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  1. Disabled man gets green light to take Oxfordshire County Council to High Court over cut in care
  2. New plans to upgrade West Way shopping centre in Botley expected to be approved
  3. Oxford United boss Michael Appleton says he wants to impose cut-off date for clubs to bid for his star players

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Latest headlines: Witney woman loses landmark human rights battle against home repossession

Chris Brown

BBC News

Here are your top stories this evening: 

Weather: Scattered, heavy and thundery showers

BBC Weather

Scattered thundery showers continuing into the evening, before easing from most places overnight. 

Some clearer spells developing, allowing a few mist and fog patches to form in places, with light winds. Lows of 11C (52F).

It'll start mainly dry tomorrow, with further scattered showers developing from mid-morning.

Oxford weather 15 June 2016

Picture perfect church given £10k for roof repairs

An Oxfordshire church which features in a set of Victorian stereo photographs celebrated by Brian May is to get £10,000 for urgent roof repairs.

St Margaret of Antioch in Hinton Waldrist
St Margaret of Antioch in Hinton Waldrist

St Margaret of Antioch in Hinton Waldrist is one of 29 receiving a payout from the National Churches Trust.

The Queen guitarist has been closely associated with the village near Kingston Bagpuize thanks to hisresearch of the photographer T R Williams, who immortalised the village as a snapshot of a vanishing way of life in the 1850s.

Lightning knocks out power to more than 300 homes

Lightning struck an electricity substation transformer, knocking out power to 318 homes in the Kennington area, Southern Electric has told us.

The power went off at 16:20, it adds, saying the company is working to get the power back on.

Timeline of human rights challenge

  • The parents of Fiona McDonald bought a property on Broadway Close, Witney in May 2005 for their daughter to live in
  • They fell into financial difficulties and were unable to meet the repayments in full, and so receivers were appointed in August 2008
  • A repossession notice was served in January 2012
  • A judge at Oxford County Court ruled in April 2013 that a court should not take into account 'proportionality' of Fiona McDonald's circumstances when considering a repossession order
  • An appeal at the Court of Appeal was later dismissed
  • Final appeal to the Supreme Court, the UK's highest court, was unanimously dismissed by five judges today

Human rights defeat 'welcome news for landlords and lenders alike'

The failure of a legal challenge by Fiona McDonald to her home being repossessed would be a big relief to "landlords and lenders alike", lawyers have said.

Had her challenge succeeded it could have allowed human rights law to have expanded into disputes between private individuals - and could have had a profound effect on the property market.

Mark Routley, head of property litigation at law firm TLT, said that had her case succeeded it would have altered fundamental principles of contract law.

It would likely have been a deterrent to investment in the buy-to-let mortgage market and in property generally. It could have seen the role of the court significantly extended so as to alter the basic principle of freedom of contract.

Mark Routley

'Don't cycle down here... it's a river'

BreakingPower cuts in Hinksey and Kennington areas

Power cuts are being reported south of Oxford as electrical storms pass over the city.

Scottish and Southern Energy are reporting power outages in 42 postcode areas.

Meanwhile, the traffic lights are reported to be out at the Hinksey Hill Interchange.

And it's not much better in Oxford...

BreakingOxfordshire woman loses landmark human rights battle over home repossession

An Oxfordshire woman who has suffered from psychiatric problems since childhood has lost a landmark human rights battle to stop her home from being repossessed.

Fiona McDonald, 45, from Witney, faced being evicted from the home her parents had bought for her when they ran into trouble making mortgage payments.

Her lawyers argued that this breached her human rights, because it was not a proportionate response to the circumstances she faced.

But judges unanimously dismissed the claim, saying human rights law does not apply in cases between private parties, such as landlords, lenders, homeowners and tenants.

Social news revolution 'will be down to us'

Rasmus Kleis Nielsen, from the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism in Oxford, has been telling us how the future of news could look like.

Rasmus Kleis Nielsen, from The Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism in Oxford

As a report from his organisation shows social media, particularly Facebook, is where more and more people are accessing news, he says what news is provided in future will depend on what consumers will want.

Latest headlines: Disabled man in legal challenge to care cuts

Chris Brown

BBC News

Here are your mid-afternoon top stories:

Legionnaires' risk hospital to stay open

The hospital
An NHS spokeswoman said the site's pipework is old, corroded and hot water circulation is poor

Wantage Community Hospital was scheduled to shut early in summer after raised levels of legionella bacteria were detected in its hot water system.  

