Got a TV Licence?

You need one to watch live TV on any channel or device, and BBC programmes on iPlayer. It’s the law.

Find out more
I don’t have a TV Licence.

Summary

  1. Didcot A Power Station site housing plan approved
  2. More than a million 101 calls to police in a year
  3. 'Lack of awareness' over injury units

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

Get involved

Action inevitable over financial health at NHS group

Action will "inevitably" have to be taken to deal with a worsening financial situation at the body which purchases Oxfordshire's health services. 

John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford
BBC
John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford

That's according to David Smith, the chief executive of the county's clinical commissioning group. 

An extraordinary meeting has been called for next month after a new government agreement, which will see care costs rising by nearly £5m. 

There are also concerns that difficulties agreeing a contract with the trust that runs the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford could pose a "significant financial risk".

Developing world makes up greater share of world's super-rich

The developing world's super-rich are making up a greater proportion of the 1% than ever before, and Oxford University study says.

Briefcase full of money
Getty Images

The fortunes of the world’s richest people were examined from between 1988 and 2012.

Citizens of the advanced economies still made up the biggest share at 79% of the global top 1% in 2012. 

But this share is on a downward trend, seven to 11 percentage points lower than between 1988-2005.

As long as emerging economies continue to grow faster, which seems likely for the near future, the trend will continue with developing countries comprising an increasing share of the global top 1%.

Professor Sudhir AnandDepartment of Economics, Oxford University

Runners behind Kidlington 'Da Pinchi Code' white markings

Residents became worried and contacted police after a series of arrows and crosses appeared on pavements.

The white markings
BBC

But the marks were found to be the work of the Hash House Harriers, which uses a flour trail to guide its runners.

And it is not the first time the club's Bicester branch has caused a stir in Britain's biggest village.

Oxfordshire's Big Picture

Oil seed rape crop is harvested late into the evening, making the most of the good weather, at Ardley, near Bicester.
Matthew Hicks

If you have a great image of Oxfordshire, we would love to showcase it. Send it to us with details and where the picture was taken to oxfordshire@bbc.co.uk, or post it on Twitter @bbcoxford or BBC Oxford on Facebook.

Oxfordshire's Big Picture

If you have a great image of Oxfordshire, we would love to showcase it. Send it to us with details and where the picture was taken to oxfordshire@bbc.co.uk, or post it on Twitter @bbcoxford or BBC Oxford on Facebook.

Oxford police insist on coming in...

Appeal after man is racially abused in Oxford

Police are appealing for information after a man was racially abused in Oxford earlier this month.

The 29-year-old victim was walking in Randolph Street in the Cowley area of the city when he was verbally abused by five men in a blue BMW car.

Thames Valley Police says the "very upsetting and concerning incident" happened at about 17:40 on 14 July.

Prison assault hit record levels

Assaults on prison officers in England and Wales have risen to their highest level on record. 

Prison
BBC

The Ministry of Justice says there were nearly 5,500 in the 12 months to the end of March - a rise of 40% on the previous year. 

In Oxfordshire, the number of assaults at Spring Hill and Grendon Underwood near Bicester, and Huntercombe near Wallingford, went up from 55 to 78.

Antique dealers at Burford School fair

Witney Gazette

Art and antique dealers from across the UK will be exhibiting at the new Burford School Antiques Fair this weekend.    

Praise for bus driver after act of kindness

A bus driver has been praised after a picture of him helping an elderly lady to cross a road was published online. 

Driver Mark Adams pulled over his bus to help 90-year-old Maureen cross a road in the Jericho area of Oxford
Keith O'Connor
Driver Mark Adams pulled over his bus to help 90-year-old Maureen cross a road in the Jericho area of Oxford

Mark Adams, 54, was spotted parking his bus in the Jericho area of Oxford to help a 90-year-old lady called Maureen. 

His act of kindness was captured by a builder using his smartphone and sent to the bus company. 

The driver said his act of kindness was something he did for people every day.

Oxford triggered Hemmings release price

Kane Hemmings

Oxford triggered Hemmings release price

Dundee were unable to prevent Kane Hemmings being sold to Oxford United after they met his release clause, says Paul Hartley.

