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  1. Departing council leader regrets backing 'super council'

    John Cotton

    The departing leader of an Oxfordshire council has said he regrets backing a major shake-up of local government in the county.

    South Oxfordshire leader John Cotton previously spoke in favour of turning the county into one unitary authority - abolishing the districts.

    After announcing he's stepping down - he told BBC Oxford he regrets supporting the unitary bid, which is currently being looked at by government.

    Quote Message: The debate has got to be about what is the right scale. We are seeing in places like Northamptonshire the government is targeting figures of around 300, 350 [thousand people]. Oxfordshire as a unitary authority on its own would be 700,000, maybe 800,000 people, that’s a big place to manage for one council. from John Cotton South Oxfordshire District Council leader
    John CottonSouth Oxfordshire District Council leader
  2. Bray restaurateur's new Scotland venture

    Alain Roux
    Image caption: Alain Roux runs the Waterside Inn in Bray, Berkshire

    The owner of the triple Michelin star Waterside Inn in Bray is opening a new restaurant in Scotland.

    Alain Roux is setting up the new venture at Edinburgh's Balmoral Hotel with his father Michael Roux.

    It will open in May and is part of a £3m renovation of the hotel.

  3. Royal wedding: Tough Windsor security measures to be introduced

    Armed officer at Windsor
    Image caption: Armed officer at Windsor

    Windsor will be cordoned off and people will have to go through full body scanners to get to the town as part of the royal wedding security measures.

    A "screening and search" regime will be introduced in the run-up to Prince Harry's marriage to Meghan Markle at St George's Chapel on 19 May.

    Police would not confirm the exact date of when the secure zone would be implemented for security reasons.

    More than 100,000 people are expected to arrive in the town for the big day.

  4. Man left unconscious after attack in Portsmouth

    CCTV images for Gunwharf Assault appeal
    Image caption: Police want to identify three people following the assault earlier today

    A 31-year-old man was knocked unconscious after an attack in a tunnel near Gunwharf Quays in Portsmouth earlier.

    He was one of two men targeted as they walked from Gunwharf Quays to The Hard at about 01:30 BST.

    Police say he was taken to Queen Alexandra Hospital and are asking for help to identify three people.

    Two men from Portsmouth have been arrested - one aged 24 was held on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm with intent, the second aged 21 was also arrested but has been released without charge.

  5. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M27 Hampshire westbound

    BBC News Travel

    M27 Hampshire westbound severe disruption, at J9 for A27 Whiteley affecting J10 for A32.

    M27 Hampshire - All traffic being temporarily held and debris on the road on M27 westbound at J9, A27 (Whiteley). Congestion to J10, A32 (Wickham).

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

  6. Any Questions? comes to Oxford

    Oxford Town Hall is to host BBC Radio 4’s political panel show Any Questions?

    It is to be broadcast from Oxford Town Hall on 13 April and free tickets are being made available to local residents.

    It takes place between 18:30 and 21:00 in the main hall, with tickets available on a first come first serve basis at Oxford Town Hall, East Oxford Community Centre, Blackbird Leys Community Centre, and Rose Hill Community Centre.

  7. Charity helps rehabilitate veterans with scuba-diving

    Video content

    Video caption: Deptherapy charity helps rehabiliate veterans with scuba-diving

    A small charity that helps veterans who've been seriously injured or left with mental health issues has been recognised for its work.

    Deptherapy, based in Berkshire, teaches former servicemen and women to scuba-dive which has helped many deal with their trauma.

    It's been nominated as a finalist in the Soldiering On Awards which celebrate achievements of those who've served in the forces.

  8. Man in court over 'fail-to-stop' crash

    car on fire at Bevois Hill crash scene

    A man has appeared in court after a pedestrian was injured by a car which crashed and caught on fire.

    Thomas Carey, 26, was struck by a Volvo S60, which also collided with a Ford C-Max, an Audi and a wall in Bevois Hill, Southampton, on Tuesday at 14:15 BST.

