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Man jailed for rape and sex offences against children

Wells has been sentenced to 12 years in prison Credit: Thames Valley Police

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”.

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Pedestrian dies after collision near Maidenhead

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses following a fatal road accident on the A404 near Burchetts Green, Maidenhead.

A 26- year-old man collided with a black Audi A3 which had been travelling on the northbound carriageway around 2am. The pedestrian died at the scene.

Officers from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit are appealing for any witnesses to come forward.

Fire officers warn drivers of winter weather conditions

M40 closed at crash site Credit: Oxfordshire Fire Service

Drivers are being warned of more difficult driving conditions as winter approaches.

This follows a collision on the M40 in Oxfordshire yesterday involving four cars.

Thames Valley Police closed all lanes of the southbound carriageway while emergency services worked to clear the road and attend to the casualties.

Fire and Rescue Incident Commander, John Callaway, from Banbury said, “This was a high speed collision on a fast road, it is remarkable that nobody lost their life.

This is the second serious multiple vehicle collision that has happened on the M40 in Oxfordshire over the last two days and the seventh road traffic collision that Banbury have attended in under a week.

With the onset of winter and more difficult driving conditions, I urge drivers to allow more time for their journey and adjust their driving accordingly, taking into account weather conditions.”

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Complete strangers gather for police funeral of unidentified stillborn baby abandoned in Oxford

Complete strangers gather for stillborn baby's funeral

Around a hundred people have gathered for the funeral of a stillborn baby girl who was found on a footpath in Oxford.

She was discovered by a member of public in February, but despite numerous appeals over the past eight months for the unidentified mother to come forward, Thames Valley Police have not been able to trace her.

The last appeal by a police officer was an emotional one, just one week ago - for someone to claim the child who investigating officers have named 'Raihana'.

and invited members of the public to pay their respects as she was buried at Wolvercote Cemetery this afternoon. Detectives say their 'door is still open' to the baby's mother, if she wants to come forward.

Mourners sign a book of condolences

Parents pay tribute to daughter killed in Banbury crash

Ferne Campbell died from her Injuries after a collision in Banbury Credit: Thames Valley Police

The parents of a young woman who died after the car she was travelling in collided with a tree have paid tribute to her.

Nineteen-year-old Ferne Campbell from Northamptonshire was a front seat passenger in a silver Toyota Yaris which left the road and hit a tree near the A361. It happened at about 9.55am on Monday 5th September close to Williamscote Hill in Banbury, Oxfordshire.

Both Ferne and the driver, another 19-year-old woman, were taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, but Ferne later died from the injuries she sustained in the crash.

Ferne's parents Peter and Ondine Campbell said:

"As Ferne's parents, we wish to pay tribute to our only child: Our beautiful, vibrant and loving daughter. She was our life and we were, and still are, immensely proud of her.

"We ask that any parent reading these words will hold their child when next they see them and tell them how much they are loved.”

– Peter & Ondine Campbell, Ferne Campbell's parents

Detectives are asking anyone with information to call the 24 hour Thames Valley Police enquiry centre on 101, quoting URN 353 5/9.

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