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Summary

  1. It is feared new jobs at a shopping centre in Oxford will make it harder recruit carers.
  2. A teacher from Oxford has been given a suspended jail sentence for a sexual offence with a boy.
  3. Oxford United's manager says the club faces a battle to keep Conor McAleny.

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All times stated are UK

That's all for today

Joe Nimmo

BBC South

Thanks for reading today. We'll be back tomorrow with more news, sport weather and travel from across Oxfordshire.

Your Facebook comments: Can avoiding eye contact be racist?

Staff at Oxford University have been told avoiding eye contact with students could constitute "everyday racism".  You've been giving your views on BBC Oxford's Facebook page.

Katherine T. Tyson said: "There's accepted work on this. This didn't come from the equality and diversity committee out of nowhere. If you think about men talking over women (a fact) is ok but not this then you might have some prejudices that you're still working through.

"Being taken seriously is important at university - and those who are succeed over those who are not."

But Andy Benton said: "Why is this racist. people of all colours and creeds do this all the time to me. i just ignore it. you never know what is going on in someone's life."

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Avoiding eye contact 'everyday racism'

Bridge of Sighs in Oxford
BBC

Oxford University staff have been warned about alienating black students with "micro-aggressions".

Bridge of Sighs in Oxford

Avoiding eye contact 'everyday racism'

Oxford University staff have been warned about alienating black students with "micro-aggressions".

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'It could have been a lot, lot worse'

A man has described pulling his wife out of the way of a runaway lorry that crashed into his home.

The lorry
Paul Nash

The flatbed truck was carrying a digger when it rolled down a hill in Balmoral Avenue, Banbury, Oxfordshire, on Friday afternoon. 

Paul Nash said he was going out when his wife saw the lorry approaching with the driver running alongside. 

Mr Nash said: "My wife was sat in the car, I was locking the door, I turned round and my wife jumped out of the car and said 'there's a lorry coming down the hill with nobody in it'. 

"I grabbed my wife and pulled her out of the way, and basically we just ran around the corner, then all of a sudden it stopped."

Advice for university staff is 'trivialising racism'

Bridge of Sighs in Oxford
BBC
The advice was published in the equality and diversity unit's Trinity Term newsletter

The authors of a newsletter, which warned staff avoiding eye contact could constitute racism, have been criticised by a leading sociologist.

Professor Frank Fureidi said it represents "a new expansion of the meaning of racism", and could intensify conflict in an unnecessary way.

He added that the University of Oxford's equality and diversity unit, which produced the newsletter, "need a reality check".

"It is almost as if they have become obsessed with the idea that racism is everywhere... and I think what they are doing is trivialising the real meaning of racism."

Frank FurediEmeritus professor of sociology at the University of Kent

Shark victim flown to Oxfordshire from Ascension Island

Ascension Island
BBC

A British woman who was injured in a shark attack in the mid-Atlantic has been flown to RAF Brize Norton to receive medical treatment. 

The woman, who has been named as Briton Frankie Gonalves, was bitten on the coast of Ascension Island, a British overseas territory. 

The victim was treated in a local hospital after the attack in English Bay on Friday at 16:00, and has been brought to the UK to be receive further treatment. 

Greens call on David Cameron to be their candidate in Witney

The West Oxfordshire Green Party has asked former prime minister and Conservative MP David Cameron to stand for them in Witney.

David Cameron
Getty Images

Party chairman Andy Wright said: "David must feel awful about breaking his promise to form the greenest government ever.

"He still lives locally and is probably desperate to realise his original green ambitions."

Witness appeal after serious crash in Witney

Main Road in Culbridge
Google

A woman remains critically injured after a three-car crash near Witney. 

The crash happened on 14 April around 21:00 BST and involved a Volkswagon Golf, a Citreon C3, and a Ford Fiesta on Main Road in Curbridge. 

The woman, aged 49, was driving the Ford Fiesta and is receiving treatment at the John Radcliffe Hospital. 

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses, and Sgt Bryan Smith said: "We are very keen to hear from anyone who was in the area just before the collisions and may have witnessed the incidents to speak to us as a matter of urgency."

Cotswold scones make it big in Japan

Alex Regan

BBC South

Whatever way you pronounce it, it's undeniable that scones are quintessentially British.

