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  1. Oxford Farming Conference speech 'positive' for industry

    National Farmers' Union president Meurig Raymond has called Michael Gove’s speech at the Oxford Farming Conference a positive signal for the farming industry.

    The environment secretary told farmers the government would guarantee subsidies at the current EU level until the 2022 election, followed by a "transitional period".

    Mr Raymond said this would allow time "to prepare properly for the introduction of a new agricultural policy... during which an assessment can be made of the impact of Brexit..."

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    Video caption: Escaped prisoner attempts to drive wrong way down motorway
  3. Escaped prisoner who tried to drive wrong way on motorway jailed

    Helicopter footage

    An escaped prisoner who tried to evade police by driving down the wrong way of a busy motorway has been jailed for two years.

    Darryl Dempsey, 23, from Eastbourne, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving at Southampton Crown Court.

    He also pleaded guilty to escaping from lawful custody, driving while disqualified and criminal damage.

    The court was told Dempsey had been wanted by police after absconding from Ford prison in West Sussex on 3 July.

    Police footage shows Dempsey driving across fields, driving on footpaths and even attempting to drive down the wrong way of the M3.

    Officers hit the 4X4, which overturned, ending the 13-minute pursuit in Chilworth shortly before 22:30.

  4. Southampton General Hospital under pressure 'more than ever'

    Southampton General Hospital

    Fiona Dalton, chief executive of University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, has written to staff about the winter pressures affecting Southampton General Hospital.

    She said they had been under "sustained pressure from unprecedented levels of emergency demand, with more patients attending the emergency department, and admitted as emergency admissions, than ever before".

    She said it was partly due to "high levels of demand from our local population, and in part due to our support to other parts of the region".

    She said cancelling services to divert staff to emergency work would be decided on a case-by-case basis.

    "Our priority will always be patient safety, balancing the clinical needs of our different patient groups," she added.

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    Video caption: Royal wedding: Theresa May joins Windsor begging row debate

    Theresa May has entered into the debate about "aggressive begging" in Windsor ahead of the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

  6. Florence Pugh nominated for Bafta

    Florence Pugh

    Oxfordshire actress Florence Pugh has been nominated for this year's Bafta Rising Star award.

    Pugh, who was born and went to school in Oxford, earned critical acclaim for her performance in 2016 film Lady Macbeth and has recently finished shooting Outlaw King with Chris Pine and Aaron Taylor-Johnson for release on Netflix.

    She is also set to star on the big screen in horror film Malevolent, wrestling comedy Fighting With My Family and action thriller The Commuter, all set for release this year.

    The other nominated actors are Daniel Kaluuya, Josh O'Connor, Tessa Thompson and Timothee Chalamet.

    The winner will be announced at the Baftas on Sunday 18 February.

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    Severe disruption: M27 Hampshire eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    M27 Hampshire eastbound severe disruption, at J12 for M275.

    M27 Hampshire - M27 lane closed on exit slip road and slow traffic eastbound at J12, M275 (Portsmouth).

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

  8. Oxford murder investigation focuses on bridge

    Bridge by Friars Walk
    Image caption: A blue tent was erected next to the bridge by officers from Thames Valley Police

    Specialist officers investigating a suspected murder in Oxford have been focusing on the area around a bridge near Friars Walk.

    It's after a boy, believed to be 16 and from the Birmingham area, was found with stab wounds on Wednesday evening and later died in hospital.

    A 25-year-old woman and a 33-year-old man, both from Oxford, have been arrested on suspicion of murder.

    BBC South's Katharine Da Costa says a blue tent was erected next to the bridge by officers from Thames Valley Police while forensic specialists worked in the area.

  9. Man assaulted at home in Hampshire

    A man was assaulted in his home on Forest Road in Chandler's Ford by four men who broke into his house on Tuesday.

    The men, whose faces were covered, were confronted by the man, 49, and struck him on the head with a weapon before they fled.

    He has been taken to Southampton General Hospital where he is receiving treatment for serious but not life-threatening head injuries, Hampshire Constabulary said.

    Det Con Russell Smith added: "This was a nasty assault and we would like to hear from anyone with information on what happened.

    "Did you notice four males together? Or perhaps you noticed vehicles in the area that you did not recognise? If so, please get in touch."

  10. Gove's 'transitional period' for farming subsidies welcomed

    Michael Gove at conference

    The CLA, the membership organisation for landowners in rural England and Wales, has welcomed comments made by Michael Gove at the Oxford Farming Conference.

    Director of Policy Christopher Price said: "This speech is the latest evidence that government is embracing our vision for a new policy based on rewarding farmers for the range of public benefits they deliver.

    "We have been clear that significant change is necessary but it is right to take the necessary time to design and implement a policy without causing immediate and dramatic disruption to thousands of farming businesses across the countryside.

    "We are pleased the Secretary of State has listened to our concerns on this issue and extended the period of operation of the existing basic payment scheme to ensure a full and smooth transition."

    Michael Gove at conference
  11. Hampshire council gets first electric cars

    Mel Kendal

    Hampshire County Council has rolled out its first electric vehicles for staff to use.

    A new electric delivery van and pool car based at Bar End, Winchester, will cost 97% less to fuel than equivalent diesel vehicles, the council said.

    Mel Kendal, the council’s member for economic development, said: “The decreasing cost of electric vehicles makes this an ideal time to start replacing our small diesel vehicles – which could dramatically reduce our fuel costs and potentially save over £200,000 a year."

  12. Oxford MP calls for music venues to be protected

    Layla Moran

    There needs to be a change in the law to better protect well-loved music venues, an MP has said.

    Layla Moran, who represents Oxford West and Abingdon, says a "rethink" is needed after The Cellar, a venue in the city, came under threat.

    A petition to keep it open gathered more than 13,000 signatures and the planning application was officially withdrawn in October.

    A new bill will be debated in the House of Commons on Wednesday.

    Ms Moran says if it became law the 'Planning (Agent of Change) Bill' would require developers to take account of the effect of their schemes on music venues.