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Summary

  1. 'Sewage smell leak' NHS trust makes 'significant improvements'
  2. Warning over jumping into lakes and canals during hot weather
  3. Head injuries playing sport as a child can have 'devastating consequences'
  4. Protest over Tom's Field housing development plan
  5. Oxford United boss praises team despite EFL Cup defeat

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Unfair fines reported at Charlbury railway station

New number plate recognition cameras installed at Charlbury Station have led to taxi firms and customers being unfairly fined. 

Cab drivers say they've been charged for picking up different customers within the same hour - and there are complaints from people who say they've been charged for waiting to pick up passengers who were on a delayed train.

Charlbury station
Neil Hanson

They also claim there's also no information on the parking signs about how long you can stay without buying a ticket.

The firm that runs the car park - APCOA - has said it is happy to refund taxi drivers and any fine issued to a customer who has waited longer because of a delayed train. It's also agreed to increase the signage.

Thames Valley Police starts speeding crackdown

Today Thames Valley Police has launched a crackdown on drivers committing speeding offences.

It will finish on Sunday and will involve random checks throughout Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Buckinghamshire at all times of the day and night. 

Drivers who are caught speeding will be issued with anything from a fine to a summons to attend court.

Sgt Chris Appleby said: "Excessive or inappropriate speed has a devastating impact on the safety of road users, increasing both the risk of a crash and the severity of the consequences."

Person hit by train between Oxfordshire and London

Trains disrupted out of London Marylebone

Royal Mail walkout: Bosses 'fully committed' to resolution

Royal Mail vans
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The Communication Workers Union said members had gone on strike across Wiltshire and Oxfordshire after a vote on Wednesday morning.

Here's what Royal Mail has had to say in response:

We are fully committed to resolving our colleagues' concerns in co-operation with the Communication Workers Union (CWU). We will do all we can to minimise any disruption and to deliver and collect mail as normal.

The walkout is affecting the Swindon Mail Centre as well as offices in Royal Wootton Bassett, Devizes and Chippenham, the CWU said.

Change needed for Team GB champions to represent whole nation

Political changes need to be made to close the gap between the sporting opportunities at state and private schools, according to TV presenter Clare Balding. 

Will Satch
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Will Satch

In Rio, 32% of British medals were still won by privately educated athletes, even though only about 7% of schoolchildren in Britain go to fee paying schools.  

Liz Nicholl, chief executive of UK Sport, says they're trying to redress the balance with an online application system for budding Olympians from all walks of life. 

Will Satch from Henley, who won gold at Rio in the men's eight rowing, said he was financially supported for what is deemed an "elitist" sport by the Christopher Ward Challenger Programme.

Last chance to see railway history

Thousands of people have signed up to see a piece of railway history in Banbury before it is demolished. 

Thousands of people sign up to see a piece of railway history

The town's north signal box predates World War 1, with the building constructed in 1900. 

It uses Victorian technology and is being replaced to allow the network to be run electronically. 

Heritage campaigners say the tours, which run to October, allow visitors to "feel the way the signalman worked and lived his life". 

Garden village vision unveiled

West Oxfordshire District Council is considering creating a new "garden village" near Eynsham. 

It would mean 2,200 homes would be built on an area just off the A40. 

Councillor Warwick Robinson is in charge of planning at the council and says a government scheme means it's financially more beneficial for councils to build brand new towns, rather than add to existing ones.

This is an opportunity which is only open to local authorities for a finite period of time. We've decided we will put this expression of interest forward on the basis that we've nothing to lose and everything to gain.

Councillor Warwick RobinsonWest Oxfordshire District Council

'Unstoppable army making things happen'

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Researchers uncover images of rare Mexican manuscript hidden for almost 500 years

Oxford Mail

Researchers from the Bodleian Library have revealed stunning images of a Mexican manuscript that were hidden for almost 500 years.  

Council issues computer fraud advice

Cherwell District Council is warning people to look out for scammers pretending to be from their internet service providers.

Computer generic
PA

An elderly man contacted the council to say he had been called by hoaxers who offered to help him deal with rogue software on his computer they themselves had installed. 

They then tried to access his computer and attempt to access his bank account.

Basic security know-how can go a long way towards thwarting such crime. Some of the most important advice to heed includes: be certain whom you are dealing with when conducting business over the internet of telephone; close or delete any suspicious pop-up windows or emails rather than opening them; and be wary of any unsolicited requests for personal information.

Cllr Tony IlottCherwell’s lead member for public protection

Video: Watch out for some showers later

Lucy Martin gives you the latest weather forecast

Warning over head injuries playing sport as a child

Press Association

Blows to the head suffered when young may be putting almost one in 10 people in the UK at increased risk of a blighted or shortened life, Oxford University research suggests.

Children playing rugby
Thinkstock

A large-scale study has shown that even apparently mild head injuries can have potentially devastating long term effects, including an increased risk of disability, psychiatric problems, low educational attainment and even early death. 

Many of those affected will have sustained traumatic brain injury (TBI) while playing contact sports such as football or rugby.

Protest over Tom's Field housing development plan

South Today

People living in a village near Wantage have gathered to protest about plans to build 81 homes on the last remaining green space in their community. 

