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Harrison Ford 'breaks ankle' during Star Wars filming

The Star Wars and Indiana Jones star was airlifted to hospital.
The Star Wars and Indiana Jones star was airlifted to hospital. Credit: Domine-Wyters/ABACA

Star Wars actor Harrison Ford has broken his ankle during filiming of the new Star Wars film, according to reports.

The BBC claims that the 71-year-old sustained the injury after a garage door fell on him while on the set of Star Wars: Episode VII at Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire.

Ford, who plays Hans Solo, was airlifted to John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford for treatment yesterday.

A spokesman for Thames Valley police said: "We were called just after 5pm to reports of a 71-year-old man being injured in an incident believed to involve a garage door."

Disney, which now owns the Star Wars franchise, says filming will continue while Ford recuperates.

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Harrison Ford admitted to John Radcliffe Hospital after being injured filming new Star Wars film

Hollywood actor Harrison Ford Credit: ITV news

Hollywood star Harrison Ford has been admitted to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford after being injured on the set of the latest Star Wars film.

The 71-year-old actor is reported to have suffered an ankle injury whilst filming at Pinewood Studios, in Buckinghamshire.

Overseas tourists attracted to Meridian region

Brighton Pavilion is one of the most popular attractions in Sussex Credit: Eye Ubiquitous/Press Association Images

Oxford, Brighton & Hove, Southampton and Reading are among the top 20 most visited towns and cities in Britain by overseas tourists. But the figures from Visit Britain for 2013 also show how London is still the magnet for overseas tourists, dwarfing all other destinations.


1) London 16.7 million

2) Edinburgh 1.3 million

3) Manchester 988,000

4) Birmingham 941,000

5) Liverpool 562,000

6) Glasgow 515,000

7) Oxford 456,000

8) Bristol 428,000

9) Brighton and Hove 409,000

10) Cambridge 404,000

The Radcliffe Camera in Oxford Credit: Press Association Images

11) Leeds 299,000

12) Cardiff 297,000

13) Bath 283,000

14) York 271,000

15) Nottingham 247,000

16) Aberdeen 241,000

17) Inverness 226,000

18) Southampton 221,000

19) Newcastle-upon-Tyne 201,000

20) Reading 193,000

Cruise ships bring in thousands of visitors in Southampton Credit: Press Association Images

Colourful turnout for charity funrun

700 people of all ages took part

More than 700 people took part in Oxford’s first ever ‘Rainbow Run’ to raise money for the local children’s hospice, Helen & Douglas House. The ‘Rainbow Run’ is a unique event based on the festival of Holi that represents Peace, Life and Happiness, reflecting the ethos of Helen & Douglas House.

Runners covered in multicoloured paint

The charity that supports families with children and young adults with life shortening conditions living Oxfordshire and the surrounding counties, is aiming to raise £30,000 through this event towards the £5m needed to run the hospice each year.


Crowds expected to welcome the Commonwealth Baton to Oxford

The Queen's Commonwealth Baton Credit: ITV news

The Queens Commonwealth Baton will arrive in Oxford this afternoon. It's already visited Southampton and Kent this week. The baton will travel to the Magdalen College School and Sunnymead Park, where crowds are expected to welcome its arrival.

The Baton will visit 70 nations, covering 190,000 kilometres over 288 days. It was launched on its global journey by the Queen in a ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

Two men convicted of sexual assault on teenage girl

Two men have been convicted of sexual offences against a teenage girl, whilst another was found guilty of intending to pervert the course of justice.

Mustafa Ahmed, aged 26 from London, pleaded guilty to one count of sexual assault.

Bilal Ahmed, aged 27 and from Maidenhead, was convicted by a jury of one count of sexual assault by penetration.

Another man, Zeeshan Ahmed, aged 28 and from Oxford, was also convicted of one count of doing an at intending to pervert the course of justice.

Bilal Ahmed was convicted of one count of sexual assault by penetration Credit: Thames Valley Police

Bilal and Mustafa sexually assaulted a 17-year-old girl at a property in Cowley Road in Oxford back in December 2011.

Both men were arrested late last year, as part of the ongoing Operation Bullfinch investigation into child sexual exploitation.

Zeeshan, the cousin of Bilal, threatened the victim when he heard the allegations and told her she would be shot if she did not stop talking to the police.

The Senior Investigating Officer of Operation Bullfinch Det Supt Joe Kidman said, "I would like to commend the courage of this brave young woman who gave evidence against the men who committed these serious sexual assaults on her when she as a child."

Mustafa Ahmed pleaded guilty to one count of sexual assault Credit: Thames Valley Police

"As an investigation team we are pleased to see offenders put behind bars and so reduce the risk to young people."

The trial at Oxford Crown Court has been lasted two and a half weeks.

The men will be sentenced at court later this afternoon.

Police officially name dead man found in Oxford

A man who was found dead at a property in Oxford has been officially named by Thames Valley Police as Michael Stephen Broadway. The 33-year-old had been living for several months at the address on South Bridge Row where he was found yesterday.

A post mortem examination which took place on Sunday has proved inconclusive pending further toxicology and histology tests.

A 55-year-old man arrested yesterday on suspicion of murder remains in police custody.

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