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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.

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.

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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.

Public rally against building in rural Oxfordshire

A coalition of community groups and campaigners is holding its first major rally in David Cameron's constituency of Witney, to protest against the construction of housing developments in rural areas.

Campaigners have gathered in Witney this morning

The Rural Oxfordshire Action Rally are protesting against a planning system which they say has been "defectively changed" over the past two-and-a-half years, to "allow a rash of rampant cynical developer driven building projects which would have been refused permission under the traditional planning criteria."

It comes after a planning application was submitted to West Oxfordshire District Council last year for 200 homes between Witney and Hailey.

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Concern for missing teenager

Thames Valley Police is appealing for the public’s help in locating a person missing from Witney.

Millie Lee, aged 18, was last seen near The Downs, Standlake at around 11.30am yesterday.

She is described as white, of medium build, 5ft, with brown shoulder length hair. She was wearing blue jeans and a jacket and boots. She was on her bicycle, which is black.

Millie Lee was last seen yesterday morning near the Downs at Standlake Credit: Thames Valley Police

If you have any information or know of Millie’s whereabouts please contact Thames Valley Police Enquiry Centre on 101, quoting URN 1191 of 19/11.

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.

Family of teen knocked down & killed are "heartbroken"

The family of Liberty Baker, the 14-year-old girl who was knocked down and killed by a car in Witney, say they are devastated she has gone.

They also said:

We are devastated and heartbroken that our beautiful daughter and sister has been so cruelly taken from us.

Liberty was such a kind and caring girl and her glowing smile lit up our lives.

We thank everyone for their support and kind words during this devastating time and we appeal to anyone who saw this tragedy unfold, to contact the Police on 101."

– Statement from Thames Valley Police on behalf of the family of Liberty Baker

The teenager died on Curbridge Road on Monday morning.

Three others were injured in the crash.

The 18-year-old driver of the car, arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, has been released on bail until the 10th of August.

Flowers laid at site where 14-year-old girl died

Flowers laid at the roadside where a 14-year-old girl died yesterday Credit: ITV Meridian

Flowers have been laid at the site where a 14-year-old girl died yesterday in Witney.

She has been named locally as Liberty Baker, who was described as a "friendly and kind girl".

Liberty was a Year 9 pupil at the 1,400-pupil Henry Box School in Witney where staff and students are being counselled over her death.

Officers attended Curbridge Road at 8.12am yesterday morning after reports a car had collided pedestrians.

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