includes hospitals in Basingstoke, Winchester and Andover made 1.2 million pounds.

Hospitals in Berkshire haven't revealed how much they made.

But, where does that money all go? In a moment, we'll hear what YOU think of the charges - but first, Penny Silvester has this report.

Hospital Trusts defend parking revenue

Hospital Trusts in Oxford and Southampton have each raised more than £3m from parking charges in the last year.

The Freedom of Information request by the Press Association also found many hospitals are paying millons to private firms to run their car parks for them.

The Patients Association have said the charges are "morally wrong" and it's "a tax on sick people".

Both trusts have defended the revenue - saying the fees are in keeping with local parking prices

ITV News spoke to Laura Keely from Macmillan Cancer Support.

New railway 'has led to misery for commuters'

The first new railway built in more than 100 years has led to misery for thousands, according to commuters.

Today the company behind the new route from Oxford to London apologised after complaints that it's led to a worse service for others along the route in Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire.

Our Transport Correspondent Mike Pearse reports.

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