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  1. That's all from Oxfordshire Live for today

    Many thanks for joining us today, and we'll be back from 08:00 on Monday with all the latest, news, views, pictures and video from around the county.

    See you then.

  2. Masked men armed with shotgun rob G4S van

    Two masked men armed with a shotgun have stolen a cash box from a G4S security van making a delivery.

    An Oxfam charity shop
    Image caption: The van was parked outside an Oxfam charity shop

    The robbers struck at about 11:20 BST on High Street in Thame, Oxfordshire.

    They escaped the scene in a car which police said appeared to be travelling towards the southbound M40.

    A Thames Valley Police helicopter was dispatched to search for the suspects but could find no trace of them.

  3. Didcot demolition: Industry expert says use of robots 'unproven'

    The editor of Demolition News, Mark Anthony, said using robots to plant explosives was "unproven" in the industry.

    He said: "The entire demolition world is watching it with interest... because it's an untried system.

    The debris

    "The main concern is to get the building down, get it down safely, and allow the recovery operation to take place.

    "But over and above that from a technical standpoint it will be interesting to see how it is carried out and how successful it is."

  4. Scamper runner up in parliamentary pet prize

    For those of you charmed by the image of Ed Vaizey's hamster Scamper (he's probably getting his own agent, fan club and Twitter account as we speak) you will be delighted to hear that he came second in the RSPCA's Parliamentary Pet of the Year competition.

    Named in first place at the prestigious event at Victoria Tower Gardens earlier this week was Milo the lurcher, owned by Conservative MP for Castle Point Rebecca Harris.

    Milo
  5. 'No more Oxford sales' - Appleton

    Callum O'Dowda and Kemar Roofe

    No more Oxford sales - Appleton

    Callum O'Dowda and Kemar Roofe

    Oxford boss Michael Appleton says no more players will leave the club ahead of their campaign in League One.

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  6. Governor calls NHS trust council 'irrelevant'

    As we mentioned earlier, John Green, Public Governor for the South West, has resigned from his post at Southern Health NHS Trust.

    In his resignation letter he said he had been intending to resign for some time but had delayed doing so on the assumption there would be an extraordinary meeting of the trust's council of governors (CoG) before any decisions were made by NHS Improvement or the government. 

    Southern Health NHS Trust sign

    He said the meeting, which had been "indefinitely prevented from taking place" had been intended to determine a resolution of no confidence in the trust's board. 

    He said: "This has not occurred and it now makes such a meeting pointless, because the CoG is clearly considered as irrelevant."

  7. 'Last' Art in Action festival

    Large crowds have gathered for the 40th, and potentially last, Art in Action Festival at Waterperry Gardens.

    The festival has struggled in recent years to attract volunteers and visitors.

    Increased competition from other events has seen the festival make a financial loss in recent years.

    Organiser Simon Buchanan said the event would "pause" and his vision is for Waterperry Gardens to "develop as a centre for the arts in the years to come".

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    Video caption: Big crowds flock to what is the 40th and potentially last event
  8. Duck findings 'scientific quackery'

    Earlier we tweeted this amazing discovery.

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    We won't make any wisequacks, we promise. This is how you reacted.

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  9. Oxfordshire's Big Picture

    Here's a little loveliness to take us into the weekend...

    A dandelion in the sunshine near Watlington, by Hayley Butler, aged 12, with her new camera.
    Image caption: A dandelion in the sunshine near Watlington, by Hayley Butler, aged 12, with her new camera.

    Oxfordshire's Big Picture

    If you have a great image of Oxfordshire, we would love to showcase it. Send it to us with details and where the picture was taken to oxfordshire@bbc.co.uk, or post it on Twitter @bbcoxford or BBC Oxford on Facebook.

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  11. Travel latest: Festival delays

    BBC Travel

    There are long delays on A4130 in both directions in Milton Hill around the Featherbed Lane junction, because of Truck Festival. 

    Congestion is stretching back to Milton Interchange and to Rowstock.

  12. Cute alert: Ducks follow 'same' shapes

    If you have an aversion to cute ducklings, then look away now.

    Oxford University scientists have been using different shapes and colours so show that, far from being bird-brained, ducklings have mental abilities usually associated with highly intelligent animals.

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    Video caption: Ducklings 'recognise same and different'

    Researchers found the newly hatched birds recognised pairs of objects as either the "same" or "different".

    The ability, which was recorded 15 minutes after hatching, is believed to help them identify their mother.

    The finding is the first spontaneous demonstration of the skill in a non-human species.

  13. MP's hamster makes social media debut

    Wantage MP Ed Vaizey tweeted this picture of his pet hamster Scamper after they came second in Westminster's Responsible Pet Ownership Competition.

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  14. Can you help spot Theresa?

    Oxford Mail

    The Oxford Mail asks if our new Prime Minster is among the girls in a 1973 school photograph taken at Wheatley Park School.

    It is believed to feature Theresa May, who attended the school and its predecessor Holton Park Girls' Grammar School. Can you spot her?

  15. Bird brain of Britain

    Oxford scientists have discovered that ducklings have mental abilities usually associated with highly intelligent animals.

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    Video caption: Nothing bird-brained about ducklings

    Researchers found the fluffy hatchlings were able to recognise pairs of objects as either the same or different within 15 minutes of being born.

    They say the spontaneous skill helps them identify their mother.

  16. A trucking good time

    Truck Festival opens in Steventon today.

    The annual independent music festival was started in 1998 by the Bennett family.

    Kodaline

    The line up includes, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Manic Street Preachers and Kodaline (pictured).

    BBC Introducing in Oxford will be broadcasting live from the festival from 20:00 on Saturday. Tune in.

  17. Southern Health resignation

    A governor at Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust has resigned. The trust has been under fire since a report found it had failed to properly investigate hundreds of deaths of patients - including that of Connor Sparrowhawk in Oxford.

    Connor Sparrowhawk

    In his resignation letter, John Green, Public Governor for the South West, described the way in which the trust and the NHS responded to the report as "farcical".