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  1. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Monday

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By Roz Tappenden and Anna Browning

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Our news coverage through the day

That's all from BBC Local Live for today.

We'll be back from 08:00 on Monday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather updates for Oxfordshire. Join us then.

School for snake

A Didcot school caretaker had a little shock this week when he came across this rat snake basking in the sun of the first-floor maths room's windowsill.

The RSPCA were called, by which time he'd moved to the radiator.


“It was surprising enough for me to come to the rescue of a snake in a school but what was even more surprising was his location. The school is a big old building and it’s quite complicated to navigate, so how he got up to the maths block on the first floor is a real mystery. I just can’t put two and two together about he got there - he’s clearly a brainy snake!

Jan EdwardsRSPCA inspector

The snake, who has been named Snape, is being looked after by the RSPCA. Are you the owner?

Hit-and-run driver gets suspended jail sentence

An unlicensed Oxford driver has been given a suspended jail sentence for knocking down a four-year-old child in the street and fleeing the scene as she lay injured in the road, police say.

Zaheeb Bokhara, aged 19, of Howard Street was sentenced at Oxford Crown Court today.

Is this you?

Thames Valley Police has released CCTV images of a man who may have vital information about a stabbing which took place on James Street, Oxford, on 9 May around 14:50.  

Con Matthew Hodgetts, of Oxford Force CID, is asking anyone with information to call them on 101.

CCTV image

Oxfordshire weather: Mild tonight with some rain

Cloud will thicken overnight with outbreaks of rain which will be heavy in places later on.

It will be a mild night with lows of 10C (50F).

Tomorrow should be mostly dry with rain later on.

Weather picture

Latest headlines: Boost for BMX bikers in Henley

A BMX track in Henley is getting a £75,000 makeover.

More than 90% of people living in Oxfordshire would be happy to take part in clinical research.

Surplus food from supermarkets is being turned into chutneys and relishes by an Oxfordshire firm.

Travel latest: busy in Wantage

BBC Travel

Very slow traffic on the A417 Wallingford Street westbound in Wantage between the A338 Stirlings Road junction and the Market Place junction. In the roadworks area.  

Follow the BBC Travel site for the latest updates this Friday.

Coming up on BBC South Today

South Today

In tonight's programme: fears that Wantage Community Hospital will be closed down and a council honours the woman nicknamed Mrs Aylesbury.  Join us on BBC1 at 18:30.

Your photos: Early morning sky

Richard Harding sent us this early morning snap taken at Great Haseley.

Sky at Great Haseley
Richard Harding

If you've been out and about, send us your photos by email or Twitter.  

'Les Mis' creator to become visiting professor at Oxford

'Les Mis' creator Claude-Michel Schonberg is to become a visiting professor at the University of Oxford.

He has been named as the next Cameron Mackintosh Visiting Professor of Contemporary Theatre, based at St Catherine's College.

He will take over from Russell Beale in October 2016.

Alain Boublil (left) and Claude-Michel Schonberg (right)
Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg (right), the creators of "Les Miserables", won numerous awards for the hit musical

Claude-Michel’s eminent position and long-standing experience in contemporary musical theatre makes him an apt holder of this title, and it is wonderful that our students will have the opportunity to learn about this first-hand.

Prof Roger AinsworthMaster of St Catherine's College

BBC Music Day

Sing? Play? Want to be part of something big? Get in touch to find out more #BBCMusicDay

Sing? Play? Want to be part of something big? Get in touch to find out more #BBCMusicDay

Local artist added to town hall exhibition

Oxford-based artist Tommy Watkins has just been added to the Poseytude Gallery art exhibition in The Gallery at Oxford Town Hall. 

Tommy Watkins
Tommy Watkins

His paintings will be available to see from today until 28 May in Oxford Town Hall.  

Travel: Accident partially blocking B4508 in Shellingford

BBC Travel

The B4508 in Shellingford is partially blocked near the Church Street junction, because of an accident involving one car.  

Visit the BBC travel pages for the latest traffic updates this Friday afternoon.

