An Oxford man managed to escape a fire in his Oxford flat after his smoke alarm alerted him to smoke in his bedroom.
On the 3rd November at 11.24am, Oxfordshire County Council Fire and Rescue Service were called to a flat fire in Abingdon.
The elderly man initially tried to tackle the fire but then called the fire service who extinguished the heavily smoke logged property.
The fire was believed to have been caused by a defective electric blanket, which had set alight to the bedding, spreading to the rest of the bedroom.
This is another example of when a smoke alarm has saved lives! We would like to remind people to check that they have working smoke alarms in their homes.This flat had working smoke alarms, so for the rest of 2013 make it your resolution to ensure that you have working smoke alarms on each level of your house and check them on a regular basis.
The Incident also highlights the importance of having your electric blanket tested before use each year, this service is offered free of charge by Oxfordshire County Council’s Fire and Rescue Service."
Five men have been arrested after a man in his early twenties was attacked near a taxi rank in Abingdon. The victim was assaulted in Ock Street by six or seven men, one of which was wearing bright red or orange trousers. The offenders ran off in the direction of Conduit Road.
The victim was taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital for treatment of head and facial injuries. Five men, two aged 17 and three aged 16, have been arrested on suspicion of GBH and Affray and currently remain in custody.
Thames Valley Police are appealing for witnesses to contact Det Sgt Darren Cartwright of Force CID on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
DI John Turner, of Force CID at Abingdon police station, said: This was a particularly nasty incident as the victim was walking with her child at the time, so I am keen to speak to anyone who may have seen someone acting suspiciously in the area around the time of the incident.
“I would like to use this opportunity to continue to remind people to be aware of their personal safety and follow the crime prevention advice available on our website."
If you have any information please contact DI Turner via the Thames Valley Police Enquiry Centre on 101.