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Summary

  1. Inquest finds death of teenager Ellis Downes 'accidental'
  2. Cyclist family 'touched' by donations nearing £50,000

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Driver walks away from horrific crash

This was the shocking scene of a road crash earlier today on the B480 towards Stadhampton.

Three vehicles were involved in the crash, including this blue Toyota which fire crews had to cut open to free the driver.

Incredibly, no-one was injured.

Car crash on the B480 Stadhampton road
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Cyclist donations top £55,000

More than £55,000 has now been donated to a Bicester cyclist's JustGiving page after died at the weekend. 

Robin Chard had hoped to raise £400 for Cancer Research UK by taking part in RideLondon on Sunday, but died of a cardiac arrest during the event.

Robin Chard and his wife Vickie
Chard Family
Robin Chard and his wife Vickie

Campaigners say plans to build new homes in Cropredy could endanger lives

Oxford Times

Lives could be put at risk if developers are allowed to build up to 60 new homes on the edge of a North Oxfordshire village, campaigners have warned.  

Boy, 13, robbed of phone in Oxford street

Police are searching for a man who robbed a 13-year-old boy of his mobile phone in Oxford last week.

The teenager was walking along Longwall Street, near Magdalen College, at about 20:30 last Wednesday, 27 July when he was attacked.

The thief is described as black, in his 20s, slim with dark shoulder-length hair which had golden highlights.

Chinnor to Princes Risborough steam train announced

Steam trains are to operate from Chinnor to Princes Risborough this month...

Steam train
Chinnor Railway

The "Risborough Preview" services are the "first publicly-operated steam services over the Network Rail line into what will eventually become a platform at Princes Risborough in 2017", Chinnor Railway said.  

Ellis Downes probe into police handling

As an inquest into the death of Ellis Downes finds his death was accidental, the Independent Police Complaints Commission's investigation into Thames Valley Police's handling of his case continues.

IPCC associate commissioner Guido Liguori, who is overseeing the investigation into the police response, said: “Our thoughts remain with Ellis’s family and friends".  

Our investigation is making good progress and we hope it will help answer the many questions asked about the police response, as well as identifying any lessons which can be learned.

Teenage cyclist in hospital after hit and run

Police are hunting a driver who hit a 14-year-old boy on a bicycle in Oxford at the weekend.

The boy was cycling in the car park of the Ozone Leisure Complex, near the Kassam Stadium, on Saturday at about 21:40 when he was involved in a collision with a white car which then left the scene.

He suffered injuries to his abdomen and was taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital for treatment.

Drowned boy 'was tired and struggling in water'

Jeremy Stern

BBC South Today

The coroner at the inquest into the death of Ellis Downes said there was no evidence that the 16-year-old was drunk or had taken any drugs.

Jeremy Chipperfield read statements from some of Ellis's friends who were with him near Donkey Bridge on 9 May.

Dean Gunning said Ellis was laughing and joking before he got into the water and decided to swim to the other side of the river. However, he became tired and he “struggled to pull himself on the other bank".

Ellis' friends offered to drive round and pick him up but the teenager decided to swim back.

Mr Gunning said Ellis "was drifting to the right", adding he thought he was "messing around to start with".

When it was clear Ellis was struggling, Dean and his brother Jack went in the water to try and save him.

They said the water was cold and dirty and they could not save their friend.

Irons and Cusack to re-open Playhouse

Jeremy Irons and his wife Sinead Cusack are to officially re-open the Oxford Playhouse at a gala performance of an official sequel to Peter Pan, it has been announced.

They said they were "delighted to celebrate the refurbishment of a theatre we are all so fortunate to have".

Jeremy Irons and Sinead Cusack
PA

The play in September marks the end of a three-year upgrade of the theatre, and is based on the novel Peter Pan in Scarletby Geraldine McCaughrean.

Louise Chantal, chief executive of the playhouse, said: "It’s wonderful that long-time friends of the playhouse Jeremy and Sinead can join us to celebrate the opening of the new auditorium, and at an Oxford Playhouse world-premiere show – one of three this season alone."

Oxford United target Marvin Johnson

Video diary: Getting the train (and bus) from Didcot to Oxford

The rail line between Didcot and Oxford was shut at the weekend until 14 August for engineering works.

