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Firefighters "Reindeer" rescue

Wantage and Kidlington firefighters have been called to help a stag that had become trapped when it slipped down a bank into a brook near West Hendred. The large stag had slipped backwards into a cavern that had been formed as a result of a collapsed concrete bridge over the brook. The stag was unable to get back out due to the sheer drop of the bank and the metal rods from the remains of the bridge, across the cavern opening.

Incident Commander Graham Turner said ‘This really was a potentially dangerous incident for the firefighters involved as the frightened stag was trying to force its way out of the cavern, and its large antlers could easily have caused a serious injury. But it was a beautiful animal that was uninjured, so we felt that in spite of the dangers, we had to at least try and release it, if we could. The operation was made more difficult as the stag also had some nylon twine wrapped around its antlers and neck and this had to be cut away to avoid it being strangled once it was released. We worked closely with the RSPCA in order to free the animal without causing it any injury and we are all pleased that he is up and about in time for Christmas in case he is needed to pull a sleigh on the big night!’

Witness appeal after motorcycle and bike crash

The scene of the crash Credit: Thames Valley Police

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses to a serious road traffic collision in Wantage.The collision involved a red Ducati motorcycle and a pedal cycle on the southbound carriageway of the B4494, Wantage Road, near the Ridgeway crossing just before 7am yesterday.

The rider of the motorcycle, a 49-year-old man, received injuries to his wrist.

Meanwhile, the rider of the pedal cycle, a 42-year-old man, received injuries to his leg and ribs.

Both were taken by land ambulance to the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford.

The collision investigation team is keen to speak to anyone who may have witnessed the incident, or saw either vehicle prior to the collision.

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Leading head teacher complains to Michael Gove

Video. A leading head teacher, who has embraced many of the government's new education policies, is criticising the Education Secretary over last minute changes to rules over GCSE exams.

Simon Spiers, of King Alfred's Academy at Wantage in Oxfordshire, has written a scathing letter to Michael Gove. He says the changes will cause chaos and affect his school's results - and has hit back at claims that schools are "gaming" the exam system.

But the government says the changes are in the best interests of students.

Christine Alsford has this exclusive report.