M40 crashes: Two drivers die in separate crashes

Two men have died in separate crashes within 24 hours of each other on the M40 in Oxfordshire.

A 29-year-old man died when his Vauxhall Astra car crashed northbound between junctions 6 to 7 at 05:15 BST.

On Sunday morning, a Jaguar S-type car left the southbound carriageway, went up on the embankment and overturned between junctions 12 and 11.

A 61-year-old man died at the scene and another man, aged 32 and a seven-year-old girl, suffered minor injuries.

They were taken to Horton General Hospital and have since been discharged.

The Vauxhall Astra driver crashed through a fence and hedgerow into the field behind.

He was pronounced dead at the scene but nobody else was hurt.

The motorway was closed after both accidents and police have appealed for witnesses.

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    TONIGHT'S TELEVISION 17:51: BBC South Today

    We have the latest from the inquest into the death of a man involved in a robbery at the Covered Market, plus we crunch the numbers in the story about all those mobile phones lost by Thames Valley Police in the past year.

    Police in Oxford

    Join Geraldine Peers from 18:30 on BBC One.

    COOL NIGHT 17:45: Alexis Green Weather presenter, BBC South Today

    Tonight most of the showers will clear and it will be dry with clear spells.

    Weather chart

    It will be a cool night with the north westerly breeze, with lows of 9C (48F).

    JUST FOR KICKS 17:37:

    Disabled people can learn karate in a series of classes being held at Oxsrad Disability Sports Centre, Oxford, and Witney Young People's Centre and Early Intervention Hub, Witney.

    Karate class

    The Disability Karate Federation's KickStart 100 aims to "create sustained participation in sport, developing greater independence... and promoting a healthier lifestyle".

    'KINDNESS KILLS?' 17:29: via Facebook

    We're being warned our "kindness could kill" if we give to beggars in Oxford. This afternoon David Prever has been asking: Should giving money to them be banned?

    Begging sign

    Garry Donnelly said: The problem comes when the person giving, feels they will be funding a drug or alcohol addiction. A meal, tea or coffee or food to feed their dog, I feel would be much more suitable, if offered.

    Ashley Marshall said: Thats just awful. wanting to ban an act of kindness! Thinking to ban this is shameful!!

    A4074 ACCIDENT 17:17: Sara Dumbell Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    The A4074 southbound is closed due to a single-vehicle accident near to the Berinsfield roundabout.

    Recovery is being arranged and all emergency services are there.

    UB40 INTERVIEW 17:10: Cristina Parry Producer, BBC Radio Oxford

    There was an interview with UB40 on the Kat Orman programme today.

    Here's reporter Sian McGill talking to Brian Travers and James Brown from the band at The Rewind Festival in Henley on Sunday.

    UB40 with Sian McGill

    Listen back to the show here.

    NEWS ON THE HOUR 16:57: Phil Mercer Reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

    A robber who died after an attempted raid on an Oxford jewellers did not need CPR because police believed he was still breathing, an inquest has heard. Hear more with Phil Mercer at 17:00.

    QUEUES TO KIDLINGTON 16:53: Sara Dumbell Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    An earlier broken down vehicle on the A34 Southbound from Peartree to Botley has been cleared, but it's left queues to Kidlington on the A34.

    AN 'F' PLEASE BOB 16:41: Henley Standard

    Bob Geldof was cheered as he yelled expletives at the crowd at this year's Henley Rewind at the weekend.

    HAPPY LANDING 16:31:

    Bicester Heritage tweets: Today is the 103rd anniversary 1st landing at Bicester. Lt H.R.P Reynolds arrived in a Bristol Boxkite biplane. pic.twitter.com/ZVxLeUcivb

    SLOW START 16:21: Jerome Sale Sports editor, BBC Radio Oxford

    Oxford United's assistant coach Mickey Lewis has told BBC Radio Oxford that despite two disappointing defeats, they're pleased with the direction the club is going in.

    The U's are yet to pick up a single point from their opening two league games.

