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  1. Lorry drivers fear for safety from stowaway migrants
  2. Grieving girlfriend urges work to make A34 safer
  3. Owen Smith 'hasn't spotted' any Marxists in Labour ranks

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Oxford United at Fleetwood... Live!

The U's trip is exclusively live on BBC Radio Oxford tonight in a midweek sports special. Nathan Cooper will be live at Highbury from 19:00 on 95.2FM and digital radio.

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Travel update: Slow on M40 northbound

BBC Travel

There's slow traffic on the M40 northbound between Junction 9, A34 (Bicester) and Junction 10, A43 (Brackley), because of an accident earlier on. 

All lanes have been re-opened.

Rapist jailed for seven years after call handler hung up on victim

A "vulnerable" woman called Thames Valley Police's Milton Keynes control room in December 2013 and said she was in danger, but the call handler did not send anyone to help her.

Zilvinas Ruzgas
Thames Valley Police

A misconduct hearing was told that Gail Daniels-Ekarte ended the call without deploying anyone, and later that day a further call reported the woman had been raped.

Zilvinas Ruzgas, 40, of Odessa Road, London, was subsequently convicted of rape and jailed for seven years.

Wantage MP launches rival beard

LGBT teenagers abused in rainbow flag row town

A group of teenagers campaigning against a town's decision not to fly the rainbow flag say they have received homophobic abuse from passers-by. 

The group of 15- to 17-year-olds in Abingdon town centre
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The group of 15- to 17-year-olds in Abingdon town centre

The 15- to 17-year-olds organised an event to support the annual Oxford Pride in Abingdon town centre. 

They said they were "shocked" by the negative responses, which came mainly from "older generations". 

Pride chair Rob Jordan said it showed why the council to had to show support for its LGBTQ community.  

Little devil wears Prada

Police want to speak to this pair pictured on CCTV after a man had his £800 jacket stolen from the Prada store in Bicester Village.

The man and woman police want to speak to after Prada theft
Thames Valley Police
The man and woman police want to speak to after Prada theft

The victim, a man in his 40s from Manchester, was trying on a jacket having taken off his own Gucci jacket.

A man and two women entered the store. The man took off his jacket, put on the victim’s jacket and then placed his own jacket on top of it and left the store.

Police call handler sacked for hanging up on rape victim

A police call handler has been sacked after hanging up on a "vulnerable" woman who asked for help and later reported she had been raped.

Gail Daniels-Ekarte spent five-and-a-half minutes talking to a 999 caller from Oxfordshire who said she was in danger, but did not deploy any officers to help her.

The call handler, who was based in Milton Keynes, has now been dismissed without notice by Thames Valley Police for gross misconduct.

A senior officer said her conduct fell "very far below" the standard expected.

Blackbird Leys Mile back on after one of its founders steps in at 11th hour

Oxford Mail

One of the founders of the Blackbird Leys Mile has stepped in some 30 years later to save its latest incarnation at the eleventh hour.

Council removes squatters in tent next to Oxford canal

A tent pitched in Jericho next to the Oxford canal has been removed by Oxford City Council.

The scene after removal
BBC

Tim Sadler, the authority's director for community services, said: “In July this year, we served notices on the occupants of the tents on the land adjacent to Castle Mill stream as there are no sanitary facilities at that site.

"The occupants failed to comply with the provisions of the notices or appeal against them, so we had to take action to remove all items detailed in the notices. 

"We have previously attempted to negotiate with the occupants to move voluntarily and referred them to homelessness services, but this assistance was declined.”

Glass Animals perform Maida Vale session

Oxford band Glass Animals performed live at the BBC's Maida Vale Studios for Annie Mac this week.

The band's second album How To Be A Human Being is released on 26 August.

Check out this weekend's BBC Introducing in Oxford to hear an interview with the band at the recent Wilderness Festival.

Bee decline is linked to controversial pesticides, Wallingford scientists conclude

Oxford Times

The decline of wild bees across England is linked to controversial pesticides, Oxfordshire scientists have concluded.

Unemployment down to lowest level in eight years

There were 1,859 people claiming Job Seekers Allowance in Oxfordshire last month.

Job Centre
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The figures come as it emerged the UK unemployment total fell by 52,000 to 1.64 million between April and June.

Britain's unemployment rate remained at 4.9%, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said.

The jobless total is now at its lowest for eight years, while the unemployment rate is at its lowest since the summer of 2005.

Rival reports into Oxfordshire devolution published

Two reviews examining different ways of organising services in Oxfordshire, which cost about £100,000 each, have been published.

