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Man sentenced for doing over 80mph in a 30mph zone

A man doing 80mph in a 30mph zone in Oxford has been sentenced to a 12 month community order and 200 hours of unpaid work.

Edward Hembrow, who is 29-years-old, pleaded guilty to one count of dangerous driving at Oxford Magistrates Court.

He was caught by Thames Valley Police speeding at 84mph in a 30mph zone on Cuddesdon Road in Horspath, during the school drop off period.

It was also very foggy on the morning of 21st January, making driving conditions even more hazardous.

As well as his community order and unpaid work, he was disqualified from driving for 12 months.

Investigating officer PC Steve Moses said, "This sort of driving will not be tolerated on our roads and Thames Valley Police will seek prosecution of any drivers who flout the law.

Flood summit to protect Oxfordshire from flooding

by Cary Johnston

A summit has taken place in Oxfordshire to ensure the flooding that devastated parts of the Thames Valley will not happen again.

Those attending included politicians, council leaders, and government agencies. They have been looking at ways of bolstering defences against any future deluge. They also focused on discussions about the best way to prevent homes flooding and roads closing in the future.

Funding is at the heart of the issue, with plans for a multi-million pound relief channel in Oxfordshire in the pipeline. Cary Johnston reports.

The interviewees are:

Councillor Rodney Rose, Leader, Oxfordshire County Council (Conservative)

John Howell, MP for Henley, (Conservative)

Nicola Blackwood, MP for Oxford West & Abingdon (Conservative)

Tom Ballance from Stand Up Paddle Boarding, Oxford


Flood summit being held in Oxford

Oxford county council will hold a flood summit today to discuss how local organisatins and agencies can reduce the risk of flooding in the future. Large parts of the county were hit by floods earlier this year, closing roads and causing major disruption.

We have now had significant floods two years running and four times in the last decade, so we may have to face up to flooding as the 'new normal' in Oxfordshire. That is why I want to make sure that all the relevant organisations come together as soon as possible to learn lessons from these floods. We need to agree how we can work together to reduce the risk to homes, businesses and the transport links that are vital to our local economy."**

– Cllr Rodney Rose, Oxfordshire County Council

Tribute to toddler who died in crash

Tributes have been paid to a two year old girl who died following a crash at a caravan site in Oxfordshire at the weekend. Ellie-May Doran was struck by a reversing car at Oaks View Park in Upper Arnott near Bicester on Saturday.

Ellie-May Doran died following a collision in Upper Arnott Credit: Thames Valley Police

In a statement, her family said, "Ellie-May used to love cups of tea and there was a little saying her mum used to sing to her every time she picked her up – ‘Ellie-May every day drinking tea’ She was tiny and had blonde ringlets like Shirley Temple and her eyes were so blue like the sky.

"She was so small but loved an argument – she loved to disagree! She was so loved and is missed – she was cherished by everyone. Her memory will never die and we will never forget her. She is now in Heaven with her uncle Michael.

“We would like to thank the people in the community for their support and understanding while our family are visiting.”

Illegal employees found working in Oxford restuarants

Two restaurants in Oxfordshire may have to pay fines of £60,000 for employing illegal workers.

Officers from the Home Office visited Chef Imperial, on High Street in Woodstock, and Mazza Cafe and Restaurant, on Cowley Road in Oxford.

Three people were arrested from Chef Imperial, including two men who had entered the country illegally and a woman who had overstayed her visa.

At Mazza, two men were arrested, one for working in breach of his visa conditions and the other had overstayed his visa.

All those arrested have been placed on immigration bail.

The businesses were served with notices stating that a penalty of £10,000 would have to be paid per illegal worker that was found unless proof is provided that the correct right-to-work checks were carried out.


Man admits killing teenager Jayden Parkinson

A 22-year-old man has admitted killing Oxfordshire teenager Jayden Parkinson.

Ben Blakeley from Reading appeared in court this morning where he admitted a charge of manslaughter

He denied a charge of murder.

Jayden's body was found in a disturbed grave at All Saints Church in Didcot in December last year.

He admitted a charge of perverting the course of justice.

A 17-year-old boy, who can't be named for legal reasons, denied perverting the course of justice.

Two due in court after teenager found in disturbed grave

Jayden Parkinson Credit: Thames Valley Police

Two people are due in court in connection with the death of Jayden Parkinson - the 17-year-old whose body was found in a disturbed grave in Didcot.

The graveyard at All Saints Church Credit: ITV News Meridian

The cemetery at All Saints Church was rededicated in a special ceremony yesterday afternoon.

Graveyard where body found to be rededicated

The graveyard at All Saints Church Credit: ITV News Meridian

A graveyard where the body of an Oxford teenager was found will be rededicated this afternoon. 17-year-old Jayden Parkinson's body was discovered in a grave at All Saints Church in Didcot.

Jayden Parkinson's body was found in a graveyard in Didcot Credit: Thames Valley Police

At 4pm today special prayers of blessing will be said to reclaim the churchyard for the community.

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