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  1. Councils criticised over 'dead' devolution plans
  2. Painting stuffed in wardrobe worth £15,000
  3. Model aircraft battery sparks garage fire

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Picture left in wardrobe for years sold for £9,500

A painting bought by an Oxford professor and then left in the back of a wardrobe for years after he gave it away has sold for £9,500 at auction.

The painting
DEE ATKINSON & HARRISON

It was discovered to be a rare work by British artist Euan Uglow, whose work has become highly sought after in recent years, according to art experts.

Warning as winds of up to 50mph could rip through Oxfordshire tomorrow

Oxford Mail

Winds of up to 50mph could be set to rip through the county tomorrow. The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for wind for Oxfordshire lasting from 2am to 9pm on Saturday. 

Repair work starting at Frideswide Square on Monday

Woman accused of Oxford stabbing has plea hearing postponed

A woman charged with causing grievous bodily harm with intent after a man was stabbed in Oxford has had her plea hearing postponed.

Henry Taunt close
Google

Gemma Rees, 26, of Broom Place, Barton, will appear at Oxford Crown Court on Monday for a plea and trial preparation hearing.

It comes after a man in his 50s was stabbed in his home in Henry Taunt Close, Barton, on 2 July.

Ashmolean's 1935 photo of the Uffington White Horse

Oxford United sign defender on loan

Man wanted after breaking prison release conditions

David French, 32, is being hunted by police after failing to attend appointments following his release from prison.

David French
Thames Valley Police

He was last seen on 15 July in Edmonds Road, Banbury, and is known to frequent the Banbury area.

French is white, 5ft 10ins, of broad build with cropped brown hair. He has a birthmark on the left side of his neck.

Det Sgt Lee Newman said anyone who sees French should "not approach him" and "contact police as a matter of urgency".

Oxford Bus Company reports traffic delays

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Men hunted after woman with children robbed in park

Police are appealing for witnesses following a robbery in Oxford's Christ Church Meadow Park.

It happened on Sunday between 18:00 and 18:30 when a woman was walking with her two children and two men approached her from behind.

The victim was grabbed and cash was stolen.

The men are described as Arabic, in their 20s, about 5ft 8ins to 5ft 10ins, with beards.

Five things from BBC Oxford this week

It's time to catch up on some of the most memorable and popular news stories for Oxfordshire this past week in case you missed them.  

The Angry Birds
BBC
You can find out why children were left "traumatised" after going to see the Angry Birds Movie

Oxford United: Ryan Taylor confident goals will come

Oxford United striker Ryan Taylor says he's confident the goals will come as he waits to get off the mark for the new season. 

Ryan Taylor
Rex Features
Ryan Taylor

After suffering with a groin problem which eventually required surgery last season, he says he's now going the extra mile to increase his sharpness in front of goal.

I've been staying behind to practice which will help. I'm feeling good about my game so the goals will definitely come.

Ryan Taylor

80s fans descend on Henley for Rewind Festival

Campers are descending on Henley-on-Thames today for a weekend-long celebration of all things 80s. 

Rick Astley
EPA
Rick Astley

The Rewind Festival is back, with Rick Astley, Tony Hadley and Erasure's Andy Bell among the headline acts.

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Councils criticised over 'dead' devolution plans

Councils in Oxfordshire have been accused of a "turf war" over devolution plans that have now been abandoned.

Oxfordshire County Council
BBC

About £200,000 was spent by the local authorities on two rival reports on how to restructure the county's services.

The five district councils' recommended creating three new unitary authorities for the county, while the county council argued in favour of one.

Both sides have been told by the government they need to reach a consensus.

Mother of missing Didcot Power Station demolition worker speaks of agonising wait for his body to be recovered

Oxford Times

The grieving mother of a man trapped in the wreckage of the collapsed boiler house at Didcot Power Station has spoken of her pain over the length of time it is taking to recover his body.

Painting stuffed in wardrobe worth £15,000

A painting bought by an Oxford professor in the 1980s for £200 and then stuck in the back of a wardrobe is expected to reach around £15,000 at auction later.

Rare work by Euan Uglow of rooftops in Lowestoft
Dee Atkinson & Harrison
Rare work by Euan Uglow of rooftops in Lowestoft

James Campbell, a professor of medieval history at Worcester College, bought the picture - a view of rooftops in Lowestoft - but gave it away to his cousin.

Not liking the picture, she put it in the back of a wardrobe decided to get it valued after the professor's death earlier this year.

It was discovered to be a rare work by Euan Uglow, whose works have fetched up to £600,000.

Little girl's plea to council bosses... 'Please don't ruin our peaceful village'

Oxford Mail

A nine-year-old girl has pleaded with council bosses not to destroy "the special, peaceful" village she loves.

Weather: Cloudy with outbreaks of rain, then clearing by the evening

BBC Weather Watchers

Today will start cloudy, with outbreaks of rain throughout the day. Rain will ease off towards evening with some brighter spells possible. It'll be breezier than of late, too. Highs of 20C (68F).

View across the fields near Little Wittenham, by BBC Weather Watcher 'Alan power'
BBC
View across the fields near Little Wittenham, by BBC Weather Watcher 'Alan power'

Model aircraft battery sparks garage fire

Paramedics had to treat a man for smoke inhalation yesterday after a fire broke out in the garage of a bungalow in Thame. 

Garage fire in Thame
OFRS

He'd breathed in the smoke while trying to remove dangerous hazards from the building in Chestnut Avenue. 

The fire started when a battery for a model aircraft that was charging in the garage overheated, Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service said.

Travel latest: M40 lane closure ends

Our roads are reasonably clear so far this morning. The earlier lane closure on the M40 near Banbury has now ended.

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Geese in flight at Tar Lakes, Witney
Derek Hall
Geese in flight at Tar Lakes, Witney