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Summary

  1. Morse author Colin Dexter dies
  2. Radiotherapy treatment for breast cancer could trigger fatal lung cancer or heart attacks in smokers - study
  3. More than half of building projects to extend Oxfordshire's schools have missed deadlines in past three years

Live Reporting

By Dave Gilyeat, Joe Nimmo and Anna Browning

All times stated are UK

That's all for today

Joe Nimmo

BBC South

Thanks for reading, we'll be back tomorrow with more news, sport, weather and travel from around Oxfordshire from 08:00.

Kevin Whately pays tribute to Colin Dexter

Inspector Morse and Lewis star Kevin Whately described Colin Dexter as "impish and bubbly and always fascinated with everybody and everything".

Kevin
ITV

He told BBC Oxford: "I think I'm incredibly lucky to have had 30 years of his friendship. He would always turn up - he loved being on set with us, and we loved having him there. 

"He was a very warm, benign presence always." 

Whately joked: "We used to give him a little role, give him the odd line to say, but he was so awful at speaking and acting that we only let him walk through the shot."

Dog walker finds 8ft boa constrictor in field

A dog walker got "a bit of a surprise" when he found an 8ft-long boa constrictor in a field in Banbury, the RSPCA has said.

A huge snake
RSPCA

The animal welfare charity was called on Saturday by a member of the public who found the 12.2kg snake near a housing estate in Banbury. 

The charity said it is not known how it came to be in the field. 

Deputy chief inspector Melanie Fisher said the reptile is now doing well despite the cold weather.

Hall: 'I didn't get the opportunity to play as much at Bolton'

Jerome Sale

BBC South Today

Oxford United winger Rob Hall (below, right) says he's not expecting an all-round positive reception this evening when the U's take on his former club Bolton Wanderers at the Kassam Stadium. 

Hall has been hugely popular in his second spell with the U's, but managed just 35 appearances for Bolton during a three-year spell there, spending much of the time on loan at MK Dons. 

He believes Bolton supporters didn't get to see the best of him. 

Ryan Ledson and Rob Hall
Rex Features

The simple fact is I didn’t get the opportunity… and I’m not blaming anyone. I’m not blaming myself because I feel how people see me here today, I was the same there. That’s just how football goes.

Rob Hall

You can listen to exclusive full match commentary of Oxford United versus Bolton Wanderers in a sports special on BBC Radio Oxford 95.2FM and digital radio.

Henley Toad Patrol in action
Each year during migration season Henley Toad Patrol helps the amphibians cross a busy Oxfordshire road at dusk.

Dog fouling in Blackbird Leys leads to action

Residents' concerns about dog fouling in Blackbird Leys’ parks and open spaces has led to a new Oxford City Council campaign to get owners to clean up after their pets.

Councillors, council officers and volunteers will be speaking to dog walkers over the next two weeks and handing out bags.

Linda Smith, councillor for Blackbird Leys and board member for leisure, parks and sport, said: "It is important that we address residents’ concerns around dog fouling in the Blackbird Leys and Greater Leys area.

"We want everyone to feel that they can use and enjoy their local park, which is why we’re carrying out this campaign over the next two weeks."

According to the authority, fixed penalties for fouling are £80 and courts can issue a £1,000 fine.

Oxford campaigner at Commons over gig ticket resales

A campaigner from Oxford is joining Ed Sheeran's manager at the Commons today to give evidence in a row over gig ticket resale prices. 

The Commons Culture Committee is investigating websites that offer tickets to sold out events, sometimes at vastly inflated prices. 

Claire Turnham
BBC

Claire Turnham started the #fairgogo campaign last month after being redirected online to buy presale tickets for Ed Sheeran. 

She said she was quoted a price of £263 on Viagogo but ended up paying £1,421. 

I fought very hard to get my money back, and I was one of the lucky ones. Other people haven’t been so lucky and I [thought I should] try and help them.

Claire Turnham

Remembering Colin Dexter: Your Facebook comments

You have been giving us your memories of Inspector Morse author Colin Dexter , who has died at the age of 86, on our Facebook page.

Colin Dexter
PA

Christiane Fagan said: "I remember seeing him sat quietly in the pub (The Kings Arms if I remember rightly!?) in Summertown, when I worked for BUPA round the corner in Prama House. Such a lovely man and I loved all his books and his cameos in Inspector Morse. I am so sad today."

Holly Berry Ricks said: "Rip Colin it was a pleasure working for you all those years ago."  

Charlotte Neumann said: "I had the pleasure of meeting Colin Dexter once, and getting advice on my writing. He seemed genuinly interested and and I was in awe. 'You must continue writing!' he said, but I haven't been brave enough. He gave the world some classic tales."

Sue Parsons said: "I used to know him years ago when he used to come in to order stationery from Colegroves in Turl street such a lovely man always having a laugh and a joke RIP my friend."

Oxfordshire Jackdaws on FA's plans for women's football

Oxfordshire FA women’s team The Jackdaws have made an appearance in The Guardian today , in a discussion about new plans to double the number of women in football.

Sian Pratchett, who started the team, argues that more local leagues for less experienced players are needed.

And The Jackdaws just happen to feature some of BBC Oxford's top staff, including political reporter Bethan Phillips, BBC Introducing producer Liz Green, and afternoons producer Georgie Sullivan. Not that we're biased or anything.

