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Monday's weather forecast: A largely dry day

Fairly cloudy this morning with some scattered showers.

More in the way of sunshine in the afternoon and most areas should remain dry.

Just a chance of the odd shower. Breezy.

Maximum Temperature: 15 to 18°C (59 to 64°F).

It should be a largely dry day

Surgeries at Oxford hospital postponed over ventilation issues

John Radcliffe Hospital

Ventilation issues in the West Wing theatres at Oxford's John Radcliffe Hospital has caused some surgeries to be postponed.

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which runs the hospital, said it was assessing patients who required urgent surgery.

The hospital already has four operating threatres out of action due to maintenance works.

The trust said this represented "a significant loss of theatre capacity" across its hospitals.

Chief nursing officer Sam Foster said: "We are working hard to make sure that all patients requiring urgent operations, including cancer patients, are able to continue to get the operations they need."

M40 crash pictures taken following 'miraculous' escape

Truck and car collision on M40

Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service has released pictures of the large scale operation on the M40 yesterday, in which a truck ended up on the central reservation and on top of a car.

No-one was seriously hurt in the collision, which happened between junctions 10 and 9 southbound at 06:30, and ended up causing long delays for much of the day.

Station manager Mike Clarke said: "Both drivers involved in this incident were extremely fortunate not to have suffered from more serious injuries.

"Miraculously, the force of the impact tore the car driver’s door off, meaning that he was freed without mechanical assistance from us.

"Due to where both vehicles came to a stop, it was necessary to reduce the number of running lanes then eventually close one carriageway altogether to recover both vehicles safely."

Truck and car collision on M40
Truck and car collision on M40

Seven vehicles broken into in Oxfordshire


Following seven thefts from motor vehicles in Oxfordshire in one night, a CCTV image has been released by police.

Cash, cards, laptops, bags and clothing were stolen between 01:00 and 03:00 last Thursday after vehicles were broken into on Cadelworth Way in Kingston Bagpuize, Storksbill Lane, Laurel Drive and Latton Close in Southmoor, and Field Close, Cascade Corner and Bramling Cross in Longworth.

PC Tom Pryor, based at Faringdon police station, said: "I am releasing a CCTV image of this person as I believe that they may have information that is vital to this investigation."

Women's Tour stage concludes at Blenheim Palace

Belgium's Jolien D'hoore has won the third stage of the OVO Energy Women's Tour in Oxfordshire.

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Bob Harris takes Radio 2 break due to illness

Bob Harris

Broadcaster Bob Harris is to take a break from presenting his BBC Radio 2 country show after suffering an aortic dissection.

The condition occurs when there is a tear in the wall of the major artery carrying blood out of the heart.

Harris, who lives in Oxfordshire, said: "I am not exactly sure when I will be on air again but I am on the road to recovery now."

The 73-year-old paid tribute to the intensive care team and consultants at Oxford's John Radcliffe Hospital, his wife Trudie and his "wonderful" family.

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M40 crash: Delays of one hour northbound during barrier repairs

M40 crash: Delays southbound 'as long as three to four hours'

M40 crash: Two-hour delays following car and lorry collision

There are two-hour delays on the M40 southbound between junctions 10 and 9 following a collision.

A South Central Ambulance Service spokesman told us: "We received multiple calls around 06:20 this morning all reporting a collision between a car and a lorry on the M40 southbound near junction 9 for Bicester.

"We currently have two ambulances at the scene and there are two patients... neither of whom are seriously injured - one has already left for the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford and the second patient is still currently being assessed."

Drivers have been warned to avoid the area.

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Police issue third appeal over man missing for three weeks

Police are for the third time appealing for information about a 37-year-old man from Oxford who has been missing for three weeks.

Adam Stanmore, who is 37, was last seen on Saturday 18 May at around 22:50 BST in Horspath Road.

He was, however, only reported missing to Thames Valley Police the following Wednesday.

