Opinions

The importance of neighbourhood policing in countering terrorism

Yesterday the new Home Secretary, Sajid Javid, published CONTEST - the UK's strategy for countering terrorism. The last strategy was published in 2011 and this review is much welcomed in the wake of several attack's last year and in response to the continually changing threat.

Should rural police be armed?

Today's Times reports proposals from the National Police Chief's Council to routinely arm police in rural areas in a response to the increased terror threat. The public, and indeed most police officers, have always been opposed to having routinely armed police on Britain's streets.

New year is a time to remember individual sacrifice

I join the many others to trot out the clichés of the new year being a time to reflect on the past twelve months and to look forward to future prospects. Often dismissed and ridiculed I often find the New Year’s honour’s list a good place to start.

Government announces infrastructure funding for Oxfordshire

In today's Budget the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced plans for a housing deal with Oxfordshire that would deliver £150m of infrastructure funding. The Government is also seeking to further increase housing delivering in Oxfordshire.

National Terrorism Threat Level Raised to Critical

Last night the Prime Minister confirmed that the national terrorist threat has been raised to critical.

This means that an attack remains highly likely but a further attack may be imminent. At this time there is no intelligence to suggest a specific threat to the Thames Valley.

Better Oxfordshire proposal submitted to Government

Joint statement by Cllr Ian Hudspeth, Leader of Oxfordshire County Council, Cllr Matthew Barber, Leader of Vale of White Horse District Council and Cllr John Cotton, Leader of South Oxfordshire District Council.