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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.


Police appeal over child rapist on run for three weeks

Police have today issued an appeal to track down a child rapist who has been missing for almost three weeks.

Police have appealed for the public's help to catch missing child rapist Abdelouaheb Delhoum. Credit: Wiltshire Police

Abdelouaheb Delhoum was freed on bail by a judge on May 1 after being convicted of sex offences - including the rape of a child under 13.

He was ordered to return to Swindon Crown Court for sentencing on June 13 but the 45-year-old failed to turn up at court.

Wiltshire Police released a picture of the Algerian-born defendant 19 days after he went missing.

Delhoum lived in Headington, Oxfordshire and committed the offences in Swindon between 2009 and 2012.

A police spokesman said: "Abdelouaheb Delhoum was convicted of two counts of sexual assault on a child under 13, three counts of inciting a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity and one count of rape of a child under 13 years.

"Delhoum was convicted at Swindon Crown Court on May 1 and was released on conditional bail until June 13 but he has not returned or made contact with police since."

Cameron gets a drenching on tour of flood-hit farm

David Cameron came in for a soaking today as he visited a farmer affected by the floods in his Oxfordshire constituency.

Prime Minister and MP for Witney David Cameron suffers the effects of the bad weather farmer near Bampton, in Oxfordshire. Credit: PA

The prime minister was visiting farmer Tim Hook, who told the BBC he had written to Mr Cameron after losing tens of thousands of pounds because his land has been flooded six times since 2008.

Prime Minister and MP for Witney David Cameron talks with farmer Tim Hook near Bampton, in Oxfordshire. Credit: PA

BTP: Bournemouth to Manchester Piccadilly train hit car

The train which crashed into a car at a level crossing in Oxfordshire was the 2.45pm Bournemouth to Manchester Piccadilly Cross Country service, British Transport Police said:


Car hit by train at Oxfordshire level crossing

A car has been hit by a train at a level crossing in Oxfordshire, British Transport Police (BTP) said.

The incident took place at around 4.40pm today at the Sandy Lane level crossing in Kidlington.

"Officers are currently on their way to the scene to establish the full circumstances surrounding the incident,” a BTP spokesman said.

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