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People awarded for roles in fight against breast cancer

A care home worker from Abingdon was among the winners at a charity awards ceremony held in Oxfordshire last night.

Jeff Denton was recognised at the Against Breast Cancer Achievement Awards - which celebrates the success and achievements of groups and indivduals across Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire.

Our very own reporter Mel Bloor was there to host the awards....

Former nurse sentenced to 18 years for abusing unconscious patients

Andrew Hutchinson was working as a staff nurse when the offences took place

An Oxford nurse, who pleaded guilty to a string of sex offences on patients while they were unconscious, has been sent to prison for 18 years.

Andrew Hutchinson's crimes on women and girls included voyeurism and sexual assault.

He was arrested when children reported he was filming at the White Horse Leisure Centre in Abingdon.

"It is impossible to conceive of a greater breach of trust in our society."

– Judge Ian Pringle


Woman raped while jogging in Abingdon

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses after a report of a rape in Abingdon.

Between 8.30pm and 8.45pm yesterday, a woman in her twenties was jogging on a bridleway adjacent to the A34 in Drayton, when a man approached her, pulled her to the ground and raped her.

“We take all incidents of this nature very seriously and we are conducting a thorough investigation. Officers are working with the victim today to establish exactly what happened and to locate the offender. If anyone saw or heard anything at all in the Drayton area last night which could help us with this investigation, no matter how insignificant they might think their information is, please contact us immediately. Incidents of this nature are extremely rare, but if anyone has any concerns or questions, please speak to officers who are in the area today conducting enquiries, or call 101. Anyone with information is asked to contact Det Insp Roddy on the Thames Valley Police non-emergency number, 101."

– Det Insp Louise Roddy, from Force CID

Police station voyeurism charge

A man has been charged with voyeurism following an incident at a police station in Oxfordshire.

Christopher Richardson-Blake, of Foxdown Terrace, Wellington, Somerset, is charged with one count of voyeurism and one count of theft.

The charge relates to an alleged incident at Abingdon Police Station.

Richardson-Blake was released on bail to appear at Oxford Magistrates’ Court on November 25.


Smoke alarm saves elderly man's life

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."

– Neil Priestley, Oxford Crew Manager

Five arrested after man attacked at taxi rank

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.

Police station voyeurism arrest

A man has been arrested on suspicion of voyeurism after a spy camera was allegedly found in a women's changing rooms in an Oxfordshire police station.

Police say they have interviewed a 32-year-old man after the find in the changing rooms at Abingdon police station.

A spokesman for Thames Valley Police said the force could not comment further on the investigation which was still in its early stages.

The force declined to release further details about the type of material seized.

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