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Alex Regan

BBC South

Thanks for joining us this week. We will be back on Monday at 08:00 with more news, sports, travel and weather updates from across the county. 

Hospital downgrading plans 'fatally flawed' says MP

Horton General Hospital

Proposals to move some consultant-led hospital services from Banbury to Oxford have been described as "fatally flawed" by the town's MP. 

Victoria Prentis MP made the comments before a public consultation on proposals to move services from the Horton General Hospital closes on Sunday. 

Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (OCCG) made the proposals in a bid to plug a £200m funding gap from 2020-21. 

Ms Prentis said the consultation had been "an unhappy and confusing time" for north Oxfordshire, and has submitted her views on the proposal to OCCG. 

She added: "Given its failings, I still believe this consultation should never have started, or should have been stopped some time ago. 

"Unfortunately, that has not happened."

'Dogs on A34' not found by police

Police have been unable to trace two dogs who were allegedly seen on the A34 near Kennington. 

A Thames Valley Police spokesman said the force was called at 11:40 to reports of the dogs running on the dual carriageway, "but have been unable to find them". 

Kick-start your career with street cricket


As the County Cricket season gets underway today,  England opener Haseeb Hameed gives his support to a different form of the game....

Street Cricket: From tape balls to playing at the highest level

If you want to find out more about how to get into cricket, take a look at the Get Inspired guide.

Man critical in hospital after quad bike crash

Police are appealing for witnesses to a quad bike accident on Monday evening that left the rider in a critical condition.

The crash happened between 19:30 and 19:45 on the A4095, between Chesterton and Kirtlington.

No other vehicles were involved and a man in his 20s sustained serious head injuries and was taken to hospital. The road was temporarily closed.

Royal Logistic Corps' parachute display team drops in

Lucy Bickerton

BBC Radio Oxford

Smart phone app to help people park in Oxfordshire

A new project by Oxfordshire County Council is trying to take a high-tech approach to solving the problem of finding a Blue Badge parking space in Oxford and Witney.


The project is the result of a successful bid for almost £240,000 of government money and will use big data and smart technology to guide vehicles towards available parking.  

Called CASPAR (Collaborative Smart Parking), it will help provide up to the minute information showing the occupancy of Blue Badge spaces, car parks and some city centre pay and display spaces, as well as any new electric vehicle charge points.

Taxi driver CSE policy adopted by council

A policy adopted in Oxfordshire, in the wake of the jailing of a child sex abuse ring in Oxford , of training taxi drivers to spot child sexual exploitation has been adopted by another council.

A taxi driver

Sedgemoor District Council is the first in the Avon and Somerset police force area to make the face-to-face course a requirement. 

The drivers are asked to look out for any unusual signs, including any "drunk or disorderly behaviour". 

Police figures show 340 young people in Somerset were thought to have been victims of exploitation in 2015-16.

Driverless shuttle bus tested by public

I know I've mentioned this before...

But this 360 picture of Oxford from the air is really something. It can be viewed on  the BBC Oxford Facebook page  - where it's reached almost 1,000,000 people so far. 

Here's just a small part of it:

The picture
Jeremy Costello

BreakingPack of dogs reported running along A34

We have had a report that a pack of dogs of various breeds is running along the A34 by the Hinksey Hill turn-off. 

The police have been called and we'll give you more details when we get them.

School accidents cost county more than £130,000

More than £130,000 has been paid out in Oxfordshire after accidents at schools in the county.  

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Getty Images

Pupil mishaps including a blindfolded child running into a goalpost and pupil hit by a cricket ball have cost schools £7m in three years, it has emerged. 

Figures obtained by the BBC reveal an apparent doubling in school payouts from £1.65m in 2014 to £3.45m in 2016. 

However, these figures are skewed by a single payout in 2016 following a near drowning of an Essex child.

BBC Oxford's Move It! campaign ends on a high

Calls for anti-abortion protesters to stay away from Oxford clinic

Oxford Times

Women attending an Oxford abortion clinic are being left 'distressed and frightened' by weekly pro-life demonstrations outside, it has been claimed.  

Shop Watch operation launched by Thame police

Police have launched a Shop Watch in Thame in a bid to improve community spirit and communication between shops. 

Police Community Support Officer James Hopkin said: "The stores that have signed up will be receiving a radio which will be linked to each other and the force itself. 

"This will enable faster and better communication between the shops.”

Woodstock shed makes a bid for freedom

Driverless cars 'could mean better roads'

The arrival of driverless cars could hasten the need to repair potholes, a study has found. 

Autonomous vehicles are likely to require "enhanced standards of road maintenance", according to the report commissioned by the RAC Foundation.

A bus

Members of the public were given the opportunity to test a driverless vehicle developed by an Oxford company in the UK for the first time on Wednesday. 

Around 100 people will travel in a prototype shuttle on a two-mile route near London's O2 Arena over the next three weeks. 

Last week, the Government announced plans for the first phase of its £100 million investment in testing infrastructure to develop autonomous driving technology. 

A "cluster of excellence" will be created along the M40 corridor, using existing testing centres in Birmingham, Coventry, Oxford, Milton Keynes and London.   

Today's weather with Holly Green

Today's Oxford Mail front page

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Oxford Mail

BBC Radio Oxford live at University Parks

BBC Radio Oxford

This morning David Prever's Breakfast Club is broadcasting live from university Parks in Oxford as part of BBC Radio Oxford's Move It! campaign.

It's not a bad place to be at sunrise:

Uni Parks

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