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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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The latest from the scene of the Oxford explosion

The scene of the explosion at Osney Mead today

A roundup of the day's events at the scene of a major explosion at Osney mead in Oxford. Thames Valley Police have issued a photograph of a man who is missing, believed dead. Investigations continue into the cause of the fire. Residents who have been made to leave the area in an evacuation have been waiting to hear about access to their homes.

Our reporter Mary Stanley spoke to ITV Meridian presenters Fred Dinenage and Sangeeta Bhabra.

Oxford explosion: Police release image of missing man

Guido Schuette

The police and fire services in Oxford have held a press conference to share the latest information about the explosion at a housing complex at Osney Mead.

A resident who was unaccounted for in the aftermath, has been named as Guido Schuette aged 48. He is described as 6ft tall, of a heavy build, with short grey hair and blue eyes. He is believed to walk with a limp and uses a crutch as well. His family have been informed and Thames Valley Police have issued a statement.

The scene at Osney Mead after the explosion

“Our strong hypothesis is that Guido died in the fire, and we are continuing to offer support to his family at this time.

“However while our search of the scene continues and this is not confirmed, one line of enquiry within the investigation is that Guido could be missing.

“Given the circumstances of the incident, we are asking members of the public not to approach Guido but to call 999 immediately.”

– Supt Joe Kidman, Local Police Commander, Thames Valley Police

Pedestrian dies after cemetery car collision

The fatal collision took place on Tuesday 14th February

A pedestrian who was involved with a collision with a car in a cemetery in Maidenhead has died in hospital.

The 47-year-old man from Windsor was in the grounds of Braywick Cemetery, when he was in a collision with a blue Hyundai i30 car. The vehicle was travelling on a road within the cemetery grounds,

The accident happened shortly after 3.15pm on Tuesday 14th February 2017. The pedestrian was taken to the Wexham Park Hospital for medical attention, but he later died.

The man's next of kin have been told about his death. The driver of the car, a woman in her nineties, was not injured. Thames Valley Police are appealing for witnesses.

“Our thoughts are with the family of the man who tragically died following this collision.

“We are appealing to anyone who witnessed the collision and has not yet spoken to police to please call 101, quoting URN 873 of 14 February 2017.”

– Sgt James Atkinson, Thames Valley Police Roads Policing Unit

Boy, 10, dies after furniture incident at shop in Reading

A 10-year-old boy has died after suffering severe head injuries in an incident involving a piece of furniture in a shop in Reading.

The incident happened at the Topshop in the Oracle Centre this afternoon.

Paramedics and Thames Valley Police were called to the scene shortly after 4pm. It is reported that the child was lying on the floor, and had suffered major head trauma. He was taken to the Royal Berkshire Hospital, but later died from his injuries. An investigation is underway into what happened.

We were called by the South Central Ambulance Service at around 4.15pm this afternoon to a retail store at the Oracle shopping centre, Reading.

On attendance they found that a 10-year-old boy had suffered serious head injuries after an incident involving store furniture.

The boy was taken to the Royal Berkshire Hospital where sadly he was pronounced dead. His next of kin have been informed.

At this time the death is being treated as unexplained but non-suspicious and police are making further inquiries.

– Thames Valley Police spokesperson
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