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Summary

  1. Large fire breaks out at Clarendon Institute
  2. Three children among A34 crash victims
  3. Oxford United draw Brighton at home in EFL Cup
  4. Ex-Top Gear man slams county council library van cuts
  5. Two bus services in Bicester to be stopped next month

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That's the end of our Local Live updates for Thursday. The service will be back at 08:00 tomorrow.  

Teenager robbed while walking through park in Banbury

Banbury Guardian

An 18-year-old man was sprayed in the face and his money and phone were stolen in a robbery in Banbury.  

Upgrade planned for historic Iffley Road ground

Iffley Road sports ground in Oxford is set to for a major upgrade. 

Its track was where Sir Roger Bannister ran the first sub-four-minute mile in 1954. 

Roger Bannister hits the tape to run the first four minute mile
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The first of phase of work will be starting this summer, and will involve the construction of a multi-sports hall.

Oxford University's pro-vice chancellor for planning, Professor William James, said: "Although the site has changed a little bit since Roger Bannister's day it hasn't really kept up with the times."

Travel update: Slow traffic on A415 Abingdon Road westbound

BBC Travel

There's slow traffic on the A415 Abingdon Road westbound in Culham at the Tollgate Road junction.

Oxford United sells ticket allocation for Bristol Rovers match

Ross Heaton

BBC Oxford Sport

Oxford United have sold out their entire allocation of tickets for U's fans for Sunday's match away at Bristol Rovers. 

BBC Radio Oxford has exclusive full match commentary from the Memorial Ground. 

Rovers are in action this evening as they host Cardiff in the first round of the League Cup.

Victims of A34 crash named

Some of the victims of yesterday's crash on the A34 have now been named.

The victims have been named locally as 45-year-old Tracy Houghton from Dunstable and her two sons Ethan, aged 13, and Joshua who was 11 - along with another 11-year-old girl who was also travelling in the car.

Tracy Houghton
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Tracy Houghton

Walton Street fire now out

The fire at the Clarendon Institute has been put out, the fire service has said.

The blaze was in the roof space, a council spokesman added.

Crews remain at the scene carrying out checks to make sure there are no further issues.

Travel update: Walton Street closed

BBC Travel

Walton Street in Oxford is closed in both directions between the A4144 Worcester Street junction and the Richmond Road junction because of the university building fire.

Extra homework for BBC staff?

There's a pile of BBC editorial guidelines booklets on our manager's desk today, and at 350+ pages, they're not for the faint-hearted.

There's a very large section on impartiality. Or a small section on impartiality. We couldn't say either way.

BBC editorial guidelines books
BBC

Katherine Grainger is Britain's most decorated female Olympian

Katherine Grainger is now Britain's most decorated female Olympian by taking silver alongside Vicky Thornley in the double scull.  

The rower, 40, previously won gold at London 2012, and silver medals in Sydney, Athens and Beijing.

She is a member of Marlow Rowing Club.

Katherine Grainger and Vicky Thornley
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The British pair led for much of the race but were beaten to the gold by Poland, who finished in seven minutes and 40.10 seconds.

BreakingOxford Brookes chancellor wins Olympic silver

Katherine Grainger and Henley's Vicky Thornley claim second place in women's double skulls.

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University 'working with emergency services'

An Oxford University spokesman said: "We are aware of a fire in the Clarendon Press Institute Building on Walton Street and are working with the emergency services who are on site."

Clarendon Institute named as source of fire

The fire at Walton Street is at the Clarendon Institute, Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service has said.

Four crews and a hydraulic platform have been sent to the scene.

Scene of fire on Walton Street
Jessica Joseph

One woman has been treated to a cut to her head.

The university building houses the British Inter-University China Centre, the Centre for Linguistics & Philology, the Leopold Muller Memorial Library and the Oxford Centre for Hebrew & Jewish Studies.

Scene of fire on Walton Street
Jessica Joseph

Walton Street fire captured on video

Walton Street fire: Patient being treated by paramedics

South Central Ambulance Service has told us it was called at 13:58 to a property fire on Walton Street, Oxford.

