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Complete strangers gather for police funeral of unidentified stillborn baby abandoned in Oxford

Complete strangers gather for stillborn baby's funeral

Around a hundred people have gathered for the funeral of a stillborn baby girl who was found on a footpath in Oxford.

She was discovered by a member of public in February, but despite numerous appeals over the past eight months for the unidentified mother to come forward, Thames Valley Police have not been able to trace her.

The last appeal by a police officer was an emotional one, just one week ago - for someone to claim the child who investigating officers have named 'Raihana'.

and invited members of the public to pay their respects as she was buried at Wolvercote Cemetery this afternoon. Detectives say their 'door is still open' to the baby's mother, if she wants to come forward.

Mourners sign a book of condolences


Parents pay tribute to daughter killed in Banbury crash

Ferne Campbell died from her Injuries after a collision in Banbury Credit: Thames Valley Police

The parents of a young woman who died after the car she was travelling in collided with a tree have paid tribute to her.

Nineteen-year-old Ferne Campbell from Northamptonshire was a front seat passenger in a silver Toyota Yaris which left the road and hit a tree near the A361. It happened at about 9.55am on Monday 5th September close to Williamscote Hill in Banbury, Oxfordshire.

Both Ferne and the driver, another 19-year-old woman, were taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, but Ferne later died from the injuries she sustained in the crash.

Ferne's parents Peter and Ondine Campbell said:

"As Ferne's parents, we wish to pay tribute to our only child: Our beautiful, vibrant and loving daughter. She was our life and we were, and still are, immensely proud of her.

"We ask that any parent reading these words will hold their child when next they see them and tell them how much they are loved.”

– Peter & Ondine Campbell, Ferne Campbell's parents

Detectives are asking anyone with information to call the 24 hour Thames Valley Police enquiry centre on 101, quoting URN 353 5/9.

Witness appeal after woman, 24, assaulted in Witney

Thames Valley Police are appealing for witnesses after a woman was assaulted in Witney, Oxfordshire, on Sunday 26th June 2016.

The 24-year-old victim said she was walking along Corn Street in the direction of Marlborough Lane at about 2.30am, when she was approached by a man in his twenties who assaulted her.

The offender has been described as :

  • a white man, in his 20s

  • of medium build and around 6ft tall

  • wearing a white t-shirt and jeans

The woman was left with minor injuries, but did not need hospital treatment. A man has been arrested and bailed until the 9th July.

“This was a frightening experience for the victim.

“I would appeal to anyone who was in the area at this time and witnessed this incident or saw anything suspicious to contact police on 101.

“If you do not want to speak directly to the police you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers (opens new window) anonymously on 0800 555 111. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court."

– Sgt Andrew Ball, Thames Valley Police

Police statement on chemical leak in Henley-on-Thames

"Thames Valley Police is currently in Henley working with the fire and ambulance services as they deal with an incident at a shop in Bell Street.

At around 2.36pm today we were called when several customers came out of the store coughing and with streaming eyes. Nine people are being treated at the scene by South Central Ambulance.

There are cordons in place and are likely to be in place for the next two hours or so while the fire service deal with the incident . There are also traffic restrictions in place and drivers are asked to avoid the area if possible.

There is nothing to suggest that this is related to terrorism."

– Spokesperson, Thames Valley Police


Student jailed for Bracknell robberies

Caleb Molomo jailed for robberies Credit: Thames Valley Police

A 20-year-old student has been sentenced to 5 years’ imprisonment for two armed robberies carried out at petrol stations in Bracknell.

Caleb Molomo of Priestwood Avenue, Bracknell, pleaded guilty to two counts of robbery, one count of possession of an imitation firearm and one count of possession of a knife at Reading Crown Court.

Thames Valley Police said that during the first robbery, in December, Molomo entered the BP Petrol Station on Wokingham Road, Bracknell, carrying a knife. He demanded money from the till and left with over £200.

In February this year he went into another petrol station on Downshire Way in Bracknell where he was captured on CCTV. This time he was carrying an imitation firearm in his pocket. He again demanded money from the till and left on foot with £300 in a carrier bag.

He was arrested at the Essex University campus

Molomo at the BP garage on 23/12/15 Credit: Thames Valley Police

Investigating officer, Det Con Andy Wroe of East Berkshire CID, said; “These were audacious robberies where the petrol station staff were threatened with violence, leaving them deeply upset. It was fortunate that nobody was hurt.

Imitation firearm found at Molomo's home address Credit: Thames Valley Police

Police refer themselves to IPCC over drowned teenager

Ellis Downes died after experiencing difficulties while swmming in the River Thames

The Thames Valley Police force has referred itself to the Independent Police Complaints Commission regarding the way it carried out the recovery operation to find a teenager who went missing in the River Thames.

Ellis Downes, 16, was last seen swimming in the River Thames at Culham on the night of Saturday 7th May. The area between Abingdon Lock and Culham Lock was closed for the search operation to take place.

Ellis' family were critical of the way the police handled the recovery operation. The teenager's body was found by a private team of divers on Monday night.

The River Thames near where Ellis was found

“I can confirm that Thames Valley Police have referred themselves to the IPCC with respect to the handling of the search for Ellis. We are aware of the family and community concerns around our actions following this tragic incident and the referral was made this morning (11/5). I expect the IPCC to respond with a decision on how the IPCC wishes the investigation to be managed.”

– Assistant Chief Constable Nikki Ross, Thames Valley Police
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