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That's all from Oxfordshire Live for today

Many thanks for joining us today, and we'll be back from 08:00 tomorrow with all the latest, news, views, pictures and video from around the county. 

See you then.

Weather: Mainly dry this evening. Dry with sunny spells tomorrow

BBC Weather Watchers

There will be some brightness this evening, but a little patchy light rain too. Becoming cloudy overnight, with further patchy rain spreading eastwards. Rain will begin to clear at the end of the night with most places dry by dawn. Lows of 13C (55F) 

A cloudy start tomorrow, but becoming brighter during the morning with sunny spells developing. 

Bright skies over Oxford today by Weather Watcher 'Ivor Pheeling'
Bright skies over Oxford today by Weather Watcher 'Ivor Pheeling'

Design a garden competition winners on show at Hampton Court

Four gardens designed by winners of the BBC Local Radio Design A Garden Competition are now on show at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.

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Oxfordshire teen talks about Wimbledon defeat

Oxfordshire teenager Alexis Canter has been action in the junior singles competition at Wimbledon. 

The 18-year-old from from Long Wittenham lost in straight sets to the world junior number one Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece.

Alexis Canter lost in straight sets to the world junior number one Stefanos Tsitsipas

Delay to Oxfordshire councils devolution report

Bethan Phillips

Political reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

A review into a major shake up of local government in Oxfordshire has been delayed.

District councils in Oxfordshire want to abolish the county council - and set up a number of smaller authorities, which would run all services.

County Hall

PricewaterhouseCoopers was tasked with looking at the different options available - the report was due to be finished by the end of June, but a statement released today says that getting together some of the data has taken "longer than anticipated".

The proposals from the district councils have resulted in a rift between authorities in Oxfordshire, and the county council is now running a rival review.

Oxford Bus Delays

On the buses today...

City Update - We are experiencing delays of approx 15 minutes to services due to heavy traffic and roadworks. Thank you for your patience.

European arrest warrant issued for Faringdon man

A European Arrest Warrant has been issued for a Faringdon man who's wanted in connection with a serious sexual assault in France. 

Colin Marshall, 48, failed to appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court on 7 June where he was due at an extradition hearing. 

He was last seen at 06:00 on 7 June when he was dropped off at Swindon train station and was planning to get a train to London.

Travel latest: Very slow on all outbound routes from Oxford

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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No Pride flag town 'must do right thing'

Councillor Andrew Coles, a West Oxfordshire District Councillor for Witney, said flying the rainbow flag was an "important gesture and show of solidarity for the LGBT community".  

Oxford Pride
Oxford Pride

A town which refused to fly the rainbow flag in support of a Pride event is urged to "do the right thing" by reversing the decision.

Oxford Pride

No Pride flag town 'must do right thing'

A town which refused to fly the rainbow flag in support of a Pride event is urged to "do the right thing" by reversing the decision.

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More than 30 schools hit by teacher strike action

Eleven schools in Oxfordshire will be closed tomorrow as teachers launch strike action over pay, working conditions and school funds.

Teacher strike

Another 20 schools will have a limited number of classes operating, according to a list published by the county council.

National Union of Teachers members will walk out first on Tuesday after 91% of those who voted backed the action. The turnout was 25%.  

Hospice appeal for volunteers

An appeal's being launched for more volunteers to help at Sobell House Hospice.

The charity wants to recruit 12 people as bereavement support workers and explained why those who have lost loved ones value the service.

Potential volunteers worry about making things worse and making the person they are dealing with upset. Of course, they are upset and people think they have caused that. But bereaved people tell us they really want to talk to others.

Marilyn RelfBereavement service manager, Sobell House Hospice

Lush burglary accused plead not guilty

A man and a woman have pleaded not guilty to burgling a cosmetics store in Oxford.  

A laptop and a box of cosmetics disappeared from the Lush shop in Cornmarket Street (pictured) in February.  

Gabriel Chamberlain, 42, and Charlotte Pauling, 29, both of no fixed address, will appear at Oxford Magistrates Court on 12 September.


Wantage Road bridge opens

County Councillor Zoe Patrick was on hand today to open the new Wantage Road Bridge on the A338, built as part of Network Rail’s modernisation project of the Great Western route.

The work was not without controversy, after a proposal to close the road and create an 18-mile detour for some drivers for six months was scrapped.

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Fertility boost through 'energy test'

Experts said the results were an exciting development that may boost IVF success rates.  