One hundred and ten Dalmatians?

Earlier on BBC Radio Oxford, artist Tom Campbell and Adam Clayton from charity MIND talked to Alex Lester about an installation project involving 110 papier mache dogs.  

Tom Campbell, Adam Clayton and Alex Lester

The colourful creatures will be on display at the Riverside Festival in Charlbury on 23 and 24 July.

If you missed the show, you can listen again.

On air: NHS trusts bust their budgets

On Drivetime today, David Prever hears how the NHS in England ran up a record overspend of almost £2.5bn in the last financial year.

David Prever

Join David on Drivetime until 19:00

Sport latest: Stadium purchase and MotoGP practice

BBC Sport

Oxford City Council has said it plans to use a compulsory purchase order to buy the Oxford Stadium.

The stadium in Blackbird Leys has not been used for greyhound racing or speedway since it was closed in 2012.


British riders have dominated three of the top four spots in the first MotoGP practice, ahead this weekend's race in Italy. 

Oxfordshire's Bradley Smith was fourth fastest, just behind Scott Redding in second and third placed Cal Crutchlow. 

Crowdfunding bid for John Piper gallery

Chantry House, 1983
John Piper
Chantry House, 1983

Piper was a painter, printmaker, and designed stained-glass windows, theatre sets and even fireworks. A museum spokeswoman said it hoped the gallery would celebrate the artist's "diverse creative output".

Chantry House, 1983

Crowdfunding bid for John Piper gallery

A crowdfunding project to create a permanent John Piper gallery in his former home of Henley-on-Thames has been launched.

Read more

Care workers honoured at annual awards

Oxford Mail

The hard work and dedication of care workers across Oxfordshire was celebrated during a lavish ceremony at Oxford's Randolph Hotel.  

Tonight's weather: Hill fog will return

Thickening cloud will produce rain for many overnight, perhaps turning heavy in patches. 

Hill fog will also return, in a mild night with a southwesterly breeze.

Lows of 12C (54F).

Weather chart

For the full 10-day forecast where you live, visit the BBC weather pages.

Latest headlines: Residents to receive towerblock repair bills

Bills are being sent to residents of five Oxford tower blocks asking for payment for repairs - but they're not expected to spend money just yet.

After cracks appeared in Oxford's new Frideswide Square, repair work is due to take place tomorrow.

A mechanical fault has been fixed on the Flying Scotsman, ahead of a visit to the Thames Valley tomorrow.

Reg Meuross: 'Great live session'

Great live session @BBCOxford @regmeuross playing 'Smarter Than Me' from new album #December… #folk #live

If you missed Reg Meuross on Tuesday, you can watch him again on our Facebook page.

Glass and Bach

Artist Vital Peeters uses the music of Bach for inspiration while working on his glass creations. He is among hundreds of artists from across Oxfordshire who have opened up their studios and gardens for this year's Artweeks Festival (7-30 May)

Vital Peeters

See more tonight on BBC South Today at 18:30.

Don't pay the repairman - yet

Oxford Mail

Leaseholders in Oxford's five towers are being reassured £50,000 repair bills that will drop through letterboxes in the coming weeks do not have to be paid yet.  

Travel: A40 congested in the roadworks area

BBC Travel

Congestion in the roadworks area on the A40 in Oxford is stretching back to the Cassington traffic lights and to the Mill Lane junction.

Tune in or visit the BBC travel pages for the latest traffic updates this Friday afternoon.

On Air: Name that dog

On BBC Radio Oxford, Alex Lester has been meeting the team behind an art installation of papier mache dogs that is raising money for Oxfordshire MIND.

Papier mache dog

Apparently this little fella needs a name - do you have any suggestions?  

Get in touch by emailFacebook or Twitter.

Terminally-ill woman given garden makeover by neighbours

The Herald

Super-hero neighbours have given a terminally-ill woman the garden makeover of her dreams.  

Oxfordshire's Big Picture

Rainbow over Oxford
Luke Brunning

We've been sent in some fantastic images by our readers this week - have a look. 

