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Summary

  1. Abingdon Town Council sets up group to look at Pride flag policy
  2. Britain's decision to leave the European Union could affect wildlife havens in Oxfordshire, it's being claimed
  3. MPs called on to support campaign to save Horton General Hospital services
  4. Oxford United knock Birmingham City out of EFL Cup with late extra-time winner

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'Supercars' to go on show at Blenheim Palace

Visitors to Blenheim Palace will get the chance to see 80 "supercars" on display together next month.

80 supercars
Salon Privé

On 3 September the Salon Privé Supercar Show will be holding its Public Day event at the Oxfordshire stately home.

A spokesman said: "The event attracts the world’s greatest super and luxury car manufacturers who will be showcasing their latest, fastest and most desirable models."

Travel update: Serious multi-vehicle collision on A34 Northbound

BBC Travel

There are problems on the A34 Northbound following a serious multi-vehicle collision after East Ilsley. Traffic is stationary - expect major delays. 

Advice for women sexually harassed at work

Women who are sexually harassed at work should keep a written record of incidents to help make formal grievances against their employers, an Abingdon barrister says.

Most women won't tell their employer that they have been harassed
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Most women won't tell their employer that they have been harassed

The advice comes as it emerged more than half of women say they have been sexually harassed at work and most admit to not reporting it, according to new research by the TUC.

Keep a written record of what's been happening. If you can't get a resolution in an informal manner, then raise a formal grievance with your employer and this is where the written record comes in useful.

Kevin CharlesDirector of Crossland Employment Solicitors

Gun reportedly brandished during street fight

A gun was reportedly brandished and a man was attacked with a metal pole during a street fight in Oxford.

Peregrine Road
Google

The brawl involved two groups of people and happened in Peregrine Road, Blackbird Leys, at about 19:20 on 9 August.

Police said a man was assaulted with a metal pole and taken to hospital, while another man was reportedly brandishing a firearm.

Bicester retail park plan dismissed at appeal

Plans for a new out-of-town retail park in Bicester have been dismissed at appeal over its "unacceptable" impact on traffic and future development. 

How the Bicester retail park would have looked
BBC
How the Bicester retail park would have looked

Earmarked for land off Oxford Road, the retail park plan included three stores, three restaurants, a gym and car park. 

The initial application was refused by Cherwell District Council in October 2015. 

A planning inspector said the "adverse impacts would significantly outweigh benefits".  

Travel update: Heavy traffic on A34 northbound

BBC Travel

There's heavy traffic on the A34 northbound between the Peartree Interchange in Oxford and Bicester in Weston-on-the-Green.

'Major' resurfacing work on M40 to go ahead

Work begins next week to resurface the M40 in Oxfordshire.

It begins on Monday, with the main bulk starting from 8 September until Christmas between Junction 6 (near Adwell) and Junction 8 (A40 Oxford spur) on all three lanes in both directions, with slip road and lane closures in place most nights between 22:00 and 06:00.

M40 in Oxfordshire
David Hawgood

Highways England project manager Michael Freeman said: "This major resurfacing work will improve people’s journeys along the M40 by providing them with a better driving experience and it means we won’t need to return to this section of the road for major repairs for a long time.

"Not only will we be resurfacing the road, but we’ll be using low noise surfacing to minimise the impact of the noise nearby."

Rainbow flag

The chair of Oxford's annual Pride event says a decision by Abingdon council to review its policy over flying the rainbow flag is positive, but only a start.

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Drug gang leader 'fled to India'

Joe Nimmo

BBC News

The leader of a gang that sold mephedrone and other drugs is being hunted by police.

Sohail Dawood, formerly of Chipping Norton, is believed to be in India or Dubai after fleeing the UK.

Sohail Dawood
BBC

His lieutenant Vishal Nazar, 37, of Danvers Road, Oxford, was jailed for five years last week after admitting conspiracy to deal methylmethcathinone and ketamine.

Oxford men arrested on suspicion of possessing imitation firearm

Two men have been arrested on suspicion of possessing an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence, Thames Valley Police has said.

The men, who are from Oxford and aged 18 and 20, were arrested on Sunday in Botley Road.

It relates to an incident in Witney on Sunday. They have been bailed until 28 September.

Swan pedalo's 125-mile trip down the Thames for charity

Three scout leaders are aiming to travel 125 miles (200km) down the Thames in a swan pedalo to raise money for epilepsy and guide dogs charities.

Colin Dippie, 49, Jane-Louise Bassett, 47 and Ash Wilson, 38, set off from Fiddlers Island, north of Oxford, on Saturday and hope to reach the Isle of Dogs by the end of the week.

It has not been entirely plain sailing - they had to haul the swan from the water after it began taking on water less than an hour into the trip.

Swan pedalo makes 125-mile trip down the Thames for charity

Train tracks reopen after death

Oxford Mail

The train line through Banbury has reopened after a fatal collision in North Oxfordshire this morning.  

Oxford Pride organiser 'apprehensive' over flag review

The chair of Oxford's annual Pride event says he is "apprehensive" after a council which refused to fly the rainbow flag in support of the event said it would look again at its policy. 

