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Summary

  1. Record fine for Thames Water over sewage incidents

Live Reporting

By Alex Regan and Anna Browning

All times stated are UK

  1. Good evening

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

    The service returns tomorrow at 08:00.

  2. Consumer Council for Water says Thames water will not increase bills

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    Video caption: Chair of Consumer Council for Water says Thames water will not be able to increase bills
  3. 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 .

  4. 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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  5. 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
  6. 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."

  7. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A419 Wiltshire southbound

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    A419 Wiltshire southbound severe accident, near B4040 Swindon Road.

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  8. 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."

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    Video caption: Ed Vaizey: 'People started screaming' after Parliament shooting
  9. 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.

  10. 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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  11. 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 .

  12. 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".

  13. 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. 

  14. 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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  15. 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
    Quote Message: 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. from Ian Rankin Writer
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