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Summary

  1. Teenage girl 'let down by services' before dying
  2. Guy Hedger shooting: No gun found in river search
  3. One year on from four-death A34 crash
  4. Berkshire term 'cheeselog' celebrated in poem
  5. Updates from Thursday 10 August

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

  1. Man fights for life after 'head-on collision'

    A man is in a life-threatening condition following a "head-on collision" involving a car and a van on a sharp bend of the A4095.

    The driver of the car sustained a number of life-threatening injuries and has been flown by air ambulance to the John Radcliffe Hospital.

    South Central Ambulance Service was called to the crash at Radcot at about 13.40 following reports of a "head-on collision".

    The driver of the van sustained minor injuries and did not require hospital treatment.

    Air ambulance at A4095
    Image caption: The male driver of the car was taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital by air ambulance
  2. Horton maternity downgrade reaction

    Campaigners opposed to Horton downgrade
    Image caption: Campaigners protested against the move outside the meeting in Oxford today

    Maternity services at Horton General Hospital have been downgraded by health bosses.

    It was temporarily changed to a midwife led unit last year, and that move has now been made permanent by Oxfordshire Clinicial Commissioning group.

    Quote Message: We gave our responses, we asked lots of questions, many of which I feel haven't been fully answered, and I think our views have been fully ignored. from Victoria Prentis MP for Banbury
    Victoria PrentisMP for Banbury
    Quote Message: The Horton obstetric unit is a very small unit, it was one of the smallest in the whole of the country....recruitment is really difficult...and that is why we think the right decision is to centralise obstetrics at the John Radcliffe. from David Smith Chief executive, Oxfordshire Clincial Commission Group
    David SmithChief executive, Oxfordshire Clincial Commission Group
  3. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M4 Berkshire westbound

    BBC News Travel

    M4 Berkshire westbound severe accident, between J10 for A329 and J11 for A33.

    M4 Berkshire - Queuing traffic on M4 westbound between J10 A329(M) Wokingham and J11, A33 (Reading), because of an accident earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to J8.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

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    Severe accident: M40 Oxfordshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M40 Oxfordshire northbound severe accident, between J9 for A34 and J10 for A43 Brackley.

    M40 Oxfordshire - One lane blocked and queuing traffic on M40 northbound between J9, A34 (Bicester) and J10, A43 (Brackley), because of an accident.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

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    Severe disruption: A3 Hampshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    A3 Hampshire northbound severe disruption, between Andlers Ash Road and B3006.

    A3 Hampshire - One lane closed on A3 northbound in Liss between the Andlers Ash Road junction and Ham Barn Roundabout, because of a lorry fire, recovery work and a spillage of chemicals on the road. Traffic is coping well.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  6. All gates open at Boomtown

    Every gate is now open at Boomtown Fair.

    It follows delays earlier due to bad weather at the festival site near Winchester.

    Boomtown has thanked ticket holders for their understanding and cooperation.

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  7. 'Dumped' caiman has sores on its tail and toes

    The 2ft-long (60 cm) caiman was found by a lake in Somerset last Friday and is thought to have been illegally dumped.

    He's now at Crocodiles of the World in Brize Norton, Oxfordshire, where he has been given an inspection and full health check.

    Shaun Foggett, director of the attraction, said the caiman was now in quarantine and would hopefully be put on display one day for visitors to see.

    "He wasn't underweight, which was very surprising," said Shaun.

    "I don't think he was out in the reservoir for very long. If he'd been out in our climate he would've deteriorated very quickly."

    Video courtesy of Crocodiles of the World

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    Video caption: "Dumped" caiman has sores on its tail and toes, according to carers.
  8. Wheatley nursery shut down over child protection failings

    The nursery

    A nursery in Oxfordshire has been shut down by a regulator over fears children could be put at risk.

    Siblings Nursery of Wheatley was closed by Ofsted in March after the Local Safeguarding Children Board raised concerns about its policies.

    The watchdog carried out an investigation and found it was not meeting child protection requirements.

    Ofsted ordered the nursery to make improvements, but found action had still not been taken on a second visit.

    It has now withdrawn the nursery's registration permanently after inspectors raised concerns that "children may be at risk of harm".

  9. Water voles thriving in Hampshire again

    Water vole

    An animal that was once wiped out in part of Hampshire is now thriving again thanks to a project that's reintroduced it to the wild.

    Water voles were locally extinct in the Meon Valley but after five years of work to bring them back they are now thought to be doing well.

    In that time more than 2,000 have been brought to the area in the biggest water vole release ever attempted in the country.

  10. Police appeal after man assaulted with pool cue

    Police are trying to trace a wanted man from Reading.

    They have released an image of the 34-year-old known as 'Rafal' and also 'Rafcio'.

    Rafal

    He's wanted in connection with an assault on a 23-year-old man in a property in Gower Street on 8 July who was hit about 10 times to the head and body with a pool cue.

    PC Susannah Procter described it as an "unprovoked and brutal attack, which has left the victim with a broken rib as well as other cuts and bruises to his head and body".

    She added: "Rafal has links to the Oxford Road area of Reading and frequents the White Eagle pub in the road which is opposite Belmont Road.

    "He is a white Polish man, about 5ft 7ins, with dark short hair, of athletic build with tattoos."

  11. A4095 closed in Oxfordshire

    Police say the A4095 is closed between Radcot and Clanfield due to a crash.

    It happened between Church Street and Langley Lane.

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  12. Labour criticises government hospital asset sales

    Labour has accused the government of selling off valuable hospital assets to help plug a hole in NHS finances.

    Figures from data body NHS Digital show that the amount of NHS land in England earmarked for sale has more than doubled in the past year.

    Analysis commissioned by Labour found 117 sites deemed surplus were still in medical or clinical use.

    Ministers said selling land would give vital funds for patient care and free up space for much needed new housing.

    Hospital

    The sites include Broadmoor Hospital and the former Battle Hospital site, both in Berkshire.

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    Severe accident: A4095 Oxfordshire both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A4095 Oxfordshire both ways severe accident, between Church Street and Langley Lane.

    A4095 Oxfordshire - A4095 Radcot Street in Faringdon closed and slow traffic in both directions between the Church Street junction and the Langley Lane junction, because of an accident involving van and car.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time