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Summary

  1. Mother pleads guilty to daughter's murder
  2. Man arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving after an eight-vehicle pile-up on A34
  3. Winter reserves used to plug Oxfordshire NHS black hole
  4. Rail trespassers cause GWR delays

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black hairstreak butterfly

The butterfly, which has very selective habitat needs, was last seen on the site in 1988.

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Football

Live coverage of Saturday's League One game between Portsmouth and Oxford United.

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Severe disruption: M40 Oxfordshire southbound

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M40 Oxfordshire southbound severe disruption, at M40 J8 Oxofrd Services.

M40 Oxfordshire - M40 lane closed on entry slip road southbound at M40 J8, Oxofrd Services, because of emergency repairs. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Oxfordshire travel latest: M40 southbound lanes closed

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Severe disruption: A43 Oxfordshire southbound

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A43 Oxfordshire southbound severe disruption, at B4100.

A43 Oxfordshire - A43 in Baynards Green blocked and queuing traffic southbound at Baynards Green Roundabout, because of a broken down coach.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Families 'scared to visit graves ' in Bicester churchyard

Severe disruption: M40 Oxfordshire southbound

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M40 Oxfordshire southbound severe disruption, between J9 for A34 and J8 for A40.

M40 Oxfordshire - Two lanes closed and queuing traffic on M40 southbound between J9, A34 (Bicester) and J8 A40, because of emergency repairs.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe accident: A34 Berkshire northbound

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A34 Berkshire northbound severe accident, between A34 and A4185.

A34 Berkshire - A34 blocked and queuing traffic northbound between Beedon Turn Off in Beedon and Chilton Interchange in Chilton, because of a multi-vehicle accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Rare butterfly returns to nature reserve

Black hairstreak
West Oxfordshire District Council

A rare butterfly has been spotted at a nature reserve in Oxfordshire for the first time in three decades.

The black hairstreak, which has a limited range - mostly in Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire - is only seen in June and early July.

Stuart Hodges of Butterfly Conservation spotted the insect at North Leigh Common - the first confirmed sighting there since 1988.

West Oxfordshire District Council has introduced a new management plan for the common land to encourage the black hairstreak to thrive.

Severe accident: M40 Oxfordshire southbound

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M40 Oxfordshire southbound severe accident, from J9 for A34 to J8A for A418.

M40 Oxfordshire - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M40 southbound from J9, A34 (Bicester) to J8a, A418 (Oxford), because of an accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe accident: M40 Oxfordshire southbound

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M40 Oxfordshire southbound severe accident, from J9 for A34 to J8A for A418.

M40 Oxfordshire - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M40 southbound from J9, A34 (Bicester) to J8a, A418 (Oxford), because of an accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: M40 Oxfordshire both ways

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M40 Oxfordshire both ways severe disruption, from J8A for A418 to J9 for A34.

M40 Oxfordshire - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M40 in both directions from J8a, A418 (Oxford) to J9, A34 (Bicester), because of emergency repairs.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

A-level results: 'Teachers told me not to apply'

The #GoingToOxford hashtag has really taken off today, as students across the country learn that they've been accepted into Oxford University.

One user's experience struck a chord with fellow Tweeters after she revealed her teachers told her not to bother applying...

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The university offered its congratulations, adding: "What a way to prove them wrong! Congratulations Jessica! We can't wait to have you."

How do you help look after bees?
Members of the public have been joining Oxford scientists to monitor the insects.

Museum marks T. E. Lawrence's birthday

Did you know you can view the robes of T.E. Lawrence at Oxford's Ashmolean museum?

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Admit it, Maurice Jarre's theme tune from Lawrence of Arabia is already stirring in your head.

Lawrence, born in Wales in 1888, lived in Dorset after his involvement in World War One, and died in a motorcycle accident there in 1935.

His iconic clothes still attract a lot of attention - his sandals sold for £2,600 at auction last year.

The Chinnor and Princes Risborough Railway

It means passengers can take a steam train before boarding a 21st century train into London.

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Man who died in crash was 'inspirational chef'

Tom Nelson
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A man who died following a crash on the A41 at Wendlebury, near Bicester, was a "superb and inspirational chef", his family have said.

Police said Tom Nelson was driving a grey BMW car on Friday towards the M40 when it hit a man, followed by a tree. The pedestrian was discharged from hospital shortly after.

In the tribute the family added: "He lived life to the full and will always be remembered by all for his humour and generosity.

"He was a best friend to so many and loved in return.

"His untimely death has left so many hearts broken and he will always be an enormous and irreplaceable loss to his family and friends."

They have asked that anyone with information about the crash call Thames Valley Police.

Blackwood on A-levels: 'Life will twist and turn'

Nicola Blackwood, the former Conservative MP for Oxford West and Abingdon, has been offering some words of wisdom on this A-level results day.

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Students 'chuffed' with A-level results

It's A-level results day and teenagers have been expressing their delight now that they'll be able to go to the universities of their choice in our region...

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Fire caused by unattended cooking

A kitchen fire in Oxfordshire was caused by a pan left cooking on a hob in a house where no one was at home, the fire service has said.

Crews were called to the semi-detached house on Frys Hill in Greater Leys, Oxford, at 14:30 after smoke was seen coming out of the front door and a window. They then had to force entry into the locked house.

Crew manager Dan Shepherd said: "Due to the quick actions of a neighbour who heard the smoke alarms in the house activating, and called us really quickly, we were able to get into the property before too much damage could be done.

"Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone that cooking should never be left unattended, and must always be turned off if you are going out."

Bicester couple caught up in Italy bridge collapse

Drivers and passengers took shelter in a motorway tunnel after the deadly collapse of the bridge
Lisa Henton-Mitchell
Drivers and passengers took shelter in a motorway tunnel

An Oxfordshire family have described their terror, after being caught up in the collapse of a bridge in Genoa on Tuesday, which killed at least 39 people.

Nicola and Lisa Henton-Mitchell, from Bicester, were four days into a three-week holiday with their two children when they were forced to abandon their hire car and run for their lives.

"Something didn't feel right. We felt we were sliding to the right," Lisa said.

"The car moved sideways and we shuddered," Nicola added. "We thought it was the wind but now we wonder if it was the road twisting."

Lisa and Natalie
Lisa Henton-Mitchell
Lisa and Nicola Henton-Mitchell were planning to travel down the Italian coast

Man spared jail over anti-Semitic attack at Oxford Jewish centre

All aboard for platform 4.......

Steam trains are set to return to a volunteer-run railway when Chinnor and Princes Risborough Railway officially opens a service to passengers this afternoon

The Watlington Flyer will travel non-stop in around 20 minutes each way for the almost four-mile trip between Chinnor and the new platform 4 at Princes Risborough platform.

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CCTV to help combat fly-tipping

An investigation has been launched after CCTV captured someone illegally dumping waste at a fly-tipping hotspot in Banbury.

The incident happened last Wednesday around 9.20am.

Cherwell District Council have cameras in the area to try to combat the problem.

illegal waste disposal in a public place is an offence punishable by a fine of up to £50,000, or 12 months imprisonment if convicted in a magistrates' court.

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Wednesday's weather forecast

This morning will be mostly cloudy with the chance of the odd spot of rain.

However, the cloud should break up somewhat through the afternoon to give some sunny intervals.

Warm but fairly breezy. Maximum Temperature: 19 to 22°C (66 to 72°F).

Wednesday's weather forecast

Public toilets mapped: Where have they all gone?

For travellers on their summer holidays, where to stop for a toilet break can be a source of worry.

Public toilet provision has been declining for a number of years and the BBC has learnt that some UK High Streets and tourist hot spots now no longer have any council-run public toilets.

At least 673 public toilets across the UK have stopped being maintained by major councils (unitary, borough, district and city) since 2010, according to figures obtained under the Freedom of Information law. In that time, the UK's population has been increasing.

Has the number of public toilets maintained by your council gone up or down?

Use our map to find out.

Toilet map
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Heatwave reveals England's lost prehistoric sites

The heatwave has continued to reveal details of England's ancient past to archaeologists.

Surveys from the air have revealed Neolithic ceremonial monuments, Iron Age settlements, square burial mounds and a Roman farm for the first time.

Historic England said the weather "provided the perfect conditions" to see the crop marks because of the lack of moisture in the soil.

Features in a ceremonial landscape near Oxford date from 4,000BC to 700BC
Historic England
Features in a ceremonial landscape near Oxford date from 4,000BC to 700BC
Football

Oxford United overcome fellow League One side Coventry City to reach the second round of the Carabao Cup.

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Local homebase stores to close

DIY retailer Homebase has said that three stores within the South are to close as it deals with underperformance of the business.

Homebase's in Hedge End, Southampton, Tower Park in Poole, Dorset, and Botley Road in Oxford, will close.

The firm, which has 241 stores, said the affected outlets would be shut over the next 16 months.

Homebase
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The Homebase in Tower Park, Poole, will close

Wet wipes cause 'five blockages an hour'

Fatberg
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Items such as wet wipes can cause 'fatbergs' in sewers, which clog them up

Wet wipes cause five blockages in the sewer network every hour, according to Thames Water.

The firm are working towards clearer regulation on the chemical wipes, and claim even those products labelled flushable can form into fatbergs or cause flooding in or outside the home.

Alex Saunders, from Thames Water, said: "People aren't buying these maliciously, they are trying to do the right thing."

"If you do use them, it is really simple - bin it, don't block it".

Councillor receives 'hate mail' over Bannister ward

An Oxford councillor says he has received hate mail after suggesting the idea of introducing a new council ward named after Sir Roger Bannister.

Craig Simmons, a Green party city councillor, suggested introducing a new "Bannister Ward" as part of the local government boundary changes and to honour the athlete, who died earlier this year.

It would mean St Clement's ward becomes known as Bannister instead.

But Mr Simmons and fellow councillor Dick Wolff posted on their Facebook page to say the former had received "a lot of unwarranted hate mail" over the idea.

They clarified the Green party proposals want to retain St Clements Ward and rename St Marys Ward as Bannister instead.

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Oxford's Green Party ward boundary plans.

Oxford United to 'come good' after difficult start

Oxford United owner Sumrith Thanakarnjanasuth says he expects his team to come good after a difficult start to the season.

United have lost their opening two League One fixtures and are yet to score a goal, but the chairman, known as Tiger, believes when recent recruits are fully fit it will be only a matter of time until they get it right.

He told BBC Radio Oxford: "We still have another 44 matches to go.

"I think when everyone that we brought in is ready, you will see the difference."

Sumrith Thanakarnjanasuth
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Sumrith Thanakarnjanasuth was part of consortium who owned Reading between 2014 and 2017