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Summary

  1. Body found at Didcot power station
  2. Maternity services at Horton hospital to be downgraded
  3. Anger at Southern Health chief exec move
  4. Calls for A34 lorry restrictions

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More thoughts for Didcot families

Wantage MP: 'We are closer to bringing closure to the families'

Thoughts of police with Didcot victims' families

Petition against Horton changes handed in

Didcot body find: full story

Here is the full story on the body found in the wreckage of Didcot power station.

The remains of the boiler house were demolished in July, as it was too dangerous for anyone to search for the missing men while the building was still partially standing.

Footage of Didcot boiler demolition

BreakingBody found at Didcot power station

Chris Brown

BBC News

Police have confirmed a body has been found at Didcot power station today following the partial collapse of the boiler house in February.

Thames Valley Police says the families of the three men missing since the collapse have been informed.

Contractors have paused the removal of debris so that specialists from Thames Valley Police, Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue and the South Central Ambulance Service Hazardous Area Recovery Team can enter the site.  

The person has not yet been formally identified.

Didcot power station following the collapse
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Fresh appeal for alleged drug gang leader

A fresh appeal has been made to catch the alleged leader of a drugs gang following the largest-ever UK seizure of mephadrone.

Sohail Dawood
TVP

Sohail Dawood, 33, formerly of Chipping Norton, is wanted on suspicion of conspiracy to deal the drug and ketamine between September 2014 and January 2015. 

He has links to Pakistan and Dubai and was believed to have fled the UK. 

Three members of the gang have already been sentenced.

BBC South Weather

The latest weather on Wednesday, 31 August 2016 with Bee Tucker.

Horton Hospital: NHS trust board agrees to temporary downgrade of maternity service

The board of an NHS trust has agreed to temporarily downgrade an Oxfordshire hospital's maternity service because of a shortage of qualified doctors. 

Campaigners have staged a series of protests at the Horton General Hospital
BBC
Campaigners have staged a series of protests at the Horton General Hospital

The maternity unit at Banbury's Horton General Hospital will be midwife-led from October, with specialist services transferred to Oxford's John Radcliffe Hospital. 

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (OUHT) said the decision was made in the interests of patient safety. 

But the board admitted the decision could be subject to a judicial review.

BreakingConfirmed: Horton hospital maternity unit to be downgraded

The hospital's maternity unit will be midwife-led from October, a meeting of Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust's board has decided.

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Oxfordshire dog named 'Hero pet of Britain'

An Oxfordshire dog has won the Hero Pet category at the Amplifon Charles Holland Awards for Brave Britons.

Assistance dog Mabel, from Banbury, Oxon, scooped the prestigious prize in front of her 11-year-old owner Alex White.

Alex, has high-functioning autism and Asperger’s Syndrome.

Four-year-old Mabel was matched with Alex by the charity 'Dogs for Good' two years ago. 

Mabel helps him do things such as crossing roads and accompanies him on trips to the shops.

Mabel the dog with her owner Alex posing for a picture with the award judges
Amplifon
Mabel and Alex receiving the award

Mabel means so much to me. I’m so shocked that Mabel and me won an award. It’s going to go in my bedroom.

Alex

Civil nuclear police lose pension battle

Police who guard Britain's nuclear facilities have lost a legal challenge to new rules which could see them working beyond the age of 65.

Sellafield in Cumbria is one of the sites that is guarded by the Civil Nuclear Constabulary
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Sellafield in Cumbria is one of the sites that is guarded by the Civil Nuclear Constabulary

It was brought by the Civil Nuclear Constabulary police federation which has its headquarters at Culham.

It says its members won't be able to protect people from terrorism if they have to work over the age of 60.

Campaigners show their support for maternity services

Campaigners opposing plans to downgrade Horton hospital maternity unit are protesting at John Radcliffe Hospital.

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Horton hospital meeting: Judicial review warning

Bethan Phillips

Political reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust has received a notice from solicitors that a decision to downgrade the Horton hospital's maternity unit may be subject to an application for judicial review.

The crunch meeting of the trust board is now in session to decide whether maternity services will be midwife-led, thanks to a failure to recruit enough doctors.

Fury at new role for criticised NHS boss

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust chief executive Katrina Percy
BBC

Ms Percy's salary is quoted in the trust's annual report as between £180,000 and £190,000.  

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust chief executive Katrina Percy

Mother's fury at new role for NHS boss

An NHS trust's decision to move its boss to a new role with the same salary is a "scandal", according to the mother of a teenager who died under its watch.

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Tow, tow, tow, your boat

Thames Valley Police stopped the driver of this vehicle earlier after they were spotted towing a boat down the M40.

They tweeted: #notworththerisk.

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People 'really angry' over Percy appointment

Gail Hanrahan, from the Oxfordshire Family Support Network, said people were "really angry" that Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust boss Katrina Percy (pictured) had been given another job in the trouble-hit organisation.

Katrina Percy
BBC

She added: "It's typical NHS culture, just shifting the deck chairs.

