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Mother's warning after boy swallows lego piece

Keane swallowed the green lego piece by accident Credit: Laura Halls

The mother of an eight year old boy who almost choked to death on a piece of Lego, is warning other parents to be extra vigilant.

Keane Halls from Oxford needed emergency surgery after a small block lodged in his windpipe when he tried to pull two bricks apart with his teeth.

ITV Meridian spoke to Keane's mother Laura.

Statement from Lego

"At the LEGO Group we put product quality and safety as our highest priority. We naturally deeply regret the very unfortunate and unpleasant experience of both the parents and child in the specific case, and we are happy to hear they are doing fine despite the experience.

"As a company we adhere to the strictest toy safety standards globally and even go beyond legal requirements in our internal quality and safety standards that we apply to our products, to ensure the safety of children when they play with LEGO bricks.

"Despite the very stringent safety measures we take, we do not recommend that children put LEGO bricks in their mouth. On LEGO boxes containing small parts we make aware, that these may pose a potential choking hazard. The text is written alongside the age marking that indicates that these products are not suitable for children aged 0-3. In many sets we also include brick-separators – small tools that enable children to separate most LEGO bricks in a safe manner if they are unable to do it with their hands.

"We are grateful for all the feedback we receive from consumers around the world and we use this to improve both our products as well as product related communication."

– Spokesman for Lego

Member of drugs gang jailed

Aaron Wright was sentenced to more than four years in prison Credit: Thames Valley Police

The eleventh member of a drugs gang which operated out of South Oxfordshire has been jailed for more than four years.

33 year-old Aaron Wright pleaded guilty to a number of drug offences.

His sentencing comes a week after ten of his co-conspirators were sentenced to a total of 70 years.

“These conspirators made substantial amounts of money supplying drugs across the South of England and beyond.

“Disrupting this extensive supply chain and sending those involved to jail for a long time has been extremely satisfying for all of us who worked on this series of investigations. I would like to thank all the police officers and staff for their efforts.

“This has been a lengthy and complex case involving a lot of hard work over a sustained period of around 18 months. This involved liaising with officers across the country and also in Spain in order to bring these offenders to justice.”

– Det Insp Rachel Wheatman, from the Thames Valley Police Serious and Organised Crime Unit


University of Oxford welcomes Vice Chancellor

The University of Oxford officially welcomed its new Vice Chancellor today - the first time a woman has been installed to the post.

In her first major speech she criticised the over-regulation of higher education - and promised to spearhead moves to attract a wider range of students.

Our social affairs correspondent Christine Alsford met the woman who now has the job of preserving the performance and prestige of the dreaming spires.

New Vice-Chancellor sets out her agenda

Oxford University’s new Vice-Chancellor, Professor Louise Richardson Credit: Christine Alsford

Oxford University’s new Vice-Chancellor, Professor Louise Richardson has set out her agenda for a fast-moving University with the capability to transform lives globally.

Speaking as she was installed as the 272nd Vice-Chancellor in Oxford’s history, Professor Richardson called on the University to show ‘agility’ in an era of globalisation and technological change.

She also urged colleagues to maintain a long-term perspective in addressing the challenges of the future.

CCTV: Gang smashes into shopping centre with sledgehammers

Police in Oxford are trying to track down a gang who smashed their way into a shopping centre and targeted a jewellery shop.

The raid happened in the early hours of the morning on New Year's Eve at the Clarendon Centre in the city.

The men - 11 in total - worked in groups on the burglary, some smashing their way in using a sledgehammer - others blocking a road in case cars approached.

Our reporter Mel Bloor has the full story.

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