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20 October 2014 Last updated at 12:49

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    News on the hour 13:58: Rachel Hicks Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    Terrorism and arson have been ruled out as causes of last night's fire at Didcot B power station.

    I'll have the latest in the headlines at 14:00.

    Dry and cloudy 13:46:

    Generally temperatures are slightly above normal across the region, with the highest temperatures across Kent. Breezy.

    BBC Weather

    As the afternoon goes on, it will remain largely dry and cloudy initially, before windy conditions with outbreaks of locally heavy rain spread east.

    A417 closed 13:30:

    The A417 in Challow is closed in both directions between the B4001 New Road junction and the Goosey Lane junction, because of bridge maintenance work.

    Diversion in operation - from Faringdon using the A420, A415 and A338, rejoining the A417 at Wantage and vice versa.

    Lunchtime TV News 13:20: BBC South Today

    On South Today this lunchtime: We'll have the latest from Didcot where firefighters are investigating the cause of a major blaze at the power station.

    Didcot power station

    At its height, 25 fire engines and about 100 firefighters were at the gas-fired station. Join Roger Finn at 13:30.

    Burglars scared off with sword 13:08: Oxford Times

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    News on the hour 12:58: Clare Woodling Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    Didcot B Power Station is operating at half capacity after a severe fire caused widespread damage at the plant.

    Get the latest at 13:00.

    Video: Aerial shots of Didcot fire damage 12:36:

    Aerial footage from the BBC news helicopter shows the extent of damage caused by a fire at the Didcot B power station. You can watch it here.

    Aerial shot of aftermath of fire at Didcot B power station
    Barnett lauded by fans 12:17: Jerome Sale Sports editor, BBC Radio Oxford

    Oxford United fans have been calling for goal-scorer Tyrone Barnett to be signed permanently by the club.

    Tyrone Barnett

    Barnett gave Oxford the lead in their 2-0 victory over Tranmere.

    Chief executive Mark Ashton said it could be a possibility: "We would all like to see that. At the moment we have got him on loan until December, but we will be talking to Peterborough and should the option come and should we be in a position to take him then I'm sure he'd be one we would like to have in the camp permanently."

    News on the hour 11:59: Clare Woodling Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    Around 1% of the UK's electricity supply has been stopped by the fire at Didcot B power station.

    We'll have more on that at 12:00.

    View from BBC News helicopter 11:33: Jon Kay BBC News correspondent

    I've been covering the Didcot power station story from BBC News helicopter.

    Didcot power station fire

    Here you can see the Didcot fire damage. Three cooling towers in back row pretty much disintegrated.

    Didcot smoke 'not hazardous' 11:23: Wantage Herald

    The fire at Didcot Power Station is under control and the smoke was not hazardous to the public Oxfordshire's chief fire officer Dave Etheridge said.

    A361 closed 11:12:

    The A361 in Chadlington is closed at the Cross's Lane junction, because of an accident involving a car and a bus.

    Photos of the damage 11:03: via Facebook

    We have shared pictures of the damage on Facebook and you have been sharing your thoughts:

    Didcot fire damage

    Veggie Angel said: I remember it being built! Weird!

    Andy Clark posted: Perhaps it was not a good idea to use wood.

    News on the hour 10:55: Clare Woodling Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    Firefighters are expected to remain at Didcot power station for the next 24 hours as investigations begin into a huge fire at the site.

    Join me for more on that at 11:00.

    Firefighters tribute 10:46:

    Local MP Ed Vaizey has tweeted: Dave Etheridge @OxonFireRescue says on @SkyNews no injuries, no power outages. Great work from our firefighters.

    'Great big bonfire' 10:35: Lilley Mitchell Reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

    BBC Oxford's Lilley Mitchell has been speaking to Didcot residents about the fire at the power station last night.

    Didcot power station fire

    Carl described what he saw: "I looked out my bedroom window and it looked like a massive great big bonfire. I went out to get a closer look and you could see all the flashing lights and the big towers with the water flashing over the top. There was a lot of smoke and a lot of big flames."

    Blackout concern 10:25: Utility Week

    Utility Week's Jane Gray says the Didcot B blaze raises concerns about a winter blackout.

    The article says that National Grid is expected to publish its winter outlook report later this month detailing its plans to make up for the unexpected shortfall of capacity earlier this year.

    'Blackened charred mess' 10:13: Serena Martin Reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

    BBC Oxford's Serena Martin has been at the scene of the Didcot B power station fire all morning and has viewed the damage.

