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Police investigating Bicester sexual assault release e-fit

Detectives are trying to trace this man in connection with a sexual assault Credit: Thames Valley Police

Thames Valley Police have released an e-fit of a man in connection with a sexual assault in Bicester.

The appeal for information follows a report from a 24-year-old woman who said she was attacked at about 9.15pm on Monday 27th March 2017. She said that she had been walking from Sheep Street to London Road in Bicester when a man approached her - and touched her inappropriately. He then walked off towards the town centre.

“We are releasing an e-fit of the offender who is described as Asian or mixed race, in his mid to late twenties, about 5ft 7ins, slim, with marks or spots on his face, dark coloured eyes and dark coloured eyebrows.

“He was wearing a grey beanie hat at the time of the offence.

“If anyone recognises the offender please contact police immediately by either calling 101 or visiting a police station and quoting reference 43170090679.

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

“This was a frightening experience for the victim so it is vital that anyone with any information contacts the police as soon as possible.”

– Police Constable Sam Buzzard, the investigating officer

Teenager 'dragged into woodland and raped'

UPDATE: Local suspect eliminated from inquiries

An 18-year-old woman was dragged from the roadside into woodland and raped in a horrific attack shortly after she left a village railway station in Berkshire.

The victim was dragged into woodland off Majors Farm Road Credit: ITV Meridian

The woman was walking away from Datchet railway station at about 10.10pm on Wednesday when she was approached by a man.

Police said she initially tried to ignore his advances, but after a few minutes he grabbed her and dragged her to a wooded area at the junction of Majors Farm Road, Ditton Road and London Road.

Thames Valley Police said the woman was being supported by specialist officers.

The attacker is described as an Asian man of average build, aged about 35 to 45. He had receding black hair which was longer on top but shorter on the sides, and a prominent nose.

Police cordoned off an area of woodland Credit: ITV Meridian

He was holding an umbrella and wearing a smart jacket or blazer, a dark patterned scarf and blue jeans.

This is an extremely detailed description of the offender and I am hoping that someone will recognise the man and contact police immediately.

We are conducting a thorough investigation but we need the help of the public to bring the perpetrator to justice.

– Det Insp Stuart Brangwin, Thames Valley Police

Detectives have urged witnesses or anyone with information to contact police.

Police launch app to alert public to incidents

Credit: Thames Valley Police

People living in the Thames Valley can now find out the latest news from police in their area by using a new mobile phone app.

It's designed to instantly notify users of any nearby incidents - whether that's a crime or a road traffic collision. Half a million people across the country are using similar alerts from other forces already.

We are constantly working to improve and modernise our communication and engagement with the public in a way that meets their needs and the Thames Valley Alert App is a great step forward in delivering this.

We recognise that people want to-the-minute updated and relevant information and content, in an easily consumable form and the app has been developed with that in mind.

It also provides a great opportunity for us to share our important messages more widely. Currently, people sign up to the Thames Valley Alerts system to receive updates on where they live in the Thames Valley. The location based service of the app, now makes the system relevant to anyone - whether you live, work or are simply visiting the region."

– Claire Ingram, Communications Manager

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Dad: Jodie 'was taken by driver's selfish 10 second act'

Jodie's dad paid tribute to her

The family of a young woman who was killed when a lorry driver who was distracted by his mobile phone hit her stationary car on the A34 at Chieveley in Berkshire.

Jodie Moss was sitting inside her car on the inside lane with the lights on. It had broken down. Her father, Jeremy Moss, spoken outside Reading Crown Court after the lorry driver, 47-year-old Dariusz Tokarczyk, was jailed for four and a half years and suspended from driving for 51 months.

Lorry driver who caused fatal crash while using his mobile phone jailed for 4 & a half years

Jodie Moss, 21, was killed when a lorry hit her parked car Credit: Thames Valley Police

A lorry driver has been sentenced to four and a half years in jail for causing a crash which killed a young woman because he was distracted and using his mobile phone.

Polish national Dariusz Tokarczyk was driving on the southbound carriageway of the A34 at Chieveley near Newbury in Berkshire in March 2016 when he smashed into the back of a broken down car. The driver 21-year-old Jodie Moss was sitting in the car and died instantly.

Lorry driver Dariusz Tokarczyk was distracted by his mobile telephone Credit: Thames Valley Police

Police launch murder inquiry after child's death

Thames Valley Police are appealing for witnesses

A murder investigation has been launched after the death of a young child in Oxfordshire.

Officers from Thames Valley Police were called to Bromsgrove cottages in Faringdon at about 1.20pm, on arriving they found the body of the young child. A 40-year-old woman arrested on suspicion of murder is being questioned by police.

“Following the discovery of a deceased child, we have launched a murder investigation.

“The next of kin have been informed and we are offering support to them.

“We are in the very early stages of this investigation and an arrest has been made in connection with this incident.

“We would ask anyone with information to please call 101 quoting reference 730 (14/03).

“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.”

– Det Insp Dave Hubbard, Major Crime Unit

“This is a very shocking discovery and I am aware it may have a very direct impact on the community of Faringdon.

“In light of this incident there will be an increased police presence in the area to provide reassurance and we would advise any members of the community affected by this incident to speak to one of the Neighbourhood Policing Team.

– Supt Rory Freeman, LPA Commander for South and Vale of White Horse

Have you seen Peter? He's missing from Bicester

Peter Kavanagh was last seen on Saturday Credit: Peter Kavanagh

Concern is growing for the welfare of a man from Bicester who has gone missing. Fifty-eight year-old Peter Kavanagh was last seen in the High Street in the Headington area of Oxford, at about 4.15pm on Saturday 25th February.

He has been described as being a white man with green eyes and facial stubble. He is about 5ft 8ins tall with a slim build.

The Investigating Officer, Sgt Philip Ansell made an appeal for information.

“If anyone sees Peter please contact police as soon as possible on 101 giving reference 995 (25/2).

“Peter does not know Oxford very well so the fact he is missing in the city is extremely concerning.

“Peter, if you read this appeal please make contact with your family or the police so we know you are safe.”

– Sgt Philip Ansell, Thames Valley Police
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