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Summary

  1. Oxford University squatters evicted for third time
  2. 'Ruthless' cash machine robbery gang convicted

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

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Alex Regan

BBC South

We'll be back tomorrow at 08:00 with all the latest weather, sport, travel and news updates from across the county. 

Travel latest: Delays on A34 northbound

What is tamburello?
Tamburello is a tennis-like sport played on the continent, but it has now made its way to the UK.

Ferrets dumped at the roadside in Oxfordshire

Rescued ferret
RSCPA

Two live and five dead ferrets have been found dumped on the roadside in Charlton-on-Otmoor.

The RSPCA made the discovery on Monday after a member of the public discovered a wooden cabinet containing the animals. 

Inspector Andy Eddy said: "Dumping pet ferrets out in the wild to fend for themselves in this way is a cold and thoughtless act. 

"We do not know if the five [ferrets] were dead when dumped, or if they died as a result of lack of food and water."

Wooden cabinet dumped at the road in Charlton-on-Otmoor
RSPCA

The two live ferrets are being care for by the RSPCA at Blackberry. 

The animal rights charity is appealing for anyone who has information on the ferrets to come forward. 

Red sky at night, The U's are alright!

It was a disappointing night for Oxford United on Wednesday after a second loss in three days. 

After the League One side's defeat in the Checkatrade Paint Trophy on Sunday, the team also lost at home to Fleetwood Town 1-3

Kassam Stadium
David Fearneyhough

But fans were treated to an incredible sunset over the three-sided Kassam Stadium last night. 

'I've been taking ketamine for my depression'

Man assaulted in Oxford city centre

A man in his 20s was hospitalised after being punched in the face outside an Oxford branch of Natwest.

Police said he was attacked by another man in the early hours of Sunday morning between 03:05 and 03:18 while walking in George Street. 

The victim sustained facial injuries which required hospital treatment at the John Radcliffe Hospital.

Protesters unhappy at NHS decision delay

Bethan Phillips

Political reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

Campaigners fighting to prevent cuts to Oxfordshire's NHS say a decision by health bosses to postpone a decision on whether to refer proposals to the secretary of state is "too late".

Earlier they had gathered outside County Hall waving signs and banners.

The protestors
BBC

Oxfordshire NHS referral decision delayed

Bethan Phillips

Political reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

A decision over whether a major health plan for Oxfordshire should be referred to the secretary of state won't be made until the summer.

The sustainability and transformation plan is set to try and save £200m from Oxfordshire's health and care services by 2021.

There are fears it will mean services closing - and will permanently 'downgrade' units at the Horton Hospital in Banbury.

Oxfordshire's health overview and scrutiny committee considered whether or not to send the plan to the secretary of state at a meeting today.

The committee said it wanted to wait until the results of a consultation were known.

Severe disruption: M40 Oxfordshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M40 Oxfordshire northbound severe disruption, between J9 for A34 and J10 for A43 Brackley.

M40 Oxfordshire - Very slow traffic and one lane blocked on M40 northbound between J9, A34 (Bicester) and J10, A43 (Brackley), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Autistic boy's story raises £30,000 for Dog's for Good

Prescription websites reprimanded for compromising patient safety

Websites selling prescription medicines have been reprimanded by inspectors for compromising patient safety.

Drugs
SPL

The Care Quality Commission highlighted lax standards at four online services in its latest batch of inspections.

Frosts Pharmacy Ltd was found to be prescribing large quantities of inhalers for asthma without checking if the patient's condition was out of control or if a diagnosis had been confirmed.

Stuart Gale, owner and chief pharmacist at Oxford Online Pharmacy, which is run by Frosts, said: "We have responded immediately, even suspending our asthma inhaler service for the time being so that we can ensure we are operating to the highest standards."

Can we suggest...

If you haven't already you should head over to the BBC Oxford Facebook page and check out an amazing 360 picture of Oxford from the air. This still doesn't remotely do it justice:

The image
Jeremy Costello

Fire starts in Bicester restaurant kitchen

Firefighters were called to a fire in the kitchen of the Denis restaurant in Sheep Street, Bicester, at 16:43 yesterday.

Denis
BBC

They found a partly-extinguished fire in a commercial fryer in the kitchen and treated one man for smoke inhalation at the scene, before handing over to paramedics.

Crew manager Doug Whitford said: “Due to the prompt action of the staff in calling the fire service, we were able to extinguish the fire and simultaneously assist a staff member suffering from the effect of smoke inhalation. 

"Fortunately the damage was contained to a small area enabling the business to continue operating."

A third of all parking ticket are overturned new stats show

Oxford Mail

Drivers in Oxfordshire who appeal against their parking ticket stand a one in three chance of getting it overturned, new figures have revealed.  

What sport do you play with a tambourine?

Alex Regan

BBC South

It's tamburello, of course. The drum-based racket sport like tennis, with a twist. 

BBC Oxford has visited the England team to find out exactly how it's played.

Today's weather with Bee Tucker

Travel update: Traffic at standstill in Oxford

Ketamine depression treatment 'should be rolled out'

Doctors trialling the use of ketamine to treat depression are calling for the treatment to be rolled out.

Stock image
Getty Images

Ketamine is licensed to be used as an anaesthetic but has a reputation as an illegal party drug.

Writing in The Lancet Psychiatry,  Dr Rupert McShane, who has led a trial in Oxford since 2011 says ketamine can work on patients with depression "where nothing has helped before".

However, he is calling for a national registry to monitor its use.

Oxford University squatters evicted for third time

A homeless group which occupied two Oxford University buildings will be evicted from a third property.

The building
BBC

Iffley Open House began squatting in an unused Italian restaurant in Summertown in April, but a court order means the group must leave by 7 April.

Members previously occupied a vacant car showroom in Iffley - owned by Wadham College - for two months.

Anyone still in the property on South Parade could be arrested for ignoring the interim possession order.

Watch: Robbery gang blew up cash machines

Today's Oxford Mail front page

Oxford Mail
Oxford Mail

'Ruthless' Merseyside robbery gang convicted

A gang blew up cash machines at banks and supermarkets across England and Scotland stealing hundreds of thousands of pounds, a court has heard.

CCTV
Merseyside Police

Some machines were blown up using "powerful explosives", while others were dragged outside and attacked with high-powered saws to access the cash.

The seven men were convicted of conspiracy to cause an explosion and burglary at Liverpool Crown Court.

The attacks happened in Sonning Common and Woodstock, Oxfordshire; Alsager and Culcheth, Cheshire; Huyton, Merseyside; Hucclecote, Gloucestershire; Swindon, Wiltshire; Bury-St-Edmunds, Suffolk; as well as in Aberdeen, Carnoustie, and Perth.

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