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Summary

  1. Anger at mismanaged £2.8bn Great Western rail link electrification
  2. Mobile phone death crash driver handed more than three years jail
  3. Oxford United tickets for EFL Trophy go on sale to season ticket holders

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

That's all for today

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

MoD criticised for crush death

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

The Ministry of Defence has been criticised after the death of a driver, crushed by a reversing lorry, at their site in Southam.

Ministry of Defence site in Kineton
Google

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) issued a Crown Censure, the maximum sanction for a government body, after agency driver Graham Wood was caught between the lorry and another stationary vehicle at MoD Kineton.

The MoD failed to assess the risks faced by the 55-year-old from Bicester, as he delivered goods to a holding area in November 2013, the HSE said.

The censure doesn't carry a financial penalty, but is an official record of a failure to meet standards in the law. 

Weather: Cloudy with some further rain

BBC Weather

After a mostly dry and cloudy afternoon, there'll be some outbreaks of showery rain later this evening and overnight, with some drier interludes too. 

Minimum temperature 5C (41F).

BreakingRAF pilot dismissed over 4,400ft nosedive

Joe Nimmo

BBC South

An RAF pilot who caused his plane to nosedive while using a digital camera has been dismissed by a court martial. 

Flt Lt Andrew Townshend cost the Ministry of Defence millions of pounds when he deactivated the autopilot of the military passenger jet. 

The Voyager aircraft dived 4,400ft (1,341m) over the Black Sea on a flight from RAF Brize Norton to Afghanistan. 

Townshend pleaded guilty to negligently performing a duty and was also handed a four-month suspended prison sentence.

Flt Lt Andrew Townshend
Solent News and Photo Agency

New 'super council' proposals published

Today the latest proposal for how to reorganise local government for Oxfordshire has been published , with the support of the county council, and two of the five district councils.

The launch
BBC

The joint proposal is called "A new council for a Better Oxfordshire" and sets out a case for abolishing the existing two-tier structure of six councils - replacing them with one single council.

The plans were announced by the leaders of South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse district councils, and Oxfordshire County Council.

Police numbers set to be halved in Wantage, councillor warns

Oxford Mail

The number of bobbies on the beat in Wantage could be halved, a top councillor has warned.  

Catch up with this week's cinema releases

Martin Eastaugh

BBC Radio Oxford producer

James and David got to talk for the first time since the farcical mix-up at the Oscars ceremony. 

James has been speaking to James Mangold, the director of the latest film in the Wolverine series. 

Our James thinks Logan is fantastic - "the real deal" when it comes to a superhero movie with a difference, and is more like a western than a traditional comic book adaptation. 

James is less of a fan of the new comedy Fist Fight, which stars Charlie Day and Ice Cube. 

But James did enjoy Viceroy's House - a period drama starting Hugh Bonneville and Gillingham Anderson and set in India during the last days of British rule.

If you have a great image of Oxfordshire send it to us by email to oxfordshire@bbc.co.uk, or post it on Twitter @bbcoxford or BBC Oxford on Facebook.

Great Western electrification 'mismanaged'

Sarah Lee

BBC South

The electrification of the Great Western rail line has been described by MPs as a "stark example of how not to run a major project".

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) said "mismanagement" of the project had left customers "angry and frustrated".

It warns "similar flaws" could impact on planned electrification schemes on Midlands and TransPennine routes.

Network Rail claimed it had "learnt lessons" and major projects no longer start before being "properly scoped".

However, doubts have been expressed that the plan can be delivered by December 2018 and to a budget of £2.8bn, while the PAC described a £1.2bn increase in costs "in the space of a year" as "staggering and unacceptable".

GWR
PA

RAF pilot to be sentenced over nosedive negligence

An RAF pilot is to be sentenced at court martial for negligence after he caused a military passenger jet to go into a nosedive.

Flight Lieutenant Andrew Townshend's digital camera became stuck against the flight stick, deactivating the autopilot of his Voyager aircraft.

Andrew Townshend
Solent News and Photo Agency

The 49-year-old pleaded guilty to negligently performing a duty in relation to the Nikon D5300 DSLR camera colliding with the aircraft's control stick. 

The trial heard that the incident took place over the Black Sea during a flight from RAF Brize Norton to Camp Bastion in Afghanistan on 9 February  2014.   

BreakingA34 crash driver jailed

A driver who met the partner of a man he killed in a head-on crash has been jailed for more than three years. 

Lewis Stratford crashed through the central reservation of the A34 at Compton, Oxfordshire, while arguing with his girlfriend on the phone. 

