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  2. Lorry overturns at M40 junction
  3. Councils yet to take Syrian refugees despite pledge
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Many thanks for joining us today. We're finishing for the evening, but we'll be back from 08:00 tomorrow with all the latest headlines from around our county.

Have a great evening.

Weather: Dry overnight, but some patchy cloud possible

Tonight will be dry with largely clear skies and light winds. Some patchy cloud could develop by dawn though, especially in the east. Where clearer skies do persist it could turn chilly, with the odd pocket of mist or fog also forming. Lows of 11C (52F).

Tomorrow will start fine and dry with any early cloud soon burning away to warm sunshine.

The view near Chinnor by BBC Weather Watcher 'Daisy'
The view near Chinnor by BBC Weather Watcher 'Daisy'

£2m East Oxford community centre promise

£2million pounds could be spent on a makeover of the East Oxford Community Centre on Cowley Road if some other council facilities are sold off. 

East Oxford Community Centre
East Oxford Community Centre

If the current East Oxford Games Hall and Film Oxford sites were sold, with parts of the community centre site, the money could be generated to fund a refurbishment of the centre, Oxford City Council says.

The announcement comes a year after the council took over management of the centre after "serious concerns with the way the centre has been run".

Eyewitness reports suggest two field fires

Eyewitness reports suggest there are two field fires next to the A329 between Chalgrove and Wallingford. Six fire engines on the scene.

Your pictures of fire near Wallingford

Another image of the smoke rising near Wallingford, sent to us via Twitter by Liam:

Fire near Wallingford

Fire near Wallingford

This update from Maureen Corry, who has emailed us:

We have seen the smoke for the past 30 minutes. We believe it to be in the Warborough area.

Canal squatters in Jericho 'made homeless' in council and police raid

Oxford Times

Canalside squatters have been evicted from a stretch of land near Castle Mill Stream following a city council and police raid.

BreakingSmoke rising near Wallingford

A large amount of smoke has been seen rising into the air near Wallingford.

If you are in the area, and it's safe to do so, then please let us know what you can see.

Smoke rising from a fire near Wallingford
Smoke rising from a fire near Wallingford

Cardiovascular disease still Europe's biggest killer

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the main cause of death in Europe....according to a new study in Oxford.

Heart attack

There are around four million deaths from CVD across Europe each year including more than 150,000 in the UK.

The research was funded by the British Heart Foundation at their specialist centre at Oxford University.  

Sugar tax could cost jobs, Oxford consultants say

A sugar tax on soft drinks could result in thousands of job losses, a new report from Oxford consultants suggests. 

Sugary drinks

The study, by Oxford Economics on behalf of the British Soft Drinks Association, said the levy could lead to 4,000 job losses, with the hospitality industry and smaller retailers hit hardest.

A Treasury spokesman said: "The levy is about getting producers to use healthier ingredients to reduce the levels of added sugar in products our children consume. If they reformulate, they won't have to pay."

Donors in Oxfordshire urged to register as part of National Blood Week

Oxford Mail

NHS Blood and Transplant is urging people in Oxfordshire to register as new blood donors during its Missing Type initiative, launched today as part of National Blood Week.


Scientists carrying out international nuclear fusion work are concerned dust from a planned quarry could affect their experiments.

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Man charged over racist abuse in Didcot

A man has been charged with racially abusing a woman in Didcot in June.

Rodney Humphries, 55, of Eastfields, Blewbury, was charged with one count of racially aggravated harassment after the incident in Broadway on 27 June.

He is due to appear at Oxford Magistrates' Court on 13 September.

Rail fares set to rise 1.9%

The cost of regulated rail fares which include around half of all tickets - including season tickets - are to go up in England, Wales and Scotland

Rail ticket

The increase will add 40p to the price of an average return from Oxford to London but could mean up to £106 pounds more per year for someone buying a season ticket including a travelcard. 

Capability Brown stamps released to mark 300th birthday

A set of eight stamps celebrating the 300th anniversary of the birth of Capability Brown has been released. 

Blenheim Palace stamp featured in set to mark Capability Brown's 300th birthday
Royal Mail/PA

Brown is widely regarded as England's greatest gardener - and was nicknamed Capability for his habit of describing locations as having "great capabilities".

Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire is among the set, which also includes the Longleat estate in Wiltshire.

Don't bring back grammar schools, says PM's former headteacher

The headteacher of Theresa May’s former Oxfordshire school has said she is "astonished" that the prime minister is reportedly planning to increase the number of grammar schools.

Theresa May was a pupil at Wheatley Park School in Holton

Kate Curtis, head of Wheatley Park School in Holton, told the TES that while more could be done to promote social mobility in the current school system, reintroducing selection at 11 was not the answer.

I am astonished that Theresa May, having made some bold and optimistic statements about privilege, is considering selection of children at age 11 as a way of promoting social mobility. I hope that once she has looked at the evidence she will reconsider.

Kate Curtis
The newly released Angry Birds Movie

A cinema which screened a trailer for an 18-rated horror film before the Angry Birds Movie apologises after young children were "left in tears".

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Oxford United: Late fitness tests for Dunkley and Thomas

More night work from tonight at Cutteslowe and Wolvercote roundabouts

Oxford team finds brain's generosity centre

Scientists from Oxford University have identified the part of our brain that helps us learn to be generous to others.

