Got a TV Licence?

You need one to watch live TV on any channel or device, and BBC programmes on iPlayer. It’s the law.

Find out more
I don’t have a TV Licence.

Summary

  1. Oxfordshire-based police, who guard nuclear facilities, reveal 130 security breaches
  2. Oxford University's September intake will have highest number of state school pupils for 40 years
  3. Surgery's receptionists to question patients' health before offering appointments

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

Get involved

That's all for today

 The BBC Local Live service for Oxfordshire will resume on Monday at 08:00.

Maitlis worried for family's safety from stalker's 'obsession'

BBC news presenter Emily Maitlis worried for her family's safety after receiving a letter from a man who developed an "obsession" with her after she spurned his advances at university, a court heard. 

Emily Maitlis
BBC
Emily Maitlis

Edward Vines denies two charges of breaching a restraining order imposed on 26 January 2009, preventing him from contacting the Newsnight presenter or her family.

His trial at Oxford Crown Court heard the 46-year-old sent two letters to the journalist and emails and letters to her mother Marion Maitlis between 10 May and 26 June last year. 

The subject of the letters centred around Vines' belief that Ms Maitlis had acted "scornfully" towards him after he had told her he loved while the pair were studying at Cambridge University in 1990. 

Quieter M40 planned for south Oxfordshire

A 4.3-mile stretch of the M40 in Oxfordshire is to be resurfaced to reduce noise pollution from the motorway.

Highways England said the road between Adwell (near junction 6) and the A40 Oxford spur (at junction 8) would be resurfaced.

Work is due to start later this month and is expected to be complete by the end of the year.

Witney family find eight venomous false widow spiders lurking in conservatory

Oxford Mail

A family had a fright in Witney when they spotted a cluster of poisonous false widow spiders lurking in a crack in their conservatory.

Appeal after man dies in Wantage road crash

Chris Brown

BBC News

Police are appealing for witnesses to a road crash in which a man aged in his 50s died.

Shortly after 07:30 a grey Toyota travelling on Chain Hill, Wantage, left the road. 

The man, who was the only person in the vehicle, died at the scene.

Chain Hill was closed while emergency services attended and has since reopened.

But in better travel news...

Travel latest: Crash causing delays on A4130

Assistance dog Mabel named pet hero of the year

An assistance dog from Banbury has been named Pet Hero of Britain at a national awards ceremony. 

Alex White and Mabel
BBC
Alex White and Mabel

Mabel helps 12-year-old Alex, who has high-functioning autism and Asperger's syndrome, with his daily life. 

The Charles Holland award was presented to Mabel and Alex by Falklands hero Simon Weston in London.  

Oxfordshire's Big Picture

As always, they're lovely :)

Oxfordshire's Big Picture

If you have a great image of Oxfordshire, we would love to showcase it. Send it to us with details and where the picture was taken to oxfordshire@bbc.co.uk, or post it on Twitter @bbcoxford or BBC Oxford on Facebook.

Empty Banbury offices to be affordable housing in £1m regeneration

An office block that has stood empty in Banbury for 10 years is to be turned into affordable housing.

Cherwell District Council has secured £1m of funding from the Homes and Community Agency to regenerate the four-storey Town Centre House into 39 one-bedroom apartments.

Town centre house in Banbury
BBC

John Donaldson, lead member for housing, said: "We have made fantastic use of a key building in the centre of town. Town Centre House has stood empty for far too long and it’s great to bring this prominent site back into use.

"The building is located in the heart of the town centre within walking distance of the amenities which will be great for the residents while the added footfall can only be good for the economy."

Beware the Nottingham Knockers

Residents in Bicester are being warned about a group of doorstep sellers who aren't who they claim to be.

Known as 'Nottingham Knockers', the salesmen offer cheap household goods and often claim to be reformed criminals attempting to mend their ways.

But they are not part of any recognised reform programme and are either trying to sell poor-quality products at over-inflated prices or even scoping out houses to rob.

View more on twitter

Health bosses back GP surgery's telephone triage plan

Health bosses have backed an Oxfordshire GP surgery's plan to get its receptionists to questions patients about their health before offering an appointment with a doctor.

Patient on the phone
Science Photo Library

From Monday, the surgery in Kennington will no longer directly issue doctor appointments. 

Instead, the receptionist will take brief details of the problem and pass them to the doctor, who calls the patient back and decides whether an appointment is necessary.

The surgery says the move is to deal with increased demand, but critics say patients will be too embarrassed to give their symptoms over the phone.

Across the country services are under unprecedented pressure because of rising demand and difficulties in recruitment. GPs in Oxfordshire face these same challenges and are working hard to find solutions so patients can access their doctor more efficiently. Telephone triage is used successfully at a number of practices in the county and allows practices to manage their clinicians' time efficiently.

Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group

Rail delays and cancellations due to broken-down train

Oxford Times

Rail passengers on journeys between Didcot and Reading face delays or cancellations due to a broken-down train.  

