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Summary

  1. A body has been found in a park in Chipping Norton
  2. Call for more support for students with mental health problems
  3. Biff, Chip and Floppy the Dog books celebrate 30th birthday

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By Chris Brown

All times stated are UK

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That's all from Oxfordshire Live for today

The sun is finally making an appearance in Oxford, so make the most of the evening. 

It's been a pleasure to bring you all today's news, and we'll be back from 08:00 tomorrow to do it all over again. See you then.

Latest headlines: Police put satellite tag on child

Chris Brown

BBC News

Here are your top stories this evening: 

Weather: Mainly dry with some warm sunny spells on Tuesday

BBC Weather

Any early evening showers will clear quickly to leave a dry night for all parts with a few mist patches forming in rural parts. The winds will remain light and variable and it will be mild. Lows of 13C (55F).

Tomorrow will be a largely dry day with a fair amount of cloud, but also with some sunny spells. In the sunshine and light winds it will be warm.

Evening weather in Oxford 20 June 2016
BBC

Police hunt for men armed with machete and baseball bat

Police are appealing for witnesses after two men armed with a machete and baseball bat forced their way into a house in Oxford. 

The "frightening incident" happened last Tuesday at about 23:20 in James Street, Cowley.

A man who was inside the home managed to disarm the men, who fled the scene, but was injured in the process.

Travel latest: Delays in Oxford city centre

Get up-to-the minute details on these incidents, and the rest of the county's travel news on the BBC Travel site or follow @BBCOxTravel.

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Sport England rejects funding plea for replacement Falcon Rowing and Canoe Club boathouse

Oxford Times

A rowing club has pledged to persevere with its quest to improve facilities after being rejected for a game-changing grant.

Lovin' la lido local

You might not feel like a dip today... but outdoor swimming pools are enjoying something of a resurgence.

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BBC's Ross Hawkins went to Chippy Lido to explore growing fascination with outdoor pools

Here in Oxfordshire there are thriving outdoor pools in Oxford, Abingdon, Woodstock, Banbury and Chipping Norton. 

The BBC's Ross Hawkins has been to Chippy Lido to explore the fascination.

Let's go feed a kite...

Rev Hannah Reynolds in Didcot has tweeted this video, showing red kites swooping into her garden to pick up leftover suet pellets. 

"That's a lot of bird after not much food," she says. 

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Oxford United unveil new badge

David Cameron at Oxford's Mini plant

David Cameron has been at the BMW plant in Oxford today on the EU referendum campaign trail. 

He visited two firms involved in the supply chain for the Mini's doors before helping to assemble the finished product at the plant in Cowley.

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Latest headlines: First-time buyers priced out of help to buy scheme

Chris Brown

BBC News

Here are your top stories this afternoon:

Senior military personnel gather for Armed Forces Day flag ceremony

Oxford Mail

Senior military personnel and civic leaders paid tribute on Armed Forces Day to those who have sacrificed their lives in conflict.

Oxfordshire first-time buyers priced out of Help to Buy ISA scheme

First-time home buyers in Oxfordshire are being priced out of a government scheme designed to help them, a BBC investigation has found

Houses
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The government introduced its Help To Buy ISA scheme in December, but it's not as useful in this part of the country as elsewhere.

The average price of a two-bedroom home in the county is £303,000 - well above the £250,000 cap on prices for the scheme.

Oxford mum steps up call for changes to drugs laws

An Oxford mother's calling for a change to drug laws, following the arrest of two people after three girls fell after taking ecstasy in Salford

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'We need more dialogue around drugs'

The two have been released on bail and the girls are in stable condition. 

Anne-Marie Cockburn's 15-year-old daughter Martha died when she accidentally overdosed on ecstasy in an Oxford park.

When is a parking fine, not a parking fine?

Following on from our story about car owners getting driven to distraction by over-zealous parking operator at a Didcot car park...

Spot the difference: one of these tickets is official, the other isn't
Moneysavingexpert.com
Spot the difference: one of these tickets is official, the other isn't

The website moneysavingexpert.com has written a guide showing how easily drivers can fall into the trap of paying tickets from private operators when they don't necessarily have to.

