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Bicester village closed due to restaurant fire

A spokesperson from the fire brigade told ITV Meridian that the fire is at Carluccios restaurant in Bicester Village outlet. Crews were called at 08:40 this morning, seven fire appliances from Oxfordshire Fire & Rescue are tackling the blaze. Bicester Village is currently closed while the incident is dealt with. It's believed no-one has been hurt.

Fire at restaurant at Bicester village - 7 fire crews fighting the blaze

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Motorbike safety - a rider's perspective

Hampshire Constabulary and Thames Valley Police are marking the ACPO National Motorcycle Week of Action starting today, with the release of an innovative film shot from a police motorcyclist’s perspective.

The film shows an advanced police motorcycle trainer from the Joint Operations Unit, which is the collaborated unit between both forces, on a police bike. The rider can be heard talking through what he is observing, considering and doing as part of his journey on the road, with the camera placed in different places around him so that the film comes from his viewpoint.

The idea is that riders can watch the film and get an appreciation of what an advanced ride entails as the police rider encounters potential hazards and dangers while riding, thus providing an insight into advanced riding techniques.

"The main aim of the film is to give riders a flavour of advanced riding techniques through being ‘on board’ while a police rider talks his way along some of the roads where the motorcycling public have been involved in crashes. Some of the riders may not consider some issues and features to be hazards worthy of caution or action in the same way that a police rider will perceive them. The film which is aimed to be the start of a series of similar features covering various aspects within motorcycling will not turn you into an instant riding expert. Instead we are hoping this and other films will provide a potentially life-saving insight, not just for motorcyclists, but for all motorists.”

– Inspector Bob Jarrett

Road restrictions in place after car crashed into shop

Diversions are in place after accident Credit: Thames Valley Police

The A329 Oxford Road in Reading remains partially blocked in both directions at Connaught Roa due to an unsafe building.

It is after a car collided with shops at around 05:30am. There are restrictions in place whilst the buildings are made safe.

Three in hospital after car crashes into shops

Three people are in hospital after a car left the road and crashed into shops on Oxford Road in Reading this morning.

Thames Valley Police were called to the scene at 5.30am. A red Peugeot 206 had gone into the Shazz Hair and Beauty salon and the Christian Community Action Shop on Oxford Road. Both shopfronts were damaged.

Two of the three people found in the vehicle had minor injuries. All three are at the Royal Berkshire Hospital with police officers. Detectives are investigating what led to the incident. No-one has been arrested.

A police spokesperson said there was a suggestion that someone else was in the car at the time of the accident. Officers are appealing for that person to come forward by either contacting police on 101 or by going to a police station.

Anyone who has information or who witnessed the collision is asked to telephone 101 and quote incident reference number URN 268 28/2.

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