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Consultation to tackle traffic bottleneck

A consultation has been launched today into plans to spend millions pounds tackling one of the region's worst traffic bottlenecks.

Rush hour congestion is a major problem on the A40 between Witney and Oxford - with thousands of vehicles using the single carriageway every morning during the week.

The options on offer include adding a new lane or creating tram or train links. Sam Holder reports.

Search underway for missing 14-year-old boy

Brandon Sanders went missing from his home yesterday Credit: Thames Valley Police

Thames Valley Police is appealing for the public’s help in tracing a boy who is missing from Witney.

Brandon Sanders, aged 14, went missing from his home in Witney at midday yesterday.

Brandon is white, 5ft 4ins, and has short brown hair. When he was last seen he was wearing a black jumper with gold lettering on it grey jeans and blue Nike trainers.

He has links to Oxford and Eynsham.

“I would like to speak to anyone who has seen Brandon or anyone matching his description. He has been missing overnight and is only 14 years old. Anyone with any information on his whereabouts should contact the 24-hour Thames Valley Police enquiry centre on 101 quoting URN 1550 7/8.”

– Sgt Leon Astley, from Witney police station

Festival fun in memory of Liberty Baker

A festival is being held in honour of school girl Liberty Baker Credit: ITV News Meridian

A festival is being held in memory of a "kind, loving girl" who was hit by a car and killed while walking to school.

Friends of Liberty Baker, 14, who died in June in Curbridge Road, Witney, have organised LibFest, which will take place almost a year after the accident.

Perry Kerslake and Kieran Butler have set up a website ahead of the festival. They said: "The day will be Lib's day to remember her by and do some of the activities she loved so much. Hopefully this will become a yearly thing."

Lib Fest comes three days before the one year anniversary of Liberty's death. There will be a fun run around The Leys for younger children and a five kilometre run around Witney for everyone else.

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Landrover stolen from car park

This Landrover was stolen from Woodford Way car park in Witney Credit: Thames Valley Police

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses after a theft of a car in Woodford Way car park, Witney.

At 2.15pm on Thursday 12 March unknown offenders stole a green Land Rover Defender from the car park.

The vehicle was seen on ANPR camera entering Swindon on the A420 at 3.50pm the same day.

If you have any information which could help with the investigation, please contact PC Marea Logan at Princes Risborough police station via the Thames Valley Police Enquiry Centre on 101.

If you don't want to speak directly to the police you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

Man to be sentenced over death of Liberty Baker

A man who killed a girl when his car mounted a pavement, is due to be sentenced today.

Liberty Baker was hit by the vehicle as she walked to school in Witney in Oxfordshire last June. The fourteen year old died later in hospital. Two others were also injured.

Liberty Baker died when she was hit by a car on her way to school Credit: ITV Meridian

Robert Blackwell, who's nineteen and from Bampton, is due at Oxford Crown Court.

CCTV image issued in connection with fuel theft

Police want to speak to this man in connection with the theft of fuel Credit: Thames Valley Police

Thames Valley Police has released a CCTV image in connection with its investigation into the theft of fuel from a Witney petrol station.

On 6 January at around 4.10pm at Ducklington Lane Service Station, Witney, a man drove his vehicle, a blue VW Golf up to the petrol pumps, filled his car with fuel, then got straight back into the vehicle and drove off making no attempt to pay.

Anyone who recognises the man in the CCTV or knows his identity is asked to contact PC Rob Bull via the Thames Valley Police Enquiry Centre on 101 as this man may be able to help with the investigation into the theft.

If you don't want to speak directly to the police you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

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