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Call for people to stop driving when dementia starts

by Kate Bunkall

The families of people with dementia are being urged to encourage their loved ones to give up driving, because of the potential dangers including the threat to their own lives, and those of others on the roads.

Alzheimer's Disease affects 800,000 people in this country, and before diagnosis and even after - some sufferers are still driving when they should not be behind the wheel.

A survey by a road safety charity has found a decline in the cognitive abilities of older motorists was the biggest worry for more than half of those questioned.

When David Orr from South Oxfordshire was diagnosed with Alzheimers, his family convinced him to stop driving. He has said that although it was a hard conversation to have, he is glad his relatives were honest with him. He told his story to our reporter Kate Bunkall.

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Minister promotes UK dairy exports at Oxfordshire farm

Farming Minister visits organic farm in Oxfordshire

Farming Minister, George Eustice has been visiting an organic dairy farm in Oxfordshire which exports cream, milk and cheese.

Step Farm in Faringdon plans to increase its business by 75%. The site is part of a dairy co-operative which exported 40m litres of milk, cheese and cream to European and American markets last year.

The farm belongs to OMSCo (Organic Milk Suppliers' Co-operative) farms, which recently launched Kingdom Cheese, the first European cheese to be certified by the US Department of Agriculture to be sold in the USA.

The Government is working with industry to boost the UK's food and drink exports. The sector is already worth £97 billion a year to the economy.

Full details of new HS2 compensation deal announced

by Mike Pearse

The Government has announced a £600 million compensation scheme for homes and businesses affected by the new HS2 rail line that will pass through Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire.

The Government insists it is one of the most generous packages of its kind. It has been revealed that 532 properties and businesses will be demolished. Residents have already reacted saying the plan is "an insult."

Those living within 60 metres of the line will get the full value of the property and 10 per cent on top - up to £47,000 maximum.

Those between 60-120 metres will be able to get the market rate of their properties or a cash payment of between £30,000 and £100,000 if they decide to stay put.

And for people living 120 and 300 metres from the route there will be compensation payments of between £7,500 and £22,500.

Our Transport Correspondent Mike Pearse has been gauging the public reaction to today's announcement.

Man jailed for burglary and theft

Justin Bourton Credit: Thames Valley Police

A man has been sentenced to three years and eight months imprisonment for a burglary and theft of motor vehicle in Oxford.

Justin Bourton, aged 35, of Dashwood Road, Oxford, pleaded guilty and was sentenced at Oxford Crown Court yesterday.

Bourton was sentenced to 44 months imprisonment for burglary and 12 months imprisonment for theft of a motor vehicle, to run concurrently.

The charges relate to an incident on 4 July 2013, when Bourton burgled a house in Courtland Road, Oxford and stole a BMW from the property.

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World Poohsticks championships celebrate 31 years

The Championships is celebrating 31 years Credit: PA

Little Wittenham in Oxfordshire becomes the centre of the Poohsticks world today at the 31st annual championships.

Inspired by AA Milne's much loved children's books, competitors drop a Poohstick into the River Thames, to see which one travels the furthest, fastest.

Many teams compete in fancy dress.

It's a game of great skill and tactics... Credit: PA

As the Championships fall on Mothering Sunday, the organisers will also be presenting a prize to the "Best Fancy Dressed Mum".

The money raised goes towards the RNLI.

Cameron congratulates gay couples on wedding days

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PM: Congratulations to all same-sex couples getting married today – I wish you every possible happiness for the future #equalmarriage

The Prime Minister David Cameron, who is also the MP for the Oxfordshire constituency of Witney, has extended good wishes to all same-sex couples holding weddings today. The ceremonies can be held after a change in the law on the stroke of midnight on Friday.

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The PM has written an article for @pinknews to mark the first same-sex marriages in the UK today http://t.co/HmZOxj5IJk

Woman's 'selfie' after attack raises money for charity

Video. It's a craze that has helped raise millions of pounds for Cancer Research UK, the 'no make-up selfie' where women post bare faced pictures of themselves online and make a donation.

Now Jeanne Marie Ryan, who says she was attacked in a nightclub, has published a shocking photo of her battered face to raise money for victims of sexual abuse and violence.

Kerry Swain went to meet her and also spoke to Natalie Brook from the Sexual Abuse and Rape Crisis Centre.

PhD student raises thousands for charity

Jeanne Marie Ryan Credit: Jeanne Marie Ryan

Jeanne-Marie Ryan took the bold step to post the photo of her purple and blue swollen face after being beaten in a club.The 29-year-old said she confronted a man who groped her on the dance floor and was punched in the face up to seven times.

She suffered a broken nose and fractured cheek bone. Police have spoken to a teenager about the incident. The man from the Edgeware are of London, was released on bail until April 1, to allow officers to carry out further inquiries.

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