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Man robbed at knifepoint near shops

Police are hunting a man and a woman who assaulted and robbed a 39-year-old man in a night-time attack yesterday.

The victim was close to the shops in Barton, Oxford, when the pair assaulted him at about 00:45 BST.

While the man held a Stanley knife to his neck, the woman went through his possessions and stole tobacco, cash and a bank card.

Thames Valley Police want to hear from a taxi driver who is believed to have witnessed the incident and members of the public who were nearby.

Queen Victoria's 200th birthday

Today marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Queen Victoria. She was born on 24 May 1819 at Kensington Palace and ascended to the throne in 1837 at the age of 18. She reigned for almost 64 years - the second longest reigning monarch after Queen Elizabeth II.

The Royal Mausoleum at Frogmore is her final resting place, along with Prince Albert. It is currently undergoing a major restoration project.

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Weather: Warm and sunny

A fine and warm day with a good deal of sunny spells. However, some scattered showers are also likely to develop this afternoon.

Maximum Temperature: 21°C.

Any showers will fade to leave it dry tonight with clear spells and light winds. A rather mild and humid night though with a minimum temperature of 9°C.

A Golden Age of Air Travel

Kirsten O'Brien meets a local woman with cabin crew memories aplenty.
Kirsten O'Brien marked British Airways' hundredth anniversary this morning by celebrating the golden era of flight that gripped the nation in the fifties, sixties, seventies.

Marion Perks from Burnham worked as a flight attendant from the sixties to the nineties and joined her to share some stories from her storied career travelling the world with BA.

[On meeting celebrities]

"I think Princess Margaret, and pop stars, I was very lucky to be one of the crew when it was Live Aid, and some of the people that had performed in London got on Concorde and went to play in New York.

"I remembered Barbara Streisand when she was on my passenger list."

[On doing something wrong...}

"I was very new, and we took off out of Newcastle... I went out took a bar order and came back, and then the lovely chief stewardess who will remain nameless said "And where are the glasses?"

Woman sexually assaulted in Windsor

A 24-year-old woman was sexually assaulted in Windsor in the early hours of the morning.

She had left the Old Ticket Hall in Datchet Road and was walking along Romney Walk towards The Boatman, Thames Valley Police said.

A man then subjected her to a sexual assault.

Police said a 22-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of sexual assault and remains in custody.

Det Insp Gavin Stiles said anyone in the area at the time should check if they have dash cam footage of the attack.

European elections 2019: Polls take place

Voters are heading to the polls for the European Parliament elections.

Seventy-three members, known as MEPs, will be elected in nine constituencies in England, and one each in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Each region has a different number of representatives based on its population, with 10 MEPs in the South East.

Polling stations in the UK are open from 07:00 until 22:00.

The results will be announced once all EU nations have voted, with the voting process expected to be completed by 22:00 on Sunday.

Weather: 'Mostly dry and sunny'

Dan Downs

Weather Forecaster

Windsor Great Park gets highest conservation rating

Windsor Forest and the Great Park has been awarded the highest possible rating by Natural England for its important habitats.

The park is home to to one of the largest assemblages of ancient and veteran oak and beech trees anywhere in northern Europe.

It is also the site of significant ancient woodland, rare fungi and "decaying wood" invertebrates.

John Deakin, chief forester at the Windsor Great Park, told BBC Radio Berkshire the public "contribute in very important ways" to ensuring biodiversity is protected.

He added: "When they visit the park they are sensitive to the habitats they're enjoying and the environment they're enjoying."

Windsor Great Park
Windsor Great Park has been awarded the highest rating by Natural England

Thames Valley knife crime at record level, crime data reveals

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Serious knife crime in the Thames Valley has hit its highest level since 2010, latest crime data shows.

Thames Valley Police recorded a total of 1,483 serious crimes involving knives in 2018.

That is up 19 percent on the previous year and the highest since 2010-11.

The crimes included eight homicides, 48 rape and sexual assault offences and 117 threats to kill across the policing area last year.

Thames Valley Police covers Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire.

Man handling a knife
Knife crime in Thames Valley has reached record levels since 2010

Household Cavalry parade marks end of era

Household Cavalry parade in Windsor

More than 250 soldiers from The Household Cavalry Regiment have taken part in a parade through Windsor to mark their departure from the town.

The regiment is moving home to Salisbury Plain as part of a major restructuring of the British Army.

