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REPORT: Villagers feel the effects of Oxfordshire bus cuts

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Elderly residents in Oxfordshire fear they will be left stranded following the loss of nearly half of the county's subsidised bus routes.

From today, the council has withdrawn funding to 54 routes in a bid to save £3.7 million.

Campaigners say the three worst affected villages are the Wychwoods in West Oxfordshire.

Shipton-under-Wychwood, Ascott-under-Wychwood and the larger of the three - Milton under Wychwood - which has a population of sixteen hundred and fifty people.

The cuts mean all three villages now have to rely on a voluntary minibus to get about, as Kate Bunkall reports

Kate spoke to Hugh Jaeger from Bus Users Oxford, service users and Cllr Ian Hudspeth from Oxford County Council.

Doctor who suffered skin cancer warns others of the dangers

Lauren MacDonald never thought it would happen to her Credit: ITV news

As the summer season is upon us, a GP is warning others to protect themselves from the sun after she developed advanced skin cancer.

Lauren MacDonald says we should be taking much more care when heading to sunny locations on holiday.

Her comments are backed up by evidence found by ITV when we asked viewers to take a special skin care test.

Special UV lighting was used to highlight sun damage

Kylie Pentelow reports.

For more information on skin cancer, and Kylie's personal experience of the disease, click here

Controlled explosions carried out in Oxfordshire woodland

A cordon's in place from the Highwayman pub- Library picture Credit: Google Images

Several controlled explosions have been carried out after a number of suspicious items in woodland at Checkendon in Oxfordshire.

Thames Valley Police attended land off Exlade Street on Wednesday along with Explosive Ordnance Disposal technicians. Several controlled explosions took place yesterday to make the items safe.

Exlade Street between the Highwayman pub and the slip road to the A4074 is currently closed while a cordon is in place in the area, and is likely to remain closed for some time while enquiries continue.

Police say it is not being treated as a terrorism related incident.

Officers will be continuing to investigate the circumstances in the area today and anyone with any concerns or any information can speak to an officer on the scene or to call the neighbourhood team via the 24-hour Thames Valley Police enquiry centre on 101

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Police appeal for missing Hampshire man

Police are appealing for help in finding Ovidijus Aukselis from Southampton.

The 22-year-old and was last seen last at 6am last Friday (July 15), at his home in Arnold Road.

He has not been in contact with family or friends since and this is very out of character for him.

Police have been and are continuing to carry out extensive enquiries to locate him.

Ovidijus is described as:

  • White
  • Mousey-blonde hair
  • blue/green eyes
  • 6 ft tall
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"We really concerned about Ovidijus' welfare.

"This is very out of character, his friends and family are terribly worried about him.

"Have you seen a man matching this description recently? Do you know where he is or been in touch with him? Please contact us immediately.

"Ovidijus, if you are reading this, you’re not in any trouble. Please get in touch with someone and let them know you are ok."

– Detective Inspector Toby Elcock
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