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Aylesbury Library in Walton Street

Library opening hours slashed to make £270k saving

Library-goers will have less time to enjoy their favourite books after plans to cut library hours were pushed through – despite 65 per cent of people not supporting the move.

The Scales of Justice on top of the Old Bailey

OLD BAILEY OPINION: “No community is safe from child sexual exploitation”

For more than two months I have been covering the harrowing child sexual exploitation trial at the Old Bailey.

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Lynda Bellingham

Plaque in memory of Lynda Bellingham to be unveiled at Waterside Theatre

A plaque to commemorate the life of late actress Lynda Bellingham is to be unveiled at the Waterside Theatre in Aylesbury.

Firefighters were called to the Fairford Leys flat

Woman and boy rescued from kitchen blaze

A woman and boy have been taken to hospital after being rescued from a kitchen fire at their flat.

The entrance to Stoke Mandeville Hospital, which is owned by the Bucks NHS Trust

National award for Stoke Mandeville Hospital’s car park

Stoke Mandeville Hospital has become only the second hospital in the UK to scoop a top parking standard award.

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Crispin Andrews

The Ashes Column: Ian Bell is a victim of his own versatility ahead of Third Test

So, England have a bad game, Gary Ballance is out, Ian Bell will bat at three, again and Joe Root is up to four. Kevin Pietersen is relaxing on a beach in St Lucia.

The Tap and Barrel opens its kitchen at their newly opened pub / restaurant in Aylesbury town centre - pictured is Aylesbury mayor cllr Allison Harrison and GM Hein Barnard with member of floorstaff Jessica Allder (centre)

Mayor opens kitchen at newest town pub

Aylesbury mayor Cllr Allison Harrison has officially opened the kitchen at the newest pub in the town centre.

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Warren Whyte with the solar panels on the roof of County Hall

‘Light-bulb moment’ for energy in Bucks

A new energy services company selling power to the national grid could soon be generating money for Bucks County Council.

Mick Simmonds, left, and Jon Durrant at Land's End

What’s the most amazing thing about cycling 957 miles? How about not getting a single puncture!

Charity cyclist Mick Simmonds has returned home in triumph after an epic 957 mile ride which has so far raised around £5,000 for Headway Aylesbury Vale.

The air ambulance was called out to Windsor Park

UPDATED: Man suffers serious chest injuries after getting trapped under digger

A man in his 60s was airlifted to hospital with chest injuries after a digger flipped over and trapped him on a building site.

The Manners family with their Stabyhoun dog Helmer , one of only 34 in the country - pictured are Lene and Andrew with their children Freya (3) and Max (5)

Family’s pride at owning one of the world’s rarest dogs

A family in the Vale have become the proud owners of one of the rarest dogs in the world.

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35 young people from across Bucks rehearse at Aylesbury Music Centre ahead of a performance of The Creation by Richard Taylor in a concert at Garsington Opera at Wormsley next month.

Picture Special: Group rehearse ahead of opera performance

A group of 35 young singers from across Bucks have been rehearsing ahead of a performance at Garsington Opera House next month.

Education

Pupils and staff recognised in national safer schools competition

A primary school is a runner-up in the finals of a national safety initiative, winning a special cash bonus.

Haddenham Village Society 50th anniversary.

Villagers mark 50 years with garden party

Haddenham Village Society celebrated its 50th anniversary with a party hosted in the delightful gardens of Roderick and Cynthia Floud, in Flint Street.

Ribena in bottles. Photo: Rui Vieira/PA WIRE

Tesco to ban Ribena, Capri Sun and Fruit Shoots in childhood obesity battle

Supermarket giant Tesco is battling childhood obesity and has revealed plans to axe a number of its best-selling sugary drinks and juices at stores nationwide.

MPGS Guards collect on RAF Haltons Main Entrance Gates for the Nepal Earthquake appeal.

Ghurkas collection to help families hit by Nepal earthquake

Gurkhas based at RAF Halton have been collecting clothing and cash to support the people of Nepal after the earthquakes and two of them have family who have been affected by the disaster.

