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UPDATED: Thames Valley Police could lose 400 officers

Four hundred police officers could be cut from Thames Valley Police, according to crime chief Anthony Stansfeld.

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Builder’s family home extension ‘could have collapsed’

A builder has been fined £3,250 for breaching building regulations after his extension was found to be unstable.

Emma Whittaker suffers from the rare condition Fanconi Anaemia which can cause bone marrow failure. PNL-140324-163424001

Sign up as a donor to help save poorly Emma’s life at music concert

An awareness-raising concert is to be held in aid of a little girl whose chances of finding a lifesaving bone marrow donor are rapidly running out.

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Two car smash on busy country road

Two people have been taken to hospital following a crash this afternoon.

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Man punched in the face during daylight mugging

A 24-year-old man was mugged and had his mobile phone stolen during a daylight robbery outside a row of shops.

Pegasus Gym promo for forthcoming White Collar boxing event -Pictured are sponsors, trainers and participants

Knockout event for the ultra tough white collar boxers

Forty men and women who have never boxed in their lives have signed up to a 10 week training course that will ultimately see them inside a boxing ring.

Aylesbury Shopping Park,  where a second Poundland store will open on Saturday

Second Poundland store in Aylesbury opens its doors on Saturday

Discount store Poundland will open the door to its second Aylesbury store on Saturday.


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Burglars flee empty-handed after they are disturbed

Two burglars who broke into a home by smashing a window fled after an alarm was activated.

Kingfisher House

Call for canalside restaurant at former office block

A restaurant overlooking Aylesbury’s historic arm of the Grand Union Canal should be built on the ground floor of a former town centre office block.


'A Striking Pose' by Sally Kilpin

A Weird and Wonderful winner! Photographer beats off competition from all over the world

A photographer has won the Weird and Wonderful category of the ZSL Animal Photography Prize 2014, battling off tough competition from thousands of entries from across the globe.


Gambling addict stole £20,000 from charity

A boss who stole £20,000 from an Aylesbury young offenders charity is setting up a new organisation which aims to tackle gambling addiction.

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Roger Hawes

EDITOR’S COMMENT: Am I the only idiot to get this wrong?

It’s official, the holiday season is well and truly over. Memories of idylic beaches, sun, sea and Sangria are beginning to fade. The kids are back at school and the daily trudge into work has once again begun. And like me you are only just realising how much you spent on your annual vacation – but what the hell, it was worth it, wasn’t it?

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Young bull

FARMING MATTERS: Artificial insemination

We have always had a stock bull to serve our suckler herd. He runs with the cows and calves all through the summer when they are outdoors, and is then kept in his own quarters during the winter when they all come indoors.

Cygnets rescued on the canal

NOTES FROM TIGGYWINKLES: The journey to find a mate

I don’t now go out on swan rescues on the canal.

Aston Clinton excavation showing Roman road line and post holes

Village yields its 2,000 year old secrets video

Treasures from the Vale’s Iron Age past have been uncovered in a three-month long Time Team-style excavation.

Buckingham Street, Aylesbury, 1984

BACK IN TIME: Photo is one of last views of great bakery

This is a view of Buckingham Street taken by a bus photographer in 1984.


Promo for the forthcoming Kop Hill Climb - pictured are some of the cars that will take part - outside Thame Town Hall with Thame mayor Jeanette Matelot Green

Historic vehicles roar back onto motorsport calendar

More than 400 classic and vintage vehicles will take part in the annual Kop Hill Climb this weekend.

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EDUCATION EYE: Are private schools right for you and your child?

The cost of private education means many parents are now considering how and when it’s best to invest.



LETTERS ROUND-UP: Complaints over council’s yellow box system...

I have written to Bucks County Council complaining about the yellow box system at the junction with King Edward Avenue.

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Bucks Trading Standards officers David Graby and Sarah Stevens sampling burgers and kebabs

‘Undeclared meat’ found in kebabs during food sampling investigation

Keen kebab eaters are being misled by wrongly labelled food, a Trading Standards probe has found.


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UPDATED: Oxford Road re-opened following burst water main

Up to 1,000 homes are being affected by an 18 inch burst water main in Aylesbury this afternoon.

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Rae Merchant, left, and mum Jacqui Pursey at their new studio in Old Risborough Road, Aylesbury

Mother and daughter duo have it all sewn up

A mother is upping sticks from her long-time home in Essex and moving to the Vale to devote more time to the business she runs with her daughter.

Suzanne Shaw, second from left, with Russell Grant (centre) and Holly Brewer, second from right

VIDEO: Put on your glass slippers, it’s panto time! video

Astrologer and pantomime favourite Russell Grant is back in town for this year’s Christmas show as he labels Aylesbury’s theatre as ‘glorious’.

Aylesbury Business Show 2013 at The Gateway

Stage is set for business summit

Business chiefs will descend on the council’s Gateway building for an event which showcases a string of local firms.

Potholes in Oxford Road, Aylesbury

Blame over pothole ridden roads is ‘50/50 between contractors and council’

The decision to continue working with the firm who carried out ‘shortsighted’ repairs on the Vale’s pothole-ridden roads was not taken lightly according to council chiefs.