Fertility boost through 'energy test'

Testing the "energy supply" in an embryo could improve the odds of having a baby through IVF, a study suggests.

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BreakingWoman arrested after man stabbed in Oxford

A 26-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a man was stabbed in Oxford yesterday.

The 56-year-old man received stab wounds to his neck in the incident in a home in Henry Taunt Close and taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital.

Police say they believe the pair knew each other and are appealing for witnesses.

Nelson makes Oxford United switch

The 23-year-old centre-back joins the U's after leading Argyle to the League Two play-off final last season

Curtis Nelson

Nelson makes Oxford United switch

Oxford United complete the signing of former Plymouth Argyle captain Curtis Nelson on a two-year contract.

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Vaizey: 'Gove was right to withdraw support for Boris Johnson'

Ed Vaizey said Michael Gove was right to withdraw his support for Boris Johnson as Tory leader. 

Boris Johnson has waved goodbye to his chances of leading the Conservatives
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Boris Johnson has waved goodbye to his chances of leading the Conservatives

He said it would have been a "betrayal" if he had kept quiet over his concerns over Johnson, who was the figurehead of the Leave campaign during the referendum campaign.

Oxfordshire UKIP boss pays tribute to 'fantastic' leader Nigel Farage

Witney Gazette

A UKIP leader in Oxfordshire has paid tribute to Nigel Farage's "fantastic" leadership after the politician announced his resignation.

Dickie Bird, a senior figure in the party's local branch, said Mr Farage deserved a rest after playing a major role in the campaign for Britain to quit the European Union (EU) since his party's formation in 1993.

Vaizey: Accusations against Gove are 'ridiculous'

The Wantage MP finished his appearance on the Victoria Derbyshire programme this morning by rubbishing claims that Michael Gove was "not fit to be PM".

Michael Gove is accused of being a threat to national security by Boris Johnson's senior aide
Michael Gove is accused of being a threat to national security by Boris Johnson's senior aide

Boris Johnson's senior aide is reported to have said the former education secretary was a threat to national security because he has an "emotional need to gossip, particularly when drink is taken".

Michael has been at the top table of Cabinet for six years, and these accusations just don't ring true. You can't sit at the centre of government and be characterised in that way. It's ridiculous.

Ed VaizeyWantage MP

Ed Vaizey speaks out in support of Michael Gove as Tory leader

Ed Vaizey has been setting out why he thinks Michael Gove should be the next Conservative Party leader.

Ed Vaizey says he trusts Michael Gove "100%" to be next Conservative leader
Ed Vaizey says he trusts Michael Gove "100%" to be next Conservative leader

Speaking on the BBC Victoria Derbyshire programme, the Wantage MP said he trusted Gove "100%".

I trust him 100%. I've worked with him for many years. He's one of the architects of moving the Conservative Party to the centre ground. We've seen what he said in his speech. This isn't just about Brexit, we need to talk about what kind of future we want for our country on a lot of other issues.

Ed Vaizey

Oxford United Women: Early Continental Cup exit

An early disappointment for Oxford United Women. 

The U's were knocked out of the Continental Cup yesterday after a 2-0 defeat at home to WSL1 side Birmingham City.

Oxford United: Appleton holds out hope for Maguire signing

Oxford United boss Michael Appleton is optimistic two more players will join the U's before their pre-season trip to Spain.

Michael Appleton and Chris Maguire
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Michael Appleton and Chris Maguire

Appleton has made five signings in the last 10 days and he's not ruling out hope that Scottish forward Chris Maguire could head to the Kassam Stadium.

I never give up but time is running out and Chris [Maguire] knows that. Without pre-season under your belt it becomes very difficult. Hopefully he'll get fixed up as soon as possible and that it will be with us.

Michael Appleton

Rise in unaccompanied children seeking asylum in Oxfordshire

The number of unaccompanied children seeking asylum in Oxfordshire has risen by 40% in a year.

Refugee children in a camp in Jordan

Figures obtained by the BBC show the county council is now caring for 52, compared with 37 last year.

It says the number has risen at councils all over England, and is causing the authority a funding shortfall of about £750,000.

Two-year-old girl has eggs frozen to save fertility

A two-year-old girl is the youngest ever to have her eggs frozen to save her fertility, thanks to work by Oxford scientists.

Eggs extracted and frozen to save fertility

The therapy developed by experts at Oxford Fertility and Oxford University could help young cancer patients put their fertility on ice while they undergo gruelling treatments which can leave them infertile.

