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Oxford rejection turned into art

Painted rejection letter Credit: Claudia Vulliamy

Classics student Claudia Vulliamy turned a rejection letter from Oxford University into a thing of beauty.

She told ITV Meridian that she was disappointed not to be accepted but had the urge to turn the important letter into something.

She said: 'It was quick and intuitive - I suppose it was a therapeutic way of handling important news. I was shocked to find that it went viral!

"People have been so nice about it. I think it’s because it cheers people up to see something positive made out of rejection, especially for those who have just received similar news."

Claudia, who's from London, has been offered a place at Durham University. Her letter appeared on her instagram account. (flamboyant_aesthete)

Two Oxford farmers to lead cow procession in London

Two cows will be blessed in front of St Paul's Cathedral

Two Oxford farmers will lead a procession of cows in London this morning to celebrate the best of British livestock.

Two of Tina Russell and Simon Farmer's own cows will front the parade and will also be blessed in front of St Paul's Cathedral.

More than 200 farmers from across the UK will take part in the event which will also include calves, lambs and chickens.

Cows will parade through London


Trial date set for couple accused of helping son in Syria

The parents of the Muslim convert known as "Jihadi Jack" are to stand trial in January.

John Letts and Sally Lane from Oxfordshire are accused of sending hundreds of pounds to 20-year-old Jack Letts, who is believed to have joined Islamic State in 2014.

John Letts and Sally Lane from Oxfordshire are accused of sending hundreds of pounds to their son in Syria Credit: ITV News

Letts and Lane have been charged with three counts of funding terrorism by allegedly sending their son £223 on September 2nd last year, £1,000 on December 31st, and £500 on January 4th.

Lane is also charged with two counts of attempting to send payments of £500 on January 4th. Letts, 55, and his 54-year-old wife, from Oxford, did not enter any pleas to the charges at the Old Bailey earlier today.

Nicholas Hilliard QC, the recorder for London, confirmed a trial date of January 9th. The trial, at the Old Bailey, is expected to last up to four weeks.

Jack Letts is believed to be the first white Britain to join Islamic State Credit: ITV Meridian

Jack Letts was suspected of being the first white Briton to join the terror group after he left his Oxford home and travelled to war-ravaged Syria in 2014.

The 20-year-old reportedly goes by the name Abu Mohammed and married an Iraqi woman with whom he has a son, Muhammed. His parents, of Chilswell Road in Oxford, were both released on bail.

Couple due in court accused of helping son in Syria

Jack Letts travelled to Syria in 2014 Credit: ITV Meridian

The parents of a man from Oxford, thought to be a suspected terrorist, are due in court.

John Letts and Sally Lane are accused of sending hundreds of pounds to 20-year-old John Letts, who it's believed joined the Islamic State in 2014.

His parents have denied giving him money and pleaded not guilty to charges against them.

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.”

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