Police searching Taft's house in Kings Close, Westcott for items connected to the murder of Patricia Goodband. Below, Robert Taft and Patricia Goodband

Police find nothing in hunt for murder weapon

Police searching the house of a murderer’s friend have turned up nothing in the hunt for the weapon used to kill a pensioner.

Head of Vauxhall customer care operations Dave Doublett and Young Offenders Institute governor Kevin Leggatt, with Andy Pickett and John Reid PNL-140919-100007001

Donation of car parts to help with offenders rehab

Inmates at the Young Offenders Institute in Aylesbury have the chance to learn new skills thanks to donations from a leading car manufacturer.

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Just some of the volunteers involved in Aylesbury's bid for Britain in Bloom fame

Clutter clean-up means Aylesbury is now a blooming great place to live!

The hard work of dedicated volunteers who tended Aylesbury’s green areas, hanging baskets and roundabouts this year has resulted in two horticultural awards.


Aylesbury Mosque

Senior Aylesbury imam signs letter pleading for Alan Henning’s release

The senior imam at Aylesbury Mosque is among the British Muslim leaders to have signed a letter appealing for the release of British aid worker Alan Henning.

A traction engine at last year's Vintage Steam Rally at the Bucks Railway Centre in Quainton

Work up a head of steam for vintage rally attraction

Visitors to the Buckinghamshire Railway Centre this weekend will have the chance to get up close with live steam exhibits.

Police search a house in Kings Close, Westcott for a murder weapon and the handbag of murder victim Patricia Goodband

Police still at the scene of house search in Westcott

Police hunting for the weapon used to kill a pensioner are still at the scene of the search in Westcott.

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Councillors approve £4.8 million to fix children’s services

A multi-million pound bail-out for Buckinghamshire’s beleaguered children’s services department has been approved.


The family of pigeons nesting in the roof of Aylesbury railway station

Rail bosses promise ‘filthy’ station will be cleaned after pigeons nest in roof

Rail bosses have vowed to clean up their act after a politician accused them of leaving Aylesbury train station to ‘rot before our eyes’.

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Gravedigger of the year Jonny Yaxley (centre) with celebrant and funeral director Claire Turnham (left) and Evelyn Temple (right) at Henley Woodland Burial Ground

Gravedigger Jonny wins top prize for his caring work

A gravedigger who originally shied away from the profession now says it is the ‘best job in the world’ and has won an award for his caring work.

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UPDATED: ‘No compensation for 98 per cent of families’ says anti-HS2 group

Less than two per cent of families blighted by the planned HS2 line will receive compensation, according to an action alliance group.


Alex Pratt

Business Eye: Split from Scotland will be bad for us all

It’s been a busy week for news with global stories like the continuing war in Ukraine, brutal callous beheadings of aid workers, and the verdict on Oscar Pistorius, all taking second billing.


Latest weather news with MetDesk in Wendover

Weather Watch: We’d need a very strong solar wind to see the Northern Lights

The Northern Lights are one of nature’s most spectacular free shows.

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Police getting tough when it comes to rural crime

Police have been out in force as they crack down on rural crime in the Vale.


Michael Rothery who absconded from the Spring Hill open prison in Grendon Underwood on Monday morning

Escaped prisoner arrested by police

A prisoner who absconded from Spring Hill open prison has been arrested by police this morning (Wednesday)

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Investigation into how police handled unexplained death

Thames Valley Police has referred its handling of an unexplained death in Aylesbury to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

Lydia Singer is aiming for a Meteor-ic rise into the Top 40

LISTEN: Singer Lydia hopes for Meteor-ic rise to fame video

A youngster with a very apt surname is hoping for a Meteor-ic rise into the pop charts after announcing she will release a song on iTunes next month.


Dolphin Square, Tring, January 2013, and to the left, Marks and Spencer

Good Samaritan reunites elderly mugging victim with her handbag

The elderly victim of a mugging in broad daylight has been reunited with her purse and handbag thanks to a Good Samaritan.

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New 11-plus does not solve equality divide

The new ‘tutor proof’ 11-plus exam does nothing to bridge the gap between rich and poor children when it comes to who gets into grammar schools, according to a new report.


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Benefits cheat stole £27,000 from the taxpayer while living with her partner

A benefits fraudster falsely claimed nearly £27,000 after failing to say that her partner was living with her – for three years.


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New art exhibition from disabled photographer at Shopmobility office

Visitors to the Shopmobility office in Aylesbury are in for a treat over the next month as they have a new photography display to look at.

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Duncan Maclachlan from Aylesbury

Missing Aylesbury man found

Duncan MacLachlan, who had been missing since September 3 has been found safe and well by police.

Was mystery man in back of car escaped prisoner?

Police say they are investigating whether there is a link between an escaped prisoner and a terrifying incident in which a woman found a man in the back of her car.

Police searching Taft's house in Kings Close, Westcott for items connected to the murder of Patricia Goodband. Below, Robert Taft and Patricia Goodband

Police search home of killer’s pal in search for murder weapon

Police are searching for a murder weapon at the home of Robert Taft, who last year was jailed for helping convicted killer Christopher Symons.


Don’t forget to register to vote

Householders who have not registered to vote under the new system will be visited by council officials from this week.

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    Wednesday 24 Sep

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