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  1. Record fine for Thames Water over sewage incidents

Live Reporting

By Alex Regan and Anna Browning

All times stated are UK

Good evening

That's all for BBC Local Live for Oxfordshire today.

The service returns tomorrow at 08:00.

Wantage MP: Police officer's death 'awful'

Consumer Council for Water says Thames water will not increase bills

Benson police helicopter tweets support

BreakingFour dead , 20 injured in London attack

The Met Police have confirmed that four people have died, including a police officer. Twenty more have been injured.

Follow our live coverage for the latest .

London attack: Statement from House of Commons

Cameron: 'Barbarous methods will never win'

Former prime minister and Witney MP David Cameron has shared his thoughts on the stabbing at Parliament today.

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WWF: Sewage spills in rivers 'not isolated'

Rose O'Neil, water policy manager at the WWF, said the sewage spills in the Thames and the adjoining River Thame were "not an isolated issue". 

She added: "There are around 15,000 sewer overflows across England releasing raw sewage into our rivers. 

"This case highlights the need for water companies to invest in solutions that manage the whole local catchment area such as green infrastructure and sustainable drainage systems. They simply can't continue treating our rivers as their dumping ground.

"With only a fifth of rivers in England currently deemed healthy we urge the UK government to announce its intention to bring the Water Bill forward in the next Queen’s speech. We also need new legislation to ensure a resilient and sustainable water and sewerage system."    

Sewage spill
Environment Agency

Thames Water sewage spill: YOUR feedback

News of Thames Water receiving a large fine for dumping sewage in rivers has generated a big response from our readers.

Thames Water sewage works

Dan says: "The problem with fining private companies is that they simply make the customers pay for any losses. What choice do consumers have, can they change from Thames Water? I would like to see criminal proceedings for gross negligence. Only when individuals are held to account will we see responsibility increase."

Papa Demos says: "Disgraceful. What comes through the tap isn't much better. Will this £20m be used to undo some of the damage? They should bear whatever the total cost of cleaning it up."

towny says: "The problem obviously is that these companies are there to deliver a profit first and a service second. The solution is to have a public company that if it makes surpluses, it reinvests into its infrastructure."

Twopenceworth says: "It is too easy to underestimate this outrage. The appalling behaviour of senior managers and the corporate executive is beyond redemption... If I was a guessing man, they have committed this travesty before, and either avoided authority, or alternatively, been lightly fined. Eat humble pie shareholders!" 

Beautiful British Name says: "The Thames filled with sewage is not headline news but rather a statement of fact."

Severe accident: A419 Wiltshire southbound

BBC News Travel

A419 Wiltshire southbound severe accident, near B4040 Swindon Road.

A419 Wiltshire - A419 in Cricklade blocked and stationary traffic southbound near the B4040 Swindon Road junction, because of an accident involving two vehicles.

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

Ed Vaizey: 'People started screaming'

Didcot and Wantage MP Ed Vaizey has been describing the afternoon's events at Parliament from his perspective to BBC Oxford's Howard Bentham.

He was walking to vote when he said he heard three gunshots.

He said: "In those couple of seconds no one reacted to something like that, because it's not what you were expecting.

"And then in a second the atmosphere completely changed, people started screaming ‘get back, get back’.

"And that was a horrible moment.

"You are sort of trapped, you have no idea what’s happening, you know you’ve heard gunshots, you’ve got no idea if someone is about to come around the corner.

"So it was I have to say pretty scary for those 30 seconds."

Victoria Prentis MP safe in parliament

Bethan Phillips

Political reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

Banbury MP Victoria Prentis has contacted BBC Oxford to say she is in lockdown in the Houses of Parliament and the incident is still going on.

That means all six of Oxfordshire's MPs have confirmed they are safe after the incident.

Howell: Atmosphere 'calm' in Commons chamber

John Howell has described the atmosphere in the Commons chamber where several MPs are under lockdown as "calm".

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Abingdon MP Nicola Blackwood safe

Nicola Blackwood, MP for Oxford West and Abingdon, has tweeted she is safe.

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So far we know a police officer has been stabbed and his apparent attacker shot by police officers outside the Houses of Parliament.

There are also reports of as many as five people being "mowed down" on nearby Westminster Bridge.  

For the latest updates, click here .

Henley MP John Howell also under lockdown

John Howell, MP for Henley, is also in lockdown at the Houses of Parliament, he has told us.

Police are currently widening their cordon at the scene .

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Witney MP Robert Courts 'safe' following Parliament incident

Robert Courts, MP for Witney and West Oxfordshire, tells us he is "fine" following the incident at Parliament this afternoon

He said: "I did not see the incident as I was voting at the time. 

"All MPs are being kept somewhere safe. 

