Didcot towers demolition impact 'similar to earthquake'

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The demolition of the Didcot power station towers caused tremors similar to earthquakes, an expert has revealed.

The three 36,000 tonne towers came down in seconds, at 05:01 BST last Sunday.

Seismology equipment at Diamond Light Source in Harwell, about five miles from the power station, detected the destruction of the towers.

Houcheng Huang, principal engineering analyst, said the impact was similar to a quake.

"Nobody actually felt the impact but we have got very sensitive equipment," he said.

"We pick up earthquakes in Japan, in China, in Pakistan, also a few years ago I remember I picked up a UK earthquake in Yorkshire somewhere.

"They are quite similar."

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    A house on the Cowley Road which has been dubbed a magnet for antisocial behaviour and crime, could finally be purchased by local authorities, after sitting empty for 19 years.

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    She said: "I would just like to thank everyone for your kind comments and support and to just make clear I was never informed of any rules.

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    A priceless piece of jewellery linked to Alfred the Great is returning to Somerset from Oxford for the first time in nearly 300 years.

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    It is owned by Oxford's Ashmolean Museum, but is being loaned to the Museum of Somerset in Taunton.

    Dr Alexander Sturgis, the museum's director, said it was "thrilling to think it's back near its homeland... albeit for a brief time."

     
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    Thames Valley Police remanded Lewis Felton, 25, on charges of driving a motor vehicle dangerously and a count of attempt to cause grievous bodily harm.

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    The government's target of is 40%, but 59.4% of pupils in the county got five good GCSEs.

    Oxford Brookes University's education expert John Howson told BBC Radio Oxford the results are good news on the whole.

    He said: "We've been in the doldrums for a number of years, we used to be regularly ahead of the national average. Work by schools and the county council has helped to focus on what was happening and that's produced better results this year."

     
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    16:10: Find out about adoption

    An Oxfordshire-based voluntary adoption agency Adoption Focus will be hosting an information drop-in day on Wednesday 4 February between 17:00 20:00 at Didcot Civic Hall.

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    15:56: News on the hour Phil Mercer Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    A 60-year battle to stop the threat of a quarry being dug near villages in north Oxfordshire has been won.

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    15:49: Pawditions for top pet BBC Radio Oxford

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    Nico the cat

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    15:21: Cycle safe

    Thames Valley Police South Oxon & VOWH tweets: Security bike marking Market Pl Henley come & see us #Henley #C9660

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    15:08: 'I'm coming to get games' Phil Harlow BBC Sport

    Oxford United loanee defender Richard Brindley says he has joined the side "to get games and see how things go".

    Richard Brindley

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

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    14:46: Didcot Power Station towers to be demolished Wallingford Herald

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    "Most areas are unlikely to see large amounts of snow but icy stretches are likely to form on untreated surfaces.

    "The public should be aware of the risk of some travel disruption and difficult driving conditions."

     
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    14:21: Quad bike theft

    Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses after a quad bike, hedge trimmer and chain harrow were stolen from a farm in Middle Barton.

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    14:10: Cardiac arrest trial opt-out plan criticised Linda Serck BBC News, Berkshire

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    13:58: News on the hour Phil Mercer Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

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    13:45: Oxford sign Richard Brindley Ross Heaton Sports reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

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    Richard Brindley

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    Also, there is one lane closed on A40 London Road eastbound between Thornhill Park And Ride in Wheatley and the A418 junction in Waterperry, because of barrier repairs.

     
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    13:24: Lunchtime TV BBC South Today

    On South Today this lunchtime: Four police officers involved in a car pursuit in Reading, which left one man dead, will face no action.

    The crashed car and a police vehicle on the A33 in Reading

    Matthew Seddon was killed following the incident in February 2013. Thames Valley Police says it's completed a misconduct investigation into the officers involved.

    Join us at 13:30.

     
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    None of Oxfordshire's secondary schools have made it into the top 100 in the country for GCSEs according to the government's newly published league tables.

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    12:38: Infrastructure funds boost

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    12:07: 'Heartless thing to do' Indy Almroth-Wright BBC Online

    A grieving mother has started a petition after being told to remove the decorations from her daughter's grave in Oxfordshire.

    Tanya's grave

    Jade Beadle has been told to remove everything except the headstone from her stillborn daughter, Tanya's grave in Kidlington cemetery.

    Ms Beadle said: "The rules are ridiculous - it's a heartless thing to ask anybody to do."

    Kidlington Parish Council said the items were "not pleasing to everybody".

     
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    11:58: News on the hour Sue Kinnear Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

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    11:45: Smart Oxford, Smart App via Facebook

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    Keeping a Kidlington graveyard as a "lawn cemetery" is the right thing for the future, despite a grieving mother calling to be allowed to leave the decorations at her daughter's grave.

    Chair of Kidlington Parish Council David Betts says the rules have to apply to everyone or the cemetery will be spoiled.

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    10:44: 'A consistent approach' BBC Radio Oxford

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    09:55: News on the hour Sue Kinnear Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

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    09:40: Grave decorations: Your views David Prever Drivetime presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

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    Christine Angell wrote: What is wrong with it? The grave looks fine and more to the point who is it hurting, no one else, pity the council don't do something more better than moan about a grave that looks fine.

    Sal Jones said: I think it's beautiful and a fitting tribute to her baby, as long as it's clean and tidy I can't see a problem.

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    09:11: School expansion 'frustration' BBC Radio Oxford

    Delays to a multi-million pound project to extend one of Oxfordshire's biggest primary schools have been described as "unacceptable" by the County Council.

    Head teacher Lynn Knapp at Windmill Primary School

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

    Almost 3,000 people have signed an online petition in support of a young mother from Kidlington, who's been told to remove bright decorations from her daughter's grave.

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

     
  53.  
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    The findings, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, show the vaccine generated an immune response against Ebola.

     
  54.  
    08:28: Mother told to remove grave decorations BBC Radio Oxford

    A young mother from Kidlington has been told to remove bright decorations from her daughter's grave.

    Tanya Beadle's grave

    Jade Beadle's daughter Tanya was stillborn at 39 weeks last year.

    The family have decorated her grave in Kidlington cemetery with toys and presents, but the parish council says that it is against the rules and they must be removed by the weekend.

     
  55.  
    08:14: Snow for some Holly Green BBC Weather

    It's looking cold with some wintry showers of rain, sleet or snow this morning.

    Holly Green

    We'll have some sunshine but it will feel very cold with highs of 4C (39F) and a strong wind.

     
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    08:04: M40 lane closed Sara Dumbell Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    On the M40 southbound, one lane is closed on the exit slip road at junction nine the Wendlebury Interchange for Bicester, because of a broken down lorry.

    Congestion is stretching back to junction 10.

     
  57.  
    08:00: Good morning Andrew Humphrey BBC Local Live

    Good morning and welcome to BBC Local Live for Oxfordshire on this chilly Thursday morning.

    I'm in the BBC Oxford newsroom bringing you the latest news, sport, travel and weather from across the county.

    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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