"There seems to be no consequences for her after years of documented failure... nothing surprises me anymore with what the trust do.

"They seem to go against everything that makes sense to everybody.

"It makes you wonder what you have to do to get sacked from a high powered NHS job."

Travel update: Lane reopens on A423 eastbound following four-vehicle collision

Lanes have been reopened but there are still long delays on the A423 Southern Bypass eastbound in Oxford between Kennington Roundabout and Heyford Hill Roundabout, following the accident involving three cars and a lorry.

Crash on A4142
Tim Davies

Man caught filming woman in changing room

A man has been caught filming a woman in a changing room in Oxford.

Thames Valley Police has released a picture of a man who they say may have information about the individual.

The woman was in her 20s. It happened between 13:30 and 13:45 on Saturday at the River Island Store in Cornmarket Street.

A man walking
BBC
CCTV image of the man the Police are hoping to speak to

Rail firm to test Uber-style app pay

An iPhone used to make a contactless payment on the London Underground
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Bluetooth sensors at train stations could calculate when passengers board and depart

The rail network wants to pilot a ticketing system that scans people's phones to detect when they get on and off a train.  

An iPhone used to make a contactless payment on the London Underground

Rail firm to test Uber-style app pay

Smartphones could soon replace the traditional rail ticket if an experiment by Chiltern Railways is successful.

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Oxford United 4 Exeter City 2

Ross Heaton

BBC Oxford Sport

Oxford United sit top of their Checkatrade Trophy group this morning after winning their opening match of the group stage against Exeter City last night. 

Tyler Roberts, Chris Maguire, Ryan Taylor and Alex MacDonald got the Oxford goals in a 4-2 win. 

Despite some fans boycotting the competition because of the introduction of Premier League's academy teams, the attendance at the Kassam Stadium did just top 1,500. 

Meanwhile it's transfer deadline day. Oxford United are in the market for a winger and another defender with summer signing Aaron Martin away from the club for personal reasons, and Curtis Nelson and Joe Skarz both injured. 

Boss Michael Appleton has until 23:00 tonight to do a deal. 

Four people injured in road accident on A423

Four people have been taken to hospital, one with serious injuries after an accident between the Kennington Roundabout and Heyford Hill Roundabout between the A4144 and the A4142.

Three ambulance crews attended the scene before taking the casualties to John Radcliffe Hospital.

South Central Ambulance Service say one of the people suffered "serious leg injuries".

Diversions are in operation, north on the A34 to Peartree, through the roadworks at Wolvercote and the Northern Bypass back down the other side of Oxford. Congestion to Hinksey Hill Interchange.

Oxford's take on Great British Bake Off - Biscuit Week

BBC Oxford's Lilley Mitchell has been out and about looking at some of Oxford's baking talent...

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Summer 2016, has it been a good one?

Today is the last day of 'Meterological Summer', which runs from June to August.

Well that went quickly! How has the summer been for you?

Did you know? Today is the last day of meteorological #summer bit.ly/YZtXE0

Did you know? Today is the last day of meteorological #summer bit.ly/YZtXE0

Katrina Percy salary decision 'a scandal'

A decision to allow the former chief executive of the Southern Health NHS trust to keep her £190,000 salary has been questioned by the mother of an Oxford teenager who died while in the trust's care. 

Katrina Percy stood down as the trust's chief executive but will remain with the NHS and work on a different project involving GPs in Hampshire. 

There had been calls for Percy to resign after regulators found that the trust had failed to investigate the unexpected deaths of hundreds of patients, including Connor Sparrohawk. 

Sara Ryan
BBC

His mother Sara Ryan (pictured) said: "She failed as a chief executive. How she could possibly keep the same salary?... it is a scandal."

Travel update: Queue from Kidlington to Cutteslowe

Al Ryan

BBC Oxford travel presenter

It's taking 15 minutes on the A4165 Banbury Road from the Kidlington Sainsbury's roundabout to the Cutteslowe Roundabout.

A single lane on approach is the cause of the queues. 

It's also very slow from Yarnton to the Wolvercote roundabout, and there's traffic congestion around the A415 Frilford Road junction.

Horton Hospital 'crunch meeting' later

Kate Gibson

BBC Oxford News

Campaigners say there's still hope that doctor-led maternity services at Banbury's Horton Hospital can be saved. 

A crunch meeting's being held this afternoon. 

Horton campaigners
BBC

Keith Strangwood, chair of Keep the Horton General, said: "It would be catastrophic not just for the Horton but the whole of Oxfordshire because the JR [John Radcliffe Hospital] won’t be able to cope."

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said the decision was being made with patient safety in mind, and the measure will only be until it can find enough doctors to fill vacant posts. 

Call for new lorry rules on A34

There have been calls for lorry restrictions on the A34 after two fatal crashes in two weeks.

Now an action group has been set up to look into making the road safer.

Weather: Dry day with some cloud

BBC Weather

A dry day, but turning cloudy later, and the odd spot of rain will be possible by the afternoon. 

Highs of 21C (70F).

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