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Travel latest: Congestion into Henley

BBC Travel

There's very slow traffic on A4130 White Hill into town in Henley-On-Thames between the Remenham Church Lane junction and the A4155 Duke Street junction.

Weather: Dry and mild tonight, some sunny spells tomorrow

BBC Weather

It will be a dry and fine evening with some hazy sunshine and light winds across the county. During the night cloud will increase, although there will still be a few clear spells in places but it will be a milder night for all, with lows of 13°C (55°F). 

Tomorrow will then be a cloudier day, although some bright or sunny spells are likely and it will continue to feel warm. 

Sunny Eynsham, by BBC Weather Watcher 'OX29MARK'
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Sunny Eynsham, by BBC Weather Watcher 'OX29MARK'

National League fixtures revealed for Oxford City and Brackley

Robyn Cowen

Presenter, Radio Oxford Sport

Oxford City and Brackley now know their calendar for the upcoming season after the National League fixtures were released earlier this afternoon. 

Brackley will start their National League North campaign at home to Tamworth. 

Meanwhile Oxford City host newly relegated Welling United at Marsh Lane.

Man killed in A40 lorry crash named locally as Jonny Stevens

Oxford Mail

A  man who died following a collision with a lorry on the A40 yesterday has been named locally as Jonny Stevens

Elton John to star on first night of Henley Festival

Henley Festival gets underway this evening, with Sir Elton John the big draw for first-night crowds. 

Sir Elton John
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Sir Elton John

Dame Shirley Bassey and Elvis Costello are among some of the big names to perform over the next five days.

There is s really close atmosphere between the performers and the audience. You don't normally get that intimacy with music festivals. What we have here is really special.

Charlotte JeevesCEO of Henley Festival

Oxford United break season ticket record

Oxford United have broken their record for the number of season tickets sold at the Kassam Stadium, a month before the new season starts.

Kassam Stadium
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The club said this afternoon season ticket number 4,346 was sold, beating the previous record at the Kassam set in 2011/12.

The buzz and spirit around the club is palpable and everyone is looking forward to the new season with great optimism. It’s great to see so many United fans embracing the new era of the club and I’ve no doubt they will back the team brilliantly again this season.

Greig Box TurnbullManaging director, Oxford United FC

Cameron 'to remain neutral' in Tory contest

BBC Oxford's Bethan Phillips has learned that David Cameron will not be picking sides in the race to appoint his successor. 

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Budgie smugglers among OED word updates

'Budgie smugglers' is an Australian term to describe tight-fitting swimming trunks
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'Budgie smugglers' is an Australian term to describe tight-fitting swimming trunks

"Budgie smugglers" is an Australian term used since the 1990s that refers to a pair of tight men's swimming trunks.  

Tight swimming trunks

Budgie smugglers among OED word updates

More than 1,000 new words make latest update to the dictionary, including the likes of "bovver", made famous by comedian Catherine Tate.

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Campaigners demand answers on Townlands Hospital delays

Chris Brown

BBC News

Campaigners are demanding answers over the future of a care unit at Henley's new Townlands Hospital after its opening was delayed for a fourth time.

The hospital
BBC

No-one has applied to be clinical lead of the rapid access care unit - which will provide services such as transfusions - at the new £10m hospital which opened in March,

Oxford Health NHS Trust blamed a shortage of specialised consultants.

Campaigners called for the NHS to be "more open" about its plans.

Sightseers in people's front gardens

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

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Budgie smugglers and bovvered make Oxford English Dictionary update

Budgie smugglers, glamping and listicles are some of the more eye-catching new entries to the Oxford English Dictionary (OED)

Catherine Tate made 'bovver' famous thanks to her teenage character Lauren
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Catherine Tate made 'bovver' famous thanks to her teenage character Lauren

The new update also includes bovver, made famous by comedian Catherine Tate. 

A number of internet slang acronyms such as FWIW and ICYMI have also made the new list. 

They are some of the more than 1,000 new words and senses, and nearly 2,000 fully revised or expanded entries. 

Brexit clash Labour councillor will no face disciplinary action

A Labour councillor who clashed with security at Oxford Town Hall during the EU referendum count will not face disciplinary action from his party.

