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Thieves target Oxford Boat Race crew

The victorious Oxford Boat Race crew had a choppy end to the day of their win when thieves broke into their minibus.

A rucksack and a red cotton bag containing seven of the crew's belongings were taken from the blue Ford, which was parked at the Quintin Boat Club in Chiswick, west London.

Police said the valuables were stolen between 5.20pm and 7pm on Sunday as the Oxford crew achieved the biggest victory since 1973.

The rucksack was found later in a toilet but a purse containing £40 had been taken from it.

Oxford Boat Race crew have valuables taken

The Oxford Boat Race crew, who beat rivals Cambridge in the annual race on the Thames at the weekend, had bags stolen from their minibus.

A rucksack and red cotton bag, which had seven of the crews' belongings in it, was taken from the minibus.

The rucksack was found later in a toilet but a purse containing £40 had been taken from it.

The victorious Oxford Boat Race crew celebrate their win Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Wire

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Oxford win by biggest margin since 1973

Oxford's crew celebrate after their victory. Credit: Reuters

Oxford's 11-stroke victory over Cambridge in today's BNY Mellon Boat Race was the biggest margin of victory by either side since 1973.

Cambridge's Luke Juckett lost at least five strokes when the two crews clashed near the Harrods Depositary, in the race's decisive moment.

Cambridge protested against the result, but umpire Richard Phelps threw out the complaint from cox Ian Middleton.

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Boat race court case underway

The swimmer who allegedly interrupted the Oxford - Cambridge boat race after he was spotted in the water in the boats' path has appeared in court.

The competition was suspended for about half an hour after Trenton Oldfield, aged 35, was seen in the River Thames.

Today he spoke softly to confirm his name, date of birth and address at Feltham Magistrates' Court in Middlesex.

He showed no emotion as the charge against him was read out and he was told:

"You are charged, on April 7 of this year, in the River Thames near Chiswick Eyot, with causing a public nuisance by swimming into the path of the University Boat Race and causing it to stop,"

Michael Schwarz, defending said that Mr Oldfield would not enter a plea. The case was committed to Isleworth Crown Court for a hearing on Wednesday May 28 at 10am.

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