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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.

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?"

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

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

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.

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.

CCTV released after 5-strong Newbury assault

Police have released CCTV images of individuals they think may be able to provide information about an assault in Newbury in which two men were attacked.

A man in his twenties sustained fractures to his face which required surgery and hospital treatment during the incident in Wharf Street at around 04:00 BST on 30 March.

The other victim, in his late teens, sustained bruising and cuts to his head when the pair were attacked by what police suspect were a group of five.

CCTV of men thought to have information on Newbury attack

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

Taxi driver stabbed in botched robbery

Oaken Grove

A taxi driver was stabbed in the back by a passenger during a botched robbery in Newbury.

Two teenage boys, one of whom was armed with a large kitchen knife, attacked the 42-year-old man in Oaken Grove shortly after 22:00 BST on Monday.

Police said the pair, who were wearing hooded tops and aged about 16 or 17, left the scene in a maroon-coloured Skoda Superb after failing in their attempt to take any money.

The driver was taken to hospital with a puncture wound but has since been discharged.

"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
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.

West Berkshire count under way

The count is under way in West Berkshire where the turnout was 36%.

There are 120 people counting votes for 43 district council seats across 24 wards.

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"Everyone thought he won't pay...and he can't pay"

Bookmaker Gary Wiltshire describes losing over a million pounds in one afternoon.
Imagine losing one point four million pounds on a single bet and then, instead of cutting your losses, heading straight back to the race course to win it all back. 

That was the moment that bookie Gary Wiltshire lost everything at Ascot Racecourse twenty three years ago.

He told Sarah Walker more about the lowest moment in his career.

Gary Wiltshire, Bookmaker:

"I was winning going into the last race, Frankie had six winners and I was winning... then there was a horse and you could lay it at 4-1... I was laying in the end at 2-1.

"I got carried away and I lost £1.4 million in one afternoon.

"The worst thing that happened to me was that nobody had a bet with me that Sunday."

Council to clear homeless tents

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Tents occupied by homeless people behind a football pitch in Newbury are to be removed after West Berkshire Council obtained a court injunction.

The Local Democracy Reporting Service said there had been about 20 tents at the site near Faraday Road at Christmas but most of the people who lived in them had now left.

It said there were still a few people living at the site but they had been told to leave by the council.

On the bus catching mobile phone drivers

Police officers are riding on buses to catch drivers using their mobile phones.

Road Safety Officers from Hampshire and the Thames Valley are taking part in a joint operation, using the height of a bus as a vantage point to spot wrongdoing.