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23 April 2014 Last updated at 19:53

Death of boy, 10, was 'accidental'Freddie Perry

A coroner rules that the death of 10-year-old Freddie Perry, who was hit by a car as he crossed the road outside his house, was accidental.


Evenlode in the Oxford Clinic in LittlemoreThird NHS unit fails care inspection

A national inspector criticises an Oxfordshire health trust after another of its units fails a Care Quality Commission inspection.

A Conergy wind farm in Lovedean, HampshireSolar farm planned for WW2 airfield

A disused WW2 airfield will be turned into one of Britain's largest solar farms.

Peter Henley, Political editor, South of England Article written by Peter Henley Peter Henley Political editor, South of England

UKIP row over 'confusing' rival name

UKIP are complaining of a rival who will have UK Independence Now printed on the European election ballot paper in May.

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    That's all from the team at BBC Local Live for today, thanks for stopping by and don't forget you can still get in touch on email, as well as Facebook and Twitter.

    The service will resume from 08:00 on Thursday.

     
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    Tonight's television 17:55: Geraldine Peers Presenter, BBC South Today

    On the programme tonight from 18:30, "must do better" is the verdict from a health watchdog after a third Oxfordshire care home fails an inspection.

    Plus, find out which companies in the Thames Valley have made it to the final of a competition to find the best small business in the UK.

     
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    Fog to form 17:49: Alexis Green Weather presenter, BBC South Today

    Tonight the rain will clear and mist and fog will form widely, which could affect flights first thing tomorrow morning.

    Temperatures tonight will drop to around 7 or 8C (46F).

     
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    Are we being invaded? 17:44: Kat Orman Afternoon presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    I was joined on the show today by Dr Dick Shaw, a doctor of invasive species, from the Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International in Wallingford.

    He told us how we're being invaded by 12,000 alien species of animals and plants every year.

    Dr Dick Shaw

    Here he is holding one of them, thankfully safely preserved in alcohol.

     
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    Bank clerks scam 17:37: Oxford Mail

    Three bank clerks were involved in a £2m scam using a hi-tech computer, the Old Bailey has heard.

     
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    Blenheim Palace butterflies 17:31: Lilley Mitchell Reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

    Earlier, I took a trip to Blenheim Palace, where the Butterfly House has reopened following a £10,000 renovation.

    Hillary Wood

    Hilary Wood, head of gardens, was joined by an Atlas moth.

    You can hear more on my visit on BBC Radio Oxford after 17:20.

     
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    Festival extension 17:20: Oxford Times

    Organisers of the Headington Festival are to extend the programme to two days.

     
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    May morning 17:14:

    Plans are being put in place for this year's traditional May morning celebrations in Oxford.

    Thousands enjoy May Day celebrations in Oxford

    In the past revellers have taken part in a practice of jumping from Magdalen Bridge, but extra security and low river levels have stopped this for the past three years.

    Oxford City Council has confirmed the bridge will be open to pedestrians but closed to traffic from 03:00 until 09:00 on 1 May to enable "everyone to enjoy the singing in comfort and safety".

     
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    A34 accident 17:05: Tom Davies Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    Had a report of a collision on the A34 northbound, roughly two miles before M40 junction 9. Traffic is starting to back up past Peartree Interchange.

    If you spot any problems, give us a call on 03459 311 666.

    Keep tuned to BBC Radio Oxford every 15 minutes for the latest updates.

     
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    News headlines 16:56: Bethan Phillips Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    The top stories on BBC Radio Oxford at 17:00 include:

    • The health trust at the centre of criticism about three units in Oxfordshire's been told by a health watchdog it must act faster to improve care
    • A coroner's recorded a verdict of accidental death at the inquest into the death of a 10-year-old boy from Didcot
    • A 39-year-old Birmingham man's admitted causing death by careless driving after a crash on the A34 near Bicester
     
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    Kencot Hill solar farm 16:44:

    A disused World War Two airfield will be turned into one of Britain's largest solar farms.

    Conergy solar farm

    The 129-acre site at Kencot Hill, near Carterton, was formerly the home of RAF Broadwell.

    The zero-carbon power station will be fitted with 144,000 panels which will produce enough electricity to power 10,000 local homes and businesses.

     
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    Drivetime tonight 16:30: BBC Radio Oxford

    Nick Piercey's in for David Prever on the drivetime show tonight.

    He'll be hearing more on the criticism from a health watchdog of Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust.

    Plus, why BBC One talent show The Voice is hoping more contestants from Oxfordshire will audition for next year's competition.

     
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    Rivers' Glasgow selection 16:15:

    Didcot shooter Dan Rivers says he's "excited" to have been named in England's Commonwealth games squad for this summer's event in Glasgow.

