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Summary

  1. Anniversary of Didcot power station collapse
  2. Minute's silence on site at 14:00 and in Didcot's civic hall at 16:00
  3. Ken Cresswell, 57, John Shaw, 61, Michael Collings, 53, and Christopher Huxtable, 34, killed when boiler house came down
  4. Storm Doris causing disruption

Live Reporting

By Anna Browning and Alex Regan

All times stated are UK

That's all for today

Thanks for reading today, we'll be back from 08:00 tomorrow with more news, sport, weather and travel from around Oxfordshire.

Watch live: BBC Oxford's 'super council' debate

Gritters to be out in Oxfordshire from midnight

Cars hit by falling tree on A436

Thousands of homes without power

Scottish and Southern Energy has said after Storm Doris hit today it had 7,000 homes without power in the Oxfordshire area, but this is now down to about 3,000 in the West Oxfordshire area.

Tree brings down power line in Oxford

Our reporter in Squitchey Lane in north Oxford snapped this fallen tree, which also appears to have brought down a lower cable.

Squitchey Lane in north Oxford
BBC

Park End Street reopens after roof made safe

Park End Street in the centre of Oxford has now reopened, a bit earlier than expected, after the police and fire services made the roof of a building safe.

There were reports of a partial collapse following high winds from Storm Doris.

Storm Doris: Cardboard almost causes crash in Banbury

Susan Ellis sent us this picture from Banbury and said: "The cardboard blew across the main road from the church side straight into car windows and bumpers.  

"This almost caused a crash due to sudden stopping and swerving out of the way.  

"The cardboard blew from there over to the cinema side and by the Whately Hall Hotel."

Cardboard
Susan Ellis

Arthur Daly's coat 'flogged' at auction

Gary Webster and George Cole
Rex Features
Gary Webster appeared alongside Cole in two series of Minder

The items are synonymous with wheeler-dealer Ar'fur Daley, played by George Cole.

Gary Webster and George Cole

Arthur Daley's coat 'flogged' at auction

The items are synonymous with wheeler-dealer Ar'fur Daley, played by George Cole.

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Fire service working to make roof safe in Oxford

Firefighters and police are working to make roof tiles safe in Park End Street in Oxford, the fire service has said.

Fire crews used a hydraulic platform to gain access to the roof after the police closed the road.

They have so far taken down over 10 tiles and will shortly be handing the incident back to the owner once safe to do so.

The road will remained closed for at least the next hour.

Severe disruption: A4144 Oxfordshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A4144 Oxfordshire both ways severe disruption, between New Road and A420 Park End Street.

A4144 Oxfordshire - A4144 Park End Street in Oxford closed and very slow traffic in both directions between the New Road junction and The Royal Oxford Mini Roundabout.

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

BreakingStorm Doris: Reports of roof collapse in central Oxford

We are getting reports a roof has collapsed in central Oxford as a result of Storm Doris.

Park End Street has been cordoned off and the police and fire service are on the scene dealing with the incident.

Park End Street
BBC

Oxfordshire firefighters deal with 40 fallen trees or branches

Firefighters have been dealing with more than 40 fallen trees or large fallen branches across the county. 

A spokesman said the worst of the weather hit the west of Oxfordshire, but there have not been any major or life threatening incidents.

A fallen tree
TVP
Police officers have also been out dealing with fallen trees

Sandy Lane in Yarnton had previously been closed due to a fallen tree but it has now re-opened.

Met Office weather warnings for high winds in Oxfordshire are set to remain in place until 20:00 this evening.

WATCH: Storm Doris in timelapse

Timelapse footage of Storm Doris

Disruption after tree blocks train line

Downed tree no block to community spirit

Thanks to a group of motorists' can-do attitude, a tree which closed a road near Tackley, has been opened again in minutes.

Here is the tree which briefly blocked the road near the village, north of Oxford:

Tree
BBC

However, within minutes a group had sawn the branches into pieces, cleared the road and were on their way...

Group clearing tree
BBC

Tree down near Tackley

Thanks to Eleanor Rowling, who has sent us this picture showing a tree down at Church Hill, near Tackley.

Tree
BBC

Funding approved for 'super council' battle

West Oxfordshire District Council has approved £25,000 funding to campaign against proposals to create one council covering the whole county.

The money will finance a social media campaign and online survey, a letter to residents and signs across the district.

Council leader James Mills said: “This is not a programme of this council’s making but when it is so clear how our residents feel, I believe we must relay the other side of the story.”

He added that the county council is spending £200,000 on its campaign and said he had made it clear to them that he believed there are "better things to spend the money on".

62mph winds recorded at Oxford airport

Thanks to the useful Weather Online website we can see that wind speeds of 62 mph have been recorded at London Oxford Airport.

Which is probably why this sort of thing has been happening in Wootton by Woodstock:

Branch
BBC

Chiltern Railways back to normal after tree blocking the railway

Delays on trains after Storm Doris obstruction

An obstruction caused by Storm Doris is currently delaying trains by up to 20 minutes. 

RAF Benson have reported winds of up to 58mph in the last hour. 

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Homeless councillor eats 'humble pie'

  A Labour councillor who branded Oxford's homeless people "a disgrace" has visited a soup kitchen to "eat humble pie". 

John Tanner made the comments on Radio Oxford, and added that tourists "don't want to see rough sleepers all over the place." 

He apologised for his comments and accepted an invitation to the Oxford Community Soup Kitchen, run by Icolyn "Ma" Smith.  