But food lovers in Japan's capital city are saying "domo arigoto" to one Cotswold bakery. 

Huffkins, which has tearooms in Burford and Witney, opened a staff in a Tokyo shopping centre, and sold 14,000 scones on the first day. 

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University staff told avoiding eye contact could be 'everyday racism'

Marcus Liddell

BBC Radio Oxford

Oxford Universty
BBC

Staff at Oxford University have been told avoiding eye contact with students might constitute "everyday racism".

It is included in a list of "racial micro-aggressions" that has been published in a newsletter by Oxford's equality and diversity unit.

It said "repeated micro-aggressions can be tiring and alienating".

Oxford University said the newsletter is one way of advising and supporting its staff in its pursuit of equality of opportunity. 

Sun shines on Oxford Folk Festival

Alex Regan

BBC South

Oxford Folk Festival
Andrew Jordan

Over the weekend morris men, fiddlers, sword dancers and harpsichord players descended on the streets of Oxford for the annual folk festival. 

There was plenty of dancing and singing, but Andrew Jordan especially enjoyed the elaborate hats worn by some participants. 

Westgate Oxford recruitment concerns

New Westgate Centre interior
Oxford Westgate Alliance
Westgate Oxford Alliance said 15 million people will visit the shopping centre each year

Earlier we were telling you that recruitment is underway to fill 3,000 new jobs which will be created when Westgate Oxford opens in October.

Age UK Oxfordshire is worried the centre will attract people away from other sectors, particularly carers.

Retail consultant, Keith Slater, agrees that recruitment could be difficult for the shopping centre as unemployment in Oxfordshire is low.

But Westgate Oxford says it's confident it will be able to fill the posts.

We've been working hard for a couple of years on our plans for recruitment...we actually think it would be very attractive for people to work here."

Brenan HattamGeneral manager, Westgate Oxford

Driverless cars to travel from London from Oxford

Rory Cellan-Jones

Technology correspondent

Plans have been unveiled to test driverless cars between London and Oxford in 2019.

It's set to be the first time such vehicles have travelled on city roads and motorways in the UK.

The Driven Consortium, which is led by Oxbotica based in Oxford, is behind the plan which will see a fleet of cars with driverless technology navigate busy London streets before heading to Oxford.

They should operate with almost full autonomy - although there will be someone in the car to take over if necessary.

The prototype shuttle with Oxbotica technology
Oxbotica
Software developed by Oxbotica is already being tested in a separate project in Greenwich

Weather: Bright spells with some rain

Holly Green

BBC Weather

Today's weather in the South

Challenge to keep Conor

Ross Heaton

BBC Oxford Sport

Michael Appleton
Rex Features
Oxford United manager Michael Appleton

Oxford United's manager says the club faces a battle to keep Conor McAleny.

He's scored two goals in Saturday's 3-0 win over Millwall - taking his personal tally since joining in January to ten.

24-year-old Conor McAleny is currently on loan from Premier League side Everton.

We'll be able to offer what we can offer but the reality is it might not be as much as someone else. But then as a player you've got the risk of going somewhere you're not particularly happy with.

Michael AppletonManager of Oxford United

Will new shopping centre harm Oxfordshire's care sector?

BBC Radio Oxford

Construction on Westgate Oxford
BBC
Westgate Oxford is due to open on 24 October

It's feared new jobs at a shopping centre in Oxford will make it harder to recruit carers.

3,000 roles will be available at the Westgate Centre at a time when around 1,800 people are claiming jobseeker's allowance in Oxfordshire.

Age UK is worried workers could be attracted away from other sectors, particularly carers.

Our concern would be that 3,000 new jobs in the Westgate Centre will be attractive to people who might otherwise be attracted by caring roles.

Penny ThewlisAge UK Oxfordshire

Good morning

Hello and welcome to Oxfordshire Live on Monday 24 April.

We're set for a mainly dry and occasionally sunny day with highs of 13 degrees celsius.

As ever, we'll be bringing you the latest headlines throughout the day, along with sport and travel updates.

Great Haseley Windmill
Becs Photography
Great Haseley Windmill

Thank you Becca who sent us this fantastic picture of Great Haseley Windmill, which provides today's cover photo.