    League table

    Speaking ahead of tonight's clash with Morecambe at the Globe Arena, Lewis said: "We're all enjoying it. We're going to keep playing our way, keep passing it, and I'm sure we'll get the results sooner or later."

    Suspected robber DEATH 16:12: Sinead Carroll Reporter, BBC South Today

    We've heard from pathologist Dr Ashley Fegan-Earl who did a post-mortem after the death of a man involved in a robbery at the Covered Market in Oxford.

    He told an inquest that Clint Townsend, 33, who was restrained by passer-bys, was medically obese and was suffering from coronary heart disease.

    He said restraint definitely played a part in his death but that he had seen cases where people had been restrained for up to 15 minutes - here Mr Townsend was only held for a maximum of four.

    It was perfectly plausible that had he not had heart disease it would not have had such a devastating effect, Oxford Coroner's Court heard.

    NEWS ON THE HOUR 15:58: Phil Mercer Reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

    A perfect storm of restraint and heart disease caused the death of a suspected armed robber in Oxford last year, a pathologist has said.

    That's what an inquest has heard this afternoon. More with Phil Mercer at 16:00.

    COMING UP 15:47: David Prever Drivetime presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    Oxfordshire County Council says it's now "turned around" the lives of 725 families in the county that were having serious problems. We'll find out how they did it.

    Plus, should giving money to beggars be banned?

    We'd like to hear from you, because under new plans, police in Oxford will offer people caught begging the opportunity to attend a local day centre, rather than getting a police caution. We'll have more from 16:00.


    Incidents of anti-social behaviour in Oxford have fallen by 5%, Thames Valley Police has said.

    Between 12 August 2013 and yesterday, there were 3,621 reports compared to 3,804 for the same period the year before.

    It said the most significant drops were 31% in Barton and Risinghurst, 16% in Oxford East (including Cowley Road) and 11% in the south east of the city (including Blackbird Leys).

    MAGGIE AND DOT 15:27:

    A play has been written about Margaret Thatcher and her former college tutor, Nobel Prize winner Dorothy Hodgkin.

    The Chemistry Between Them by Adam Ganz looks at their friendship which started in wartime Oxford.

    Margaret Thatcher working as a chemist

    The Afternoon Play will be broadcast on BBC Radio 4 at 14:15 tomorrow.

    PRISON PROBLEMS 15:14: via Facebook

    Earlier we asked what would you do to solve the problems faced by our prisons?

    Justice Secretary Chris Grayling has admitted to the BBC that prisons in England and Wales face violence, suicides and staff shortages.

    Simon Hicks said: Stick them out at sea on old converted cruise liners....

    Jon Cox said: Transport them, I think Australia is still there!

    Richard Downie added: its more to do with the root cause of how they are brought up and the discipline.

    News on the hour 14:57: Phil Mercer Reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

    More aid workers are needed to help people in countries in crisis, Oxford-based charity Oxfam says.

    It says finding people to work in a team, with the right technical skills and who are willing to work at risk is "always a challenge". More with Phil Mercer at 15:00.


    The second Oxford Conference of Corsetry takes place this weekend at Jesus College Oxford.

    Model in corset

    The event brings together leading designers from around the world for workshops and presentations on the art of corsetry.

    Find out more about last year's inaugural event here.

    GARDEN PARTY 14:42:

    The Oxford Centre for Mission Studies, a charity based in St Philip and St James Church, is hosting a garden party on 31 August to raise funds for the preservation and restoration of the building's stained glass windows.

    DAY AT THE MUSEUM 14:29:

    Ashmolean Museum tweets: #SummerHolidays #FamilyFun at the Ashmolean Wed & Thur this week at an Indian Summer drop-in

    Ashmolean Museum
    PM's switch-on 14:15: Witney Gazette

    David Cameron has switched on a community broadband project that will give one West Oxfordshire parish one of the fastest internet speeds in the country.

    News headlines 13:58: Phil Mercer Reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

    An inquest has been hearing a second day of evidence after a suspected armed robber died in the covered market in Oxford last year.

