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Summary

  1. Updates for Friday 2 December
  2. Plans to build about 13,000 new homes in Oxfordshire signed off
  3. Driver of lorry arrested after seven vehicle pile-up near Faringdon yesterday

Live Reporting

By Anna Browning, Alex Regan and Dave Gilyeat

All times stated are UK

Stags to make three more signings

Charlie Slater

BBC Radio Nottingham sports reporter

Meanwhile at Mansfield, manager Steve Evans is hoping to add three more to the six he's already signed this window. 

Steve Evans
BBC

Northampton's Alfie Potter and Oxford's Alex MacDonald are among the names linked with the club.  

Today's weather: Dank and wet but mild temperatures

It's another fairly wet and dank day with some of us waking to outbreaks of rain. 

There is some hill fog hanging about at the moment, which should clear up soon, it will be fairly mild in terms of temperatures with some getting up to 11C. 

But tonight there will be more concentrated rain. 

Good morning

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Today we'll be bringing you the news as it happens from across the county until 18:00.

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Weather: Mild and dry

Holly Green has the forecast for Friday
Holy cow
Two cows have received a blessing at St Paul's Cathedral as part of a celebration of British livestock.
Cambridge men win Varsity match

Gary Smee

BBC Sport

Cambridge beat Oxford for the first time in seven years in the 135th men's Varsity match at Twickenham, while Oxford women win.

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Severe disruption: M40 Oxfordshire northbound

BBC Travel

M40 Oxfordshire northbound severe disruption, between J6 for B4009 and J7 for A40.

M40 Oxfordshire - Very slow traffic and one lane closed on M40 northbound between J6, B4009 (Watlington) and J7, A40 (Thame), because of a broken down vehicle.

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Paul Wells

A man who raped a 15-year-old girl and committed a string of other sex offences is jailed for 12 years.

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Scunthorpe

League One leaders Scunthorpe visit Oxford United in the last 16 of the EFL Trophy and there is one all-under-21 tie.

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Matt Smith

The family of an Oxford student who died during a university ski trip in France describes him as "kind, generous and loyal".

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M4 J13 begins to clear

South Central Ambulance update on J13 HGV crash

Rob England

BBC News online

I've just spoken to a South Central Ambulance spokesperson who gave us these details:

  • They received the call to attend the scene at approximately 02:50 GMT, a rapid response unit responded.
  • Two lorries were involved in the collision, the first going into the central reservation and hitting the second.
  • The driver of the first vehicle complained of chest pains, and was taken to John Radcliffe hospital in Oxford.

BreakingM4 reopens at J13

We have had a number of calls from drivers who tell us that the M4 is now back open at junction 13.

It has been closed since 02:45 GMT following a collision between two HGVs.

More as we get it.

County council HQ

Oxfordshire County Council claims it is on "solid financial footing" as it looks to cut £7m of its services, compared to £50m last year.

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M4 collision: Police appeal for witnesses

A lorry driver has been taken to hospital with serious injuries after a collision on the M4 this morning.

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses to the collision between two HGVs which happened at 02.38 GMT between Junction 13 at Chievely and Junction 14 at Hungerford.

No arrests have been made.

We are appealing for anyone who was travelling on the M4 in either direction this morning between the times of 2.30am and 3am near to Junction 13 and 14 of the M4 Westbound to come forward as they may have information to help us with our investigation.

Sergeant Tony GriffithsInvestigating Officer

Weather: Mild with light rain

Emily Wood has the forecast for Thursday

M4 junction 13 traffic cameras

M4 looking westbound with queues on the eastbound carriageway
Highways England
M4 looking westbound with queues on the eastbound carriageway
J13 looking east with queues towards Newbury
Highways England
J13 looking east with queues towards Newbury

Severe congestion: M40 Oxfordshire northbound

BBC Travel

M40 Oxfordshire northbound severe congestion, from J9 for A34.

M40 Oxfordshire - Queuing traffic for two miles on M40 northbound from J9, A34 (Bicester).

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Generic firefighters

Plans to cut the number of fire stations in Berkshire are set to be put out to public consultation.

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A34 crash update: All lanes now reopen

Mandy O'Neale

BBC Berkshire travel presenter

All lanes are now back open following a multi-vehicle crash on the A34 at East Ilsley. 

There continues, however, to be long delays northbound back to the M4. 

A34: Multi-vehicle collision

Mandy O'Neale

BBC Berkshire travel presenter

Delays of around 20 minutes at the moment as both lanes are closed for recovery of a four-vehicle collision.

It's on the northbound carriageway at East Ilsley with queues back to the M4.

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A34: Nine miles of queues

Speed sensor image from google maps
Google
Speed sensors are showing delays of over an hour on the A34 northbound

Weather outlook: Misty and mild

It will stay fairly cloudy overnight with some patches of mist and fog reforming.

However, there will also be some clear spells too and it will be mild overnight.  

BBC Weather chart for the South of England on 6 December 2016
BBC

Any early mist and fog on Wednesday morning will lift to give some sunny spells in the afternoon. 

It will remain mild with temperatures into the mid-teens.  

BBC Weather chart for the South of England on 7 December 2016
BBC

For a full 10-day forecast, visit the BBC Weather site.

Severe accident: M40 Oxfordshire northbound

BBC Travel

M40 Oxfordshire northbound severe accident, between J10 for A43 Brackley and J11 for A361.

M40 Oxfordshire - One lane closed on M40 northbound between J10, A43 (Brackley) and J11, A361 (Banbury), because of an accident.

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Michael John Dix

The family of a man killed in a motorbike crash near Wallingford has paid tribute to a "doting father" and a "loving son and brother".

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Weather outlook: Murky but mild

Holly Green

BBC Weather

Isla Wiggin

A man is charged with causing death by dangerous driving after a three-year-old girl was fatally injured in a crash near Oxford.

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Reoffender gets help from Oxford charity
Alex Walker has been in prison 20 times, but he hopes to get his life on track with the help of an Oxfordshire charity.

Weather: Foggy start

Holly Green

BBC Weather

Wantage Community Hospital

The "elimination" of Oxfordshire's nine community hospitals is being considered by health bosses, according to the Green Party.

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Weather: Freezing fog

Holly Green has details of a Met Office weather warning for parts of the south
Mary Zu and Steve Bearns

A Conservative MP accuses the Home Office of unacceptable incompetence over a decision not to fast-track a visa appeal for a British man's Chinese wife.

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Weather: Cold and foggy

Holly Green

BBC Weather

Severe accident: M40 Warwickshire southbound

BBC Travel

M40 Warwickshire southbound severe accident, between J12 for B4451 and J11 for A361.

M40 Warwickshire - Two lanes closed on M40 southbound between J12, B4451 (Gaydon) and J11, A361 (Banbury), because of an accident.

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Severe accident: M40 Oxfordshire southbound

BBC Travel

M40 Oxfordshire southbound severe accident, before J11 for A361.

M40 Oxfordshire - M40 partially blocked and queuing traffic southbound before J11, A361 (Banbury), because of an accident.

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