A MOTHER has told of her terror as she saw her four-year-old son stuck on a 30ft-high roof.
George Groves clambered on to the roof looking for an escape, after he accidentally became stuck in a bathroom on the top floor.
Firefighters had to rescue the boy from the roof of the home in The Slade, Wood Farm. George’s mum Ying said: “I was terrified, but I knew in that moment I had to be calm for him.
“I feel very lucky that he was so calm, and I am so proud of him.
“I felt very emotional and very teary afterwards. I still get teary now.”
She added: “I do hope people do not label me as irresponsible. I really regret that I did not go upstairs to check, but I was planning to check after we finished lunch.
“George is always very careful and sensible so I trusted him to be safe.”
The fire crew from Slade Park station found George sat in the plastic guttering, which they described as “perilous, flexible and weak”. They said it “could have given way at any time”.
The crew rescued him using a 13.5-metre ladder.
Dr Groves, who owns an online lingerie business, said: “I did hear a cry, but because it came from outside I didn’t think about it.
“George doesn’t cry like that. I didn’t think there was any risk.
“I have no idea how long he was up there, maybe a half-hour.”
The 51-year-old, who lives with George and her husband Richard in North Oxford, said: “He was sitting in the lotus position. He was very still, very quiet and very calm.
“All he said was ‘Mummy, I want a cuddle’.”
Dr Groves and her son had popped round to visit Karen Chen’s home on Wednesday afternoon.
The homeowner Mrs Chen said: “George and his mum came round for lunch.
“We were sitting down in the dining room and eating, and George went off to play in the bedroom upstairs.
“There’s a bathroom and the door is a bit funny, you have to slide it rather than pull it like a normal door. He couldn’t get out, and it was a hot day so the window was open.”
George climbed on top of the toilet and through the open window on to the roof.
Nazakat Ali, who works at the nearby BMW garage, raised the alarm.
The 36-year-old Headington resident said: “I was cycling very slowly, and I saw the boy on the roof and I stopped. I was really shocked.
“The boy said ‘Help me please’, so I knocked on the door.
“It was just lucky that he called out. Honestly, I was so shocked. My son, Ayaan, is that age, and the idea of it happening to him is bad.”
Mrs Chen, 52, said: “A passer-by knocked on the door and he was so impatient, I thought he was a postman delivering a parcel.
“As soon as I opened the door he grabbed me by the arm and dragged me out to the front and shouted ‘Boy on the roof!’ My heart just stopped.”
She said: “We are so grateful. I really want to be able to thank him.”
5:10pm Thursday 8th October 2015
A 15-YEAR-OLD girl was raped in Barns Road, Cowley on her way to the bus stop. According to Thames Valley Police the girl was walking to the stop before Blackbird Leys bridge between 2pm and 4pm on Sunday, September 20. She was approached by a man who walked alongside her. As they came to the bridge he grabbed her arm and pulled her down to a muddy track at the side of the bridge. He then raped the victim and left her on the track, walking away. The offender is described as white, aged in his late teens, 5ft 7ins or 5ft 8ins tall and slim. He had very short dark hair, blue eyes, freckles on his face and a short ginger beard, and was wearing a chain around his neck, black trainers and dark grey Nike jogging bottoms. The girl reported the rape to police on Tuesday ((06/10)) this week. Investigating officer Det Insp Steve Raffield of Banbury CID said: “Specialist officers are supporting the victim who has reported this rape to us. "What happened to this young girl is unimaginable and I am sure that members of the public will be shocked to hear about this incident, which happened in broad daylight. "“A full investigation is now under way and there are officers in the area today making enquiries and providing reassurance to members of the public who may have concerns. “Incidents like this are extremely rare, but it is essential that we identify the offender as soon as possible. I would urge anyone who has any information about this incident, or who saw or heard anything out of the ordinary in the Barns Road area around the time of the offence, to contact me as soon as possible by calling 101.”
5:00pm Thursday 8th October 2015
A boy has been taken to hospital after being involved in a crash in Bicester.
6:36pm Thursday 8th October 2015
CCTV footage from an Oxford travellers’ site has shown a man who was allegedly kept as a slave being pushed around and treated “like a ragdoll”.
4:50pm Thursday 8th October 2015
AN E-FIT of a man who ran away after being caught holding a little girl's hand in Greater Leys has been released by Thames Valley Police. According to officers, a two-year-old girl was playing outside a property in Shepherds Hill at about 6.20pm on Friday, September 11. When her mother came to check on her she saw a man holding the girl's hand. When she challenged the man, he ran away. He is described as white, in his thirties, about 5ft 7ins or 5ft 8ins with short spiky blond or brown hair. He was wearing a knee-length jacket that may have been leather. Investigating officer Det Con Lorna Briggs of Force CID in Oxford said: “We are keeping an open mind regarding this incident. There might be a innocent explanation as to why the man was holding the girl’s hand. “If anyone recognises the man in the E-fit or has any information about the incident then please contact your local police station."
4:50pm Thursday 8th October 2015
A BEGGAR has been banned by police from approaching people in Oxford and asking them for money, food or cigarettes.
7:50am Thursday 8th October 2015
MISSING teen Michaela Rose from Chipping Norton was found safe and well last night.
4:50pm Thursday 8th October 2015
A shop manager had to put out a bin fire after a suspected arson attack.
3:27pm Thursday 8th October 2015
Arsonists set a tent ablaze on Sunday afternoon.
10:05am Thursday 8th October 2015
FIRE crews battled a blaze believed to be started by children at a disused factory in Bicester yesterday evening.
9:00am Thursday 8th October 2015
REVITALISED book sales will get a further boost today as literature lovers rush in to buy up 503 new hardback titles.
8:00am Thursday 8th October 2015
A NEW scheme to build more starter homes in Oxford has been angrily dismissed as a “get-out clause” for house builders.
7:00am Thursday 8th October 2015
BUSKING and begging will remain part of a controversial crackdown on city centre antisocial behaviour, despite concerns it will breach human rights laws.
6:30am Thursday 8th October 2015
A HOSPICE is urging qualified children’s nurses who may have taken a break from work to consider getting back into it.
6:00am Thursday 8th October 2015
ALMOST 100 people have signed a petition demanding more frequent bus services in Littlemore.