AN unexpected pre-Christmas dip was experienced by a 37-year-old Henley postman on Thursday last week when he dived
AN unexpected pre-Christmas dip was experienced by a 37-year-old Henley postman on Thursday last week when he dived into the swollen River Thames to save a three-year-old boy from drowning. Malcolm Scott Russell, a married man with four children, was on a parcel round and walking along Thames Side before the rescue took place. He noticed a little boy standing on some steps near the bridge and then his attention was drawn to a man who came running. Mr Russell was told that the boy was in the water, so he swiftly leaped over the fence near the steps.
Although Henley and district did not have a fall of snow over the Christmas period, residents and motorists experienced very frosty conditions and roads in the area were particularly icy on Boxing Day. Five persons were slightly injured in three accidents and there were numerous damage-only incidents.
The main Nettlebed to Reading road was blocked for nearly four hours on Friday when a coal lorry overturned and its load of 10 tons of coke was scattered cross the road. As the lorry, owned by Freemans of Thame, was going down the one-in-nine gradient of Peppard Hill the vehicle went out of control.