Villagers in Charlton gather as plans to build 81 homes are approved

Fuller's Field, known locally as Tom's Field, in Charlton is used by joggers and dog walkers, and is home to bats, owls and deer. 

Campaigners say it provides a much-needed buffer from a major new housing development that's being built nearby. 

But developers say planning inspectors have found nothing wrong with the application, and point out the land is privately owned.

CCTV of audacious ram raid in Milton-under-Wychwood

CCTV images have been released after an audacious ram raid on a shop in Milton-under-Wychwood at the weekend.

CCTV of Milton-under-Wychwood ram raid
Thames Valley Police

The cash machine in the village's Co-op store was targeted at about 00:45 on Saturday.

Several men using a stolen, dark-coloured Isuzu Trooper drove into the front of the store on Shipton Road.

They used the vehicle to pull the ATM out of the shop before driving off with the machine dragging behind.

Postal workers walk out in dispute

Several hundred postal workers have walked out of sorting offices and post offices in Wiltshire and Oxfordshire in a dispute over bullying claims.

Workers walked out following a vote on Wednesday
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Workers walked out following a vote on Wednesday

The Communication Workers Union said members had gone on strike after a vote on Wednesday morning.

The walk out is affecting the main mail centre in Swindon as well as offices in Faringdon, Royal Wootton Bassett, Devizes and Chippenham, the CWU said.

Royal Mail said it was "aware" of the situation and had "contingency plans".

It's the Great Breakfast Bake Off

Mary Berry, Paul Hollywood, Mel and Sue are back on our screens tonight for the Great British Bake Off - soggy bottoms, showstoppers and all. 

It was the most watched TV programme of 2015 and it all kicks off again at 20:00 on BBC One.  

The Radio Oxford Breakfast team decided to have their own competition... news reader Charles Nove was voted Great Breakfast Bake Off winner by Emily Jones from Barefoot bakery in Oxford.

And the winner is... Charles Nove with his lemon drizzle
BBC
And the winner is... Charles Nove with his lemon drizzle

Warning after six deaths

As the sun is expecting to be shining in Oxfordshire for the rest of this week - we're being reminded to be careful about jumping into open water. 

The Oxford Canal may look inviting, but is not a place to dive into to cool down
Anthony P Morris
The Oxford Canal may look inviting, but is not a place to dive into to cool down

The Canal and River Trust has issued a warning after six people died when they got into trouble in the water, in multiple incidents across the country, last weekend.

The Oxford Canal may look inviting on a hot summer's day, but any open body of water can pose a hazard as the water can often be extremely cold and can bring on cramps in even the strongest swimmers. You just can't train your body for the effects of the cold water and the other hidden dangers lurking beneath the surface, like reeds or rubbish which swimmers could get caught up in.

Gary SmithThe Canal and River Trust

New 4m sports park is a "Golden Opportunity" for local sportsmen and women in Didcot

Oxford Times

A Didcot sports association hopes Olympic fever will inspire its sportsmen and women to make the best use of its new £4m sporting facilities.

Garden village outside Oxford 'could unlock A40 cash'

Oxford Mail

A 'garden village' of 2,200 homes outside Oxford could be the trade-off for a £54m upgrade of the A40.

'Significant' improvements at NHS mental health trust

A mental health trust criticised for taking a year to fix a leaky roof that caused a sewage smell in a bedroom has made "significant improvements". 

The Care Quality Commission highlighted outdated wards at the Warneford Hospital in Oxford
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The Care Quality Commission highlighted outdated wards at the Warneford Hospital in Oxford

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust was rated as "requires improvement" by the Care Quality Commission in January. 

The watchdog raised concerns about the quality of risk assessments, staff training and long waiting lists for some services. 

Now the trust has been rated "good" after a follow-up inspection.

Oxford United out of EFL Cup after Brighton defeat

Oxford United's hope of reaching the third round of the EFL Cup is over after a 4-2 defeat at home to Brighton.

Elvis Manu nets Brighton's third goal
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Elvis Manu nets Brighton's third goal

Following an equaliser from Wes Thomas, United were level until 15 minutes before the end but three goals in quick succession from the visitors meant Dan Crowley's late strike was only a consolation. 

Boss Michael Appleton felt the scoreline was a harsh reflection on his side's performance.

Apart from the result, and going out of the competition, we were delighted in our performance. There were some outstanding individual performances from us. When it was 1-1 I thought we were on top. For us there were some positive performances from an attacking point of view. The only solace I can take from going out of the competition is that it was in 90 minutes and not after extra-time.

Michael AppletonOxford United head coach

Weather: Hot and dry day but thundery showers possible later

BBC Weather Watchers

Today will be a fine and dry day with warm sunny spells. 

Later this afternoon or early evening there is a risk of seeing a shower, and possibly the odd rumble of thunder, too. Highs of 27C (81F).

Busy in the fields near Watchfield, by Weather Watcher 'Ivan Denisovich'
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Busy in the fields near Watchfield, by Weather Watcher 'Ivan Denisovich'

Water warning in OX4

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Red sunrise over Oxford this morning
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Red sunrise over Oxford this morning