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That's all from Oxfordshire Live for today

Enjoy a great weekend - we'll be back from 08:00 on Monday with all the latest, news, views, pictures and video from around the county.

See you then.

Tim Buckle

'Right now tomorrow's looking bright'

It should be safe to dance the night away at the Cornbury festival, with any showers not expected until tomorrow morning.

The warm and humid weather continues into the weekend with temperatures rising to 20°C (68°F) on Saturday.

There's a chance of showers on Saturday night and into Sunday, but many places will stay dry.


'Don't turn Oxford into a fairground'

Debbie Dance from the Oxford Preservation Trust has been telling David Prever about the plan for a giant ferris wheel in Oxford.

She fears the so-called 'Oxford Eye' could ruin views of the famous dreaming spires.

But Lorraine Lindsay-Gale, Oxfordshire County Council's cabinet member for culture, said the goal was to "reach out to all parts of the world" to promote Oxfordshire.  

London Eye

Travel latest: accident on the A34 south of Didcot

Long delays are reported on the southbound A34 because of an accident at the West Ilsley turn-off.

One lane is blocked.

A portrait of the artist

Oxford PR agency worker Steve Monk Chipman has entered a competition to find the best Vincent Van Gogh lookalike in the world.

The winner gets to have their head sculpted in bronze as well as a sizeable cheque.

Steve has been telling Alex Lester about the project.

Snippet of my @BBCOxford chat with @alexthedarklord about #iamvincent Full version:

Van Gogh
Collection Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, The Hague

BreakingPolice name 'murder victim'

Police have named the victim of an alleged murder in Oxford as 53-year-old local man Jack Phipps.

He is thought to have been injured in the Harefield area on 21 June and died on 1 July.

Detectives say the cause of Mr Phipps' death is still unknown.

A 48-year-old man from Oxford was arrested on Wednesday on suspicion of murder and is still in custody.

Travel latest: congestion on A34 near Oxford

The A34 Western By-Pass in Oxford is partially blocked by a broken-down caravan.

There are long delays northbound stretching from the Botley Interchange back to Abingdon North.  

Don't stop the carnival!

Cornbury 2016 is up and running - and BBC Radio Oxford has a live performance from Jamie Cullum this evening.

Here are the latest pictures from our gallery.

festival 1

Travel latest: broken-down vehicle in Oxford

BBC Travel

A lane is blocked in Oxford on Banbury Road northbound at the junction Oxford parkway and Water Eaton park and ride.

Traffic cameras show the cause is a broken-down vehicle.

News headlines: Oxford eyes tourism boost

  • A ferris wheel, dubbed the "Oxford Eye", is being proposed to attract visitors to the city
  • A pedestrian in his 90s has been seriously injured in a collision with a cyclist in Oxford
  • Workers from Thames Water are travelling to Malawi to help improve water access for people in rural areas

In these shoes?

BBC Radio Oxford is live from the Cornbury festival this weekend, starting at 19:00 this evening with a performance from Jamie Cullum.

You can see our latest festival pictures here - we'll add to the gallery throughout the weekend.

Cornbury festival

Weather: sunny spells this afternoon, some rain this weekend

Dan Downs, Weather Forecaster

It remains warm and humid for the rest of the day and into the weekend.

The main risk of rain is on Saturday night and into Sunday, as low pressure moves in from the west.

Dan Downs gives the weather forecast for Oxfordshire this weekend

Pedestrian seriously injured by cyclist

Police in Oxford have said a man aged in his nineties was seriously injured by a cyclist at about 09:00 on Monday.

The pedestrian was taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital where his condition is stable. The cyclist was not hurt.

Detectives have appealed for witnesses who saw the accident at the junction of Marston Ferry Road and Banbury Road to contact them.

The irresistible allure of Kidlington

Keegan Wilson, senior press officer at the Ordnance Survey, has contacted the BBC about the mystery of coach-loads of tourists turning up in Kidlington and taking selfies in the street.

He says OS records reveal that the village is "as good as any other part of Great Britain", with a long list of attractions:

  • Pubs bars and Inns – 7
  • War memorial – 1
  • Playgrounds – 9
  • Library – 1

Mystery solved!


Oxford aspires to greater heights

An 'Oxford Eye' is part of plans to boost tourism in the county, a leading councillor has confirmed.

Lorraine Lindsay-Gale, Oxfordshire County Council's cabinet member for culture, said the goal was to "reach out to all parts of the world" to promote the county.

The idea is contained in proposals by the Local Enterprise Partnership to be published on Monday.

ferris wheel

CCTV released after purse snatch

Police in Banbury have said a "vulnerable female" had her purse stolen from her handbag on Friday 24 June.

It happened at about 09:30 in Aldi in Beaumont Road.

Detectives said CCTV captured images of a man and woman who may have vital information.

purse theft suspects
Thames Valley Police

Tape Face: In his own words

He doesn't speak...much.

But Sam Wills has been telling Kat Orman about his hilarious mime, which you can see at the Henley Festival on Sunday.

Sam Wills
Gag reflex

I've moved on from eating light bulbs

Tape Face

Seven marathons in four days

Tomorrow, Catherine Duff will start to run the entire 184-mile-long Thames Path in four days. 

The Abingdon teacher is raising money for the Clwyd Special Riding Centre, set up by her mother and brother, which helps hundreds of people with special needs.

