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Summary

  1. Lorry driver who killed four people on A34 sentenced to 10 years jail
  2. Horse rescued from River Windrush mud
  3. US Treasury secretary visits Oxford
  4. Drivers warned about fog

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By Joe Nimmo and Anna Browning

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  1. Have good evening

    That's all from us today, thank you for reading. 

    We'll be back from 08:00 tomorrow morning with more news, travel, sport and weather for Oxfordshire.

  2. A34 crash deaths: Road safety charity reacts

    Houghton family
    Image caption: Tracy Houghton, her son Ethan, stepdaughter Aimee Goldsmith and younger son Josh were all killed in the crash

    Road safety charity Brake has been responding to the 10 year sentence handed to 30-year-old Tomasz Kroker.

    It is believes the sentence is too lenient and is calling on the government to change its policy.

    Quote Message: We're not convinced that Kroker will serve the whole ten years....it is more than likely that he will be out of jail in five years time and will serve the rest of his sentence under licence...that sends the wrong message. from Gavin Rae Spokesperson, Brake
    Gavin RaeSpokesperson, Brake
  3. Grants for pancreatic cancer research

    Two projects based at the University of Oxford aimed at improving the early detection of pancreatic cancer have been awarded more than £140,000.

    One involves creating a new blood test which can be used to detect pancreatic cancer.

    The money has come from charity Pancreatic Cancer UK: It says more than 100 people die from the disease in Oxfordshire each year. 

  4. London Welsh get more time to pay debts

    London Welsh

    Championship club London Welsh are given more time to pay outstanding debts.

    London Welsh get more time to pay debts

    London Welsh

    Championship club London Welsh are given more time to pay their outstanding debts.

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  5. Bonfire Night warning

    Fireworks

    It may be Halloween, but Cherwell District Council is already looking forward to Bonfire Night.

    It's produced a list of do's and don'ts for residents planning to celebrate on November 5.

    The authority recommends giving neighbours a few days' notice if you are going to host a display.

  6. BBC South Weather

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    Video caption: BBC South Weather - 31 October 2016
  7. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M40 Oxfordshire northbound

    BBC Travel

    M40 Oxfordshire northbound severe accident, between J8A for A418 and J9 for A34.

    M40 Oxfordshire - M40 partially blocked and queuing traffic northbound between J8a, A418 (Oxford) and J9, A34 (Bicester), because of an accident.

    Check local traffic and travel reports for:

  8. Watch: Hampshire lorry driver jailed over four-death crash

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    Video caption: Dashcam footage from a fatal crash on A34

    Read the full story:  Lorry driver jailed for causing fatal crash.

  9. Thame Town Council wins cricket pavilion grant

    A grant of £250,000 has been awarded to Thame Town Council to rebuild the town cricket pavilion.

    It was the biggest award by South Oxfordshire District Council, which has allocated nearly £650,000 between nine community organisations.

    Quote Message: I am so pleased to be able to help our communities achieve their projects and look forward to announcing the next round of grant funding in the New Year” from Cllr Elizabeth Gillespie Cabinet member for Grants, South Oxfordshire District Council
    Cllr Elizabeth GillespieCabinet member for Grants, South Oxfordshire District Council
  10. Tolkien's son wins Bodley Medal

    JRR Tolkien,
    Image caption: Christopher's father, JRR Tolkien, lived most of his adult life in Oxford

    Christopher Tolkien, son of renowned author JRR Tolkien, has been presented with the Bodley Medal.

    It's the highest honour that Oxford University's Bodleian Library can bestow.

    Christopher Tolkien has spent the last 40 years editing his father’s posthumously published work    

    Quote Message: Christopher Tolkien’s contribution as a scholar and editor has been immense. Without his dedication and commitment, his father’s works would not have reached such a broad public audience. from Richard Ovenden Bodley's Librarian
    Richard OvendenBodley's Librarian
  11. U.S. Treasury Secretary to visit Oxford

    Jack Lew, the U.S. Treasury Secretary is due to be speaking at the Oxford Union this evening.

    Earlier he said Britain and the European Union need to ensure their economies remain "highly integrated" when Britain leaves the bloc.

    Those comments followed a meeting with financial industry representatives in London.

    Jack Lew
  12. WATCH: Dash cam footage shows lorry crash driver

    Dash cam footage shows Tomasz Kroker at the wheel of the lorry he was driving moments before he ploughed into traffic, hitting and killing a woman and three children. 

