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New garden city to be built in Oxfordshire

Government sources have confirmed a new garden city is to be built in Oxfordshire as part of the Coalition's plans to deal with the housing shortage.

Bicester has been chosen. Credit: Google Street View

Bicester has been chosen as the site for the new community, which will have up to 13,000 new homes.

The proposals are expected to be outlined in the National Infrastructure Plan being published tomorrow when ministers are also set to announce a range of other housing measures.

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Social Services 'involved' with toddler's family

Oxfordshire County Council has confirmed that they had 'limited involvement' with the family of Sarah Dahane in 2012.

The county council was not in contact with the family of Sarah Dahane in the months leading up to this tragic incident, but did previously have limited involvement which ended in June 2012. We cannot comment further except to say that we will be supporting the police with their enquiries in any way that we can.

– Statement from Oxfordshire County Council Social Services team


Police hunt for mum of dead toddler continues

Police are continuing their hunt to find the mother of a 20-month-old girl who was found dead at her home as searches at the property end.

The body 20-month-old Sarah Dahane was found in a house in Bicester in Oxfordshire. Her mother, who has not been named by police, is believed to have left the UK and travelled to Kenya, according to Thames Valley Police. Detective chief inspector Ian Hunter said:

Our detailed and thorough investigation continues to piece together the events as we seek to identify why and how Sarah Dahane died.

The investigation to establish the exact location of Sarah's mother continues.

– Thames Valley Police
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Father's tribute to 'beautiful Sarah'

Sarah Dahane, found dead in her home in Oxfordshire Credit: Family photo

The father of 20-month-old Sarah Dahane has paid tribute to his beloved daughter. Nabil Dahane made his statement through Thames Valley Police.

He said: "To my uniquely beautiful Sarah: You have meant the world to me. The time spent with you, though cut very short, was an absolute joy and the sweet memories we made together will stay with me for as long as I live.

"May you rest in peace babe and I will surely see you in heaven."

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International search for missing mum

Thames Valley Police are continuing the search for the mother of a young child found dead at a house in Oxfordshire. They believe Sarah Dahane's mother has now gone to Kenya.

Detective Chief Inspector Ian Hunter, who is the investigating officer, said: "We are supporting Sarah's father, who is separated from her mother, with dedicated family liaison officers.

"It would appear Sarah's mother left the UK at some stage during Wednesday evening.

"While we are working with those individuals and authorities that were in contact with both Sarah and her mother prior to her death, we urgently wish to speak to Sarah's mother to better understand exactly what has happened. We strongly urge her to present herself to the authorities."


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Child found in house is named

A child found dead at a house in Oxfordshire has been identified by police. Sarah Dahane, who was 20 months old, was found by officers in Bicester. It is believed her mother has left the UK and travelled to Kenya.

Thames Valley Police said a post-mortem examination has been carried out on Sarah, who was formally identified by her father, but the cause of death remains unexplained and further tests are due to take place.

Senior investigating officer Detective Chief Inspector Ian Hunter said: "Whilst the circumstances of Sarah's death remain unexplained, we are carrying out a detailed and thorough investigation to establish exactly how and why she died."

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Mother believed to have left UK

Police have said tonight that the mother of the two year old girl whose body was found at a house in Oxfordshire is understood to have left the country. Officers were called to an address on Herald Way in Bicester after receiving a report concerning the welfare of the child.

Tonight the body was taken away. Police are still trying to trace the mother and speak to her. Formal identification is yet to take place.

Body of two-year-old found at Oxfordshire home

The body of a two-year-old child has been found at a home in Oxfordshire.

Police arrived at the address in Bicester at around 10am this morning, following a call from someone saying they feared for a child's welfare.

A police cordon has been put in place around the Bicester home. Credit: Press Association

A spokesman for Thames Valley Police said the death is being treated as "unexplained".

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