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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.'

Police put plans into place for World Cup

Plans to cut down on anti-social behaviour whilst the World Cup is on are being put into place Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Archive/Press Association Images

In the run up to the World Cup, Thames Valley Police are putting in place plans to cut down on anti-social behaviour during the competition.

The Force wants to raise alcohol awareness and disorderly behaviour especially when matches are being shown in bars and pubs.


Police officially name dead man found in Oxford

A man who was found dead at a property in Oxford has been officially named by Thames Valley Police as Michael Stephen Broadway. The 33-year-old had been living for several months at the address on South Bridge Row where he was found yesterday.

A post mortem examination which took place on Sunday has proved inconclusive pending further toxicology and histology tests.

A 55-year-old man arrested yesterday on suspicion of murder remains in police custody.

Man found dead at Oxford home

The man's body was found at an address in South Bridge Row, Oxford Credit: Press Association Images

Thames Valley Police are investigating an unexplained death in Oxford. Police were called today at 9.15am to South Bridge Row. Emergency services attended and a man, believed to be in his thirties, was found dead.

Senior Investigating Officer, Det Ch Insp Gill Wootton said: 'This case is in the very early stages of investigation and we are working to establish the exact circumstances around this unexplained death.

'In order to investigate fully there is visible police presence at the scene, however, I would like to reassure the public that there is no danger to the wider community at this time.'

CCTV image released in connection with assault

Police want to speak to man regarding assault Credit: TV Police

Thames Valley Police have released a CCTV image of a man the would like to speak to in conneciton with an assault in Banbury during the May Bank Holiday weekend. At around 7:40pm on Saturday 3rd, two men, aged 47 and 39 sustained cuts and bruises to their faces.

They were assaulted by a man in the Wild Lime Pub on Bridge Street. The man is described as white, around 5ft 10ins and of medium build. He has a shaved head and was wearing a grey top and blue jeans. He has a large tattoo on his right forearm.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Thames Valley Police.

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