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Controlled explosion of World War II mortar

Controlled explosion of World War II mortar shell at the River Thames in Windsor Credit: Thames Valley Police

A World War II mortar shell has been detonated in a controlled explosion in Windsor.

The mortar was discovered in the River Thames and was disposed of yesterday near the Victoria Bridge by King Edward the Seventh Avenue by the Royal Navy Bomb disposal team and members of Thames Valley Police Specialist Search and Recovery Team.

Roads and part of the River Thames were cordoned off and closed temporarily during the operation yesterday lunchtime

PC Rupert Jones of Thames Valley Police said: 'This was a successful operation and we are very pleased with the outcome which caused minimal disruption to the public.'

Police handling of woman's death referred to IPCC

The way Thames Valley Police handled the death of a woman in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire is to be investigated by the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

A 44-year-old woman died at a house in Aylesbury in the early hours of Saturday morning. Her death is being treated as unexplained but not suspicious. No more details have been released regarding her death.


Appeal for help after fatal crash involving police car

One of the men who may have seen the crash Credit: Thames Valley Police
The second man who may have seen the fatal crash Credit: Thames Valley Police

The IPCC investigation into the fatal road traffic collision, involving a Thames Valley Police car and Aston McLean, is appealing for help to trace potential witnesses.

At around 1.45am on Wednesday 6 August, a marked Thames Valley Police car was involved in a collision with Aston on Wokingham Road. Aston, 28, died at the scene. He was also known as Aston Williams.

Through their enquiries IPCC investigators have recovered CCTV from a number of locations near the scene. This has been reviewed and has identified two men walking along Wokingham Road, near the junction with Eastern Avenue, who may have witnessed the incident.

The first man is described a wearing light denim jeans, carrying a rucksack and wearing either a jacket with a dark body and light coloured sleeves or a body warmer.

The second man is wearing jeans, a light coloured top, a dark baseball cap and is on the phone.

Police investigate Banbury crash

Police appeal for information Credit: PA

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses after a pedestrian was in collision with a car in Banbury.

A 50-year-old man was crossing the road at the junction of Newland Road and Dashwood Road on the afternoon of 16th August when the accident happened. He suffered injuries to his knee, ankle and hip. The car didn't stop.

Police said they would like to hear from anyone who saw what happened. They've arrested a 27-year-old man from Banbury on suspicion of common assault, failing to stop at a road traffic collision, causing bodily harm by wanton/furious driving, driving a motor vehicle in a manner likely to cause danger to passengers and resisting arrest. He was released on bail until 25 September.


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

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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