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David Fowler

Family at war as nephew of UKIP candidate defects to Tories

The UKIP man who hopes to unseat John Bercow at the general election received a shock this week after his nephew has defected to the Tories.

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The Entertainer managing director Gary Grant

Toy shop’s 100th store will open in Aylesbury

Toy shop firm The Entertainer will open the doors to its 100th store in Aylesbury in March.

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Aylesbury has best and worst schools in Bucks

Aylesbury has the best and worst performing state secondary schools in Bucks, according to figures released today by the Department for Education.

Susan James

IPCC investigation into woman’s death ‘nearing a conclusion’

The Independent Police Complaints Commission say their investigation into the police’s response to a 999 call from the home of a woman who was found dead is nearing its conclusion.

Cyclists during a previous Tour De Vale

Record number of Tour De Vale spaces up for grabs

Organisers of the annual Tour De Vale bike ride have declared a record number of 2,000 places available to cyclists of all abilities as entries opened today.

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Aldi

Second Aldi store still planned for next year

Budget supermarket chain Aldi has quashed the rumour that plans for its second Aylesbury store have been shelved.

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Woman killed in crash with van on A413

A 27-year-old woman was killed in a car crash on the A413 yesterday afternoon.

Artist's impression of public square as part of Waterside North development

Funding boost for town centre events hub

Plans to create a new outdoor events area in Aylesbury town centre, which would help showcase Stoke Mandeville’s role in the Paralympics, have been given a major boost thanks to government funding.

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Eric Pickles

Campaigners given hope as Eric Pickles intervenes over Watermead crematorium plan

Proposals for a crematorium in Watermead which were given the green light by Aylesbury Vale District Council could now be decided by Eric Pickles.

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Campaigners against a proposed homes development in Haddenham protest outside Aylesbury Vale District Council offices ahead of the meeting

Green light for 280 village homes near wildlife hospital

District councillors have today given controversial plans to build 280 new homes on church land the green light.

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Accident in Friarage Road, Aylesbury

Crash between bus and car at town centre traffic lights

A bus and a car have been involved in a crash near the Bourg Walk junction in Friarage Road, Aylesbury.

Councillor Richard Maskell, chairman of Aston Clinton Parish Council, and, below, the Peiles

Council chairman ‘acted with misconduct’ and ‘failed to provide leadership’ over land row

A lengthy investigation into the behaviour of a parish council chairman during a land dispute has found him guilty of several code of conduct breaches.

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Benefits cheat had £50,000 in the bank

A benefits cheat who claimed £34,000 from the state despite having £50,000 in the bank has been given a suspended prison sentence.

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Henry Parsons

‘Exceptional disappointment’ at rise in road deaths

A police boss is ‘exceptionally disappointed’ with figures showing deaths on our roads have risen by more than a third.

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Neil Blake

Blake: A Vale unitary council will not destroy Buckinghamshire, Mr Tett

I refer to Cllr Martin Tett’s column in which he criticises the announcement by Aylesbury Vale District Council that it seeks permission to look into the possibility of becoming a Unitary authority.

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Andrew Davies

Serial time-waster breaks Asbo

A serial time-waster has admitted breaking his Asbo prohibiting him from calling 999 unless in time of genuine emergency.

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Latest weather news with MetDesk in Wendover

Weather Watch: Don’t look to the US for a taste of weather to come

North-eastern parts of the US were hit by blizzards earlier this week, with huge drifts of snow paralysing parts of New York City and the surrounding area.

Tom Clubb and Richard Tregoning both committee members of the Wigginton History Society return the medal to George Butcher.

First World War medal is reunited with family after being discovered buried in garden lawn

A First World War medal that is thought to have laid buried under a garden lawn for at least 40 years has been reunited with the recipient’s family.

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Burglars steal six cans of coke from home

Thieves have stolen six cans of coke after breaking into a home by smashing a window.

View from the roof of Fairfax House, with thanks to the Vale of Aylesbury Housing Trust. Looking across to the Bucks County Council (BCC) tower

‘Think before you cut’ message from scrutiny committee

The impact of proposed council cuts on voluntary organisations should be examined before any decisions are made - according to a scrutiny committee.

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Sir Beville Stanier

Bulky waste collection service is back!

If you’ve got an old washing machine or sofa that needs shifting, then it’s good news – the council is reintroducing its bulky household waste collection service.

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Inspector slams Weedon Hill homes plan as ‘ill-conceived and opportunistic’

Proposals to build up to 220 homes at Weedon Hill have ‘the hallmarks of an ill-conceived and opportunistic response’ to the Vale’s planning blackhole, according to a planning inspector.

The abanonded St Mary's Church at Fleet Marston

Abandoned church and narrow railway bridge scupper Fleet Marston plans

An ancient abandoned church and a narrow railway bridge played a key role in the refusal of 2,745 homes at Fleet Marston.

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Section of the gyratory in Aylesbury that was proposed to be closed off if Hampden Fields went ahead. Below, Phil Yerby and Mark Winn at the site (archive shots).

Hampden Fields falls down on gyratory scheme but otherwise has ‘substantial benefits’

The chairman of an action group set up to fight proposals for 3,000 homes between Weston Turville and Bedgrove has hailed a decision to dismiss an appeal from developers – but warned that this may not be the end of the saga.

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Dawn Lowe

Dazzling Dawn is beauty finalist

An actress and plus-size model who has just moved to Aylesbury is hoping to beat scores of hopefuls in a national beauty pageant.