It has been based at Combermere Barracks near Windsor Castle for more than 200 years.

The parade, which included marching and mounted troops, set off from the barracks at 14:30 on Saturday.

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Farewell to InterCity 125

Hundreds of people travelled between London Paddington and Exeter St Davids yesterday on the last scheduled InterCity 125 journey to the West Country.

The sold-out trip was attended by hundreds of railway enthusiasts, including the train's designer, 89-year-old Sir Kenneth Grange.

He said for many commuters the train had become part of their life.

The 1970s icon is being replaced with the bullet-style electric InterCity Express Trains.

Another royal wedding in Windsor

Lady Gabriella Windsor gets married (this video contains no sound)

The Queen and Prince Philip were among the guests at the third royal wedding to be held at Windsor Castle's St George's Chapel in less than a year.

Lady Gabriella Windsor, the daughter of the Queen's cousin, Prince Michael of Kent, married her partner, Thomas Kingston, on Saturday.

The Duke of Sussex attended without his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, or their son Archie who was born earlier this month.

Prince Harry accompanied Peep Show actress Sophie Winkleman, who is married to Lady Gabriella's brother, Lord Frederick Windsor.

Weather: 'Cloudier and cooler'

Bee Tucker

BBC Weather

Weather: Dry and sunny, but breezy

Alex Osborne

BBC Weather

Wednesday will be dry and fine with a brisk east-southeasterly breeze making it feel less warm in coastal areas.

A change in the weather is on the way from Thursday, bringing a risk of showers.

Domestic abuse survivor starts charity

A domestic abuse survivor from Wokingham has started a charity to help other people who are being abused.

Vicki Robertson, who suffered from domestic violence as both a child and an adult, said she is pursuing the initiative as SaveLives reports up to one in five children are being abused.

She said it is a "huge number" which goes to how just how much domestic abuse has become an "epidemic".

Ms Robertson said the charity will help victims of abuse spot signs of them being mistreated, as she said her own abuser's behaviour "seemed almost homely".

Woman being abused by man
Woman being subjected to domestic violence

Tuesday's weather forecast: Chilly start but dry and bright day

Today there will be some chance of clouds but generally clear skies.

Temperatures will range from low single figures to highs of 20°C.

South weather: Chilly start but dry and bright day

Monday's weather forecast: Dry and sunny today, but rather breezy

Today will be a dry and mostly sunny day with a chance of some cloud.

However, there will be a keen easterly breeze.

Maximum Temperature: 14 to 17°C (57 to 63°F).

Dry and sunny today, but rather breezy

Weather: Early mist will clear to sunny spells

A clear and dry start, but there will be some areas of early morning mist or fog.

There will be long sunny spells throughout the day, but there is a chance of an afternoon shower. Light winds.

It will become rather cloudy this evening and some outbreaks of rain will spread from the west overnight, but it will be quite mild.

Maximum Temperature: 16°C (61°F).

A football team for refugees brings communities together
The Sanctuary Strikers have brought players together from countries including Zimbabwe and Sudan.

Elementary, my dear Watson - new police dog welcomed

Thames Valley, Hampshire & IoW Dog Section has welcomed a new recruit to its crew, and he looks like a keeper.

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CCTV footage released after car break-in

Police have released footage of a man suspected of breaking into a car and stealing cash and a debit card on Friday in Newbury.

The car was broken into at 23:45 BST in The Oaks and the debit card was later used at Hot News in Market Street.

Thames Valley Police has asked for anyone who recognises the man to call 101.

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Weather: 'Sunny spells and heavy showers'

Dan Downs

Weather Forecaster

"We had to have bodyguards after the royal wedding"

Karen Gibson from the Kingdom Choir on life after performing at the Royal Wedding
Karen Gibson from the Kingdom Choir on life after performing at the Royal Wedding and working with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

"Performing at the Reading Festival was a pinch yourself moment"

Tom from the Reading band Only the Poets on falling in love, touring and new music.
Reading band Only the Poets are about to tour the UK with Ten Tonnes - Bridgitte finds out more

Weather: A mostly dry day ahead

Expect highs of 15C
Royal baby: How Meghan and Harry did it their way
Journalists are used to agonising waits outside hospital - this time they got Harry himself.
The choir made of up post-op throat cancer patients.
The choir is made of up of post-op throat cancer patients who have undergone a laryngectomy.