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Summary

  1. One in three foodbank users is a child, Oxford study shows
  2. 'Large chemical alert' as hydrochloric acid leaks at BMW Mini plant
  3. Blavatnik school dean's warning over Brexit deal
  4. Chipping Norton policewoman wins best crime novel award
  5. Noisy night-time roadworks 'force family from home'
  6. Escaped llamas rounded up thanks to village volunteers

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Large acid leak at BMW Mini plant

About 100 litres of hydrochloric acid leaked from a container at the BMW Mini plant in Oxford.  

Aftermath of acid leak at Mini plant
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Aftermath of acid leak at Mini plant

Large acid leak at BMW Mini plant

There has been a large acid leak at the BMW Mini plant in Oxford.

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Abingdon Town Council committee refuses to stockpile cash for children's centres

Oxford Mail

Families facing the loss of children's centres in Abingdon are unlikely to be thrown a financial lifeline by their local council.

Weather: Muggy but dry night

BBC Weather Watchers

Any showers will soon die out this evening so that many of us will see a muggy, but dry and mostly clear night, with the odd misty patch forming. Lows of 15C (59F). 

Saturday will bring a dry start with some sunny periods and it'll still feel very warm. 

Clouds in the sky above Uffington, by Weather Watcher 'Mr Worm'
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Clouds in the sky above Uffington, by Weather Watcher 'Mr Worm'

Bedblocking rate falls in Oxfordshire

The number of people staying in Oxfordshire's hospital beds when they no longer need to be there has fallen by more than 45%. 

John Radcliffe Hospital
Bill Nicholls

Nationally, so-called bed blocking has risen by 25% in the last year. 

Health bosses say the improvement here is down to a £2million initiative launched in December.

The scheme includes funding extra temporary care home beds, and the recruitment of more carers who can support people when they return home from hospital.

Emotional minute's silence as Oxford City win first game after death of Colin Taylor

Oxford Mail

An emotional minute's silence was observed as Oxford City won their first match since the death of managing director Colin Taylor.

Escaped llamas herded by villagers

Passers-by on bikes acted as herders to get the animals to cross a busy road back to the farm.

Llamas
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Llamas Patches, Star and Tri were herded back to their farm by villagers after being on the run for four days
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Escaped llamas herded by villagers

Three llamas that escaped from a farm are returned home four days later after being herded by villagers.

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Churchill's love letter sold

Banbury Cake

A letter written by Winston Churchill to society beauty Muriel Wilson after she rejected his marriage proposal, has been sold for more than £9,000.

Police search ends in Checkendon woods

Police have finished searching woodland in an Oxfordshire village where suspicious items were found two days ago

Woods near Exlade Street, Checkendon
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Woods near Exlade Street, Checkendon

Bomb disposal experts carried out controlled explosions near Exlade Street in Checkendon on Wednesday evening to make the items safe. 

Police don't believe the items were related to terrorism.

Travel update: All lanes reopened on M40

BBC Travel

All lanes have now reopened on the M40 after a vehicle broke down earlier. But traffic is slow northbound at junction 9.

Meanwhile, the A34 in Oxford is partially blocked and traffic is slow northbound between Peartree Interchange and Kidlington Junction, because of a car fire.

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

Movie reviews with James Luxford: The BFG

James reviews Steven Spielberg's new blockbuster The BFG, with Mark Rylance providing the voice for Roald Dahl's famous giant. 

He also talks about Star Trek Beyond, the 13th film in the franchise.

James Luxford from the Radio Times reviews The BFG and Star Trek Beyond.

Schools warned to up standards for disadvantaged youngsters

Oxford Times

Schools have been warned they must do more to help disadvantaged children or face the potential of Ofsted enforcing special measures.

Blavatnik school dean's warning over Brexit deal

The Brexit deal struck between Britain and the EU will have profound implications for Oxfordshire.

Mini plant
Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

That's the message from Ngaire Woods, dean of the Blavatnik School of Government, who adds the car industry in the county is particularly at risk.

The Brexit deal will be huge for Oxford. The car industry is one of Britain's success stories. Last year it produced more cars than ever before, 1.5million cars, and 1.2m are exported - the majority of them to the EU. So it's really serious if we don't have access to the single market.

Ngaire WoodsDean of the Blavatnik School of Government

Travel latest: Big queues on the M40

BBC Travel

The M40 is partially blocked and there's very slow traffic northbound at junction 9 near Bicester because of a broken-down vehicle.

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

Taxi firms celebrate as Uber's Oxford licence application declared void

Oxford Mail

Taxi drivers were celebrating a double win yesterday as controversial firm Uber's move to the city was declared void and a possible ban accessing the new Westgate Shopping Centre was scrapped.

