A student from Christ Church suffered injuries and temporary memory loss after being mugged on his way back to college after a night out at The Bridge last week.Benjamin Anderson, an finalist Engineer, was attacked as he was walking past Hythe Bridge in the early hours of Friday 7th May.“I was walking alone back to college after leaving The Bridge. The only thing I recall is the flash of a face, and I don’t remember anything until I was back at the porters’ lodge at my college,” said Anderson.“I then spent the night at the A&E Department at the John Radcliffe Hospital until about 9am, where I had CT scans and an x-ray.”Thames Valley Police confirmed that the incident took place at around 2am. A spokesperson said, “A man was assaulted near Hythe Bridge as he was walking towards George Street from Park End Street.“The victim had his phone and wallet stolen, and suffered a temporary memory loss. He sustained cuts to his face, swelling to his eye area and has a chipped tooth.”Thames Valley Police are still looking for witnesses to help identify the assailant. Anderson “recalls that the attacker was a white male, about 6 feet tall and had short hair.” Anderson said that he cannot remember exactly what the man looked like, and that the police are currently looking at CCTV footage in order to try and identify him.“It’s all a bit hazy, the only thing I remember is him moving.”Anderson said that he was “not traumatized, but definitely pissed off. This is not something I would have expected to happen to me, having been in Oxford for three years. It’s not like you shouldn’t go out at all, but it is important to keep your wits about you.”Following the incident, Ian Watson, the Christ Church Junior Censor, circulated an e-mail to students, suggesting precautions in order to avoid being attacked when out at night.The e-mail read: “Some of you will already know that another Junior Member of Christ Church was attacked last night, on leaving The Bridge in the early hours.Although, fortunately, his injuries are less serious than they at first seemed, the attack seems to be have been vicious.”After highlighting the need to be careful when out late at night, and saying that it is better to leave in groups rather than alone, the e-mail warned that “size matters, but in a perverse way.”Watson said, “Across the country, large males are the most likely group to be attacked, because they seem worthy targets to inebriated male assailants (by far the most common category).“It’s no use thinking that if you are large and sporty you will be able to defend yourself. You won’t, because the attack will probably be over before you have time to react. Oxford is still not Detroit, but there is a need for great care nonetheless.”One student told Cherwell, “I never think twice about walking home alone at night. I always think of Oxford as such a safe place, regardless of the time of day”.Dani Quinn, OUSU Vice President for Welfare, circulated a message to JCRs urging caution to students. “Students are one of the most likely groups to fall victim to crime. It’s easy to avoid trouble if you know what you’re doing. Don’t be a statistic: take basic steps to avoid a bad ending to a great night.”
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Two men tied a woman up at gunpoint during an Island Park home invasion before they were chased off by her husband and fled with keys this week, Nassau County police said.The 42-year-old victim was entering her Kingston Boulevard home when two men hiding behind a parked vehicle forced their way inside with her and tied her up with a phone chord shortly before 9 a.m. Wednesday, police said.One of the assailants flashed a handgun and stayed with the victim while the other went upstairs to search for valuables when he was confronted by the victim’s husband, who was in bed, police said.The husband chased the duo out of the house before they fled in a black, two-door BMW with tinted windows that was last seen heading southbound on Broadway.The victim was not injured.Both suspects were described as white men wearing dark clothing, black hooded sweatshirts and white sneakers. The first suspect was described as 6-feet, 2-inches tall with a medium build, wearing tan army pants and armed with a black revolver. The second was 5-feet, 8-inches tall with a heavy build.Fourth Squad detectives request that if anyone has information regarding the case to contact the Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous.
Manchester United have privately confirmed reports that Ferguson is booked in for surgery immediately after the club return from their three-week pre-season tour at the end of July. That Ferguson will have his summer break and then travel to Thailand, Australia, Japan and Hong Kong before the operation suggests he is not going to be sidelined for too long. However, United must face either Manchester City or Wigan in the Community Shield at Wembley on August 11, with their title defence due to begin the following weekend. Press Association Sir Alex Ferguson is to have a hip operation that could see him miss the start of next season. No timescale is being put on Ferguson’s likely absence but it would require a rapid recovery from the 71-year-old in order for him to be back in the dug-out by then. Ferguson has always said his health would dictate how long he would carry on as United manager. He was taken ill at a function in his native Scotland almost 12 months ago, although his nosebleeds were put down to the amount of short flights he had undertaken. Ferguson subsequently missed pre-season matches in Norway and Germany and also sat out a mid-winter break in Qatar. Other than that though, he has remained in bullish mood and on Friday poured champagne for journalists attending his press conference at United’s Carrington training ground in recognition of a 13th Premier League title.