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  1. PM's former school headteacher slams education 'segregation'
  2. A34 group meets to discuss road safety improvements

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Travel update: Slow on the Banbury Road

BBC Travel

There's slow traffic on the A4165 Banbury Road northbound in Oxford between the B4495 Marston Ferry Road junction and the Cutteslowe Roundabout.

Police officer cleared of misconduct

A Thames Valley Police officer has been cleared of breaching the standards of professional behavior, following a misconduct hearing yesterday.

PC Neil Budd, who is based at Banbury police station, was cleared of discreditable conduct and dishonesty.

Banbury Police Station
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The allegation related to the alteration of a handwritten record of an interview, conducted with a man in relation to a road traffic collision.

The panel concluded that the case was not proven and PC Budd will now return to full duty.

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A government study says a "brain belt" expressway between Oxford and Cambridge could boost the UK economy.

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Campaigners disappointed with Oxford to Cambridge 'brain belt' plan

The new study sets out the case for an Oxford to Cambridge expressway, creating a dual carriageway from the M1 at Milton Keynes and the M40 near Oxford. 

Bridget Fox, Sustainable Transport Campaigner, Campaign for Better Transport said the plan was a "disappointing" return to the "policies of the past".

She said: "Oxford and Cambridge have pioneered transport policies based on providing alternatives to car dependency. To build new road connections drawing more traffic into the area risks undermining their achievements."

Abingdon council leader: All people in town are 'valued members of our community'

The leader of Abingdon town council has responded to allegations by teenagers that they received homophobic insults while campaigning in the town centre yesterday.

Mike Badcock said he wanted to reassure all people in the town they were "valued members of our community".

I note that the alleged incidents have been linked to our decision regarding the flying of the rainbow flag. I am extremely disappointed that the reasons for the council's decision in this regard continue to be misinterpreted, it would appear wilfully by some. We would always advise that where there are any such incidents they should always be reported to the police.

Mike BadcockLeader, Abingdon-on-Thames Town Council

Council estimates 95% of students gained two passing A-Levels

Oxfordshire County Council has estimated that about 95% of students have gained two or more A-Levels at the A* to E pass rate in the county.

Students at Didcot Sixth Form
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Students at Didcot Sixth Form celebrated their results

This would be close to the 2015 figure - 94.5% - although the confirmed results will be published later in the year.

The 15- to 17-year olds were raising support and money for the annual Oxford Pride festival outside Abingdon town hall

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

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Leaders have 'failed' after devolution reports

The political leadership around Oxfordshire has "failed" after £200,000 was spent on rival reports into changing the structure of the county's local government. 

Oxfordshire County Council
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Andrew Gant, the Liberal Democrat leader at Oxford City Council, described the exercise as an "expensive shambles". 

Two reports commissioned by the county and district councils said a consensus was needed between the opposing sides. 

The leader of Oxford City Council is reported to have said hopes for a reorganisation were now "dead".    

Born to run... through Scandinavia

Sophie Rooney is running the entire length of Scandinavia.

Sophie Rooney
Sophie Rooney

The woman from Banbury is doing it to raise money for three charities; The Stroke Association, UK Mountain Rescue and the Thomas Thyer Foundation. 

She's travelling the whole 3,000km through Norway, Sweden and Denmark by herself and carrying all her own kit.

I have made the decision to give it my 100%.

Sophie Rooney

Pride and joy for Henley rowers in Rio

Henley Standard

Henley's Olympians are celebrating after helping secure a bumper medal haul in Rio. The Team GB rowers won five medals, three golds and two silvers, with 12 Leander athletes among the crews.   

Travel update: Queues around Cutteslowe Roundabout

BBC Travel

There's queuing traffic for one mile on the A40 in both directions at the Cutteslowe Roundabout in the roadworks area. 

The congestion goes back to the Wolvercote Roundabout and on the A44 Woodstock Road to the Peartree Interchange.

Oxford United fall to second defeat in a week

Oxford United tasted defeat on the road for the second successive game after going down 2-0 at Fleetwood in League One

Fleetwood celebrate David Ball's opening goal
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Fleetwood celebrate David Ball's opening goal

United have picked up just a single point from their three games so far and boss Michael Appleton acknowledges that his players need to show more belief and do some of the basics right.

It's a lack of confidence, but we're also not aggressive enough. The type of goals we're conceding are too easy. We know what we need to address. They need to learn quicker from their mistakes and we're a little bit thin in terms of numbers. But once we address those issues, I'll be a lot happier.

Michael AppletonOxford United head coach

'Brain belt' expressway from Oxford to Cambridge suggested

A government study has said a "brain belt" expressway between Oxford and Cambridge could boost the UK economy.

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The Department for Transport has published the results of an investigation into linking existing roads between the two cities, via Bedford and Milton Keynes. 

It says upgrading the network and addressing gaps could improve journey times by up to 30 minutes. 

And the study warns a failure to act could "constrain economic growth".  

Lock keepers win U-turn on 'ridiculous' fire extinguisher ban

Oxford Mail

Lock keepers in Oxfordshire have won a "minor victory" after their managers scrapped ridiculous plans to stop them using their own fire extinguishers and ladders.

