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Summary

  1. NHS consultation to plug £200m funding gap ends
  2. Increase in cyber attacks on Oxfordshire hospitals

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

That's all for Monday

That's Monday pretty much done and dusted.

Thank you for following our updates on Oxfordshire Live.

We'll be back with more headlines, weather, and sport from 08:00 tomorrow.

Work starts on £20m car park for Didcot Parkway


          Artist impression of new car park at Didcot Parkway railway station.
Great Western Railway

Work on a £20m project to increase the amount of parking at Didcot Parkway railway station has started.

A new multi-story with 1,800 spaces is being built and will be finished in 2018.

Phase one is due to be finished next summer and will see a temporary deck constructed over half of the car park.

A new multi-story car park will be built in phase two which starts next summer.

Great Western Railway is investigating alternative parking arrangements to minimise any loss of parking space while the work goes on. 

Can Balliol stop Monkman?

Eric Monkman
BBC

It's Oxford v Cambridge in the University Challenge Final this evening.

Balliol College's team has made the final and will face Wolfson College on BBC Two at 8pm.

Balliol be hoping Wolfson's captain Eric Monkman has a quiet night.

The hashtag #Monkmania went viral this series when his quick-fire answers won 120 out of team's 170-point score against Emmanuel Cambridge.

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Monkman will be up against Balliol captain Joey Goldman, who's also caused a stir this series.

He was described as 'sassy' after he said "whatever" to host Jeremy Paxman in response to being told he wrongly answered a question on British actors.

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Henley hospice rated outstanding by watchdog

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has rated the Sue Ryder Nettlebed Hospice in Nettlebed, Henley On Thames, outstanding following an inspection in February.

The care centre
Google

Sue Ryder Nettlebed Hospice provides palliative and end-of-life care, advice and clinical support to people with progressive, life limiting illnesses and their families. 

Inspectors rated the care hospice as Outstanding for being "caring, responsive to people’s needs, and well-led".

View the full CQC report of the inspection on their website.

Oxford end tough week with 1-1 draw against Walsall

Oxford United
Getty Images

Record signing Andreas Makris scored his first Walsall goal but the Saddlers were pegged back by Oxford in an entertaining draw.

Cyprus international Makris had not scored in 30 games since a summer move from Famagusta but lashed home from 20 yards, only for Chris Maguire's deflected strike to earn United a draw.

Walsall twice thought they had taken the lead inside the opening seven minutes but Scott Laird's tap-in was ruled offside and Kieron Morris rattled the post from 18 yards.

Morris also saw a 20-yard strike superbly saved by U's keeper Simon Eastwood later in the half.

'The tweed jacket makes sense now'

Kat Orman

BBC Radio Oxford Presenter

Jack Savoretti
BBC

Jack Savoretti has been talking to BBC Radio Oxford's about his life in Oxfordshire ahead of his performance at Cornbury Music Festival this summer.

The musician will play at the last ever edition of the festival on 17 July.

Jack Savoretti recently moved to Oxfordshire from London.

It's been life changing, I've become that really annoying guy who tells everyone they have to move to the country...the tweed jacket makes sense now, before it was just for fashion!

Jack SavorettiSinger/songwriter

BMW crashes through factory wall

Firefighters were faced with the "unusual sight" of half a white BMW protruding from the wall of a factory in Banbury this morning.

The car
OFRS

Station manager Mark Ames said: “When we arrived the powerful BMW was embedded in the wall of the factory, our immediate concerns were for the driver of the car and the workers inside of the factory. 

"Once we were assured that everyone was in safe hands we focussed on the stability of the building structure. 

"Our colleagues in the district council have specially trained building surveyors that can give advice on the safety of the building.”

The car
OFRS

Road crackdown will target Oxfordshire after arrests

A lorry driver asleep at the wheel and a car thought to be carrying £100,000 of cocaine were among the discoveries made during a police crackdown on motoring offences in the Thames Valley.


          Officers stopped vehicles to make sure they were complying with current legislation
Hampshire Constabulary
Officers stopped vehicles to make sure they were complying with current legislation

Eighteen people were arrested during the four-day operation in Buckinghamshire, Portsmouth and Slough and 63 vehicles were seized. 

Forty-two of the vehicles had no insurance and/or licence.

Hampshire Constabulary and Thames Valley Police said the joint operation earlier this month aimed to make the roads safer for people living and working in the region.

Operation Titan will now move onto other locations including Oxfordshire.

Oxfordshire gritters traveled twice around the world this winter

Gritters
Oxfordshire County Council

Gritters across the county drove enough miles to circumnaviga the globe twice this winter, according to Oxfordshire County Council. 

Gritters covered 53,379 miles (85,905km) throughout the winter, and dispersed 8,880 tonnes of salt across the county's roads. 

Highways resilience co-ordinator Paul Wilson said: "Travelling a distance of over twice around the world sounds a lot but actually it is well within the range of what we’d expect to cover during the winter and is less surprising when you consider that one countywide gritting run in Oxfordshire is the equivalent distance of London to Iceland - approximately 1,200 miles."

Man arrested in rape investigation

A 35-year-old man has been arrested after a woman was raped in a property in Banbury. 

Thames Valley Police said the victim, in her 30s, was abused in a property in Horse Fair on Sunday morning. 

Police would like to speak to a group of people who spoke to the victim when she was sitting in Horse Fair between 01:00 and 01:30. 

Town centre fire damages shop and flat

Marcus White

BBC South

Watlington fire
BBC

A hardware store and the flat above have been damaged during a town centre fire.

Fifty firefighters and eight fire engines were called to the shop in Watlington High Street, Oxfordshire, at about 19:00 BST on Friday.

The fire service said it managed to stop the blaze from spreading further and no-one was injured.

Police and ambulance crews also attended the scene. An investigation into the cause is under way.

Today's Oxford Mail: Get ready to branch out

NHS consultation on £200m cuts closes

Alex Regan

BBC South

A public consultation on transforming healthcare services in Oxfordshire to plug a £200m funding gap by 2020-21 has ended.

Horton General Hospital
BBC

Proposals include the controversial moving of some consultant-led services from Banbury's Horton General Hospital 28 miles away to Oxford. 

Banbury MP Victoria Prentis said the consultation was "fatally flawed". 

Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (OCCG) said the public responded "in their thousands."

Cyberattacks on Oxfordshire hospitals increase

Marcus Liddell

BBC Radio Oxford

Cyber attacks
Reuters

Oxfordshire's hospitals have been targeted by cyber criminals trying to hold them to ransom. 

The number of cyber attacks on hospital trusts in England rose from 16 in 2015 to 55 in 2016, according to figures from NHS Digital. 

Last year Oxford University Hospitals Trust suffered five unsuccessful 'ransomware' attacks.

Travel latest: All quiet over school holidays

Danny Cox

Presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

Good morning. It's very quiet across the county as the Easter holidays get under way. 

One thing to bear in mind is that Bucknell Road in Bicester is closed between Field Street and the A4095, but traffic seems to be coping well. 

Today's weather: Noticeably cooler

Good morning, after the heatwave over the weekend things are going to return to normal this week, with temperatures becoming decidedly cooler. 

It will remain relatively dry with the possibility of the odd shower. There will be highs of 14C. 

Monday Monday

Alex Regan

BBC South

In the words of Californian easy-listening quartet the Mamas and Papas: "Monday morning, it was all I hoped it would be."

And let's hope that Monday continues the weekend's work of providing some incredible sunshine. 

Blenheim Palace
Anthony Morris

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Anthony Morris has provided us with this incredible snap from Blenheim Palace.