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Police investigating Bicester sexual assault release e-fit

Detectives are trying to trace this man in connection with a sexual assault Credit: Thames Valley Police

Thames Valley Police have released an e-fit of a man in connection with a sexual assault in Bicester.

The appeal for information follows a report from a 24-year-old woman who said she was attacked at about 9.15pm on Monday 27th March 2017. She said that she had been walking from Sheep Street to London Road in Bicester when a man approached her - and touched her inappropriately. He then walked off towards the town centre.

“We are releasing an e-fit of the offender who is described as Asian or mixed race, in his mid to late twenties, about 5ft 7ins, slim, with marks or spots on his face, dark coloured eyes and dark coloured eyebrows.

“He was wearing a grey beanie hat at the time of the offence.

“If anyone recognises the offender please contact police immediately by either calling 101 or visiting a police station and quoting reference 43170090679.

“If you do not 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.

“This was a frightening experience for the victim so it is vital that anyone with any information contacts the police as soon as possible.”

– Police Constable Sam Buzzard, the investigating officer


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Have you seen Peter? He's missing from Bicester

Peter Kavanagh was last seen on Saturday Credit: Peter Kavanagh

Concern is growing for the welfare of a man from Bicester who has gone missing. Fifty-eight year-old Peter Kavanagh was last seen in the High Street in the Headington area of Oxford, at about 4.15pm on Saturday 25th February.

He has been described as being a white man with green eyes and facial stubble. He is about 5ft 8ins tall with a slim build.

The Investigating Officer, Sgt Philip Ansell made an appeal for information.

“If anyone sees Peter please contact police as soon as possible on 101 giving reference 995 (25/2).

“Peter does not know Oxford very well so the fact he is missing in the city is extremely concerning.

“Peter, if you read this appeal please make contact with your family or the police so we know you are safe.”

– Sgt Philip Ansell, Thames Valley Police


Woman sexually assaulted in Bicester

Police are appealing for witnesses after a woman was sexually assaulted in Bicester.

The victim, a woman in her thirties was walking along Chapel Street just before 9pm on Thursday when she was approached by a man who then assaulted her.

The man ran away in the direction of Priory Road.

The offender is aged in his late twenties to early thirties, approximately 5ft 7ins to 5ft 9ins, and had stubble on his chin. He was wearing a black hooded jumper and dark trousers.

The woman was walking along Chapel Street when she was assaulted Credit: Google Streetview

“I would like to speak to anyone who has any information about this incident in which a woman was sexually assaulted. Specially-trained officers are offering support to the victim and detectives are working to identify and locate the offender.

“I would also like to appeal to anyone in Chapel Street or the vicinity who has CCTV footage which may be useful to the investigation, to contact police.

“You may see officers patrolling in the area and any members of the public who have any concerns, or any information, can approach and speak to an officer in the area.”

– Det Con Ruth Ivins, from Banbury Force CID

Tesco unsold food to be given to charities in Bicester

The first food distribution scheme of its kind in the region is set to begin in Bicester in Oxfordshire today.

A new branch of Tesco - which opens at 8am today - will pioneer a service which will see surplus food donated to a foodbank. The store is looking for more charities to sign up to receive unsold fruit, vegetables and packaged foods. The FareShare FoodCloud is being carried out in conjunction with the organisation FareShare.

The initiative follows a pilot scheme at 14 stores last year after which 22 tonnes of food was donated to more than 50 charities.

The new initiative follows a pilot scheme last year Credit: Tesco

“No food that can be eaten should go to waste. We’re really excited to start working on this initiative to ensure that any unsold food we have is made use of. We are looking forward to forging strong links with local charities and community groups in Bicester, and to use this initiative to support their efforts to help vulnerable people in our community.”

– Paul Phillips, Tesco Bicester Store Manager
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