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Armed police patrol festivals in Southampton and Oxford

Armed police have been on duty as part of increased security measures at the Common People festivals in Southampton and Oxford. Organisers say they've only had one request for a ticket refund as a result of the Manchester bombing. Richard Jones reports.

Farmer fined £1,200 for leaving dead sheep on land

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An Oxfordshire farmer has been fined more than £1,200 for leaving rotting dead sheep on his land.

54 year old James Edward Hedges from Bletchingdon left five carcasses on fields at Wolvercote.

Oxfordshire County Council's Trading Standards Service found Hedges also failed to keep essential records to prevent disease outbreaks and protect the health of both humans and livestock.

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“This result acts as a reminder of the importance of maintaining good farming standards and should reassure the public that action will be taken, when necessary, to protect consumers.”

– Councillor Judith Heathcoat, Oxfordshire County Council's Cabinet Member for Trading Standards

“Uncontrolled animal by-products can present a risk to both human and animal health and the legislation is there to safeguard the food chain and to prevent the spread of animal diseases. Fallen stock should be safely and suitably handled, with measures taken, without undue delay, to stop other animals and wild birds having access to it."

“Equally, whilst the use of veterinary medicines can be essential in preventing and treating disease, livestock owners have a duty to record such usage details, to ensure that animal products, such as meat and milk, are free from medicine residue, at the time it enters the food chain. Without appropriate record keeping, it is impossible to evidence when this is safe to do so.”

– Jody Kerman, Oxfordshire County Council’s Trading Standards Operations Manager


Student halls evacuated after unattended cooking catches fire

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A student block in Oxford had to be evacuated overnight after unattended cooking caught fire.

Crews were called to halls of residence in Headington at 2.30am after smoke was seen coming from a kitchen window.

Firefighters said they were lucky to have been called so quickly as the blaze would have spread very fast.

Station Manager Will McPhail said “ The residents of this block were lucky the fire was not more serious, cooking should never be left unattended, it is easy to become distracted and forget to check on it, especially after a night out.

If you are hungry after a night out we would urge people to order food rather than to cook, preventing occurrences such as this.”

New commuter trains to cut overcrowding

The first of a new generation of electric commuter trains to cut overcrowding in the Thames Valley is being introduced on the network on Monday.

The first trains will run from Maidenhead - but the £2.8 billion project remains late and over budget with work to Oxford, Swindon, Newbury and Basingstoke still to be completed.

Our Transport Correspondent Mike Pearse has been given exclusive access to the new carriages at Maidenhead.

Mike spoke to commuter Jon Swab, Andy Mellors from Great Western Railway and Martin Coker from the Maidenhead Passengers Association.

Celebrations take place at the world's oldest museum

It's the world's oldest public museum and today celebrations are taking place across Oxford to mark the 400th anniversary of the birth of the founder of the famous Ashmolean Museum.

To celebrate the life of Elias Ashmole, the museum will hold a year long programme of events and activities to share stories of Oxford during the civil war.

Mary Stanley visited the museum today.

Mary spoke to Museum Director Dr Xa Sturgis, Art Curator An Van Camp and King Charles I Mark Wallis.


Campaigner paddle boards solo across Channel

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The first female to stand up paddle board solo across the English Channel has begun her 24 mile journey.

Lizzie Carr will paddle from Dungeness to Boulogne for nine hours solid.

She's working with Plymouth University to raise awareness of the millions of tonnes of plastic that enters the oceans annually as part of the Plastic Patrol campaign.

She's encouraging the public to get involved with a series of stand up paddle boarding clean-up events at 14 locations in the UK, including Oxford and Bray in Berkshire.

Lizzie's journey can be tracked live here.

Credit: Lizzie Carr

I am nervous about the challenge. I’ve been training hard but crossing will be unpredictable and although you can plan as best possible some things will be out of our hands. It's so important to get the message out there about plastic pollution, and although this will be tough knowing I have so much support and goodwill will really help push me.”

– Lizzie Carr, Environmentalist
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Osney explosion: Residents say they need more help after losing their homes

Seven people were left homeless in the explosion in Oxford Credit: ITV Meridian

Two women who were left homeless after an explosion at a block of flats in Oxford three months ago, say they have received "little to no help".

Annie May and Habiba Gudal lost their homes in the blast on Gibbs Crescent in Osney on Valentines Day. They say they feel unsupported by their housing association and are asking for more support.

The exact cause of the blast hasn't been confirmed Credit: ITV Meridian

Housing provider A2Dominion insists that it is offering financial help to residents who have been affected.

The exact cause of the blast still hasn't been confirmed, but a pre-inquest review heard that the fire is believed to have been caused by fuel stored in a flat.

One man, Guido Schuette, died in the flames.

  • Watch Sam Holder reporting from Osney:

VIDEO: Bus station re-opens after coach bursts into flames

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Oxford's Gloucester Green bus depot was closed until midday on Sunday after a coach caught fire.

Pictures posted on social media show the extent of the flames:

Boat race WILL go ahead after WW2 bomb scare

The bomb Credit: @MPSonthewater

Specialist officers working closely with Marine Police Unit and local police in Hammersmith and Fulham have now successfully removed a World War II bomb found in the water by Putney Bridge.

Officers including the Marine Policing Unit attended.

Races are due to start at 4.35pm Credit: PA

I'm very happy to update that the ordnance has now been safely removed and the race will be going ahead as planned.

We have been working very closely with the organisers of the boat race to plan this event which is eagerly awaited by spectators and supporters alike.

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