Barton and Sandhills councillor Mike Rowley was ejected by police at about 00:30 BST after being restrained when he tried to enter the venue.

Mike Rowley
BBC

Mr Rowley grappled with door staff for several minutes and shouted: "I am an elected member of this chamber."

He has now said he feels "very apologetic" about the incident.

Call for online transparency on funeral costs

An Oxfordshire funeral director says bereaved families are being "systematically ripped off" by companies which do not publish their prices online.

Funeral
BBC

Lucy Coulbert, from the Individual Funeral Company, has signed up to the Fair Funerals campaign.

She says funeral companies should be transparent about their prices before people enter their offices.

Not having prices online is a really good way for them to get you into your office. When you are in their office, it's very hard to walk away. Because people are bereaved they don't really understand the charges and they just sign for things.

Lucy Coulbert

Chilcot inquiry: 'We need to move on'

An Iraq war veteran who was based in Oxfordshire says it's important the Chilcot inquiry report draws a line under the conflict.  

Sir John Chilcot
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Sir John Chilcot

Mark Holland served in Iraq with 4 Regiment Royal Logistics Core based in Abingdon.

He called for the nation to "move on" as the the long-awaited report into the war in Iraq was published.

We need to help people who have lost relatives there, who have been injured. There's not point leaving this hanging over people's heads any more. We need to move on.

Mark Holland

Man rescued after falling 20ft out of tree during night

Firefighters, a police helicopter and paramedics were called out in the middle of the night to rescue a man who fell out of a tree. 

Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service was called at 00:45 BST to a wooded area in the village of Woodcote, near Goring.

A generic tree
BBC

The man reportedly became stuck after falling about 20ft but was freed by 02:30 BST.

A helicopter from the National Police Air Service provided lighting to guide the rescue crews to safety.

Campaigners demand answers over Townlands Hospital delays

Campaigners are demanding answers over the future of a care unit at Henley's Townlands Hospital. 

Townlands Hospital
NHS

The rapid access care unit's opening has been delayed again as there have been no applications for the clinical lead role. 

The new hospital which opened in March was due to include the unit to provide services such as transfusions and antibiotic treatments.

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust is blaming a national shortage of specialised consultants. 

Pictures released of Henley fire

Firefighters have been telling how they tackled yesterday's fire at a commercial building in Henley town centre in temperatures recorded over 1,300 degrees centigrade at ceiling height.

Four fire engines were dispatched from Oxfordshire County Council Fire and Rescue Service supported by Buckinghamshire and Berkshire Fire and Rescue Services. 

Gas cylinders, which could've exploded in the blaze, were found quickly and the fire didn't spread to neighbouring properties.

Firefighters
Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service
Firefighters
Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service

Traffic latest

Al Ryan

BBC Oxford travel presenter

  • Delays of 18-20 mins on the A420 London Rd through temporary traffic lights at the Headley Way junction. Congestion back to Headington shops

  •  A34 Northbound - slow from Abingdon North to Hinksey

  • Delays of 15 minutes on the A40 in both directions through the roadworks at Wolvercote and Cutteslow and along Sunderland Avenue.

Sun rise

Elton John's missed a lovely sunrise in Henley this morning...

Henley
Julia Wootton

And in Henley

It's festival time of course. BBC Oxford's Phil Mercer has beaten the crowds and is there now. Question is, can he sneak a peak of Elton's dressing room?

Reporting from @henleyfestival as it prepares for @eltonofficial tonight. They are nearly done! @BBCOxford

Reporting from @henleyfestival as it prepares for @eltonofficial tonight. They are nearly done! @BBCOxford

Kidlington mystery

Of course the biggest question facing us today is not whether we should have gone to war in Iraq, or is it who will be next prime minister.

No, it's why are coachloads of tourists turning up to see an apparently innocuous part of Kidlington a few times a week? 

Here at BBC Oxford we're determined to uncover the case. Let us know via emailFacebook or Twitter.

Tourists in Kidlington
Janis Harwood

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Here's a lovely picture of Abingdon's Abbey Gardens to start the day. Thank you Tim Buckle!

Abbey Gardens
Tim Buckle