Mr Stanmore is mixed race, around 6ft 2ins tall, of slim build and has short dark curly hair.

Police said they are "very keen" on hearing from anyone who saw him in the lead up to him going missing.

"None of you would be in trouble, but if you have any information that can help us to locate Adam, please get in touch," Det Insp James Senior said.

Anyone with information should contact 101 quoting reference number 43190153775.

Adam Stanmore
Adam Stanmore was last seen on 18 May

Oxford United and BBC Radio Oxford announce new coverage partnership

Two-hour delays on M40 due to two-lane closure

Oxfordshire County Council is warning drivers to avoid the southbound carriageway if possible.

The council says the delays are due to two lanes being closed between junction six and seven for "emergency repairs".

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Weather warning in place for heavy rain

There's now an Amber weather warning for London, and much of the South East following downpours overnight.

The Met Office has warned that the heaviest and most persistent rain is still to come with a warning in place on Monday covering an area from the Humber all the way down to the south coast, and from the East Midlands to Portsmouth.

Forecasters said some places could see a month's worth of rain in two or three days, and we could see some flooding issues.

John Radcliffe Hospital multi-storey car park plan

An application to build a multi-storey car park at the John Radcliffe Hospital could be submitted within the next year, hospital bosses have confirmed.

It comes as nearly 3,000 people have backed a petition calling for one to be built to solve the ongoing parking problems. Patients sometimes have to queue for hours to get a space.

However Alex Hollingsworth, lead member for planning and sustainable transport at Oxford City Council, told BBC Radio Oxford "more would be needed to solve the problem in the long-term."

John radcliffe Hospital

The JR is one of the biggest hospitals in the country, we treat more and more patients each year so we can’t grow our way out of this. We’re going to have to do something different as well, otherwise the growth in patients and staff will overtake whatever provision we put in place."

Alex HollingsworthOxford City Council

Weather: A wet day

A very wet start with persistent rain across the area.

Through the afternoon, some sunny spells will develop, but also a good scattering of heavy showers, some of which will turn thundery.

Heavy and locally thundery showers at first this evening.

Thereafter, the heaviest showers will clear to the northeast, leaving an increasingly windy and cloudy night, with patchy rain at times.

Temperature: Between 10 and 16°C (50 and 61°F).

Thundery showers expected later, says Alex Osborne

Man robbed at knife point in Bicester

A 16-year-old boy was punched and robbed at knifepoint in Bicester.

The victim was walking in Oxford Road opposite Bicester Village, when he was approached by two men.

The men tried to grab the boy's shopping bag, and then attacked the boy.

The offenders ran into a black Vauxhall which was waiting at Burger King, before it headed southbound on the A41 towards the M40.

The first offender was a black man in his late teens, about 6ft 2ins, and was wearing a blue Nike tracksuit.

The second offender is a mixed race man also in his teens, about 5ft 7ins, with black and fluffy hair. He was wearing a beige Nike tracksuit.

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Reward to catch 'violent' fugitive

Jason Sufi

A £5,000 reward is being offered to help capture a "violent" escaped prisoner.

Jason Sufi, 39, was serving a nine-year sentence for burglary, false imprisonment and robbery at HMP Springhill when he went on the run in February.

He has since been linked to a series of violent crimes, including in Oxfordshire and Hampshire.

A Crimestoppers spokeswoman said: "We should all be able to live in our homes and walk our streets safely without fear, which is why our charity has put up this reward."

Jason Sufi

New appeal after Bicester alleyway rape

Police have made a new appeal for information after a woman was raped while walking home from an Oxfordshire pub.

The attack happened at about 02:50 BST on Saturday 25 May after she left premises in Sheep Street, Bicester, Thames Valley Police said.

The woman, who is in her late teens, walked with a man through Market Square. They entered an alleyway near Chapel Street where he raped her.

A man from Bicester, 33, was arrested on Wednesday on suspicion of rape.

He has now been released on bail until 26 June.