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Boat Race swimmer faces ban

The swimmer arrested after bringing the Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race to a dramatic halt will appear in court today.

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Boat race court case underway

The swimmer who allegedly interrupted the Oxford - Cambridge boat race after he was spotted in the water in the boats' path has appeared in court.

The competition was suspended for about half an hour after Trenton Oldfield, aged 35, was seen in the River Thames.

Today he spoke softly to confirm his name, date of birth and address at Feltham Magistrates' Court in Middlesex.

He showed no emotion as the charge against him was read out and he was told:

"You are charged, on April 7 of this year, in the River Thames near Chiswick Eyot, with causing a public nuisance by swimming into the path of the University Boat Race and causing it to stop,"

Michael Schwarz, defending said that Mr Oldfield would not enter a plea. The case was committed to Isleworth Crown Court for a hearing on Wednesday May 28 at 10am.

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