The county's district councils asked PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) to examine having multiple unitary authorities and doing away with the county council.  

But Oxfordshire County Council also commissioned a review by Grant Thornton into having just one unitary authority for the whole county.  

Now the opposing local authorities have been told they need to find a "consensus", according to a spokesman for the districts.

Drone footage captures scale of field fire

This aerial footage captured by Jared Reabow shows the extent of the field fire that broke out near Stadhampton yesterday afternoon.

Fire service battled blaze near Stadhampton on Monday afternoon

Oxford United aim to avoid double defeat

Oxford United take on Fleetwood tonight targeting a first win of the new season in League One. 

Joe Skarz
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Joe Skarz

United travel up to Lancashire off the back of a disappointing loss to Bristol Rovers at the weekend. 

Michael Appleton's men lost back-to-back league games only once on their way to promotion last season. 

While he admits it will be a tougher ask this year, defender Joe Skarz says the squad are determined to keep consecutive defeats to a minimum.

Obviously it's a lot harder and the quality is higher. But we don't want to repeat the defeat. Even if you lose, you aim to at least draw the next one, but we'll be aiming to win to get us up and running.

Joe Skarz

Migrant crisis: French migrants squat in disused warehouse

Ferry ports in the South - including Portsmouth and Poole - are among the prime access points for migrants trying to enter the country.

Lorry drivers in Oxfordshire say they are concerned for their safety as migrants use their vehicles to head north through our county.

We visited a disused warehouse near the port of Caen, Normandy, which is being used as a squat by 30 migrants hoping to make their way to Britain.

Migrant crisis: French migrants squat in disused warehouse

Travel latest: Delays on the GWR London Paddington service

Owen Smith 'hasn't spotted' any Marxists in Labour ranks

Labour leadership hopeful Owen Smith has said he "hasn't spotted" any Marxist revolutionaries joining the party, during a speech in Oxford. 

Owen Smith
BBC
Owen Smith

He was responding to claims by deputy Labour leader Tom Watson - who says a hard left group is targeting young supporters of Jeremy Corbyn. 

Mr Corbyn has dismissed the claims as "nonsense".

Students warned to get protected after sharp rise in meningitis cases

Oxford Mail

A steep rise in the number of cases of a deadly strain of meningitis has prompted health officials to encourage school leavers to ensure they are vaccinated.

Grieving girlfriend urges work to make A34 safer

A campaign demanding improvements to the A34 is gaining support, with the number of petition signatures doubling in a week.

Megan Williamson
BBC
Megan Williamson

It follows last Wednesday's crash near East Ilsley in which a mother and three children died

Megan Williamson started the petition in June after her boyfriend died in hospital following a head-on collision on the A34.

She's appealed to Highways England to make the road safer, before more people are left to grieve loved-ones who lose their lives.

Until it happens to you, and I hope it never does, you will never know the true feelings that a lot of people are going through.

Meg Williamson

Firefighters tackle field fire near Stadhampton

Firefighters battled a blaze in a field yesterday evening that produced plumes of smoke visible for miles around. 

Four fire engines were called at about 16:48 to the scene (Credit: Craig Davis)

Emergency calls were made at 16:48 to a report that crops were on fire in the Newington Hill area, two miles south of Stadhampton. 

Four fire engines and specialist 4x4 appliance were sent to the scene. 

An Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said the fire was brought under control by 18:30. 

He said there was a "high risk" of fires in rural areas following the dry weather and urged people to take extra care.

Lorry drivers fear for safety from stowaway migrants

Lorry drivers travelling through Oxfordshire say they're concerned for their safety because of migrants jumping into their lorries.

Migrants attempt to board a lorry waiting at a French port bound for the UK
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Migrants attempt to board a lorry waiting at a French port bound for the UK

The BBC's been investigating the rise in the number of migrants hoping to make it to the UK through ports such as Portsmouth and Poole from the Normandy beaches.

Rhys Williams from the Road Haulage Association says his members face physical and financial threats.

The driver is responsible for £2,000 fine for every migrant found on board, and there is also the violence threat. If a driver happens to disturb these desperate people, they will do anything they can to get away, which has involved intimidation towards drivers.

Rhys Williams

Another fine day to come with warm sunny spells

BBC Weather

After a cool start, it will be fine and dry day with long sunny spells and light winds. This will lead to another warm or very warm day for all. Highs of 24C (75F).

BBC weather for Oxford 17 August 2016
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Travel latest: Delays on Banbury Road in Oxford and on the trains

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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Delays easing on the trains towards London.

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Rapeseed field just before sunset near Water Eaton
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Rapeseed field just before sunset near Water Eaton