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Summary

  1. Two taken to hospital after A34 crash
  2. Estimated 850 households in Oxfordshire to be hit as new benefit cap starts
  3. Downgrading of the maternity unit at Horton General Hospital in Banbury to be reviewed
  4. Emergency services warning drivers to take extra care after spate of crashes on M40

Live Reporting

By Marcus Liddell and Anna Browning

All times stated are UK

That's all for today

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

Latest headlines: Two lorries collide on A34

BBC Radio Oxford

Here are the latest headlines from BBC Radio Oxford, you can also listen to the drive time show online.

  • The A34 northbound has been closed between Milton and Botley after a lorry crash, causing miles of tailbacks
  • A mother who was accused of manslaughter after her 14-month-old baby was found drowned in a bath may have been suffering from mental health issues
  • People picking up commuters from Radley station in South Oxfordshire have been banned from parking on the roads near the train station 

BreakingThree Oxfordshire MoD sites to be sold

The government is to sell off 56 more sites, including three in Oxfordshire, by 2040 as part of a review of Ministry of Defence land, Sir Michael Fallon has said.

In Oxfordshire the affected sites are:

  •   St David’s Barracks, Bicester
  •   Vauxhall Barracks, Didcot
  •   Dalton Barracks, Abingdon

A34 crash: Road to stay closed until at least 11pm

BBC Travel

Police have said the A34 northbound between Milton and Botley is likely to remain closed until about 23:00 this evening after an accident.

A spokesman said a crane was needed to remove a lorry that has overturned.

Oxfordshire's Big Picture: Your snaps from the weekend

Our eagle-eyed army of photographers were out in their droves this weekend enjoying the autumnal colours. Here's just a taste of what readers were snapping.

Brasenose Woods
Tim Turan

Photographer Tim Turan snapped his dog preparing for a squirrel chase in Brasenose Woods, 

Empty acorn capsule
Lynda Harding

Staying with squirrels, Lynda Harding caught an empty acorn capsule pillaged by a long-tailed intruder in Foxhole Wood, Breurn.  

Botanic Gardens
Bob Weatherhead

Nature enthusiast Bob Weatherhead was caught this lovely scene of Magdalen College tower in the autumnal sun from the University of Oxford's botanic gardens. 

Oxford travel latest: Lengthy delays on A34

Al Ryan

BBC Oxford travel presenter

Unfortunately it's another day and another accident on the A34. This time northbound between Milton and Marcham is closed, and that's likely to be the case until later this evening. There are delays of 1.5 hours currently, so do avoid. Elsewhere:

  • Severe congestion on A338 East Hanney to Frilford
  • There's queuing on B4016 from Drayton to Sutton Courtenay
  • There are 25-minute delays on the A4130 from Didcot to Steventon
  • Finally, there is the usual queuing between Long Wittenham and Clifton Hampden
Santa Special

Annual Santa-themed train services run by a heritage railway could be in jeopardy as a volunteer railway is served an eviction notice.

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Joyriding women 'steal taxi driver's car'

Two women masqueraded as taxi passengers before assaulting their driver, stealing his car and two mobile phones. 

Thames Valley Police say that two women entered the taxi - a Toyota Prius - at 02.40 on 22 October, assaulted the 34-year-old driver, and drove the car away after forcing the driver out. 

The women were picked up on the Cuddesdon Road junction in Ladder Hill, Oxford and the car was eventually discovered in Beech Road, Wheatley, with two phones missing from the car.

Police are appealing for witnesses.  

Jewellery and camera equipment stolen in Thame burglary

Burglars broke into a house in Moorend Lane, Thame on Thursday between 11:00 and 16:00.

Police said they smashed through a rear patio door and conducted an untidy search of the property, leaving personal possessions and clothing discarded.

It is believed they left through the same patio door after having taken jewellery and camera equipment.

Mother may have been suffering from a disorder

Peter Cooke

BBC South Today

The trial of a mother from Oxfordshire, who's accused of the manslaughter of her baby daughter - who was found dead in a bath - has heard she may have been suffering from an emotionally-unstable disorder.