The 24-year-old collided with a BMW driven by Gavin Roberts, 28, who died in the crash on 11 June last year. Stratford met his victim's girlfriend Meg Williamson after admitting causing death by dangerous driving. 

At Reading Crown Court he was sentenced to three years and eight months in jail, and banned from driving for four years and 10 months.

Moment killer driver meets victim's partner

A34 death: Driver to be sentenced

Sarah Lee

BBC South

A driver is due to be sentenced today for causing the death of a man on the A34 in Berkshire last year.

Lewis Stratford, 24, from Field Avenue, Oxford, crashed through the central reservation of the A34 in June and collided with another vehicle.

The other motorist, Australian national Gavin Roberts, 28, was killed.

He will be sentenced at Reading Crown Court later.

The U's chairman talks to Radio Oxford

Oxford United fans are giddy with anticipation of another trip to Wembley after getting to the EFL Trophy final. 

BBC Radio Oxford spoke to The U's chairman Darryl Eales about his hopes for the League One play offs and a second trip to Wembley. 

Severe accident: M40 Oxfordshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M40 Oxfordshire northbound severe accident, at J10 for A43 Brackley.

M40 Oxfordshire - M40 exit slip road partially blocked and slow traffic northbound at J10, A43 (Brackley), because of an accident involving one car and a lorry.

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

Man taken to hospital after two cyclists collide

Phil Mercer

BBC Radio Oxford

A cyclist, thought to be in his 50s, has been taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital after a crash on the Banbury Road. 

South Central Ambulance Service was called to the incident, which involved two cyclists, at about 08:00 this morning. 

The cyclist is thought to have suffered head injuries, the other cyclist was treated at the scene. 

More than 100 drivers caught using mobiles after stricter punishments came into law

Tickets for Oxford United's EFL Trophy final go on sale for season ticket holders

Robyn Cowen

Presenter, Radio Oxford Sport

Wembley Stadium
BBC

Tickets for the final at Wembley will go on sale to the club's season ticket holders later this morning.

Firstly on the club's website, where all the details are posted, that's at 11:00. 

Then by phone on a dedicated number 0844 453 9015 from 13:00.  

Season ticket holders can buy up to six seats each for the final. General sale will start on 13 March.

Today's weather: Rain

It's not a great day in terms of weather. There should be consistent downpours across the county, which will turn into showers later on. 

There will be highs of 9C. 

Mobile phone crash death driver due to be sentenced

A man who has been convicted of death by dangerous driving is due to be sentenced today. 

Lewis Stratford, 24, from Oxford, crossed the central reservation on the A34 while he was on his mobile phone, having an argument with his girlfriend. 

The crash killed Gavin Roberts, 28, from Australia. 

Moment killer driver meets victim's partner

Stratford met Meg Williamson, Mr Roberts' girlfriend on Inside Out South before his sentencing. 

Ms Williamson said: "The hardest bit originally, I think, was just walking through the door, not knowing how I was going to be feeling, how I was going to react." 

Anger at 'mismanaged' £2.8bn rail scheme

GWR
Getty Images

The electrification of the Great Western rail line has been described by MPs as a "stark example of how not to run a major project". 

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) said "mismanagement" of the project had left customers "angry and frustrated". 

 It warns "similar flaws" could impact on planned electrification schemes on Midlands and TransPennine routes. Network Rail claimed it had "learnt lessons" and major projects no longer start before being "properly scoped". 

However, doubts have been expressed that the plan can be delivered by December 2018 and to a budget of £2.8bn, while the PAC described a £1.2bn increase in costs "in the space of a year" as "staggering and unacceptable". 

Travel latest: Usual traffic across the county

Al Ryan

BBC Oxford travel presenter

Good morning, here's the latest travel news from across Oxfordshire:

  • Traffic on the A40 eastbound is very patchy between Eynsham and the Cassington traffic lights
  • One lane on the M40 southbound is blocked after an earlier collision between junction 9 A34 and junction 8A Oxford services. 
  • In Oxford city centre traffic is building on all inbound routes, Marsh Lane is very slow from the A40 northern bypass. 

Take the National Express...

Alex Regan

BBC South

In the words of Neil Hannon from The Divine Comedy: "Take the National Express, when your life's in a mess it'll make you smile." **

What's the context of this? There isn't one, but I've been writing Local Live introductions for about a year now and they can't all be winners.  

Charlton
Anthony Morris

Anyway, whether or not your life is a mess we will make you smile with some news, travel, weather and sport. 

Don't forget to share your pictures from across the county with us for this week's Oxfordshire's Big Picture. 

You can send us your snaps by email

**Other coach services are available.