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Security stepped up for University Boat Race

Protester Trenton Oldfield pulled from the River Thames after he temporarily halted the 158th Boat Race Credit: PA

Security is going to be stepped up at this year's University Boat Race.

The London Royal Marines Reserve will provide a visible, unarmed presence on the river.

It comes after last year's race, when protester Trenton Oldfield swam into the paths of the crews.

Protester drops sentence appeal

Trenton Oldfield.
Trenton Oldfield. Credit: PA

Boat race protester Trenton Oldfield has abandoned his bid to win a cut in his six-month jail sentence, it was disclosed today.

Oldfield, who swam into the paths of the crews in this year's race, was due to appeal against the length of his sentence in the Court of Appeal next week.

A Judicial Office spokeswoman confirmed that Oldfield, of Myrdle Street, east London, had withdrawn his application.

Millions of television viewers watched as Oldfield, who was also ordered to pay £750 costs, halted the annual race on the Thames between Oxford and Cambridge universities on April 7.

He was found guilty of causing a public nuisance and sentenced by Judge Anne Molyneux.

The judge said Oldfield had acted dangerously, disproportionately, had not shown what he was actually protesting against, and displayed prejudice in sabotaging the event which Oldfield regarded as elitist.

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Boat race swimmer trial begins

The boat race was stopped for half an hour because of a swimmer in the Thames Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The trial begins later of a swimmer accused of disrupting this year's boat race by swimming in the River Thames. Trenton Oldfield has pleaded not guilty to a charge of causing a public nuisance.

Trenton Oldfield pleaded not guilty to causing a public nuisance Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The race was stopped on 7th April when the Oxford and Cambridge boats were side by side near Chiswick Eyot, London. It was the first time in history the boat race was disrupted by a swimmer. The race was restarted nearly half an hour later. Cambridge went on to win after Oxford broke an oar.

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