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Severe accident: A34 Oxfordshire southbound

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A34 Oxfordshire southbound severe accident, from A4183 Oxford Road to A415 Marcham Road.

A34 Oxfordshire - A34 blocked and queues southbound from the A4183 Oxford Road junction to Marcham Interchange, because of an accident involving a car and a lorry.

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Woman treated by ambulance service following A34 collision

A woman was taken to hospital following Wednesday morning's collision on the A34 near Abingdon, which involved two lorries and a car.

A South Central Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: "We sent two ambulance officers and an ambulance crew who were assessing and treating one patient with non-life threatening injuries.

"She was treated at the scene by all our crew and was taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital."

Delays on A34 southbound following collision

There are long delays on the A34 southbound at Milton in Oxfordshire following a collision near the Drayton Park Golf Club.

The police, fire and ambulance services are at the scene.

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Another council opposes expressway

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Another Oxfordshire council has written to the government to formally oppose any Oxford-Cambridge expressway.

South Oxfordshire District Council’s leader, Sue Cooper, wrote to the new transport secretary, Grant Shapps, to tell him the authority believes there is ‘no justification’ for the project.

Last week, Debby Hallett, Vale of White Horse District Council’s deputy leader, wrote to Mr Shapps to outline her authority’s opposition to the expressway, which official figures suggest could cost between £3bn and £7bn.

Mrs Cooper wrote: “The proposed expressway will have significant adverse impacts on Oxfordshire: it will create a major source of air and noise pollution, destroy farmland and habitats, increase CO2 emissions and bring more traffic onto the county’s roads."

The expressway could be built by 2030, according to Highways England.

Police open day cancelled due to weather forecast

TVP open day
TVP

A police force has decided to cancel its open day to the public due to adverse weather forecast.

Thames Valley Police said it would "not be safe or practical" to hold the event due to strong winds posing a risk to a "significant amount" of temporary structures.

Chief Constable John Campbell said: "We apologise for any inconvenience caused to all those who were looking forward to the open day as much as we were."

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for wind throughout Saturday.

The event was due to take place on Saturday between 10:00 and 16:00 BST at the force's training centre in Sulhamstead, Berkshire.

Police chase flying geese down the M4 in Berkshire
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Police drone trial set for take-off

Drones are starting to be used to fight crime across Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Hampshire from next month.

Thirty-five officers have been trained as part of a joint trial involving the Thames Valley and Hampshire forces.

The drones will be used to search for missing people or offenders on the run as well as policing large events or dealing with the aftermath of road accidents.

High quality footage from the drones can be beamed into control rooms or incident command units in real time.

The use of drones in policing is already wide spread across Dorset, Wiltshire, Sussex and Surrey, and has already helped secure convictions.

Police drones
BBC

Certainly in rural areas where we're trying to cover large areas of land, the use of drones rather than using large numbers of police officers is one of the significant benefits we think we'll get out of it

Ass Ch Const David HardcastleHampshire Constabulary

Bradford men to face trial accused of terrorism offences

Two men from West Yorkshire are to face trial next year accused of terrorism offences.

Mohammed Shehzad, 21, and Safaan Ali, 18, both from Bradford, appeared at Oxford Crown Court (pictured), via videolink from HMP Wandsworth, for a preliminary hearing.

Oxford Crown Court
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Mr Ali, of Fairbank Road, faces eight counts of possessing material likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism.

Mr Shehzad, of Upper Woodlands Road, is charged with disseminating terrorist publications.

Judge Mr Justice Sweeney said the trial was expected to last up to three weeks and would be heard by Judge Tom Bayliss QC.

The two men were remanded into custody and will face a plea and trial preparation hearing on 11 November at Leeds Crown Court.

Thames Valley Police crime recording 'inadequate', watchdog says

Thames Valley Police
BBC

Thames Valley Police's crime recording has been rated inadequate by the government watchdog, with concerns raised over the recording of domestic abuse and rape.

Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services (HMICFRS) said although the force has "improved its crime recording" it "needs to do more".