Rainbow flag
Thinkstock

Abingdon-on-Thames Town Council agreed to set up a working group to review the "raising of flags and banners". 

The council leader denied the move came after pressure from the area's MP. 

Rob Jordan from Oxford Pride said it was "good to know the council had at least identified failings".

Campaigner's fear for wildlife havens after Brexit

A wildlife campaign group has explained why Brexit could affect protection of wildlife havens in Oxfordshire.

EU legislation underpins protection for sites around the county, including Port Meadow in Oxford. 

Not only is it an important public open space, but it's part of a network of habitats that supports rare and threatened species. Vehicle emissions from the A34 nearby can have an effect on these sorts of habitats. This is not dealt with very well by UK legislation, but under European protection those sorts of effects have to be factored in as well.

Matt JacksonBerkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust

Oxford's house prices blamed for lack of Help to Buy scheme sales in the city

Oxford Times

Sky-high house prices in Oxford are being blamed for no-one using the government’s Help to Buy scheme in the city since it launched three years ago.  

Emergency vine weevil summit

There's been an emergency vine weevil summit in Oxfordshire. 

Vine weevil
Andy Sands/NPL

Experts have been looking at the best way of controlling the pest. 

It's thought the insect causes £40m of damage to the horticulture industry each year, as resistance to traditional chemical pesticides increases.

Armed robbery in Haddenham garage

Police are appealing for witnesses to an attempted armed robbery in Haddenham, near Thames, yesterday afternoon.

Two men, one carrying a hammer, entered a garage in Church Way, and demanded cash from a staff member.

After a scuffle, they fled the scene empty-handed, but the staff member and a customer were injured and needed treatment at the scene. It's believed the two offenders were also injured.

The force helicopter was scrambled but the hunt is still on for the two men.

Nimmo Smith not impressed by Abingdon flag working group

An Oxfordshire County Council cabinet member has reacted to the news that Abingdon town council is to set up a working group to review its flag policy.

It comes after campaigners said they were "shocked and appalled" at the town council's refusal to fly a rainbow flag for a Pride event.

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Crows possess tool-craft talent

Rebecca Morelle

Science correspondent, BBC News

Oxford scientists have confirmed that a species of wild crow from New Caledonia in the South Pacific can craft tools.

The birds were observed bending twigs into hooks to extract food hidden in wooden logs.

Previously this skill had been seen in captive birds kept in laboratories.

The study, published in the journal Open Science, suggests that this talent is part of the birds' natural behaviour.

Bats delay repair work at Oxford's Folly Bridge

Oxford Mail

Drivers will be spared yet more roadworks this autumn after repairs to a historic Oxford bridge were delayed by the discovery of bats.

Countryside fire risks 'very high'

Firefighters are warning of "very high" risks of fires breaking out in the countryside, after they dealt with a second field blaze in a week.

Field fire at Cassington
OFRS

Crews were called to a fire, measuring 150m by 50m, in a field of straw stubble in Burleigh Road, Cassington, yesterday at about 18:35.

Embers from a passing steam train were blamed for a field fire near the heritage railway line in Chinnor at the weekend.  

The current spell of dry weather means that the fire risks in the countryside are currently and likely to remain very high. Please take extra care with naked flames or other sources of ignition to ensure that fires are not stared, with the consequent risk of them spreading out of control.

Gary D’AngerStation manager, Kidlington fire station

MP calls on colleagues to back Horton Hospital campaign

All MPs whose constituents use the Horton General Hospital should be supporting the Save the Horton Campaign, Banbury MP Victoria Prentis says. 

Horton Hospital
BBC

Oxford University Hospital Trust is considering changes to services including the maternity unit, having midwives leading it rather than doctors.

The Horton is a vital lifeline to hundreds of thousands of people; I will continue to do all that I can to ensure it remains the general hospital it is today.

Victoria Prentis

Brexit 'poses threat to wildlife havens'

Britain's decision to leave the European Union could affect wildlife havens in Oxfordshire, it's being claimed. 

Port Meadow in Oxford is protected by EU legislation
BBC
Port Meadow in Oxford is protected by EU legislation

EU legislation underpins protection for sites around the county, including Port Meadow in Oxford. 

The Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust says it's concerned those safeguards could be eroded during Brexit.

The government says it's committed to creating a cleaner, healthier natural environment, and there's no reason why we have to be part of the EU to create that.

On the winning road with the Yellow Army

There's nothing like a winner in the last minute of extra time to make following your team worthwhile.

Oxford United fans were celebrating well into the night after Liam Sercombe grabbed the extra-time winner to knock 2011 winners Birmingham City out of the EFL Cup.

Weather: Bright start, becoming cloudier later

A mainly dry and bright morning with light winds, but it'll become cloudier through the afternoon with perhaps the odd light shower, and temperatures will remain on the cool side. Highs of 19C (66F).

Cloud building yesterday evening near Abingdon, by BBC Weather Watcher 'Riversprite'
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Cloud building yesterday evening near Abingdon, by BBC Weather Watcher 'Riversprite'

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Rural idyll just outside Harwell in Oxfordshire
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Rural idyll just outside Harwell in Oxfordshire