The hospital

Legionnaires' risk hospital to stay open

Plans to close an Oxfordshire hospital because of an increased risk of Legionnaires' disease are shelved after pressure from campaigners.

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The last green field between Charlton and Crab Hill will also become a housing estate under new plans

The Herald

The last green field separating a quiet neighbourhood from a 1,500-home development in Wantage will become a housing estate, new plans have revealed.

Wantage hospital services to stay open after Legionnaires' disease scare

A midwife-led unit and a physiotherapy service at Wantage Community Hospital will stay open this summer.

Wantage Community Hospital

The whole hospital had been due to close temporarily after legionella bacteria was found in the building's pipes

The highest risk area was the in-patient beds, and we felt it wouldn't be safe to keep them open in the medium term. But for other patients, provided we have appropriate management plans in place, which we believe we do, the risks are much lower and we can continue to offer safe services.

Dominic HardistyChief operating officer, Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust

Oxford students complain about 'excessive' and uneven workloads

The Daily Telegraph

The University of Oxford has been told to address significant concerns from undergraduates concerning "excessive" and uneven workloads at the institution.

Police appeal after man robbed at knifepoint in Oxford

Police in Oxford are appealing for help in catching a thief who robbed a man at knifepoint as he withdrew cash from an ATM.

The robbery took place last Wednesday at about 14:30 on Balfour Road, outside of Martins newsagents.

The offender is a white man in his mid twenties, with fair hair and about 5ft 11in. He was wearing a blue hooded jumper.  

Dad hopes ruling will end ‘unpleasant confrontations’ on buses over wheelchair spaces

Oxford Times

A dad in Oxford says he is hoping a ruling by the Supreme Court will today end "unpleasant confrontations" on the bus between wheelchair users and parents with baby buggies.

Disabled man in care hours court fight

Luke Davey
Luke Davey

Luke Davey, 39, from Burcot, is quadriplegic with cerebral palsy after contracting a virus as a child and needs 24-hour support.  

Luke Davey

Disabled man in care hours court fight

Lawyers for a severely disabled man are to seek a judicial review of the decision to cut back his 24-hour-a-day care package.

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Weather: Scattered heavy, thundery showers

BBC Weather Watchers

It will be mostly dry with some sunny spells this afternoon. However, scattered heavy and perhaps thundery showers are expected to develop through the day. It will feel warm in the sunshine with light winds. Highs of 19C (66F).

Nice day so far to be out on the water near Culham, says BBC Weather Watcher 'Alan power'
Nice day so far to be out on the water near Culham, says BBC Weather Watcher 'Alan power'

EU referendum: Sign wars hotting up around PM's Witney base

Bethan Phillips

Political reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

Just over a week to go until the polls open for the EU referendum. Campaign leaflets and postal votes are dropping on doormats across Oxfordshire.

And then of course there are the vote leave or remain signs which are popping up in fields and people's windows...the sign wars.

Poster squabbles in Oxfordshire are heating up ahead of the EU referendum

Would you feel passionate enough to put a poster in your window?

Our political reporter Bethan Phillips has been finding out where the poster squabbles in Oxfordshire are heating up ahead of the big vote...

Latest headlines: Disabled man wins right to challenge care cuts in High Court

Chris Brown

BBC News

Here are your top stories this lunchtime:

Oxfordshire bee farmer's wife cured of bee sting allergy

The wife of an Oxfordshire bee farmer has been cured of potentially fatal allergy... to bee stings.


Lucy Zaichenko, 47, and her husband Viktor have about 150 million bees on their farm in the summer. 

But after she was stung by a bee in their home, she suffered a severe anaphylactic shock - her body swelled-up, she could not breathe, she collapsed unconscious and was rushed to hospital.

Now, following treatment at St Mary’s Hospital in London, she is now able to even fight the effects of two stings at a time.

Oxfordshire MP wants UK space industry to aim for the stars

An Oxfordshire MP wants the government to invest more in the UK's space industry.

Tim Peake prepares for his spacewalk

Nicola Blackwood - who chairs the Commons Science and Technology Committee - says the success of British astronaut Tim Peake should inspire us.

We are actually world leaders in huge rafts of the space industry and innovation. We think there is an awful lot more capacity for growth, and the government needs to give it a bit of a boost.

Nicola BlackwoodOxford West and Abingdon MP

Government department's warning to home-school parents

The Department for Education has warned parents who choose to school their children at home that they need to provide education of "suitable quality".

