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  1. Teenage girl 'let down by services' before dying
  2. Guy Hedger shooting: No gun found in river search
  3. One year on from four-death A34 crash
  4. Berkshire term 'cheeselog' celebrated in poem
  5. Updates from Thursday 10 August

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Man fights for life after 'head-on collision'

A man is in a life-threatening condition following a "head-on collision" involving a car and a van on a sharp bend of the A4095.

The driver of the car sustained a number of life-threatening injuries and has been flown by air ambulance to the John Radcliffe Hospital.

South Central Ambulance Service was called to the crash at Radcot at about 13.40 following reports of a "head-on collision".

The driver of the van sustained minor injuries and did not require hospital treatment.

Air ambulance at A4095
Thames Valley Police
The male driver of the car was taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital by air ambulance

Horton maternity downgrade reaction

Campaigners opposed to Horton downgrade
Campaigners protested against the move outside the meeting in Oxford today

Maternity services at Horton General Hospital have been downgraded by health bosses.

It was temporarily changed to a midwife led unit last year, and that move has now been made permanent by Oxfordshire Clinicial Commissioning group.

We gave our responses, we asked lots of questions, many of which I feel haven't been fully answered, and I think our views have been fully ignored.

Victoria PrentisMP for Banbury

The Horton obstetric unit is a very small unit, it was one of the smallest in the whole of the country....recruitment is really difficult...and that is why we think the right decision is to centralise obstetrics at the John Radcliffe.

David SmithChief executive, Oxfordshire Clincial Commission Group

Severe accident: M4 Berkshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M4 Berkshire westbound severe accident, between J10 for A329 and J11 for A33.

M4 Berkshire - Queuing traffic on M4 westbound between J10 A329(M) Wokingham and J11, A33 (Reading), because of an accident earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to J8.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe accident: M40 Oxfordshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M40 Oxfordshire northbound severe accident, between J9 for A34 and J10 for A43 Brackley.

M40 Oxfordshire - One lane blocked and queuing traffic on M40 northbound between J9, A34 (Bicester) and J10, A43 (Brackley), because of an accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: A3 Hampshire northbound

BBC News Travel

A3 Hampshire northbound severe disruption, between Andlers Ash Road and B3006.

A3 Hampshire - One lane closed on A3 northbound in Liss between the Andlers Ash Road junction and Ham Barn Roundabout, because of a lorry fire, recovery work and a spillage of chemicals on the road. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Curçao international foward joins U's

Welcome to Oxford Gino van Kessel!

Ten points to anyone who can name the capital of Curaçao.

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All gates open at Boomtown

Every gate is now open at Boomtown Fair.

It follows delays earlier due to bad weather at the festival site near Winchester.

Boomtown has thanked ticket holders for their understanding and cooperation.

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'Dumped' caiman has sores on its tail and toes

The 2ft-long (60 cm) caiman was found by a lake in Somerset last Friday and is thought to have been illegally dumped.

He's now at Crocodiles of the World in Brize Norton, Oxfordshire, where he has been given an inspection and full health check.

Shaun Foggett, director of the attraction, said the caiman was now in quarantine and would hopefully be put on display one day for visitors to see.

"He wasn't underweight, which was very surprising," said Shaun.

"I don't think he was out in the reservoir for very long. If he'd been out in our climate he would've deteriorated very quickly."

Video courtesy of Crocodiles of the World

"Dumped" caiman has sores on its tail and toes, according to carers.

Wheatley nursery shut down over child protection failings

The nursery

A nursery in Oxfordshire has been shut down by a regulator over fears children could be put at risk.

Siblings Nursery of Wheatley was closed by Ofsted in March after the Local Safeguarding Children Board raised concerns about its policies.

The watchdog carried out an investigation and found it was not meeting child protection requirements.

Ofsted ordered the nursery to make improvements, but found action had still not been taken on a second visit.

It has now withdrawn the nursery's registration permanently after inspectors raised concerns that "children may be at risk of harm".

Water voles thriving in Hampshire again

Water vole
British Waterways

An animal that was once wiped out in part of Hampshire is now thriving again thanks to a project that's reintroduced it to the wild.

Water voles were locally extinct in the Meon Valley but after five years of work to bring them back they are now thought to be doing well.

In that time more than 2,000 have been brought to the area in the biggest water vole release ever attempted in the country.

Police appeal after man assaulted with pool cue

Police are trying to trace a wanted man from Reading.

They have released an image of the 34-year-old known as 'Rafal' and also 'Rafcio'.