Unique vascular study recruits 10,000th volunteer

A unique scientific study based in Oxford has recruited its 10,000th volunteer from Oxfordshire.

Peter Casey suffered a 'frightening' mini-stroke
BBC
Peter Casey suffered a 'frightening' mini-stroke

The Oxford Vascular Study uses samples from consenting patients at the John Radcliffe Hospital to improve treatments for strokes and heart attacks. 

Peter Casey from Wantage agreed to take part in the study after suffering a "frightening" mini-stroke in April and praised the "brilliant" care he received.

Horton Hospital maternity unit downgrade 'risks lives'

Downgrading a hospital's maternity service will put the lives of mothers and babies at risk, the political parties in the area have warned. 

The unit at Horton General Hospital in Banbury will be midwife-led, rather than consultant-led, from October. 

Horton campaigners
BBC

But a joint statement from Conservative, Labour, Liberal Democrat, Green and UKIP representatives said they had "major concerns". 

The hospital trust says patient safety was behind its decision.

Bodleian's London before the Great Fire

It's been 350 years since the Great Fire of London started.  

The fire raged across the city from 2 to 5 September 1666, destroying more than 13,000 houses and 87 churches.  

And at the Bodleian, they have a map of the city before the blaze changed it forever.

View more on twitter

Ken Cresswell's son-in-law: 'We hope it's him'

Speaking following the recovery of a body in the Didcot Power Station rubble, Steve Hall, Ken Cresswell's son-in-law, said the family had been hoping for a breakthrough for six months. 

He added: "There's nothing you can do. 

"Obviously we are hoping this is him, and not in a selfish way to the other two families, because I'm sure they're hoping it's them as well."

Graffiti artists combat.... graffiti

A community in north Oxford has pulled together to combat graffiti on bridges in the best way possible - by commissioning graffiti artists to paint colourful murals instead. 

Detailed renderings of kingfishers, shire horses, swans and dinosaurs have been painted onto the Elizabeth Jennings Way and Frenchay Road bridges, and then covered in anti-graffiti paint.

Lovely :)

Kingfisher mural
BBC
Jennings mural
BBC
Swans and ducks mural
BBC

Search for power station bodies halted

Police dogs search Didcot power station wreckage
Thames Valley Police
Police dogs have been used to search the wreckage

Police said the search would resume when recovery work in the area where the body was found was completed.  

Police dogs search Didcot power station wreckage

Search for power station bodies halted

The search for the two remaining bodies in the ruins of a collapsed building at Didcot Power Station is temporarily halted.

Read more

Travel update: Traffic lights broken at Milton

Al Ryan

BBC Oxford travel presenter

The Didcot traffic signals from Milton Park to the Milton Interchange are stuck on red. An engineer is en route  

Search at Didcot power station temporarily halted

The search for the bodies of two remaining missing men in the ruins of the collapsed Didcot Power Station boiler house has been temporarily halted, police have said.

It follows the discovery of the body of a third missing man on Wednesday, which was taken from the site yesterday (pictured).

Guard of honour for Didcot body
BBC

Ken Cresswell, 57, and John Shaw, 61, from Rotherham, and Chris Huxtable, 34, from Swansea - have been missing since the collapse in February.  

Police said the search will resume "as soon as we have completed the detailed recovery work in the area that the body was recovered from".

Formal identification has not yet taken place.

Travel update: Busy at Bladon temporary lights

BBC Travel

The A4095 is busier in both directions through temporary traffic lights in Bladon.

Travel update: Overturned car at Wantage

BBC Travel

The B4494 Chain Hill in Wantage is closed between the A338 Newbury Street junction and the Bitham Road junction, because of an overturned car.

Oxford University to have 'most state school students for decades'

Sean Coughlan

BBC News, education correspondent

Oxford University's intake of new students this autumn will have the highest proportion of state school pupils for at least 40 years.

The university has offered 59.2% of places to pupils from state schools, up from 55.6% of places taken last year.

Students
BBC

Top universities have faced calls to be open to youngsters from all backgrounds and to support social mobility.

Dr Samina Khan, head of undergraduate admissions at Oxford, said they took such diversity "incredibly seriously".

Nuclear sites reveal 130 security breaches

Joe Nimmo

BBC News

Police guarding the UK's nuclear sites have revealed there have been 130 security breaches over the past five years - including a missing gun.

The information was obtained by the BBC after a freedom of information request to the Civil Nuclear Constabulary, which is based in Culham near Abingdon.

Hinkley Point power station
PA

The force said other incidents included the keys to Hinkley Point power station being lost and confidential information being shared.

It said it took security issues "extremely seriously".

Weather: 'Outbreaks of rain'

BBC Weather

Often cloudy with outbreaks of rain in a few places. 

There may be a few heavier bursts, although these will be quite isolated. 

Some bright spells may develop. Highs of 18C (64F).

Good morning

Welcome to Oxfordshire Live on this Friday morning. We'll be bringing you all the latest news today as it develops across the county.

As ever, let us know what’s happening in your area via emailFacebook or Twitter.