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Summary

  1. Judicial review into children centre closures
  2. Oxford United plan temporary stand at Kassam
  3. Three llamas on the loose in Long Wittenham

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University of Oxford makes new appointment

The University of Oxford has announced that Prof Sarah Whatmore will be its new Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education), and will take up the post in January.   

 "There is a shared commitment to making [opportunities at Oxford] accessible to talented and aspiring undergraduate and graduate students from every background in the UK and worldwide," she said, following her appointment.  

Prof Sarah Whatmore
University of Oxford

Prof Louise Richardson, Vice-Chancellor at the institution, commended her "truly impressive record of achievement in research, in teaching, and in contributions to the Social Sciences Division at Oxford".

She added: "The depth and range of her experience and her vision for the role made her the clear choice of the appointments panel."

Travel latest: Slow at Banbury Cross

BBC Travel

There's slow traffic on the A361 (South Bar Street) in both directions in Banbury at Banbury Cross.

Flood prevention work between Oxford and Didcot Parkway

Flood prevention work between Oxford and Didcot Parkway will take place between 30 July and 14 August, Great Western Railway has said.

The work will raise the height of tracks, with buses replacing train services.

Oxford station manager Richard Fry said: "We’re encouraging people to plan their journeys ahead of time through National Rail Enquiries to make sure they pick the route that is best for them.

"The improvements being made will bring Brunel’s railway into the 21st century providing a more resilient infrastructure and paving the way for the new electric trains."

Collision near Rollright Stones

Firefighters were able to locate three people trapped in a car following a collision after they realised they had crashed near a famous landmark. 

It happened at 16:30 BST on Wednesday near Oxfordshire's Rollright Stones. 

Collision near Rollright Stones
Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue

Incident commander Chris Wilson said the victims were "dazed, disoriented, the address was vague... crews couldn't establish their whereabouts". 

But when they realised their proximity to the ancient stone circle "crews knew exactly where to go". 

Song for the Llamas wanted

Presenter Mark Forrest is looking for suggestions for songs to play that reflect our llamas on the loose story.

Presumably Llama Chameleon won't count.

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Chiltern Railways celebrates 20th birthday

Chiltern Railways, the operator that runs services from London Marylebone to Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire and the West Midlands, is 20 years old today.

The company, which recently opened Oxford Parkway station as part of a new £130m line, began at the start of privatisation in 1996.

Managing director Dave Penney said he felt "proud to be at the helm" for the "historic milestone". 

Police helicopter snaps Oxford at night

Police helicopter snaps Oxford at night

Shots of Oxford after dark are captured by a National Police Air Service helicopter helping with a Thames Valley Police operation.

Travel latest: Roadworks congestion

As usual there's slow traffic on the A40 in both directions in Oxford at the Cutteslowe Roundabout in the roadworks area. 

There's also congestion on the A44 Woodstock Road to the Peartree Interchange and to Marston.

'Suspicious items' detonated by bomb disposal team

A police bomb disposal team has carried out controlled explosions in the village of Checkendon, near Henley-on-Thames, after reports of suspicious items in the area.

They were located in woodland off Exlade Street yesterday.

Exlade Street
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A Thames Valley Police spokesman said: "Exlade Street between the Highwayman pub and the slip road to the A4074 is currently closed while a cordon is in place in the area, and is likely to remain closed for some time while enquiries continue."

Police said the incident was not being treated as terrorism-related.

Helping Ethan was 'very fulfilling'

Paediatric surgeon Hugh Grant said helping Ethan Suglo, the Ghanaian boy with Eexomphalos, had been "very fulfilling" and "very rewarding".  

Eexomphalos can prove fatal and doctors in Ghana and Nigeria were unable to help, although it is regularly treated in the UK.

Ethan Suglo is due to leave hospital

Ethan's dad Charles said: "I was amazed to see what has happened… each and every day we see much progress about his health.

"Ethan is happy, playing, chatting, eating, drinking, so life is back for him. It was a great relief. We cannot express the joy.

Llamas on loose 'peering into windows'

The llamas
Earth Trust
The llamas have been spotted staring through people's windows

  The animals made their bid for freedom from Home Farm in Long Wittenham.  

The llamas

Llamas on loose 'peering into windows'

Patches, Star and Tri are just checking their reflections, their owner says.

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Oxford owner confident on fourth stand

Kassam Stadium open end
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Oxford are expecting to have a capacity crowd when they face neighbours Swindon Town in League One on 10 September..

Kassam Stadium open end

Oxford owner confident on fourth stand

Oxford United chairman Darryl Eales is confident a temporary fourth stand will soon be in place at the Kassam Stadium.

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Op 'joy' for boy with external organs

Ethan Suglo recovering after his operation at the John Radcliffe Hospital
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Ethan Suglo is recovering after his operation at the John Radcliffe Hospital

Ethan Suglo recovering after his operation at the John Radcliffe Hospital

Op 'joy' for boy with external organs

The father of a three-year-old boy born with organs outside his abdomen says he "cannot express the joy" following a successful operation in Oxford.

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Llamas still on the loose near Didcot

Have you seen these llamas? The trio have been at large for days after escaping from a farm in Long Wittingham? Let us know and send us your pictures via emailFacebook or Twitter.

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Chiltern Railways anniversary

BBC Midlands Today

Chiltern Railways which operates trains across the West Midlands is celebrating its 20th anniversary.  

In the last two decades, the company has invested more than £600m in the network with more than 6m passengers travelling a year.

Chiltern train
BBC

Children's centres U-turn 'too late'

Cuts demonstration
BBC

Oxfordshire County Council's cabinet voted to close 26 of 44 centres in a bid to save £6m in February.  

Protesters

Children's centres U-turn 'too late'

It could be too late to reverse plans to close the majority of Oxfordshire's children's centres, a judicial review hears.

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Have you seen a llama?

Residents of an Oxfordshire village are being warned to be on high alert after three female llamas escaped a menagerie in Long Wittenham, near Didcot. 

The animals escaped from their enclosure through an insecure gate at Lower Farm on the outskirts of the village three days ago.

A stock llama photo
BBC
A non-escaped llama

Since then they have been wandering around back lanes in the village near fields for the last three days. 

They have also strayed onto the residential areas of Saxons Heath and onto the main road from Didcot to Clifton Hampden.

Their owner is warning they are not aggressive and are not a threat.

Get set, Pokemon Go!

Radio Oxford's Lilly Mitchell is on the trail of the city's Pokemon this morning, for the first time...

BBC Radio Oxford

M40 lane closure

M40 - S/B UPDATE 1 lane closed before J11 (Banbury). for on-going recovery Av speeds of 18mph, over the 6 miles taking you about 30 mins

Operation joy for boy with external organs

Dave Gilyeat

BBC News

The father of a three-year-old born with organs outside his abdomen said he "cannot express the joy" following a successful operation in Oxford.

Charles and Ethan
BBC

Ethan Suglo, from Ghana, has exomphalos which can be fatal but is routinely treated in the UK.

Last year his father Charles met doctors David and Jacquie Williams when they were visiting Ghana and asked them to examine his son.

The parents helped raise £39,000 to fly Ethan to the UK for surgery in Oxford.

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