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EXCLUSIVE: Woman dragged along platform speaks out

A woman who was dragged along a platform when her hand became trapped in a train door has spoken exclusively to ITV Meridian about the ordeal.

Neelam Malik was trying to board a service from Oxford to Paddington when she became stuck.

Earlier this week the train driver was cleared of recklessly endangering the safety of a passenger.

Neelam says she still can't believe something like this could happen - she knows she was only seconds from death.

Sam Holder has been talking to her.

Sam spoke to Neelam Malik and Stephen Joseph from Campaign for Better Transport.

Oxford United begin season with new boss

In League One, Oxford United start their campaign without captain John Lundstram, who's departed for Sheffield United.

But the U's have a new boss, with a distinctly Spanish flavour.

As Cary Johnston reports.

Cary spoke to Oxford United Manager, Pep Clotet.


Police closing in on 'armed' Oxford murder suspect

Andrew Warren

Police in the United States say they are closing in on an Oxford University treasurer wanted in connection with the murder of a man stabbed to death in Chicago.

An international manhunt is underway for 56 year old Andrew Warren, a worker for Somerville College, who's being described by officers as 'armed and dangerous'.

He's believed to be with an American Professor of Microbiology, at whose apartment the 26 year old victim was found.

Officers say they do have an idea of their whereabouts.

Andrew Warren is a worker for Somerville College

Decision to pedestrianise busy Oxford street referred

Artist impression of the Westgate Centre Credit: Oxford City Council

A decision over plans to pedestrianise one of Oxford's busiest streets has been referred to the Department for Transport.

Oxford City Council say they want to ban buses from using Queen Street when the Westgate development opens in October.

Both the Oxford Bus Company and Stagecoach upheld their objections to the plans at a meeting this afternoon.

They say it will have a 'long-term negative effect' on the city.

King and Queen of Spain delight school children during visit to Oxford

The King and Queen of Spain have been on a state visit to the UK for three days and spent their final day of their tour in Oxford.

King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia visited the new Weston Library in Broad Street to meet staff and students and gave a speech at the city's Divinity School before the couple were taken on a guided tour of Exeter College in Turl Street.

Our reporter Mary Stanley was there.


Jailed for life for murder in Oxford

A man has been jailed for life for the murder of father in Oxford, whom he stabbed with a kitchen knife. Egidio Da Silva Alves admitted killing Domingos Romalho in Headington in February.

Egidio Da Silva Alves jailed for life Credit: Thames Valley Police

A court heard the two men had been embroiled in a family feud. Alves will serve a minimum of twenty years and ten months.

No sentence will ever be enough, it won’t bring Adomi back. It’s over now, I hope my husband can rest in peace, we must now try to move on with our lives. We would like to thank the Police, CPS, the people who tried to help Adomi that day and my family and friends who have been supportive throughout.

– Statement from Adomi's family

This sentence reflects the severity of the crime that Da Silva Alves committed, which tragically led to the death of Domingos Romalho. The loss of Domingos was one that his loved ones felt deeply and my thoughts are with them at this difficult time. I would like to praise the bravery and courage of those who witnessed this horrific incident. Whilst we would never advise members of the public to risk their own safety and intervene, in this instance they acted courageously to stop the attack, to disarm Alves and provide first aid to Domingos before the emergency services arrived. I’d also like to thank all of those who have worked tirelessly on this case, in order to bring this dangerous offender to justice.

– Detective Inspector Dave Hubbard

Warnings after chip pan catches fire

The blaze was quickly extinguished

A smoke alarm prevented more serious damage after a chip pan caught fire at a flat in Oxford.

Fire crews were called to property in Meadow Lane at 9.21 pm on Saturday night.

The fire had been caused by an unattended chip pan left on the hob which had ignited and spread to the surrounding area.

The occupant was alerted to the fire by the activation of the smoke alarms.

The quick thinking of the occupant to close the kitchen door on the fire helped contain the fire to the kitchen and prevented fire spread and heavy smoke damage to the rest of the property.

The occupant was checked over by South Central Ambulance Service and was very fortunate not to have suffered any effects from the fire or smoke.

The occupant was very lucky not to have been injured.

This incident emphasises the importance of having at least one working smoke alarm on each level of your home which should be tested once a week. On this occasion the occupant was alerted to the fire by the smoke alarms which gave them time to evacuate the property safely.

The occupant took absolutely the correct action by evacuating immediately and I urge people to remember to ‘Get Out, Stay Out, Get the Fire and Rescue Service Out’ under circumstances such as this”.

– Incident Commander Michael Milling
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