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Summary

  1. Four arrests following attack on tourists
  2. Firm admits charges over Harrison Ford injury
  3. Doctor-led maternity service could be suspended
  4. Firefighters' union backs co-responder trial success
  5. 'Jihadi Jack' denies joining IS in Syria
  6. Oxford United boss optimistic of new signing this week

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Rally takes place at Horton Hospital

Campaigners have staged a rally at Horton Hospital opposing changes to its maternity services.

Horton Hospital rally
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Sophie Hammond said "lives would be put at risk" if the maternity unit was led by midwives until the NHS trust recruited the obstetricians it needed.

She added: "The thought that these key consultants and this access to emergency care and surgery could be taken away from here doesn't bear thinking about."

Travel latest: Queues at Headington roundabout

BBC Travel

There's queuing traffic on the A40 London Road in both directions in Oxford at the Headington roundabout.

Rail service could be 'swamped' during engineering work

A rail campaign group has warned passengers could "swamp" a main route into London when engineering works close key lines around Oxford.

Oxford Parkway
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Network Rail will shut the line between Leamington Spa, Banbury, Oxford and Didcot on Saturday for up to two weeks.

Oxford Parkway to Marylebone will be the only direct route to London and replacement buses will operate.

Chiltern Railways which runs the Marylebone service said it was "prepared" for the increased demand.

Inquest hears Oxford City FC boss was found hanged

An inquest has heard how the managing director of Oxford City Football Club was found hanging at the ground earlier this month.

Colin Taylor
Oxford City Football Club

Colin Taylor's body was discovered by a member of the public in Marston on 17 July. 

Thames Valley Police said his death was not thought to be suspicious. A full inquest will take place in November.

Travel latest: Congestion in Clifton Hampden

BBC Travel

There's slow traffic on the A415 Abingdon Road in Clifton Hampden at the B4015 Oxford Road junction.

Three women arrested on suspicion of Banbury robbery

Police said at about 20:15 on 19 July a 43-year-old man was attacked by three women in St Mary’s churchyard.

St Mary's Church
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He fell to the ground and sustained injuries to his arm and face, and was taken to the Horton General Hospital. An unknown amount of cash was stolen.

Three women, aged 32, 33 and 34 from Banbury, have been arrested on suspicion of robbery and bailed until 12 August.

MP to join Horton General Hospital protest

Doctor-led maternity service could be suspended

Dave Gilyeat

BBC News

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has told staff it may suspend the obstetric service at the Horton Hospital from the end of September 2016 if staffing problems are not resolved before then.

It claims it is pulling out all the stops to fill the five posts needed.

The Horton
OUH

Paul Brennan, trust director of clinical services, said: “The trust has been working very hard to develop ways to make these posts more attractive to applicants and this includes enhanced pay and additional training at the John Radcliffe Hospital."

About 300 Didcot homes still without power

Phil Mercer

BBC Radio Oxford

Approximately 300 homes and businesses in Didcot are still without power at the moment.

Southern Electric said nearly 1,400 customers were taken off line after a contractor hit a cable.

The cinema and several supermarkets in the town were affected.  

Southern Electric says generators are being brought in for the remaining customers without power in the Queensway area of Didcot.

Chaos predicted at Oxford Parkway as thousands re-directed due to railway closures

Oxford Mail

There are fears Oxford Parkway train station won't be able to cope with extra demand as the county prepares for the closure of key railway routes.

He's a lumberjack and speed's OK

It's been said to be one of the most dangerous professions in the world.

Statistics suggest loggers and lumberjacks have a fatality rate of about 128 people in 100,000 staff members.

It's a tough job - but somebody has to do it - and one of those people is Spike Milton, one of Britain's most experienced lumberjack sports competitors. 

He'll be competing at the Countryfile Live show at Blenheim Palace next weekend, and came into our offices to show off his skills.

He'll be at the Countryfile Live show at Blenheim Palace next weekend

Hundreds of homes without power in Didcot

Phil Mercer

BBC Radio Oxford

About 600 homes and businesses in Didcot are currently without power.

It's after a cable was hit by a contractor - according to Southern Electric.

People have taken to social media to say that many businesses including Aldi, the Cineworld cinema, and shops in the Orchard Shopping Centre have been affected.

Hollaback harassment website launches in Oxford

A new website has launched in Oxford offering people the chance to talk about harassment they've experienced on the streets from strangers. 

Videos of the harassment women face have been uploaded to Hollaback websites in the US
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Videos of the harassment women face have been uploaded to Hollaback websites in the US

Catcalling, abusive comments or even physical assault can be logged on the Hollaback site

Similar sites have been launched in the US, where research suggests 85% of women have experienced harassment before the age of 17.