They also heard that she may have drunk two pints of cider on the morning of the incident.

Oxford Crown Court
Claire Ward

Jasmine Gregory's 14-month old daughter Robyn was found lifeless in the bath of the family home in Grove in August 2014.  

She believed her daughter had gone missing and had run into the street screaming "where is my baby."

Today, psychiatrist Dr Michael Alcock said Jasmine Gregory had a dysfunctional childhood which, in his opinion, led to her suffering a disorder which meant she was disorganised and easily distracted.

Jasmine Gregory denies manslaughter and cruelty to a person under 16 years and the case continues

BreakingTwo taken to hospital in A34 crash

Two people have been taken to hospital after a two-lorry crash on the A34 northbound between the Milton interchange and the Botley interchange. 

One of the lorry drivers has suffered multiple limb injuries after being trapped in his lorry. 

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One lane is open but there are long tailbacks on the road.

Delays on the A34

Highways England says delays are building on the A34 after a crash involving two lorries.

It happened between the Milton Interchange and the Botley Interchange.

Congestion is stretching back to Chilton.

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Oxford United help out non-league opponents

Oxford United have already ticked off their good deed for the week.

They've donated their share of the gate receipts from their FA Cup tie with Merstham to the non-leaguers. 

"The spirit of goodwill in football needs to be enhanced," chairman Darryl Eales told BBC Radio Oxford. "It's the least we could do."  

FA Cup: Merstham 0-5 Oxford United highlights

Feeling the pinch at the pumps

Price at a petrol station
AFP

Petrol prices around the country have been rising in the past few weeks following a drop in the value of the pound.

And it certainly hasn't gone unnoticed by one Oxfordshire haulage firm

Last December we were paying £1.02 [a litre] and this October we were averaging £1.12 a litre, an 8.5% increase - so for the average 44 tonne lorry that's about £3,500 a year.

John GodfreyJ. Godfrey and Son General Hauliers

Severe accident: A34 Oxfordshire northbound

BBC Travel

A34 Oxfordshire northbound severe accident, between A4130 and A420.

A34 Oxfordshire - A34 closed northbound between Milton Interchange in Milton and Botley Interchange in Wytham, because of an accident involving two lorries and debris on the road. Diversion in operation - via a4130 WB - follow the Solid Diamond symbol.

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Poppy Pride

Fortunately FIFA doesn't have any rules about putting poppies on council buildings...

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Lane closed at Thornhill at P&R

Work on hospital pipeline can start this month

Pipeline
Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Work on a pipeline connecting the Churchill and John Radcliffe Hospitals in Oxford can start on 28 November.

The link will carry hot water, electricity, data, and should reduce energy bills at the hospitals.

The project has been held up by planning problems, but now has approval along with the necessary traffic orders.

Headington councillor, Ruth Wilkinson, says residents are being kept informed and has warned the work will cause disruption.

It is certainly going to be difficult for motorists in Headington in the run up to Christmas, particularly on the south side of London Road.

Ruth WilkinsonHeadington councillor, Oxford City Council

Severe accident: M40 Oxfordshire southbound

BBC Travel

M40 Oxfordshire southbound severe accident, between J8A for A418 and J7 for A40.

M40 Oxfordshire - One lane closed on M40 southbound between J8a, A418 (Oxford) and J7, A40 (Thame), because of an accident.

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Police search for missing 20-year-old

Police say they're very concerned for the welfare of Lauren Seamen - who hasn't been seen since yesterday afternoon.

That was in Gloucester Street in Faringdon at around 3 o'clock.

She's 5 foot 2 inches tall, and is known to visit Henley and Reading.

Police says she was wearing blue jeans, a blue or turquoise hoodie, and a reindeer woolly hat with antlers.

Lauren Seaman
Thames Valley Police
Lauren Seaman was last seen in Gloucester Street at around 3 o'clock on Sunday
Oxford United chairman Darryl Eales

Oxford United donate their share of the gate receipts from their FA Cup first round tie against non-league Merstham.

