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A former Oxfordshire scout leader's been jailed for 16 years

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after pleading guilty to child sex offences.

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Gary Lane, who's 52, admitted two counts of raping

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It happened in Kidlington two years ago.

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Gary Lane came to know these boys in 2013.

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The court was told he groomed them with toys and expensive

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He occasionally took them away on fishing trips.

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And, sometimes, they even stayed at his house overnight.

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But, it was between January, and also November 2015,

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that he raped both boys and committed other multiple sexual

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They were aged just eight and ten at the time.

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He was also a scoutmaster but it's important to emphasise that neither

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After he was arrested and bailed, he fled to Scotland before

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He'd missed two court dates during that time before he pleaded

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guilty to all the charges, here at Oxfordshire

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Now, the officer in charge of this case, who can't be identified

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for operational reasons, gave me his reaction

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These victims were cruelly robbed of a normal childhood

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and even though the sentence could never repair the damage caused

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by his heinous actions, I hope that the victims

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and their families can now try to move forward with their lives,

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knowing that this man is finally behind bars.

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In victim impact videos played in court, both

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of the boys said they were sad, upset, and angry about

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The mother of one of the boys said that their lives had

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In sentencing him to 16 years in prison, Judge Patrick Eccles QC

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said there was something with Gary Lane's sexual

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thinking and that he'd shown no remorse for his crimes.

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A teenager from Aylesbury's appeared in court, charged

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Brandon Lavender, who's 18, is accused of fatally stabbing

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Brandon Lavender didn't enter a plea.

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Police have named a man who died, when his car was hit by a train,

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on a level crossing in the Cotswolds.

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Colin Cameron, who was 60, was in his Landrover with two dogs

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when the vehicle was struck by a train in Frampton

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It's prompted calls about the safety of the unmanned crossing.

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Network Rail says the number of deaths at level crossings

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Next tonight - the Oxfordshire parents who were told their twin

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boys only had a 50% chance of survival.

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Charlie and Hayley Lampshire from Kidlington say they're

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relieved their boys overcame risky health complications -

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Serena Martin has been to meet the family.

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In the Lampshire household, there's two of everything -

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two toy monkeys, two sets of shoes and two identical baby boys.

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But due to a risky pregnancy, there was a chance both wouldn't make it.

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We went from shock to utter joy, finding out we were going to have

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two and then finding out we were going to the twins

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"Mo Mo" or monoamniotic twins are incredibly rare.

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They share the same amniotic sack, so there's a high risk of them

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strangling each other with their umbilical cord.

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There's only a 50% chance of both twins surviving.

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There was nothing we could do and if anything had gone wrong,

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we wouldn't have necessarily know until we went for a scan.

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They are quite tightly packed in the same sac.

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They looked like they were cuddled up together.

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We've always felt that they have always been very close,

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Rowan and Blake defied the odds to be born healthy.

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And their parents hope their story will bring a glimmer

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Schoolchildren in Banbury have been given the chance to get hands-on

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The high tech kit is now a permanent feature -

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This is a VR headset and it's connected to

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From a classroom to a make-believe castle.

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Just about anything's possible with virtual reality.

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and I have to defend the castle and shoot them with my

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There's now a virtual reality room at the Space Studio

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The pupils don't just play the games - they create them.

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It's definitely like a more futuristic approach to life.

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Something that I wouldn't consider back in my secondary school

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but now I'm doing it, it's something I know

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Until you actually start doing it, you learn so much and it's amazing

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Today the local MP officially launched the suite.

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Like everyone else, Victoria Prentis enjoyed visiting the virtual world,

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but there's more to the experience than just having fun.

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I've just been talking to the head about how

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they can use it for history, how they can use it for drama,

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how they can use it for all sorts of scientific exploration and it's

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also great that the children in the space studio

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who are into this sort of development and programming can

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use their skills to help other students learn.

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Critics of virtual reality say it's a gimmick,

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Staff at the academy say their new suite is here to stay.

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A company in Oxfordshire has successfully re-produced bones

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from one of the biggest marine reptiles of the Jurassic era -

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Half of the skull of a pliosaur was printed

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Overnight it will stay cold and cloudy, with

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We could even see a dusting of snow over higher levels through the early

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The showers may become heavy for a time.

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Temperatures in the countryside will dip the to around -1 or -2.

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The snow showers will continue tomorrow morning.

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We will continue to hold onto that cloud cover,

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Through the afternoon, snow showers turn more to rain showers,

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and there will be a lot of cloud through the afternoon,

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feeling bitterly cold with the strength of the wind.

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A high tomorrow of 2-3 Celsius, so a lot of cloud

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But finally, we will see some sunshine on Monday

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Next week, temperatures will slowly start to creep up.

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exception to that rule probably over the hills where again there could be

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a bit of snow, but not accumulating. Another cold

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However I paint this weekend's picture, I'll need a palette of

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grey. Thereby a a lot of cloud around but I managed to find some

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sunshine. I don't know how but there was a couple of hours towards the

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south-west in Cornwall, a beautiful day. The south-west saw glimpses of

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sunshine. Further east, cloudy, cold and grey with winds off the North

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seep and a scattering of wintry showers. Yes, rain sleet and snow, a

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dusting at lower levels through the day. It brought this beautiful

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picture on the outskirts

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