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Money to tackle youth violence in the Thames Valley

More than £820,000 has been given to help tackle youth violence, vulnerability and exploitation across Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire.

The money, from The Home Office's Early Intervention Youth Fund, will deliver a programme of work aiming to prevent young people being exploited into violence and offending through gangs and county lines drug dealing.

The programme, run by the Thames Valley Police and Crime Commissioner's office, will provide support for schools and teachers, engage with young people already involved in gangs and knife crime and create opportunities for young people who are not in education or employment.

Anthony Stansfeld, Police and Crime Commissioner said the money "provides the opportunity to make a tangible impact on the lives of young people and communities."

Bannon's Oxford Union appearance sparks anger

Students have criticised a decision by the Oxford Union to invite Steve Bannon to speak to its members tomorrow.

The former White House strategist's appearance has sparked anger on social media.

The students' 'Oxford Stand Up To Racism' group on Facebook complained the Oxford Union is giving a platform to a far-right speaker and legitimising racism.

Stephen Horvath, president of the Oxford Union, said the event provides an opportunity for members to hear from an individual who has been at the centre of the rise in right-wing populism as well as to critically question and debate his ideas and rhetoric.

Steve Bannon
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Weather outlook: Bright and breezy

Bee Tucker

BBC Weather

Number of refugee children trebles in Oxfordshire

The number of refugee children being looked after in Oxfordshire has more than trebled over the past five years, figures show.

From 20 children in 2014, social services are now caring for 70 lone asylum-seeking children.

The Home Office says "the UK has a proud history of hosting, supporting and protecting vulnerable children affected by the migration crisis".

Many children looked after in the county are deported when they reach 18.

Oxfordshire County Council said government grants to care for the children were insufficient, but the Home Office said it was reviewing its funding.

Monday's weather forecast: Sunny intervals and blustery showers

Today will have sunny intervals and blustery showers.

Some of the showers will be heavy with even the chance of a few rumbles of thunder.

Winds will be brisk south to south-westerlies.

Maximum Temperature: 10 to 13°C (50 to 55°F).

Sunny intervals and blustery showers

Your pictures: Armistice 100

Many events are taking place across the UK and abroad to mark the centenary of the end of World War One.

The south of England has been commemorating 100 years, starting with the transformation of a disused phonebox in Alverstoke, near Gosport, in Hampshire...

Phonebox memorial
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Schools in Sherborne, Dorset, including Sherborne Abbey School, have been crafting poppies of all shapes and sizes for an exhibition at the town's museum...

Poppies created by pupils at Sherborne Abbey School
Sherborne Museum

Meanwhile, fire crews in Eynsham, Oxfordshire, have created this bold tribute on the doors of an engine garage...

Armistice 100 tribute
Eynsham Fire Station

Send your pictures to us via our Berkshire, Dorset, Hampshire and Oxford Facebook pages, or on Twitter:@BBCBerkshire, @BBCDorset, @BBC_Hampshire and @BBCOxford.

Weather outlook: Wet with strong winds

Bee Tucker

BBC Weather

Friday will start with a mixture of bright spells and showers.

But it will turn wet and very windy later, with gusts of up to 50mph.

Missing certificates in Oxfordshire Carillion projects

Building projects carried out by Carillion in Oxfordshire have missing certificates and fire safety issues, a new report has revealed.

It shows Oxfordshire County Council spent £123m on a total of 602 projects with the firm, which went into liquidation in January.

Sutton Courtenay Primary School saw workmen down tools when Carillion collapsed and headteacher Rachel Hornsey said after delays children are now in new classrooms, but there are still issues.

The council said it can't say what happened with Carillion would never happen again, but added it was prepared if another company providing services did collapse.

Workman
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The collapse of construction giant Carillion will cost UK taxpayers an estimated £148m, the National Audit Office has said

Screen time has little effect on sleep, says Oxford study

Child not sleeping
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Correlations between screen time and lack of sleep are "extremely modest", says the report

The amount of time children spend on devices has little effect on how long they sleep, a study from Oxford University suggests.

It runs counter to previous research that suggested excessive screen time was linked to children failing to get sufficient rest.

The survey concluded that the relationship between sleep and screen use in children was "extremely modest".

But one UK GP said the findings did not tally with his clinical experience.

