25 July 2014
Matt Hancock has been appointed the new Minister for Portsmouth - but how long will the job last?
RWE npower, the owner of Didcot B power station in Oxfordshire, says half of the site will remain out of action indefinitely after a fire.
A 39-year-old woman is arrested on suspicion of murder after a man was stabbed near a river in Abingdon, Oxfordshire.
Brad Pitt says he hopes his new film Fury, which was partly shot in Oxfordshire, recognised the trauma suffered by soldiers in World War Two.
BBC Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson, who lives near Chipping Norton, says he will have points on his licence for the first time in 30 years after he was caught speeding.
Kamui Kobayashi admitted to being "seriously troubled" about the safety of his Caterham during the Russian GP weekend.
On South Today this evening: Our reporter Tom Turrell was the first journalist on the scene last night when a fierce fire raged at Didcot power station last night, and he'll be reporting with the latest on the investigation into what happened.
And, police have arrested a woman on suspicion of murder after a man died in Abingdon.
Join Jerome Sale for all that and more at 18:30.
Some sunny spells are giving way to thickening cloud, and I suspect there will be a few sharp showers.
This evening we're going to see the wind building as the remnants of hurricane Gonzalo brings in some very strong winds and heavy rain.
Temperatures fairly mild with lows of 12C (54F).
Oxford City Stars were beaten 4-5 at Oxford ice rink on Sunday. You can see photos from the match on their Facebook page.
A fire at Didcot B power station could have been caused by a fault in a fan in a cooling tower.
Nathan Travis, Oxfordshire's Deputy Chief Fire Officer, told David Prever that the investigation was focussing on the unit.
He said: "There may have been a power surge, a spike in voltage in one of these units, and that has given us a focus, but we need to do further investigations."
Youngsters from Rose Hill have taken to the silver screen to encourage families across Oxfordshire to make healthier food choices.
After a fire at Didcot B, the power station is only producing half the electricity that it usually generates.
The government has said that there is no danger of the lights going out but, Dr Matt Prescott, an environmental consultant from Oxford told David Prever that the effect of the shortage would be felt in people's bills.
He said: "Every time we lose a power station like this it means that over the winter when we need the most electricity supply gets tight. We have got the old power stations and they can be turned back on but it's the old oil and coal powers stations and that means the price will go up."
There are reports of an accident on the A4260 north of Kidlington, headed towards Deddington, at Hop Croft Holt.
A van and a car are involved and police and ambulance crews are already there.
Brad Pitt's film Fury, which was filmed around Oxfordshire and at Bovingdon Airfield in Hertfordshire, has closed the BFI Film Festival in London.
Brad Pitt said he hoped his new film recognised the trauma suffered by soldiers in World War Two.
The London showing was the European premiere of the film, which is released in the UK on Wednesday.
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Firefighters say it will take some weeks before they can establish the cause of a major fire at Didcot B power station.
Chiltern Railway lines have reopened between Marylebone and Banbury after an earlier incident on the line, though there are knock on delays and cancellations to continue for at least the next hour.
There are also residual delays of up to 20 minutes on First Great Western between London Paddington and Oxford due to a signalling problem between Didcot Parkway and Swindon.
And on the roads the A415 Marcham Road is slow Westbound between the A34 and North Street / Mill Road. Its because of roadworks and temporary lights in operation.
West Oxfordshire District Council is tackling "fatbergs" head-on by collecting and recycling used cooking oil.
The council is one of only a few local authorities to offer cooking oil recycling as part of household collections.
A unique project where people monitor water levels in their own communities has launched in Oxford.
The Oxford Flood Network Project is using cheap, wireless sensors and is the first scheme of its type in the UK.
It's hoped sharing local knowledge about rivers, streams and groundwater will help prevent flooding.
There is disruption on Chiltern Railways.
They tweeted: Due to a person being hit by a train at Sudbury, services from Marylebone towards High Wycombe and Birmingham are delayed/cancelled.
Your ticket is valid on reasonable routes with @FGW @LondonMidland @VirginTrains, and passengers to/from Leamington/Banbury and London can travel with @crosscountryuk and change at Reading.
Jean Davies, 86, was a long-term campaigner for the right to die. She did not suffer from a terminal illness but said her life had become "intolerable" and she wanted to die in her own home.
Her daughter Bronwen, a nurse from Cardiff, said her mother's death followed a year of increasingly poor health. Mrs Davies died on 1 October.
A long-term campaigner for the right to die starved herself to death over five weeks at home in Oxford, because she could not have her life ended legally.
An Oxford University professor has won an international award for cancer research.
The victim sustained a broken jaw and eye socket in the attack at the Gulf petrol station on Buckingham Road on 30 August.
Detectives want to speak to the men pictured in the CCTV stills.
A spokesperson said: "The lights will not go out this winter. Up and down the country there are power stations on standby that can start pumping out power when needed and the Government has given National Grid the extra powers it needs to ensure there is enough electricity to keep the lights.
"There have been some unexpected closures over the past few months and National Grid is buying some extra energy supply to make up for any shortfall. The Government will continue to work with National Grid and energy providers to make sure the system remains secure over the coming months."
British rider Bradley Smith is aiming for a top-six Championship finish after securing his first ever podium finish in MotoGP on Sunday.
Oxford-born Smith, 23, finished third in Australia after fellow Briton Cal Crutchlow crashed from second place on the final lap, as Valentino Rossi won.
Waiting times to see a GP in Oxfordshire should be no longer than one week - that's the recommendation from the watchdog Healthwatch Oxfordshire.
Woodstock has welcomed plans to hold a series of concerts at Blenheim Palace.
The Met Office has raised a yellow warning of wind later tonight and into tomorrow. Find out more here.
Npower tweets: RWE Generation: Affected part of Didcot B power station will remain non-operational until investigation and repairs takes place
Terrorism and arson have been ruled out as causes of last night's fire at Didcot B power station.
Generally temperatures are slightly above normal across the region, with the highest temperatures across Kent. Breezy.
As the afternoon goes on, it will remain largely dry and cloudy initially, before windy conditions with outbreaks of locally heavy rain spread east.
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.
A burglary victim who scared off his intruders while holding a sword said the incident had left him emotionally scarred.
Didcot B Power Station is operating at half capacity after a severe fire caused widespread damage at the plant.
Oxford United fans have been calling for goal-scorer Tyrone Barnett to be signed permanently by the club.
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."
Around 1% of the UK's electricity supply has been stopped by the fire at Didcot B power station.
I've been covering the Didcot power station story from BBC News helicopter.
Here you can see the Didcot fire damage. Three cooling towers in back row pretty much disintegrated.
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.
The A361 in Chadlington is closed at the Cross's Lane junction, because of an accident involving a car and a bus.
Firefighters are expected to remain at Didcot power station for the next 24 hours as investigations begin into a huge fire at the site.
BBC Oxford's Lilley Mitchell has been speaking to Didcot residents about the fire at the power station last night.
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."
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.
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."
A 39-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a man was stabbed in an Oxfordshire town.
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.
Half of Didcot B power station is out of action, after a serious fire devastated part of the plant.
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.
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."
National Police Air Service Benson helicopter tweeted this thermal image of the Didcot power station blaze.
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."
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
Firefighters are still present at Didcot B power station after a ferocious fire broke out in a cooling tower.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The breeze will pick up later on and temperatures will peak at 15C (59F).
Firefighters are investigating the cause of a major blaze at Didcot B power station in Oxfordshire.
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.
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