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New public events on HS2

Hundreds of people living in Buckinghamshire have packed the first of a new series of public events to update them on High Speed 2.

The £55b project will run through Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire. The company says those impacted should get the chance to meet builders face-to-face.

Mike Pearse reports.

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Man jailed following pub assault

A man from Barton in Oxfordshire has been sentenced to six years in prison for assaulting two people at a pub.

36-year-old Tim McDonagh of Bernwood Road was convicted for one count of GBH with intent and one count of common assault. He was found guilty by unanimous jury.

The victims who were 19 and 20 at the time, were at the White Horse public house in London Road in Oxford, on the evening of 1st of March when one was head butted and the other had a bottle smashed on his head.

McDonagh was arrested on Sunday 1 March 2015 and charged on Friday 22 May 2015.

Tim McDonagh has been sentenced to six years in prison Credit: Thames Valley Police

“McDonagh was convicted of two violent attacks upon students who were just trying to enjoy an evening in the pub with friends.

“I hope that the sentence given shows that violent behaviour will not be tolerated.”

– Investigating officer Det Con Matthew Hodgetts

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4,000 tonnes of fly-tipped waste removed from the railway line at Oxford

Rubbish removed from railway line Credit: British Transport Police

Network Rail has spent £250,000 removing more than two hundred lorries of rubbish from the railway in Oxford. Between Oxford Parkway and Oxford station, 4,000 tonnes of fly tipped waste were removed from the line. 200 lorry loads were taken from the area in St Peters Road. The mammoth haul included: shopping trolleys, asbestos roofs, bicycles, televisions, gas canisters and a trampoline.

It comes as work continues to link the two stations as part of the new Oxford to London Marylebone route. Network Rail says the railway is often seen as an easy target for litter and fly-tipping by members of the public and clearing up the rubbish costs hundreds of thousands of pounds every year.

Rob Mole, Network Rail programme manager, said: "Fly-tipping is not only illegal it blights the environment and poses a safety threat to the operation of the railway and our staff who maintain it. We have cleaned up the area of track which has been used by mindless fly-tippers and this will make a positive difference for local residents and people using the railway. We will always look to trace those responsible and will take action against them whenever possible. People should dispose of waste materials in the appropriate manner and not use the railway as a dumping ground."

Fly-tipping on the railway carries a fine of up to £1000.

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