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'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.


Police appeal after Kingsclere burglary

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?”

– PC Richard Cousins


Diner ransacked after break-in overnight

The diner has been smashed up by intruders Credit: Nelsons diner

A family-run diner in Kingsclere has been left devastated after it was ransacked during an overnight break-in and £30,000 was stolen

Nelsons Diner are appealing for any sightings of a red car that drove into the diner and smashed the diner.

The break-in means the diner will have to close Credit: Nelsons diner

The diner is due to be closed until Saturday because of the extensive damage - as they explain 'there has been lots of damage'.

Nelsons diner closure was announced on their website Credit:

Police concerned about man missing from hospital

We are very concerned about David as he requires regular medical attention and hasn’t had this since Tuesday. If anyone sees him, I would ask that you contact us immediately so we can make sure he is safe.

– Sgt Mark Rowe, Oxford police station

Anyone with information is asked to contact Thames Valley Police on 101, quoting URN 802 of 1/7.

Man missing after leaving hospital in Oxford

David Goodwin Credit: Thames Valley Police

Thames Valley Police is appealing for the public’s help in finding a missing man from Oxford.

David Goodwin, aged 49, was last seen leaving the Churchill Hospital in Headington at midday on Tuesday. He has not been seen since.

David is white and tanned, of medium build and walks with a limp. He also has a Welsh accent and was last seen wearing a black tracksuit.

Officers think he could have travelled out of Oxfordshire and towards the Wiltshire or Avon and Somerset areas.

Crack down on speeding in 20mph zones

Twenty mile an hour speed limits are nothing new - but in certain areas in Oxford, police and residents say drivers are regularly exceeding the limit.

The Thames Valley force is launching a new speed awareness course for drivers doing more than 20 miles an hour - and says it's not just about fining people but educating them. So how will it work? Asana Greenstreet reports.

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