HMICFRS said the force records 87.9% of crimes reported to is, about an increase of 13,800 crimes more than in 2017.

But the inspectorate said despite an increase in recording the numbers "for violent crime are still too low".

It added: "Officers and staff are still failing to correctly identify and record domestic abuse and rape crimes."

A force spokesperson said: "Last year we responded to over half a million calls for assistance.

"That is over 1,400 incidents a day and every day the members of this force come to work to fulfil only one purpose, and that is to keep the communities of Thames Valley safe from harm."

Police advise people to lock windows to curb summer burglaries

South of England weather: Hot and humid, but thunderstorms later

It's a hot and humid day, many of us will see temperatures climbing to the low 30s.

We should see some long spells of sunshine but it is a murky start with low cloud, mist and fog patches.

Overnight we will see some thundery downpours pushing from the south, and there's the risk of some frequent lightning.

South of England weather: Clody start, warm later

A rather cloudy start in places, but this will quickly thin and break to leave it dry with plenty of sunny spells.

Breezy at first but winds easing. Turning very warm or hot.

Highs of 25C.

Weather forecast for 22 July

South of England Weather: Cloudy with rain at times

BBC Weather

It's set to be mainly cloudy with rain at times and a brisk south-westerly wind.

The rain is likely to be occasionally heavy, perhaps with a rumble of thunder. Highs of 20C

Thames Valley crime rises 2% more than national average

Thames Valley Police headquarters in Kidlington, Oxfordshire
Thames Valley Police
Thames Valley Police has its headquarters in Kidlington, Oxfordshire

Recorded crime in the Thames Valley rose by 9.7% in the financial year that ended in March - 2% more than in England and Wales overall - according to the Office for National Statistics.

Det Chf Con Jason Hogg said: "We continue to see rises in some crime categories as victims are having more confidence to report previously hidden crime such as domestic abuse, sexual crime as well as stalking and harassment.

"The reasons for crime recording fluctuations are quite complex and are not necessarily just as a result of an actual increase in crime.

"The increase in overall crime numbers in the Thames Valley is linked to changes in our crime recording processes with our officers and staff now recording crimes at point of contact."

£5m for children's services review

BBC Radio Oxford

Nearly £5m will be spent on an "ambitious" overhaul of children's services in Oxfordshire.

Experts in substance misuse, domestic abuse and adult mental health will work together to help families in the county.

The new way of working is designed to help spot struggling children earlier.

It's already been tried in Hertfordshire - where the number of children on protection plans has more than halved.

Oxfordshire County Councillors said it would be a shift from cure to prevention

'Perfect storm' of cuts is behind rising mental health issues for police

Craig O'Leary
TVPFED

A "perfect storm" of austerity and cuts to police resources is behind rising levels of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and stress among police officers, a force federation has said.

More than 10,500 officers across the UK had to take time off with stress, depression, anxiety or PTSD symptoms in the past year, a rise of 69% since 2012/13.

400 Thames Valley Police (TVP) officers took time off work for stress, depression, anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder in the past year.

TVP federation chairman Craig O’Leary said: "If you keep exposing police officers to that much pressure, coupled with the traumatic things they deal with on a day-to-day basis in their jobs, it doesn’t take a scientist to work out that we’re going to suffer disproportionately to most other occupations in terms of PTSD, workplace stress, depression and anxiety.

"“[These figures] show it’s not a good story. Now we need to make sure that we are there, that people step up to the plate, organisations support officers that are going through these tough times," he added.

Broken down tanker blocks lane

A broken down tanker is currently blocking a road between Berinsfield and Shillingford in Oxfordshire.

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Training launched to tackle risk of gangs

Teenager
BBC

A scheme has been launched to help tackle the issue of young people being exploited by gangs.

Thames Valley's police and crime commissioner has launched the programme for professionals who try and help young people who are being exploited or who are at risk.

The training, delivered by Reach Every Generation, is part of the Early Intervention Youth Fund Project and includes testimony from former gang members.

The 26 training sessions will be delivered across the Thames Valley until November.