There are currently very few options for younger girls who have not yet gone through puberty. The new work saw the scientists extract immature eggs from young girls, grow them in the lab until they were mature, and then quickly freeze them for a future date.

Call for more carers to look after unaccompanied children

Dr Krish Kandiah from Thame, founder of the Home For Good charity, says more foster carers are urgently needed for unaccompanied children seeking asylum in the UK.

They've already experienced some terrible things getting here, let alone the situations they have fled from. We've been really encouraged by the public stepping up and showing wonderful hospitality.

Dr Krish Kandiah

Oxford United unveil new home kit

Oxford United's new home strip has another retro feel, following from last season's kit inspired by the 1986 Milk Cup-winning look.

It's on sale today in the refurbished club shop at the Kassam Stadium and online. Players will be in store to chat to shoppers from 16:30 to 19:00.

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The White Horse at Uffington rechalked

It's that time of year when volunteers come out en masse to rechalk one of Oxfordshire's most famous landmarks.

Every summer the National Trust invites local residents and visitors to help keep the 3,000-year-old figure white.

Uffington White Horse
National Trust

Ranger Andy Foley said: “This is a great opportunity for people to provide real hands-on help in looking after our local heritage."

Rechalking took place on Saturday and Sunday, with another event scheduled for August Bank Holiday weekend.

Pair in court over Oxford Lush burglary

A man and a woman are due in court today following a burglary at the Lush cosmetics store in Oxford earlier this year.

Lush store in Oxford

Gabriel Chamberlain, 42, and Charlotte Pauling, 29, both of no fixed address, were charged over the weekend.

Sensors down

Queueing traffic on A420 E/B between Cumnor and Botley Interchange. As the road has been dug up the traffic lights sensors aren't working.

Delays on A34 Southbound

Danny Cox

Presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

There are delays on the A34 Southbound from the Islip turn down to Botley. 

It'll take you about 20 minutes to get through that four-mile stretch. 

Rainbow flag in Abingdon - Your Views


Thanks for getting in touch with us about the controversy around the decision not to fly a rainbow flag in Abingdon.

Halima Brewer says: "Now I am ashamed of Abingdon. I was proud of it before."  

But Pedro Almeida says: "Sexual choices have nothing to do with the council. The same way they shouldn't tell people if it's right or wrong, they have no obligation to fly the Pride flag. What's next? Pride to be male? Female? Black? White? Asian? Middle eastern?"

Michael Harvey-Rice asks: "What is it about? Everyone is equal, we all have equal rights, why should the council be involved in any event?"  

A420 jam

Queuing on A420 Eastbound between Cumnor and Botley Interchange - you're currently facing about 9 mins of delays.

Sculpture garden

It was once home to the Mitford sisters, but now Asthall Manor is a temporary home for hundreds of stone sculptures from around Europe.

On Form 16 is believed to be the largest display of stone sculpture in the UK.

More than 260 works from around Europe are on show at Asthall Manor

Pride flag refusal a 'backward' decision

Oxford Pride chairman Robert Jordan has accused Abingdon-on-Thames Town Council of "backward" thinking and said it showed inequality after it refused to fly a rainbow flag. 

Abingdon County Hall
Colin Smith

He added: "I'm shocked and appalled of the town I live in, where for one day of the year one flag can't be flown to show acceptance, tolerance and that all inhabitants are welcome."

But Conservative council leader Mike Badcock said Oxford Pride was not an Abingdon event and, should there be one, "this would be welcomed, and we would be pleased to consider allowing a rainbow flag to be flown from a flagpole on the Market Place".  

Churchill's campaign car sells for 230K

Coys auctioneers at Blenheim Palace, where Churchill was born in 1874, said it went to a buyer in the US.  

Sir Winston Churchill used the modified Daimler which included a loudspeaker system

Churchill's campaign car sells for 230K

A one-of-a kind classic car used by Sir Winston Churchill for campaigning in the 1940s sells at auction for £232,520.

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Council rejects rainbow Pride flag

Abingdon-on-Thames Town Council voted against the motion to fly the flag from the town's county hall next June in support of Oxford Pride.

Rainbow flag

Council rejects rainbow Pride flag

Campaigners say they are "shocked and appalled" after a town council refuses to fly a rainbow flag for a Pride event.

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Just in case you can't believe your eyes

Yes, it the sun really is out for another day and it's forecast to be a bright or sunny day with variable cloud. This cloud will increase later, but remaining largely dry. 

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