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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.


Detectives 'open-minded' on disappearance of teenager

Detectives say they are keeping an open mind on the disappearance of Jayden Parkinson following arrests in Reading and Oxford.

The Oxford teenager was last seen in the Iffley Road area of the Oxford in mid-afternoon on December 3 and failed to return home that evening as planned.

At this stage, we are keeping an open mind as to what has happened to Jayden.

Due to the length of time she has been missing and the fact that she has made no contact with her family or friends, we are treating her disappearance very seriously.

A number of lines of inquiries have led us to this area and we are asking residents if they saw any suspicious activity on Sunday night into Monday morning.

Upton is a small area and I am hopeful someone might have seen something that they dismissed at the time but which may prove important to the investigation.

– Detective Chief Superintendent Andy Murray, of Thames Valley Police.

Jayden is white, of slim build with shoulder-length dark brown hair and brown eyes. She was wearing light blue faded jeans, a brown hooded top with red lettering on it, a black waist-length jacket, and dark trainers when she was last seen.

Two arrested on suspicion of teen murder

Two people are being questioned by police on suspicion of murder in connection with the disappearance of a 17 year-old girl after a man was arrested in Reading.

Jayden Parkinson has been missing for 10 days

Jayden Parkinson, from Oxford, has been missing for nearly two weeks and Thames Valley Police said they are keeping "an open mind" about what has happened to her. A 17-year-old boy was arrested after he attended a police station in Oxfordshire.

A 22-year-old man was arrested at an address in Christchurch Road, Reading, on Thursday night and forensic officers have been examining the property.

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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