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That's all for today

Joe Nimmo

BBC South

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

Man wanted for failing to attend court

Police are appealing for the public’s help to trace a man wanted for breaching a court order and failing to attend Banbury Magistrates' Court.


Adrian Fannon, aged 38, from Banbury, was due to attend on 5 April with regards to theft offences and it is believed he is in the Banbury area.

PC Katharine Knights said: “We are very keen to trace Adrian, and I would like to hear from anyone who recognises him, or who knows where he might be, to please contact the Thames Valley Police non-emergency number on 101.”

New Banbury school 'could open within two years'

Howard Shannon

BBC Radio Oxford News

A new primary school in Banbury could be open within two or three years, Oxfordshire County Council has said.

Having approved initial plans, the local authority said it is now inviting expressions of interest from academy providers to run the Southam Road school.

It has a proposed opening date of September 2019 or 2020.

The school's catchment area will take in the immediate Southam Road development area - where an additional 600 homes are planned - but would also cover a wider area to meet growing demand in the north of Banbury.

It will be a 'one-form-entry' school for pupils aged 3-11, with an admission number of 30 children per year group and a 26-place nursery.

Travel update: Delays on all routes out of Oxford

Author Sharon Bolton recommends Stephen King

BBC Radio Oxford

Author Sharon Bolton tells us why Stephen King's post-apocalyptic epic The Stand is one of the 100 books you must read before you die. What would you put on the list?

Abandoned car full of scrap metal blocking lay-by

Thames Valley Police officers are currently recovering an abandoned car full of scrap metal blocking a lay-by on the A329 in Waterstock.

The car

Couple reunited after 'incompetence' over visa

A couple separated for more than a year by Home Office "incompetence" have been reunited. 

Mary Zu, who is Chinese and married to UK citizen Steve Bearns, won an appeal to be granted a visa at a tribunal.

The couple

But the Home Office refused to allow her to re-enter the UK, because she had left the country, and then refused to fast-track an appeal against that decision.

Wantage Conservative MP Ed Vaizey said the couple, who have a three-year-old son, had been the victims of "unacceptable incompetence".

This morning they were finally reunited at Heathrow airport.

Textile artwork to go on display at Oxfordshire Artweeks

Blewbury artist Yvette Phillips will be displaying her textile works for the very first time at this year's Oxfordshire Artweeks.

Yvette Phillips's artwork
Yvette Phillips
Yvette Phillips's artwork
Yvette Phillips

Visa family reunited

A family from Oxfordshire has been reunited after visa problems led to them being separated thousands of miles apart. 

 Steve Bearns from Wallingford spent more than a year away from his wife Mary, who's been stuck in China. 

The couple also have a British-born son, who spent the time living between parents.

Visa family forced to live countries apart reunited

Search for cat owner after leg amputated

Alex Regan

BBC South

Cat amputation

A cat will need his leg amputated after getting caught in a gin trap with metal teeth. 

The white and black cat was found in Lancut Road, Witney, at 08:00 on Monday. 

The RSPCA is now trying to locate the cat's owner. 

Inspector Andy Eddy said: "Traps like these are both cruel and indiscriminate. 

"Once they’re set, there is nothing stopping them from catching any type of animal that steps in its path, whether that is a wildlife or a domestic pet."

Oxford Green Week awarded £14,750

Oxford City Council has been awarded £14,750 from Arts Council England towards this year’s Oxford Green Week festival.

The event takes place between 17 and 25 June and is a city-wide festival that aims to use culture, creativity and community to inspire local people to take action against climate change.

Bluebells in bloom in Worton Wood

Tour of Britain to visit Oxfordshire

Tour of Britain
Theo Southee Photography

The world's best cyclists will peddle their way through Oxfordshire as part of the Tour of Britain in September. 

The cycling event, which begins on 3 September, will enter its seventh stage on 9 September.

The stage, which is 186km long, will begin in Cheltenham, go through Oxfordshire around Charlbury and Kidlington, before ending in Hemel Hempstead. 

To look at the route visit the Tour of Britain website

Stunning views of Faringdon Folly

Alex Regan

BBC South

Faringdon Folly
Anthony Morris

We love it when you send us your pictures at Oxfordshire Live, and here's a fantastic example. 

Snapper-in-residence Anthony Morris has sent us this great picture of Faringdon Folly. 

He claims that from the top of the tower on Folly Hill you can glimpse views of five different counties. 

Today's local front page: A double whammy for parents

MP promises to ensure 'bright future' for Chiltern Edge school

Consultation on school closure to commence Friday

A consultation on the potential closure of a secondary school in south Oxfordshire will begin on Friday. 

Oxfordshire County Council said the consultation - which will run until 16 June - will "look into the potential impact of closure and whether alternative solutions can be found to ensure good quality education in this part of Oxfordshire."

Director of children's services Lucy Butler said: "It’s important to stress at this stage that no decisions have been taken and that the school would not close without appropriate transfer arrangements in place for every child to attend a better-performing school."

'Inadequate' school could face closure by council

Alex Regan

BBC South

Chiltern Edge School

Oxfordshire County Council is considering whether to close a secondary school which has been rated inadequate. 

Chiltern Edge School in Sonning Common was rated inadequate by Ofsted inspectors after an inspection in early March. 

Inspectors at the school watchdog said pupil's progress and attainment was too low, and pupil premium funding was not being used effectively to support disadvantaged children. 

The mixed school, which caters to children aged between 11 and 16 years old, has been put in special measures by the body. 

In a letter to parents, chairwoman of governors Pauline Conway said: "The local authority has indicated its intention to begin the consultation process on the possible closure of Chiltern Edge School." 

Fire crews battle lorry blaze near Witney

Lorry fire

Two fire crews tackled a lorry fire which could have spread to local wildlife. 

Yesterday at 14:20 two crews tackled the fire in Crawley, near Witney. 

The fire - which had already spread to an embankment - could have spread due to oil from the lorry running down towards a local river. 

Lorry fire

Today's weather: Cold start with sunshine

Good morning, it's a cold start for many across the region, but it's also going to be sunny for most with highs of 10C

Let's do that Wednesday shuffle

Alex Regan

BBC South

Good morning Oxfordshire and welcome to Wednesday's local live page. 

Today we'll be bringing you all of our regular mid-week features, the latest news, sports, travel and weather. 

Donington Bridge
Becca Collacott

As always send us through your snaps for a chance to be featured in Oxfordshire's Big Picture. 

Above is a lovely example of a sunrise over Oxford's Donington Bridge by Becca Collacott. 

You can send us your pics by email