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Summary

  1. Guard of honour formed as Didcot worker's body is recovered
  2. NHS boss was 'already doing' new job
  3. Plans to link two Oxford hospitals with a pipeline are approved
  4. Work begins to reduce noise on M40 in Oxfordshire

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Didcot power station collapse families 'in turmoil'

Now that a second body has been removed from the site at Didcot Power Station this morning the families are facing the wait to find out if the body is that of their loved one. 

Part of the old boiler house collapsed back in February, leaving the bodies of three men under the rubble.

Last week, the body of Christopher Huxtable was taken away from Didcot. A fourth man, Michael Collings from Teesside, was also killed. 

Sarah Champion, the MP for the families of Ken Cresswell and John Shaw in Rotherham, said the families had been in turmoil.

I can only describe it as mental torture. Every time the phone has rung over the last six months the families have jumped up and run to get to it just in case it’s news. They’ve felt guilty if they’ve gone away from home… in case they miss a call.

Sarah Champion
Didcot power station wreckage
TVP

Travel update: Overturned caravan on A40 Northern By-Pass

BBC Travel

There's queuing traffic and one lane is closed on the A40 Northern By-Pass Road eastbound in Oxford between Cutteslowe Roundabout and Marston, because of an overturned caravan.

Murder-accused 'had scratches on face'

Becky Godden (also known as Becky Godden Edwards)
Wiltshire Police

He is already serving a life sentence for murdering Sian O'Callaghan in 2011.

Her semi-naked body was discovered in undergrowth in Uffington, Oxfordshire, while the remains of Miss Godden were found in Eastleach, Gloucestershire in 2011.

Becky Godden (also known as Becky Godden Edwards)

Murder-accused 'had scratches on face'

A taxi driver with scratches on face appeared "distressed "and upset" after he allegedly murdered a sex worker, a court is told.

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Travel update: Stagecoach S5 service delayed

Cool heads needed for derby - Allen

Oxford United
Rex Features

A sell-out crowd in excess of 11,000 will witness the 58th A420 derby at the Kassam Stadium on Saturday.  

Oxford United

Cool heads needed for derby - Allen

Oxford assistant head coach Chris Allen says the team that "deals with the emotions" in their game with Swindon will prosper.

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Travel update: Slow traffic on A34 northbound

BBC Travel

There's very slow traffic on the A34 northbound between the Peartree Interchange in Oxford and the M40 Junction 9 in Bicester.

NHS boss was 'already doing' new job

Katrina Percy
Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust/PA Wire

It was revealed on Wednesday a new £240,000 a year post was "created for her" and she was the "only applicant".  

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust chief executive Katrina Percy

NHS boss was 'already doing' new job

The former head of a troubled NHS trust was already doing the new job created for her on top of her previous post, the trust confirms.

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Oxford flood alleviation scheme approved

Northway and Marston - Court Place Farm Storage Area
Oxford City Council

Planning permission for a £2.2m scheme to reduce flooding in Oxford has been granted. 

Oxford City Council's East Area Planning Committee gave an unanimous go-ahead for the project in the Northway and Marston wards in East Oxford. 

It approved the first phase in July. The area was affected by flash flooding in 2005, 2007 and 2012. 

John Tanner, board member for a Clean and Green Oxford, said he was "thrilled".

Northway and Marston - Peasmoor Brook Storage Area
Oxford City Council

Oxford University 'not complacent' about state school student increase

The director of outreach and undergraduate admissions at the University of Oxford has said while its recent increase in state students is encouraging there is still work to do.

The university has offered 59.2% (six out of 10) of places to pupils from state schools, up from 55.6% of places taken last year.  

Oxford University logo
PA

Dr Samina Khan said: "Though these figures are encouraging, and we are proud of the progress we have made, they will not make us complacent.  

"As well as continuing to monitor our state/independent school mix, we will also evaluate our outreach work robustly to ensure that we focus effectively on the most disadvantaged students and in areas where improvement is still needed."

"Three-day water works" on Botley Road, Oxford, cleared after 24 hours

Oxford Mail

Burst pipe repairs which were expected to cause traffic nightmares in Botley Road for three days have been cleared after just 24 hours.

Voters still don't understand PCC elections

Voters still don't understand the role of police and crime commissioners (PCC) or who the candidates were in this year's latest elections.

Conservative Anthony Stansfeld was re-elected as PCC for Thames Valley in May
BBC
Conservative Anthony Stansfeld was re-elected as PCC for Thames Valley in May

The Electoral Commission said the 2016 PCC elections were "well-run" but 72% of voters who answered a survey said they did not know very much or nothing at all about the elections.

Candidates were also overwhelmingly negative about communicating their views to voters, with 96% of those who responded saying that they were dissatisfied with the arrangements.

Voters have consistently told us that they do not have the information they need ahead of these elections to make an informed decision about who to vote for. This is a fundamental problem that needs to be addressed, which is why we continue to recommend that provision is made for candidate information to be sent to every household as happens at elections for local authority executive mayors.

