A woman slipped while she was cutting roses in her waterfront garden and fell into the River Thames, an inquest heard.

Keen gardener Sally Cadbury’s body was found in the river near Grafton Lock, 500m downstream from her home in Easton Hastings, near Faringdon, on November 5 last year.

The 76-year-old was reported missing by her family the previous evening.

Mrs Cadbury, born in New Delhi in 1945, was last known to have been pruning roses on the bank close to the river’s edge.

The bank near the rose bushes was uneven and slippery, an inquest at Oxford Coroner's Court heard.

Recording a conclusion of accidental death, assistant coroner Judith Leach said: “It appears Sally probably lost her footing on the slippery bank and fell into the river during late evening on November 4, 2021.”

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