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A life sentence for a rapist who was caught thanks to in part

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On the election trail with the Chancellor,

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but his staff aren't impressed by our reporter's questioning.

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We work very closely together on these things. I am afraid the media

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I am afraid the media is making up stories.

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A rapist, who attacked a woman at knife-point in Oxford,

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The victim was approached as she walked Harcourt Hill.

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Mark Pearton pleaded guilty to rape, assault and possession

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He'd previously been jailed for raping a 13-year-old.

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This is Mark Pearton's car captured on CCTV.

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He used the vehicle to watch and stalk a lone female jogger

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in Harcourt Hill in Oxford last January.

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Wearing a balaclava and carrying a knife, he attacked and then

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This type of offence is rare on a national scale.

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Normally, there's a link between the victim,

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But we can't find a link to anything for Mark Pearton at all.

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DNA evidence helped identify him within 36 hours.

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He denied the offence and said the pair had had consensual sex

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But overwhelming evidence saw him plead guilty to rape,

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We've got two witnesses that drove past and they recall seeing a female

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fitting the victim's description and seeing a male

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44-year-old Mark Pearton from Eastbourne in Sussex

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He was jailed for five years in 1994 for armed robbery and then given

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a life term in 1999 for the rape of a 13-year-old girl.

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He was only released from prison two years ago.

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The officer in this case hopes today's sentence will help

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I really hope that she doesn't let this event define her life.

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That she finds a way of putting this, keeping this as what it was.

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Which is a horrendous, significant event in her life,

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but not making it become what she becomes.

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Sentencing Mark Pearton to a life sentence with a minimum term

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of 7.5 years, Judge Ian Pringle QC said that

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Pearton's victim had been permanently scarred by what he'd

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done, that Mark Pearton remained a danger to the public

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and that he may never be released until he could prove

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A court has heard how a man beat his former partner with an iron

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before setting her alight in her own home in Swindon.

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32-year-old Anthony Porter has been jailed for life -

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after admitting murdering Andraya Lyons in December.

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A fun-loving and bubbly mother, someone who saw the good

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Andraya Lyons was a mother of two sons.

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The only good fortune is - they were not at home in Rodbourne

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in everyone, so say the family of Andraya Lyons.

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They expressed their grief outside court today.

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We miss her so much and our lives have been completely devastated

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by the act of one evil, vicious, selfish, manipulative

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Her partner, Anthony Porter, had a problem with drink and drugs

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and a history of violence towards women, including Andraya.

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The court heard that on the 9th of December the two went

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to her work's Christmas party at a hotel in Swindon.

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Porter became aggressive and Andraya left with friends,

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But Porter returned to her house in the early hours -

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He beat Andraya with an iron, broke her nose, stamped on her,

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before dousing her with white spirit, setting the house

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Postmortem examinations show Andraya was unconscious but still breathing

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Porter gave himself up to the police, saying

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But the judge didn't accept that, saying Porter clearly

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intended to kill Andraya, and jailed him for life.

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Andraya had tried to separate from Porter but he was still living

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with her because she didn't want him to become homeless.

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I recognise the difficulties in terms of reporting domestic abuse

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but I would simply say to people they can come forward and speak

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to the police with the confidence that they will be treated

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sensitively and if they can't speak to the police,

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alternatively there are other agencies, such as Swindon Women's

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Aid, who will provide the help and support they require.

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Porter is to serve 17.5 years in jail before being considered

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for parole and will remain under licence for life after release.

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It's believed a cyclist who died on Botley Road in Oxford on Tuesday

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fell from her bike moments before she was involved in a collision

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Investigations are continuing but police don't

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think it was as a result of any interaction with

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The 31-year-old woman, named locally as Claudia Comberti,

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The force say her family's being supported by specialist officers.

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An inquest into the death of a nine-year-old Oxfordshire girl,

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who died when she was kicked by a horse during a hunt meeting,

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has heard how she was on a simulated fox hunt when the accident happened.

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Bonnie Armitage, a pupil at St Hughs prep

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school in Faringdon, died from a kick to the chest.