A specialist paramedic and an ambulance are on the scene.

One patient is being assessed and treated but is not believed to be seriously injured.

Smoke from Walton Street fire spreads

Ex-Top Gear presenter says axing mobile libraries 'stupid'

Chris Goffey, who co-hosted Top Gear in the 1980s and 1990s, has said the decision made by Oxfordshire County Council to axe its mobile library service is "stupid" and "crazy".

Mobile library
BBC

Mr Goffey, who drives one of the vehicles, added: "It's a sophisticated service and they're throwing it away… I thought we wanted to teach kids to read.

"Old people have lost the ability to go to their own library because the council has cut the subsidised bus services… it's bringing literacy to the villages and to the young people."

The council said it was expanding its volunteer-based home library service for people with mobility issues.  

BreakingFire in Walton Street, Oxford

We are receiving reports of a fire on Walton Street in Oxford. 

Part of the street is coned off and at least two fire engines are at the scene.

Fighter's body 'may not return home'

"I was told his body was moved to the Iraqi border and then to Erbil, but now I am told it is still in Syria," says father of man who died fighting so-called Islamic State in Syria.

Dean Carl Evans joined a Kurdish military force fighting in northern Syria
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Dean Carl Evans joined a Kurdish military force fighting in northern Syria
Dean Carl Evans joined a Kurdish military force fighting in northern Syria

Fighter's body 'may not return home'

The father of a man who died fighting so-called Islamic State in Syria says he has no idea where his son's body is - or whether it will ever return home.

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Crash on A4142 'causing delays'

The BBC's Phil Mercer is at the scene of the accident at the partially blocked Eastern bypass.

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Travel update: A4142 Eastern By-Pass Road partially blocked

BBC Travel

The A4142 Eastern By-Pass Road in Oxford is partially blocked and there's slow traffic southbound before the Horspath Road junction, because of a collision.

Cameron A G to play Reading and Leeds

Oxford singer-songwriter Cameron A G will be play the BBC Introducing stage at the Reading and Leeds festivals, it has been announced.

Handpicked by BBC Introducing in Oxford, presenter Dave Gilyeat described Cameron as writing "sensitive, heart-warming, delicate pop songs with life-enriching melodies".

Cameron A G
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Have a listen to some of his tracks below to hear just why he made the grade.  

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County may 'never get on top' of pothole problem

The Herald

Thousands of potholes potentially posing a risk to drivers and cyclists have been reported across Oxfordshire.

Winner of GreenART competition revealed

Bus company Stagecoach and Oxfordshire County Council launched their GreenART competition to celebrate Low Carbon Oxford Week, a local 'green' initiative which took place last month across the county. 

Shake the Tree by Karis Harrington
Karis Harrington
Shake the Tree by Karis Harrington

This gave the opportunity to have artwork showcased inside eco-buses around the county. Now, they've announced their winner...

Illustrator Karis Harrington from Cowley, with her piece called Shake the Tree.

Businesses named and shamed over minimum wage

Six Oxfordshire businesses have been named and shamed for not paying the legal National Minimum Wage. They ended up owing workers a total of £11,577.28.

They're part of a list of almost 200 employers who failed to pay their workers the legal minimum which has been published by the government.

  • Woods Hair Ltd, trading as Chapters Hair Design, Witney, Oxfordshire, owed £3,676.87 to one worker
  • Mr Nicholas & Mrs Christina Winstone-Partridge, trading as Wholesale Autoparts, Kidlington, Oxfordshire, owed £2,691.73 to one worker
  • The Buck Project Ltd, Chalgrove, Oxfordshire, owed £1,915.15 to one worker
  • Mr Ronald Archibald Mutton and Mrs Sandra Anne Mutton, trading as A1 Plumbing & Heating, Oxford, owed £1,834.13 to one worker
  • The Dinner Bell Ltd, trading as The Chequers, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, owed £1,190.68 to one workers
  • Mrs R Goff & Mrs E Butt, trading as Cotswold Equine Training, Burford, Oxfordshire, owed £268.72 to one worker

Father in the dark over where his Syria fighter son's body is

The father of a man who died fighting so-called Islamic State in Syria says he doesn't know where his son's body is or of it will ever be returned to the UK. 