    Clint Townsend was restrained by shopkeepers and members of the public after he was involved in a sledgehammer raid on John Gowen Jewellers. More with Phil Mercer at 14:00.

    ROBBERY DEATH 13:46: Sinead Carroll Reporter, BBC South Today

    Witnesses have been discussing the death of a man who was involved in an attempted raid on John Gowing Jewellers in Oxford's Covered Market.

    Clint Townsend ended up on the floor, with his helmet and motorcycle gear still on, as people held him down to stop him getting away, Oxford Coroner's Court has heard.

    Covered Market (general view)

    Two police officers said when they arrived they thought they were able to feel breath coming out of his nose and so initially CPR wasn't administered.

    Nobody's on trial here, but it is the family's chance to find out what happened, and they've been asking direct questions. Mr Townsend's sister asked officers why it took so long to attempt to resuscitate him, facts that the coroner may pick up on tomorrow when she sums up this complicated case.

    POLICE LOSSES 'HIGH' 13:35: Alex Therrien BBC News Online

    A former chief constable has accepted the amount of electronic equipment lost by Thames Valley Police is high.

    Peter Neyroud said: "I would have probably had one of those 'I do not believe it' moments over the scale of what appears to have been missed this year.

    "We used to make sure we charged people for the loss and in some circumstances we disciplined for the loss because there is a risk."

    LUNCHTIME NEWS 13:27: BBC South Today

    On BBC South Today, today's the day when next year's rail ticket prices become clear and for the first time many of our season ticket holders will face a bill of more than £5,000 for getting to work in London.


    Also, find out how the cremated remains of 405 people have been left uncollected at a funeral directors.

    Join Roger Finn at 13:30 on BBC One.

    JAM-PACKED SHOW 13:06: Kat Orman Afternoon presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    Tune in to my afternoon show on BBC Radio Oxford to hear my interview with Bruce Foxton, from The Jam.

    Bruce Foxton with Kat Orman

    He performed at the Rewind Festival in Henley this weekend.

    And that's not all - we'll also be hearing from reggae legends UB40.

    NEWS ON THE HOUR 12:56: BBC Radio Oxford

    More aid workers are needed to help people in countries in crisis, Oxford-based charity Oxfam says.

    It says finding people with the right technical skills and who are willing to work at risk is "always a challenge".

    The plea comes as Westminster Abbey is hosting a special service of commemoration today, for humanitarian aid workers killed in the line of duty. More with Phil Mercer at 13:00.

    RIVER POWER 12:39: Adina Campbell Reporter, BBC South Today

    A Witney hotel is generating its own electricity with the help of an Archimedes screw.

    The Old Swan and Minster Mill is the latest riverside business seeking to reduce energy bills by taking advantage of the free power flowing past its doorstep.

    Archimedes screw

    Water from the River Windrush turns the turbine inside the device to power the hotel's 44 rooms.

    Varsity LINE RESTORATION 12:24: Patrick Byrne BBC News, East of England

    Revival of an east-west rail link in England may create up to 600,000 jobs and cut London line congestion, a report has said.

    The East West Rail Consortium (EWRC) also predicted population growth between Oxford and Cambridge of 1.1m.

    Network Rail welcomed the report that could see restoration of the Varsity Line between the two cities.

    LANE CLOSURE 12:07:

    One lane is closed on the A40 eastbound in Minster Lovell between the B4477 junction and Witney town centre because of drainage works.

    NEWS ON THE HOUR 11:58: Clare Woodling Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    Homes in South Oxfordshire cost an average of 15-and-a-half times average earnings, according to research from the National Housing Federation.

    The average house price is £372,632 compared to earnings of £24,107. More at 12:00.

    LOOM BAND APPEAL 11:50: Oxford Times

    All across Oxfordshire, groups of children are working to fulfil Skye Hall's dying wish to make the world's longest loom band.

    CITY BREAKS 11:40: Dave Gilyeat BBC News

    Travel website TripAdvisor has named Oxford as the fourth most expensive city in the UK for a city break.

