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.

Latest Vale news May 2018

Re-opening date announced for Abbey Meadow outdoor pool after £1.3m refurbishment

Abingdon’s popular Abbey Meadow outdoor pool will re-open on Saturday 16 June after its £1.3million refurbishment.

Branches reach out for new community café

A brand-new café to support young people is opening in Botley thanks to a grant of almost £7,000 from Vale of White Horse District Council. 

Branches is opening a community café at the West Way shopping centre providing a much-needed meeting place for the local community. 

Unlicensed scrap metal dealer fined

Vale of White Horse District Council has successfully prosecuted a Birmingham man for illegal scrap metal dealing in Abingdon.

Standing down as Leader of the Vale after seven years

Today I am announcing my intention to stand down as Leader of the Vale of White Horse District Council at the annual meeting on 16th May 2018 but will continue as councillor for Steventon & the Hanneys ward.