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Suspected murder victim's picture released by police

A picture of a man thought to have been murdered in Oxford has been released by police.

Jack Phipps
Thames Valley Police

Jack Phipps, 53, was admitted to hospital on 22 June after an incident in Harefields in north Oxford. He died from his injuries on 1 July.

Police have carried out a post-mortem examination but are still continuing to establish the cause of death.

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

Men in suits seen fighting in Henley-on-Thames

At about 02:15 on 30 June four men were seen fighting outside Istanbul Kebab House in Greys Road, Henley-on-Thames.

All four white, were wearing suits and were aged between 20 and 22.

Four arrests have been made.

PC Craig Perry, based at Abingdon police station, said: “I would like to talk to anyone who may have any information which they think could help our investigation into this incident."

BreakingDidcot Power Station collapse: Demolition letters sent to residents

The owner of the Didcot Power Station site has said letters have been sent to local residents today explaining that the building is being prepared for demolition.

Didcot Power Station
Thames Valley Police

An RWE Npower spokeswoman said: “The time taken to recover the Cresswell, Huxtable and Shaw families’ loved ones has been deeply upsetting, but removing the remaining building means we can now resume the recovery operation. 

"Further information on the exact timing will be made public 48 hours before the controlled explosive demolition.”

Cameron's final PMQs on Wednesday

David Cameron
BBC

In a hastily-announced statement outside Number 10, the PM said he was delighted Theresa May would be the next Tory leader. He said he would take part in his final Prime Minister's Questions on Wednesday.

"After that I expect to travel to the Palace," he said, with his replacement expected to be in place by that evening.

BreakingNew PM by Wednesday evening - Cameron

There will be a new prime minister by Wednesday evening, David Cameron has just said in a statement outside Downing Street.  

Abbey Meadow pool

An outdoor swimming pool that was at risk of closure will be completely replaced, the council announces.

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Lib Dems fear for Erasmus scheme after Brexit

Liberal Democrats in Oxford say a scheme that's helped student's at Oxford's two universities study in Europe is at risk because of last month's EU Referendum result. 

A student abroad
Thinkstock

Erasmus allows young people to study abroad and benefit from free tuition along with a grant. 

The party fears last month's Brexit vote could put the UK's involvement at risk, and a petition's now been launched calling for the scheme to be protected in Brexit negotiations.

Oxfordshire Comet aims to fill gap left by bus subsidy cuts

A pilot not-for-profit bus service to fill the gap left by cuts to bus subsidies has been launched by the county council. 

One of the Oxfordshire Comet vehicles is unveiled
BBC
One of the Oxfordshire Comet vehicles is unveiled

The Oxfordshire Comet can be booked and paid for over the phone for those without suitable public transport. 

The service will run between 10:15 and 14:30 Monday to Friday, and costs from £3.50 for a five-mile journey. 

Council-owned vehicles that normally take children to school and adults to day care centres will be used.

Police release picture of wanted man

Thames Valley Police has released a picture of a man who has broken the terms of his release from prison.

Michael Foster, 30, is white, 6ft 5ins, with short straight fair hair and with tattoos on both arms and wrists He's known to frequent the Banbury area and is also wanted in connection with an assault, and the theft of a motor vehicle in Leamington.    

Michael Foster
BBC

Det Sgt Lee Newman from Banbury Police station said: "He has failed to reside at his approved residence following his release from prison and we would like to speak to him in connection with further offences."

Ed Vaizey: 'Amazing drama' in Tory leader ship race

The Wantage MP had been a Michael Gove supporter last week...

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Crash victim's girlfriend in speed plea

Gavin Roberts
Meg Williamson

Gavin Roberts, 28, died of a brain injury on 15 June, four days after the collision on the A34 near the Compton junction in Oxfordshire.

Megan Williamson's petition calls for the speed limit to be reduced.

Megan Williamson

Crash victim's girlfriend in speed plea

The girlfriend of a man who died on a stretch of road where more than 50 people have been killed or injured in the last five years calls for tougher speed restrictions there.

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O'Dowda tour absence 'due to illness'

Oxford United midfielder Callum O'Dowda
Christopher Lee - The FA

O'Dowda, 21, has recently been linked with a move away from the Kassam Stadium, but has two years left on his contract with the League One club.  

Oxford United midfielder Callum O'Dowda

O'Dowda tour absence 'due to illness'

Oxford United insist "illness" is the reason for winger Callum O'Dowda missing the start of a pre-season tour to Spain.

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'Panini Cheapskates' Ronaldo Moth work ends Euro 2016 sticker challenge

A couple whose "cack-handed" copies of football stickers became an unlikely hit has recreated the moment a moth landed on Cristiano Ronaldo's head in their uniquely "shoddy" fashion.

The moment a moth landed on Ronaldo in the final inspired a last minute addition to his portrait
Panini Cheapskates/Getty
The moment a moth landed on Ronaldo in the final inspired a last minute addition to his portrait

"Panini Cheapskates" Alex and Sian Pratchett hand-drew their own versions of the official Euro 2016 stickers.

And when a moth landed on the Ronaldo's head during the final, the pair created a tribute in Microsoft Paint.