Mary Berry's Thame visit cooks up 'piegate'

There's social media controversy over Mary Berry's outing to Oxfordshire for her latest TV series Mary Berry Everyday

Last night the former Great British Bake Off judge was seen at Newitt's Butchers in Thame making pies with the team. 

But her pie didn't have a lid , with outraged Twitter users claiming this meant it wasn't a proper pie.

Mary Berry and her pie
BBC
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The 81-year-old chef previously took criticism online for using white wine, thyme, and cream in spaghetti bolognese .

BreakingMorse author dies

Colin Dexter, who has died aged 86 at home in Oxford, wrote 14 Morse novels between 1975 and 1999.

They were were adapted for the long-running ITV series, starring John Thaw. Dexter's characters also featured in spin-off shows Lewis and Endeavour.

Colin Dexter
PA

Severe accident: A420 Oxfordshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A420 Oxfordshire both ways severe accident, between B4495 Windmill Road and Lyndworth Close.

A420 Oxfordshire - A420 London Road in Headington blocked and very slow traffic in both directions between the B4495 Windmill Road junction and the Lyndworth Close junction, because of an accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Morse author Colin Dexter dies

Morse author Colin Dexter has died, his publisher has told us. 

The Oxford author was 86.

"With immense sadness, MacMillan announces the death of Colin Dexter who died peacefully at his home in Oxford this morning," the statement said.

Film reviews with James Luxford

James Luxford from the Radio Times was on Howard Bentham's show yesterday for the week's film reviews.

He had a positive review for the long-awaited live action remake of the Disney classic Beauty and the Beast starring Oxford actress Emma Watson, and was also impressed by the US satirical horror film Get Out.  

Water vole numbers up in Oxfordshire

Despite numbers declining nationally, water voles are thriving in Oxfordshire. 

Their numbers have actually increased threefold over the last decade in the county, according to the latest State of Nature report for the county. 

Julia Lofthouse, from the Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust, said work was going on to protect the animals locally.

Water vole
PA

We’re also looking at the habitat in between to try and encourage them to disperse out and link up [so they] become a lot more sustainable.

Julia Lofthouse Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust

Dashcam footage of A34 lorry crash

A lorry driver who killed a 21-year-old woman while selecting music on his mobile phone has been jailed for four-and-half years .

Jodie Moss died when Dariusz Tokarczyk's HGV smashed into her stationary car on the A34 in March 2016.

Thames Valley Police has released dashcam footage which shows the 47-year-old on his phone moments before the crash. 

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Full council meeting under way

A full meeting at Oxfordshire County Council is taking place today, and it's the last before the local elections.

The agenda includes the consultation on the future of health and care services, and further discussions on unitary council proposals.

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Men charged over thefts from cars

Two Hampshire men have been charged by police for a series of thefts from motor vehicles .

They relate to incidents in White Horse Hill, Childrey, Sparsholt Firs, Ashbury, Chain Hill and Blowing Stone Hill on 3 November last year.  

The men, aged 26 and 42, will appear at Oxford Magistrates’ Court next month. 

Teddy travels world in social media post honouring Tyler Warmington

Oxford Mail

 A teddy bear has travelled half way around the world after a social media tribute in memory of the five-year-old boy found dead in Faringdon went viral.  

'I just thanked him... I would never forget it'

Pat Adams has been telling the BBC the story of her surprise visit from George Clooney .

The Hollywood A-lister turned up unexpectedly at care home Sunrise of Sonning on Sunday to treat resident Pat Adams.

Clooney surprised the 87-year-old fan with a bouquet of flowers for her birthday.

Staff had written to the star, who lives nearby, telling him a visit would make Pat's dreams come true.

Pat tells BBC Radio Berkshire's Andrew Peach all about the breakfast time visit

Oxfordshire schools missing construction deadlines

Sophie Law

BBC Radio Oxford news

More than half of building projects to extend Oxfordshire's schools have missed their deadlines in the past three years. 

It's led to some schools having to use temporary classrooms and, in two cases, having to postpone taking on extra pupils. 

For five schools, building projects took an extra year to complete. 

Oxfordshire County Council has said it's "extremely concerned" about the situation and is working to improve matters. Contractor Carillion told us it's continuing to work closely with the council.

Oxfordshire pupils
BBC

Patrol helps toads cross busy road

Why did the toad cross the road?

To migrate of course - but these toads need just a little help from Henley Toad Patrol to cross the busy A4155 Henley to Marlow Road each year. 

Henley Toad Patrol in action

Weather: A nippy start with some showers later

Weather for the South of England on Tuesday 21 March 2017

Radiotherapy risks higher for smokers, Oxford study finds

Claire Hawke

BBC Local Live

Radiotherapy treatment for breast cancer could trigger fatal lung cancer or heart attacks in smokers, a study by the University of Oxford has found .

Investigators have found the risk of death from radiotherapy increases from 0.5% in non-smokers to 5% in smokers. 

Radiotherapy is an important treatment for breast cancer which reduces the chances of dying from the disease, but experts warn that for long-term smokers, the risks may outweigh the benefits.

Consultant studying a mammogram
Rui Vieira/PA Wire

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Sunrise St Helen's Wharf Abingdon
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