Escaped llamas back home safe and sound

Three llamas which managed to run riot around an Oxfordshire village have been found. 

Llamas
Earth Trust

The animals escaped from their enclosure through an insecure gate at Lower Farm on the outskirts of Long Wittenham. 

They've been wandering around the village for the last three days.    

One in three foodbank users is a child, Oxford research shows

Oxford researchers say one in three people using foodbanks in the last year was a child.

Foodbank
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The team from the Centre for Social Investigation at Nuffield College were studying the rising demand for emergency food in West Cheshire.

Report author Dr Elisabeth Garratt said emergency food referrals rose in 2016 and there is "every indication that foodbanks are here to stay".  

These findings show there are huge levels of poverty – even in a country as wealthy as ours. The results suggest that policymakers need to look again at the way the benefits system operates, and ensure that people in work are paid a wage they can live on.

Dr Elisabeth GarrattResearch fellow, Centre for Social Investigation at Nuffield College

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Production as normal at BMW Mini plant after chemical leak

Production is continuing as normal at the BMW Mini plant in Cowley following last night's acid leak.

A spokesman for the firm said the leak of 100 litres of hydrochloric acid was identified at about 02:00.

"A full investigation will be undertaken and the Health and Safety Executive have been informed," he added.

'Large chemical leak' at BMW Mini plant

Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service says it dealt with a "large chemical leak" at the BMW Mini plant in Cowley overnight.

Emergency services at the BMW Mini plant following the acid lead
Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue
Emergency services at the BMW Mini plant following the acid lead

About 100 litres of hydrochloric acid spilled at the plant, giving off a vapour. 

One member of staff breathed in the vapour and went to the John Radcliffe Hospital for precautionary checks, but was found to be well enough to leave soon after.

Specialists are due at the scene to remove the acid, which was contained by a bund wall. 

Autism farm needs more funds to cope with demand

A farm near Shrivenham which offers work to young people with autism says it needs more funding to cope with demand.

Shrivenham farm offers work and skills training for young people

Pennyhooks Farm helps 40 students every week, feed, build and clean their way to a whole host of new skills.

Chipping Norton policewoman wins best crime novel award

A former police officer from Chipping Norton has won the £3,000 main prize at one of the UK's top crime-writing festivals.

Clare Mackintosh, right, with Val McDermid who won an outstanding contribution award
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Clare Mackintosh, right, with Val McDermid who won an outstanding contribution award

Clare Mackintosh said it was "a dream come true" to see her debut book I Let You Go named best crime novel at the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival.

She beat five authors, including Robert Galbraith - the crime-writing pseudonym of Harry Potter author JK Rowling.  

Radio Oxford's Lilley Mitchell out and about

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Making a big splash for charity! Good luck @ncsoxfordshire doing an Iron Man Challenge @Better_UK Witney! @BBCOxford

Acid leak at BMW Mini plant

Ambulance staff are still on standby at the BMW Mini plant after an acid leak overnight.

Emergency services were called to reports hydrochloric acid had leaked in building 50. 

South Central Ambulance Service confirmed one man had taken himself to hospital but had returned later to the site. 

A spokeswoman said there were no other casualties. 

Ambulance staff remain on standby at the plant in Cowley, but the situation is expected to be "resolved soon".

BMW Mini Cowley plant
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Milkman on his round attacked by teenagers

A milkman has been attacked by a group of teenage boys as he was doing his rounds in Chinnor. 

It happened just after midnight on Monday last week in High Street. 

The boys kicked the 52-year-old to the ground and then continued to kick him in the head. 

Four boys aged between 14 and 17 years old have been arrested.

Weather: Chance of thundery showers

BBC Weather Watchers

After a mostly dry morning, scattered and slow-moving, thundery showers will build through the day, giving localised downpours. There will also be plenty of cloud breaks though, bringing very warm sunshine and a humid feel. Highs of 25C (77F).

Cloudy skies over Chinnor, by BBC Weather Watcher 'jcm'
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Cloudy skies over Chinnor, by BBC Weather Watcher 'jcm'

Noisy night-time roadworks 'force family from home'

The noise of roadworks at night around the Cutteslowe and Wolvercote roundabouts has forced a family to move out of their home.

Footage shows noise levels around Wolvercote and Cutteslowe roundabouts

Dr Natalia Navakovska lives on Five Mile Drive and is now staying temporary accommodation, which is costing her hundreds of pounds.

Oxfordshire County Council says the work would cause unacceptable levels of disruption if it was carried out during the day. All night work is expected to finish by the end of August. 

Travel latest: Queues on Botley Road

Queues on the A420 Botley Road into town in Oxford at the Ferry Hinksey Road junction in the roadworks area. 

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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