"There are reports of injuries and all my thoughts are with those affected."

Prime Minister Theresa May was seen being ushered into a silver Jaguar car as what sounded like gunfire rang out at Parliament during the incident.

A Downing Street source confirmed that Prime Minister Theresa May was "OK".

Andrew Smith among MPs under lockdown

Andrew Smith, MP for Oxford East, has confirmed to us that he is currently in lock down in the Commons chamber, following an incident in the Houses of Parliament .

Staff inside Parliament have been told to stay inside their offices. 

Ed Vaizey: Reported shots outside Parliament 'terrifying'

Ed Vaizey, Conservative MP for Didcot and Wantage, has described the situation outside the Houses of Parliament as "terrifying".

Politicians and journalists have been tweeting about hearing loud crashes outside parliament and the Palace of Westminster.

All the latest on this breaking story here

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Ian Rankin: Colin Dexter's novels 'hugely successful'

Sophie Law

BBC Radio Oxford news

Colin Dexter

Crime writer Ian Rankin has paid tribute to Oxford's Colin Dexter as a leader of the genre. 

The Inspector Morse creator died peacefully at his home in Oxford yesterday aged 86

Though his 13 novels spawned multiple TV spin-offs, Ian Rankin says Dexter's writing skill was unparallelled. 

Ian Rankin
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The TV show was a big success but the books were hugely successful as well. He won two Silver Daggers and two Gold Daggers for Best Crime Novel of the Year. That's not something you win lightly. I've only won one of those.

Ian RankinWriter

Thames Water fine £18m more than previous largest

The previous largest-ever fine for a water utility after an environmental disaster was £2m and was handed to Southern Water in December last year after sewage was discharged into the sea near Margate, the Environment Agency confirmed.


More than 20 Kent bathing beaches were closed  to swimmers after a failure at Southern Water's Foreness Point pumping station near Margate in June 2012 saw sewage discharged into the sea.

Thames Water given largest ever fine for a water company

Thames Water pollution
Environment Agency

Thames Water has received the largest penalty for a water utility company after 1.5bn litres of sewage was pumped into the River Thames. 

The £20.3m fine was given at Aylesbury Crown Court and the Environment Agency's Robert Davis said it was the worst pollution he had witnessed. 

He added: "I couldn't believe what I was seeing. The river was visibly polluted bank to bank with sewage. 

"It was really sad to see such a beautiful river so badly polluted."

Shocked by 'raw sewage in Thames and Thame'

Thames Water sewage
Environment Agency

Save the River Thames founder Doug Kennedy said he was "appalled" by the spills, which led to 1.5 billion litres of sewage being pumped into the River Thames. 

He added: "It's absolutely disgusting what was going on [at the sewage treatment works]… but we weren't aware of it. 

"[There was] floating disgusting material - raw sewage - on the River Thames, as well as on the Thame."

Severe accident: M40 Oxfordshire southbound

BBC News Travel

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

M40 Oxfordshire - Queuing traffic on M40 southbound between J11, A361 (Banbury) and J10, A43 (Brackley), because of an accident and a rolling road-block.

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

Watch: Thames Water react to record fine

Richard Alyard, director at Thames Water says lessons have been learned.

Thames Water has been fined a record £20m after pumping nearly 1.5 billion litres of untreated sewage into the River Thames.

The company admitted water pollution and other offences at sewage facilities in Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire.

Fish and birds died following the spills in 2013 and 2014.

Judge Francis Sheridan, at Aylesbury Crown Court, said the scale of the problem was such that it must have been known up the chain of command.

Thames Water Pollution 'much worse than we thought'

Dead fish in Thames
Environment Agency

The River Thame Conservation Trust said it was "shocked" by hearing about the untreated sewage which polluted the river.

Chief executive Louise Bowe said: "It was much worse than we thought and explains how the devastating damage to the river came about. 

“Poor quality sewage effluent being released reduces oxygen in the water. 

“Fish and other aquatic wildlife struggle to survive and the whole ecosystem can be damaged for many years." 

BreakingRecord fine for Thames Water

Thames Water has been fined a record £20m after pumping nearly 1.5 billion litres of untreated sewage into the River Thames. 

The company admitted water pollution and other offences at sewage facilities in Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire. Fish and birds died following the spills in 2013 and 2014. 

Judge Francis Sheridan, at Aylesbury Crown Court, said the scale of the problem was such that it must have been known up the chain of command.

Mother of Ecstasy death girl calls for drug legislation

The mother of Martha Fernback, the 15-year-old Oxford girl who died in 2013 after taking Ecstasy, has called for the legalisation of all drugs for people who're 18 and over. 

Anne-Marie Cockburn's daughter took half a gram of MDMA powder that turned out to be 91% pure.