Driven to distraction by parking tickets

Parking operators are being over-zealous when it comes to issuing tickets at a car park in Didcot, according to a number of people who've taken to social media to express their frustration. 

Pay and display car park in Didcot at Station Road
BBC

Many feel they've been unfairly fined at the Premier Parking Solutions run car-park opposite the railway station.

We asked Premier Parking Solutions to comment, but have not heard back from them. 

Oxfordshire teen first in Britain to be fitted with satellite tracking tag

Thames Valley Police claims it's become the first force in the country to put a satellite tag on a child.

Electronic tag
Science Photo Library

Unlike traditional tags, the new devices track the offender's movement at all times.

The force confirmed it's used one of these tags on a 15-year-old who's been convicted of a series of offences - including burglary, robbery, threatening a 14-year-old girl in Oxford and brandishing an imitation firearm in the street in Didcot.

He'll have to wear the tag at all times, for six months.

We believe this is the first such order in the country with a youth. I think it will be very successful not just in this case but also in the future.

PC Mike EllisOxford anti-social behaviour officer

Travel latest: Flooding closes M40 slip road

BBC Travel

The M40 entry slip road is closed southbound at J8a for Oxford because of flooding.

Meanwhile, one lane is blocked on the A34 northbound in Abingdon at Marcham Interchange, because of two broken-down vehicles.

Get up-to-the minute details on these incidents, and the rest of the county's travel news on the BBC Travel site or follow @BBCOxTravel.

Three decades of Biff, Chip and Kipper

A book page
OUP
When the magic key glows, it's usually time for another globe-trotting escapade

A book page

Three decades of Biff, Chip and Kipper

They've helped millions of children to read and parents either love them or hate them. Who are Biff, Chip and Kipper and what are they really called?

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Weather: Turning brighter and drier later

It will be cloudy with outbreaks of rain clearing early this afternoon. Some sunny intervals may develop later to give a pleasantly warm end to the afternoon but scattered heavy showers are likely too. Highs of  20C (68F)

Tonight will be dry with some clear spells developing.

Rain in Abingdon earlier, from BBC Weather Watcher 'Simon the ghosthunter'
BBC
Rain in Abingdon earlier, from BBC Weather Watcher 'Simon the ghosthunter'

Latest headlines: 'Unexplained' death of woman, 72, found in Thame river

Chris Brown

BBC News

The top stories in Oxfordshire this lunchtime:

UK attitude to migrants improves over last 10 years

Britons' attitude towards migrants has become more positive over the last decade, a study by Oxford University has found.

Immigration into the UK
BBC

The Centre for Social Investigation at Nuffield College surveyed attitudes towards migration across 21 European countries. 

It found nations with high immigration levels tend to be more positive about migrants than those with low immigration levels.

While the UK had a slightly less positive attitude towards immigration than the average, it was more positive to the contribution of migrants once they had settled.

72-year-old woman's body found in Thame river

Police are still treating the death of a 72-year-old woman, whose body was found in a river in Thame at the weekend, as "unexplained".

Emergency services were called at 11:40 yesterday and recovered the woman from the water.

The woman's family have been informed, police confirmed.

Staff to strike outside universities' ceremonies

An honorary degree ceremony at Oxford University and a graduation ceremony at Oxford Brookes University will be targeted by striking staff this week, in a row over pay.

UCU strike
Rex Features

University and College Union (UCU) members will demonstrate outside the Sheldonian Theatre on Wednesday, and will target the graduation ceremony on Thursday.

They're protesting about a 1.1% pay rise offer from universities for 2016/17. But the institutions say they stand by their “fair and final” offer.

READ ALONG: Author reads extract of Secret of the Sands

Earlier, Roderick Hunt came into our studios and read an extract of one his most famous Biff, Chip and Floppy the Dog books - Secret of the Sands.

Author of the Biff, Chip and Floppy the Dog books on 30th anniversary of series

He, along with thousands of families across the country, is celebrating the 30th anniversary today of the start of the popular children's book series..

Under 10s at Oxford Blackbirds Football Club beg yobs to stop stealing their goalposts

Oxford Times

Tiny footballers trying to improve their game in Blackbird Leys Park have called on local yobs to stop vandalising their goalposts.