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A health and safety expert told the hearing the level

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of supervision was, "far short of what could be

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Bonnie died last April at the event near Stroud.

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and the Conservatives have been out in force in Abingdon today.

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Tory candidate Nicola Blackwood has been discussing transport issues

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and has been accompanied by the Chancellor Philip Hammond,

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who's denied national newspaper reports of a "growing rift"

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Side by side, showing his support for the local

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Conservative candidate, the Chancellor Philip Hammond spent

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One of the issues high on their agenda was transport,

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particularly one of Oxfordshire's busiest roads - the A34.

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What we need is a long-term solution would put a stop to this problem

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once and for all and that's why I was really pleased to hear

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the Chancellor announced in his Autumn Statement 27 million

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for a feasibility study for the Oxford-Cambridge Expressway,

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which will either divert the A34, put three lanes in or something

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which will mean we put an end to the misery of residents once

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The A34 is one of the main routes across the south,

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linking Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Hampshire.

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But congestion is an ongoing problem.

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I think opening up the north exit is a big priority for most

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There is a big building development going on the south side of the town

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and the roundabout at the top there, Tesco's end, it's just

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The Government promised ?50 million for improvements

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to the A34 in 2014 - something the Lib Dems claim hasn't

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The Conservatives broke that promise, they said that money had

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been secured and what we now know is that it has not.

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In north Abingdon, we've got a development of 600 houses

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that was meant to have not been built unless that

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The houses are now about to be built and there's still no money.

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As a campaign, that is my top priority for the area.

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Without it, we can't solve the congestion

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And Labour has also voiced its concerns.

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The A34 really needs to be upgraded and redesigned in order to fit

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local needs and purpose, particularly around

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As a Labour Party, we have committed to invest in long-term

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infrastructure, spending on our roads, essential for the A34.

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Away from local politics, the Chancellor today made front-page

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news in one of the national papers, which claims his relationship

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with the Prime Minister is growing more and more tense.

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We were initially invited to join the Chancellor and Nicola Blackwood

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By bringing one of the Conservative Party's most senior figures

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to the heart of the constituency, Nicola Blackwood is hoping

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But because of one of the questions I asked earlier, this was as far

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A national newspaper is claiming that the relationship between you

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We are in complete agreement on policies around energy

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We work very closely together on these things.

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I'm afraid the media is making up stories.

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He answered but his staff are not happy.

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We were stopped from joining the walkabout that we were initially

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Oxford West and Abingdon has been in the hands

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But before that, it'd been under Lib Dem rule for more than a decade.

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And with Labour also contesting this seat,

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The weather's next starting with the regional forecast from Alexis.

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For many of us today, it was a lovely warm day, with lots

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of sunshine and a high of 21 Celsius.

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But for others, we saw some heavy thundery downpours.

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And there is still the risk of one or two

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Maybe some misty patches during the early hours of

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the morning, and temperatures will fall away to a mild

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Quite a muggy night to come with light winds.

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Tomorrow is quite a cloudy day in general, but the cloud

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At times, to allow for some sunny spells.

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But there is that risk with the cloud is thickest

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we could have the odd heavy, even thundery shower, with hail.

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Temperatures tomorrow will be up to around 17,

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maybe 18 or 19 Celsius where we have prolonged periods of

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Now the showers will eventually clear tomorrow evening

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and Saturday should be a mainly dry day.

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Although there is still the risk of the odd scattered shower in

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Ahead of this weather front, which will start

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moving into Saturday evening and overnight into Sunday.

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Now, the air ahead of the weather front is fairly

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mild, but the behind it will be slightly fresher.

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So, Sunday will feel fresher than Saturday.

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And Saturday will have that brisk wind

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moving through with the rain from the south-west.

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So, mild conditions tomorrow and mild conditions to

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There may be the odd isolated thunder storm here and there.

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There will also be some brighter spells.

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Over the weekend, Saturday is the driest day.

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Still the risk of a shower here and there.

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Sunday, the chance of a thunderstorm, but now here's

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We want to see the economy work for everybody, not

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Now the weather. , yes a humid dead. We have had

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photographs of the Now, humid air is coming in hyped.

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This cloud will be spreading

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