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Vacant Oxford pub destroyed in arson attack

The pub has stood derelict for the past year Credit: Google Images

Police in Oxford are investigating an arson attack at a derelict pub.

Fire crews were called to The Jack Russell on Salford Road, Old Marston, shortly before midnight on Saturday.

The building, which has been empty since Green King sold the site in October 2015, sustained significant damage as a result of the fire.

No one was injured during the incident.

Officers are investigating the circumstances and appealing for witnesses.


Teen, 14, airlifted to hospital after bus crash in Oxford

Teenager injured in bus collision in Oxford Credit: Bing

A 14-year-old boy has been taken to hospital with head injuries after a crash involving a bus in Oxford city centre.

The emergency services were called to the Cowley Road just after 3.15pm. The teenager was airlifted to the city's John Radcliffe Hospital.

The road is currently closed in both directions between the Iffley Road and the Marsh Road junctions.

Complete strangers gather for police funeral of unidentified stillborn baby abandoned in Oxford

Complete strangers gather for stillborn baby's funeral

Around a hundred people have gathered for the funeral of a stillborn baby girl who was found on a footpath in Oxford.

She was discovered by a member of public in February, but despite numerous appeals over the past eight months for the unidentified mother to come forward, Thames Valley Police have not been able to trace her.

The last appeal by a police officer was an emotional one, just one week ago - for someone to claim the child who investigating officers have named 'Raihana'.

and invited members of the public to pay their respects as she was buried at Wolvercote Cemetery this afternoon. Detectives say their 'door is still open' to the baby's mother, if she wants to come forward.

Mourners sign a book of condolences

Police increase patrols as investigation into schoolgirl attack continues

Police are carrying out high visibility patrols Credit: PA

Police are continuing to investigate the serious sexual assault of a teenage girl in Summertown, Oxford.

Thames Valley Police Major Crime Unit officers are to carry out high visibility patrols over the next week.

It's part of the ongoing investigation into the abduction and rape of a fourteen year-old schoolgirl on Wednesday 28th September. The girl - who had been wearing her school uniform - was approached by two white men who took her into their car.

The patrols are focusing on the Marston Meadow area and officers want to speak to members of the public.

...we would like to reassure the public that we are taking every step necessary to ensure we have all the relevant information to bring the offenders to justice.“This includes continuing with our extensive CCTV enquiries and this week we are carrying out high visibility patrols to gather further relevant information.

The victim continues to be offered ongoing support by specially trained officers and other specialist agencies. We would remind the public of the automatic anonymity afforded to victims of sexual offences.

– Det Supt Chris Ward, Head of Major Crime, Thames Valley Police

Police say anyone with any concerns should speak to the officers on patrol or call 101.

Descriptions of offenders released in abduction and rape investigation


Thames Valley Police is releasing descriptions of offenders in the investigation into the abduction and rape of a teenage girl in Oxford.

Det Supt Chris Ward, Head of Thames Valley Police Major Crime Unit, said: “The victim has now been able to provide more detailed descriptions of the two offenders which we are releasing,"

“The first offender is a man with shaven dark blonde hair and balding, but no facial hair. He is in his mid twenties, of medium build, with blue eyes and about 6ft. He was wearing a hooded top with one pocket on the front and no drawstrings or logo, and black trousers. He spoke with a northern accent.

“The second offender is a man with brown hair that was gelled. He is in his late teens or early twenties, clean shaven, with brown eyes. He was slightly smaller in build than the first offender.

“I am appealing to anyone who knows who these offenders are, or recognises their descriptions to come forward immediately."

“I would like to reiterate my thanks to all those people who have already called us to pass on information. Please rest assured that we are carrying out a thorough investigation but we also need the help of the public to bring these offenders to justice.

“The victim continues to be offered ongoing support by specially trained officers and other specialist agencies and we would remind the public of the automatic anonymity afforded to victims of sexual offences.”


Six schools in Canterbury are burgled in one night

Police are appealing for people to be extra vigilant after six schools in the Canterbury area reported burglaries on the same night. Outbuildings and storage containers were targeted by offenders who stole gardening equipment, ladders and a petrol generator. All the reported break-ins occurred outside school hours and police are urging members of the public to report any suspicious activity immediately.

Schools in Pilgrims Way, Knight Avenue, St Stephen's Hill, and in Blean and Sturry were targeted between the afternoon of Tuesday 27th September and early morning on Wednesday 28th September.

Police Constable Colette Todd of the Canterbury Community Safety Unit said: ‘Local officers have been contacting schools to alert them about the incidents and to give crime prevention advice. We are linking the offences and are keen to hear from anyone who saw any suspicious activity at the schools or who has been offered similar items for sale. Three men in a small white van were seen at the school in Whitstable Road, Blean, in the early hours of Wednesday morning. We are particularly keen to hear from anyone who saw the men or the van that night.’

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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