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MOBO nominations sing loudly and proudly for music of black origin

Singers from the South who have made it to the top of the R&B and hip hop music charts, are this week being recognised for their vocal achievements. Nadine Samuels from Buckinghamshire has been nominated for best newcomer in the MOBOs - the awards celebrating the UK's best music of black origin. Asana Greenstreet caught up with the stars to find out why these awards can help singers make it to number one.

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365 Alive Project hailed a success

Oxfordshire firefighters have met an ambitious lifesaving target two years ahead of schedule. In 2006 the service launched its 365Alive project to use education to help save lives.

Eight years later it's already saved the economy well over a hundred million pounds and has saved almost four hundred lives.

ITV Meridian spoke to David Etheridge from Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service.

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Burst water main : latest from Thames Water

Thames Water have this evening released a statement following a burst water pipe in Cowley which flooded a road and a number of properties.

· Floodwater now all been pumped away into surface water sewers

· Residents who wish to access their homes can now do so

· Evacuation centre at Blackbird Leys Leisure Centre being wound down. Support vehicle parked up in Normandy Crescent is now first point of call for residents. The vehicle will be on site until 7pm this evening and then will return for 8am tomorrow morning.

· Thames Water loss adjusters working with council to find alternative accommodation for residents who cannot move back into their homes. Also arranged hire cars for those whose vehicles were affected by the flooding.

· Confirmed 23 properties where residents require alternative accommodation.

· Pipe that burst is 12 to 15 feet underground. Excavation work to get to it will begin tomorrow. Team have spent this afternoon planning that activity

· No longer any water supply issues as a result of this burst

"Our priority today has been the staying in touch with affected residents and tackling the flooding. We’ve worked closely with the council to find alternative accommodation for those who need it and we’ve also provided cars in some cases too.

“We’ve spent this afternoon planning how we’ll repair the pipe, which is more than 12 feet underground, and we’ll begin digging tomorrow.

“We understand some customers will be upset and frustrated. What’s happened here is horrendous. This is our pipe, our responsibility, and we are doing all we can to put things right."

– Thames Water
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