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Summary

  1. Didcot pigeon fancier investigated over cheat claims
  2. Southern Health 'paid millions' to boss ex-associates
  3. Rail works due between Oxford and Didcot Parkway
  4. New paid-for paper for Oxfordshire

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Thanks for joining us for all of the news from across Oxfordshire today.

We'll be back at 08:00 on Monday morning, so be sure to join us.

Spotted: Alex Lester feeling Drowzee

Our afternoon presenter Alex Lester is being overrun by Pokemon.

Those little blighters get everywhere...

Alex Lester with Pokemon
BBC

Man and boy arrested on drugs offences

A 50-year-old man and a 17-year-old boy, both from Oxford, have been arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply class A drugs.

City centre neighbourhood officers carried out a warrant at about 12:00 yesterday at a residential property in Lake Street, and a quantity of drugs was seized.

They have been bailed until September.  

Travel latest: A34 heavy northbound at Weston-on-the-Green

BBC Travel

The traffic is heavier than usual on the A34 northbound between Abingdon North and Bicester in Weston-on-the-Green.

Travel latest: Lanes reopened on M40 southbound

BBC Travel

All lanes have been re-opened on the M40 southbound between J10, A43 (Brackley) and J9, A34 (Bicester), following the blockage caused earlier by a broken down vehicle. Traffic there is still slow.

Your pictures: Clouds gather at Barnard Gate

Anthony Morris has taken these pictures of dark clouds gathering over Barnard Gate Farm near Witney.

He told us the area had experienced bright spells and showers today.

Barnard Gate Farm
Anthony Morris
Barnard Gate Farm
Anthony Morris

Five things at BBC Oxford this week

Catch up on some of the online stories you may have missed over the last week in Oxfordshire here.

We covered all kinds of weird and wonderful happenings, including the bus driver with a heart of gold, mystery markings made out of flour in Kidlington, and penguins in love at Cotswold Wildlife Park.

Bus driver helps elderly lady
Keith O'Connor

Travel latest: Queues on Botley Road

BBC Travel

There's queuing traffic on the A420 Botley Road in both directions in Oxford at the Oxford Station mini-roundabout in the roadworks area. 

The congestion goes back to yje Seacourt Tower lights and on the A4144 Abingdon Road Northbound to the B4495 Weirs Lane junction.

Weekend weather: Set fair

Holly Green

BBC Weather

This weekend will be less humid, with a good deal of sunshine to enjoy.

weather site
BBC
Holly Green
BBC

Saturday might start cloudy but the skies should brighten with some spells of sunshine and just the odd shower.

Sunday should see more of the same, with temperatures reaching 20C (68F).

Travel latest: Severe disruption on M40

BBC Travel

The M40 is partially blocked southbound because of a broken down car near Bicester.

Traffic is very slow from just before J9 (Bicester), with tailbacks extending north of J10 (Brackley / A43).

Cycle ride in memory of son who died aged two days

Martin Heath

BBC Radio Northampton

The parents of a Northamptonshire boy who died aged two days old are preparing for a gruelling bike ride, to raise money for the hospitals who tried to save him.

Stacy Howarth (pictured) and Karl Aran's son, Matthew, was born in the Horton Hospital in Banbury, but then transferred to Southampton General for heart surgery.

Stacy Howarth
BBC

The couple, who live in Silverstone, will be leading a team tomorrow that's cycling the 90 miles (145km) between Banbury and Southampton.

'Another classic'

Pixar's much-anticipated sequel to 'Finding Nemo' is out today, but is 'Finding Dory' as good as the original?

James Luxford from the Radio Times gives it the fins-up!

He talks to the film's director and producer for BBC Radio Oxford and gives his verdict on the weekend's other big films.

Dory
Pixar/Disney

Quaffle-ied success for UK team

The UK Quidditch team, including five people from Oxford, is back from winning bronze at the World Cup in Frankfurt.

Australia won the tournament, which is played on "broomsticks" in imitation of the Harry Potter series.

UK team member Alice Walker told Radio Oxford's Alex Lester she hoped the game would soon be certified and funded by Sport England.