A general view of the A41, close to where the incident happened

Man who died on A41 is named

A man who died after being hit by a lorry on the A41 has been named.

8th November 1900. An annual dinner and prize giving ceremony in connection with D Company of the 1st Bucks RVC (Rifle Volunteer Corps) was held at Aylesbury Town Hall

Back in Time: Town Hall hosted Rifle Corps ceremony

On 8th November 1900 an annual dinner and prize giving ceremony in connection with D Company of the 1st Bucks RVC (Rifle Volunteer Corps) was held at Aylesbury Town Hall.

Sean Cleathero

Pair jailed for supplying steroids to gym-goer who took lethal cocktail

Two men have been jailed for supplying steroids to a father-of-one who died after taking a ‘fat-burning’ chemical in a lethal cocktail.

Holly Brewer

X Factor controversy: Early favourite gets the boot

An X Factor hopeful who was tipped to win the show has been given the boot - despite getting four yeses from the judges.

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Firefighters rescued a woman after a blaze at her home in Princes Risborough

Woman rescued by firefighters after blaze at her home

Firefighters rescued a woman in the early hours of the morning after she was trapped by a blaze at her home which crews believe was caused by a discarded cigarette.

A still from Casey Leigh's music video for Catch 22, which was partly filmed in Aylesbury

Singer Casey Leigh releases video for ‘Catch 22’ - which was shot in Aylesbury

Aylesbury singer Casey Leigh has released the music video to the title track of her latest album ‘Catch 22’ - which was shot in the town.

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Man charged with sexual activity with a child

A man has been charged with engaging in sexual activity with a child in Aylesbury.

Welcome and Discovery Centre at Stowe House

Discover the secrets of Stowe for free

To celebrate the grand opening of the new Welcome and Discovery Centre at Stowe House, free entry will be offered to all visitors from 11am-5pm on Sunday August 9.

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College staff cake bakers help spinal research charity

Aylesbury College staff Anne-Marie McNeil and Candice Mason held a cake sale to raise more than £200 for Wheels At Work, a fundraising campaign for national charity Stoke Mandeville Spinal Research (SMSR).

Trustees of Karibuni Trust and speakers at the service which was attended by Cllr Barbara Russel, The Deputy Town Mayor of Aylesbury, at  Aylesbury Methodist Church, to celebrate the charity's achievements.

Charity celebrates 20 years of helping children in Kenya

A charity set up 20 years ago by an Aylesbury woman which helps children in Kenya has celebrated its achievements at a special church service.

Tom Robertson receives a cheque from Ann Higginbottom, president of Lucy Clark Scottish Country Dance Club.

Dance club help young people with mission to help homeless in Mexico

Members of the Lucy Clark Scottish Country Dance Club in Great Missenden raised funds to help a group of young people with a mission in Mexico.

Bucks County Council

Aylesbury sex abuse concerns reported to Bucks County Council SEVEN years ago

Bucks County Council took ‘insufficient action’ on concerns raised by charity Barnados which could have stopped the abuse of two young girls in the Aylesbury sex ring, it has emerged.

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Old Bailey's Scales of Justice

Sex abuse victim: “These men knew that I was 14”

One of the girls who bravely gave evidence to convict six men of child sex abuse has described her relief at today’s verdict.

Sue and Dani Cox, from Tring and Aylesbury, are taking part in the Moroccan 3-peaks Challenge for Rennie Grove Hospice Care.

Morrocan peaks challenge for mum and daughter team

A mum and daughter have signed up to climb to the highest peak in North Africa to raise funds for a hospice.

The team from Buckinghamshire Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution taking part in the British 10k London Run 2015

FARMING MATTERS: Running to help farmers

Supporters of the farming charity, the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI) pounded the streets of our capital to take part in the British 10k London Run and to raise thousands of pounds for farming people of all ages who are in financial difficulty.

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Fundraiser at burial site

A charity event is being held at the Green Acres Woodland Burial site on Saturday, August 8, which will raise funds to help animals.

