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Witness appeal after pub assault in Didcot

Thames Valley Police are appealing for witnesses after a fifty-year-old man was assaulted in a pub in Didcot, Oxfordshire.

The incident happened in the Wallingford Arms public house in Broadway at around 2.30am on Saturday 14th December.

The victim was on the dance floor when he was assaulted by a stranger. He lost consciousness and was left with cuts to his chin. He was taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital, but has been discharged.

Officers would like to speak to anyone who saw what happened, especially a woman who was wearing a burgundy dress. She is thought to have been in the dance floor at the time of the incident.

Anyone with information can call Thames Valley police via the 24-hour enquiry line 101. Alternately, if you want to remain anonymous, you can contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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Policing minister 'We'll drive drugs menace off the road'

Policing minister 'We'll drive drugs menace off the road'. Credit: PA

The policing minister has said new plans to test drivers for drugs will "drive this menace off the road".

This is something that has plagued society for far too long.

People will have exactly the same view of drug-driving as they do of drink-driving: it is an abhorrent thing to do.

Not only do you put your own life at risk, but you put innocent people's lives at risk.

We will drive this menace off the road.

– Policing minister Mike Penning
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Police to test drivers with 'drugalyser' kits

The Christmas and New Year holiday season will see drivers stopped by police and tested for drugs by the side of the road in a war on drug-driving.

The Telegraph has reported that the Home Office approved roadside testing kits that will analyse samples of saliva instantly to detect illegal substances as well as so-called "legal highs".

Police to test drivers with 'drugalyser' kits. Credit: PA

It said that police officers will also use the kits to catch drivers who have taken prescription medicines like strong painkillers, sleeping pills and drugs to treat anxiety, that can hinder concentration on the road.

It has been reported that ministers will order police to carry the "drugalyser" kits alongside conventional "breathalysers", which test motorists for alcohol consumption.

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Reserves leave Brize Norton to help Ebola victims

UK Reserves prepare to leave for Sierra Lione Credit: MOD

This morning saw the first UK reserves and 100 of their regular counterparts depart for Sierra Leone where they will help to tackle the Ebola outbreak.

UK Reserves prepare to leave for Sierra Lione Credit: MOD

The regular and reserve personnel from across the three Services departed from RAF Brize Norton alongside members of the Canadian military.

UK Reserves prepare to leave for Sierra Lione Credit: MOD

Once in country, personnel will take over from clinicians attached to 22 Field Hospital, who have been deployed since October, manning the 12 bed facility reserved to treat healthcare workers with Ebola.

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