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  1. Chief executive of Southern Health resigns
  2. Girl, 3, dies after A34 crash
  3. Number of people out of work rises in Oxfordshire by almost 2,500
  4. Charity bike ride in support of cycle path 'too dangerous'

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Drowned teen's mother can't understand why Katrina Percy hung on

The mother of 18-year-old Connor Sparrowhawk, who drowned in a bath at one of its the trust's facilities, has told the BBC Katrina Percy should have resigned before. 

Sara Ryan added that the former CEO was still not "taking responsibility" for the failings of Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust.

Hampshire MP says Percy resignation was right decision

George Hollingbery, Conservative MP for Meon Valley, said Katrina Percy had "made the right decision to stand down".

He added: “The recent review by the chairman of Southern Health cleared her of any fault, but it was clear the families of those who have been affected by poor care from the trust were very unhappy she was staying, and I hope this now allows them to look forward to a resolution of their grievances.

“I also hope it will add further impetus to Southern in its endeavours to get itself back on a proper footing."

New graffiti murals transform Oxford bridges

These fantastic murals were snapped by BBC Oxford's Chris Wood and are part of a drive to tackle graffiti around the Oxford canal.


The designs were selected as part of a competition organised by the police and the Canal and River Trust, and now brighten up the Elizabeth Jennings Way and Frenchay Road bridges.

Second 'meow meow' dealer jailed for four years

A second member of a gang that sold mephedrone and other drugs has been jailed for more than four years. 

James Screeton, of Willes Close, Faringdon, admitted a conspiracy to deal methylmethcathinone and ketamine. 

Earlier this months Vishal Nazar, 37, of Danvers Road, Oxford, was jailed for five years for the same offences. 

The alleged leader of the gang, Sohail Dawood, formerly of Chipping Norton, is believed to be in India or Dubai after fleeing the UK.

Nothing is off the table as part of review of Oxfordshire County Council's property

Oxford Mail

Oxford's historic County Hall could be sold as council chiefs look to offload property.

Connor Sparrowhawn mum: Katrina Percy resignation is long overdue

The mother of drowned teenager Connor Sparrowhawk, Sara Ryan, has said Katrina Percy's resignation is "long overdue".

Sara Ryan
Sara Ryan

In a statement she added: "This whole sorry episode has shone an important light on peculiar workings at senior NHS levels around regulation, accountability and enforcement. 

"It also demonstrates that candour and transparency remain woefully lacking in 2016."

Weird hail stones explained

Think hailstones are round in shape? Think again. This random assortment was snapped by a BBC viewer in Drayton on Saturday, during the heavy thunderstorms that struck the county.

Alex Burkill from the Met Office says they are unusual and are formed when small, round hailstones are lifted back up on warm updrafts to merger with others.

"These will have been formed by smaller hailstones repeatedly falling through the cloud then rising up due to the updraft, and then finally falling to the ground when they are heavy enough," she said.

"You can almost make out the smaller hailstones the ones in the pictures are made up of."

Hail stones in Drayton
Steve Clark

Hail is normally more spherical, but large hail will be made up of smaller hail so can be random in shape, and this is more likely in summer.

Alex BurkillMet Office

Girl, 3, dies after eight-vehicle crash

 A lorry and seven cars were involved in the accident on the A34 at Hinksey Hill, Oxford, at about 19:30 BST on Thursday.  

The A34

Girl, 3, dies after eight-vehicle crash

A three-year-old girl dies in hospital following an eight-vehicle crash on a dual carriageway.

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Southern Health Timeline

Here are the events which have culminated in Katrina Percy's resignation:

July 2013 - Connor Sparrowhawk, 18, drowns after an epileptic seizure at Oxford learning disability unit Slade House. Inquest later rules neglect contributed to his death. 

11 December 2015 - The BBC reveals details of a leaked Mazars report which highlights a "failure of leadership". Jeremy Hunt says he is "profoundly shocked". 

17 December 2015 - The report is officially published and shows out of 722 unexpected deaths over four years, only 272 were properly investigated.

6 April 2016 - The Care Quality Commission (CQC) issues a warning notice to significantly improve protection for mental health patients. 

29 April 2016 - A full CQC inspection report is published, which says the trust is continuing to put patients at risk. 

30 June 2016 - Following a review of the management team competencies, it is announced that Katrina Percy is to keep her job. 

29 July 2016 - The BBC reports that the trust has paid millions of pounds in contracts to companies owned by previous associates of Katrina Percy. 

30 August 2016 - Ms Percy announces she is standing down.

Lib Dem health spokesman criticses 'belated' Percy resignation

Liberal Democrat Health spokesman Norman Lamb said: “I welcome Katrina Percy’s belated resignation as Chief Executive of Southern Health, having repeatedly called for a change of leadership at the Trust.

“Under her watch, patients and families were fatally let down by a rotten culture.

Norman Lamb

“There was a failure to learn lessons despite repeated warnings, and this recklessness ultimately cost lives. 

"But rather than taking responsibility and doing the honourable thing by stepping down, Katrina Percy continued to put her own interests before the public interest."

Your views: Southern Health chief steps down

We're starting to get some reaction on our Facebook page to the news that Katrina Percy has stepped down as Southern Health chief executive.

Rosie Holmes says: "Just don't give her a golden handshake"

Debbie Gale added: "About time!"  

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BreakingThree-year-old girl dies in hospital after crash

A three-year-old girl has died in hospital following an eight-vehicle crash on a dual carriageway. 