A beggar

The subgenual anterior cingulate cortex in volunteers who had their brains scanned by an MRI machine became active when they chose an action that would help other people.

However, this region was not equally active in every person. The team says it will help to understand why some people are more antisocial than others.

Owen Smith in Oxford on Labour leadership campaign tour

Labour leadership candidate Owen Smith will be in Oxford this evening as he tries to close the gap over Jeremy Corbyn.

Owen Smith and Jeremy Corbyn

His team says he talk about his plans for tackling inequality and increasing investment in the NHS, funded by higher taxes on the wealthiest.

Over the weekend he accused the government of having "a secret plan to privatise the NHS" in England.

Born to be wild... and unknown

Dog owners are being asked to make sure their pets are microchipped after an elderly Chinese Crested dog was found wearing a 'Born to Be Wild' tank top but no collar or ID.

A Chinese Crested dog, similar to this, was found in Banbury wearing a tank top but no collar
A Chinese Crested dog, similar to this, was found in Banbury wearing a tank top

The pooch was taken into Cherwell District Council's kennels but, after the owner could not be found, was sent for rehoming. 

The council is urging owners to take up its offer of a free dog tag registration scheme.

Unfortunately in this case the owner prioritised fashion over functionality, and the lack of a tag or a microchip meant we were unable to trace this dog's owner. If the owner had spent more time choosing the right accessories for their pet then perhaps there would have been a very different ending to this sad story.

Neil GreenwayCherwell's senior dog warden

Chief constable says more armed police on the way

There will be an increase in the number of armed officers on the streets in our region. 

Francis Habgood
Chief Constable of Thames Valley Police

That's according to the Chief Constable of Thames Valley Police Francis Habgood - in light of the recent terror attacks across Europe.

He said he can't say how many more we'll see, but they are more likely in crowded areas such as shopping centres and in specific operations to pursue suspected criminals.

Two council car parks in Banbury closed after burst water main

Oxford Mail

A burst water main has forced the closure of the North Bar East short stay and North Bar West long stay car parks in Banbury.

Dust fears from science centre over planned quarry

Dave Gilyeat

BBC News

The Culham Science Centre (CSC) is home to the UK Atomic Energy Authority and has objected to a new quarry near Clifton Hampden.

Culham Science Centre

A spokesman at the centre said: "Our main concern is that Hills Quarry Products have not provided sufficient evidence on the impact of dust from the proposed quarry on operations at the Culham site.

"We have raised this in our submission to Oxfordshire County Council and trust that the planning process will ensure our concerns are addressed."

Plans for better signage to stop drivers cutting through village

Better signage on the M40 to stop HGV drivers from cutting through Watlington could be a step closer.

Junction 6

Henley MP John Howell has been lobbying for the new signs. 

Now, Highways England has written to him to say it's come up with proposals to put in better information boards - at exits from the M40 at junction 6 for Lewknor.

Councils yet to take Syrian refugees despite pledge

Three of Oxfordshire's councils still haven't taken in any Syrian refugees - despite each authority saying they would.

Milton Park, where SODC is based

Councillor responsible for housing at South Oxfordshire District Council Elizabeth Gillespie said it has agreed to take some families but is still working to find homes. 

She said it was "very disappointing" that so far no landlords had been identified who were willing and able to take in Syrian refugees.

Bus company tries to catch more customers... with Pokemon Go

The Oxford Bus Company is appealing to players of the smartphone sensation to use its free wifi and city-wide bus routes to "make hunting Pokemon easier".

An advert
Oxford Bus Company

It's new advertising campaign is similar to a range of businesses and even churches that are promoting themselves using the new video game craze.

Tune in to BBC Radio Oxford to hear from Thames Valley police's chief constable

Fears quarry dust could affect nuclear fusion experiments

Dave Gilyeat

BBC News

Scientists in Oxfordshire are concerned that dust from a planned quarry could affect their experiments.

The Joint European Torus is based at Culham Science Centre

Hills Quarry Products wants to dig out 2.5 million tonnes of sand and gravel from a site near Clifton Hampden over a 10-year period. 

The nearby Culham Science Centre (CSC), where scientists are investigating nuclear fusion, has objected. 

In a letter, the centre said its "sensitive equipment" could be affected adversely by "wind borne dust".  

Ratings board seeks investigation after children see horror film trailer

Cineworld in Didcot has apologised for showing a trailer for horror movie Bye Bye Man ahead of family movies Angry Birds and Robinson Crusoe on Friday.


Now the British Board of Film Classification has said it was "not permissible to screen this trailer before a U rated film" because the trailer itself was rated 15.

It has asked the UK Cinema Association to investigate further.

Overturned lorry on the A43

A lorry overturns at a busy motorway junction in Oxfordshire, blocking the road.

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Road still closed after water main bursts

BBC Travel

The A361 North Bar Street in Banbury is still closed this morning because of a burst water main and emergency repair work.

It's expected to remain shut until 19 August.

Traffic queues around Oxfordshire this morning

BBC Travel

There is traffic queuing this morning on the M40 exit slip road at junction 9 for Bicester, as well as on the A44 from the Peartree interchange to the Wolvercote roundabout.

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