    Kroker, 30, was scrolling through music selections on his mobile phone at the time of the crash, on the A34 in Berkshire.

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    Video caption: Dash cam footage shows A34 lorry crash driver
  13. Children's centre rents 'should be waived'

    There are calls for rents to be waived for community groups that want to run Oxfordshire's children's centres.

    More than half of the centres are set to close in March unless other groups step in to run them. 

    Campaigners claim Oxfordshire County Council hasn't been clear about how much rent it will charge making it hard for charities to plan.

    In response, the authority says it is working with community groups, and there cannot be a "one-size-fits-all" approach - but the discussions have covered rental costs. 

    Protest
    Image caption: Campaigners protested against cuts to children's centres last November
    Quote Message: I feel like I've been saying this again and again and again and the message just doesn't seem to be getting through...we are not looking to make money we just want to keep the services going. from Charlie Payne Member of group attempting to take over Maple Tree Children's Centre, Wheatley
    Charlie PayneMember of group attempting to take over Maple Tree Children's Centre, Wheatley
  14. A34 crash deaths: Police statement

    Chief inspector Henry Parsons
    Image caption: Chief inspector Henry Parsons speaking for Thames Valley Police outside Reading Crown Court
    Quote Message: It is as dangerous as drink driving...we can't lose anymore lives to it...we have got to keeping hammering home how dangerous it is...Probably the only good thing thing that will come out of this is that it will help change public attitudes to using a mobile phone whilst driving. from Chief inspector Henry Parsons Thames Valley Police
    Chief inspector Henry ParsonsThames Valley Police
  15. WATCH: Mother of crash death girl

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    Video caption: Kate Goldsmith, the mother of Aimee Goldsmith, 11, who died in the crash.
  16. A34 crash deaths: Outcome 'a reminder to us all'

    The mother of Aimee Goldsmith, Kate Goldsmith, said she wants everyone to learn from today's sentence.

    She said her family isn't the only one to have suffered from a crime that happens "on our roads every single day".

    Quote Message: Our children lost their lives because of the reckless actions of Tomasz Kroker but we are not the only family to have suffered due to what is perceived by many as minor inconsequential crime...we urge you to make a personal commitment to stop using mobile phones whilst driving. from Kate Goldsmith Mother of Aimee Goldsmith, speaking on behalf of her family
    Kate GoldsmithMother of Aimee Goldsmith, speaking on behalf of her family
  17. Family react to sentence

    The mother of Aimee Goldsmith, who was killed in the crash last August, has said the sentence will not ease her pain or suffering.

    Speaking on behalf of the family, she said the outcome must send a remainder to every driver of their responsibilities.

    Kate Goldsmith
    Image caption: Kate Goldsmith reading a statement on behalf of the family outside court
    Quote Message: The sentence of ten years in prison will not ease our pain and suffering nor do we believe it will send a strong enough message to those who lack the self restraint to not use their mobiles whilst driving. Anyone using a mobile whilst driving is guilty of dangerous driving. from Kate Goldsmith Mother of Aimee Goldsmith, who was killed in the crash on 10 August
    Kate GoldsmithMother of Aimee Goldsmith, who was killed in the crash on 10 August
  18. BreakingA34 crash deaths: Driver sentenced to 10 years

    Tomasz Kroker has been sentenced to 10 years in prison at Reading Crown Court.

  19. A34 crash death: Jury shown picture of wreckage

    A still shown to the court showed the mangled remains of the Vauxhall Corsa after the crash.

    The crash

    The car in which Tracy Houghton and her three children were travelling in was pushed under a lorry, compressing it to a third of its normal size, Reading Crown Court was told.

    Mrs Justice McGowan said lorry driver Tomasz Kroker "might as well have been travelling with his eyes closed".

  20. A34 crash deaths: Driver was distracted by mobile

    The crash which claimed the lives of a mother and three children was caused by a lorry driver using his mobile phone.

    Tomasz Kroker, 30, collided with the victims' car on the A34 between Chieveley and West Ilsley on 10 August.

    Tracy Houghton, left, her son Ethan, stepdaughter Aimee Goldsmith and her second son Josh
    Image caption: Tracy Houghton, left, her son Ethan, stepdaughter Aimee Goldsmith and her second son Josh died in the crash

    Kroker, 30, from Trajan Walk, Andover, Hampshire, pleaded guilty to four counts of causing death by dangerous driving on 10 October. 

    He also admitted one count of causing serious injury by dangerous driving at Reading Crown Court.