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Thousands expected at Henley Royal Regatta

Thousands of people are expected at Henley from today as the annual royal regatta gets underway.

They'll watch crews from across the world compete in more than two hundred races at the five day event.

More than 200 races will take place at the event Credit: ITV Meridian

“I am delighted not only with the number of entries but also the incredibly high standard of crews at every level.

“The record entry level reflects the prestigious appeal Henley Royal Regatta holds for rowers at school, club, college, university and international levels.

“Personally I am looking forward to seeing the men’s double sculls having seen the GB boys come through the ranks and Jack recently made two World Cup finals in a day after being subbed into the quad and winning a silver. There’s a strong chance they’ll meet the Belgium Lightweight double which will make for an outstanding race.

“The Queen Mother Challenge Cup has this year attracted record entries and we’ll have four overseas crews along with four GB crews and some serious competition.”

– Sir Steve Redgrave

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Police statement on chemical leak in Henley-on-Thames

"Thames Valley Police is currently in Henley working with the fire and ambulance services as they deal with an incident at a shop in Bell Street.

At around 2.36pm today we were called when several customers came out of the store coughing and with streaming eyes. Nine people are being treated at the scene by South Central Ambulance.

There are cordons in place and are likely to be in place for the next two hours or so while the fire service deal with the incident . There are also traffic restrictions in place and drivers are asked to avoid the area if possible.

There is nothing to suggest that this is related to terrorism."

– Spokesperson, Thames Valley Police

BREAKING: Chemical leak in Henley-on-Thames

Emergency services were called to Bell Street this afternoon Credit: Peter Hopkins

Part of Henley town centre has been closed off this afternoon due to a chemical leak.

Emergency services were called to the scene by WH Smith in Bell Street at 2:36pm.

The road is currently closed to vehicles and pedestrians.

Nine casualties have been assessed and treated at the scene.

More to follow.

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Final preparations for eighties Rewind Festival

Final preparations are being made for the eighties Rewind festival Credit: ITV Meridian

Final preparations are underway for this year's eighties Rewind Festival.

The event which takes place on Saturday and Sunday returns for the seventh year at Temple Island Meadows.

The stage is set for this years Rewind Festival at Henley-on-Thames Credit: ITV Meridian

The line up includes 80s stars Billy Ocean, ABC, and lead singer of T'Pau, Carol Decker.

Decision day for Oxfordshire hospital

Local support for Townlands Hospital Credit: ITV news

A crucial decision will be made today about the future of an Oxfordshire hospital. The Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group will consider how many beds the Townlands Hospital will be allocated as part of its redevelopment. Eighteen were initially promised - but it's feared that could be cut to just five.

The decision follows a public consultation. Hundreds of people have taken to the streets to protest at the plans. Health bosses say reducing the number of beds will mean more services can be provided. The new hospital is expected to be ready next year.

David Smith, Chief Executive of Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group said: "We have been very clear from the outset of the consultation that the CCG would be listening to what people had to say, reflecting on those views and paying full consideration to them as part of the review and further development of our proposals."

Extra trains running for Henley Regatta

A massive turnout is expected for Henley Regatta Credit: ITV

First Great Western has announced that all 156 additional trains provided for the Henley Royal Regatta will run despite heat related speed restrictions in the London Thames Valley area today.

To stay comfortable passengers are reminded to carry water and sun screen. Also, passengers are being urged not to board trains if they feel unwell.

With up to 60,000 people expected to make the train journey to and from the Henley Royal Regatta between Wednesday 1 and Sunday 5 July, services are expected to be exceptionally busy.

Appeal for witnesses following dog attack

Thames Valley Police is appealing for information after a dog bit a woman’s leg while she jogged along the Thames Path, Henley on Thames.

Between approximately 6.55pm and 7.05pm last Tuesday the victim, a 27-year-old woman, was running with her friend and dog along the path.

They ran past a man and his dog who snarled at the victim’s dog. They ran back towards them again a short while later and the man’s dog ran towards the victim’s dog. The man’s dog sunk its teeth into the victim’s right thigh causing bleeding, swelling and bruising.

The dog owner is white, tall, slim and in his seventies. He was wearing a blazer and chinos.

“We are keen to speak to anyone who may have information on this attack or may know the owner of the dog, this is a popular area for dog walking and at this time of day it is likely people would have seen the incident take place. Anyone with information should call Thames Valley Police via the 101 number.”

– PC Elizabeth Masters from Henley on Thames police station
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