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Summary

  1. Awful conditions caused pile-up which killed woman - inquest
  2. Lib Dem leader Tim Farron confronted by Leave voter in Kidlington
  3. Man killed after car hit tree in Chipping Norton
  4. Thames Water apologises after Wallingford residents left without water

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

That's all for today

Joe Nimmo

BBC South

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

Thames Valley Police statistics show increase in reported crimes

Dave Gilyeat

BBC South

According to Thames Valley Police, 138,710 crimes were reported across the region between 1 April 2016 and 31 March 2017, a 7.2% increase on the previous year's 129,449.

But Deputy Chief Constable John Campbell said changes in crime recording were partly the reason for the higher numbers.

"The increase of domestic incidents, hate crime and some sexual offences further demonstrates the growing confidence of victims to report offences," he said.

"These areas of crime have been underreported for years and I trust these figures show that, as a force, we have been successful in giving victims the trust to come forward, knowing they will be treated with compassion and sensitivity. 

"Certain increases also reflect how proactive and successful our teams have been in targeting offending. Drugs and possession of weapons offences are cases in point."

WATCH: Bridge yarn-bombed by hundreds

Atif Rashid

BBC News

Knitted animals have taken over a toll road bridge on the River Thames. 

Whitchurch Bridge, which connects Pangbourne in Berkshire and Whitchurch-on-Thames in Oxfordshire, was decorated as part of a community art project. 

Hundreds of people, mostly children, contributed to the effort which includes figurines of famous characters. 

Fidget spinners banned from Oxfordshire schools

A number of schools in Oxfordshire are asking parents to stop their children bringing fidget spinners to school. 

The gadgets can be helpful for those with learning difficulties but some schools, including Gosford Hill Secondary School and Heyford Park Free School, have asked children to leave them at home. 

The schools say they would rather provide the distraction toys themselves if they're needed. 

Fidget spinner
BBC

Attacker at large after Oxford nightclub brawl jailed

Oxford Mail

An attacker who evaded justice for nearly five years after almost blinding a man during a nightclub brawl has finally been jailed.  

Christians helped chickens cross the evolutionary road

Oxford researchers say Christianity played a big part in the domestication of chickens.

They claim it's because fasting and the exclusion of four-legged animals from menus was common in the Middle Ages, though eating chickens was allowed.

Chickens were domesticated from Asian jungle fowl about 6,000 years ago, but several tests, including the examination of DNA data from archaeological chicken bones, show that important features of the present day chicken arose during a time of soaring demand for poultry at 1000 AD.

Chickens
PA

Dr Liisa Loog, from Oxford University, said: "We tend to think that there were wild animals and then there were domestic animals rather than thinking about the selection pressures on domestic plants and animals that varied through time.

"This study shows how easy it is to turn a trait into something that becomes fixed in an animal in an evolutionary blink of an eye. Just because a domestic trait is everywhere in animals and birds today does not mean it was there at the very start of the domestication process."

South covered in blanket of cloud

Toby Wadey

BBC South

Some parts of the UK have been enjoying sunshine and highs of 19C but, as you can see from this striking satellite image, the south has not.

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Public invited to learn about NHS research in Oxfordshire

People will be able to find out about research taking place in Oxfordshire’s NHS and how they can get involved at an information event on June 13.

The drop-in event at West Oxford Community Centre will run from midday to 16:30 and enable people to talk to NHS nurses and other staff about research.

They will be on hand to discuss research trials into areas including dementia, heart disease, diabetes, stroke, mental health, respiratory disorders, eyes and dermatology.

The public will also be able to learn about how they can participate in research trials taking place in Oxfordshire’s NHS.

Police officer describes scene of fatal 21-car crash

PC Ross Clarkson was called to the scene and said he saw debris on the road from several collisions.

Debbie Blood
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Debbie Blood died in the accident

He added that visibility was only about 50m and driving conditions were "treacherous". 

His statement read: "The enormity of the collision dawned on me. 

"I could see people sat in vehicles, walking around and slumped on the ground in shock."

Oxfordshire Coroner Darren Salter said black ice and dense fog led to "awful" driving conditions.   

Leave voter wished a happy birthday by Tim Farron

Retired business development manager Malcolm Baker, from Begbroke, near Kidlington, told BBC Oxford he "said what I needed to say" after he confronted Lib Dem leader Tim Farron in the street.

Malcolm and Tim
BBC

Afterwards Mr Baker, who turned 65 today, said Mr Farron had wised him a happy birthday in a tweet.

He said: "I thought he was fine, I said what I needed to say and I got it off my chest.

“I won’t be voting Lib Dem, I just don’t agree with his negativity. You need to be positive, this is going to happen and we need to go forward."