    Rivers, 22, will take part in the Small Bore Rifle category and is one of 14 competitors named in the first wave of shooting selections.

    He told BBC Radio Oxford: "It's my first major senior event. I did the World Championships four years ago and since then, my goal's been to progress into the seniors."

     
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    New era for television 16:05:

    Last night marked the start of a new era for the team at BBC South Today in Oxford.

    The first programme to be broadcast from the refurbished studio in Summertown went on air at 18:30.

    Television team

    The team posed for a photograph as they celebrated the start of a new look programme.

    You can watch how the studio came together in a timelapse video here.

     
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    News headlines 15:57: Bethan Phillips Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    The top stories on BBC Radio Oxford at 16:00 include:

     
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    Waddock's warning 15:50: Jerome Sale Sports editor, BBC Radio Oxford

    Oxford United head coach Gary Waddock's warned his squad they're playing for their future at the club in the final two games of the season.

    Gary Waddock

    The U's now only have an outside chance of reaching the League Two play-offs, trailing seventh placed York City by five points.

    This week it's emerged captain Jake Wright, a star performer for the last five seasons for United, is among those uncertain about his future.

     
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    Table tennis returns 15:40: Oxford Times

    A festival of free "street" table tennis is to return to Oxford this summer.

     
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    Thorpe to face hearing 15:29:

    London Welsh flanker Richard Thorpe will appear before a Rugby Football Union disciplinary panel later.

    Richard Thorpe

    Thorpe was shown a red card in the Exiles defeat at Bristol and has been charged with punching an opponent.

     
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    Apprentice scheme 15:20:

    Want to work in BBC Local Radio?

    If you're aged 18 or above and a non-graduate, then check out the BBC's Get in Apprentice Scheme.

    There's positions up for grabs at BBC Radio Oxford and applications are now being received.

     
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    St George's Day message 15:08: Peter Henley Political editor, South of England

    Prime Minister and Witney MP David Cameron's posted a video on YouTube with a St George's Day message.

    Cameron St George's Day video

    He said: "For too long, our national day has been overlooked."

     
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    On the hour..... 14:59: Bethan Phillips Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    The top stories on BBC Radio Oxford at 15:00 include:

     
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    Your views 14:46:

    We've introduced BBC Local Live to bring you the latest news, sport, travel and weather all in one place. Tell us what you think.

     
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    Flood scheme debate 14:33: Oxford Times

    Councillors will find out on Friday if a £123m flood scheme for Oxford will clear its next planning hurdle.

     
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    Monitor response 14:22: David Fenton Health correspondent, BBC South Today

    NHS watchdog Monitor has told Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust that they must act faster to improve care following a third failed Care Quality Commission inspection in Oxfordshire.

    They're saying to Southern Health that they've got an improvement plan to turn things around, which they'd like to see progress on.

    They want to start seeing some results and for them to get moving.

     
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    Your pictures 14:09:

    Here's a photo of a duck sunning itself at Sandford Lock near Oxford this morning.

    Sandford Lock duck

    It was sent to us at BBC Local Live by Becca Collacott, from Abingdon.

    If you'd like to share your pictures with us, you can send them on email, as well as through Facebook and Twitter.

     
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    News headlines 13:58: Bethan Phillips Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    The top stories on BBC Radio Oxford at 14:00 include:

    • They'll be enough electricity to power 10,000 homes when a new solar farm's up and running in Oxfordshire
    • Improvements are "urgently" needed at a health trust - that runs services in Oxfordshire for people with learning disabilities and mental health problems
     
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    Book giveaway 13:48: BBC Radio Oxford

    A giveaway to encourage more people to get reading is happening at a soup kitchen in Oxford today.

    World Book Night, which was yesterday, is being continued at the Asian Cultural Centre in Manzil Way this lunchtime, with free books on offer.

     
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    Carterton homes 13:43: Witney Gazette

    The population of Carterton could jump to more than 20,000 people if plans for a total of 2,000 homes are approved.

     
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    Safety first 13:34:

    BBC South Today director David Croxson tweets: Rocking the hard hat... Tweaking the lighting :-)

    David Croxson in hard hat

    The first programme from the new Oxford television studio aired last night at 18:30.

     
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    Lunchtime news 13:21: BBC South Today

    Coming up on the programme with Jo Kent from 13:30, David Fenton has more on the criticism of Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust.

    It's after a third Oxfordshire care unit under its control failed a Care Quality Commission inspection.

    Holly Green will also have a full weather forecast for the region.

     
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    St George's Day treat 13:09:

    Mrs Bun The Baker tweets: @BBCOxford Happy St. George's #BakedToday cake. Homemade Battenburg with a twist.

