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Eight arrested in child sexual exploitation raids

Eight men have been arrested this morning on suspicion of rape and sexual grooming in Oxford.

The men were taken into custody during dawn raids at eight properties across the city involving more than 100 police officers.

At a press briefing, Detective Superintendent Joe Kidman said the arrests were made as part of Thames Valley Police's Operation Sabaton.

He told journalists at the force's Kidlington headquarters that the men are suspected of offences including rape, sexual grooming and indecent assault.

Their crimes were allegedly committed against girls between 1999 and 2007, he added.

Code of conduct for buskers in Oxford

Harmless entertainment, or a scourge on our streets? That's the question being asked across the Thames Valley tonight, as busking in town centres comes under scrutiny.

Yes, because as more buskers take to the streets, often asking for money from the public, one council in Oxford says enough is enough. They've decided to enforce a code of conduct, meaning that buskers could be fined up to a thousand pounds if they cause a noise nuisance.

The controversy will be debated at a council meeting next month. Cary Johnston takes up the story.

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Randolph Hotel reopens for business after major fire

Randolph Hotel due to reopen today

A famous hotel in Oxford damaged by fire that spread to its roof is preparing to reopen today.

The five-star Randolph Hotel in Beaumont Street was evacuated last month after the blaze which started in a ground floor kitchen.

The Gothic building was closed for repairs to take place after the fire on the 17th April. At its height more than seventy firefighters were at the scene tackling the flames.

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Thousands to welcome in May morning in Oxford

Thousands visit the Magdalen Bridge in Oxford to welcome in May Morning Credit: ITV Meridian

Celebrations are beginning in Oxford this morning for May Day.

At six o'clock the Magdalen College choir will sing from the top of the Great Tower.

Thousands of people gather annually to welcome in Spring.

The Magdalen Bridge is closed to traffic until nine - although students are warned not to jump from it.

Former nurse sentenced to 18 years for abusing unconscious patients

Andrew Hutchinson was working as a staff nurse when the offences took place

An Oxford nurse, who pleaded guilty to a string of sex offences on patients while they were unconscious, has been sent to prison for 18 years.

Andrew Hutchinson's crimes on women and girls included voyeurism and sexual assault.

He was arrested when children reported he was filming at the White Horse Leisure Centre in Abingdon.

"It is impossible to conceive of a greater breach of trust in our society."

– Judge Ian Pringle

Rail passengers warned of delays

There are delays of up to 40 minutes on South West Trains between Exeter St Davids and Salisbury due to signalling problem between Yeovil Junction and Gillingham (Dorset). Some services between Salisbury and Yeovil Junction will be diverted via Westbury meaning Tisbury, Gillingham, Templecombe and Sherborne will not be served. Replacement buses being arranged.

Man charged over Oxford murder

A 34-year-old man has been charged in connection with a murder in Oxford.

Rafal Stawski of Mayfair Road, Oxford, was charged late last night (24/4) with one count of murder.

The charge relates to an incident on Tuesday (21/4) when the victim, a man in his thirties, was found with chest injuries in North Way, Barton. The man later died of his injuries in hospital.

Stawski has been remanded in custody and is due to appear at Oxford Magistrates’ Court later today (25/4).

North Way, Barton Credit: ITV Meridian News
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