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Summary

  1. Oxford-Didcot Parkway tracks raised to reduce flooding
  2. Used needles found in historic Oxford graveyard
  3. New office designs submitted for Oxford Science Park
  4. Oxford United go down 2-1 to Bristol Rovers

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

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

Tonight's weather: 'Clear skies, light winds'

Alexis Green

BBC South Today weather presenter

Tonight there will be long clear spells with some patchy cloud, and it will feel cool under the clear skies with the light winds.

Oxford weather 15 August
BBC

Cherwell councillor resigns

Nigel Randall has resigned as councillor for the Adderbury, Bloxham and Bodicote ward.

Mr Randall, who is a Conservative, was re-elected to the position in May. We've been told he stepped down for personal reasons.

Cherwell District Council has published a notice of vacancy for the ward.

"If two local government electors request that the vacancy be filled by an election, a date will be fixed by the returning officer on which the election will be held," a spokesman said.

West Oxfordshire pledges to reduce food waste

West Oxfordshire District Council has pledged to cut food and drink waste by 20% before 2025.

The authority has signed up to the Courtauld Commitment launched by the Waste and Resource Action Programme (WRAP).

Food waste
BBC

Richard Langridge, cabinet member for the environment said: "Food waste in West Oxfordshire is collected weekly and recycled locally. 

"Although it is a popular service there is room for improvement as many food items are still being thrown into the general rubbish bin. Reducing waste is a priority for us."

Travel update: Train delays to London

BBC Travel

There are delays and cancellations on services from Banbury and Bicester to London due to an incident back near Birmingham.  

Travel update: Overturned lorry near M40 Cherwell services

BBC Travel

There's queuing traffic on the exit slip road on the M40 northbound at Junction 10.

On the roundabout of the southbound exit slip road at Cherwell Services there's an overturned lorry and it's causing tailbacks on the A43.  

Serbian rescue dog Dana from Chalgrove hunted after going missing

Witney Gazette

The owner of a dog rescued from the streets in Serbia have appealed for help in finding her after she went missing.  

Travel update: Heavy on A34 northbound near Weston-on-the-Green

BBC Travel

There's heavy traffic on the A34 northbound between Weston-On-The-Green and Bicester.

Meanwhile, there's slow traffic on the A415 Abingdon Road in both directions in Clifton Hampden at the traffic lights.

Wishing upon a star in Harwell

Website reader T G Howse has sent us this picture of the sky at night in Harwell.

He captured this cosmic image of the Milky Way and a meteor over his house last week.

Sky at night in Harwell
T G Howse

Burst Banbury pipe repairs 'to last several days'

We have more information on the burst water main that's shut North Bar Street in Banbury.

The pipe in question was 12in (30.5cm) in diameter and burst this morning, and repairs are expected to take some time.

A spokeswoman from Thames Water said: "We’re sorry we’ve had to shut the road. When the pipe burst the high water pressure caused a lot of damage to the road surface so at the moment is isn’t safe for traffic. 

"We’ve already begun fixing the pipe and then we’ll start repairing the road. This work is likely to continue until later this week, which we appreciate is an inconvenience to businesses. We’ll do all we can to reopen the road as soon as possible."

Derby match expected to sell out

Ross Heaton

BBC Oxford Sport

Oxford United has already sold more than 1,500 tickets for the derby game against Swindon on 10 September. 

The tickets went on sale online on Friday and are now available at the ticket office to supporters on the club's database. 

The club said it expects the match to be a sell-out.

Travel update: Two-car collision on A34 northbound

BBC Travel

The A34 is partially blocked northbound between the Chilton Interchange and Milton Interchange because of an accident involving two cars.

Care Quality Commission releases care home inspection results

The health watchdog has released the results of inspections it carried out at 151 adult social care services in London and the South.

These included The Old Prebendal House in Chipping Norton (which rated good), Leafield Residential Care Home in Abingdon (also good), Watlington and District Nursing Home (good), St John's Home in Oxford (requires improvement), Brookfield in Greater Leys, Oxford (also requires improvement), and Oasis Private Care Limited in Abingdon (inadequate).

Deborah Ivanova, deputy chief inspector for adult social care in London and the South, said: "People are entitled to services which provide safe, effective, compassionate and high quality care."

Cinema 'really sorry' for showing scary trailer to families

A cinema has apologised for showing a horror movie trailer ahead of screenings of family movies.

Cineworld in Didcot showed the trailer for The Bye Bye Man ahead of showings of Angry Birds and Robinson Crusoe on Friday.

Didcot Cineworld
Jaggery

A Cineworld spokesman said: "We are really sorry for any distress caused and have apologised to the customers affected as well as offering full refunds.

