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Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to open building in Oxford

William and Kate will officially open the Dickson Poon University of Oxford China Centre Building Credit: PA

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will today open the Dickson Poon University of Oxford China Centre Building. It's a dedicated area for the study of China, with 50 academics working on the politics, economics, history, literature and society of the country.

  1. Juliette Fletcher

New water bus scheme launched in Oxford

A new water bus has been launched in Oxford to help ease congestion on the city's roads and give tourists a scenic alternative to the open top bus.

The electric twelve-seater passenger boat will whisk passengers along the canal from Aristotle Lane to the city centre at Hythe Bridge Street, seven days a week.

It uses a fraction of the energy used to take people by bus. The service is about to start a six week trial today, but as Juliette Fletcher reports the boat entered troubled waters...

The interviewees are Alan Joyce from Oxford Water Bus, and Councillor Bob Price of Oxford City Council.


Bus rides with a difference & F1 supercar technology

Next time you're lumbering through Oxford on a bus, you can at least imagine you're on a race track,, because beneath your feet the engine might be bristling with new supercar technology.

An Oxford company has launched its new fleet of buses for the City, equipped with the latest developments in Formula One racing. As Cary Johnston reports, they hope it will keep them one lap ahead of the rest.

Tribute: 'In his short life Connor touched many lives'

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.

Connor Tremble died after being stabbed in February

“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.”

– Martin Smith, Connor Tremble's father

Life for man who murdered ex-girlfriend's new partner

William Blencowe has been jailed for life for the murder of seventeen-year-old Connor Tremble. Credit: Thames Valley Police

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.

Connor Tremble died two days after being stabbed in Oxford

“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.”

– Det Ch Insp Mark Glover, Thames Valley Police Major Crime Unit


Man found guilty of murdering Connor Tremble

Connor Tremble died after being stabbed in Fairacres Credit: Thames Valley Police

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.

'Good business case' for Oxford East West Rail scheme

New report backs economic case for East West Rail scheme from Oxford

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 at demonstrations in Oxford

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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