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Oxfordshire news: Week in review
BBC News Online looks back at some of the stories making the headlines in Oxfordshire over the past week.


Historic canal boat to be restored

An historic wooden canal boat, which sank ten years ago, is to be restored by schoolchildren in Oxfordshire.

Historic canal boat
The boat sunk at Cropredy, near Banbury, ten years ago

The project is being run by Tooley's Boatyard, which has operated by the Oxford canal since 1790 and is part of Banbury Museum.

The 1936 cargo-carrying "butty" boat will have its timbers preserved using traditional tools and techniques.

Matt Armitage, who runs the yard, said they had applied for Lottery funding for the project.


Pedestrian and dog die in crash

A woman and her dog were killed when they were hit by a motorcycle as they were walking in an Oxfordshire village.

The elderly pedestrian was exercising two dogs on Chinnor Road in Kingston Blount on Tuesday morning when the accident happened.

The woman was pronounced dead at the scene and her second dog had to be treated for serious leg injuries.

The motorcyclist, believed to be in his 30s, was taken to hospital in Oxford with minor injuries.


MP criticises new surgical centre

A private company brought in to run an Oxfordshire orthopaedic centre has been criticised in Parliament for allegedly "cherry-picking" its patients.

Tony Baldry MP
Tony Baldry said the unit discriminates against some patients

Banbury MP Tony Baldry accused the Capio-run centre at Horton Hospital, of discriminating against people who live alone or do not have phones.

Mr Baldry believes the centre is reluctant to operate on people if they do not have support at home.

But a spokeswoman for Capio said patient safety is its top priority.


Plans drawn up to stop flooding

Plans are being drawn up to prevent further flooding in a village that was hit by heavy rainfall twice in 10 days.

Nuneham Courtney flooding
Some houses were said to be 4ft (1.2m) under water

Eight homes in Nuneham Courtney, south of Oxford, were damaged when a storm caused water to run off local farmland.

South Oxfordshire District Council said engineers had begun working on two flood management options following a public meeting on Wednesday evening.

One involves controlling water flow before it reaches the village, the second would include pipe work changes.




SEE ALSO
Historic boat to be restored
23 Oct 06 |  Oxfordshire
Pedestrian and dog die in crash
24 Oct 06 |  Oxfordshire
MP criticises new surgical centre
25 Oct 06 |  Oxfordshire
Plans drawn up to stop flooding
26 Oct 06 |  Oxfordshire



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