Here's Tuesday's weather

Dan Downs - give us the slightly chilly good stuff.

'Forget deserving issues and focus on basics' - Sara Thornton

Sara Thornton
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The Thames Valley's former chief constable says forces should focus on catching thieves and violent criminals, and not incidents where no offence has been committed.

Sara Thornton said forces are too stretched to deal with "deserving" issues, such as logging gender-based hate incidents.

Claims against dead people was also taking resources from tackling "today's crime today", she told a conference.

She called for a "refocus on core policing".

Ms Thornton, who chairs the National Police Chiefs' Council, spoke out as statistics show arrests have halved in the past decade.

Weather: 'Largely fine and dry'

Dan Downs

Weather Forecaster

TVP officer "touched" by comments from Glen Hoddle's family

The man who helped saved Glenn Hoddle's life after he had a heart attack said he feels "very touched" by comments from the former England manager's family.

Sound engineer Simon Daniels used CPR treatment to keep the former England manager alive after he collapsed at BT Sport's studios on Saturday.

Daniels, who is also a special constable for Thames Valley Police, said his first-aid training "kicked in" leaving him no time to worry if Hoddle, 61, would survive.

Thames Valley Police said CPR skills are part of the force's training programme provided to officers in our Special Constabulary.

A spokesperson added: "The force is very proud of his actions."

Simon Daniels
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The 47-year-old said he did not know it was Hoddle who had collapsed when he first heard cries for help

Today's weather

It's going to be cool and rather cloudy across our patch.

Weather, Tuesday 30 October

Three taken to hospital after A40 collision

Three people have been taken to hospital after a collision which closed the A40 for several hours last night.

Firefighters cut both drivers out of two cars after they collided near the Asthall junction at about 17:15 GMT - one car overturned.

South Central Ambulance Service said three people, including an elderly couple in the vehicle which overturned, were taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital.

The ambulance service added no people involved sustained serious injuries.

Chief constable enters crashed car to help driver

The chief constable of Thames Valley Police climbed into an overturned car to support the driver, after spotting the vehicle near Kidlington, Oxfordshire, this morning.

Francis Hapgood was first on the scene of the crash at Middle Street, Islip, at about 07:50 GMT, the force said.

Police said the car was only vehicle involved and the driver was not injured.

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Police call waiting times surge

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Police inquiry office on a 101 phone call
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Average waiting times for 101 calls to Thames Valley Police (TVP) to be answered have gone up by more than 400% in the last year.

Oxford Road Safer Neighbourhood Forum, which obtained the figure through a Freedom of Information request, said the system was "breaking down".

Chairman Peter Bowyer said: "It has become very difficult to report things on 101. I think it is demand for 999 that is causing it."

Ch Supt Christian Bunt, head of contact management for TVP, said: "I am sure the public would appreciate that we have to prioritise emergency calls."

Weather: Dry and sunny after a frosty start

Dan Downs

Weather Forecaster

Temperatures will struggle to reach 10C on Monday, despite the sunshine.

Tomorrow will be mainly dry with similar temperatures.

Weather: Turning much colder

Alex Osborne

BBC Weather

It's time to dig out your hats and scarves as a brisk north-westerly wind brings a chill to Friday and the weekend.

Today will be sunny after any early showers clear away. Tonight there's a chance of frost in Berkshire and Oxfordshire.

600 Oxfordshire music students to sing at Royal Albert Hall

Royal Albert Hall
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A total of 600 students from the Oxfordshire County Music service will be performing at the BBC Proms this year.

The event at the Royal Albert Hall in November will celebrate the best young musicians from across the UK.

Conductor John Lubbock said it was a "brilliant idea" to have children from all over the county sing together.

Amputee PC told public how to save his life after car crash
PC Tom Dorman aims to return to policing "within a year, to catch criminals and look after people".

Tuesday's weather

It looks like it's going to be a lovely day today.

Monday's weather forecast: Dry with plenty of sunshine

After a chilly start, today will be dry with plenty of blue sky and sunshine.

There may be just a few patches of cloud around. Cooler than it was yesterday. Maximum temperature: 10 to 13C.

Monday's weather forecast
'I carry my heart in a rucksack'
Becca Henderson carries her mechanical heart with her after having her own heart removed due to cancer.

Weather outlook: Dry and sunny after a misty start

Alex Osborne

BBC Weather