    It reached its findings by adding up the costs for two people enjoying a pre-meal cocktail at a four star hotel, a meal out, taxis and an overnight stay in a four star hotel during the month of August.

    radcliffe camera

    Oxford came to £256.12, ahead of Bath in fifth, but behind Edinburgh, Cambridge and London.

    The Scottish capital, in first place, will set you back £331.28.


    A large amount of cigarettes was stolen from Sainsbury's in Chipping Norton yesterday.

    Officers received reports of a break-in at the Market Place store shortly before 02:00.

    PC Simon Warn asked: "Did you see anyone around the area acting suspiciously or anyone leaving the area? If so, then please get in touch."

    PRETTY AND PINK 11:21:

    Jo Law in Abingdon has sent us this pretty picture of trailing petunias.

    trailing petunias

    Got any images you'd like to share with Local Live? Send them in.

    IN THE FRAME 11:09: Oxford Mail

    A 21-year-old from Bicester is through to the final of the Spectacle Wearer of the Year Award.

    NEWS ON THE HOUR 10:58: Clare Woodling Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    A four-year-old Didcot boy has completed a mini-triathlon and raised more than £1,000 for charity in the process.

    William De Croos spent two weeks in an incubator when he was born prematurely.


    He's raising the money for the unit at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford that helped him, and also for the armed forces charity Combat Stress. More at 11:00.

    Park and ride bus injuries 10:45: Oxford Mail

    Three passengers were injured after a bus braked suddenly on Botley Road this morning.

    Police and ambulance were called to the scene, by Osney Court, just after 09:00 and the Park and Ride bus was temporarily evacuated.

    'Forced out of Oxfordshire' 10:35: via Facebook

    You've been giving your views on our Facebook page about new figures which showed homes in South Oxfordshire cost 15-and-a-half times the average salary for the area.

    Simon Hall said: I cannot think why, there is nothing special about Oxfordshire.

    Caroline Casey wrote: Wow 24k average earnings! not for a waitress they arnt! but this waitress still bought 2 bed house 13 yrs ago at £96.000 when earning £5.50 per hourby working 80 + hours a week! #just saying

    Dianna-catilyn Machado added: Yes we were forced out of Oxfordshire had to move and buy a house in Swindon

    Tri baby 10:25: Dave Gilyeat BBC News

    A four-year-old from Didcot has raised more than £1,000 by doing a mini triathlon.

    Phil Gayle and William De Croos

    William De Croos spent two weeks in an incubator when he was born prematurely and is raising money for the unit at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford which helped him, and also for the armed forces charity Combat Stress.

    He ran 800m, cycled a mile (with stabilisers) and swam 40m.

    He told Phil Gayle: "I couldn't stop running, I just loved running round." And as for his ride at Blenheim Palace, he said: "It was really far. I saw the gate and it was so small because I was so far away."

    POLICE losses 10:16:

    We've been telling you how Thames Valley Police lost hundreds of electrical devices last year.

    TVP badge

    In a statement, the force said it "takes the loss of electronic equipment seriously and a procedure is in place for staff to report such losses at the earliest opportunity".

    It added: "The force's devices use encryption software to prevent unauthorised access and any access to force systems requires additional login details. In the event of a mobile device being lost or stolen, it can be barred and blacklisted."

    Rail fares 10:08:

    It's just been revealed that regulated rail fares will rise by 3.5% from January next year, following the release of July's inflation figures.

    Chiltern Railways trains

    Under the formula, fares controlled by the government are due to go up by July's RPI measure of inflation, plus 1%.

    RPI - the Retail Prices Index - was 2.5% last month, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

    NEWS ON THE HOUR 09:58: Clare Woodling Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    Beggars in Oxford are going to be offered help from a day centre instead of getting a police caution.

    The Steppin' Stone centre in Cowley provides support for people in vulnerable situations.

    But the new idea, introduced by Oxford City Council, will only apply to those caught begging for the first time.

    COMING UP 09:45: Malcolm Boyden Mid-morning presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    Today I'll be talking to Oxfordshire scriptwriter Paul Mayhew-Archer (pictured) about his new film starring Dustin Hoffman and Judi Dench.

