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Police urged to take more action on 'honour based crimes'

Thames Valley Police needs to do more to protect people from violence that's linked to traditions or culture.

A study published today concluded the force wasn't equipped to deal with illegal acts such as forced marriage and female genital mutilation.


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."


Your new MPs in north Hampshire and the Thames Valley

An alphabetical guide to your new and returning MPs in the Thames Valley.

Sixth formers organise their own Hustings

Now, some young people say they're just not interested in politics. But with the General Election fast approaching on May the 7th, all the political parties are trying their best to change that. And to win the young vote.

So to find out what they had to offer them, in their area, sixth formers at a school in Wantage organised their own Hustings. Andrew Pate has more.

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