From deep water to behind bars

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Trenton Oldfield – the man who jumped into the river Thames and disrupted the annual boat race – has been jailed for six months for causing a public nuisance.

At the time of his arrest the 36-year-old Australian native said that his stunt had been to highlight what he perceived as elitism in the United Kingdom as well the harsh government spending cuts.

Oldfield swam in front of the Oxford and Cambridge crews at the halfway point of the annual varsity race in April, narrowly avoiding being injured by the blades of the oars.

As Oldfield was dragged out of the Thames by Police the 158th race was restarted with Cambridge eventually going on to win after the Oxford crew broke an oar in an incident-plagued event.