He's wanted in connection with an assault on a 23-year-old man in a property in Gower Street on 8 July who was hit about 10 times to the head and body with a pool cue.

PC Susannah Procter described it as an "unprovoked and brutal attack, which has left the victim with a broken rib as well as other cuts and bruises to his head and body".

She added: "Rafal has links to the Oxford Road area of Reading and frequents the White Eagle pub in the road which is opposite Belmont Road.

"He is a white Polish man, about 5ft 7ins, with dark short hair, of athletic build with tattoos."

A4095 closed in Oxfordshire

Police say the A4095 is closed between Radcot and Clanfield due to a crash.

It happened between Church Street and Langley Lane.

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Sunbeams in Aldershot

Campaigners describe Merrydale in Winchester and Sunbeams in Aldershot as a "lifeline".

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Labour criticises government hospital asset sales

Labour has accused the government of selling off valuable hospital assets to help plug a hole in NHS finances.

Figures from data body NHS Digital show that the amount of NHS land in England earmarked for sale has more than doubled in the past year.

Analysis commissioned by Labour found 117 sites deemed surplus were still in medical or clinical use.

Ministers said selling land would give vital funds for patient care and free up space for much needed new housing.


The sites include Broadmoor Hospital and the former Battle Hospital site, both in Berkshire.

Severe accident: A4095 Oxfordshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A4095 Oxfordshire both ways severe accident, between Church Street and Langley Lane.

A4095 Oxfordshire - A4095 Radcot Street in Faringdon closed and slow traffic in both directions between the Church Street junction and the Langley Lane junction, because of an accident involving van and car.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Used syringes found in Oxford city churchyard

Lorry hits pedestrian near Wareham

There has been a serious crash between a pedestrian and a lorry near Wareham in Dorset.

Dorset Police said: "Officers are currently responding to a serious road traffic collision on Bere Road near Wareham between a lorry and a pedestrian that occurred at around 12:55.

"Air ambulance has been requested.

"The road has been closed between the A35 and Wareham. Closures are likely to be in place for some time and motorists are advised to find alternative routes."

More outpatient services at Horton General Hospital

More diagnosis and outpatient services are to be provided at Horton General Hospital.

The decision was made at the same meeting where health bosses permanently downgraded maternity services at the hospital to a midwife-led unit.

It was the fourth of five recommendations which were all agreed at the Oxfordshire Clincial Commissioning Group meeting in Oxford today.

Board member, Dr Paul Park, said the proposals had been "well received" by the public.

Severe disruption: M27 Hampshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M27 Hampshire westbound severe disruption, at J11 for A27 Fareham.

M27 Hampshire - M27 lane closed on exit slip road westbound at J11, A27 (Fareham), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Andy Mellors

Andy Mellors confirms new fleet of trains will retain a "second person" on board, but refuses to say what that person's role will be.

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BreakingHorton General Hospital's maternity unit downgraded

The board of the Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group has voted in favour of permanently downgrading the Horton's maternity unit.

Delay on Horton hospital future 'would lead to uncertainty'

Marcus Liddell

BBC Radio Oxford

The board continues to discuss the proposal to permanently downgrade the maternity unit at Horton General Hospital.

It was temporarily changed to a midwife-led unit last year due to a shortage of doctors.

Louise Wallace, lay member for public and patient involvement, said there were "very, very, strong" public views, adding that all of the 1,200 public comments were against the change.

She called for the decision to be delayed, but Dr Karen Collision said that would lead to "uncertainty".

BreakingPort Solent power back on

Power has been restored to hundreds of properties in Portsmouth.

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) said: "[We were] alerted to a power cut in the PO6 area at 10:00 on Thursday after a fault was detected on a HV line. 600 customers were affected, most have now been reconnected with one currently without supply.

"Engineers are on site carrying out repairs, and aim to have all customers back on later this afternoon.

"SSEN would like to apologise to its customers for any inconvenience this power cut has caused and thanks them for their patience while our engineers work to safely restore their supply."

Weymouth's Tudor House Museum is in danger of closing - unless it can bolster its team of volunteers

Dorothy Hyman is the museum's custodian.

Closure of 146 beds agreed across NHS trust

Marcus Liddell

BBC Radio Oxford

The latest from today's meeting of Oxfordshire's Clinical Commissioning Group (OCCG) is an agreement for the permanent closure of 146 hospital beds across Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, to pay for more care outside of hospital.

Of that number, 110 have already been closed as part of a trial which started in November 2016.

The other 36 will be shut if OCCG can show progress in tackling delayed transfers of care - those patients who are in hospital but well enough to leave.