    St George's battenburg
     
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    News headlines 12:58: Bethan Phillips Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    The top stories on BBC Radio Oxford at 13:00 include:

     
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    Talking Cholsey 12:49: Kat Orman Afternoon presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    On the show this afternoon, my guests for the first hour both have connections with Cholsey, where the #BBCBigTour is all this week.

    Author Tony Reiner has lived in the area for almost 50 years and has written Winterbrook & Cholsey's East End.

    He'll be joined by Paul Bellchambers, a governor of Cholsey School and one of the team behind the Wallingford Food Festival in May.

     
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    Electrification problems 12:37: Oxford Mail

    Network Rail has admitted to Wantage MP Ed Vaizey it has had "considerable problems" with its £1bn electrification project so far.

     
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    Care trust criticism 12:27:

    Read more on the criticism for an Oxfordshire health trust after a third unit failed a Care Quality Commission inspection.

    Evenlode care unit

    Evenlode in the Oxford Clinic, Littlemore, run by Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust, failed two of the six national assessment standards.

    Southern Health welcomed the report and said it took the findings "very seriously".

     
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    Pool reopening 12:17:

    West Oxfordshire District Council tweets: Grab your cossie and armbands! Woodstock outdoor pool opens on Sat. Don't worry, it's heated to a toasty 29 degrees! http://socsi.in/5ENN9

     
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    Solar Farm approved 12:06: BBC Radio Oxford

    A new solar farm is to be built in Oxfordshire.

    More than 100,000 panels will be put up on brownfield land at Kencot Hill by RWE.

    Once connected, it'll generate enough electricity to power 10,000 homes.

    The majority of the power will be used by local residents, businesses and public sector organisations.

     
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    News headlines 11:57: Paul Jenner Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    The top stories on BBC Radio Oxford at 12:00 include:

    • A van driver who killed another motorist on the A34 has admitted death by careless driving
    • A third Oxfordshire care unit run by Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust has failed an inspection
    • A new solar farm's to be built in Oxfordshire, more than 100,000 panels will be put up on brownfield land at Kencot Hill by RWE
     
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    The perfect coffee 11:45: Phil Gayle Breakfast presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    Phil Carpenter from UE Coffee Roasters in Witney came into the studio earlier to show myself and Malcolm Boyden how to make the perfect cup of coffee.

    Phil Carpenter

    You can see more pictures on the Facebook page and you can listen again to his interview online.

     
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    Sex assault appeal 11:34:

    Police are appealing for witnesses after a 16-year-old girl was sexually assaulted in Milton-under-Wychwood. on Thursday.

    She was walking along Church Road around 16:40 when a man put his arm around her before pushing her against the wall of the church. She got away and ran towards the High Street.

    The offender described as white, about 17 years old, with short messy dark hair, 5ft 7in (170cm) tall and of slim to medium build.

     
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    Your Shakespeare tweets 11:23:

    Malcolm Boyden's been asking for your Shakespeare memories on his 450th birthday and any lines you remember from school.

    Lesley Hayes tweets: "Oh Bottom, thou art translated." is the first that comes to mind. A thought I've often had.

    Henley MP John Howell tweeted: Hi Malcolm, I remember Macbeth. The lines "If it were done, when tis done etc etc" have stayed

     
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    A34 reopened 11:13: Sara Dumbell Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    All lanes have now reopened on the A34 southbound.

    It's after an earlier collision between a lorry and a motorbike by Weston-On-The-Green.

     
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    Skeletons found at dig 11:04:

    An Oxford archaeology group has found nine skeletons dating back to AD300 on a dig in Suffolk.

    Skeletons find Suffolk

    Two of the bodies had been buried with a brooch and a knife.

    Anglian Water, which is installing a new pipeline to serve Bury St Edmunds, said items from the dig would be "kept in a secure museum archive".

     
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    News headlines 10:59: Paul Jenner Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    The top stories on BBC Radio Oxford at 11:00 include:

    • The A34 southbound has been closed this morning after an accident involving a motorbike
    • A 43-year-old woman's being questioned on suspicion of murdering three children who were found dead at a house in south London
    • A Birmingham man's admitted causing death by careless driving after a crash on the A34 in March
     
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    A34 accident latest 10:52: Sara Dumbell Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    Latest from the A34 southbound accident at Weston-On-The-Green is that Police and Highways Agency tell me they hope to reopen one lane in the next 20 minutes.

    I'll be keeping you updated every 15 minutes on BBC Radio Oxford.

     
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    Poster thief? 10:27: Banbury Guardian

    Residents are outraged with posters communicating local information being removed from the village.

