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Summary

  1. All the news, sport, weather, pictures and travel on Thursday 22 June 2016

Live Reporting

By Sarah Lee

All times stated are UK

Middle-earth map

A map of the fictional Middle-earth that was annotated by Lord of the Rings author JRR Tolkien goes on display.

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That's all from Oxfordshire Live for today

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.

Weather: A dry and sunny start for Friday

There will be a dry and sunny start for Friday, before clouds start to build. However isolated showers may develop - most likely in the west. 

It will be a better day than today, with warm sunshine and most places remaining dry.  

BBC Weather
BBC

Latest headlines: Problems on roads after lorry crashes on M40

Sarah Lee

South Online

  Here are your top stories this evening:   

Filmaker Pedro Almodovar awarded honorary degree at Oxford University

Appeal after robbery in Cowley Road

Oxford Times

Police have sent out an appeal for witnesses after a robbery in Cowley Road on Saturday.  

Travel latest: Huge delays on M40

BBC Travel

  • The A420 has reopened in time for the rush hour after an earlier accident between the Watchfield bypass and Faringdon
  • There are still huge delays on the M40 between J8 for Oxford and J4 for High Wycombe 
  • A40 north of Stokenchurch is also very busy as a direct effect of the M40

BreakingOxford United make first signing of the summer

BBC Sport

Oxford United have made their first signing of the summer. They are bringing in Blackburn goalkeeper Simon Eastwood.

He’s agreed a one-year-deal, with the club holding a one-year-option.

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Tolkien-marked Middle-earth map show extended due to demand

Tonight on South Today

South Today

Thunder and lightning, trees down, torrential rain. The sort of weather you'd expect in the middle of winter, not midsummer. But last night's storms left a trail of problems in their wake across Oxfordshire and South East England..

Radio Oxford's Charles Nove hears mother again after Bletchley recording found

BBC Radio Oxford

Charles Nove's hears mother talk about working at Bletchley during World War Two.

Lorry carrying frozen offal crashes through M40 central reservation

M40 crash
Oxfordshire County Council
M40 crash
Oxfordshire County Council
M40 crash
Oxfordshire County Council

You can get more information from the BBC's travel service.

Lorry carrying frozen offal overturns on M40

A lorry carrying frozen offal has crossed over the central reservation and overturned on the M40 southbound before J6 B4009.

All southbound traffic was stopped earlier, but lane one (of three) is back open. 

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It's barking and it's back #DogsAtPollingStations

As voters head to the polling stations for the EU referendum so have some dogs - although cats and even a political polecat have been keen to get in on the act.

Here's Skye waiting patiently in Wheatley, Oxfordshire 

Skye waiting patiently in Wheatley
Alex Lee

TVP welcome three new Assistant Chief Constables

Three new Assistant Chief Constables are now in post at Thames Valley Police following their appointment in April.  

Dave Hardcastle has taken up his new role as Assistant Chief Constable Operations, Nikki Ross is the Assistant Chief Constable Local Policing and Jason Hogg is the new Assistant Chief Constable for Crime and Criminal Justice. 

Dave Hardcastle, Nikki Ross, Jason Hogg
Thames Valley Police
Dave Hardcastle, Nikki Ross, Jason Hogg

I am really pleased that we appointed Nikki Ross and Jason Hogg to join the Thames Valley Chief Officer Team and Dave Hardcastle to work across Hampshire and Thames Valley. They all bring a range of skills and experiences to the team and I look forward to working with them in the future.”

Francis HabgoodChief Constable at Thames Valley Police

Apple designer Jony Ive receives honorary doctorate from University of Oxford

Latest headlines: 'Jihadi Jack' parents trial date set

Sarah Lee

South Online

You'll need a big bonfire to toast those marshmallows...

M40 traffic: Overturned lorry blocks motorway

BBC Travel

  • The M40 is currently blocked with severe delays and stationary traffic southbound before J6, B4009 (Watlington), because of an overturned lorry 
  • Two lanes are also closed on the northbound strip with traffic queuing for six miles 
Jack Letts

The parents of Jack Letts, who is thought to be fighting in Syria with the so-called Islamic State, will stand trial in January accused of sending him money.

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Weather latest: Heavy and thundery showers to return later

Dan Downs, Weather Forecaster

Throughout the morning, showers will begin to dry out before returning later this afternoon. 

And again it will be the southern and eastern areas which will see the heaviest and most thundery downpours.

Oxford weather
BBC

It will continue to feel quite humid throughout with day with highs of 22C (72F)  

Breaking'Jihadi Jack' parents trial date set at Old Bailey

The parents of a man who is thought to be fighting in Syria with the so-called Islamic State will stand trial in January on terror charges

Jack Letts, dubbed 'Jihadi Jack' by some newspapers, is thought to be the first white Briton fighting in Syria. 

Jack Letts
BBC

John Letts, 55, and Sally Lane, 54, have been charged with making money available for terrorism purposes. 

The pair, who are accused of sending money to their 20-year-old son, will appear in court on 17 November for a plea hearing.

Weston Library honoured by the Royal Institute of British Architects

Witney charity prepares for rise in demand after council cuts

BBC Radio Oxford

A Witney charity - which sees up to 100 young people a week - said it's preparing for demand to rise following cuts to council budgets. 

Base 33, which supports 13 to 24-year-olds who may be outside education or struggling with drugs, said it is especially concerned about the long term future of the county's children's centres.

