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.
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.”
“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.
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.”
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.
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.
“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.”
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.”
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.
The body of a woman in her 50s has been recovered from the River Thames at Boulter’s Lock in Lower Cookham Road.
Police officers were called to the riverside yesterday (Saturday) morning.
A woman was pronounced dead at the scene. Her next of kin have been informed. The death is being treated as unexplained.
Thames Valley Police are appealing for the public’s help in order to trace a missing boy.
Max James, aged 14, was last seen in Disraeli Square, Aylesbury on Thursday afternoon.
He is black, about 5ft 7ins with short black afro hair and brown eyes. When he was last seen, he was wearing a black tracksuit with a zip up hooded top, a black puffer jacket, a grey or white t-shirt, and black and navy Nike trainers. He was also wearing a black baseball cap with a white logo on the rim.
Investigating officer Det Insp Dominic Williamson, said: “We are concerned about Max and I am appealing for anyone who has any information about him to get in touch.
“Max, if you are reading this, please call us to let us know that you are safe and well. You are not in any trouble, we just want to make sure that you are OK.”
A 45-year-old man has been jailed for 12 years for rape and a number of sex offences against children.
Paul Wells from High Street, Beckley was found guilty by a unanimous jury at Oxford Crown Court in October. He was sentenced yesterday.
Wells had been found guilty of eight offences of sexual activity with a child, one count of rape of a female aged 15 and under and two counts of making indecent photographs of a child.
He will be on the Sex Offenders register for life.
The offences took place in Oxfordshire between 2011 and 2013 and involved two girls aged under 16.
Detective Constable Kelly Gilbert of the Child Abuse Investigation Unit said: “I am so pleased with the outcome of this trial. Finally, Wells is where he belongs and the girls in this case can try to move forward with their lives”.