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Summary

  1. Second Didcot body indentified
  2. Man charged over A34 deaths
  3. Oxford University review says benefits of statins underestimated

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That's all for this week

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

BBC Introducing acts take to the stage

BBC Introducing in Oxford is putting on a fantastic selection of Oxfordshire acts at the O2 Academy Oxford's Uprising showcase tonight.

Evarose
BBC

Evarose (pictured) headline a line-up that also features Kone, Wolfs and Kid Kin.

It all kicks off at 19:00, with highlights on tomorrow's BBC Introducing show.

Sheep drown after being chased by dog

People are being urged to keep their dogs on a lead around livestock after six sheep were chased into a river and drowned. 

The animals were pulled from the River Thames in on the Earth Trust Farm in Little Wittenham, Oxfordshire. 

Five were already dead and the sixth later died of shock and water inhalation. 

Owner Emma Blomfield said she was "absolutely gutted". 

Sheep on church meadow
Emma Blomfield

Oxford Utd vs Swindon: Join us for the derby day drama

Evacuated school set for reopening

A primary school that was evacuated due to structural issues with its roof will not reopen until Wednesday.

Parents were contacted on Tuesday to collect their children from West Kidlington Primary School in Oxfordshire.

West Kidlington Primary School
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Headteacher Simon Isherwood said his priority was making the school safe.

new statement on the school's website thanked parents for their "patience and understanding during this challenging time".

Elderly Witney retirement home residents conduct 12-hour traffic survey

Witney Gazette

Concerned residents of retirement housing in Witney conducted a 12-hour survey to assess the overwhelming levels of traffic that separate them from the town centre.

Abingdon to get back into the swim of things

The indoor pools at White Horse Leisure and Tennis Centre closed for 10 weeks over the summer for maintenance.

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Five things

St Giles' Fair, Oxford
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Just in case you missed us this week's...

St Giles' Fair, Oxford

Five things

A collection of bits and pieces from the last week.

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Appeal for help after horses are abandoned

Police are appealing for help to trace the owner of 10 horses that were abandoned in a field.

On Sunday, the owner of a field off the A418 Thame bypass, near Priest End, found the horses left after a padlock was broken.

The horses are a mixture of white and brown in colour, and were in a poor condition.

Anyone with information should call police on 101.

Man in hospital after Grove road crash

A man has sustained a serious head injury following a multiple vehicle collision in Grove this morning. 

Emergency services were called to the A338 at about 07:20. 

The man has been taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford for treatment. 

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Price of a pint in Oxfordshire among most expensive in Britain

Oxford Times

A perfect storm of high living costs and national challenges facing pubs has been blamed for the price of beer in Oxfordshire. Research released today by the Good Pub Guide showed the average price of a pint is £3.62.

Oxfordshire's Big Picture

Field of colour on a grey day in Stadhampton.
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Field of colour on a grey day in Stadhampton.

Top shots this week. Thank you.

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.

Is this your Tyrannosaurus rex?

Latest travel: Slow traffic on A34 northbound

BBC Travel

There's stop-start traffic on the A34 northbound between Hinksey Hill Interchange and Bicester.

Man appears in court over fatal A34 West Ilsley crash

A man has appeared in court charged with causing death by dangerous driving following a crash in which a mother and three children died.

Tracy Houghton was travelling home in a car with her two sons and her partner's daughter
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Tracy Houghton was travelling home in a car with her two sons and her partner's daughter

The eight-vehicle crash happened on the A34 northbound between Chieveley and West Ilsley in Berkshire on 10 August.

Tomasz Kroker, 30, of Andover, has been charged with four counts of death by dangerous driving and one of causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

He was remanded in custody to appear at Reading Crown Court on 10 October.

Reviewing the latest movie releases

Al Ryan, who has been sitting in for David Prever on the drive time show this week, was joined by James Luxford, movie critic for the Radio Times, to talk about the latest releases. 

They discuss reports that Daniel Craig has been offered $150m to make two more Bond films and James reviews the big blockbuster release of the week, the remake of Ben-Hur. 

There are also reviews of Captain Fantastic and Don't Breathe.  

Rooftop vision revealed for panoramic views of Oxford at revamped Westgate Centre

Oxford Mail

Designs have been revealed for a stunning new public space on the roof of Oxford's revamped Westgate Shopping Centre.

LIVE: Take a tour

Today's Oxford Open Doors and BBC Oxford studios are open to the public. Tickets are sold out, so how about a virtual tour? (Once we'd figured which way to hold a camera)

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WATCH: There's been a crime wave in Oxfordshire

Henry vacuum cleaners have been disappearing from churches. But there was a happy ending on Radio Oxford this morning.

Happy ending after spate of missing Henrys in Oxfordshire

Second day in the saddle at Blenheim

The Blenheim International Horse Trials continue near Woodstock today, with the second day of dressage before show jumping and cross country take place over the weekend. 

Blenheim International Horse Trials
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But it all takes places without Izzy Taylor. 

The 33-year-old from Aynho, near Banbury, has had to withdraw because her horse Allercombe Ellie hasn't recovered from the injury, which also scuppered her hopes of competing at the Rio Olympics.

'Huge relief' for family of Ken Cresswell, MP says

Sarah Champion, the MP for the families of Ken Cresswell and John Shaw, said it was "a huge relief to the Cresswell family to now have Ken found and identified". 