Read more

Pokemon spotted at Waddesdon Manor

For fanatics of Pokemon Go, Waddesdon Manor has got in touch to tell us they have a whopping great 19 "PokeStops" on their grounds.

Communications coordinator Catherine Conisbee said: "We’re finding young visitors, phones in hand, exploring the gardens and looking at parts of Waddesdon they have never paid much attention to before.

"Just on my lunch break I found a 'Slowpoke' hiding in our Riesner exhibition, a 'Drowzee' in one of the bedrooms, a 'Pidgey' at the Aviary and a 'Seel' cooling down in the fountain on the Parterre!"

Pokemon at Waddesdon Manor
Waddesdon Manor

And if any of that means anything to you, you'll be chuffed to bits with this handy map organisers have made available to players.

Pokemon at Waddesdon Manor
Waddesdon Manor

Pokemon Go is an augmented reality game on smartphones which has millions of people worldwide obsessively capturing small creatures in public spaces.

It works by showing you a picture of your real surroundings as caught by the phone's camera, then uses GPS to place virtual little monsters within that picture on your screen.

Housing approved on power station site

Former Didcot A Power Station

Housing approved on power station site

A housing and shopping development on the site of the former Didcot A Power Station is given the go ahead by planners.

Read more

Healthwatch Oxfordshire criticises lack of awareness over minor injury units

A health watchdog has called for better promotion of minor injuries units (MIUs) in hospitals in order to release pressure on GPs and A&E departments. 

Abingdon Community Hospital has a minor injuries unit to ease pressure on A&E staff
Google
Abingdon Community Hospital has a minor injuries unit to ease pressure on A&E staff

Healthwatch Oxfordshire said patients were contacting their GPs instead of going to the specialised departments. 

Executive Director Carol Moore said there was "obviously some work still to be done on raising people's awareness". 

In response, Oxford Health NHS Trust Foundation Trust said it was looking at ways to make improvements.

New Oxford United signing Kane Hemmings wants to get people on their feet

New Oxford United signing Kane Hemmings will be training with the U's for the first time this morning, following his switch from SPL side Dundee. 

Kane Hemmings
SNS
Kane Hemmings

He's agreed a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee, believed to be worth six figures.

I'm just an attacking player and I hope if the ball's in the box I can get people on their feet.

Kane Hemmings

More than a million 101 calls to police in a year

More people than ever are calling Thames Valley Police's 101 hotline, even though crime levels are lower than they were 10 years ago, new figures show. 

Police call
PA

The force has received more than 4.5 million calls in the last four years and this year's figures are the highest since 2012.

There were 993,179 calls to 101 in 2012/13, but 1,022,763 in 2014/15.

Travel latest: Delays to Chiltern Railway services

Al Ryan

BBC Oxford travel presenter

A broken-down train near Saunderton is causing delays of up to 30 minutes to Chiltern Railway services between High Wycombe and Princes Risborough. 

Disruption is expected until about 10:45.

Didcot A Power Station site housing plan approved

A new development close to where four men died at the site of the former Didcot A Power Station has been given the go ahead by planners.

Didcot power station
Andrew Smith

About 400 homes, a supermarket, hotel, restaurant, and office space received outline planning permission from Vale of White Horse District Council. 

They will be built less than 300 metres from where the men died when a boiler house collapsed. 

Cooling towers that used to occupy the spot were demolished in 2014.

'Lack of awareness' over injury units

Stethoscope
PA

  Healthwatch Oxfordshire said patients were contacting their GPs instead of going to the specialised departments  

Stethoscope

'Lack of awareness' over injury units

A health watchdog calls for more promotion of minor injuries units in hospitals in order to release pressure on GPs and A&E departments.

Read more

Travel latest: Expect delays in Nuneham Courtenay

There's slow traffic on the M40 southbound between junctions 9 and 10, and delays are expected on the A4074 in Nuneham Courtenay.

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.

View more on twitter

Welcome to Oxfordshire Live

Good morning and welcome to Thursday. 

We're here throughout the day to bring the latest headlines. Don't forget to let us know what’s happening in your area via email, Facebook or Twitter.

Magdalen College, Oxford, by 'mirrorless camera snapper and blogger' Paul Hayday
Paul Hayday
Magdalen College, Oxford, by 'mirrorless camera snapper and blogger' Paul Hayday