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Onlookers saw an explosion (bottom left) as the towers fell

The Health and Safety Executive has said it is "satisfied" no intervention is required into safety measures surrounding the demolition of three power station cooling towers.

Three people suffered minor injuries as a disused power station's remaining cooling towers were demolished.

Didcot A's 375ft (114.3m) high towers were brought down using explosive charges on 18 August and material from the structures struck overhead power lines.

It meant up to 49,000 homes were without power for several hours. RWE, which owns the site, said it was "not aware" of debris leaving the safety exclusion zone.

A HSE spokesman said enquiries into safety concerns had been "concluded" and added they were "satisfied that further intervention in relation to this matter is not required".

Man sought after sexual assault on Didcot-Reading train

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A teenager was sexually assaulted by a man on a train travelling between Didcot and Reading, according to police.

The man approached the teen at Didcot Parkway and asked if the train was London-bound.

After they had both got on and as the train approached Reading railway station, around 15:45 BST on 5 September, the man approached the victim, aged in his late teens, groped him and then exposed himself, British Transport Police said.The "shocked" teenager quickly left the train at Reading while his attacker remained on the train, getting off at Paddington station, police added. Officers believe the man seen in the CCTV image may have information which could help their investigation.

University has 'largest carbon footprint' in Oxford

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The University of Oxford is the largest contributor to Oxford's carbon footprint, according to new data released by the city council.

The institution is responsible for about 8% of total emissions in the city, the authority's Climate Emergency Strategy Support report says.

The findings follow an examination of Oxford's greenhouse gas emissions, including carbon dioxide, produced by its 155,000 residents and 4,500 businesses.

It also found that:

  • 81% of total emissions come from buildings
  • Residential buildings account for 29% of total emissions
  • Transportation is responsible for 17% of total emissions
  • Waste is responsible for less than 2% of total emissions

Tom Hayes, cabinet member for Zero Carbon Oxford, said: "Now that we’re armed with the latest evidence, we’ll look at the levers we can pull on directly to reduce emissions."

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