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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.

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Weather: Mainly dry and warm night

BBC Weather Watchers

Most places will be dry with variable amounts of cloud during the evening. It will be a relatively warm in light south-westerly winds with a chance of some rain arriving from the west by dawn. Lows of 13°C (55°F).

Friday will be a rather cloudy day with showery rain, some perhaps occasionally heavy.

Sunshine and cloud in the skies above Thame, by Weather Watcher 'peteroz'
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Sunshine and cloud in the skies above Thame, by Weather Watcher 'peteroz'

Survey aims to improve gender equality in racing

Ways of increasing the number of women involved in horse racing are being looked at by academics at Oxford Brookes University

Hayley Turner is the first female jockey to ride 100 winners in a year, achieved in 2008
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Hayley Turner is the first female jockey to ride 100 winners in a year, achieved in 2008

They're launching an anonymous survey aimed at people working across the industry. 

Sally Rowley-Williams from Women in Racing says she expects it will prove women are under-represented.

Collision near Bicester Lidl store

Why are coach loads of tourists visiting Kidlington?

Mystery surrounds tourist influx to a village in Oxfordshire
Why are coachloads of tourists visiting a village in Oxfordshire?

Group after group of foreign sightseers have been seen posing for photos in the front gardens of the village of Kidlington.

It began as a minor mystery baffling the people living in the obscure Oxfordshire village, but now it's something puzzling the entire nation. 

For the World at One, reporter Phil Mercer went to investigate.

(Photo: Chinese tourists looking at a garden in Kidlington   Credit: Janis Harwood.)

Fears over wildlife impact of new Didcot road

Residents of a Didcot housing estate are concerned a woodland area could be destroyed due to a new road. 

Badger
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It's hoped the £12.5m project, by the Lady Grove estate, will ease traffic around the town. 

But some locals say many bats, badgers, birds and deer will die as a result.

Oxford Brookes makes fees pledge to European students

Oxford Brookes University says students from the European Union starting courses in 2017/18 will pay the same fees as UK students for the duration of their course.

Oxford Brookes University
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Oxford Brookes University

The university has made the commitment after the referendum vote to leave the EU raised questions over the status of European students.

While we await further information both before and during the negotiations taking place, we felt it was important to reassure EU students who are considering studying at the university. We remain committed to being a university with a tolerant, inclusive and truly international outlook.

Professor Alistair FittVice chancellor, Oxford Brookes University

Travel latest: Accident closes A361

Get up-to-the minute details on this, and the rest of the county's travel news, on the BBC Travel site or follow @BBCOxTravel.

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Revealed: £600m plan to transform Oxford's Osney Mead industrial estate

Oxford Mail

This is what Oxford University hopes Osney Mead industrial estate will look like after its £600m transformation.

Road reopens following £6m revamp

Council says the improvements were needed for the sake of the local economy.

Hagbourne Hill road
Oxfordshire County Council
Hagbourne Hill road

Road reopens following £6m revamp

Works are completed at the Hagbourne Hill road near Oxfordshire's Science Vale.

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Oxford United: Leeds sign star striker Kemar Roofe

Kemar Roofe
Rex Features

Championship side Leeds sign Oxford United forward Kemar Roofe and bring in Swansea midfielder Matt Grimes on loan.

Kemar Roofe

Leeds United sign Roofe and Grimes

Championship side Leeds sign Oxford United forward Kemar Roofe and bring in Swansea midfielder Matt Grimes on loan.

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Kidlington tourists ask to mow resident's lawn

After reports that some tourists have been asking to use residents' toilets, and sitting in their gardens to eat lunch, here's another surprising request.

Resident Nick Allington, 66, says tourists asked one family if they could cut the grass in their garden.

Kidlington, where Asian tourists have been arriving
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It's a mystery that I'm not sure will ever be solved.

Kidlington residents give their theories over tourist mystery

Mystery over why Kidlington has become such a tourist hotspot

Kidlington quotes: What the residents have been saying

Joe Nimmo

BBC News

One gentleman has told me he doesn't know why the groups are so interested in Kidlington, but he's considered setting up a stall to sell cream teas.

He said: "They even took pictures of the dustbins last time they came round."

Journalists are still waiting for tourists to turn up in Kidlington
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Journalists are still waiting for tourists to turn up in Kidlington, including the BBC's esteemed Robert Hall

One family said they have a Chinese student staying with them, but they've told him to stay inside to avoid being mobbed by journalists.

Alaric Rose, 44, from the Moors, said he's seen parties of tourists three of four times over the last month.

"I think it's the cultural differences they're interested in. And it could have something to do with Cherwell district having a sister city in China. It's pretty phenomenal."

Chilcot Report: 'It was such a waste of young lives'

Flight Lieutenant Kristian Gover died in a helicopter accident in Basra in 2004. He was based at RAF Benson in Oxfordshire. 

Toni Thornalley, his sister, was in London yesterday as the Chilcot report into the Iraq war was finally published

She gave us her reaction to the report, and her feelings towards Tony Blair.