"We’ve taken this very seriously and immediately investigated how it happened. Our investigation has shown that it was due to a human error and we are now reviewing the procedures for loading trailers."

Travel update: Banbury North Bar Street closed

A361 North Bar Street in Banbury is closed at Three Pigeons traffic lights because of a burst water main and resurfacing work.

Randolph Hotel to create 'memory wall'

The Randolph Hotel in Oxford celebrates its 150th birthday later this year and its owners are asking residents to check their homes for any memorabilia from the hotel. 

It's after someone gave staff a hotel menu they'd found from a dinner back in 1901. 

The owners believe there could be other keepsakes in the local area and they want to create a memory wall inside the hotel to celebrate the momentous birthday.

Oxford Randolph
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Rail operator thanks customers for patience during 'vital' work

Joanna Grew, Network Rail’s commercial scheme sponsor for the 16-day project to reduce flooding on a stretch of railway, has thanked passengers for their patience during the works on the line between Oxford and Didcot Parkway.

"Our engineers have worked safely and diligently to complete this work to schedule with minimal disruption for passengers," she said.

Mark Hopwood, managing director of GWR, added: "Some of you have faced longer journeys or bus replacement services - I would like to say thank you for your patience as this vital flood alleviation work was completed."

Rail works near Hinksey
Network Rail

A spokesman for CrossCountry said: "Hinksey has often suffered from flooding and it was only two years ago that the line was badly affected by this... now this work is completed our customers can once again enjoy direct train services to the South Coast, Midlands and the North."

Used needles found in historic Oxford graveyard

Concerns have been raised about "very dangerous" used needles found after homeless people set up camp in a historic Oxford graveyard.

A syringe
BBC

Tents have been erected by people sleeping rough in Holywell Cemetery - the final resting place of Wind in the Willows author Kenneth Grahame. 

The association that looks after the graveyard, behind St Cross Church, said it is putting off tourists.

Tumble dryer warning after spate of fires

Oxfordshire County Council's Fire and Rescue Service is urging people to take extra care when using tumble dryers following a spate of recent fires involving the appliances across the UK.

A tumble dryer
Thinkstock

Richard Webb, the council's trading standards and community safety manager, said: "I would like to encourage people to regularly clean and remove the fluff from the filter, and to run their tumble dryer in the day when they are at home to keep an eye on it."  

M40 accident causes coach delays

More money needed to help county's poorest pupils reach full potential

Oxford Mail

Pupils from poorer backgrounds will not be able to reach their full potential without a major funding boost for schools, headteachers have warned.

Has BBC Oxford's David Prever met a future Olympic star?

Oxford Science Park submits new office design

The Oxford Science Park has submitted new office and laboratory building designs, which would accommodate nearly 500 people.

Oxford Science Park design
Oxford Science Park

A planning application has been submitted to build a 61,500 sq ft (5,713 sq m) office with a roof terrace.

The park is owned by Magdalen College and contains more than 65 companies employing over 2,400 people.

Burst water main shuts road in Banbury

BBC Travel

The A361 North Bar Street in Banbury is closed after a water main burst at the Three Pigeons traffic lights.

It's likely to remain shut for most of this week.

BBC Oxford's Lilley Mitchell takes on the Olympics

Oxford United lose 2-1 to Bristol Rovers

Oxford United went down 2-1 at Bristol Rovers and former transfer target Matty Taylor netted the winner at the Memorial Ground.

Matty Taylor
Getty Images

Jermaine Easter gave Rovers the lead, but United battled back to 1-1 before the break thanks to a Kane Hemmings goal. 

But Oxford-born Taylor sealed defeat for the U's after he capatilised on a mistake from Liam Sercombe.

Preparing to depart

Scout leaders travel more than 100 miles along the Thames in a swan shaped pedalo but a broken pedal thwarts their charity target.

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Suspected arson in field near Banbury

The Memorial Stadium, home of Bristol Rovers

Matt Taylor's second-half winner helps promoted Bristol Rovers earn their first points of the season against Oxford.

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Driver cut free after head-on crash

A driver had to be cut out of a car after a head-on crash. 

Fire and ambulance crews were called to the A44 between Chipping Norton and Enstone at 18:00 BST on Friday.

The crash scene
Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue

The drivers of both cars were seriously injured, one was trapped in the wreckage. 

One of the drivers was also sent to hospital to the John Radcliffe Hospital, in Oxford, by air ambulance.

Search dogs benefit from police donations

Thames Valley Police has given more than £750,000 to charity per year from the proceeds of selling confiscated items from criminals. 

One of the main recipients is Search Dogs Bucks, which helps find lost people in and around Oxfordshire.

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