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Five things in Oxfordshire

Here are five stories from Oxfordshire which people have been clicking on this week.

1) Council sends gritter to get widow to husband's funeral

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Media captionA gritter was sent after Becky Aries appealed for help on BBC Radio Oxford

A gritter was sent to clear a woman's street after an on-air radio appeal to the leader of Oxfordshire County Council.

Becky Aries asked Ian Hudspeth for help to reach her husband's funeral on BBC Radio Oxford, after heavy snow left her road impassable on Monday.

He said he would see if anything could be done and within two hours the council sent a gritter to clear her road.

2) Oxford Brookes University criticised for #SnowDay

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Image caption The closure came as many students at Oxford Brookes worked towards exams or assignments in the final week of term

Oxford Brookes was criticised this week after it closed all its buildings for two days due to snow.

It used the hashtag #SnowDay to accompany a tweet that said it would be shut on Sunday and Monday.

In response one student said: "I don't think #SNOWDAY is an appropriate hashtag... we deserve to know why we have no access to our library."

Defending the closure, the university said icy conditions were expected to cause difficulties as more snow fell.

3) Oxford teacher investigated for 'misgendering' to sue school

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Image caption Joshua Sutcliffe said he apologised after the student became angry

A teacher who says he faced disciplinary action after he referred to a transgender pupil as a girl is taking his school to an employment tribunal.

Joshua Sutcliffe, from Oxford, says he was investigated after he said "well done girls" to a group that included a student who identifies as a boy.

The 27-year-old Christian pastor is now suing the school for constructive dismissal and discrimination.

The secondary school previously said it would be "inappropriate" to comment.

4) Oxford Lush shop to be homeless shelter after apology

Image caption Homes4All said Lush has offered its old premises until the lease runs out at the end of January

Cosmetics retailer Lush has said one of its shops - which the firm was criticised for boarding up - can be used as a temporary homeless shelter.

The boards were placed outside its premises in Oxford city centre last month after the company closed the branch.

This prompted criticism from the Green Party in Oxford as rough sleepers had been using the doorway.

After apologising and removing the boards, Lush has now said the shop can be used as a temporary shelter.

5) Pigeon's WW2 medal sells for £7,200

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Image caption A stand-in pigeon was used for the award ceremony in 1946 as Princess, the original bird, had died after returning to the UK

A World War Two medal, which was awarded to a carrier pigeon, fetched £7,200 at an auction in Banbury this week

The People's Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA) Dickin Medal was given to a pigeon that flew from the Greek island Crete to Alexandria, Egypt.

The 406 mile (653km) flight took place in 1943 and the accolade was awarded to the bird called Princess in 1946.

It was sold to an internet buyer by the family of the trainer at Holloway's Auctioneers.

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