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Family tributes to 'ultimate loveable rogue' Adrian

Adrian Fannon was 39. Credit: Family handout

The family of Adrian Fannon, who was found dead at a house in Banbury earlier this month, have paid tribute to their 'ultimate loveable rogue.'

The 39 year old was found dead in a property in Newland Road, Banbury, on October 1.

Police launched a double murder investigation after he and 25-year-old Mark Pawley, both from Banbury, were found with multiple stab wounds.

A murder investigation was launched in Banbury Credit: ITV News

Our Adrian was the ultimate loveable rogue who took a couple of wrong turns along the way. He had a heart of gold and would help anyone he could.

“He was an affectionate son, brother and uncle. His nephews and nieces meant the world to him, he was so proud of them and he made them laugh, they adored him.

“As siblings there will now always be one sixth of us missing.

“He was loved dearly by the whole family and his passing has left a big hole in all our hearts.”

– Family of Adrian Fannon


Maternity services at Horton will be downgraded

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Protests have been held against the changes Credit: ITV Meridian

The maternity unit at Horton General Hospital in Banbury is set to be downgraded following a vote today by Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group.

Campaigners have been fighting proposed changes with a number of protests held.

In October, the facility became midwife-led due to problems recruiting doctors.

The decision will see the vast majority of expectant mothers travelling 20 miles down the road to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.

Two men arrested in connection with Banbury GBH

A man has been treated at Horton Hospital after being stabbed during an assault in Banbury.

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses to the fraca which happened in Prescott Avenue between 6pm and 6.20pm yesterday. A number of men were involved in the incident. While one man with minor injuries was treated and later discharged from the Horton Hospital, another received a minor injury to the head.

Two men, one aged 18 from Banbury and a 19-year-old from Brackley have been arrested on suspicion of Grievous Bodily Harm and remain in police custody.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the police by calling 101 quoting reference 43170148321, or by contacting Crimestoppers anonymously.

Passers-by repeatedly call for help as factory destroyed by fire

Credit: Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service

A factory has been destroyed by a fire during rush hour in Oxfordshire.

The blaze happened in a factory unit off of Swan Close in Banbury around 6:28pm yesterday (Tuesday 11th April).

Firefighters received repeated calls from passers-by as large amounts of smoke could be seen around the area, near a Morrison’s supermarket.

More than twenty firefighters made their way through traffic to tackle the blaze and to prevent it spreading to adjacent buildings, which included a bus garage.

Credit: Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service

The factory produced moulded parts using plastic and wax so this gave rise to the large amounts of smoke that could be seen across Banbury during rush hour. Some of the materials involved in their processes gave us cause for concern so a Hazardous Materials Advisor and the Environmental Protection Unit were called in. We quickly established that there was little risk to the environment and operations were concluded.”

– Station Manager Mick Clarke

BMW crashes through wall of Oxfordshire factory

Credit: Oxfordshire County Council Fire & Rescue Service

A BMW has crashed through the wall of a factory in Oxfordshire.

The Fire & Rescue Service was called to the scene opposite Morrisons supermarket in Banbury town centre at 11.50am today where they found a white BMW protruding from the factory.

The driver was treated by ambulance at the scene. No-one inside of the factory was injured.

Credit: Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service

When we arrived the powerful BMW was embedded in the wall of the factory, our immediate concerns were for the driver of the car and the workers inside of the factory. Once we were assured that everyone was in safe hands we focussed on the stability of the building structure. Our colleagues in the district council have specially trained building surveyors that can give advice on the safety of the building.”

– Mark Ames, Station Manager
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