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Severe disruption: M40 Warwickshire southbound

BBC Travel

M40 Warwickshire southbound severe disruption, between J12 for B4451 and J11 for A361.

M40 Warwickshire - One lane closed on M40 southbound between J12, B4451 (Gaydon) and J11, A361 (Banbury), because of a broken down vehicle.

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BBC South Weather

BBC South Weather

Exhibition marks penicillin anniversary

Did you know the first human trials for penicillin took place in Oxford?

They happened 75 years ago, and the landmark is being celebrated with an exhibition at the city's Museum of the History of Science.

Museum of the History of Science
Museum of the History of Science

Sir Alexander Fleming was the first person to notice mould could destroy bacteria - and is generally credited with discovering penicillin. 

But the museum's assistant keeper, Dr Stephen Johnson, says it was the team in Oxford unleashed the potential of penicillin.

Fleming thought this looks very important and interesting and he published on it and then it goes quiet for 10 years because they couldn't do anything with this stuff...they could see this mould, but how did you get the bit which actually did the work?

Dr Stephen JohnsoAssistant keeper, Museum of the History of Science in Oxford

What affect will benefit cap cut have?

People
Getty Images

A cut to the benefits cap -  which limits the income working age households can get in certain benefits - has taken effect today

It's dropped from £26,000 a year to £20,000 a year in the UK - except in Greater London where the limit is £23,000 a year.  

Oxford city councillor, Susan Brown, says Oxford should have the same cap level as London - and fears Oxford will no longer be affordable to people on benefits.

I fear that might be one of the consequences, that is not something that we want to happen - we want to ensure that Oxford remains a welcoming city for everybody but unfortunately that is potentially one of the consequences.

Susan BrownOxford City Council Executive Board Member for Customer and Corporate Services

But Work and Pensions Secretary Damian Green says the changes will help people get back to work:

All the evidence is that the best route out of poverty....is to find a job and the benefit cap is not just fair on everyone, particularly on people paying taxes...but it also encourages people to find work, and that is the best thing for them.

Damian GreenWork and Pensions Secretary
Horton General Hospital

The downgrading of the maternity unit at Horton General Hospital in Banbury will be reviewed in December

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A&E waiting times target missed

Marcus Liddell

BBC Radio Oxford

John Radcliffe Hospital
Bill Nicholls

The A&E waiting times target continues to be missed by the trust running the John Radcliffe and Horton Hospitals. 

82% of people who attended their emergency departments were seen within four hours in September.

The target says 95% of people should be seen within that time.

Oxford University Hospitals Trust hasn't hit the benchmark since July 2015, and has put an urgent improvement plan in place.

Wintry Weekend

It certainly felt like winter truly arrived this weekend.

Temperatures in Benson dropped to -2.3 degrees celsius (28F),

It's set to remain cold with temperatures remaining in single figures for most of the week.

Weather for the week
BBC

Warning after spate of M40 crashes

The crash scene
Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service
The M40 crash was the seventh road accident in Oxfordshire in a week

Emergency services are warning drivers to take extra care after a spate of crashes on the M40. 

Four people were taken to hospital on Thursday after a three-vehicle accident in the early hours near the A40 turn for Oxford. 

On Saturday, a car ended up on its roof on a verge after a four-vehicle crash at junction 10.

Benefit cap to hit Oxfordshire households

Bethan Phillips

Political reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

Two children holding an adults hand
Getty Images

It's estimated that 850 households in Oxfordshire will be hit as the roll out of a new benefit cap starts today.

The amount a family can claim has been cut from £26,000 to a maximum of £20,000.

Oxford City Council has said it's worried people will be evicted or will have to move to cheaper areas.

Severe accident: M40 Oxfordshire southbound

BBC Travel

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

M40 Oxfordshire - One lane closed on M40 southbound between J9, A34 (Bicester) and J8a, A418 (Oxford), because of an accident.

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Good morning

Hello and welcome to Oxfordshire Live on a clear, and rather cold, Monday morning.

It's expected to be dry for most of the day, and after a windy start it will become less breezy for the afternoon. Highs of 8C.

Woods in Autumn
Anthony Morris

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