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Summary

  1. Lorry drivers fear for safety from stowaway migrants
  2. Grieving girlfriend urges work to make A34 safer
  3. Owen Smith 'hasn't spotted' any Marxists in Labour ranks

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  1. That's all for today

    Thank you for joining us today, check out Oxfordshire live again tomorrow from 08:00 for news, sport, weather and travel from around the county.  

  2. Oxford United at Fleetwood... Live!

    The U's trip is exclusively live on BBC Radio Oxford tonight in a midweek sports special. Nathan Cooper will be live at Highbury from 19:00 on 95.2FM and digital radio.

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  3. Travel update: Slow on M40 northbound

    BBC Travel

    There's slow traffic on the M40 northbound between Junction 9, A34 (Bicester) and Junction 10, A43 (Brackley), because of an accident earlier on. 

    All lanes have been re-opened.

  4. Rapist jailed for seven years after call handler hung up on victim

    A "vulnerable" woman called Thames Valley Police's Milton Keynes control room in December 2013 and said she was in danger, but the call handler did not send anyone to help her.

    Zilvinas Ruzgas

    A misconduct hearing was told that Gail Daniels-Ekarte ended the call without deploying anyone, and later that day a further call reported the woman had been raped.

    Zilvinas Ruzgas, 40, of Odessa Road, London, was subsequently convicted of rape and jailed for seven years.

  5. LGBT teenagers abused in rainbow flag row town

    A group of teenagers campaigning against a town's decision not to fly the rainbow flag say they have received homophobic abuse from passers-by. 

    The group of 15- to 17-year-olds in Abingdon town centre
    Image caption: The group of 15- to 17-year-olds in Abingdon town centre

    The 15- to 17-year-olds organised an event to support the annual Oxford Pride in Abingdon town centre. 

    They said they were "shocked" by the negative responses, which came mainly from "older generations". 

    Pride chair Rob Jordan said it showed why the council to had to show support for its LGBTQ community.  

  6. Little devil wears Prada

    Police want to speak to this pair pictured on CCTV after a man had his £800 jacket stolen from the Prada store in Bicester Village.

    The man and woman police want to speak to after Prada theft
    Image caption: The man and woman police want to speak to after Prada theft

    The victim, a man in his 40s from Manchester, was trying on a jacket having taken off his own Gucci jacket.

    A man and two women entered the store. The man took off his jacket, put on the victim’s jacket and then placed his own jacket on top of it and left the store.

  7. Police call handler sacked for hanging up on rape victim

    A police call handler has been sacked after hanging up on a "vulnerable" woman who asked for help and later reported she had been raped.

    Gail Daniels-Ekarte spent five-and-a-half minutes talking to a 999 caller from Oxfordshire who said she was in danger, but did not deploy any officers to help her.

    The call handler, who was based in Milton Keynes, has now been dismissed without notice by Thames Valley Police for gross misconduct.

    A senior officer said her conduct fell "very far below" the standard expected.

  8. Council removes squatters in tent next to Oxford canal

    A tent pitched in Jericho next to the Oxford canal has been removed by Oxford City Council.

    The scene after removal

    Tim Sadler, the authority's director for community services, said: “In July this year, we served notices on the occupants of the tents on the land adjacent to Castle Mill stream as there are no sanitary facilities at that site.

    "The occupants failed to comply with the provisions of the notices or appeal against them, so we had to take action to remove all items detailed in the notices. 

    "We have previously attempted to negotiate with the occupants to move voluntarily and referred them to homelessness services, but this assistance was declined.”

  9. Glass Animals perform Maida Vale session

    Oxford band Glass Animals performed live at the BBC's Maida Vale Studios for Annie Mac this week.

    The band's second album How To Be A Human Being is released on 26 August.

    Check out this weekend's BBC Introducing in Oxford to hear an interview with the band at the recent Wilderness Festival.

  10. Unemployment down to lowest level in eight years

    There were 1,859 people claiming Job Seekers Allowance in Oxfordshire last month.

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    The figures come as it emerged the UK unemployment total fell by 52,000 to 1.64 million between April and June.

    Britain's unemployment rate remained at 4.9%, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said.

    The jobless total is now at its lowest for eight years, while the unemployment rate is at its lowest since the summer of 2005.

  11. Rival reports into Oxfordshire devolution published

    Two reviews examining different ways of organising services in Oxfordshire, which cost about £100,000 each, have been published.

    The county's district councils asked PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) to examine having multiple unitary authorities and doing away with the county council.  

    But Oxfordshire County Council also commissioned a review by Grant Thornton into having just one unitary authority for the whole county.  

    Now the opposing local authorities have been told they need to find a "consensus", according to a spokesman for the districts.

  12. Drone footage captures scale of field fire

    This aerial footage captured by Jared Reabow shows the extent of the field fire that broke out near Stadhampton yesterday afternoon.

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    Video caption: Fire service battled blaze on Monday afternoon
  13. Oxford United aim to avoid double defeat

    Oxford United take on Fleetwood tonight targeting a first win of the new season in League One. 

    Joe Skarz
    Image caption: Joe Skarz

    United travel up to Lancashire off the back of a disappointing loss to Bristol Rovers at the weekend. 

    Michael Appleton's men lost back-to-back league games only once on their way to promotion last season. 

    While he admits it will be a tougher ask this year, defender Joe Skarz says the squad are determined to keep consecutive defeats to a minimum.

    Quote Message: Obviously it's a lot harder and the quality is higher. But we don't want to repeat the defeat. Even if you lose, you aim to at least draw the next one, but we'll be aiming to win to get us up and running. from Joe Skarz
    Joe Skarz
  14. Migrant crisis: French migrants squat in disused warehouse

    Ferry ports in the South - including Portsmouth and Poole - are among the prime access points for migrants trying to enter the country.

    Lorry drivers in Oxfordshire say they are concerned for their safety as migrants use their vehicles to head north through our county.

    We visited a disused warehouse near the port of Caen, Normandy, which is being used as a squat by 30 migrants hoping to make their way to Britain.

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    Video caption: Migrant crisis: French migrants squat in disused warehouse