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Murderer arrested in Stratford sentenced to life in prison

A MAN arrested in Stratford-upon-Avon earlier this year has been sentenced to life in prison with a minimum of 23 years for the murder of a youth in Oxford. William Blencowe, aged 21, was found guilty of murdering 17-year-old Connor Tremble after fatally stabbing him at a house in Oxford on 13th February. The next day, 14th February, Blencowe was arrested in Evesham Place, Stratford. He had been staying at a Bed & Breakfast in the town.…

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Family concerned over missing person from Henley

A 20-year-old from Henley-in-Arden has been missing since Thursday. Sophie Drake was last seen leaving her home in Johnson Place at 8am four days ago, and her family are becoming increasingly concerned for her safety.…

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None injured in A46 crash between car and van

EMERGENCY services were called to a crash between a car and a van on the A46 near Snitterfield today. The crash, which was between a Mazda MX5 and a Citroen Berlingo, took place at the top of the hill around 12.30pm. Paramedics and police were called, but fortunately nobody was injured. The road was blocked for some time, causing traffic delays.…

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‘No evidence’ Stratford should take city overspill, say council officials

THERE is currently no evidence to suggest that the Stratford district should take overspill housing from the cities of Birmingham or Coventry. This is one of the conclusions of a report being presented to Stratford-on-Avon District Council's ruling cabinet at its meeting on Monday 8th September. The report forms part of the council’s response to public consultation on the “soundness” of the authority’s proposed core strategy that will be considered at a special full meeting of the …

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Woman airlifted to hospital after head-on collision in Clifford Chambers

A WOMAN was airlifted to hospital following a car crash in Clifford Chambers this morning. The 59-year-old was trapped in the vehicle for 45 minutes while paramedics treated her for abdominal and hip injuries and the fire service cut her free from the wreckage. One onlooker climbed into the back of her vehicle to hold her head steady and keep her calm before the emergency services arrived.…

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Air ambulance called to crash near nursery

AN air ambulance has been called to Clifford Chambers this morning to help deal with a head-on car crash near a children's nursery. Four patients are currently being treated after emergency services were called to Clifford Lane at 7.47am.  …

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Police and council call summit on preventing child sex exploitation in Warwickshire

MEASURES to help prevent child sex exploitation in Warwickshire - in the wake of shocking revelations of child abuse cases in Rotherham - will be discussed by police chiefs and council leaders at a meeting later this month. Ron Ball, the Police Commissioner for Warwickshire and Cllr Izzi Seccombe, leader of Warwickshire County Council, have both expressed their “profound shock and sadness by the horrific cases of abuse suffered by over a thousand vulnerable children in Rotherham.”…

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Expectant father’s skydive for cancer charity

AN expectant father took part in a charity skydive on Sunday to celebrate his wife falling pregnant, ten years after she was diagnosed with cancer. Kineton couple Daniel Young, 36, and wife Amanda, 34, are expecting their first child on 28th November. In 2004 Amanda was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, the UK’s fifth most common cancer. She was only 24. On Sunday, Dan mustered up enough courage to jump out of a plane from 10,000ft. For the full heart-warming story plus more pho…

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Stratford railway station: £1.7m footbridge by end of year

A NEW £1.7 million footbridge with two lifts will be installed at Stratford-upon-Avon Railway Station by the end of the year, it has been promised. Work on the new disabled access bridge was initially due to start in October 2013 and it was supposed to be in place by ‘Summer 2014’. Although there is currently no sign of the bridge, Warwickshire County Council said it has already been built off site.…

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One chief over two police forces ‘unworkable’, says Warwickshire crime commissioner

ONE chief constable ruling over two police forces has been branded “unworkable” by Warwickshire’s crime commissioner Ron Ball. Mr Ball said one senior officer to lead both Warwickshire and West Mercia Police forces wouldn’t work after his counterpart in West Mercia, Bill Longmore, said the idea was being discussed. Mr Longmore said: "Shared leadership is subject to ongoing discussion."…

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