    Gentjan Lalaj, 20, of Hazelwood Lane, Palmers Green, north London, is charged with causing serious injury by dangerous driving, having no insurance or driving licence and failing to stop after a road collision.

    He was remanded in custody by Southampton magistrates to appear at the city's crown court on 30 April.

  9. Wareham street reopened after fatal collision

    Wareham fatal collision

    North Street in Wareham has reopened following the collision that killed a three-year-old-boy.

    It was shut between the junction with West Street and the roundabout at the junction with the A351 from before 09:00 until just after 15:00 while investigation work was carried out.

    Insp Matt Butler, of the traffic unit at Dorset Police, said: "Very sadly I can confirm that a three-year-old boy has died today following a collision. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this very traumatic time. They have requested privacy."

    The Sainsbury's lorry driver, a 43-year-old man from Basingstoke, is being held on suspicion of driving offences.

    Mike Coupe, Sainsbury's chief executive, said in a statement: "This is an absolute tragedy and we will do everything we can to support the family."

  10. CCG board agrees to keep services at Horton General

    Horton General

    The Horton General Hospital will not lose key services under new proposals agreed today by Oxfordshire's NHS bosses.

    A public consultation was set to decide the future of the A&E department and paediatric services at Banbury's Horton General Hospital, but it has now been cancelled.

    Phase one of the consultation met "almost universal" opposition and health bosses said they would approach phase two "in a very different manner".

    The changes were agreed at a meeting of the Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group Board.

  11. Young women found 'seven hours after crash'

    Ella Alford and Aimee Clayton
    Image caption: Ella Alford (left) and Aimee Clayton both went to Peter Symonds College in Winchester

    Two 18-year-old college friends were found dead more than seven hours after their car careered off the road and crashed into trees, police have said.

    Ella Alford and Aimee Clayton were found in a Fiat 500 at the side of the A30 near The Hatch pub in Basingstoke, Hampshire, at 05:00 BST on Wednesday.

    Police believe the car hit some trees at about 22:30 the previous evening.

    They went to Peter Symonds College in Winchester whose principal said they "both had such bright futures ahead".

  12. Maundy money given in Windsor

    The Queen has marked Maundy Thursday by taking part in the ancient ceremony of distributing commemorative coins to deserving pensioners.

    The presentation of the money has taken place during the Royal Maundy service at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle.

    The Queen distributed the Maundy money to 92 men and 92 women - as she will be 92 this year - with each recipient receiving two purses, one red and one white.

    This year, the red purse contains a £5 coin, commemorating four generations of royalty, and a 50p coin commemorating the Representation of the People Act 1918

    Both coins have been minted in 2018.

    The Queen Attends the Royal Maundy Service
    Image caption: The Queen distributed the Maundy money to 92 men and 92 women
    Britain"s Queen Elizabeth II distributes the Maundy money
    Royal Maundy service
    Image caption: The presentation has taken place at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle
  13. Hampshire resident celebrates 110th birthday

    Robert Weighton
    Image caption: Robert Weighton was born on 29 March 1908

    A man living in Alton in Hampshire is celebrating his 110th birthday today.

    Robert Weighton shares the title of Britain's oldest man with Alfred Smith from Perthshire who also turns 110 today.

    Robert - who is originally from Hull - said he was just "one of the lucky ones" to live so long.

    He worked as an engineer, spending time in Taiwan, Japan and Canada and now lives in a flat in a care complex at Alton.

    "I have not lived my life avoiding being run over by buses or getting cancer or anything else," he said. "I've done nothing to deserve or achieve this age."

  14. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M40 Oxfordshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M40 Oxfordshire southbound severe disruption, between J7 for A40 and J6 for B4009 affecting J8A for A418 Oxford Services.

    M40 Oxfordshire - One lane closed on M40 southbound between J7, A40 (Thame) and J6, B4009 (Watlington), because of vehicle having a tyre change. Traffic is coping well. Congestion to J8a, A418 (Oxford Services).

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