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E-cigarette charger warning after Botley house fire

A Botley family escaped from a fire in their home after an e-cigarette exploded due to being plugged into an unsuitable charger.

After the 999 call came in from the family, firefighters from Hightown were quickly mobilised to the fire on Mortimer Road, which had started in a first floor bedroom.

This recent fire is the latest in a string of incidents in the UK involving the use of cheap or inappropriate chargers.

he Service is reminding anyone who uses an e-cigarette to always use the charger that it comes with and to never use other chargers or equipment. Credit: PA

Hightown's Station Manager Malcom Freemantle said:

Chargers need to be appropriate for the device they are attached to and not all can be transferred between devices.

The consequences of using the wrong charger with the wrong device can be devastating and we are extremely relieved that on this occasion no-one was harmed.

– Malcom Freemantle

Step Change: people reluctant to seek help

Debt charity Step Change says people with money problems are often very reluctant to seek help.

The daughter of a man who took his own life after getting into debt, wants the government to do more to stop situations like his.

ITV Meridian's Fred Dinenage has been speaking to Frances Walker from Step Change and asked her what Ian Jordan from Botley should have done when he realised he was in financial trouble:

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Advice on what you can do if you are in debt

Debt charity Step Change and the government's Money Advice Service offer a range of information on what options are available to people in debt.

  • Debt management plan - helps individuals or households manage their debts, when they can’t afford their contractual payments. Some companies charge, come charities provide service for free.
  • Individual voluntary arrangement - a legally binding arrangement where you make reduced payments over 5 or 6 years. At the end of this time your debts are written off.
  • Debt relief order - can help you to write off debt that you’re unable to repay in a reasonable amount of time.
  • Bankruptcy - can help you to write off debt that would otherwise take many years to clear.
  • Equity release - accessing some of the money tied up in the home, without the need to move. You can release a tax free cash lump sum or setup access to a flexible borrowing facility.
  • Debt consolidation - usually involves taking out new credit to pay off existing credit. Most people do this to reduce the interest rate on their debt, to bring down their monthly payment amount or to reduce the number of companies they owe money to.

Calls for change after Botley man's suicide over debts

A woman whose father took his own life when he got into thousands of pounds worth of debt is calling for more to be done to help stop families falling into money troubles.

Ian Jordan from Botley owed around £20,000 to more than a dozen loan companies over the course of a year. His daughter Samantha says authorities need to do more to stop situations like that from happening:

The charity Step Change offers free advice for anyone with concerns about debts.

£100m shopping development plan revealed

A scene from the video of the West Way shopping area development Credit: Doric Properties

Plans for a £100m shopping development near Oxford have been revealed. A video of how the West Way shopping area in Botley could look like has been released, including restaurants, a hotel and student accommodation.

The video was produced by developer Doric Properties following a request from North Hinksey Parish Council. It is based on plans submitted to the Vale of White Horse District Council in December 2013. The development will create 600 jobs in construction and 480 jobs when it is operating.

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70-year-old cyclist in serious condition after crash

Police are appealing witnesses after a 70-year-old cyclist was left in a serious condition after a crash with a car in Curdridge. The man was cycling along the A334 between Wickham and Botley near Reading Room Lane at Curdridge when he was involved in a collision with a car.

He was taken to Southampton General Hospital where he is currently being treated. His condition is described as serious.

Officers would like to hear from anyone who saw him prior to the accident or witnessed the collision itself.

They are asked to call Sergeant Darren Ord at the Operation Aldoth team on 101.

Trains running through Botley again after huge landslip

A vital train line in Hampshire reopened this morning after it collapsed during the biggest landslip in Britain in the floods. 80 metres of embankment fell away at Botley in torrential rain at the start of last month.

It has caused weeks of disruption for passengers travelling between London, Eastleigh, Fareham and Portsmouth.

Vital train line reopens after weeks of landslip repairs

Commuters relief as train line due to open tomorrow

Video. It was the biggest landslip in Britain during the floods, closing a rail line and causing chaos for commuters. But it is hoped a vital train line will re-open tomorrow, bringing some relief to passengers next week.

Around 80 metres of the embankment collapsed in torrential rain in Hampshire at the start of last month. It has meant a main line between London and Portsmouth has been closed.

Trains were diverted, and replacement buses brought in, with effects on key commuting towns like Basingstoke and Farnborough. It could be three months before everything is back to normal for fear of more landslips. But for now, at least, trains may start running again.

Our Transport Correspondent Mike Pearse reports.

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