The line is being raised at Hinksey to prevent it from being flooded, but this is causing major travel disruption. 

How passengers are coping with two weeks of engineering works

Dozens of replacement bus services have been laid on to get passengers into the city. 

The BBC's Andrew Douglas recorded his experience of the journey.   

BreakingEllis Downes death 'accidental'

The death of a 16-year-old boy who drowned while swimming with friends was accidental, an inquest has found. 

Ellis Downes went missing after swimming near Donkey Bridge between Culham and Abingdon on 7 May. 

Ellis Downes
Downes family

Weather: 'Patchy rain and feeling humid'

Emily Wood

BBC Weather

Light and patchy rain on and off today, with cloud breaks this afternoon.

It will be quite warm, with temperatures reaching 20C (68F) in Abingdon and Oxford, and overall feeling quite humid.

Weather 2/8/16
BBC

Remember our Van Gogh contender?

Steve Monk-Chipman is moving up the rankings in the global search for the best Van Gogh lookalike. He is now fifth in the search by artist Douglas Coupland.

Of course, as the BBC, we're strictly impartial but we will say there is an online vote ;)

'I Am Vincent' competition is brainchild of Canadian artist Douglas Coupland

Travel latest: Park & Ride departure cancelled

Roads closed

B4015 and B480 both closed at the junction at Coach and Horses pub in Chiselhampton. Congestion and queuing traffic in both directions and traffic being turned around by police.    

Cyclist family 'touched' by donations

Robin Chard was doing something he loved to raise money for Cancer Research UK, his wife Vickie said
Chard family
Robin Chard was doing something he loved to raise money for Cancer Research UK, his wife Vickie said

Robin Chard's Just Giving page has passed £46,000 in donations.

Robin Chard was doing something he loved to raise money for Cancer Research UK, his wife Vickie said

RideLondon donations soar after death

The family of a cancer survivor who died in the RideLondon event say they are "touched" after a spike in donations.

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On the railways...

Al Ryan

BBC Oxford travel presenter

Great Western Railway - Amended timetable running between Oxford and Hereford, and between Oxford and Worcester Shrub Hill due to works

Also Great Western Railway: No service between Didcot Parkway and Oxford and between Oxford and Banbury due to engineering works at Hinksey. 

There's a replacement bus service running between Oxford and Banbury due to engineering works

CrossCountry - Replacement bus service running between Didcot Parkway and Leamington Spa due to engineering works

Chiltern Railway - Replacement bus service running between Bicester North and Leamington Spa due to engineering works

On the roads...

Al Ryan

BBC Oxford travel presenter

There's heavy traffic on the M40 southbound between junction 10, Brackley, and  junction 9, Bicester.

Slow moving traffic is on the A34 soundboud from junction 9 for the M40 to Weston On The Green

And beware! On the A40 London road there's a broken-down lorry in the bus lane between Thornhill Park & Ride and the Headingtonroundabout.

Robin Chard was 'friend to so many'

Talking about her brother Robin Chard, who died in the 100-mile (160km) RideLondon event, Andrea Day said: "As you can imagine, we are all very shocked and saddened by the news of his passing. 

"He was a beloved son, husband, father, brother and friend to so many and will be sorely missed."

Robin Chard
PA

Ed Aspel, executive director of fundraising and marketing at Cancer Research UK, said: "We send our sincerest condolences to the family of Robin Chard. 

"We are very grateful that he chose to cycle in RideLondon to support Cancer Research UK, and would like to express our deepest sympathy to his loved ones at this difficult time."

Family 'touched' by donations to Robin Chard's cause

The sister of a man who survived Hodgkin Lymphoma as a child but died in the RideLondon event said the family was "touched" after a huge spike in donations towards his charity appeal. 

Robin Chard, 48, from Bicester, suffered a cardiac arrest after about 25 miles in Sunday's cycling event and died in hospital. 

Robin Chard with wife Vickie
Chard family

Mr Chard (pictured here with his wife Vickie) set out to raise £400 but donations have reached £45,000. 

Andrea Day, 43, said the family was "very touched by the kind messages".

It's a bit grey

So thank you to Xuguang Liu for this lovely picture of Blenheim which has lightened our mood.

Blenheim Palace
Xuguang Liu

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