She told Kat Orman about how riding helps children with disabilities.  

Hope you all enjoyed the chat with @KatOrman on @BBCOxford - listen again online if you missed it #CSRCrun

It's an incredible therapy... it's a child sitting on a horse, and that day is able to say a word or is able to hold their head up for the first time that week.

Catherine Duff

Traffic latest: Overturned car on the A34

Highways England says it could take until 13:45 to clear the accident on the A34 southbound at Oxford, near South Hinksey golf course.

The agency says traffic should return to normal by 14:45.

A34 southbound between A420 and A423/A4183 near Kennington (north) | Overturned Vehicle

The sun has got his hat on

It's brightening up for the Cornbury Festival - hats and sun cream may be the order of the day.

The weekend isn't looking too bad either - check out the latest weather forecast here.

And don't forget that BBC Radio Oxford is live from the festival at 19:00.

Weather pic

Travel latest: Mile-long queue on the A34

The A34 southbound is blocked at Oxford near the South Hinksey golf course.

It's now reported that a car has hit the central reservation and overturned on the southbound side, causing a mile-long tailback.

There are also queues northbound.

News headlines: High security at Silverstone

  • Extra security measures have been put in place for this weekend's Grand Prix at Silverstone
  • A panel has dismissed a police officer based in Bicester for subjecting his wife to domestic abuse
  • The mystery surrounding coach-loads of tourists turning up in Kidlington still hasn't been solved 

Travel latest: Accident on the A34

An accident is causing delays on the A34 in Oxford between Hinksey Hill and the South Hinksey golf course turn-off.

It's on the northbound side but southbound traffic is also slowing down to take a look.

Catch up with Cornbury 2016

Three days of live music at Cornbury Festival starts later.

All Saints, Seal, and Bryan Ferry will be making appearances at Great Tew Park.

There's live coverage across the weekend on BBC Radio Oxford - starting tonight at 7pm with a performance by Jamie Cullum.

Cornbury music festival

Men jailed for child sex exploitation

Two men have been jailed for raping and sexually exploiting a girl in Oxford.

Salik Miah, 34, of Ferry Hinksey Road, and Azad Miah, aged 37, of Riverside Court, were sentenced to 11 years and 12 years, respectively.

Salik Miah and Azad Miah

The lost Olympian

Frederick Kelly was a 1908 Olympic gold medallist who gave up competitive rowing to become a composer and concert pianist.

He fought and died in the First World War at the Battle of the Somme.

Jon Cooksey is giving a talk about Frederick Kelly in Henley tomorrow.

The military historian told Howard Bentham about Frederick Kelly's moving war diary.  

Frederick Kelly
Leander club

He makes men like me feel like lesser men...he was composing music in the trenches on the Western Front.

Jon Cookseymilitary historian

Wantage MP Ed Vaizey backs May

So sorry to see @Gove2016 out of contest. Will now be supporting @TheresaMay2016 as the best PM and person to bring us together

Happy campers

Our reporter Phil has found a nice place to relax at Silverstone.

These guys from Nottingham have got themselves sorted for the #Silverstone weekend @BBCOxford


'London Eye' plan for Oxford

Oxford Mail

Could a giant ferris wheel come to Oxford?

The Oxford Mail reports that the city's Local Enterprise Partnership will publish plans on Monday for an 'Oxford Eye'.

London Eye

The Mail says a viewing tower and a tethered hot-air balloon are proposed as alternatives.

But city council leader Bob Price is quoted as saying, "I'm not sure it would be feasible".

How fast can you put up a tent?

F1 fans arrive at Silverstone

More than 330,000 Formula One fans will head to Silverstone for this weekend's British Grand Prix.

Traffic is already building up around the circuit as early campers arrive.


Fish and chip shop owner makes customer photo album

A fish and chip shop owner in Oxford has been taking pictures of his customers to create a special photo album.

Kazem Hakimi has been taking photos of his customers for the last two years.

Kazem Hakimi, who works on the Iffley Road, started his OX4 project to create a "tapestry" of the interesting characters he serves. 

He said he takes only takes a maximum of one minute to take the pictures "otherwise my food will burn".

Weather: cloudy at first, some brightness later

Dan Downs, Weather Forecaster

It's a mild and humid start, with temperatures already in the mid-teens.

As the cloud clears to the east, there will be sunny spells taking tempeatures as high as 23C (73F).

Dan Downs

Tonight will be mild and humid again, with some drizzle by dawn

News Headlines: Heart unit under scrutiny

  • The John Radcliffe's specialist heart service is to be monitored by NHS England as part of efforts to drive up standards.
  • Extra security measures have been put in place for this weekend's Grand Prix at Silverstone.
  • In Sport, Oxford United players train at Bisham Abbey this morning before their first pre-season friendly tomorrow at Solihull. 

Travel news: Congestion on A40

BBC Travel

There is queueing traffic on the A40 in both directions in Oxford at the Wolvercote roundabout.

Roadworks are affecting Cassington Traffic Lights, Marston and the A44 Woodstock Road.

The delays on the A40 are about 15 minutes in both directions.

Red Arrows soar over Woodstock

The Red Arrows have been spotted soaring in the skies above Oxfordshire. This video was shot in Woodstock by Rachel Fielder.

The Red Arrows flying over Woodstock

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