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New funding for bike schemes in Oxford and Brighton

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Brighton and Oxford are among a number of locations to benefit from new funding for electric bicycles. The two cities will share in £700,000 of government funding. The project will see hire schemes set up and hundreds of e-bikes delivered.

The Government announced plans last year to double bicycle use in England over the next decade. It's hoped the scheme will appeal to reluctant cyclists. Cycling campaigners have described the Government investment as "long overdue" and say the UK's use of battery-assisted bikes is still behind some European countries.

Transport minister Andrew Jones said: "Electric bikes are a great way to encourage new people to get into cycling and this announcement will provide an opportunity for thousands more to enjoy the advantages they offer."


Police release e-fit of man over indecent exposure

Police want to speak to this man over an indecent exposure Credit: Thames Valley Police

Police have issued an e-fit of a man they wanted to speak to regarding an indecent exposure in Oxford.

The incident happened at around 5.20pm on Sunday 21 June in Five Mile Drive.

Two fourteen-year-old girls were called over by a man, who was sitting in a blue Vauxhall Zafira.

Whilst asking for directions the man exposed himself to the girls.

Investigating Officer, PC Becky Brown based at Cowley Police station, said: “We have released an E-fit of a man who we believe may have information in relation to this incident.

“I would ask anyone who can help us with our enquiries to call Thames Valley Police on 101, or If you don’t want to speak directly to police you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."

BREAKING: Hospital porters strike called off

Porters at the John Radcliffe Hospital were due to walk out tomorrow for 48 hours Credit: ITV Meridian

A planned strike by porters at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford has been called off.

Workers were due to walk out for forty eight hours tomorrow in a row over planned changes to shift patterns and job roles.

The union Unison says members have voted in favour of new proposals.


Family suffer 'holiday from hell'

The Holiday from Hell. It's often an overused phrase, but two families from Oxford say that really was their experience when they flew for a summer break together in Turkey.

The four adults and four children, one aged just seven, say they were forced to move not once, not twice, but three times.

And then they ended up crammed into a grubby apartment, which was part of the staff accommodation.

Their holiday was ATOL protected, a safeguarding scheme managed by the Civil Aviation Authority. But they've found it's no help to them.

Mel Bloor reports...

Man arrested in connection with sexual assault

Thames Valley Police has arrested a man in connection with the sexual assault of a woman in Oxford.

The arrest is in relation to an incident at around 4am today when the victim, a woman aged in her twenties, was approached by a man in Horspath Road, Oxford.

The man spoke to her before sexually assaulting her. The woman screamed and hit him and he subsequently ran away along Horspath Road towards Holloway.

A 20 year-old man from Oxford was arrested today on suspicion of sexual assault and currently remains in custody.

“Officers have been carrying out house-to house enquiries in the area and if anyone has any concerns please feel free to approach an officer. If anyone has any information which could assist with the investigation or if anyone witnessed the incident please call the 24-hour Thames Valley Police enquiry centre on 101.”

– Det Insp Mike Roddy, from Oxfordshire Force CID

Warning over cooking oil as river of fat clogs up sewers

It's a problem which is costing £1m pounds a month - and it's happening right under our feet. So-called 'fatbergs' - mountains of fat - congealed in the sewers - are putting the system at risk of collapse.

Thames Water has written to more than 200 restaurants in Oxford alone, in a bid to stop used oil being poured down the sink.

The blockages can take months to break down - which could mean more misery for drivers as repairs take place. Cary Johnston reports.

Major investment needed for Oxford sewer pipes

The city's sewer network needs major investment Credit: ITV

Oxford's sewer pipes are on the verge of collapse because of lumps of congealed fat have built up. Thames Water are set to spent millions of pounds to remove the so-called fatbergs from the sewer network. They're formed when people pour cooking fat down their kitchen sinks. Last year the problem caused a sewer to collapse on the Oxford Road.

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