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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.


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

Man arrested after death of man found bleeding in car

A murder investigation is underway in Oxford tonight - after a man was found bleeding in a car in the city on Tuesday evening and later died at the John Radcliffe Hospital.

Residential streets have been cordoned off around North Way in the Barton area while forensic teams investigate. It is believed the man had suffered stab wounds. A 31-year-old man has been arrested. Kate Bunkall reports.

Police launch murder investigation after fatal stabbing

Thames Valley Police has launched a murder investigation following an incident in Oxford last night.

Officers attended North Way in Barton at 10.48pm to reports of a man with chest injuries in a red Mazda car parked on the road.

The victim, a man was taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital where he was treated for his injuries. However he sadly died earlier today.

The victim is yet to be formally identified.

The junction of North Way and Burchester Avenue is closed as police carry out searches and investigations. Diversions are in place and the closure will be reviewed tomorrow.

A 31-year-old man from Oxford was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder. He has subsequently been arrested on suspicion of murder and is currently in police custody.

“We are keen to speak to anyone who was in the area at the time and who may have seen anything to contact us as a matter of urgency. We are particularly keen to speak to anyone who may have seen a red Mazda vehicle in the area last night to make contact with us via 101. There are police officers currently carrying out searches at the scene. In addition there are officers doing house to house enquiries and reassurance patrols.”

– Det Chief Insp Mike Lynch, leading the investigation
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