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Weather: Feeling fresher overnight

Any isolated showers will soon die away to leave a generally dry night with clear spells. It will be a fresher night than of late, with temperatures perhaps dipping to single figures in places. Lows of 9°C (48°F).

Tomorrow will start fine with some sunshine, and although cloud amounts should gradually increase.

Some blue sky peeping through clouds above Didcot, by Weather Watcher 'Alan power'
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Some blue sky peeping through clouds above Didcot, by Weather Watcher 'Alan power'

Ed Vaizey unveils government's plan for digital Britain

Wantage MP Ed Vaizey has unveiled the government's Digital Economy Bill, which he says is "part of our ambition to become world's most digital nation".

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The digital economy minister says the Bill aims to ensure: 

  • Everyone has the right to fast broadband
  • Automatic compensation for consumers when telecoms suppliers don’t deliver as promised
  • Tougher penalties for nuisance callers

Oxfordshire Green leader in running for party's top job

The leader of Oxfordshire's Green Party is one of six candidates named today for the party's top job.

David Williams
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David Williams

David Williams is county councillor for Iffley Fields & St Mary's, and has been a local councillor for 27 years - originally for the Labour Party before being elected for the Greens in 2006.

He's up against Clive Lord, David Malone, Martie Warin, and Jonathan Bartley and Caroline Lucas who are running on a job share arrangement.

Travel latest: Rush hour delays on the A420

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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Get Involved: How can we fix Oxford's transport issues?

BBC Radio Oxford is asking on Twitter what new transport infrastructure could be put in place to deal with the city's chronic traffic congestion.

Simon Godfrey: "Reduce school traffic by providing more buses. Traffic in half term is fine."

Kate Guest: "*Cough* congestion charge? *cough*"

Headington Plan: "@OxfordshireCC must get a grip on roadworks; system is so fragile, one little thing throws it all out of kilter."

While Orange Grove has a more innovative solution:

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Striking teachers march through Oxford

Teachers in Oxford have marched through the city today during a one-day strike over cuts to budgets, pay and workloads - as well as wider concerns about the direction of education policy.

But education secretary Nicky Morgan criticised the strike, saying it would "harm children's education", inconvenience parents and "damage the profession's reputation in the eyes of the public".

Members of the NUT marched through the city with a range of concerns

Izzy Taylor off to the Rio Olympics

Forced-labour victim paid £5 a day

Nicholas Iliff was forced to clean up dog mess and tie the shoelaces of his captors in Oxford.  

Christopher Joyce threatens a man with a broom
Thames Valley Police

Three people from the same family are convicted of making a "vulnerable" man carry out forced labour for up to five years.

Christopher Joyce threatens a man with a broom

Forced-labour victim paid £5 a day

Three people from the same family are convicted of making a "vulnerable" man carry out forced labour for up to five years.

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'Foreign tourist' influx baffles village

Locals have no idea why the quiet suburb, about five miles north of Oxford, has become a tourist magnet.  

Sightseers in people's front gardens
Janis Harwood

Residents of an Oxfordshire village are baffled by the weekly appearance of "coach loads" of tourists in their road.

Sightseers in people's front gardens

'Foreign tourist' influx baffles village

Residents of an Oxfordshire village are baffled by the weekly appearance of "coach loads" of tourists in their road.

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Jordan Bowery

Leyton Orient sign former Aston Villa and Oxford United striker Jordan Bowery on a two-year contract.

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Forced labour convictions

Police released CCTV footage from outside the Joyce's home showing the treatment Nicholas Iliff suffered at their hands.

Oxford trio guilty of forcing man to do labour

Travellers convicted of making man do forced labour

Three people from a travellers' site in Oxford have been found guilty of making a man carry out forced or compulsory labour.

Christopher Joyce, 81, and his daughters Mary Joyce, 60, and Helen Collins, 45, all of Redbridge Hollow, Old Abingdon Road, were convicted after a trial at Oxford Crown Court.

The police raid
Alex Skennerton

The charge related to Nicholas Iliff, who lived with them since the 1980s.

Previously they were all convicted of a conspiracy to defraud him of his benefits.

Oxford hospitals 'will recruit' more staff from Europe

Hospital staff in Oxford will continue to be recruited from the European Union despite the EU referendum.

Oxford University Hospitals Trust says it's recruiting another 70 nurses from Spain.

It has moved to reassure staff and patients about "our ability to recruit and retain staff".

Man wanted

Henry Williams
Thames Valley Police

Henry Williams also known as Henry Butler, aged 24, failed to attend approved accommodation on his release from prison and has not been sighted since.

Williams was last seen on Tuesday 7 June in Banbury.

If you have any information please contact the Thames Valley Police Enquiry Centre on 101 quoting URN 1211 07/06/16.

Call to ban junk food ads on TV before 9pm watershed

The charity Cancer Research UK is today launching a campaign against junk food TV ads.

It says the rise in childhood obesity is a huge concern and a growing epidemic, and it's "clear the restrictions already in place during children’s TV shows aren’t enough".

Campaigners say children are encouraged to eat unhealthily by advertising

Fire in Henley reported

Hart Street in the town has been cordoned off by police as the fire service tackles blaze reportedly in a restaurant.

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BreakingJunior doctors reject new contract

Junior doctors and medical students across England have voted to reject the government's proposed new contract.

It's lunchtime. Here's a piece of calm

Thanks to Pauline Massey for this lovely shot from Iffley. 

We love to feature your photos of Oxfordshire, please send them into us here.

