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Families 'will suffer' from Thame Tesco rejection

Young families and the elderly will suffer from the decision to reject a Tesco supermarket and petrol station in Thame. 


That's according to the secretary of the campaign group Thame Needs Tesco, Rachel Lester. 

Councillors voted unanimously against the plans for the Kingsmead Business Park on Howland Road.

Callum O'Dowda: Star pens tribute to U's fans

Callum O'Dowda fee could rise to £1.6m

BreakingCallum O'Dowda leaves Oxford United in £1m deal

Callum O'Dowda is leaving Oxford United and joining Championship side Bristol City. 

Callum O'Dowda
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Callum O'Dowda

After the biggest deal in the club's history just last week, when Kemar Roofe was sold, this deal becomes the second biggest for the Us.

O'Dowda, who made his international debut for the Republic of Ireland just before Euro 2016, becomes a million pound player in the process.

We'll have more on the BBC's dedicated Oxford United page shortly.

BreakingPolice make arrest after Jericho assualt

A man has been arrested after an assault in the Jericho area of Oxford, this afternoon. 

Police were called at about 14:00 to a report that a man was assaulted in Walton Street. 

He was taken to the John Radcliffe hospital with leg injuries that are not believed to be life threatening.

Police hunt for Andrezj Sikorski

Police have released a photo of a man from Banbury who is wanted on recall to prison. 

Andrezj Sikorski, 34, a Polish national living in Banbury, was sentenced at Oxford Crown Court on 9 June 2015 to two years in prison for possession with intent to supply class A and B drugs.

Andrezj Sikorski
Thames Valley Police
Andrezj Sikorski

Travel latest: Accident on the A34

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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Call for parking restrictions to stop Iffley Fields becoming a 'park and ride'

Oxford Mail

An unofficial "park and ride" has developed in Iffley Fields due to the lack of parking restrictions, a campaign group has said.

Bishop's best wishes

The Acting Bishop of Oxford, the Rt Revd Colin Fletcher, has been speaking to Radio Oxford to "extend" his congratulations and best wishes to Theresa May as she becomes prime minister.

Mrs May grew up in the Diocese of Oxford where her father, the Revd Hubert Brasier, was first vicar of Enstone with Heythrop and later of Wheatley, where she and her husband were married. As MP for Maidenhead she is also, of course, one of our own constituency MPs.

"I can assure Mrs May of my continued prayers as she takes up office at such a critical time for our country."

For the full interview tune in to BBC Radio Oxford at 08:00 on Sunday.  

Drop-in event to keep track on controversial roadworks

A drop-in event for people to find out how roadworks on and between the Cutteslowe and Wolvercote roundabouts in north Oxford has been arranged.

Traffic approaching the Cutteslowe roundabout

The long-running project, which has seen traffic delays for more than a year in the area, is due to finish in October.

The event is on 20 July at the Jury’s Inn, Wolvercote, between 11:00 and 18:00

Honoured PC showed 'great courage'

Graham Smith, chairman of the Thames Valley Police Federation, has commended PC Garry Dixon for showing "great courage, leadership, tactical and communication skills" that resolved a "very difficult and emotional situation" when he prevented a man setting fire to himself.

"This incident had the potential for all those concerned to have been seriously injured if not worse," he said.

A Thames Valley Police spokesman described how PC Dixon, "in fear for his own life and that of his colleagues, tackled the man to the floor before he had chance to set them all alight". 

Theresa May? I beat her to PM job years ago

Roz (centre) celebrates being PM whilst 'Terri' May smiles on (picture right)
Oxford Times / Bill Radford
Roz (centre) celebrates being PM while 'Terri' May - then Brasier - smiles on (picture right)

Our new PM wasn't such a winner in her Oxfordshire school days it seems. 

Roz (centre) celebrates being PM whilst 'Terri' May smiles on (picture right)

Theresa May? I beat her to PM job years ago

Theresa May tasted leadership defeat at school says the "Liberal Democrat prime minister" who beat "Terri" to the role.

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South Oxfordshire Conservatives proud of 'former local schoolgirl' Theresa May

South Oxfordshire Conservatives have welcomed the appointments of Theresa May and Boris Johnson to their new roles in the government. 

Theresa May
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Chairman Judith Nimmo Smith said: "We are very proud that Theresa May, who went to school in our Parliamentary constituency, in Wheatley, has now become prime minister.  

"We know that with her considerable experience and expertise, she is ideally placed to lead the country through the challenging times ahead in negotiating our exit from the European Union; whilst keeping our United Kingdom together."

Of Mr Johnson she said she wished the former Henley MP well "as he assumes his the challenging role of foreign secretary".

