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Clamping down on cycle theft in Oxford

An operation in Oxford is working hard to tackle bike theft and people who handle stolen cycles in the city. Last year, there were 1,955 offences of cycle theft in Oxford City. This is 377 fewer than in the previous year.

Over the last two years, police in Oxford have been advising and educating the public about locking their bikes securely and registering their cycles on bikeregister.com.

Over the last week, police have focused on catching bike thieves and people who handle stolen cycles in Oxford. Police have made 11 arrests - six people have been charged or cautioned for theft and three people for being in possession of stolen bikes.

Police are working hard to drive cycle crime down, both by helping people keep their property safe and by tackling the offenders head on by arresting them.

– Sgt Matthew Sulley from the Oxford City Centre Unit

Appeal for missing Polish man with no teeth

Andrezej Jedryka Credit: Thames Valley Police

Thames Valley Police are worried about a missing Polish man who has been missing since the early hours. Andrezej Jedryka, 52, was last seen at his home in Thorney Leys at 12.30am on July 12. There is a concern for his welfare due to his state of mind when he went missing.

He is described as white, of slim build, around 5ft 4ins with short hair and no teeth. It is not known what he was wearing at the time of his disappearance. If anyone sees a person matching this description, contact Thames Valley Police via the non-emergency number 101 or call 999 in an emergency.

Man wanted after photo taken up woman's skirt

Police want to speak to this man after the incident at Sainsbury’s Savacentre in Reading Credit: Thames Valley Police

Thames Valley Police are appealing for help to trace this man after a photo was taken up a woman's skirt at a Reading supermarket. The man was seen taking pictures at around 2.45pm on June 29 in Sainsbury's Savacentre on the A4, Calcot.

When he was confronted by the husband of the victim the man left the store dismantling his phone. He was last seen near the pavilion at Calcot Recreation Ground leading to Highview, Calcot.

If you recognise the man in the picture contact PC David Hill at Reading police station via the Thames Valley Police Enquiry Centre on 101.

Witness appeal after sex attack

Thames Valley Police is appealing for information regarding a sexual assault in Oxford.

The victim, an 18-year-old woman, was walking in St James’ Cemetery Cowley on Friday night when she was approached by two men who attacked her.

She was treated at the John Radcliffe Hospital for minor injuries but has since been discharged. Police are appealing for any witnesses to come forward.

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Family pay tribute to new mother killed in M40 crash

Joanna Bull
A family tribute for Joanna Bull who has died aged 29 Credit: Thames Valley Police

The family of a new mother who was killed in an accident on the M40, have paid tribute to her. Joanna Bull, nee Pedley, aged 29, died on Friday. Her 5-week-old daughter, who was travelling with her, was airlifted to hospital.

In a statement released through the police, Joanna Bull's family said:

“Jo, who was tragically killed in a car accident, was a loving wife, mum, daughter, sister, grand daughter, niece and friend to so many and loved by all who knew her.

“She died on her way to visit her mum Teresa, with her five week old daughter Ruby, to meet newborn cousin Harry (11/06/2014) for the first time, and to have a catch up with big sister Soph, and niece Nelly aged two.

“Jo was vibrant, beautiful, and caring in so many ways. A girl who added zest to a room and who had found true love and happiness with her husband of just one year, Dave.

“To have her taken from her family at such a happy time is utterly unbearable.

“Jo, we never had the chance to say a proper goodbye, but we will never forget how much fun and laughter you brought into all our lives, you will remain in our hearts and memories always.”

Police appeal for help to find missing woman

Thames Valley Police are appealing for the public's help to trace a missing woman from Oxford. Joycelyn Gittens, 49, was last seen at her home in Kestrel Crescent in Blackbird Leys by a relative at 2pm on Friday 13th June. Detectives say her disappearance is out of character.

She is described as black, 5ft6ins, of a slim build with black curly hair. She is also known to wear glasses. Officers said Joycelyn is believed to have been wearing a blue blouse and a black cardigan.

Joycelyn Gittens
Joycelyn Gittens has been missing from her home since Friday afternoon Credit: Thames Valley Police

PC Colin Reid from Oxford police station said:

“I am appealing for anyone with any information about Joycelyn’s whereabouts to contact police.

“This is out of character for her to leave home alone so I would ask any member of the public to report any sightings of her as soon as possible.

“If you see anyone matching Joycelyn’s description please call our 24-hour Thames Valley Police enquiry centre.”

Anyone with information is asked to telephone 101, quoting URN 1178 13/6

Man arrested after a rape which took place in 1988

A man has been arrested in connection with a rape that took place in Reading in 1988.

The offence took place in Heathfield Avenue, Tilehurst, in the early hours of 10 October 1988.

The victim, who was 18-years-old at the time, is now aged 44.

A 54-year-old man from Northampton was arrested on suspicion of rape this morning by Thames Valley Police's Major Crime Review Team.

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