Firm admits charges over Harrison Ford injury

A production company behind Star Wars has pleaded guilty to two criminal charges after actor Harrison Ford broke his leg on set.

The 74-year-old was hit by a hydraulic metal door on the Pinewood set of the Millennium Falcon in June 2014.

Harrison Ford
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Foodles Production (UK) Ltd, a subsidiary of Disney, admitted two of four criminal charges at Milton Keynes Magistrates' Court.

The Han Solo actor was airlifted to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford following the incident which prosecutor Andrew Marshall said "could have killed somebody". 

MP to meet Jeremy Hunt over 'terrifying' Horton hospital plans

Banbury MP Victoria Prentis says she will meet health secretary Jeremy Hunt next week to discuss the "terrifying" prospect of a midwife-led maternity unit at the town's Horton Hospital.

Horton Hospital
OUH

NHS bosses are considering scrapping consultant-led maternity services at Horton Hospital and potentially moving them to Oxford.

Ms Prentis said the "very worrying" plans could happen earlier than planned, as the hospital says it is having trouble recruiting enough obstetricians to staff the unit safely.

If there are worries about safety then we have to listen to that, but the bottom line is we want our maternity unit to be the best it can be.

Victoria PrentisBanbury MP

Four arrests following attack on tourists

A man, two women and a boy have been arrested following a racially aggravated attack on tourists at a beauty spot in Oxfordshire. 

The young visitors were assaulted and racially abused last Tuesday at the Buscot Weir near Buscot Park.

One victim received a broken cheekbone. 

Picnic near Buscot Weir
Roger Sweet

A 16-year-old boy, a 20-year-old woman, a 40-year-old man and a 41-year-old woman, all from Uffington, have been arrested on suspicion of racially aggravated assault, GBH and ABH.   

Ping pong in the dark comes to Oxford

Fans of flourescent face paint, UV lights and ping pong can find their perfect event in Oxford later... 

The city council is holding a table tennis tournament - in the dark.

The GlowPing! event – the first of its kind in the city – will take place at Wahoo and The Glee Club, Hythe Bridge Street.

Oxford United face Brighton in pre-season friendly

Oxford United are in action at the Kassam Stadium tonight in a pre-season friendly against Brighton. 

Oxford United in action
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BBC Radio Oxford has full online commentary. Our coverage gets underway at 19:30 and you can follow the action at @bbcoxfordsport.

Fire Brigades Union 'supportive' of co-responder scheme

A Fire Brigades Union spokesman says the co-responder system, where firefighters can provide emergency first aid before ambulance crews turn up, is working well.

Mark Ames says he is "personally very supportive of it".

The more firefighters we can get trained to this high standard can only benefit them and the community that may need these skills. We are not taking on the role of paramedics, but our role is changing.

Mark AmesFire Brigades Union

Your views on first-aid firefighters

We asked residents in Oxfordshire for their views of firefighters acting as medical first-aiders, as part of the Thames Valley Co-Responder scheme.

Most are generally happy with the arrangement...

They are all part of the emergency services, so whoever is first can do the job and reassure people at the scene.

Better to get someone there intially than wait for an ambulance.

You would think they would stick to specialists, but this is modern life. Everything is merging.

Firefighters first with medical aid

Firefighters in Oxfordshire are responding to about 150 medical call-outs a month as part of a trial.

Fire engine and ambulance
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The Thames Valley Co-Responder partnership started in Abingdon in November, but now runs in Didcot, Oxford and Thame.

It means that when someone calls 999 for a medical emergency, a fire crew may turn up to administer first aid if they're closer than an ambulance crew. 

Oxford United: New faces... but not silly money

Oxford United boss Michael Appleton is optimistic he will bring in another striker this week but is adamant he won't pay over the odds. 

Michael Appleton
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Michael Appleton

The U's recently received an influx of cash from the sales of Callum O'Dowda and Kemar Roofe - something United are aware may lead to selling clubs trying to inflate prices. 

Appleton has identified two targets he would like to sign before the weekend - one of which will require a transfer fee.

'Jihadi Jack' denies joining IS in Syria

A man dubbed "Jihadi Jack" after travelling to Syria has denied joining the so-called Islamic State group.

Jack Letts, from Oxford, travelled to Syria last year
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Jack Letts, from Oxford, travelled to Syria last year

But speaking to Channel 4 News, 20-year-old Jack Letts, from Oxford, said he "opposes a non-Islamic system" and has no plans to return home.

Police have confirmed Mr Letts has been under investigation since March 2015.

His parents John Letts, 55, and Sally Lane, 54, have been charged with funding terrorism after they allegedly sent him money.

Travel latest: Delays on the A4074

Delays are reported at Nuneham Courtanay due to temporary traffic lights installed for water main works.

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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