Afterwards, Anne-Marie co-founded Anyone's Child, a drug law reform campaign with the pressure group Transform. 

She says had Martha taken something that was licenced and regulated, she would still be here today. 

Anne-Marie Cockburn and her daughter Martha

You don't want to think of your child taking drugs, but if they're going to do it anyway, I'd rather they got something from a licensed route than from a black market.

Anne-Marie Cockburn

Downton Abbey fans flocking to Bampton as hopes grow for movie

Oxford Mail

 A record number of Downton Abbey fans flocked to a West Oxfordshire village last year where the popular TV series was filmed .  

Cascolus ravitis

The ancient arthropod, found in Herefordshire, joins a long list of items named after the TV legend.

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Snake appeal

A dog walker got "a bit of a surprise" when he found an 8ft (2.4m) boa constrictor in a field in Banbury last week, the RSPCA said. 

The animal welfare charity was called on Saturday by a member of the public who found the 12.2kg snake near a housing estate in Banbury. 

The charity said it was not known how it came to be in the field. Deputy Ch Insp Melanie Fisher said the reptile was now doing well despite the cold weather. 

She added: "I think the caller got a bit of a surprise. It's not every day you stumble upon an 8ft snake while out walking the dog. 

"The snake may have escaped from a vivarium or may have been abandoned. Sadly she's not micro-chipped so we do not know where she has come from." 

The owner is urged to get in touch with the RSPCA by calling its inspectorate appeal line.


Researchers name fossil after Sir David

A 430-million-year-old fossil discovered "frozen in time" in ancient volcanic rock has been named after Sir David Attenborough. 

The tiny crustacean, measuring less than 1cm long, was found by researchers in Herefordshire. It has been named Cascolus Ravitis, the first word a Latin rendering of the Old English equivalent to Attenborough. Ravitis is is a reference to Roman name for Leicester, where Sir David lived on the city's university campus. 

The fossil was given its name by a group of researchers, some of whome were from the University of Oxford

Cascolus ravitis
Siveter et al

But it's not the first time a species or object has been named after the legendary broadcaster.

Others include: 

  •  A pygmy grasshopper species named Electrotettix attenboroughi found in 2014 preserved in amber in the Dominican Republic 
  •  A long-beaked echidna given the name Zaglossus attenboroughi which lives in the forested areas of New Guinea 
  • A rare butterfly named Euptychia attenboroughi, in honour of his love for butterflies, which live in tropical forests in places like Colombia and Brazil 
  • A flightless weevil from Indonesia was given the name Trigonopterus attenboroughi 
  • A species of wildflower named the Attenborough Hawkweed discovered in the Brecon Beacons • Dinosaur Attenborosaurus conybeare - a type of plesiosaur which lived millions of years ago 
  • A polar research ship called the RRS Sir David Attenborough - which was given his name despite the title "Boaty McBoatface" topping a public vote.

Today's weather: Some rain but sunshine also

We've got some rain in the forecast today but we should get some sunshine as well, although temperatures will be struggling to get in to the double figures. 

Maidenhead's success story continues

Ady Williams

Sport presenter, BBC Radio Berkshire

Maidenhead United are top of the National South league and they won last night after beating Oxford City 6-1. 

Striker Dave Tarpey has scored a record 38 league goals this season. 

          Attendance: 1017 

Excellent support this evening - thank you all so much 👏


Attendance: 1017 Excellent support this evening - thank you all so much 👏 ⚫⚪

Travel latest: Heavy traffic across major commuter routes

Al Ryan

BBC Oxford travel presenter

Good morning, here's the latest travel updates from the Oxfordshire Traffic Control Centre:

  • A40 London Road is very busy from Wheatley to the Headington roundabout, causing delays of up to eight minutes.
  • There's the usual heavy traffic at junction 9 M40 at the Bicester turn-off and southbound on the A34 to Weston-on-the-Green.
  • In Oxford city centre the A44 Woodstock Road is getting busier from the Peartree interchange to the Wolvercote traffic lights.
  • Travel time on the A40 eastbound between Witney and Eynsham is currently up-to 18 minutes.
  • On the Hinksey Hill interchange, traffic is very slow on the approach from the A34 northbound and southbound onto the A423 southern bypass to Kennington. 

Mid-week blues?

Alex Regan

BBC South

It's Wednesday, it's local live and I'm here with the latest news, sports, weather and travel from across the county. 

Donington Bridge
Christine Crook

As always keep your snaps coming in for a chance to be featured in Oxfordshire's Big Picture on the BBC Website. 

Christine Crook has sent us this urban portrait of Oxford, so get out your ghetto blasters and start break dancing to the hip beat of the Christ Church Cathedral Choir. 

You can send your snaps to us by email .