Dean Carl Evans
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Dean Carl Evans

Dean Carl Evans' body may still be in Syria, he said, despite reports it had been moved to Iraq. 

The 22-year-old from Reading died on 21 July in the city of Manbij after joining a Kurdish military group. 

His father, John Carl Evans, from Wallingford, said his son was shot and then killed by a rocket-propelled grenade.  

Oxfordshire could be first in line for new grammar schools

Oxford Mail

Oxfordshire could be one of the first places in the country to see new grammar schools created should the government lift a ban on them.

Man bailed by police over fatal A34 crash

A 30-year-old man from Andover has been bailed until 5 October following yesterday's fatal crash on the A34.

The road closure led to six-mile tailbacks on the northbound carriageway of the A34
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The road closure led to six-mile tailbacks on the northbound carriageway of the A34

He was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

Ch Insp Henry Parsons called on witnesses "including anyone travelling on the southbound carriageway who saw anything they believe is significant to contact police". 

BreakingThree children among A34 crash victims

Three children were among the victims of the crash on the A34 near East Ilsley yesterday evening, police have said.

Four people – a 45-year-old woman and the children, an 11-year-old boy, an 11-year-old girl and a 13-year-old boy, all from Bedfordshire - died at the scene.

It is believed they were all travelling in the same car.  

The retail park on the edge of Bicester was planned to include three stores, restaurants and a gym

Plans for an out-of-town retail park in Bicester have been dismissed at appeal by a government inspector over traffic and development fears.

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Oxford United draw Brighton in EFL Cup

Oxford United have been drawn at home to Championship side Brighton in the second round of the EFL Cup. 

Liam Sercombe scored the winner against Birmingham in the EFL Cup first round tie
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Liam Sercombe scored the winner against Birmingham in the EFL Cup first round tie

The two sides met at the Kassam Stadium in pre-season with Brighton winning 4-0. 

The match will take place the week commencing 21 August.

Oxford booked their place with a win at another Championship side, Birmingham City, on Tuesday, thanks to Liam Sercombe's winner at the end of extra time.

Bus services scrapped

Two bus services in Bicester will be stopped next month after Oxfordshire County Council ended subsidies. 

Thames Travel said it will scrap the number 22 and 23 services from 3 September.

The firm says they run at a loss of about £4,500 per week and it was unable to find partners to help share the costs.

Weather: Early cloud and patchy rain clearing

It will be a cloudy and damp start to the day.

However, the cloud and patchy rain will gradually clear to the east and allow some sunny spells to develop.

Despite the breeze, it will feel warm with the highest temperatures likely around Oxford. Highs of 22C (72F).

Cloud over the Didcot railway centre, by Weather Watcher 'Alan power'
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Cloud over the Didcot railway centre, by Weather Watcher 'Alan power'
Chris Goffey

A former Top Gear presenter who works as a driver for a mobile library service describes the decision to axe it as an "absolute travesty".

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Suspect held after four die in crash on A34 in Berkshire

Police are continuing to hold a suspect after four people were killed in a crash on the A34 near East Ilsley.

Four people died at the scene of the eight-vehicle crash on the A34
BBC

The man was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving after four lorries and four cars collided on Wednesday.

One man was flown to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford by air ambulance with life-threatening injuries.

The A34 northbound between Chieveley and East Ilsley has reopened after being shut for more than 12 hours.

Travel latest: A34 reopens, M4 blocked near Swindon

The A34 near East Ilsley has now reopened after yesterday's fatal crash

But there are more problems on the M4, after a car overturned on the westbound junction near Swindon this morning.

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.

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