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Firefighters put out large 'exploding' fire at scrap yard

Credit: Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service

Fire crews have successfully dealt with a large fire and series of explosions at a scrap yard in Oxford.

A total of 23 firefighters were called to Jackdaw Lane at 4am. The cause of the fire is currently unknown.

The fire was well developed by the time the crews arrived and they did a fantastic job gaining entry and putting out the fire before it had spread to the whole building and to cylinders that were in the area

– Station Manager Simon Belcher


Nurse tells inquest he checked on teenager moments before he was found drowned in the bath at care home

Connor Sparrowhawk drowned in the bath at Slade House in Headington Credit: ITV

The nurse in charge of looking after a teenager who was found drowned in a bath at a care home in Oxfordshire has told an inquest he had checked on him just moments before. Connor Sparrowhawk, who was 18 and had learning disabilities and autism, drowned in a bath at Slade House in Headington in July 2013.

The NHS trust in charge initially said his death was due to 'natural causes'. But an independent report later found it 'was preventable' and the trust "failed significantly" in his care.

Fifteen suspected illegal immigrants found in lorry trailer on M40

Police have arrested 15 suspected illegal immigrants after they were found in lorry trailer at junction 10 of the M40 in Oxfordshire.


Pedestrian fighting for life after ambulance crash

A pedestrian is fighting for his life in hospital after he suffered a serious head injury and broke both his legs when he was hit by an ambulance. The emergency vehicle was on its way to a 999 call when it ploughed into the 50-year-old man.

The victim was taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford in another ambulance following the crash on Charlton Street, in Wantage, Oxon., yesterday.

A spokesman for South Central Ambulance Service said the two ambulance crew men were uninjured and there was no patient in the vehicle.

"I saw the ambulance go past on the recovery truck. There was a massive dent on it. It looked like it ran into a lamppost. My colleague, Richard, and I had to help divert traffic because it was just chaos. There were cars coming up the road and having to turn around in people's driveways. It was mayhem."

– Dane Sheridan, eyewitness

Family tribute to teenager who died in a collision

Ben Roberts died in a collision on Saturday evening Credit: THAMES VALLEY POLICE

The family of a 16 year-old who was killed in a road accident have paid tribute to him. Ben Roberts was killed in a collision in Weston Turville on Saturday evening.

A a former pupil of the John Colet School in Wendover Ben had just started a Public Services course at Aylesbury College.

His family say, "Ben was the perfect friend, perfect brother and the perfect son. Full of love, energy, happiness and life he loved nothing more than to be with his friends at the skate park, from morning to night. He loved being with his family; cooking, eating and watching bad films. No words can describe our loss; the void that has been left will never be filled. But his family and friends will never ever forget him – his smiles, sense of fun and infectious personality will remain cherished by all. Rest in peace Ben, we love you so so very much."

Ben's brother James is an Oxford United footballer and the club has issued the following statement:

"The thoughts of everyone at Oxford United are with James Roberts and his family after the tragic death of his brother Ben at the weekend.

Ben, 16, died in a car accident in Weston Turville on Saturday night.

The club offers it sincerest condolences to the Roberts family and will hold a minute’s silence before the game at home to Wimbledon on Saturday.

Both Oxford United and Chester, where he is currently on loan, will allow James as much time as he feels he needs before he returns to playing football.

The two clubs would also ask all supporters and media to respect the Roberts family’s right to privacy at this very difficult time."

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