Andrew ScallanDirector of electoral administration, Electoral Commission

Dressage at Blenheim Horse Trials

Dressage is taking place at today's Blenheim Horse Trials with 60,000 people expected to attend.

Meanwhile Phil Mercer has been capturing some of the showjumping.

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Millions to be spent on temporary flood defences

Press Association

Millions of pounds are being spent on new temporary flood defences after a government review. 

Environment Agency staff construct a temporary flood defence barrier
PA
Environment Agency staff construct a temporary flood defence barrier

The National Flood Resilience Review was set up after devastating floods last winter across parts of northern England, to assess how the country could be better protected from future flooding and increasing extreme weather. 

£12.5m will see four times as many temporary defences than at present held at seven strategic locations around the country - including Dalton Barracks in Abingdon.

Didcot mayor pays tribute to power station emergency workers

The mayor of Didcot has paid tribute to the emergency services, after they formed a guard of honour this morning to witness the recovery of a body from under the rubble at the town's power station.

Steve Connell said their demonstration of respect showed how much they genuinely cared for the men still missing.

The fact they bow their head to me shows they view the people they are searching for as people. It's not just a job for them, they genuinely care for everyone they are searching for. I hope they can work as fast as they can, as safely as they can. The last thing we need is another injury.

Steve ConnellMayor of Didcot

Angry residents consider legal action over hospital pipeline

Plans to link two Oxford hospitals by a pipeline to share energy have been given the go-ahead.

Work on the pipeline was stopped in January over problems with planning permision
BBC

Some people living near where the work will take place aren't happy and say they're now considering legal action.

There is an awful lot of congestion already in Headington. The works will add significantly to it... it'll be completely horrific.

Pete WestLocal resident

Road closure sparked by water pipe eruption brings traffic chaos to Botley Road

Oxford Times

This is the scene of chaos as traffic crawled along Botley Road after a water main erupted through the Tarmac.

Toddler and unborn boy killed in crash

Isla Wiggin
Thames Valley Police
Isla Wiggin, from Fleet, died in a collision on the A34 in Hinksey Hill, Oxford, alongside her unborn baby brother

Isla's family issued a statement saying she was "a loving and caring" daughter who "would have made an amazing big sister".  

Isla Wiggin

Toddler and unborn boy killed in crash

The family of a three-year-old girl and her unborn baby brother who died after a crash in Oxfordshire have paid tribute to them.

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Weather: A bright day with some sunny spells

BBC Weather Watchers

Today will be mostly bright with some sunny spells, however the cloud is likely to thicken around lunchtime and this could give the odd spot of light rain for some. Highs of 21C (70F).

The cloud will melt away this evening to leave a pleasant evening across Oxford. Although the cloud will return again overnight, most places will be staying dry.

Sunrise over Henley on Thames, by BBC Weather Watcher 'kowhai'
BBC
Sunrise over Henley on Thames, by BBC Weather Watcher 'kowhai'

Blenheim Horse Trials get under way

One of the most eagerly awaited events in the equestrian calendar – Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials – is here.

Four days of competition at Oxfordshire’s biggest sporting occasion started this morning.

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Contractors move back in as paving stones used in Frideswide Square start to break up

Oxford Mail

Businesses in Frideswide Square are infuriated after yet another set of works turned what was supposed to be a clean, modern, pedestrianised piazza into an unsightly mess.

Motorway sound reduction work begins

Noise-reducing barriers will be installed along sections in Buckinghamshire, and a worn out section in south Oxfordshire will be replaced.

Lights on motorway at dusk
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Lights on motorway at dusk

Motorway sound reduction work begins

A major resurfacing project to reduce sound pollution on large stretches of the M40 begins.

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Didcot power station: Flowers left in tribute as body is recovered

As another body was recovered from under the rubble at Didcot power station this morning, a single bunch of flowers was left at the gates in tribute.

Lone flower at Didcot power station
BBC

Hospital pipeline plan given go-ahead

The link will cut costs by transferring excess heat between the John Radcliffe and Churchill hospitals.

Oxford hospital pipework
Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
The pipeline is already being installed in trenches between the hospitals
Oxford hospital pipework

Hospital pipeline plan given go-ahead

Plans to link two Oxford hospitals by a pipeline are approved.

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Guard of honour as Didcot power station victim is recovered

A guard of honour has formed this morning as the body of one of the two remaining workmen buried under the rubble at Didcot power station was recovered.

Guard of honour at Didcot power station 8 September
Thames Valley Police

Representatives from Thames Valley Police, Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue, site owners RWE and contractors Coleman and Company lined up as the body was taken away in a private ambulance at about 06:30.

Police said the families of Ken Cresswell, 57, and John Shaw, 61, both from Rotherham, had been informed, but the body had not been identified.

The body of Christopher Huxtable, 34, from Swansea was recovered last month, while Michael Collings, 53, was found soon after the boiler house collapsed in February.

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Good morning to you all. We're set for a warm day, but some of us could see a spot or two of rain this afternoon. 

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A field of colour on a grey day in Stadhampton
Paul Cox
A field of colour on a grey day in Stadhampton