Police Cordon in Oxford Near Cherwell River

Police Cordon in Oxford Near Cherwell River after teenage boys who were fishing found what is believed to be a military mortar.

Here is the latest from Thames Valley Police

Thames Valley Police officers have located the suspicious item which was found yesterday (7/10) in the Cherwell River in Christchurch Meadow.

Two teenage boys who were fishing in the river found what is believed to be a military mortar.

Following an appeal, officers today located the boys who directed them to the item.

The area in which the item was located has been contained, and experts from the armed forces are on their way to the scene where they will deal appropriately with the device.

Investigating officer Ch Supt Andy Boyd, head of Thames Valley Neighbourhood Policing, said: “I am very grateful to the members of the public who helped to share our appeal, and for spreading the message about this incident.

“I am also grateful to the two boys who helped us locate this item and ensure that it was safe and that no members of the public are at risk.

“I understand that some people who wished to use the park today have been inconvenienced, and I would like to thank them for their ongoing understanding and patience.”

Recently Played Tracks

To listen live, choose your preferred location:


On TV: 24 Reasons We Heart Christmas!

12pm - 2pm

Watch heart TV

  • Chris Rea Driving Home For Christmas



  • Jona Lewie Stop The Cavalry



  • Demi Lovato Let It Go



  • The Darkness Christmas Time



Heart VIP


Autumn Weather

Find your local four day weather report here.

Listening To Radio Win With Heart

Make Heart the soundtrack to your day and you could be a winner with great prizes up for grabs throughout the day.

Follow Heart on Twitter