Iffley, Oxfordshire, by reader Pauline Massey
Pauline Massey

Teachers' strike: Views from the school gate

We spoke to parents at Phil and Jim Primary School in Jericho, Oxford this morning to gauge their views on the teachers' strike today.

I think they should strike if they have issues. It's their way of pointing out their issues, isn't it?

I do think they have phenomenal workloads and they are not getting paid enough for what they're doing.

Prison van fire

The M40 London-bound is blocked between J5 A40 (Stokenchurch) and J4 High Wycombe due to a prison transport van fire.

 All traffic has been stopped since just after 11:00

You're never too old to get a tattoo

It's not just octogenarian film stars such as Dame Judi Dench getting tattoos these days... we spoke to 83-year-old Anne Parham from Abingdon about why she decided to get a giraffe inked. 

She's become a social media hit for the Acreedo tattoo parlour in the town

Anne Parham from Abindon shows off her little giraffe
Acreedo Abingdon
Anne Parham from Abindon shows off her little giraffe

I'm giraffe mad, it was the obvious thing to have done. Two years ago I had a bad accident falling down the stairs and was stuck indoors for 18 months. I thought, when I can get out on my own I am going to do something extreme. My idea was to have a tattoo.

Anne Parham

Conservative leadership race: Where do Oxfordshire's Tory MPs stand?

As Victoria Prentis comes out in support of Theresa May, here's how our Conservative MPs are expected to vote in the leadership ballot:

  • Nicola Blackwood (Oxford West and Abingdon): Theresa May
  • John Howell (Henley): Theresa May
  • Victoria Prentis (Banbury): Theresa May
  • Ed Vaizey (Wantage): Michael Gove

There is of course one more Conservative MP who is yet to declare. But Witney MP David Cameron is yet to reveal who he's supporting.

Conservative leadership race: Banbury MP backs Theresa May

Banbury MP Victoria Prentis has declared her support for Theresa May as the new leader of the Conservative Party.

Victoria Prentis
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Victoria Prentis

Her declaration comes as Tory MPs begin the process of choosing the next prime minister today.

Theresa May goes in to the ballot with a lead among Tory MPs.

But energy minister Andrea Leadsom, who won Boris Johnson's backing on Monday, Michael Gove, Stephen Crabb and Liam Fox also hope to succeed Witney MP David Cameron.

BreakingTravel latest: Prison van fire blocks M40

The M40 is blocked and traffic is building London-bound between junction 5 for Stokenchurch and junction 4 for the A404 near High Wycombe.

It's reported that a prison transport van has caught fire.  

Teachers' strike: NUT warns of school budget cuts to come

Gawain Little from the NUT has been telling BBC Radio Oxford staff are worried about the future of schools, with cuts of "hundreds of thousands of pounds" to come next year. 

They're not going to be able to find that money anywhere else, so that will mean cuts to teachers, support staff and children's education.

Gawain LittleNational Union of Teachers

Number of babies born dependent on drugs revealed

Almost 100 babies have been born in Oxfordshire in the last five years dependent on drugs their mother took while pregnant.

A baby in an incubator
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A BBC investigation showed about one in 500 babies were born with neonatal abstinence syndrome.

It's caused by women taking legal and illegal drugs while pregnant, but health experts say it is a declining trend.

Informative and environmentally friendly #miconabike

Pedestrian hit by lorry on A40 dies

Emergency services at the scene of the A40 crash
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The A40 was closed after the crash involving a lorry in the early hours of this morning

Next of kin have been told.

Emergency services at the scene of the A40 crash

Pedestrian hit by lorry on A40 dies

A pedestrian has died after an incident with a lorry on the A40 Northern Bypass in the early hours.

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BreakingTeachers' strike: Full list of schools affected

More than 30 schools in Oxfordshire will be affected by the teachers' strike.

The county council has a full list of schools which will close or partially close throughout the day.

More than 1,000 teachers to strike in Oxfordshire

More than 1,000 teachers in Oxfordshire are expected to go on strike today in a dispute over school funding.

Teachers are staging a one-day strike over school funding
Reuters

Members of the National Union of Teachers are staging a one-day walkout, saying school budgets were not keeping pace with rising costs.

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan said the strike was "unnecessary" and "harmful".  

Travel update: Delays on the A420, A34 and in Carterton

Al Ryan

BBC Oxford travel presenter

A number of issues on the roads this morning: 

  • Expect lengthy delays on the A420 London Road - temporary traffic lights at the junction of Headley Way causing problems, with congestion now stretching back to Headington shops
  • Carterton: Reports that the four-way traffic lights are out of action at the junction of Upavon Way and Burford Road
  • A34 southbound: Traffic heavy from junction 9 to Weston on the Green, then from Botley to Hinksey

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.

BreakingMan dies after crash with lorry on the A40

A man has died after being hit by a lorry on one of the main routes into Oxford

Emergency services were called to an incident involving a male pedestrian and a heavy goods vehicle at about 03:30 on the eastbound carriageway. 

The man, who has not been named, died at the scene. 

Police say his next of kin have been informed. An investigation is under way and an appeal for witnesses has been made.

Travel latest: Delays after overnight crash on A40

Al Ryan

BBC Oxford travel presenter

The A40 Northern Bypass has reopened after a pedestrian was killed in a crash involving a lorry shut the main route into Oxford.

Emergency services at the scene of the crash, which happened at about 03:50
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Emergency services at the scene of the crash, which happened at about 03:50

The key route into the city was shut eastbound between the Cutteslowe and Headington roundabouts, and westbound between Headington roundabout and the Marston flyover.

Drivers are being warned of delays in the area, and there are knock-on effects to traffic on the Eastern Bypass between the Cowley junction and Littlemore roundabout.

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