It's the sort of occasion which could easily have fallen victim to budget cuts. But Thames Valley Police says its open day is a vital way of engaging with the public. Today thousands were at the 11th annual event near Reading. Richard Jones reports.
Thames Valley Police have charged a 29-year-old man with murder after the death of a baby in hospital on Sunday.
Jack McLaren died in hospital on Sunday 4th June. He was 5 months old. Daniel McLaren, 29, from Fleetwood Close in Newbury was arrested on Tuesday 6th June. He was charged on Wednesday 7th June with Jack's murder.
The charge follows a post mortem examination which was completed on Wednesday, which led to the baby's death being treated as suspicious.
Daniel McLaren was also charged with grievous bodily harm with intent relating to injuries suffered by another child under one years old. He is due to appear before Reading magistrates today.
Meanwhile a 28-year-old woman from Newbury who was arrested on suspicion of causing or allowing the death of a child; and on suspicion of committing Section 18 (grievous bodily harm with intent) on Tuesday the 6th of June in connection with this investigation was released on police bail until the 5th July 2017.
A man has been treated at Horton Hospital after being stabbed during an assault in Banbury.
Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses to the fraca which happened in Prescott Avenue between 6pm and 6.20pm yesterday. A number of men were involved in the incident. While one man with minor injuries was treated and later discharged from the Horton Hospital, another received a minor injury to the head.
Two men, one aged 18 from Banbury and a 19-year-old from Brackley have been arrested on suspicion of Grievous Bodily Harm and remain in police custody.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the police by calling 101 quoting reference 43170148321, or by contacting Crimestoppers anonymously.
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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.”
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 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.
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.
Detectives have urged witnesses or anyone with information to contact 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."
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.