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  1. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Monday

Live Reporting

By Marcus White and Anna Browning

All times stated are UK

That's all from BBC Local Live for Oxfordshire

We'll be back at 08:00 on Monday to bring you all the news, sport, weather and travel from around our county.

Don't forget to join BBC South Today, with a special programme for BBC Music Day, live from Oxford tonight on BBC1 at 18:30.  

South Today in Oxford

Man who "staged fit" and hid drugs convicted of possession

Oxford Mail

A man who staged a "fake fit" as he attempted to hide drugs has been convicted of possessing cocaine and heroin.

But Leslie Edwards of Medhurst Way in Littlemore was found not guilty of drug-dealing by a jury at Oxford Crown Court today.

Weather: misty tonight, much warmer tomorrow

BBC Weather

There will be some mist and fog overnight.

Tomorrow will be much warmer than today with late afternoon temperatures reaching 20C.  It should be brighter but showers are still possible.

Weather pic

Yoda jokes stoop to we would never

Fancy owning a bit of Star wars? Some very rare memorabilia from the make-up designer, Stuart Freeborn, who created Yoda is going under the hammer. It includes samples of yak hair for Chewbacca, scripts and a plaster model of Yoda that Stuart modelled on himself.  

If you missed Alex Lester's interview with auctioneer Catherine Southon, you can catch up here

Star Wars memoribilia
Catherine Southon

Travel: Accident on the A40 in Burford

The A40 in Burford has now reopened after it was earlier blocked by a multi-vehicle accident.  

However, traffic is queuing between the A361 High Street junction and the B4425 junction.

There is also congestion at the B4047 Burford Road junction.

Latest headlines: Appeal to find missing man

  • Police say they are worried about a 25-year-old man from Oxford, who's been missing since yesterday evening, as they believe he may have been injured in an assault
  • A scheme in Oxford that allows people to rent a room in empty buildings cheaply has been criticised by the campaign group Affordable Oxford
  • Oxford University students have rejected a motion to leave the National Union of Students

Oxford man jailed after police pursuit

An Oxford man has been jailed for two years and 10 months for burglary and driving offences.

Police said 35-year-old Stuart Healey of Botley Road, Oxford, drove into the front of a post office in Drayton in May 2015 and took a small amount of alcohol. 

He was arrested in Ducklington after a police pursuit.

Stuart Healey
Thames Valley Police

Police gain first closure order in Didcot

Magistrates have granted police a closure order for a property in Abbott Road, Didcot, following allegations of drug-dealing and other criminal behaviour.

The order bans anyone from entering the property for three months.

This is the first-ever closure order for Didcot under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.

Give us a song, Sally!

Sally Taylor prepares for a special edition of BBC South Today, live at 18:30 from Oxford's Radcliffe Square for BBC Music Day.

Sally Taylor
Anthony Morris

Banbury father had nearly 1,500 indecent images of children

Oxford Mail

A Banbury father-of-five has been found guilty of possessing nearly 1,500 indecent images of children. 34-year-old Adrian King of Beaumont Close will be sentenced at the end of the month.

Lend your ears to this...

BBC Music Day began in Oxford with a rendition of Adele's Hello by The Fusion Project.

Look who's in town...

The BBC South Today bus is in Oxford, ready for tonight's broadcast from Radcliffe Square. Sally Taylor will be joined by music performers including the Oxford Belles.

See it live on BBC1 at 18:30.

BBC bus in Oxford
Anthony Morris

Appeal to find 'injured' man

Police want to trace 25-year-old Amir Hamza from Oxford, who they say might have been injured in an assault and may need medical attention. 

He was last seen yesterday evening at his home in Ridgefield Road and may be in the Wallingford area.

Amir Hamza
Thames Valley Police

Travel latest: congestion on A40 and A34

BBC Travel

Annabel contacted us to report a broken-down car on the A40 heading out of Oxford.

There is already congestion in the area due to roadworks.  BBC Travel reports queuing traffic in both directions at the Cutteslowe roundabout, and congestion at the Marston and Cassington traffic lights.

There are also northbound delays on the A34 between Abingdon and Oxford.

Children perform Our Song for BBC Music Day

It's been a bit adult-heavy so far today, so to balance things out here is a song performed and written by children from across the UK for CBeebies.

Our Song was written by English composer Sasha Johnson Manning, using words and phrases contributed by listeners.  

...and as a special treat, Hacker T Dog even got involved, though we're sad he didn't cover Who Let the Dogs Out?

View more on twitter
View more on twitter

"I'm loving the bunting!"

Singer and songwriter Rose Segal has been performing live for BBC Music Day in Oxford with her brother Jack.

She says: "It's been really exciting... we are really happy to be taking part and I'm loving the bunting!"

The open mic session in Bonn Square continues until 16:00.

Rose and Jack Segal

Latest headlines: Man died after Bicester road accident

  • A Banbury man has died in hospital after his car collided with a lorry in Bicester on Wednesday night
  • Bicester Park-based Cooper Callas Ltd, a kitchen and bathroom distributor, has entered administration with the immediate loss of 41 jobs
  • Oxford University students have voted to remain affiliated to the National Union of Students

Oxfordshire bathroom and kitchen distributor goes into administration

Cooper Callas Ltd, which claimed to be the UK's largest independent bathroom and kitchen distributor, has goes into administration.  In total, 41 of the Bicester Park firm's 68 employees have been made redundant.  Administrators RSM Restructuring say earlier this year "the firm lost a key supplier that accounted for around 25 per cent of its turnover".

U's season ticket sales soar

Oxford United FC says twice as many fans have bought season tickets in the first week of sales as in the same period last year, following the club's promotion to League One.