Oxfordshire's Big Picture

If you have a great image of Oxfordshire, we would love to showcase it. Send it to us by email to, or post it on Twitter @bbcoxford or BBC Oxford on Facebook.

Movie Reviews with James Luxford - X-Men: Apocalypse

Drivetime presenter David Prever and James Luxford from the Radio Times speculate as to who should be the next actor to play James Bond. James tells David about Terry Gilliam's plans to have another attempt at bringing Don Quixote to the silver screen. PLUS reviews of the latest X-Men film and Tom Hanks' latest outing in A Hologram For The King.  

Hundreds expected at Oxford Mela fundraiser

Oxford Times

A fusion of cultures is set to take merrymakers on a whirlwind trip around the globe as the city celebrates its seventh mela tomorrow.

'I stopped Peter Gabriel from going too far'

Oxford musician John Metcalfe has worked with Blur, the Cranberries, Coldplay, Morrissey and says he restrained Peter Gabriel's musical flights of fancy. Catch him at The Bullingdon tonight and listen again to his chat with Alex here

John Metcalfe and Alex Lester

Outdoor pool opens for the summer season

Banbury’s outdoor pool opens its doors to the public for the first time this year on bank holiday weekend, Cherwell District Council says.

Cherwell District Council

On Saturday 28 May the outdoor pool at Woodgreen Leisure Centre will officially open for the spring season.  

Weather update: Thickening cloud

We can expect sunny intervals and the occasional light shower before cloudier conditions return later.

Thickening cloud will eventually produce pulses of rain for many overnight, perhaps turning heavy locally. 

Hill and coastal fog will also return, in a mild night with a southwesterly breeze.  

Weather chart

For the full 10-day forecast, visit the BBC weather pages.

Lunchtime TV: South Today

South Today

On South Today this lunchtime with Tom Hepworth...

Doctors in Dorset believe a 99-year-old great-grandfather is one of the oldest cancer survivors in the world.

Police issue a safety warning to people hoping to catch a glimpse of the world's most famous steam engine as it visits the South.

And getting a clearer view of the world of an artist, thousands are expected to visit a festival in Oxfordshire.

Travel latest: Traffic

BBC Travel

Traffic is still queuing on the A40 in both directions in Oxford between Cutteslowe Roundabout and Wolvercote Roundabout in the roadworks area.

For the latest, tune in or visit the BBC travel pages.

Latest headlines: Hospital closure 'not a foregone conclusion'

The temporary closure of Wantage Community Hospital won't automatically lead to it being permanently shut, according to the NHS trust.

Work to repair cracks in Frideswide Square which appeared six months after a £6.7m revamp will take place tomorrow.

The Flying Scotsman is to pass through the Thames Valley tomorrow after the locomotive suffered a mechanical fault.

Bring John Piper home to Henley

Tune into @BBCOxford to hear about our #crowdfunding campaign with @artfund #BringPiperHome

Tune into @BBCOxford to hear about our #crowdfunding campaign with @artfund #BringPiperHome

Did you miss this on Howard Bentham's show this morning? You can catch up here.

Museum crowdfunding for new Piper gallery

The River & Rowing Museum, an educational charity in Henley-on-Thames, is launching a crowdfunding campaign to create a gallery dedicated to the work of artist John Piper.

The gallery will be the largest permanent exhibition of his work in the world.

Repairs at 'impossible' turn junction

Frideswide Square
Residents say the layout is difficult for long vehicles which is causing damage to the kerbs

Oxford Bus Company said the turn from Hythe Bridge Street is "impossible" for coaches without striking the kerb.  

Frideswide Square

Repairs at 'impossible' turn junction

Repair work is to be carried out at a new £6.7m junction in Oxford that has already been damaged by vehicles.

Read more

Your photos: A sculpture in the sunshine

Meg Jenner sent us this photo of a giraffe sculpture in the shade of a magnificent wisteria outside the Exclusive Roots shop in St Giles.

Deer sculpture and wisteria
Meg Jenner

Send us your photos by email or Twitter.