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Man charged in connection with Oxford rape

Thames Valley Police has today charged a 41-year-old man in connection with a rape in Headington, Oxford.

Catalin Horhota, of no fixed abode, was charged with one count of rape; one count of attempted rape; two counts of sexual assault on a female; one count of burglary dwelling and theft; and one count of exposure.

The charges are in connection with incidents in a property in Roosevelt Drive, Oxford, on Saturday, in South Park on Sunday, in Abingdon police station yesterday and a burglary in Morrell Avenue, Oxford, on Thursday.

Horhota was remanded in custody to appear at Oxford Magistrates’ Court today.

E-fit released after car reversed into PCSO at speed

Police want to speak to a man who looks like this Credit: Thames Valley Police

Thames Valley Police has released this e-fit of a man it wants to speak to after a car was reversed into a Police Community Support Officer at speed. It happened on Wharton Road in Headington earlier this month. The PCSO suffered minor injuries and was treated in hospital.


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Woman in hospital with serious burns after house fire

A woman is in hospital with serious burns after a fire in Headington near Oxford. Nine people - six of them children - were rescued from the blaze at a house in the Barton area.

It is thought the fire may have started in a caravan - and then spread to the property.

The blaze took hold early on the morning of Wednesday 10th July 2013. Neighbours say they were woken by a loud explosion. Penny Silvester reports.

Unexplained death: Man questioned

Thames Valley Police are investigating the death of a woman whose body has been found in a property in Headington in Oxford. Officers were called to the The Link after receiving reports of 'a fear for welfare'.

The woman, who's not been formally identified, was in her 80s. A post mortem examination will be carried out tomorrow. A 58-year-old man from Oxford has been arrested on suspicion of murder and is currently in police custody.

“We are still in the very early stages of this investigation and at the moment, we are following a number of lines of enquiry.

“Although a man has been arrested, this is still very much being treated as an unexplained death investigation and we are unlikely to know more until the results of the post mortem tomorrow.

“Officers are out in Headington talking to local residents and offering reassurance today and I urge anyone with information on this incident to please get in touch.”

– Detective Chief Inspector Ian Hunter, Thames Valley Police

Woman dies after car hits tree

A 26-year-old woman has died after her car left the road and hit a tree. Thames Valley Police is appealing for information after the fatal collision in Oxford this morning.

At around 12.55am a blue Volkswagen Golf was travelling along the A40 Northern Bypass towards the Green Road roundabout from the Banbury Road direction when it left road. The driver, a 26-year-old woman, suffered fatal injuries in the collision.

It appears at this stage that this was the only vehicle involved in the incident but there were other motorists around at the time. I urge anyone who may have seen what happened, or the vehicle prior to the incident, to contact the police.”

– PC Wayne Mills, Thames Valley Police

Police are asking anyone who saw the collision, saw the vehicle after it, or knows of any car which has sustained serious damage to contact Sgt Scott Silk via the 24-hour Police Enquiry Centre in 101. They can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


Two men arrested on suspicion of raping a twenty year old

Thames Valley Police has arrested two men on suspicion of rape following an incident in the Headington area of Oxford.

The victim, a 20-year old woman, has reported that she was sexually assaulted by two men, in Bury Knowle Park at around 11pm yesterday.

A 28-year-old man from Oxford and a 26-year-old man from Swindon have both been arrested on suspicion of rape.

A scene watch is in place at the park.

University affected by water shortage

Oxford Brookes University's Gipsy Lane campus is without a water supply after a burst water main this morning.

Its sports centre will remain closed until further notice and other buildings may be affected.

A burst in the Old Road area of Headington, Oxford, was reported at around 6.30am and is affecting properties in the area which have either lost supply altogether or lost water pressure.

Thames Water has said it has isolated the stretch of pipe meaning there is no longer any water in it, but the pipe has not yet been fixed.

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