Wantage and Kidlington firefighters have been called to help a stag that had become trapped when it slipped down a bank into a brook near West Hendred. The large stag had slipped backwards into a cavern that had been formed as a result of a collapsed concrete bridge over the brook. The stag was unable to get back out due to the sheer drop of the bank and the metal rods from the remains of the bridge, across the cavern opening.
Incident Commander Graham Turner said ‘This really was a potentially dangerous incident for the firefighters involved as the frightened stag was trying to force its way out of the cavern, and its large antlers could easily have caused a serious injury. But it was a beautiful animal that was uninjured, so we felt that in spite of the dangers, we had to at least try and release it, if we could. The operation was made more difficult as the stag also had some nylon twine wrapped around its antlers and neck and this had to be cut away to avoid it being strangled once it was released. We worked closely with the RSPCA in order to free the animal without causing it any injury and we are all pleased that he is up and about in time for Christmas in case he is needed to pull a sleigh on the big night!’
A 32-year-old man who defrauded a terminally ill woman out of £71,450 has been jailed for two-and-a-half years.
Wassim Al Ashkar, of Oxford Road, Kidlington, pleaded guilty to three counts of fraud.
Between 2011 and 2013, Al Ashkar was employed as a full-time live-in carer for the 67-year-old woman who suffered from an advanced stage of multiple sclerosis.
She was bed bound at her home in Kidlington, relying on full time assistance and only leaving the bed for the occasional visits to the hospital.
After Al Ashkar left his role in March 2013, a relief carer noticed irregularities with the victim’s finances.
An investigation was carried out and discovered that Al Ashkar had used the victim’s bank cards to steal £71,450 from her.
It is believed he spent most of the money on gambling in local bookmakers.
A controlled explosion of a World War II shell has taken place in Oxfordshire this afternoon. The mortar shell was safely disposed of in Kidlington by an army unit after calls to Thames Valley Police.
The body of a man has been found in a house in Kidlington. Thames Valley Police was called to an address in Buckland Court at 11.41am yesterday to a report of a fear for welfare.
The body of a man in his fifties was found inside the property.
The death is not being treated as suspicious at this time.
A man who held his two children hostage at his home is Oxford has been jailed for 12 years.
Daniel Rodriquez had an air rifle during the standoff with armed police at the property in Kidlington and fired at officers before he was tasered.
The court heard how Rodriquez has taken drugs and alcohol before the incident last July. Cherwell and West Oxfordshire LPA commander Supt Colin Paine said: “The incidents of that day in July had a substantial impact on the local community in Kidlington.
It saw some residents confined to their homes while officers persuaded Rodriquez to hand himself in. I would like to praise the community for their helpful response and support for the police on that day, which ultimately lead to a successful resolution without any harm to residents."
More than a hundred detainees have been moved out of an immigration detention centre in Oxfordshire after a fire destroyed a large part of the complex. Flames swept through Campsfield House Immigration Removal Centre near Oxford late last night.
Two people are being treated in hospital. Richard Slee reports.
More than half the detainees at Campsfield Immigration Centre in Oxford are being relocated to other centres after a fire there last night. 2 male detainees are in hospital.
More than half the detainees at Campsfield Immigration Centre in Oxford are being relocated after a fire last night. 2 detainees are in hospital.