Undiscovered man 'didn't make friends easily'

The niece of an elderly man who was found in a flat in Oxford (pictured) seven months after he died says she was shocked when she was contacted by a company telling her what had happened. 

Thomas Yuill, 82, was discovered last month in Blackbird Leys despite not having paid his rent since November. 

Valerie Hall says she hadn't seen her uncle for more than 30 years, when she got married in 1973.

Oxford flat

He wasn’t a man who made friends easily, he was a very single-minded private person. And people around him, they live their lives.

Man arrested for PCSO assault

A man has been charged after pushing a PCSO who was issuing a parking ticket.

It took place on Broadway in Didcot yesterday at 15:45, with the PCSO receiving minor injuries.

A 51-year-old from Abingdon has been arrested and charged on suspicion of assault on an accredited person, parking a motor vehicle in a disabled persons bay, and using threatening or abusive words likely to cause harm or distress. 

Could Michael pass for Vincent?

Upon hearing about the Van Gogh lookalike competition, Banbury United FC reckons Oxford United's manager should be in the running.

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Michael Appleton
Rex Features

We think they may be onto something.

Pupils ‘took ecstasy’ on sports day

Banbury Guardian

A headteacher has alerted parents after two pupils were excluded for allegedly taking ecstasy in school.

Dr Annabel Kay, head of The Warriner School, said no concrete evidence has been found to prove the girls had taken the drug but police were brought in after other pupils reported the students for taking ecstasy in the toilets on sports day.

Ed Vaizey waiting for news from new prime minister

Wantage MP Ed Vaizey is still waiting to see if he's made the cut and remains part of the new prime minister's ministerial team.

Ed Vaizey
Ed Vaizey

The culture and digital economy minister should be able to take the call from Theresa May, he says. 

I haven't got a clue [about my job]. But nowadays we don't have to stand by our phones. Thanks to my hard work in rolling out mobile signals, wherever you are in Oxfordshire you should be able to take the call.

Ed Vaizey

PC stopped man setting himself on fire

PC Garry Dixo

PC stopped man setting himself on fire

A police officer who tackled a grief-stricken man as he was about to set himself on fire receives an award for bravery.

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Tenants appeal for housing co-op help

They have formed a housing cooperative in Oxford because they are "fed up" with rising rents and unaffordable housing.  

Cooperative member Andrew Edwards says their housing model will ensure rents are kept affordable
Cooperative member Andrew Edwards says their housing model will ensure rents are kept affordable
Cooperative member Andrew Edwards says their housing model will ensure rents are kept affordable

Tenants appeal for housing co-op help

A group of tenants is appealing for public help to buy their first home.

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Thame Tesco superstore turned down

A new Tesco superstore has been unanimously rejected by councillors in south Oxfordshire. 

The proposed supermarket at Kingsmead Business Park on Howland Road (pictured) in Thame split opinion with petitions both for and against it, and with more than 1,200 letters sent to South Oxfordshire District Council. 

DAF offices on Howland Road
David Howard

Critics felt local businesses could suffer and there would be increased noise for residents, but backers welcomed the increased retail choice and potential jobs. 

In turning down the application, planning officers decided its size "would divert trade from the town centre and would have an adverse impact on its viability and vitality".

Weston Library's transformation 'stunning'

Richard Ovenden, Bodley's Librarian, has welcomed the Weston Library's inclusion on the Stirling Prize shortlist saying he was "delighted and honoured".

It took three years to redesign and renovate the 1930s building before its opening in March last year.

Weston Library
Bodleian Libraries

Mr Ovenden said: 'Wilkinson Eyre's innovative transformation of Gilbert Scott's Grade II listed building has created a stunning and incredibly popular space where visitors and scholars can explore the Bodleian's historic collections."    

Travel latest: Traffic light failure in Abingdon

BBC Travel

There's slow traffic on A4183 Vineyard in Abingdon at the A415 Stratton Way junction, because of a traffic light failure.

Oxford Van Gogh lookalike out ahead

Chris Brown

BBC News

A man from Oxford is in the running to win an international competition as a Vincent Van Gogh lookalike.

Steve Monk-Chipman is the topped rank British entry in the I Am Vincent competition. 

With nearly 3,500 votes, the content designer is currently in ninth place with more than 900 entries already submitted. 

The winner gets €5,000 (£4,181) and will have a bronze bust of themselves as Van Gogh put on display.  

University buildings nominated for Stirling Prize

Two buildings within the University of Oxford - the Blavatnik School of Government and the restored Weston Library (pictured) - have been nominated for the UK's top architecture award.

Six buildings in all make up the shortlist for the Royal Institute of British Architects (Riba) Stirling Prize.

Weston Library

Riba president Jane Duncan said they showed "the huge benefit well-designed buildings can bring to people's lives".

The winner of the prize will be announced on 6 October.

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