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Witness appeal after motorcycle and bike crash

The scene of the crash Credit: Thames Valley Police

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses to a serious road traffic collision in Wantage.The collision involved a red Ducati motorcycle and a pedal cycle on the southbound carriageway of the B4494, Wantage Road, near the Ridgeway crossing just before 7am yesterday.

The rider of the motorcycle, a 49-year-old man, received injuries to his wrist.

Meanwhile, the rider of the pedal cycle, a 42-year-old man, received injuries to his leg and ribs.

Both were taken by land ambulance to the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford.

The collision investigation team is keen to speak to anyone who may have witnessed the incident, or saw either vehicle prior to the collision.

Repeat rapist jailed for 9 years

Martin Babak Lyon, 21, from Amersham was sentenced at Reading Crown Court Credit: Thames Valley Police

A man who was convicted of three rapes has been jailed for nine years at Reading Crown Court.

Martin Babak Lyon, who is 21 years old, from Chiltern Heights in Amersham was found guilty of three counts of rape and one count of taking an indecent image of a child.

Lyon raped the 16-year-old victim at an address in Chiltern Heights on the 28th November 2012 and took photos, threatening to post them on social media if she told anyone.

Investigating officer Det Con Thomas Gregory of Force CID based at Amersham said: “Thames Valley Police takes any allegation of sexual offences seriously and I would like to thank every officer who has helped to contribute to this investigation.

“The sentence given to Lyon demonstrates that the courts take incidents such as these very seriously. I hope the sentence brings some closure to the victim, who was only 16 at the time. She was incredibly brave to report the offences to the police and then to give evidence at court."


Search for missing Aylesbury teen

Kirsty Winfield was last seen at her home in Weedon Hill Credit: Thames Valley Police

An appeal has been launched to find a missing schoolgirl from Aylesbury.

14-year-old Kirsty Winfield was last seen in the Weedon Hill district at around 6.30pm on Monday 14th April.

She was meant to return home at 8pm but was not seen again.

Kirsty was last seen wearing a white vest top, checked shirt, black leggings and plimsoll shoes.

The teen is described as 5ft 3ins, of large build with dark long red/ brown hair with a nose ring.

Police urge anyone with information to contact 101.

Statement comes after inquest verdict

Thames Valley Police and the South East Counter Terrorism Unit have issued a statement following the "open" verdict into the death of Russian Boris Berezovsky. He was found dead at his ex-wife's mansion in Ascot last year.

It said the two organisations had "carried out a thorough investigation into the unexplained death of Platon Elenin formerly known as Boris Berezovsky."

The investigation included the deployment of an experienced Home Office pathologist to examine the body in situ and conduct the subsequent post mortem.

His findings were considered alongside examination of the ligature, detailed toxicology, physical evidence recovered from the scene and the deceased’s medical history.

The investigation could find nothing to support the hypothesis of third party involvement.

– Thames Valley Police

In reaching his verdict the Coroner Mr Bedford made it clear he had no criticism of the police investigation. He stated that his open verdict was as a consequence of conflicting expert testimony regarding pathology.

It is proper for the investigation to consider the alternative pathology position. This position was only brought to police attention immediately before the inquest.

We would stress that the coroner has not specifically requested that any additional work take place. We will continue to liaise with family members as we have done throughout this process."

– Thames Valley Police

Missing man appeal: Have you seen Malcolm Jones?

Malcolm Jones
Missing man Malcolm Jones was last seen on Wednesday

Thames Valley Police have launched an appeal to find a missing man from Witney in Oxfordshire. Fifty-four-year-old Malcolm Jones was last seen at his home in the town on Wednesday 12th March.

He is white, slim, 5ft 9in approx with dark brown hair. When he was last seen he was wearing blue jeans, a grey polo shirt, brown walking boots and a blue raincoat. He was carrying a large hiking rucksack.

PC Claire Blewitt, of Witney police station, said:

“I am appealing for anyone who has seen Mr Jones or anyone with any information about his whereabouts to contact police.

“Mr Jones did not take his mobile phone with him and is not thought to have access to money so I am concerned for his welfare.”

Anyone with information is asked to telephone the 24-hour Thames Valley Police Enquiry Centre on 101 quoting URN 1405 of 12/3.

Witnesses needed as man dies after Reading car crash

Thames Valley police are appealing for witnesses after a man died in a car crash in Tilehurst, Reading.

At 3:30am on Monday, police were called to a report that a white Ford Transit van had collided with a pedestrian.

The 31-year-old Reading man was taken to the Royal Berkshire hospital in Reading.

He was then transferred to the John Radcliffe hospital in Oxford, where he sadly died yesterday.

Investigating officer PC Melanie Todd said, "I am appealing for anyone who saw the collision or anyone who was in the area at that approximate time.

"If you saw what happened or saw the van shortly before the collision, please call the police via our non-emergency number."

That number is 101, quoting URN 13/01/14.


Missing woman may not 'be in the best frame of mind'

Thames Valley Police are appealing for help in trying to find a missing woman from Eynsham.

Jacqueline Gulliford was last seen yesterday morning at around 7:30am when she left her home in the village.

The 54-year-old is described as white, about 5ft 4ins, with curly brown hair and glasses. She is wearing a purple outdoors sports style coat.

She does not have a car or known access to one.

PC Martyn McHale, investigating officer from Witney police station said, "We have some concerns that she might not be in the best frame of mind and so if anyone can help find her, please contact the police."

Anyone who has information is asked to call Thames Valley police on 101, quoting URN 469 of 14/1.

Jacqueline Gulliford Credit: Thames Valley Police

Police call for caution near flood areas after fatality

The incident happened at Osney Lock in Oxford

A man using a mobility scooter has died after falling into the River Thames, at Osney Lock, in Oxford.

The 47 year old was pulled from the water, but was pronounced dead at the scene. Police are warning the public to be extra careful along waterways, during the current wet weather. It happened on saturday 4th January.

The man's next-of-kin have been informed

Police renew appeals for caution on pathways near flooded areas after man's death at Osney Lock

Thames Valley Police have said they are treating the death of a man whose motobility scooter went into Osney Lock at Oxford, as unexplained.

The 47-year-old man from the Oxford area was recovered from the lock and died at the scene.

Officers were called to the lock at 6.30pm on Saturday 4th January.

“This tragic incident highlights the dangers of using pathways which have flooded in areas including Oxford.

“The public should be particularly careful following the recent heavy rainfall, especially along the River Thames, and ensure they do not put themselves at risk by entering flood water. I urge anyone using these areas to take extra caution.

“Our thoughts are with the family of the man who has died.”

– Supt Christian Bunt, LPA Commander for Oxford - Thames Valley Police
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