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.’
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”.
Thames Valley Police are hunting 2 men who abducted a school girl, took her in their car and sexually assaulted her. The girl was approached by the men, who were both white, yesterday morning in the Summertown area of Oxford. Emma Wilkinson has our report
Parents in Oxford have been warned not to let their children walk to school alone after a young girl was taken off a street in the city and subjected to a serious assault. School pupils should walk together in groups.
Here's the latest news from our reporter Emma Wilkinson, on location.
Police have stepped up patrols around Cavendish Drive in Oxford today after a young girl was taken from the street - and found four hours later knocking on doors, asking for help. Here's the scene this morning.
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A decision will made today on the future of a £2.2 million pound flood alleviation scheme in Oxfordshire. It aims to reduce the risk of flooding for more than 100 homes in the Northway and Marston area. The work will include installing natural embankments and creating a wetland reserve to use as temporary flood storage. This means when an area is hit by torrential rain, water is channelled to specific areas, held there temporarily and then gradually released into the drainage system and waterways. This aims to prevents flooding of homes and businesses, roads and pavements.
If planning permission is granted, it is hoped the work will be completed in mid-2017. The Northway and Marston areas have been hit by flash flooding in the past due to their close proximity to Peasmoor Brook and the Headington Hill tributary.
Fire crews have been tackling a blaze in a hotel in Oxfordshire. Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue were called to the Jury’s Inn Hotel yesterday afternoon.
The hotel had been evacuated when crews had arrived.
On investigation, the cause of the fire was found to be a faulty extractor fan in the bathroom of one of the rooms.
"I would like to congratulate the staff and management of the hotel for their fire procedures. The evacuation was completed quickly and safely, andkey information was promptly given to the crews upon arrival.
"A well-practiced Fire Evacuation plan is essential for any home or business, and the calm and controlled procedures assisted in quickly determining that no persons were trapped inside the building and lead to the rapid conclusion of this incident, with the fire and smoke damage being confined to the room of origin.
"We pride ourselves on supporting businesses and anyone requiring advice on fire prevention and or business continuity can contact us using the attached details”
More details of a project to protect hundreds of homes in Oxford from flooding will be revealed later.
The Oxford Flood Alleviation Scheme will see parts of the floodplain lowered and rivers and streams widened to create more space for floodwater.
An event is being held at the town hall today to show the route of the project.
"We are really pleased to share the route of the scheme. The feedback from people in Oxford has helped shape this. We wanted to show this information in a visual way and to do something different.
"We hope the public find the event today informative and take the opportunity to speak to us about it."