Wendover CE Junior School football team win Aylesbury Vale Primary Schools Football Association Cup Final. PNL-150720-095951001

Great year for junior footballers ends with cup final victory

Players in the Wendover CE Junior School football team are celebrating a fantastic 2014/2015 season

Zorb at Wendover Festival

First festival organised by Youth Forum attracts hundreds

The first Wendover Festival organised by the town’s Youth Forum proved a big hit with about 400 young people attending.

Aylesbury In Bloom school garden competition - best garden overall, Haydon Abbey Combined School.

Green-fingered pupils impress the judges

A record number of entries was submitted for this year’s Aylesbury In Bloom school garden competition.

Thames Valley Police

Police pay tribute to bravery of sexual exploitation victims

The police officer who led the investigation into child sexual exploitation in Aylesbury has paid tribute to the bravery of the two victims.

GUILTY: (From left to right) Vikram Singh, Arshad Jani, Asif Hussain, Taimoor Khan, Mohammed Imran and Akbari Khan

Men found guilty of sexually abusing schoolgirls on a ‘massive scale’

Six men involved in a child sex ring in Aylesbury have been found guilty of abusing two young girls.

Bucks County Council offices

Council apologises for letting down sexual exploitation victims

Bucks County Council has apologised for ‘letting down’ the victims of child sexual exploitation in Aylesbury.

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GUILTY: (From left to right) Vikram Singh, Arshad Jani, Asif Hussain, Taimoor Khan, Mohammed Imran and Akbari Khan

Sex abuse victim’s father: “I pleaded with social services to help – but they just said she was being naughty”

The father of child sex abuse victim ‘Woman B’ has hit out at Bucks social services for failing to help his daughter.

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The Old Bailey

SEXUAL EXPLOITATION: “Guilty verdicts send out important message”, says Barnados

Children’s charity Barnardo’s has reacted to today’s verdict that six men committed child sex crimes against two young girls in Aylesbury.

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New figures show hundreds of police officers have been convicted of crimes in the last three years

Which police forces have officers and PCSOs with criminal convictions?

Hundreds of police officers from across the UK have been convicted of offences in the last three years including sex crimes, assaults and possessing indecent images of children, new figures have shown.

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Letters

LETTERS ROUND UP: “Council fails to see the bigger picture”

A round-up of this week’s Bucks Herald letters...

John Bercow

Can you afford £367 for a taxi? John Bercow under fire over ‘obscene’ expenses claims

MP John Bercow has been accused of “obscene waste” after racking up a £172 bill being chauffeur-driven to a conference just 0.7 miles from Parliament.

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Ray Coates - throat cancer survivor who has composed a song to help other sufferers PNL-140224-132737001

Ray’s charity album appeal

A dad who feared he would never speak again after being diagnosed with throat cancer is helping others by recording a charity album – but he needs your help.

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Dan Mai from Grendon Underwood is starring in BBC TV series The Unbreakables

Dan tells his story in BBC documentary

A student who dreams of being a DJ is to star in a new BBC TV series.

The Devils Horseman carriage missing

Have you seen £6,000 movie carriage?

A £6,000 carriage built in the 19th century which has featured in several films has been stolen.

Sue Collins, retiring as headteacher at Furze Down School in Winslow, after 24 years working there

Head will leave ‘amazing legacy’

A headteacher who has worked at the same school for 24 years will leave an ‘amazing legacy’ following her retirement.

The Lowndes Arms, Whaddon is adopting a no dogs in the pub policy. Pictured is Suzy Chandler, landlady

Protest after pub bans dogs due to anti-social behaviour

A traditional village pub is set to ban dogs entirely after a string of antisocial incidents – leaving pet owners up in arms.

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An item from the MLM range of IKEA furniture. Image: IKEA

IKEA safety alert after falling furniture kills two toddlers

Home furniture giant IKEA has reminded customers to ensure they use wall brackets for some of its furniture after sets of drawers fell on two toddlers causing their death.

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Traffic news

BREAKING: Severe delays and stationary traffic before J10 of M40 following crash

Motorists can expect severe delays on the M40 near junction ten (Ardley) southbound this afternoon (Thursday) following a crash involving a coach and a car.

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