Sarah Champion MP
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Sarah Champion MP

"But we must not forget that this has taken over six months and John Shaw is still missing." 

She said the families had been in turmoil since the collapse of the power station boiler house, describing it as "mental torture". 

"Every time the phone has rung over the last six months, the families have jumped up and run to get to it just in case it's news. They have felt guilty if they have gone away from home… in case they miss a call."

WATCH: U's coach Chris Allen on playing derby

U's first team coach - and former player - Chris Allen has been speaking to Radio Oxford ahead of the well-out match against Swindon Town at the Kassam Stadium this weekend. 

Saturday’s match is live on BBC Radio Oxford 95.2FM and on digital radio.  

Oxford United coach Chris Allen on playing derby

Didcot Power Station body identified

Ken Cresswell, from Rotherham, is the third man to have been recovered from Didcot power station
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Ken Cresswell, from Rotherham, is the third man to have been recovered from Didcot power station

Thames Valley Police said the family of the 57-year-old from Rotherham had been informed and were being given support.  

Ken Cresswell, from Rotherham, is the third man to have been recovered from Didcot power station

Didcot Power Station body identified

The man recovered from under the rubble of Didcot A Power Station on Wednesday is identified as 57-year-old Ken Cresswell from Rotherham.

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Drinking while pregnant advice 'confusing'

Advice issued on drinking while pregnant is confusing and needs to be reviewed, according to the Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Trust, based in Oxford.

Pregnant woman drinking wine
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 The government says drinking while pregnant isn't safe, but the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence says it should be limited to one or two units a week. 

'Don't see red' in Swindon clash, urges Oxford United coach

Oxford United coach Chris Allen says tomorrow's sold-out match against Swindon at the Kassam Stadium should be an occasion to be enjoyed for U's players.

Oxford United beat Swindon Town 2-0 at home in the last league meeting between the two sides in March 2012
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Oxford United beat Swindon Town 2-0 at home in the last league meeting between the two sides in March 2012

But he's warning them not to be so caught up in the atmosphere that they lose their composure and risk a sending off. 

Allen is a former Oxford United player and, as he was born and brought up in the city, he says there are huge passions generated by the local derby.

Statins review says benefits 'underestimated'

Statins
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The Oxford University review also suggests side effects such as muscle pain do occur, although in relatively few people.  

Statins

Statins benefits 'underestimated'

The benefits of the cholesterol-reducing drug statins are underestimated and the harms exaggerated, a major review suggests.

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#SongsforOxon - Message in a Botley and many more...

We've been inspired this morning on BBC Radio Oxford's breakfast show with our very own Oxfordshire version of yesterday's Twitter trend #SongsFromLondon.

London we take your Like a Gherkin and raise you Cumnor Eileen... 

Come on #SongsForOxon!

@BBCOxford Witney with your rhythm stick,

@bbcoxford Fat Botley Girls (( you make the Rocking World Go Round!!) 😅😅

@BBCOxford #SongsForOxon Give me just a Littlemore time. 🎶🎵👌

@BBCOxford @alryanradio What about Every Botley Hurts?

David Prever
BBC

And the fun hasn't stopped there. Breakfast show host David Prever has had his own ideas. Message in a Botley? Making your Mind Thrupp?

Weather: Largely dry with sunny spells and the odd shower

It will be a mostly cloudy start to the day, but many should see some warm sunny spells developing. A few showers are possible at times on an increasingly fresh south-westerly breeze and as a result it'll feel less humid than recent days. Highs of 22C (72F) 

After a mostly fine end to the day, the cloud will thicken up overnight bringing outbreaks of rain into western parts of the county such as Witney.

Sunset at Barford St Michael, by BBC Weather Watcher 'Sarah's scene'
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Sunset at Barford St Michael, by BBC Weather Watcher 'Sarah's scene'

Man charged over fatal A34 crash

A34 crash scene
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The eight-vehicle crash happened on the A34 northbound between the West Ilsley and Ridgeway junctions

Tracy Houghton, 45, from Dunstable, her two sons, Ethan, 13, and Joshua, 11, and her partner's daughter Aimee Goldsmith, 11, died when their car collided with a lorry between the West Ilsley and Ridgeway junctions.  

Tracy Houghton

Driver in court over family crash deaths

A lorry driver appears in court charged with causing the deaths of a mother and three children killed in an eight-vehicle crash.

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Didcot Power Station body identified as Ken Cresswell

The man recovered from under the rubble of Didcot A Power Station has been identified as Ken Cresswell from Rotherham. 

Ken Cresswell
Family still/Thames Valley Police

Thames Valley Police said the 57-year-old's family have been informed and are being supported by specially-trained officers. 

Mr Cresswell is the third victim to be recovered after the boiler house partially collapsed in February. 

John Shaw, 61, also from Rotherham, is the last workman yet to be found.

Welcome to Oxfordshire Live

Good morning and welcome to Friday. It'll be a mostly cloudy start to the day, but most of us should see some warm sunny spells developing.

We'll be here as always throughout the day with the latest headlines. Let us know what’s happening in your area via email, Facebook or Twitter.

Sunset at the end of the garden in Middle Barton
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Sunset at the end of the garden in Middle Barton