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Advice to make your Christmas theft-free

Police are warning people not to keep presents under the tree in view of burglars Credit: ITV Meridian

A theft-free Christmas - that's what Thames Valley police want this year. It's revealing handy tips to keep crime at bay and reduce the chances of being affected.

"At this time of year we all want to relax and enjoy time with our family and loved ones. Unfortunately, as we do our Christmas shopping, gather our gifts and leave our homes to visit family and friends, it can provide opportunities for thieves.

"There are simple steps we can all take to reduce the chances of being affected by crime. Burglary and theft can have a devastating effect on victims.

"By taking a moment to protect our property we can better ensure a happy holiday period."

– Det Insp Andy Shearwood, from the Force crime strategy unit


Farmers protest against falling milk prices

Dairy farmers across the Thames Valley are taking drastic action as falling milk prices threaten to drive them out of business.

They have been carrying out what they call 'Milk Trolley Challenges', where they block distribution centres, and even bring cattle into supermarkets to highlight their plight.

In Asda at Swindon shocked shoppers saw them storm into the supermarket and remove all the cartons of milk and cream from the shelves before dumping them in the soft drink aisle.

The farmers say if they don't get a fair price thousands will go out of business and it could be the end of locally-produced milk . Watch Mel Bloor's report.

Woman found clinging to a life ring rescued from River Thames

A woman found clinging desperately onto a life ring in the River Thames has been rescued.

Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service say the woman was 'cold and disorientated' when they found her.

They were called to help the woman yesterday morning, who had fallen in near Thames Street in Oxford shortly before.

An ambulance took her to John Radcliffe Hospital for checks, while boats and helicopters continued to search for a man who was also thought to be missing. He was later found safe and well.

The woman was very cold and disorientated when we found her. The life ring had offered her some support until a full rescue could take place.

– Gary Dawson, Watch Manager


Murder weapon found as police continue hunt for triple-killer

Armed police officers are scouring Didcot, Oxfordshire, and its surrounding areas, after the bodies of Philip Howard, 44, Janet Jordon, 48, and daughter Derin were discovered in a house in Vicarage Road just after 8.20pm on Saturday, following a call from a member of the public.

More than 100 officers are also searching Oxford University Parks where Allen worked as a groundsman.

Police also revealed they have found what they believe is the murder weapon at the crime scene.

Detective Superintendent Chris Ward, the head of Thames Valley Police's major crime unit, said they believe Jed arrived in Oxford by train from Didcot at 5.45pm on Saturday.

Det Supt Ward said: "Jed is wearing a red or maroon shirt, a dark hooded jacket with a white trim on the zip, blue jeans and black shoes.

"After visiting WH Smith, we believe that Jed then walked to Oxford University Parks."

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