    Paul Mayhew-Archer

    We also look at rail fares. Just how much more money will we have to pay?

    Plus, have you heard the one about the Hoover? We'll find out who won the best joke at this year's Edinburgh Fringe. Tune in from 10:00.

    WAREHOUSE RETHINK 09:35: Wantage Herald

    Controversial plans to build a million square feet of warehouse space west of Didcot Power Station have been resubmitted after developers reduced the building's height by 4.5m (15ft).

    MISSING Police PHONES 09:24: Clare Woodling Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    A freedom of information request from the BBC has shown that 159 mobile phones were reported missing by Thames Valley Police last year, along with four laptops, one PC and two USB sticks.

    It's a huge rise from 2011 when only 13 devices went missing.

    Police officer with mobile phone

    A spokesman told us its partly because they're using a lot more mobile technology, and the losses amount to less than 2% of the mobile phones given out.

    They say they can be lost while "apprehending offenders or conducting searches over rough terrain". They also say around one in five lost were subsequently found, as were two laptops.

    House prices v earnings 09:11:

    Homes in South Oxfordshire cost an average of £372,632 while the average earnings for people living in the area is £24,107, according to research from the National Housing Federation.

    That's 15-and-a-half times more. South Buckinghamshire tops the list with price 20 times greater than average earnings.

    House price map

    Do you feel priced out of the housing market? Let us know what you're doing to cope with rocketing house pries on Twitter and Facebook.

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    NEWS ON THE HOUR 08:58: Charles Nove Presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    A petition to save meadows in Bicester from a housing development has been signed by 1,200 people.

    Campaigners say not only do Gavray Meadows have a unique ecology but they are home to a rare butterfly. More at 09:00.

    ROBBER DIED 'TRYING TO ESCAPE' 08:47: Roz Tappenden BBC South

    An inquest yesterday heard how a man involved in a robbery in Oxford died a day after being held down by people attempting to stop him escaping.

    Police van outside covered market

    Clint Townsend had been involved in an attempted raid on John Gowing Jewellers in the Covered Market in March 2013.

    A witness described up to eight people trying "to stop him getting away".

    BROKEN DOWN LORRIES 08:35: Sara Dumbell Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    A caller called Ian tells me a lorry's had a tyre blow-out about a mile after junction 10 for Brackley on the M40. It's now stationary, straddling lanes one and two, with a large amount of debris in the road.

    Police are still with a broken down lorry blocking one lane on the bridge headed from the M40 junction 10 roundabout towards the Cherwell Valley Services roundabout.

    ON AIR 08:25: Phil Gayle Breakfast presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    On this morning's show we can reveal the number of electronic devices being lost by Thames Valley Police. Last year almost 160 of their mobile phones went missing. We'll find out why.

    Plus Britain's increasingly busy prisons are facing problems with violence, suicides and staff shortages, but the Justice Secretary Chris Grayling says it's not in crisis.

    A prison officer locks a door at Wormwood Scrubs, a category B prison in London

    Locking people up is expensive and we're doing more of it, so my question for you is, are we sending too many people to prison? What would you do to solve the problems faced by our prisons? Let me know.

    HEAVY TRAFFIC 08:15:

    There's heavy traffic on the A34 northbound in Abingdon between Abingdon North and the Hinksey Hill Interchange in the roadworks area.

    COOL WINDS 08:08: Dan Downs BBC Spotlight weather presenter

    It's a rather cool start for Oxfordshire today but we should all get to see some bright and sunny spells.

    Dan Downs with weather map

    There's always the chance of the odd shower cropping up here and there, and into the afternoon one or two could become quite sharp in nature.

    But many of us will get by with a completely dry day, although it's not particularly warm in the north-westerly breeze. A rather disappointing 15C (59F) is the high for Banbury, just scraping 16C (70F) for Bicester.

    GOOD MORNING 08:00: Dave Gilyeat BBC News

    Welcome to BBC Local Live and a Happy Tuesday to you. I'll be bringing you the latest news, sport, travel and weather for Oxfordshire today.

    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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