Sister of serviceman killed in action is pleased by result of Iraq war inquiry

Roofe 'excited' at new chapter

Kemar Roofe
Reuters

Departing Oxford United midfielder Kemar Roofe has described his move to Leeds United as "an exciting new chapter" for his career.

"I want to thank everyone at Oxford for making my time there so memorable," the 23-year-old told the club's website.

"The chairman, the manager, the players and in particular the fans have been outstanding and it's a club that is always going to mean a lot to me.”

Roofe moves to Elland Road on a four-year deal for a fee believed to be £3m, a club record sale for Oxford.

Roofe exit 'bitter sweet' for U's

Adam Williams

BBC Sport

Oxford United chairman Darryl Eales says Kemar Roofe's move to Leeds United is a "bitter sweet" moment.

Kemar Roofe
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"I'm delighted for Kemar personally," Eales told the club's website.

"He has been a pleasure to work with, consummately professional in everything he does and an outstanding team man. He leaves with our sincere thanks and very best wishes.

"Kemar's transfer is a reflection of the strength of squad we are assembling and our success on the pitch."

Roofe departs U's for Leeds

Adam Williams

BBC Sport

Oxford United midfielder Kemar Roofe has joined Championship club Leeds United in a club record deal believed to be worth £3m.  

Kemar Roofe
Getty Images

Roofe, 23, had two years left on his contract at the Kassam Stadium after joining the club permanently from West Brom last summer.

He scored 26 goals in all competitions as Oxford secured automatic promotion from League Two and a place at Wembley in the Football League Trophy final.

Language barrier

Michelle Young, who lives in The Moors, in Kidlington, says they are no closer to finding the mystery behind the sudden visits to Kidlington.

"A neighbour did try to ask them where they were from but they didn't speak any English and we didn't get very far."

No show so far

Joe Nimmo

BBC News

It's all quiet at the scene here in Kidlington, with no sign of any tour buses or sightseers. 

Everyone I've spoken to has been more amused the annoyed by the groups regularly turning up. And thankfully that attitude also extends to large numbers of reporters and cameramen.

It's certainly a very well-kept area, with smart lawns and gardens, as well as lots of colourful flowers. 

If the tourists were looking for a good example of a suburban English street, they couldn't have done much better.

Media lying in wait for Kidlington tourists

Joe Nimmo

BBC News

If the residents of Kidlington were bemused before, now that half the country's journalists have arrived they must be truly baffled. Many have been driving past, smiling and shaking their heads.

Journalists in Benmead Road, Kidlington
Claire Winlow
Journalists in Kidlington waiting for tourists to arrive
BBC

Kidlington mystery

Meanwhile, local residents have reported some of the new visitors have been making themselves at home. 

One said tourists had knocked on their door asking to use their toilets, while another found visitors sat on benches in their garden eating packed lunches.

Benmead Road
BBC
Benmead Road. Oxfordshire's latest tourist attraction

Meanwhile, Kidlington is still baffled...

Sightseers in people's front gardens
Janis Harwood
Samantha Anderson said the sightseers were seen in people's front gardens

Sightseers in people's front gardens

Theories posed in village tourist mystery

Residents of an Oxfordshire village remain baffled by the weekly appearance of "coach loads" of tourists in their road, while theories abound.

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There's plenty going on this weekend

Including Silverstone, which can now breathe easy because our Danny Cox has arrived...

Arrived at Silverstone with a boot full of kit for the weekend coverage on BBC Radio Oxford.

Arrived at Silverstone with a boot full of kit for the weekend coverage on BBC Radio Oxford.

Unit for parents to be built at hospital

Ronald McDonald House design for John Radcliffe
RMHC / AEW Architects

It replaces a current 17-bed unit.

Ronald McDonald House design for John Radcliffe

Unit for parents to be built at hospital

A new £11m accommodation unit for parents of children being treated at Oxford's John Radcliffe Hospital is to be built.

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And calm...

Thank you Tim Buckle.

Misty start in Sutton Courtenay
Tim Buckle
Misty start in Sutton Courtenay

Travel latest: A34 northbound now open

Al Ryan

BBC Oxford travel presenter

The A34 northbound is now open following the overnight closure between the A4 and M4. 

But one lane will remain closed throughout the day. meaning long delays.

Better news for those travelling south as all lanes on the A34 southbound are now open between East Ilsley and junction 13 of the M4.

Oxford United unveil away kit for new season

Murder arrest over man's death

Thames Valley Police
TVP

Police said the arrested man, who is 48 and also from Oxford, is being held in custody.

Thames Valley Police

Murder arrest over man's death

A man is arrested on suspicion of murder after another man found with injuries in Oxford dies.

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Travel latest: Long delays on the A34

Al Ryan

BBC Oxford travel presenter

There are delays of a whopping 1 hour and 30 minutes on the A34 northbound this morning due to overrunning roadworks between Chieveley and East Ilsley. 

The back of that queue is stretching about seven miles towards Highclere turn-off.

Get up-to-the minute details on this, and the rest of the county's travel news on the BBC Travel site or follow @BBCOxTravel.

Morning

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