June News

HORROR AS MAN KILLED 'TIED TO TRACKS'
A young man was killed in Bristol by being hit by an express train yesterday. The body has yet to be identified, but is believed to be a man in his early twenties. Police say they were horrified to discover that the man appeared to have been tied to the tracks by heavy duty chains, as if in some macabre murder more suited to the fiction of the silent film than the reality of nineties reality. A murder investigation has been launched, but Police say they have few leads, no one having been seen in the area in the time immediately leading up to the death.

RIOTS IN OXFORD
Several people were injured last night during a riot near Oxford prison. A large group of individuals, several of whom were reportedly armed, were the centre of a disturbance late at night. Police arrived at the scene promptly, but were not in time to apprehend the culprits. However, they believe that their appearance was enough to discourage further violence. Oxford residents are concerned that violence can erupt so unexpectedly, particularly so close to the prison.

BRISTOL LOCAL NEWS - GANG 'TRUCE' IN BRISTOL
Police in Bristol report that the recent 'gang war' that has plagued areas of the inner city may have come to an end. Reports have been received of a meeting between gang leaders at which a truce was proposed. Police are cautiously optimistic that this may mark and end to the recent spate of violence. Chief Inspector Walford said "Although a decrease in violence is always welcome, we know that Bristol will never be safe until the disease of gang culture is stamped out."

TRUCE BROKEN?
Reports of a truce amongst the Gangs of Bristol seem to have been overly optimistic. Police reports indicate the street violence has remained high, although the 'staged battles' that plagued the streets last month seem to have come to an end. Violence against individuals is still high, and a number of arson attacks have been reported.

OXFORD LOCAL NEWS - COLLEGES IMPOSE CURFEW
Following the riots near the prison, the first spate of senseless violence to hit the Oxford City Centre for several years, the Deans of the city centre colleges met yesterday to form a mass policy on locking their gates. The Dean of Worcester, who operates a tighter portering schedule than any other college in the University, recommended caution. The city centre colleges will now be joining Brookes University and the outlying colleges instituting policies of locking doors from 7 pm and curfews on students. One Balliol student said it was like returning to wartime.

DRUGS EDUCATION TO BE STEPPED UP IN OXFORDSHIRE
Following a recent spate of overdoses amongst drug users, some of whom are known to have dealt drugs to others, the Council is stepping up its program of drugs education. Millie Arnold, 63 year old mother of overdose victim Henry Arnold, said she was pleased to hear about the new moves. 'My Henry didn't know what he was getting into. He was just an innocent. We can't let drugs take any more young lives.'
Police are trying to ascertain whether the overdoses have been caused by an impure variety of drugs.

ASHMOLEAN EXPERTESE ACKNOWLEDGED
Experts working on the 'treasure trove' in Portsmouth are pushing to transfer some of the items to the Ashmolean for intensive analysis by scholars. The Oxford museum has access to rare carbon dating equipment and spectrographic machines which will enable archaeologists to discover more about the hoard before it is put on public display.

PORTSMOUTH LOCAL NEWS - BOMB SCARE AND MUSEUM RAID
A bomb scare near the museum closed down Portsmouth city centre yesterday. An anonymous phone call tipped off police, who immediately evacuated and cordoned off the area. It seems only to have been a distraction - whilst police and bomb disposal experts were searching the area, a break in was in progress at the museum, which went unnoticed until after the scare had passed. Thieves stole some precious Viennese glassware and a few pieces of rare Mediterranean terracotta. If you know anything about this incident, please call our Crime Report Line.

LOCAL BID FOR PORTSMOUTH TREASURES OUTSHINES OPPOSITION
Following the recent discovery of an exceptional collection of early British metalwork in a Portsmouth building site, museums have been falling over themselves to put their names forward as a home for the treasures. The find, which has been declared Treasure Trove, is said to be perhaps the finest example of such items ever discovered. The British Museum has put in a bid, as have the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford and the Southampton Museum Committee. However, the strongest bid looks at present to have come from Portsmouth Council, who have entered an impressive proposal to build a new museum specifically to show the treasures in their best light, in the context of their city of origin. Indeed, the case made for keeping the treasures where they were found is so strong that even the Oxford local papers support it, and suggest that the Ashmolean should offer their support to the Portsmouth academics.
The matter has been placed as a high priority on the agenda of the Treasure Trove Committee in London, whose responsibility the placement of such finds is.
They say they will make the decision as quickly as they can once the site has been completely excavated.

SOUTHAMPTON LOCAL NEWS - NEW EXHIBITION AT SOUTHAMPTON MUSEUM
After its recent revamp, Southampton's central museum is planning a grand new exhibition on the development of early England. The exhibition is still in the planning stages, but it looks likely to be a detailed consideration of the subject, thoughtfully presented and well-illustrated. The museum is considering building a new wing to house it.
These moves have led many to wonder whether the Portsmouth treasures might be best placed in Southampton. A spokesman for the Southampton Arts Committee said, "We offer our wholehearted support to the central museum in this project. It must seem natural to anyone who cares about the heritage of our county that the Portsmouth treasures should be housed here, where they can be seen alongside related finds."

BODY FOUND WASHED UP ON BEACH
A body of a man was found washed up on the coast a few miles away from Southampton. The man has not yet been identified, but is described in his early forties with brown hair. Police have yet to rule out foul play.

WASHED UP BODY IDENTIFIED
The Dead man identified as William Ashmond, a resident of Southampton all of his life. Survived by wife and two children.

BMW TO RELOCATE ROVER PLANT FROM OXFORD TO SOUTHAMPTON?
Rumours are circulating that BMW is thinking of moving its Rover car plant to Southampton, apparently feeling that Southampton has a place at the centre of the car industry in England. A number of local business leaders claim to have been 'tipped off' to this effect, and are making plans accordingly. The source of this information has not been made clear, however.

BMW DENY RUMOURS OF MOVE
A BMW spokesman has denied 'absolutely and completely' that there are any plans to move the Rover car plant. Rumours have circulated for the past month, many seeming convinced by what they have heard, but all investigation indicates there is no truth to what is being said.

FIRE BOMB AT CAR PLANT
An incendiary device detonated at dawn at one of Southampton's largest car plants yesterday. No one was injured, and although the device was large it failed to ignite any surrounding materials. Police and bomb disposal experts spent some time searching the area for other devices, but none was found.. Following last months failed bombing attempt in the oil refinery, Police are concerned that a terrorist faction has become active in Southampton. An investigation is underway.

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