Home education

A spokesman added councils have a legal obligation to intervene if a child is not receiving a suitable education.

It is unacceptable for any child of compulsory school age not to be receiving a suitable education. We recognise parents may choose to home school their children and many do a good job, but that education must be of a suitable quality."

Department for Education

Disabled man wins right to challenge care cut in High Court

A severely disabled man who needs 24-hour care has been given permission to bring a legal challenge against Oxfordshire County Council’s decision to reduce his care package.

Luke Davey, 39, is quadriplegic and has cerebral palsy, disabilities caused due to a virus he contracted as a child.

Despite an assessment in April 2015 stating he needs 24-hour care a day, the council moved to reduce his care to fund only 17.5 hours per day.

The council says it would be "inappropriate to comment at this stage pending consideration of this case by the court". The case will be heard at the High Court later this year.

Social media becoming people's 'home' for news journalism

Rory Cellan-Jones

Technology correspondent

Social media has overtaken television as young people's main source of news, according to a report from the Oxford-based Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism.

Young people on smartphones
Many consumers, especially the young and women, increasingly access news via social media platforms using mobile devices

Among the report's key findings are:

  • Facebook and other social media outlets have moved beyond being "places of news discovery" to become the place people to watch, share and comment on news
  • Consumers are happy to have their news selected by algorithms, with 36% saying they would like news chosen based on what they had read before and 22% happy for their news agenda to be based on what their friends had read  
  • Under 10% of readers in English-speaking countries have paid anything for online news in the past year

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Campaigners battle in David Cameron's Witney constituency

Dave Gilyeat

BBC News

David Cameron has left behind his Euro-questioning beginnings as a new Conservative MP to embrace the EU as a statesman. 

David Cameron has appeared at Remain campaign events in his divided Witney constituency
David Cameron has appeared at Remain campaign events in his divided Witney constituency

But what about his constituency? In the heart of rural Oxfordshire - and the Tory heartland - will his voters be backing Brexit or choosing to Remain?

Oxford United: Show me the money... and be quick about it

Oxford United boss Michael Appleton says he wants to impose a cut-off date for clubs to bid for his star players. 

Michael Appleton
Rex Features
Michael Appleton

He isn't convinced anyone will meet his valuation of forwards Kemar Roofe and Callum O'Dowda, but doesn't want lots of speculation over the summer. 

Leeds United are the latest club linked with Roofe. Appleton is expecting offers, but he says he wouldn't want to sell if there wasn't time to recruit decent replacements.

Home education: Parents' views on benefits for their children

We hear first from Anelle Laurence, who has been educating her daughter Katherine at home in Oxford for a year. She says it has been an "incredible journey" for them.

Number of children schooled at home up 30% in last four years in Oxfordshire

Meanwhile, Sam Martell from Wheatley has home educated all four of her children. She says she doesn't agree with people who say kids who don't go to school miss out.

West Way shopping centre: Botley trader just wants a decision made

After the years of controversy, one local trader says he just wants to know one way or the other whether the development of the West Way shopping centre in Botley will go ahead.

AJ Brock Butchers, Botley

Andy Brock, from AJ Brock Butchers, says the situation for traders is tough now, but will get even harder. 

He adds something needs to be done to improve the area, but there will be massive disruption to the area over three years.

"It'll be like Armageddon for us here," he says.

My lease is finished now and we need a positive decision so we can make decisions for ourselves. Do I stay or do I go? That's what it all boils down to.

Andy BrockAJ Brock Butchers in Elms Parade

Botley West Way plans expected to be approved

New plans to upgrade West Way shopping centre in Botley are expected to be approved tonight - after years of negotiations. 

Strong protests have taken place against the original West Way development proposals
Chris Church
Strong protests have taken place against the original West Way development proposals

Proposals were originally submitted in 2013 - which drew more than 1,000 objections. 

The revamped plans have been recommended for approval at the meeting which takes place later.

Severely disabled man in landmark legal challenge against council trying to cut his care

Oxford Mail

A severely disabled man has launched a landmark legal challenge to force a council to pay for his round-the-clock care.

Rise in number of children educated at home

More than 500 children in Oxfordshire are now educated at home - a rise of almost 30% in four years.

Karen Smutek from Dorset says she is schooling her five children at home

The county council says the rise reflects a national trend, and points to the fact the number of school-age children in the county has risen 8% since 2011.