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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."

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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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

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

Road closures planned for cycle race

The OVO Energy Women's Tour professional cycling race is coming to Oxford on Wednesday 12 June.

The race involving 100 cyclists will begin in Henley-on-Thames at 10:30 and pass through Pishill, Watlington, Sonning Common, Goring, Wallingford, Didcot, Harwell, Wantage, Faringdon, Burford, Charlbury and Woodstock.

Road closures and rolling roadblocks will be in place.

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South East turnout

Turnout in the South East was 39.36% - up from 35.4% in 2014.

The South East region is made up of the Isle of Wight, East Sussex, West Sussex, Hampshire, Kent, Surrey, Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire.

Man robbed at knifepoint near shops

Police are hunting a man and a woman who assaulted and robbed a 39-year-old man in a night-time attack yesterday.

The victim was close to the shops in Barton, Oxford, when the pair assaulted him at about 00:45 BST.

While the man held a Stanley knife to his neck, the woman went through his possessions and stole tobacco, cash and a bank card.

Thames Valley Police want to hear from a taxi driver who is believed to have witnessed the incident and members of the public who were nearby.

European elections 2019: Polls take place

Voters are heading to the polls for the European Parliament elections.

Seventy-three members, known as MEPs, will be elected in nine constituencies in England, and one each in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Each region has a different number of representatives based on its population, with 10 MEPs in the South East.

Polling stations in the UK are open from 07:00 until 22:00.

The results will be announced once all EU nations have voted, with the voting process expected to be completed by 22:00 on Sunday.

Weather: 'Mostly dry and sunny'

Dan Downs

Weather Forecaster

Thames Valley knife crime at record level, crime data reveals

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Serious knife crime in the Thames Valley has hit its highest level since 2010, latest crime data shows.

Thames Valley Police recorded a total of 1,483 serious crimes involving knives in 2018.

That is up 19 percent on the previous year and the highest since 2010-11.

The crimes included eight homicides, 48 rape and sexual assault offences and 117 threats to kill across the policing area last year.

Thames Valley Police covers Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire.

Man handling a knife
Knife crime in Thames Valley has reached record levels since 2010

Children as young as 10 targeted by drug dealers

Children as young as 10 are being targeted by county lines drug gangs in Oxfordshire, it has been revealed.

Oxfordshire County Council says it's supporting young people who are exploited by dealers looking sell drugs in small towns and rural areas.

Karen Hulston, a social worker, says there clear warning signs when a child is vulnerable to exploitation.

She added a sign was "changes in behaviour" where young people become "disruptive, because they are scare or upset".

Councillor elected to second seat in different county

Local Democracy Reporting Service

An Oxfordshire county councillor was also elected as as borough and parish councillor in Hampshire earlier this month, it has emerged.

Tim Bearder was elected to represent Wheatley in November and won a seat on Eastleigh Borough Council on 2 May.

The Liberal Democrat claimed his recent election was "not relevant" to his work in Oxfordshire. The seat is more than 70 miles away.

Mr Bearder, a former BBC Radio Oxford presenter, said he lived in both Oxford and Hampshire, spent half his time in both places and is able to carry out his duties as a councillor.

Tim Bearder