Two more recommendations remain, including the controversial proposals for maternity services at Horton General Hospital.

Voting at OCCG meeting

Delays building for Boomtown Fair festival

A34 crash mother wants to train as special constable

Justin Dealey

BBC Three Counties Radio

A woman from Dunstable, whose daughter was killed in a car crash, has said she wants to train as a special constable to try and prevent other road deaths.

Aimee Goldsmith
Family photo

Kate Goldsmith's daughter Aimee, 11, as well as her stepbrothers and their mother, were killed on the A34 in Berkshire last August when a lorry ploughed into stationary traffic.

Tomasz Kroker was looking at his phone screen. He was jailed for ten years.

Earlier this year, Ms Goldsmith joined traffic officers on patrol in the fight against drivers using mobile phones at the wheel.

On the first anniversary of the deaths, she's told the BBC that she wants to work with the police to warn people of the dangers.

"I just could not believe how much the police are expected to do, and they do it on such limited resources and they're very effective," she said.

"I want to help them, and if there's anyway I can help them then it's through being a special."

Stroke patients will no longer be taken to Horton Hospital

Marcus Liddell

BBC Radio Oxford

All patients in Oxfordshire suspected of having suffered a stroke will be taken to the specialist unit at the John Radcliffe Hospital, health bosses have agreed.

It was the second of five recommendations being considered by Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group's board today.

Port Solent power cut: Shops, bars and restaurants closed

A power cut has left parts of Port Solent marina, Cosham and surrounding areas without electricity, causing shops and restaurants to close.

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Four-vehicle crash on A34 near Weston-on-the-Green

We have details of a collision on the A34 in Oxfordshire this morning.

South Central Ambulance Service was called at 07:37 BST to the A34 at Weston-on-the-Green just after the Bletchingdon turn off.

"One patient with facial injuries has been taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital and the other two patients involved were assessed, treated and discharged at the scene," it said.

Thames Valley Police described it as a "four-vehicle collision".

It added: "Officers attended and several of the vehicles required recovery. The A34 was clear by 09:30."

Red Arrows Day organisers give travel advice ahead of town's 'busiest day'

Organisers have warned people coming to Red Arrows Day in Lyme Regis to arrive as early as possible as car park spaces are already filling up.

They describe it as the "busiest day of the year" in the town. The display takes place at 18:15.

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Horton Hospital downgrades critical care unit

Marcus Liddell

BBC Radio Oxford

The first of the five recommendations being discussed at today's Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group meeting has been approved.

The level three critical care unit at the Horton General Hospital, which looks after patients with the greatest needs (intensive care), will become a level two care unit.

It means the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford will have the only level three critical care unit, and patients with the greatest needs will have to be treated at the hospital.

It was backed by 11 out of the 13 voting board members.

CCTV released after assault in Newbury

Thames Valley Police has released CCTV pictures after a man in a wheelchair was assaulted in Newbury.

The 21-year-old was in The Wharf when he was mocked for his disability.

A man who went to help him was then hit and knocked unconscious by the attacker.

Newbury CCTV

Severe accident: A4130 Berkshire westbound

BBC News Travel

A4130 Berkshire westbound severe accident, between Aston Lane and Remenham Church Lane.

A4130 Berkshire - Heavy traffic on A4130 westbound in Remenham Hill between the Aston Lane junction and the Remenham Church Lane junction, because of an accident earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Dorset cliff path rebuild axed over costs

Plans to rebuild a cliff path in Dorset have been scrapped after it was estimated it could cost up to £1.25m.

The "zig-zag" from Highcliffe Castle, near Christchurch, was closed by Christchurch Borough Council in March amid safety fears.

A survey of the path by engineers revealed its retaining timber supports could collapse at any time.

The "zig-zag" from Highcliffe Castle
Kenneth Goodwin

The authority said it was now looking to make the path safe and would explore other options to give access to the beach.

The council had earmarked £365,000 for the project and had been awarded £280,000 by the Coastal Communities Fund.

The authority said out of nine structure options considered the estimated cost for implementing the cheapest viable solution "could have been up to £1.25m" leaving a funding gap of £670,000.

MP says NHS proposals 'should be put on hold'

Marcus Liddell

BBC Radio Oxford

OCCG meeting

Banbury MP Victoria Prentis has told the Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (OCCG) meeting that women will face one-and-half hour car journeys whilst in labour if new plans are approved.

She asked the board to put all the proposals on hold, except the recommendation to take all patients suspected of having suffered a stroke to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.

Meanwhile, Witney & West Oxfordshire MP Robert Courts said the constitution process was flawed and called for it to be restarted.