Oxford United

Pride in Oxford

Oxford Pride takes place tomorrow, promoting and celebrating lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality. Look out for events from midday until 22:30 in Paradise Street and Castle Quarter in Oxford.

Oxford Pride
Oxford Pride

Fears over reduced bus service

Oxford Mail

Elderly residents in Cutteslowe fear they could become "prisoners" in the suburb after a decision to axe their bus service to Oxford.  

BreakingOxford University to remain with NUS

Oxford University students have rejected a motion to leave the National Union of Students.

Several universities have been voting on disaffiliation after Malia Bouattia, who has been accused of anti-semitism, was elected NUS president.

Travel: severe delays on the M40 southbound

BBC Travel

There is a lane blocked on the M40 southbound exit slip at J9, A34 (Bicester), because of a broken down car.  There are severe delays reported.

Fancy a film this weekend?

We have been checking out the latest releases.

David Prever is joined by James Luxford from the Radio Times to discuss "British weepie" Me Before You, starring Oxford's own Emilia Clarke. They get lost in Duncan Jones' fantasy Warcraft: The Beginning. And James recommends buddy movie The Nice Guys with Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe.

James Luxford and David Prever

Weather: some bright spells in the west this afternoon

This afternoon will stay cloudy especially in eastern parts of Oxfordshire. But there could be some bright spells in the west.  Temperatures will reach around 15C (59F)

Weather pic

Latest headlines: man dies following Bicester crash

  • A car driver has died in hospital following a collision with a lorry in Bicester on Wednesday night
  • It's emerged that patients donate around £3.5m a year to the charitable trust at the John Radcliffe hospital
  • Abingdon teacher Meena Chivers, who was jailed for assaulting her husband with a hairdryer, has been banned from the profession for life.

The bands play on...

The band Storyteller performed in the last hour for BBC Music Day. There are many more acts to come at our live event in Bonn Square, Oxford, from now until 16:00. Come on down...


Travel latest: very slow around Bicester

BBC Travel

Roadworks are causing congestion on the A41 in both directions between the B4100 London Road and the and B4011 Ambrosden 

Should the NHS pay for IVF?

Andrew from Wantage told Kat Orman he now has a 10-month-old son called Maxwell thanks to IVF in Oxford.

But the author Lionel Shriver has said: "Parenthood is not a human right".

What do you think? Join the debate by calling Kat on 03459-311111

Kat Orman

"I love to visit my Oxfordshire butcher!"

Sir Ben Kingsley has been telling Kat Orman about his new film 'Learning To Drive' and about his life in Oxfordshire. He says after filming around the world, he loves to stock up with food at his local village shop and Slatters butchers in Chadlington.

Ben Kingsley
Getty I

Coming Up: Summer Floral Cordials

Our chefs talk summer floral cordials, @CheltFoodFest & #ThymesTable @KatOrman @BBCOxford today 11am - listen in ...

Our chefs talk summer floral cordials, @CheltFoodFest & #ThymesTable @KatOrman @BBCOxford today 11am - listen in ...

BreakingMan dies after crash in Bicester

A car driver has died following a collision with a van in Bicester on Wednesday night.  Police say a man aged in his 40s from Banbury has died in hospital following the crash on the A41 between the Rodney House roundabout and Oxford Road shortly after midnight.

Police tape

Charity cyclist rides 200 miles from Plymouth to Oxford

Oxford Mail

Brett Farmery from North Abingdon who lost his dad to heart disease has raised almost £2,500 for charities close to his heart, by cycling for 18 hours.

Live performances on BBC Music Day

James Morgan and Oscar Albanese warming up for BBC Music Day in Oxford.

Albanese Morgan

Coming Up: live music from Isla and Izzy

Isla Ratcliff and Izzy Rose are a fiddle and cello folk duo.     

Listen to me and Izzy Rose live on @BBCOxford radio at about 10:35am! #BBCMusicDay

Latest headlines: Patients donate millions to hospital

Marcus White

BBC News

  • It's been revealed around £3.5 million a year is donated by grateful patients to the trust running the John Radcliffe Hospital.
  • A special needs teacher from Oxfordshire, who was jailed for assaulting her husband with a hairdryer - causing a head injury - has been banned from the profession for life.
  • Oxfordshire curry houses say their businesses are being put at risk by immigration rules

A great start!

Here's how BBC Music Day kicked off in Oxford, with a unique rendition of Adele's Hello by The Fusion Project. There's an open mic in Bonn Square from 10:00. Tempted? We dare you...  


M40 fully reopened

BBC Travel

All lanes have now reopened on the southbound M40 but there is still slow traffic between J6, B4009 (Watlington) and J5, A40 (Stokenchurch).

The cause was an accident involving a car and a deer. 

Oxfordshire's Jack Savoretti fights vertigo for BBC Music Day

Oxfordshire's Jack Savoretti says he was "clenching his eyes together" as he performed on London's Tower Bridge for BBC Music Day.

The singer-songwriter, and ambassador for the Day, was standing on a glass-bottomed walkway, 42 metres above the River Thames, as he played Home, from his hit album Written In Scars.

"I tried not to look down," he told Vanessa Feltz on BBC Radio London. "The view is spectacular - but the glass-bottomed bridge is definitely having an effect on me at this time of the morning."

Jack's set was streamed live on the BBC Radio London Facebook page.

Travel: Accident

BBC Travel

M40 Oxfordshire: There's queuing traffic on the M40 southbound between J6, B4009 (Watlington) and J5, A40 (Stokenchurch), because of a rolling road-block and an accident involving a single car.