Councillor Paul Irwin

UPDATED: UKIP defector: ‘I’m not right wing enough for party’

A county councillor has defected from UKIP to the Conservatives.

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Hampden Fields

Appeals for 5,800 homes near Aylesbury DISMISSED

Campaigners against more than 5,800 homes being built on three developments around Aylesbury are celebrating this morning after the government ruled in their favour.

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Asian gold jewellery stolen from home

Thieves have stolen Asian gold jewellery from a home after smashing a window.

County councillor Brian Roberts

Community groups invited to bid for share of £17,500 pot

Groups across Aylesbury are being invited to bid for their share of £17,500.

Unemployment is at its lowest since the economic downturn

Unemployment at lowest level since economic downturn

Unemployment in the Vale is now at the same level as before the global economic crash in mid-2008.

Fish being moved from Westbrook Mere in Hemel Hempstead to the Aylesbury arm of the Grand Union Canal

Fish return to canal after devastating pollution

The local arm of the Grand Union Canal is teeming with life once again after pollution killed a ‘vast’ number of fish in 2013.

Greg Rutherford (below) posted this picture on his Twitter feed of Doris the deer

Sad end as Tiggywinkles tries in vain to save deer carried home by Olympian Rutherford

Tiggywinkles were called out to Olympic gold medalist Greg Rutherford’s home after he discovered a badly injured muntjac deer.

Kenneth Simmonds

Escaped prisoner arrested three months after walking out of open jail

A prisoner who absconded from an open jail alongside a fellow inmate has been arrested by police following an appeal broadcast on the BBC’s Crimewatch programme.

Waste found dumped in Aylesbury

Man took rubbish dumped outside his home... and flytipped it at building site

A litter lout has been ordered to pay more than £1,000 after dumping rubbish which he claimed had been flytipped outside his home.

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Aidan Graveson

Aidan set for gruelling Channel challenge

A man from Wendover who admits he has ‘zero’ rowing experience will tackle the choppy English Channel in a rowing boat to raise money for charity this summer.

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Archive: Aerial shot of Southcourt in 1949

Unusual for its day, this aerial picture of Aylesbury in 1949 looks towards the town from Southcourt, with the railway station in the middle.

Letters to the editor

Letters round-up: Every wind turbine is a bonus

Two letters about wind turbines are featured in this week’s round-up from the Herald letters page.

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Electrician Justin chats with farmer Geoff Brunt during the storms

Farming Matters: Drama on stormy night

Last week I wrote about how the storms and wet weather affect life down on the farm.

Les Stocker addresses the crowds

Notes from St Tiggywinkles: Walking the walk then (at last) talking the talk

It was almost a year ago, 23rd January 2014, a date that will stay forever in my mind.

Martin Tett

Tett: ‘I will fight AVDC’s plans to destroy Buckinghamshire’

I was intrigued to read Councillor Blake’s recent defence of his proposals to break up Buckinghamshire and replace just part of it with a unitary AVDC.

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Carla Chynoweth with the glitterball cake she made for Craig Revel Horwood's 50th birthday party. Picture by www.valkellyphotography.com

It’s a 10 for fab-u-lous Strictly birthday cake

He’s known as being the nasty judge on the Strictly Come Dancing panel, but when Craig Revel Horwood saw his 50th birthday cake he turned into a sweetie.

Troops march past High Street railway station, Aylesbury, May 1915

Back in Time: Troops march past station on way to war

In November 1914 the 10th Battalion of the Yorkshire Regiment were billeted at Aylesbury.

Roger Hawes

Editor’s Comment: Food for thought for the future as Sainsbury hint at u-turn over store plans

Like many here in Aylesbury I applaud and support our council’s ongoing work to revitalise the town.

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Catherine Stoker

Education Eye: Try before you buy at uni taster days

With the passing of the UCAS deadline for the class of 2015, we move to the start of the university research process for Year 12.

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Archive: First brick of last house in Bedgrove

Leslie Sell, the chairman of builders HC Janes Ltd, lays the first bricks of the last house to be built by the company on the Bedgrove estate in Aylesbury, in July 1973.

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Dick and Dom put St Louis Catholic Primary School pupils through their paces in a Samsung hosted coding lesson at BETT 2015

Pupils programme robotic arm and feed crisps to Dick and Dom

A gang of techno whizz kids were lucky enough to meet children’s TV presenters Dick and Dom at a technology exhibition in London.

The Commons was largely empty for the HS2 debate

Referendum on ‘white elephant’ HS2 would let government ‘off the hook’

MPs have demanded a referendum be held on HS2 so that the public can decide whether £50bn of public money be spent on the ‘vanity project’.

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The Commons was largely empty for the HS2 debate

Flytipper ‘thought farm animals would eat rubbish’

A flytipper who dumped household waste on farmland claimed that he believed the animals would be able to eat it – despite it including plastic rubbish.

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PC Gary Churchill and PCSO Claire Davis from Princes Risborough being presented with chief constable's commendations by Francis Habgood from Thames Valley Police

Police officers commended for saving man’s life

Two police officers who saved the life of a man who suffered a heart attack have received an award from their chief constable at a ceremony.

Aylesbury Magistrates Court sign

Court round-up: Man given curfew for make-up theft

A man who has been tagged after stealing £157 worth of make-up from Boots is featured in this week’s round-up from Aylesbury Magistrates’ Court.

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