Police reveal five most stolen rural items...

Thames Valley Police has created this graphic showing the top five stolen items in rural crimes across the force's area.

The graphic
TVP

I think Bobster may be onto something here...

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Didcot collapse construction firm: 'Saddest of days'

Didcot Power Station collapse
BBC

The construction company which employed the four men who died in the Didcot Power Station collapse has said its thoughts are with their families.

A boiler house was set for demolition by Coleman & Company when it collapsed in February lat year, killing Ken Cresswell, 57, John Shaw, 61, Michael Collings, 53, and 34-year-old Christopher Huxtable. 

Chairman of Coleman & Company Mark Coleman said: "Today is the saddest of days. It is exactly one year since the tragic events at Didcot claimed the lived of Chris, John, Kenny and Mick.

"Our thoughts are with their families at this difficult time. They have endured the most appalling year. Nothing, no words or action, can bring their men back, or erase from memory the torment they experienced during the long wait to bring their loved ones home."

The demolition firm lost the contract to continue clearing the site in October.

Didcot anniversary: Minute's silence to be held in town and at site

Didcot Power Station
Anthony Morris

Family members, site workers and representatives from the emergency services will attend a minute's silence event at Didcot Power Station at 14:00 to commemorate the first year anniversary of the partial collapse of a boiler room, which claimed four lives. 

In Didcot a minute's silence will be held by residents at 16:00, the hour in which the boiler room collapsed. 

Didcot Power Station collapse: 'Families battle for answers'

Didcot collapse
BBC

The families of four men killed in the Didcot Power Station collapse are "still awaiting answers" a year after their loved ones perished. 

Speaking on behalf of the victim's families, lawyers Irwin Mitchell said: "The lives of the families we represent have been changed forever and the uncertainty about the current situation continues to cause them an unbelievable amount of distress, particularly after the ordeal they went through before their loved ones were finally recovered."

Didcot collapse
PA

Three of the four bodies in the rubble of the partially collapsed boiler room were not recovered until September, as the site was declared unsafe for investigators. 

Irwin Mitchell added: “As the anniversary passes it is a timely reminder that it has been a year since the accident and the families are still battling for answers.”

Gail Cresswell, wife of 57-year-old victim Ken, said: "We know nothing. The last time we heard from the HSE was in November. It’s horrendous."

Police to attend minute's silence on Didcot collapse anniversary

Didcot Power Station collapse
BBC

Police and health and safety investigators will be among those attending a minute's silence at Didcot Power Station, a year after the partial collapse of one of the boiler rooms claimed the lives of four demolition workers. 

Supt Rory Freeman said: "Today will I imagine be another challenging day for the families who lost their loved ones in this tragic incident.

"My thoughts remain with them and those who suffered injuries, and we continue to support those affected and give them the answers as to why their loved ones lost their lives."

Didcot collapse
BBC

An investigation into whether any criminal charges need to be brought after the collapse continues. 

Health and Safety Executive inspector Peter Baker said: "My thoughts and those of all at HSE are with the families of those who died and were injured at Didcot, particularly today as we mark the first anniversary of this tragedy."

Storm expected to disrupt rail travel

Storm Doris could impact on train services today. 

Network Rail has imposed speed restrictions due to forecast gale force winds. 

The rail operator said a speed limit of 50mph will be used coastal routes from 08:00 - 17:00 GMT and the rest of the network from midday until 17:00.

Passengers are advised to check before travelling.  

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Travel latest: Storm Doris affecting travel conditions

Al Ryan

BBC Oxford travel presenter

Good morning, high wind and heavy rain are affecting driving conditions this morning as Storm Doris takes hold. Here's the travel latest:

  • On the A34 southbound a broken down lorry - blocking a lane after the Chilton interchange - is causing delays of 30 minutes. 
  • In Oxford city centre there are have queues on Banbury Road between Kidlington and Cutteslowe.
  • Chiltern Railways are advising strong winds will be affecting some services today. 

Didcot Power Station collapse: Clearing site 'could take two years'

Didcot collapse
BBC

Demolition of the decommissioned Didcot Power station has been set back at least two years after a collapse that left four dead, the BBC has been told. 

It is a year since Ken Cresswell, 57, John Shaw, 61, Michael Collings, 53, and Christopher Huxtable, 34, were killed when the boiler house came down. 

Relatives are due to visit the site where a memorial will be held later. 

RWE Npower planned to have it cleared by the end of 2017, but an expert said the collapse had delayed it until 2019. 

The site owner has not announced a new demolition contractor and said there was currently no timescale for work being completed. 

An Npower spokeswoman said "due diligence" and consultations with various agencies would have to be completed again once a new firm was appointed. 

Mark Anthony, editor of Demolition News magazine, said at the moment the site was "in limbo".

Today's weather: Windy and risk of disruption

Stormy weather, keeps raining all the time

Alex Regan

BBC South

In the words of Lena Horne: "Don't know why there's no sun up in the sky. Stormy weather since my man and I ain't together, keeps raining all the time."

And stormy it is as Doris rages across Oxfordshire this morning. 

Cow on Wittenham Clumps
Anthony Morris

But like The Moody Blues we're going to ease you gently into your day. 

We'll be bringing you all the latest news in white satin from around the county. 

Don't forget to send us your snaps for this week's Oxfordshire's Big Picture. Above is a picture of a lovely cow on Wittenham Clumps.