Latest headlines: Call for more mental health support for students

Chris Brown

BBC News

Here are your top stories so far today: 

  • The mother of young man who took his own life while studying at Oxford University is calling for more support for students
  • A body has been found in a park in Chipping Norton. Emergency services were called out to Worcester Road shortly after 05:00 today
  • And the 30th birthday of books published in Oxford which have helped tens of thousands of children learn to read is being celebrated

Magic 30th birthday for Biff, Chip and Floppy the Dog

The 30th birthday of books published in Oxford which have helped tens of thousands of children learn to read is being celebrated. 

Secrets of the Sands
Oxford University Press

The Oxford University Press Learning Tree books are well known for their characters Biff, Chip and Floppy the Dog. 

A birthday party's being held in Oxford later to celebrate the landmark.

LISTEN: Call for more help for students with mental health problems

A mother whose Oxford University student son took his own life is calling for more understanding and support of students with mental health problems.

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Mother of Andrew Kirkman, who died in Oxford in 2013, says awareness needs to be raised

Wendy Kirkman says that, even with improvements to mental health services, more needs to be done to raise awareness of the stresses students like her son Andrew face.

French frustrate aid convoy bound for Calais migrants

A man from Oxfordshire who was stopped from taking aid to migrants in Calais at the weekend says they had little explanation from French authorities. 

David Bailey was part of a 250-strong convoy that left from Westminster carrying supplies on Saturday.

They were stopped at Dover, after the French government decided to bar their entry. 

One lorry did get through after negotiations, but David says it's frustrating that many items donated for the migrants won't reach them.

We were seen as a security risk but they [French authorities] never explained why we were a risk. We spent weeks collecting aid, large donations of food and clothing. I made a promise to deliver it and people had given on that basis.

David Bailey

Body of 72-year-old woman recovered from river in Thame

Oxford Mail

The body of a 72-year-old woman was found in the river in Thame on Sunday morning. Police were called to Thame at 11.40am to reports that a woman was thought to have entered the river.

Man goes missing after night out in Oxford

Police in Wiltshire are appealing for help to trace a man who went missing after a night out in Oxford.

Alan Chappell
Wiltshire Police
Alan Chappell

Alan Chappell, 56, from Bradford on Avon, went out with friends in Oxford on Friday night and was last seen by friends at Didcot Parkway station on Saturday. 

He was due to travel to Bristol but has not been seen since.

Travel latest: Slow traffic at Besselsleigh

Weather: Cloudy with some rain at first

Holly Green

BBC Weather

It will be cloudy with outbreaks of locally heavy rain through the morning. Some sunny intervals may develop later to give a pleasantly warm afternoon but scattered heavy showers are likely, too. Highs of 20C (68F).

Holly Green brings you the forecast for today

Body found in Chipping Norton park

A body has been found in a park in Chipping Norton, police say. 

Emergency services were called out to the scene off New Street at 05:19.

Officers say the investigation is in its very early stages but, at the moment, it's not thought to be suspicious.

The man's family are yet to be told.

Fifty firefighters tackle thatch blaze

Thatch fire
Oxfordshire Fire service

The cause of the fire is not yet known.  

Thatch fire

Fifty firefighters tackle thatch blaze

Fire crews work through the night to deal with thatch roof fire in Oxfordshire.

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Latest headlines: Body found in Chipping Norton park

Chris Brown

BBC News

Here are your top stories this morning:

  • A body has been found in a park in Chipping Norton. Emergency services were called to the scene off New Street at 05:19
  • A mother whose son took his own life while studying at Oxford University is calling for more understanding and support of students with mental health problems
  • And the series of Biff, Chip and Floppy the Dog books published in Oxford are celebrating their 30th birthday today

The sky's grey and it's Monday...

so here's a little colour to brighten your day. Thanks to Alan Jordan for sending this picture in.

Rose
Alan Jordan

Good morning and welcome to Monday

It's a bit wet out there :( With hours to go before the summer solstice, too.

Oh well, we'll be bringing you the latest news, sport, weather and travel throughout the day.

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