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.