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Mum snatches toddler from electric car fire

The charred remains of the toy car

A toddler has been pulled from an electric toy car - minutes before it went up in flames.

The two-year-old was playing in the family garden in Monks Risborough in Buckinghamshire when the toy began to give off smoke. His quick-thinking mother managed to pull him clear. The fire spread to a five metre section of hedges. Firefighters from Thame were called - they used a high pressure hose jet to put out the flames. No-one was injured.

Trading Standards officers are investigating

“The toddler was driving the ride on electric car when his mother noticed smoke coming from the front of it. She quickly ran up the garden and pulled her 2 year old son from the car just before it was engulfed in flames. Her prompt action definitely saved him from serious injury. This incident has been reported to Buckinghamshire County Council’s Trading Standards service."

– Incident Commander Watch Manger Andy Ford, Oxfordshire County Council Fire and Rescue Service

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Four year old boy dies after being hit by car

It happened outside Thame Leisure centre Credit: Thame Hub

Police are appealing for witnesses after four-year-old boy was knocked down by a car and killed in Oxfordshire.

He was struck by the vehicle outside Thames sports centre on Oxford Road, shortly before 10:30 on Saturday morning.

The driver stopped at the scene and emergency services were called but the boy died on his way to hospital.

Thames Valley Police said specially trained family liaison officers are supporting his next of kin and appealed for any witnesses to come forward.

Residents have spoken of their horror and say their thoughts are with the family.

“We are investigating the fatal collision and appealing for witnesses.

“Please can anyone with information which could assist enquiries contact police.

“The family of the deceased are being supported by specially trained family liaison officers at this very difficult time.”

– Thames Valley Police spokesman

Video of Pub manager dancing round the beer garden goes viral

A pub manager from Oxfordshire has become an internet sensation after a video of him dancing around the beer garden went viral.

Assistant manager of The James Figg in Thame, Nathan Swift, is seen watering the beer garden dancing to Justin Timberlake's 'Can't Stop The Feeling'.

His fancy footwork soon earned him thousands of views and shares.

"What started out as just a bit of a laugh has become something really huge. Nathan only really did it to quash the rumours that it was him appearing in a similar video of a man dancing to the same song by a swimming pool, which also went viral.

"Now, he's become an internet star in his own right, with thousands of comments, likes and shares, and is hoping he'll get to a million views. He even had a message from the original guy, Jeremy Morse, congratulating him on his performance."

– Manager Tom Goldsmith

Residents feel tremors as earthquake strikes Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire

The earth shook in parts of Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire last night.

It's been confirmed there was an earthquake measuring 2.3 on the Richter scale - with it's epicentre around Thame - near the village of Emmington .

Tremors were felt all the way across to Oxford, Aylesbury and Chinnor.

Divya Kohli has been to a pub near the epicentre...

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'Houses shaking' as earthquake struck Oxfordshire

Residents have described their houses shaking as an earthquake with a magnitude of 2.3 was confirmed in Oxfordshire.

The small quake was centred in the Thame area at 11.12pm last night - confirmed by the British Geological Survey.

People living across the area, including in Princes Risborough, Aylesbury and Bledlow in Buckinghamshire, posted on social media about feeling their homes being rocked by the quake.

2.3 magnitude earthquake in Thame

The British Geological Survey has confirmed there was a 2.3 magnitude earthquake in Thame last night.

Tremors were felt at 23:12pm in areas including Thame and Chinnor. The epicentre was Emmington.

Tremors were felt in Thame and Chinnor at 23:12pm last night Credit: British Geological Survey

Large fire at farm sends up giant plume of smoke

Ickford Road is closed in both directions Credit: NPAS Benson

Firefighters are tackling a large fire at a farm building in Shabbington, Buckinghamshire.

Thames Valley Police are also at the site, which deals with mixed waste near Thame.

Large plumes of smoke can be seen for miles around and roads have been closed.

The smoke can be seen from Aylesbury Credit: NPAS Benson

Missing parrot believed to have flown out of cage now reunited with owners

Missing parrot has been reunited with its owners in Wallingford Credit: Thames Valley Police

Following an appeal from Thames Valley Police, a missing parrot has been reunited with its owners in Wallingford, Oxfordshire.

The parrot was reported stolen from a property in The Shambles at about 6.45pm on Monday (20/4).

The bird, a female African grey parrot, named Donna, flew into a house in Wallingford on Wednesday (22/4) and the occupant phoned the RSPCA. A neighbour, who had seen the appeal to find the bird, then informed the police.

It was originally suspected that the parrot had been stolen, but it is now believed that the bird escaped from its cage.

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