Frideswide Square repair work to begin next Monday

Part of a new £6.7m road junction in Oxford is to be repaired and altered less than a year after completion, to prevent further damage by vehicles.

The turn from Hythe Bridge Street is "impossible" for coaches without striking the kerb, say bus bosses
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The turn from Hythe Bridge Street is "impossible" for coaches without striking the kerb, say bus bosses

A kerb at Frideswide Square had to be repaired in May as bus companies said it was impossible for them to navigate the junction with out mounting a paved area.

Oxfordshire County Council said the kerb outside the Royal Oxford Hotel will be realigned and strengthened during two weeks of work starting next Monday.

This was an innovative, complex scheme and it is not unexpected that minor alterations and repairs are necessary following a period of bedding in.

David Nimmo SmithCabinet member for transport

Endeavour cast dig up mysteries at Headington Cemetery

Oxford Mail

Crews were back in Oxford to film the fourth series of Endeavour last weekend, with snapper Nasir Hamid sharing exclusive images taken while filming at Headington Cemetery.

Comeback time: The rebirth of British watchmaking

You will have little trouble finding a luxury Swiss watch in London's West End... but British-made timepieces are much harder to come by.

Bremont's co-founder, brothers Giles (left) and Nick English, set up the business eight years ago
Bremont
Bremont's co-founder, brothers Giles (left) and Nick English, set up the business eight years ago

One of the few purveyors is Bremont. It employs around 30 watchmakers at a workshop in Henley-on-Thames.

We went along to see why they're turning back the clock to a golden age of British watchmaking.

Support for grammar schools from county council education chief

Melinda Tilley from Oxfordshire County Council said gifted and talented children were being let down by the current ban on new grammar schools.

Melinda Tilley
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Melinda Tilley

There is nothing wrong with selection. People say we must do more to help pupils with special educational needs, but no one says we should do more for the gifted and talented. People assume they will just make it in life, but without giving them something more that's not necessarily the case. We are letting down a whole group of young people that we shouldn't be letting down.

Melinda TilleyCabinet member for children, education and families, Oxfordshire County Council

Grammar schools 'very damaging' for pupils

The headteacher of the prime minister's former school has been speaking about why she is opposed to potential plans to introduce new grammar schools

Kate Curtis said it would be bad idea to "go down the road of segregating, of selecting and identifying" children at the age of 11 because it would be "very damaging for those that are outside the grammar school system".

It's an arbitrary age in which to select. In some ways it's too late because for those that are really disadvantaged, some of the damage has already been done, and in another sense it's far too young because you don't know what their future growth and development might be. To segregate groups of young people at any stage with physical walls between them is a mistake. There should always be the opportunity for fluid learning.

Kate CurtisHeadteacher, Wheatley Park School

Farmers battle chemical-resistant weed

Oxfordshire's farmers are facing a battle to root out an invasive weed that's proving resistant to herbicides. 

Piers Cowling, a farmer in Wantage, says nature has 'had enough of us using chemicals'
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Piers Cowling, a farmer in Wantage, says nature has 'had enough of us using chemicals'

Black Grass has been described as the number one problem in weed control for UK growers by researchers at Newcastle University. 

They say resistance is creeping across the country and herbicides are becoming less effective.   

The answer is clever farming. We've always had chemcials to treat these problems. But nature has had enough of us using chemicals and now it's beating us.

Piers CowlingFarmer in Wantage

Pesticide link to long-term wild bee decline

The decline of wild bees in England is being linked to controversial pesticides used on crops. 

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Steven Falk

Neo-nico-tinoids are currently under a two year ban in the EU because of concerns over their negative impact on bees. 

Now, researchers at Wallingford's Centre for Ecology and Hydrology say they've found evidence that agrees.

PM's former school head blasts 'segregation'

The headteacher of Theresa May's old school, which was a grammar school in the Prime Minister's time, has said making more selective schools would be a "big mistake". 

Kate Curtis, headteacher of prime minister Theresa May's old school
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Kate Curtis, headteacher of prime minister Theresa May's old school

The Sunday Telegraph said the PM was planning to scrap the ban on grammar schools to boost "social mobility". 

Kate Curtis at Wheatley Park School in Oxfordshire said young people would miss out if they were "segregated". 

Melinda Tilley, from Oxfordshire County Council, said there was "nothing wrong" with selection.

Weather: Light showers at first, but sunny spells developing

It will be rather cloudy at times through the day with the odd light shower here and there. The cloud will thin and break in places though to give some warm bright or sunny spells. Highs of 24C (75F).

Bringing in the harvest at Watchfield, by BBC Weather Watcher Ivan Denisovich
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Bringing in the harvest at Watchfield, by BBC Weather Watcher Ivan Denisovich

Spate of deaths prompt A34 road safety meeting

More must be done to prevent the number of fatal crashes on the A34 between Hampshire and Oxfordshire, campaigners have said. 

About 50 people attended the A34 Action Group's first meeting
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About 50 people attended the A34 Action Group's first meeting

The A34 Action Group was set up following the deaths of a mother and three children during an eight-vehicle-crash between Chieveley and East Ilsley, in Berkshire, on 10 August. 

About 50 people attended the group's first public meeting on Wednesday. 

Group organisers said "too many lives" had been lost on the road.

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Two modes of transport on the canal at Thrupp