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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.

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 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.

Teenage driver bailed after fatal crash

A teenage driver arrested over a collision which killed a 14-year-old girl and injured three other people was tonight bailed by police. The 18-year-old man was held on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving after the incident in which a car hit pedestrians in Witney this morning.

Tributes were earlier paid to the dead girl, named locally as Liberty Baker, who was described as a "friendly and kind girl". Flowers were left by the roadside where Liberty was fatally injured in Curbridge Road just after 8am.

The man, who was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving after a collision in Curbridge Road at 8.12am in which a 14-year-old girl was killed, has been bailed until 10th August."

– Thames Valley Police

The two unnamed girls and the man were receiving treatment at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford as police appealed for information.

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

With deep regret I have to report that a Year 9 student was involved in a fatal traffic incident this morning in Witney. The school community is deeply saddened by this news and our thoughts are with her family and friends at this difficult time. Support is being offered to students and staff.

– Headteacher, Wendy Hemmingsley


Oxfordshire town in mourning as schoolgirl killed in crash

On her way to school this morning, a 14-year-old schoolgirl was walking with two other 14-year-olds and a 40-year-old man. The group were hit by a car, with one girl losing her life and three others taken to hospital. The town of Witney is paying tribute to the young girl who was killed.

Richard Slee has been to the scene of the fatal crash.

Schoolgirl killed in Witney crash named locally

A 14-year-old girl who was killed after she was hit by a car this morning in Witney has been named locally.

The schoolgirl who died has been named locally as Liberty Baker.

The other three victims who were struck by the car were taken to John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.

Tributes have been pouring in on social media sites for the young girl who attended the Henry Box School.

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