A lorry and seven cars were involved in the accident on the A34 at Hinksey Hill, Oxford, at about 19:30 BST on Thursday.

The A34

The child and a 31-year-old woman were taken to Oxford's John Radcliffe Hospital, where they were described as being in a "critical" condition. 

Police have now said the girl died on Saturday.

'Justice at last' - Southern Health campaigners respond

A campaign started in memory of Connor Sparrowhawk, who died in the care of Southern Health NHS Trust, has welcomed the resignation of trust chief executive Katrina Percy.

The 'Justice for Laughing Boy' campaign had called for the trust to be prosecuted for manslaughter and for staff involved to face disciplinary action.

Katrina Percy 'well suited' to be NHS trust leader

Embattled health boss Katrina Percy, who is leaving her role as Southern Health NHS Trust chief executive, was allowed to keep her job following an internal inquiry which reported in June.

A trust statement said she was found to be "well suited to lead the trust forward".

The former health secretary Jeremy Hunt had said he was "profoundly shocked" by an independent study which found the trust had failed to properly investigate the deaths of more than 1,000 patients in its care.

Katrina Percy

BreakingBoss of troubled NHS trust quits

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust chief executive Katrina Percy

Katrina Percy said "the effect ongoing personal media attention has had on staff and patients" had made her position at Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust untenable.  

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust chief executive Katrina Percy

Boss of troubled NHS trust quits

The chief executive of troubled Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust, Katrina Percy, resigns over "media attention".

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BreakingBoy charged with attempted rape in Oxford

Police have charged a 17-year-old boy in connection with an attempted rape in Oxford last week in South Hinksey.

The teenager from Oxford was arrested on Saturday after a woman in her twenties was attacked in Lake Street at about 08:00 on 25 August. 

He was charged the following day with one count of attempted rape of a woman aged 16 or over.

He appeared at Oxford Magistrates' Court yesterday and was remanded in custody. He is due to appear at Reading Magistrates' Court tomorrow.

Percy to stay with Southern Health in new role

Here's the full statement from Katrina Percy and Southern Health interim chair Tim Smart.

Ms Percy will stay with the trust in a new role "working with local GP leaders providing strategic advice on the transformation of local health services".

Percy had refused to resign over deaths report

Katrina Percy, who has stepped down as chief executive of Southern Health NHS Trust, led the organisation during a period of turmoil.

A report last year found that the trust had failed to properly investigate the deaths of more than 1,000 patients in its care.

Ms Percy issued an apology, but criticised the NHS-commissioned report and refused to resign.

Katrina Percy
Southern Health NHS Trust

Drivers facing more misery as number of utility roadworks rises by thousands

Oxford Mail

Drivers are facing more misery on the roads after utility companies carried out thousands of extra roadworks.

Roads across Oxfordshire were dug up 20,467 times in 2015/16, a rise of 10 per cent on 2013/14.

BreakingPolice confirm death of man on railway

British Transport Police confirmed the man has died on the railway near Bicester North station this morning.

A spokesman said the force was called at 08:20 to a report that a person had been hit by a train just south of the station.

Emergency services arrived at the scene and found the body of a man. His death is not being treated as suspicious.

Police are now trying to discover the man's identity and inform his family.

BreakingDeath near Bicester North station

A man has died after being hit by a train on the railway near Bicester North station. 

Emergency services were called to an incident south of the station at about 08:30 BST. 

Chiltern Railways tweeted at 08:43 that there had been "a fatality of which the emergency service are currently supporting".

Transport Police said the death was not being treated as suspicious.

Rail services through Bicester North are currently delayed by up to an hour.

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Unemployment rises across Oxfordshire

The number of people out of work in Oxfordshire has risen by almost 2,500 in a year.

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Latest figures from the Office for National Statistics show 14,300 people were classed as unemployed in the county between April 2015 and March 2016, up from 11,900 during the same period the previous year.

But the number of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance has fallen, both nationally and locally.

Bolt from the grey

It was a dramatic start to the bank holiday...

Lightning captured over North Leigh on Friday by BBC reader Tamsin Butler
Tamsin Butler
Lightning captured over North Leigh on Friday by BBC reader Tamsin Butler

Mist clears to reveal Capability Brown's glorious design

Today marks 300 years since the baptism of Lancelot 'Capability' Brown. 

The view is, thankfully, clearing for Lilley Mitchell to reveal one of his most famous landscapes at Blenheim Palace. 

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Charity bike ride cancelled over road safety fears

A charity bike ride in support of a cycle path along a road in Oxfordshire can't go ahead because the route has been considered too dangerous. 

Cycling generic

The police and Oxfordshire County Council say the B4044 between Eynsham and Botley is too unsafe for a large number of bikes to cycle along at one time. 

The charity Bike Safe says this proves exactly why they need a bike path and have been campaigning for one for years.  

Can you track this missing hearing dog?

This male cocker spaniel went missing in the Chinnor area last week, during training with Hearing Dogs for Deaf People. 

He disappeared at about 17:30 on 25 August. He is microchipped with a collar on.

If you have seen him, contact Fredrica on 07483 005338.

Male cocker spaniel missing from Hearing Dogs for Deaf People
Hearing Dogs for Deaf People

Warm, dry and sunny

Fog will clear this morning, leaving us with warm sunshine with hardly any cloud or wind. Highs of 24C (75F).

Canadian geese flying over Benson yesterday evening
Sian Parkinson
Canadian geese flying over Benson yesterday evening

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