     
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    Breaking Bard 10:16: Malcolm Boyden Mid-morning presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    Coming up on the show, we'll be celebrating both St George's Day and the birthday of William Shakespeare.

    Shakespeare

    He's been named the UK's greatest cultural icon, but how much of The Bard can you remember from your school days?

    Get in touch on Facebook and Twitter, call 03459 311 111 or text 81333 starting with the word "Oxford".

     
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    More on A34 accident 10:03: Sara Dumbell Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    The Highways Agency tell me the A34 southbound is likely to remain closed until around midday.

    There's already lots of queues at the roundabout for junction 9 at the M40.

     
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    News headlines 09:59: Paul Jenner Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    The top stories on BBC Radio Oxford at 10:00 include:

    • There's major problems on the A34 this morning after an accident involving a motorbike
    • A formal warning's been issued for a care unit in Oxfordshire after a failed inspection
    • A woman's been arrested on suspicion of murder after three children were found dead in a house in south London
     
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    Care home warning 09:50: Serena Martin Reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

    A formal warning for urgent action's been issued as a third care unit run by Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust in Oxfordshire's failed its inspection.

    Evenlode

    Evenlode in Littlemore (pictured above) looks after people with mental health needs and failed in two of the six areas it's inspected on.

    It's bad news for Southern Health NHS Trust that also runs Slade House in Headington and Piggy Lane in Bicester, which have failed inspections in the last 12 months.

     
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    A34 accident 09:41: Sara Dumbell Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    The A34 southbound is blocked due to a serious accident involving a motorbike just after the M40 junction 9, the Wendlebury Interchange.

    I'll have more in the latest traffic and travel bulletin on BBC Radio Oxford.

     
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    Morning brew 09:28:

    Philip Carpenter tweets: Getting ready to hit airwaves on @BBCOxford. Talking @uecoffee and brew methods.

    Morning coffee

    He'll be on with Phil Gayle after 09:40.

     
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    Missing woman appeal 09:18:

    There's concern about a woman who's been missing from Henley-on-Thames for more than four months.

    Monika Kwiatkowska

    Monika Kwiatkowski, 30, was last seen in Frieth on 15 December.

    She told friends she was going on holiday and is believed to have got on a flight from London City Airport to Zurich on 17 December, but never returned.

     
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    Butterfly house reopens 09:05: Adam Williams BBC Local Live

    Blenheim Palace's new Butterfly House has reopened to visitors following a £100,000 renovation project.

    Blenheim Palace butterflies

    A group of youngsters helped release dozens of exotic butterfly species from Malaysia, Thailand and the Philippines inside the new house.

    Head of Gardens, Hilary Wood, said: "It's been a huge amount of work to get the Butterfly House open, but we're all absolutely delighted with the results."

     
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    • Updates resume from 08:00 Thursday
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    News headlines 08:57: Paul Jenner Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    The top stories on BBC Radio Oxford at 09:00 include:

     
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    Wood turning 08:47: Lilley Mitchell Reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

    This morning, I've been to out to Woodstock to visit Richard Shock, an energy specialist turned wood carver.

    Richard Shock wood carver

    He showed me some of the skills and tricks and you can see a selection of photos from my visit on the BBC Radio Oxford Facebook page.

     
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    Crash charge plea 08:36: Oxford Mail

    A 39-year-old man from Birmingham has admitted causing death by careless driving after a crash on the A34 near Bicester last month.

     
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    Didcot shooter's selection 08:25: Ross Heaton Sports reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

    Didcot shooter Dan Rivers has been named in England's Commonwealth Games squad for Glasgow 2014.

    He will take part in the small bore rifle category and is one of 14 competitors named in the first wave of selections.

    The 22-year-old, a member of the Wantage Target Shooting Club, is in good form this year and regained his British air rifle championship title in February.

     
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    Risk of rain later 08:14: Holly Green BBC Weather

    Brighter and warmer than Tuesday, with early mist patches clearing to allow sunny spells.

    Holly morning weather

    A chance of a few sharp showers developing into the afternoon, perhaps giving way to more persistent rain in the far west by the evening.

    A high of 15C (59F).

     
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    Roads looking clear 08:07: Sara Dumbell Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    It's looking clear on the roads and on public transport across the county this morning.

    Do keep tuned to traffic and travel updates every 15 minutes throughout the morning on BBC Radio Oxford.

     
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    08:00: Adam Williams BBC Local Live

    Good morning and welcome along to BBC Local Live for Oxfordshire on this Wednesday morning.

    A very happy St George's Day to you.

    I'll be bringing you the latest news, sport, travel and weather for the county - get in touch on email, as well as Facebook and Twitter.

     

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