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Teenage boy dies after falling into River Thames

The boy got into difficulty after falling into the River Thames near Donnington Bridge. Credit: PA

A teenage boy has died after falling into the River Thames in Oxford.

Emergency services were called to the scene at Donnington Bridge at 7.10pm on Thursday after the boy got into trouble.

He was rushed to the city's John Radcliffe Hospital but died shortly after arriving, a Thames Valley Police spokeswoman confirmed.

In May 2012, a 15-year-old boy died after jumping off the same bridge.


Human trials of Ebola vaccine to take place in Oxford

The first human trials of a potential Ebola vaccine could begin in the Oxford as early as mid-September.

The candidate vaccine has been being developed by the US National Institutes of Health and pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline. Funding from a consortium of British bodies has allowed the UK trials to be fast-tracked.

Medicins Sans Frontieres health workers at an Ebola treatment camp in Monrovia, Liberia Credit: REUTERS/2Tango

Professor Adrian Hill, who will be running the trials at Oxford University, said he was looking for 60 healthy individuals aged 18 to 50 to take part in the study. Volunteers will have to make nine visits over six months and will receive modest compensation for their time.

Unlike with vaccines for some other illnesses, it does not contain any infectious virus material, so it "cannot cause a person who is vaccinated to become infected with Ebola," GlaxoSmithKline said in a statement.

Manufacturers are planning to produce around 10,000 doses of the potential vaccine that will be distributed to "high-risk communities" if the trials prove successful. Other trials are being planned in the US, Gambia and Mali.

Ex-judge: Drunk women holding back rape convictions

A former judge has said that rape conviction rates will not improve "until women stop getting so drunk".

Judge Mary Jane Mowat, who retired this month after serving as a circuit judge for 18 years, told the Oxford Mail:

I'm not saying it's right to rape a drunken woman, I'm not saying for a moment that it's allowable to take advantage of a drunken woman. But a jury in a position where they've got a woman who says 'I was absolutely off my head, I can't really remember what I was doing, I can't remember what I said, I can't remember if I consented or not but I know I wouldn't have done'. I mean when a jury is faced with something like that, how are they supposed to react?

– Judge Mary Jane Mowat

Woman, 79, dies after being hit by fire engine

A 79-year-old woman died after she was hit by a fire engine in what the rescue services called a "tragic" incident.

The vehicle was responding to an emergency call in Oxford yesterday afternoon when it collided with the pensioner, who died of her injuries yesterday evening.

Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service said: "Our thoughts are with the victim's family following this tragic incident. The Fire and Rescue Service is co-operating fully with the police investigation."

Model lifeboats take to the Thames in rival boat race

A fleet of 250 model lifeboats have made waves in the River Thames as the RNLI held a charity Alternative Boat Race to boost the rescue institution's funds.

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution's mini boats took to the water before Oxford and Cambridge's controversy filled men's boat race. Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
The miniature vessels raced along the tideway just upriver from the official Boat Race with supporters sponsoring the 250 boats. Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
The novelty effort hoped to raise awareness and funds for the RNLI, which make more than 700 launches along the Thames each year. Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
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