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Osney explosion: Residents say they need more help after losing their homes

Seven people were left homeless in the explosion in Oxford Credit: ITV Meridian

Two women who were left homeless after an explosion at a block of flats in Oxford three months ago, say they have received "little to no help".

Annie May and Habiba Gudal lost their homes in the blast on Gibbs Crescent in Osney on Valentines Day. They say they feel unsupported by their housing association and are asking for more support.

The exact cause of the blast hasn't been confirmed Credit: ITV Meridian

Housing provider A2Dominion insists that it is offering financial help to residents who have been affected.

The exact cause of the blast still hasn't been confirmed, but a pre-inquest review heard that the fire is believed to have been caused by fuel stored in a flat.

One man, Guido Schuette, died in the flames.

  • Watch Sam Holder reporting from Osney:

VIDEO: Bus station re-opens after coach bursts into flames

Credit: @TheProjectRoom

Oxford's Gloucester Green bus depot was closed until midday on Sunday after a coach caught fire.

Pictures posted on social media show the extent of the flames:

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Boat race WILL go ahead after WW2 bomb scare

The bomb Credit: @MPSonthewater

Specialist officers working closely with Marine Police Unit and local police in Hammersmith and Fulham have now successfully removed a World War II bomb found in the water by Putney Bridge.

Officers including the Marine Policing Unit attended.

Races are due to start at 4.35pm Credit: PA

I'm very happy to update that the ordnance has now been safely removed and the race will be going ahead as planned.

We have been working very closely with the organisers of the boat race to plan this event which is eagerly awaited by spectators and supporters alike.

– CHIEF INSPECTOR TRACY STEPHENSON

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The latest from the scene of the Oxford explosion

The scene of the explosion at Osney Mead today

A roundup of the day's events at the scene of a major explosion at Osney mead in Oxford. Thames Valley Police have issued a photograph of a man who is missing, believed dead. Investigations continue into the cause of the fire. Residents who have been made to leave the area in an evacuation have been waiting to hear about access to their homes.

Our reporter Mary Stanley spoke to ITV Meridian presenters Fred Dinenage and Sangeeta Bhabra.

Oxford explosion: Police release image of missing man

Guido Schuette

The police and fire services in Oxford have held a press conference to share the latest information about the explosion at a housing complex at Osney Mead.

A resident who was unaccounted for in the aftermath, has been named as Guido Schuette aged 48. He is described as 6ft tall, of a heavy build, with short grey hair and blue eyes. He is believed to walk with a limp and uses a crutch as well. His family have been informed and Thames Valley Police have issued a statement.

The scene at Osney Mead after the explosion

“Our strong hypothesis is that Guido died in the fire, and we are continuing to offer support to his family at this time.

“However while our search of the scene continues and this is not confirmed, one line of enquiry within the investigation is that Guido could be missing.

“Given the circumstances of the incident, we are asking members of the public not to approach Guido but to call 999 immediately.”

– Supt Joe Kidman, Local Police Commander, Thames Valley Police
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