Chris Osborne, 23, used Base 33 when he struggled with drug and alcohol problems - and now volunteers there.

The charity has helped me since the age of 16 with various problems - from drink, drugs, homelessness and even to just help me form relationships. There's such a demand for these services and can help many feel so much more comfortable."

Chris Osborne

Oxford University research discovers importance of unknown part of immune system

Fire crews called after streetlight catches fire in Bicester

Planning application for Oxford flood relief scheme submitted

Planning applications for a £2.2m flood relief scheme that will reduce the flood risk to 110 properties in Northway and Marston have been submitted.

Plans include installing natural embankments, realigning the channel and a wetland reserve to use as temporary flood storage.

Oxford flooding
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Permission to build the scheme has been sought in two parts.

The first planning application will be decided at a meeting on 6 July, while the second application will be decided on 7 September.

CCTV image released after man seen with knife in Didcot

A CCTV image has been released by police after a man was seen holding a knife outside the Co-op in Lady Grove, Didcot on Sunday.

Police would like to speak to the man shown in the CCTV image as he may have information which could help with the investigation.

Thames Valley Police CCTV
Thames Valley Police

Lamp sets fire to curtains in Bicester

A house in Browning Drive, Bicester caught fire after curtains were placed on top of a standard lamp last night.

Three engines were deployed to tackle the fire along with paramedics who treated the house owner for smoke inhalation at the scene.

Lamp sets fire to curtains
Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue

I would like to remind people to take great care and not place items on top of lamps or lights as they do get hot and can set fire to combustible materials. I would also like to remind everybody to ensure they have working smoke alarms fitted to each level of their homes."

Julian GreenStation Manager at Bicester Fire Station

Latest headlines: JRR Tolkien's map on display for one day

Sarah Lee

South Online

  • The map used by JRR Tolkien to create the fantasy world for 'The Lord of The Rings' is on display at the Bodleian's Weston library in Oxford - for one day only 
  • Cuts to council budgets mean local charities are under increased pressure to support young people - according to one in Witney
  • Voting is under way in the referendum on whether the UK should remain a member of the European Union or leave

JRR Tolkien's annotated Middle-earth map on show at Bodleian

Dave Gilyeat

BBC News

A map of the fictional Middle-earth annotated by Lord of the Rings author JRR Tolkien has gone on display. 

The map, which was recently bought by Oxford's Bodleian Library, was previously owned by illustrator Pauline Baynes, who produced the first illustrative map for Tolkien's trilogy. 

Middle-earth map
The Tolkien Estate Limited 2016

It was unseen for decades until last October, when a book shop put it on sale for an asking price of £60,000.  

It is on display for just one day at the Bodleian's Weston Library.

Sport headlines: Hannah England intends to compete at Olympics

Danny Cox

Presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

  • Oxford runner Hannah England intends to compete for Team GB at the Olympics if she's selected
  • Oxford United are closing in on their first signing of the summer. We understand a player is having a medical at the club today and if all goes well, the move could be completed within 24 hours
  • In ice hockey, Oxford City have announced the signing of forward Mike Whillock for the coming season

Oxford Tube delays due to heavy flooding

Riba Awards: Oxford buildings honoured

A number of new buildings in Oxfordshire have been honoured by the Royal Institute of British Architects.

The Blavatnik School of Government, The Investcorp Building and Weston Library were three of 46 projects named on the 2016 Riba National Awards list.

The Investcorp Building
RIBA
The Investcorp Building
The Blavatnik School of Government
RIBA
The Blavatnik School of Government
Weston Library
RIBA
Weston Library

Riba president Jane Duncan said huge investment in education was this year's "stand-out trend".

"It is encouraging to see so much emphasis placed on the power of architecture to help institutions to attract students and stand out from the mediocre," she said.

New cycle safety campaign to be launched at Wallingford Festival of Cycling

Chris Brown

BBC News

A new cycle safety campaign, aimed at helping both cyclists and Large Goods Vehicle (LGV) drivers to see the road through different eyes, will be launched at the Wallingford Festival of Cycling on Sunday.

Andy Franklin trains HGV drivers in Banbury, and has been showing us some of the problems

Weather: Yellow warning in force for Oxfordshire

Dan Downs, Weather Forecaster

Many of us have seen heavy thundery downpours overnight and although there will be a bit of a rest later, we are expecting more rain throughout the day.

A yellow warning is still in force from the Met Office - particularity for more southern and eastern areas of the UK.  

Weather
BBC

EU referendum: Polls open in Oxfordshire

BBC Politics

Polls have opened across Oxfordshire in a historic referendum on whether the UK should remain a member of the European Union or leave.

An estimated 46,499,537 people are entitled to take part in the vote across the country - a record number for a UK poll.

Polling station sign
Reuters

Polling stations opened at 07:00 BST and will close at 22:00 BST.

It is only the third nationwide referendum in UK history and comes after a four-month battle for votes between the Leave and Remain campaigns.

Oxfordshire lightning gas plant fireball causes £250k damage

Joe Nimmo

BBC News

A huge methane gas fireball ignited by a lightning strike at a food waste plant has caused £250,000 of damage, the site's management has said.

The Agrivert site at Benson, near Wallingford, was struck at about 17:20 on Thursday.

Fireball at waste plant
Emma Shepperd

Commercial manager Harry Waters said lightning ignited gas stored in a waste digester, causing a fire which burned for 20 minutes and destroyed the roof.

He said staff were "very surprised" by the explosion but no-one was injured.