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Family pay tribute to new mother killed in M40 crash

A family tribute for Joanna Bull who has died aged 29 Credit: Thames Valley Police

The family of a new mother who was killed in an accident on the M40, have paid tribute to her. Joanna Bull, nee Pedley, aged 29, died on Friday. Her 5-week-old daughter, who was travelling with her, was airlifted to hospital.

In a statement released through the police, Joanna Bull's family said:

“Jo, who was tragically killed in a car accident, was a loving wife, mum, daughter, sister, grand daughter, niece and friend to so many and loved by all who knew her.

“She died on her way to visit her mum Teresa, with her five week old daughter Ruby, to meet newborn cousin Harry (11/06/2014) for the first time, and to have a catch up with big sister Soph, and niece Nelly aged two.

“Jo was vibrant, beautiful, and caring in so many ways. A girl who added zest to a room and who had found true love and happiness with her husband of just one year, Dave.

“To have her taken from her family at such a happy time is utterly unbearable.

“Jo, we never had the chance to say a proper goodbye, but we will never forget how much fun and laughter you brought into all our lives, you will remain in our hearts and memories always.”


Police appeal for help to find missing woman

Thames Valley Police are appealing for the public's help to trace a missing woman from Oxford. Joycelyn Gittens, 49, was last seen at her home in Kestrel Crescent in Blackbird Leys by a relative at 2pm on Friday 13th June. Detectives say her disappearance is out of character.

She is described as black, 5ft6ins, of a slim build with black curly hair. She is also known to wear glasses. Officers said Joycelyn is believed to have been wearing a blue blouse and a black cardigan.

Joycelyn Gittens has been missing from her home since Friday afternoon Credit: Thames Valley Police

PC Colin Reid from Oxford police station said:

“I am appealing for anyone with any information about Joycelyn’s whereabouts to contact police.

“This is out of character for her to leave home alone so I would ask any member of the public to report any sightings of her as soon as possible.

“If you see anyone matching Joycelyn’s description please call our 24-hour Thames Valley Police enquiry centre.”

Anyone with information is asked to telephone 101, quoting URN 1178 13/6

Man arrested after a rape which took place in 1988

A man has been arrested in connection with a rape that took place in Reading in 1988.

The offence took place in Heathfield Avenue, Tilehurst, in the early hours of 10 October 1988.

The victim, who was 18-years-old at the time, is now aged 44.

A 54-year-old man from Northampton was arrested on suspicion of rape this morning by Thames Valley Police's Major Crime Review Team.

CCTV released after four legs of lamb are stolen from a Reading supermarket

Police would like to speak to the man in this CCTV image Credit: Thames Valley Police

CCTV footage has been released of a man police would like to speak to after four joints of meat were stolen from Waitrose in Caversham, Reading.

At 10.31am on Friday (6/6) a man entered the store through the main entrance, made his way to the meat section and stole four legs of lamb.

Police would like to speak to the man in the CCTV image, as he might be able to help officers with their enquiries.

Anyone with information should contact PCSO Ian Chaston from Caversham police station via the Thames Valley Police Enquiry Centre on 101.

Woman punched and kicked in the face in Reading

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses after a woman was punched and kicked several times in the face in Reading.

The 25-year-old was in a taxi outside the Sub 89 venue in Friar Street when a man opened the door and began assaulting her.

The offender is described as white, in his mid twenties, of medium build, about 5ft 7ins tall, with brown hair. He was wearing a white polo shirt.


Renewed appeal after father of two killed a decade ago

Video. Ten years ago this month, a father of two from Oxfordshire was attacked and killed by a gang of men outside a pub in Banbury.

Kevin Lavelle, who was 29-years-old, was set upon on the night of England's Euro 2004 defeat against Portugal.

He got into an argument with a group of Welshmen who were staying at the pub.

A decade on, his family have issued an emotional appeal to find his killers. Cary Johnston reports.

£25,000 reward for information

Kevin Lavelle Credit: Family photo

Thames Valley Police have renewed their appeal over an unsolved murder from a decade ago. 29 year old Kevin Lavelle was attacked and killed with an iron dumbbell outside a pub in Banbury, during England's Euro 2004 defeat against Portugal.

A reward of £25,000 pounds is on offer for any information regarding his death.

Bitcoin blackmail letters threaten abuse rumours

The first 'Bitcoin House' opened in Paris last month Credit: Press Association Images

Blackmail letters have been received by residents in the Thames Valley, demanding they buy bitcoins – a type of cyber currency – from a specific account. The letters threaten they will spread rumours about them being a paedophile if they do not.

Four people have received these letters in Maidenhead in the past few days and two people have received similar letters in High Wycombe. Officers from Thames Valley Police believe the letters may be linked.

Det Sgt Peter Wall from Force CID Maidenhead said: 'Do not be alarmed if you receive a letter like this. Our advice is to try not to touch the letter too much so that it can be preserved for forensic examination and then call 101. Do not respond to the letter or purchase any of the bitcoins.'

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