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Boat race WILL go ahead after WW2 bomb scare

The bomb Credit: @MPSonthewater

Specialist officers working closely with Marine Police Unit and local police in Hammersmith and Fulham have now successfully removed a World War II bomb found in the water by Putney Bridge.

Officers including the Marine Policing Unit attended.

Races are due to start at 4.35pm Credit: PA

I'm very happy to update that the ordnance has now been safely removed and the race will be going ahead as planned.

We have been working very closely with the organisers of the boat race to plan this event which is eagerly awaited by spectators and supporters alike.

– CHIEF INSPECTOR TRACY STEPHENSON

Boat race expected to go ahead after wartime bomb scare

The Oxford men's crew in training

The 163rd University Boat Race is expected to go ahead as planned despite a suspected World War Two shell being discovered by the River Thames.

Race organisers said they were setting up for the event later this afternoon.

The Oxford and Cambridge crews line up Credit: PA

Police were called on Saturday after a member of the public spotted the device in the River Thames near Putney Bridge, yards from where the annual rowing event will get under way.

Marine experts examined the submerged bomb and the races are expected to go ahead as planned.

Thousands of people are expected to line the banks of the Thames to watch the 163rd edition of the Boat Race between the two universities.

The men's event starts at 5.35pm, while the women's race - in its 72nd year - begins at 4.35pm.

VIDEO: Click here to see the Oxford crew in training

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Oxford women win landmark race

Oxford extended their dominance over Cambridge with a 12th victory in 16 years on a landmark day for the women's boat race. For the first time in 88 years the women's race was staged on the famous Tideway course that for so long had been the sole preserve of the men. Hot favourites Oxford romped to a comfortable victory by six and a half lengths, as the women struck a telling blow for sporting equality, racing the same championship course and on the same day as the men.

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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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