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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.

Appeal after damage to multiple vehicles

Around 13 vehicles have been damaged on a road in Abingdon.

Thames Valley Police are appealing for witnesses after the spate of criminal damage on East St Helen Street.

The damage was caused to the following cars on Tuesday 27th August between 6pm and midnight.

  • A red Toyota, driver and passenger door panels scratched.
  • Silver Land Rover, Freelander, nearside panel scratched from boot to bonnet.
  • Grey Vauxhall Safira, body panels scratched from front to rear of vehicle.
  • Burgundy Volkswagen camper van, body panels scratched.
  • Silver Reno Clio, body panels scratched on near side of vehicle.
  • Green BMW Mini Cooper, circles scratched onto bonnet of car and lines scratched on the side of vehicle.
  • Black Volkswagen Golf, near side body panels scratched from front to rear.
  • Silver Volkswagen Golf, nearside body panels scratched.
  • Silver Honda Jazz, nearside body panels scratched.
  • Silver Chevrolet Aveo nearside body panels scratched.
  • Silver Renault Clio, offside body panels scratched.
  • Dark blue Skoda Fabia, nearside body panels scratched.
  • Grey Citroen Picasso nearside body panel scratched front to rear.


Sex attack: Police statement

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.

E-Fit of sex attacker released

Police want to speak to this man about a sex attack Credit: Thames Valley Police

Police have issued an e-fit of a man they want to speak to about the sexual attack on a young mother.

The offender is a white man in his late forties, around 5ft 9ins tall, of a very slim build, with blonde balding hair and a very red face.

He was wearing a pale denim jacket and dark jogging bottoms.

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