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The end of an era for the vehicle tax disc

They've been a familiar sight on our windscreens for almost a century. But today, it's the end of an era for the tax disc. From now on, everything will be done digitally, using an electronic register to keep records.

The Government says it'll save money, but some motoring organisations say it could make fraud easier. Either way, those little perforated circles of paper will be missed by many. Andrea Thomas has been to meet some collectors from the South East, for whom life will never be the same again.

She spoke to collectors Jude Currie and Andrew Sheppard and Edmund King from the Automobile Association.

Families still unable to move back into flooded homes

Families forced into temporary accommodation after a bust water main destroyed their homes in Oxford a week ago say they still don't know when they will be allowed to return.

50 properties in Normandy Crescent in Cowley were flooded after a 24 inch pipe burst turning their road into a river last Tuesday.

Our reporter Kate Bunkall met up with some of the residents today to find out how they're coping.


TRAVEL: Accident closes Berkshire road

The A4 Bath Road northbound at Aldermaston Wharf is closed due to an accident involving two cars between the A340 Basingstoke Road (Aldermaston Roundabout) and the A340 (Theale Roundabout). The road was originally closed for nearly three hours. The southbound side from Theale has now reopened but slow moving past the scene.

Are these some of the country's worst drivers?

Appalling driving has been captured by cameras mounted on waste vehicles on the Isle of Wight. The footage shows vehicles mounting the pavement and narrowly missing staff. Throughout the country Biffa staff have been seriously injured after being hit during waste collections. The company has recorded 700 incidents of poor driving.

Police community support officer jailed for tricking Gatwick passengers

A former police community support officer who stole thousands of pounds by tricking passengers at Gatwick Airport into thinking they were carrying too much cash has been jailed for six and a half years.

Alexis Scott approached departing travellers as they were about to go through the final gate at the airport and asked how much money they were carrying.

She convinced some that they were carrying more than the maximum amount allowed and 'confiscated' the balance, before reassuring her victims they could claim it back when they returned.

The 39-year-old then placed the money under her uniform hat and headed back to the police station.

The scam was uncovered when returning passengers began asking airport officials for their money back.


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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