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Fatal collision on M40 at Watlington in Oxfordshire

A man has died after the van he was driving was involved in a collision on the M40. The accident happened shortly before 7pm. The crash involved a HGV and a van in lane one of the southbound carriageway between junctions 6 at Watlington and 5 at Stokenchurch.

Junctions 6 to 5 southbound are closed and are expected to remain closed for approximately three hours. There is significant congestion on the M40 and motorists are advised to avoid the area.

Signposted diversion routes via the A40 are currently in place.

Officers from Thames Valley Police are appealing for witnesses. Anyone with information is asked to contact PC Perry Knight from Roads Policing based at Bicester, via the 24-hour Thames Valley Police enquiry centre on 101 quoting URN 1300 18/6.

“I am appealing for any witnesses who saw the incident or saw the vehicles travelling prior to the collision to speak to police.

“I would urge motorists to be patient and to bear with us. Although there are diversions there will be a delay so they should take an alternative route if possible.”

– Sgt Carl Kneale, Joint Operations Unit for Roads Policing, Thames Valley Police

PM's tree delivered from Oxfordshire

The tree outside Number 10

A Christmas tree grower from Watlington in Oxfordshire delivered a tree to take up residence outside Number 10 Downing Street.

Andrew Ingram won the coveted title of Champion Christmas Tree Grower at the 15th Annual British Christmas Tree Growers Association Competition in October.

Andrew, who also won the champion title two years ago, had the honour of delivering a Christmas tree to stand outside 10 Downing Street.

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Calls for action over HGVs

They rumble through their town day and night. And, today, a group of campaigners began a fight to stop lorries and HGVs passing through Watlington in Oxfordshire.

Rather than use the M4 and A34 route, or M40, to travel between Berkshire and Oxfordshire, the small market town is often used by lorries who travel on the B4009 as a shortcut between Oxford, Thame and Reading.

Now a pressure group called Watlington Against Pollution, has been set up to reduce the number of lorries. Mel Bloor reports.

Seven fire engines and crew tackle cottage fire

More than thirty firefighters tackle blaze at Oxfordshire cottage Credit: Alex Collinson

An historic thatched cottage in Cuxham near Watlington in Oxfordshire was damaged by fire on the evening of Tuesday 15th October.

Seven fire engines tackled the blaze as it threatened to engulf the property. The building is next door to the Half Moon pub which itself was severely damaged by fire in 2002.

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Industrial estate due to reopen after fire

The aftermath of the fire Credit: Christian Wolf-La'Moy

An industrial estate in Oxfordshire is expected to reopen this morning following a fire. The site at Watlington was sealed off for 24 hours yesterday. At the height of the fire more than 60 firefighters were needed.

The industrial estate is due to reopen today Credit: Christian Wolf-La'Moy
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