The result was "a good indication of the quality of the game", they said.

Oxford United: Appleton stays on recruitment drive

Jerome Sale

BBC South Today

After Kemar Roofe joined Leeds and Jake Wright joined Sheffield Utd, Oxford United boss Michael Appleton remains on a recruitment drive. 

Michael Appleton
Rex Features
Michael Appleton

He's told me it's entirely possible two or even three new signings could sign and then head out to Spain this week.

Oxford United: O'Dowda absence blamed on illness

Oxford United insist illness is behind Callum O'Dowda's absence from the start of their pre-season tour to Spain.

Callum O'Dowda
Getty Images
Callum O'Dowda

The Republic of Ireland winger missed the plane to La Cala near Malaga, where the U's will be based for the next five days.

It hasn't helped dampen down transfer speculation surrounding the 21-year-old, but the club say they remain hopeful he will be able to fly out later this week.

Truck Festival sold out

This year's Truck Festival, which has expanded to three days this year, has sold out, its organisers have said.

Catfish and The Bottlemen, Manic Street Preachers (pictured), and Kodaline are among the acts playing the event in Steventon this weekend.

James Dean Bradfield
PA

BBC Introducing in Oxford will be live from the festival on Saturday from 20:00.

Panini pair honour Ronaldo moth moment

Ronaldo moth sticker
PANINICHEAPSKATES / GETTY

The result was "a good indication of the quality of the game", they said.  

Ronaldo moth sticker

Panini pair honour Ronaldo moth moment

A couple whose "cack-handed" football stickers became an unlikely hit pay tribute to the moment a moth landed on Cristiano Ronaldo's head.

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Listen: 'We are not hear to entertain you'

A play performed by women who've fled Syria as refugees, The Queens of Syria, opens in Oxford tonight. 

Marilyn Rust reports on the play Queens of Syria, which has just opened in London.

Queens of Syria arrive in Oxford

A play performed by women who've fled Syria as refugees arrives in Oxford tonight.

Queens of Syria is starting a UK tour after its sold-out run at the Young Vic in London
Deema Dabis
Queens of Syria is starting a UK tour after its sold-out run at the Young Vic in London

The Queens of Syria is an adaptation of Euripides' anti-war play The Trojan War.

It sees the 13 women blending their own experiences with the ancient Greek text.

Motorcyclist injured in crash near Henley

Police are appealing for witnesses after a motorcyclist was seriously injured in a collision near Henley-on-Thames at the weekend.

Three vehicles were involved in the collision on the A4130 at Gangsdown Hill, Nuffield, at about 16:45 on Saturday.

The 51-year-old rider of a motorcycle suffered serious multiple injuries and is at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.

Meanwhile, in Witney...

A swarm of bees sparked panic across a Witney shopping centre park at the weekend, the Witney Gazette has reported.

The hive came out of nowhere as spooked shoppers ran for cover outside Waitrose in the Woolgate Centre.

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Moth of the Day: Why flying insects invaded Euro 2016 final

We've been hearing from Natural History Museum entomologist Stuart Hine, about the invasion of moths into the Euro 2016 final in Paris last night.

Thousands of the Silver Y moths descended on the Stade de France during the match.

A Silver Y moth flutters past Cristiano Ronaldo in the Stade de France last night
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A Silver Y moth flutters past Cristiano Ronaldo in the Stade de France last night

The Silver Y is migratory moth from North Africa, and they would have been attracted by the stadium lights. Once they came down they got trapped and the numbers built up. They will disperse though, as there's nothing for them to feed on in the stadium.

Stuart HineNatural History Museum entomologist

Oxford United: Nice day for a bit of pre-season training

Appealing to find missing Witney man

Police is appealing for help in tracing a Witney man missing since Saturday night. 

Thomas Samsworth
Thames Valley Police
Thomas Samsworth

Thomas Samsworth, 31, was last seen on foot at about 23:35 on Farmoor Road in Farmoor, Oxford. 

He's described as white, 5ft 10in tall, with a heavy build, brown shaved hair. He was last seen wearing a black T-shirt, and high-vis reflective work trousers.

Oxford United train in Spain

Gavin was 'a true gentleman'

Gavin Roberts was originally from Australia but had recently moved to Swindon where he worked for Network Rail.

His brother spoke to BBC Radio Oxford this morning, describing him as a true gentleman who made time for everybody.

Brendan Tuck has visited the scene of the crash on the A34, and called for new speed restrictions and safety measures such as speed cameras to be implemented in the area near Compton.

If you met him for five minutes you just wanted to be his mate. If you met him for more than five minutes he became a brother.

Brendan TuckBrother of Gavin Roberts

Grieving family call for A34 safety measures

The family of man killed on the A34 last month is now calling for the speed limit on the stretch through Oxfordshire to be reduced to 50mph and for more robust barriers to be put in.  

Gavin Roberts
Meg Williamson
Gavin Roberts

Gavin Roberts, 28, died when another a vehicle came through the central reservation and hit his car.  

In the past five years there have been 56 closures on the road after someone's been injured or died.

A petition calling for more safety measures has generated more than 600 signatures.

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