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Five puppies found dumped in a cage

The puppies were found abandoned in a cage in Chipping Norton Credit: RSPCA

Five puppies have been dumped in a cage in Oxfordshire. The animals, were eight weeks old and four have now died.

The only surviving puppy has been named Barney Credit: RSPCA

They were discovered abandoned in the middle of a field in Idbury in Chipping Norton. by a dog walker. They had no food or water.

The surviving puppy has been named Barney and is being cared for by the RSPCA.

Man jailed for stabbing pensioner in her neck

Steven Williams has been jailed for 18 years Credit: Thames Valley Police

A man from Oxfordshire has been jailed for attempting to murder a 72-year-old woman.

44-year-old Steven Williams stabbed the pensioner in her neck at a property on Hailey Avenue in Chipping Norton on 27th of April.

He was sentenced to 18 years at Oxford Crown Court.

“Williams subjected the victim to a serious, unprovoked attack, which very nearly killed her.

“He also decided to plead not guilty, which has put the victim and her family through unnecessary further suffering and stress.

“I would like to commend the victim for a bravery throughout this process, and I hope that the lengthy sentence given to Williams helps in some way to help her and her family move on from this incident.”

– Det Insp Larry Johnson, Thames Valley Police

Appeal to find nurse who witnessed crash

Thames Valley Police is asking a witness to come forward, who is thought to have been first to the scene of a collision that happened two weeks ago on Monday 20th July at around 8.30pm.

It occurred on the B4026 Charlbury Road in Chipping Norton, just outside the village of Spellsbury, in which a green and blue coloured Ford Focus left the road and collided with a hedge.

A 29 year old man from Banbury has been arrested in relation to this incident on suspicion of being drunk in charge of a motor vehicle, and leaving the scene of an accident. He has been released on police bail until 24 August.

“We believe that a female nurse was first on the scene. However at the moment we have not been able to speak to this potential witness who may have information about what happened. Iwould ask them, or anyone else who saw this collision to come forward to assist us with the investigation. They can call the 24-hour Thames Valley Police enquiry centre on 101.”

– Investigating officer, PC Paul Daniells


Teacher jailed for sex attacks on schoolgirls

Philip Pickett Credit: City of London Police

A teacher from Oxfordshire has been jailed for 11 years for "exceptionally serious" sex attacks on two schoolgirls and a young woman in sound-proof practice rooms.

Professional recorder player Philip Pickett, 64, from Lyneham, near Chipping Norton, was found guilty at the Old Bailey of two rapes and two indecent assaults on his victims between 1979 and 1983.

Pickett, who taught at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London for 25 years, lured vulnerable pupils into practice rooms where no one would hear their screams as he shut the door, turned out the light and assaulted them, the court heard.

The charges were brought after one of the victims alerted police in light of the Jimmy Savile sex scandal.

Judge: Some see hunting as cruel, others see it as tradition

Judge: "Some people see hunting foxes as cruel and immoral. Others see hunting as an essentialand traditional part of countryside management and they say that criminalising the activity is inappropriate.

"As everyone is aware, in political circles the Hunting Act continues to be considered and thiscoalition Government has indicated the possibility of a free vote in Parliament at some point in the future."

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