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Oxford and Cambridge to battle it out in boat race

The Oxford University rowing crew practices on the River Thames Credit: Reuters

The rivalry between Cambridge University and Oxford University continues with the annual boat race on the River Thames this afternoon. Cambridge is desperate to deny Oxford its fifth Boat Race victory in seven years.

Since the races began back in 1829, Cambridge has won 81 times, while Oxford's victory tally stands at 77 races.

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Marines brought in to help police Boat Race

Cambridge won last year's disrupted race Credit: BBC Sport

Royal Marines will be stationed in inflatable boats along the length of the Boat Race course tomorrow to ensure the event is not disrupted by another protester in the water.

Last year's race had to be halted when Trenton Oldfield swam into the path of the two crews and narrowly avoided being struck by an Oxford oar as he looked to sabotage an event he regarded as elitist.

Oldfield was released from prison in December having served seven weeks of a six-month sentence after being found guilty of causing a public nuisance.

Cambridge won the restarted race.


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Tour set to come to Cambridge

Stage three of the 2014 Tour de France expected to start in Cambridge Credit: Press Association

It's expected to be confirmed later today that Stage Three of the Tour de France next summer will start in Cambridge and head south to London before making a circuit of the Olympic Park.

It's thought it will ultimately finish on the Mall with Buckingham Palace as a backdrop.

The finish will be the same one used for the Olympic road races last summer.


Laboratory beats stadium to prestigious prize

The ultimate winner of the Stirling architecture prize was the £82 million Sainsbury Laboratory, a new plant science research centre in Cambridge.

The judges described the laboratory as a timeless piece of architecture, a university building "taken to an extraordinary degree of sophistication and beauty".

The Sainsbury Laboratory. Credit: Hufton and Crow.
The Sainsbury Laboratory. Credit: Hufton and Crow.

Met Police statement on Olympic security concerns

The Metropolitan Police is working with the organisers of the Olympic Games as well as protest groups to ensure that we facilitate lawful protest.

We will work with groups which wish to protest so their points can be made but without impacting on the running of the games.

We are confident that the plans we have in place will enable the delivery of a safe and secure Olympic Games.

– Metropolitan Police


Man charged with Boat Race offence

Police have charged a man with a public order offence after "possibly the most dramatic Boat Race in history" was temporarily halted by a swimmer who appeared to deliberately cross the path of rowers.

Trenton Oldfield, 35, narrowly avoided the blade of an Oxford oar as he swam into the path of the vessels between the two and three-mile marker while the university crews were neck and neck on Saturday afternoon.

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