UK Quidditch team
Ajantha Abey & Enrica Biasi

Pigeon champion investigated

In 2004 BBC News spoke to Mr Kelly about his success with racing partner Frank Lloyd, who passed away in 2008. 

'Cheating' pigeon champion investigated

Cheating claims after pigeon race

Eamon Kelly
BBC
Eamon Kelly was interviewed by the BBC after racing success in 2004

Eamon Kelly

Cheating claims after pigeon race

A national pigeon racing association launches an investigation after allegations a former champion cheated to win a race from France.

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Delay passing on patient data 'harmful'

Long delays in transferring patient information from the John Radcliffe Hospital to GPs could affect their safety, an NHS body has warned.

Oxfordshire's Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has been monitoring the hospital's performance and said in 20% of cases it was taking too long.

John Radcliffe Hospital
Bill Nicholls

Rail works 'will cause huge disruption'

Hinksey flooding
BBC

At the same time, nine days of signalling improvements will shut the track between Oxford and Banbury.  

Hinksey flooding

Rail works 'will cause huge disruption'

Train lines through Oxfordshire will be blocked from Saturday as two major engineering projects coincide.

Read more

Trust 'paid millions' to boss associates

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust chief executive Katrina Percy
BBC

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust chief executive Katrina Percy

Trust 'paid millions' to boss associates

Southern Health NHS Trust paid millions of pounds to companies owned by previous associates of its embattled chief executive, the BBC learns.

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New paid-for paper for Oxfordshire

Oxford Paper mock up
Taylor Newspapers Ltd

Managing director Howard Taylor said he was "confident" the new weekly publication would be a hit.  

Oxford Paper mock up

New paid-for paper for Oxfordshire

The publishers behind a new paid-for newspaper launching in Oxfordshire say the publication will be a long-term success.

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World pigeon champion 'distraught' after reports of cheating

Pigeon racing champion Eamon Kelly, 52, from Didcot, has reportedly admitted cheating in this year's race from Tarbes in France to his home town. 

He allegedly registered 14 birds for the race, then kept them in his loft while sending another set out to France.

Eamon Kelly
BBC
Eamon Kelly pictured in happier times in 2004

A former member of the National Flying Club and friend of Eamon Kelly Ron Cook said: "There will be high level meetings over the next few days – where all the evidence will be examined. 

"Until such time before the matter goes before the national flying club committee there is no more comment”

When contacted by the BBC Eamon's partner said he was “distraught”.

Trust 'paid millions' to boss's former associates

A troubled NHS trust has paid millions of pounds to companies owned by associates of its embattled chief executive, BBC News has learned.

Katrina Percy
BBC

One firm received more than £5m despite winning a contract valued at less than £300,000, while another was paid more than £500,000 without bidding at all.

Both are owned by acquaintances of Southern Health NHS Trust's chief executive Katrina Percy.

The trust said it took its financial responsibilities "very seriously".

'My pub is a PokeStop'

We've been on the trail of PokeStops in the county and catching up with businesses which found themselves placed by chance on the Pokemon Go map.

Cafes and pubs have discovered they are virtual targets for players of the GPS-based game.

The Beetle and Wedge Boathouse in Moulsford and Thirsty Meeples board game cafe in Oxford are both enjoying a sudden influx of new customers, hunting Pokemon characters.

Random people were coming in with their phones and wandering around

Charlotte BrackenburyManager, Beetle and Wedge Boathouse
Pokemon Go
EPA
EPA

Travel latest: No unexpected delays

Al Ryan

BBC Oxford travel presenter

Traffic is building up on the A40 North Way westbound in Oxford between Cutteslowe Roundabout and Wolvercote Roundabout, due to the ongoing roadworks.

A broken-down car which was affecting the Heyford Hill Roundabout this morning has now been cleared.

And to start the day...

here's a little bit of loveliness from near Wigginton. Thank you Jon White.

Early morning near Wigginton, north Oxfordshire.
Jon White
Early morning near Wigginton, north Oxfordshire.

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