    Didcot B power station fire

    She said: "All you can see is a blackened charred mess. At the top of each cooling tower is a fan, and all of that is just melting and dripping away. So two cooling towers are very seriously damaged."

    Abingdon murder arrest 10:05: Emma Harrison BBC News Online

    A 39-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a man was stabbed in an Oxfordshire town.

    Police cordon by river in Abingdon

    The victim, who was in his 30s, was found at a mooring area by the river near Bridge Street in Abingdon on Sunday evening.

    He was taken to hospital but died from his injuries.

    Det Ch Insp Kevin Brown said officers believed it was "an isolated incident" and said there was no threat to the wider community.

    News on the hour 09:57: Clare Woodling Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    Half of Didcot B power station is out of action, after a serious fire devastated part of the plant.

    I'll have more on that at 10:00.

    'No one injured' 09:40: The Independent

    In their story on the Didcot fire, The Independent reports that the power station's owner, RWE npower, said no one was injured during the fire, but that it was "too early to say" how much damage had been caused by the blaze.

    'No disruption' 09:28:

    There was no operational impact from the fire at Didcot power station, and according to RWE npower who operate Didcot B, "there will be no disruptions to electricity".

    Didcot power station from the air

    Company spokesman Dan Meredith said: "We have a very resilient network in the UK and the way the National Grid can operate, they are able to call upon other power stations across the country to fill the gap that this power station has left as it's come off."

    Top headlines
    Didcot fire from the air 09:19:

    National Police Air Service Benson helicopter tweeted this thermal image of the Didcot power station blaze.

    Thermal image of Didcot power station fire
    Danger to firefighters 09:10:

    The fire at Didcot B power station posed "significant challenges" to emergency service personnel, the Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service incident commander has said.

    Didcot B power station

    Dave Bray said that as the cooling towers were predominantly made of wood "there is that possibility that the cooling towers will fall down on top of the firefighters".

    He added: "We have extinguished the fire although there are hot spots that are remaining within the structure. We now face the challenge of getting to these and dampening them down."

    Didcot investigations begin 09:02:

    BBC Oxford's Serena Martin is at Didcot power station this morning, and has tweeted: Didcot B running at half power after a major fire which has seriously damaged 3 cooling towers. Investigations have begun into the cause

    Didcot power station
    News on the hour 08:55: Charles Nove Presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    Firefighters are still present at Didcot B power station after a ferocious fire broke out in a cooling tower.

    I'll have more on that at 09:00.

    Hinksey Hill congestion 08:49: Sara Dumbell Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    All routes, including the A34 both ways, approaching the Hinskey Hill Interchange are very congested.

    And there's the usual heavy traffic on the Oxford Ring Road Southern Bypass between Hinksey and Heyford Hill - both ways through the contraflow.

    The closure of Abingdon Road between the Kennignton Roudnabout and Redbridge Park and Ride as part of those works means there's heavy traffic diverting along the Iffley Road and Donnington Bridge both ways.

    A34 troubles 08:37: Sara Dumbell Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    There are 40 minute residual delays on the A34 Northbound at East Ilsley after an earlier broken down lorry.

    The A34 Southbound is also heavy from the M40 junction 9 to Islip.

    Eyewitness video 08:28: via Facebook

    The early stages of the blaze at Didcot power station was captured on film by eye witness Dr Georgina Miles, who shared the clip with BBC Oxford. You can watch the video on our Facebook page.

    Didcot B Power Station on fire

    She described the fire as "pretty dramatic, there was a lot of damage". Local people were warned to stay indoors and close doors and windows.

    Bright start 08:18: Holly Green BBC Weather

    Quite a bright start to the day, a few showers will pop up, especially in the afternoon, and by then a bit more cloud will filter in as well.

    Holly Green

    The breeze will pick up later on and temperatures will peak at 15C (59F).

    Didcot fire 08:05: Emma Harrison BBC News Online

    Firefighters are investigating the cause of a major blaze at Didcot B power station in Oxfordshire.

    Didcot B Power Station on fire

    At its height 25 fire engines and about 100 firefighters tackled the blaze at the gas-fired station, which broke out at about 20:00 on Sunday.

    The station was partially shut down but Energy Secretary Ed Davey said National Grid had assured him that there was no risk to energy supplies.

    The fire was later brought under control and there were no injuries.

    Good Morning 08:00: Andrew Humphrey BBC Local Live

    Welcome to BBC Local Live for Oxfordshire this Monday morning.

    I'm in the BBC Oxford newsroom and will be bringing you the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

    You can get in touch throughout the day and tell us what you're up to via email, Facebook or Twitter.




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