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Man dies after car hits tree near Chipping Norton

At about 16:55 on Sunday a grey Volkswagen Touran crashed into a tree in London Road.

The driver of the vehicle, a man in his 40s, was pronounced dead at the scene. His next-of-kin have been informed.

Road closures were in place while emergency services were in attendance.

Sergeant Julie Caulfield said: "We would like to speak to anyone who witnessed the collision or who may have seen the vehicle travelling on the road prior to the incident."

Tim Farron tackled by Leave voter in Kidlington

The Liberal Democrat leader, Tim Farron, has been challenged by a member of the public to stop telling people who voted to leave the EU that they "didn't know what they were voting for". 

Mr Farron, campaigning in Oxfordshire, replied that he had "never said that". 

In an exchange in the street, Mr Farron was urged to support Theresa May "to make Britain great again". 

But the Lib Dem leader said the best governments were the ones with the best opposition to "challenge them a bit".

Mum campaigns for shopping centre to have toilets for disabled daughter

Didcot Herald

A determined mum is campaigning for a £50m shopping centre in Didcot to install special toilets for disabled customers.  

'Landmark' Diana documentary announced

The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry have taken part in a new documentary to mark the 20th anniversary of Diana, Princess of Wales' death in a Paris car crash.

The ITV programme is being made by Oxford Film and Television, which also produced the documentary Our Queen at 90.

Executive producer Nick Kent said it would show Princess Diana "in a way she has never been seen before, through the eyes of the two people who knew her best".

Princess Diana and her sons
PA

Thames Water apologises to Wallingford residents

Sophie Law

BBC Radio Oxford news

Thames Water has apologised after residents in Wallingford spent the night without water. 

They say supply has been restored but it may take half an hour for pressure to return to normal.

In the meantime bottled water can be collected at the Fairmile Hospital Development, Youth Community Centre, Clapcot Way, and Wantage Road.

A pipe ruptured yesterday evening in Wantage Road.

Roving reporters back in business

While covering this morning's Big Ballot Tour our reporters Bethan Phillips and Lilley Mitchell hit a bit of a snag, but we're happy to report they're back on the road again...

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Chipping Norton bookseller recommends Steinbeck

Here's the latest instalment of BBC Radio Oxford's 100 Books You Must Read Before You Die feature. 

Patrick Neale from Jaffe and Neale bookshop in Chipping Norton spoke to Howard Bentham about his love of John Steinback’s The Grapes of Wrath.

Radiohead to release OK Computer's 'lost single' for 20th anniversary

Mark Savage

Music reporter

Oxford band Radiohead are to release their fabled "lost single" Lift on a 20th anniversary edition of OK Computer.

The yearning rock anthem was played extensively during their 1996 tour, and a studio version is one of the band's most sought-after tracks.

Radiohead
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Speaking to BBC 6 Music, guitarist Ed O'Brien admitted the band had bottled out of including it on OK Computer.

"If that song had been on that album, it would have taken us to a different place," he told Matt Everitt.

Oxford United: Michael Appleton hopes to arrange 'recruitment drive' during May

Adam Williams

BBC Sport

Oxford United head coach Michael Appleton plans to get the majority of his recruitment for next season planned by the end of May.

Appleton guided Oxford to eighth in their first season back in League One and took them to another Wembley final.

Michael Appleton
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"I'm going to try my hardest recruitment-wise to make sure we're in the strongest position come June," he told BBC Radio Oxford.

"We've already started making preparations behind the scenes."

Inquest following fatal A40 crash

Phil Mercer

BBC Radio Oxford

An inquest into the death a woman who was killed after four crashes on the A40 in Witney is due to resume today. 

Twenty one cars were involved in crashes, three days after Christmas. 

Deborah Blood, from Gloucester, died and several other people were injured. 

A40 crash
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Blackbird Leys redevelopment plans will provide 'real boost'

Improvements to the rundown commercial centre of Blackbird Leys are back in the running. 

Oxford City Council says it's ready to find a company to work with to redevelop the community centre and shops that were built in the 50s and 60s. 

The project fell into doubt when the government changed the rules on how councils can fund new housing. 

Bob Price, leader of Oxford City Council, says the wait has been worth it to make sure the project can be viable.

In terms of the design and the facilities it offers it’ll be a real boost to the quality of the environment in Blackbird Leys, and will signify the long term commitment of the council to the improvement of the estate.

Weather: 'Cloudy, with showers'

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May Day rainbow over Oxford
Tim Turan

Today's vibrant main image was snapped by Tim Turan on Monday.

"I was enjoying my birthday meal and noticed the rainbow in the early evening light," he said.

"May Day light magic in Oxford."