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By Anna Browning and John Hudson

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  1. That's all for today

    Thanks for reading, we'll be back with more news, sport, travel and weather from across Oxfordshire tomorrow from 08:00.

  2. Police officer sacked for assault while off duty

    Thames Valley Police has today dismissed an officer without notice following a misconduct hearing.

    PC Ben Howes, who worked in Oxfordshire, was found guilty by a jury on 15 August of an assault by beating at Basingstoke Magistrates Court. 

    The offence happened on 17 May 2015 while Howes was off-duty and he was given a community order. A restraining order was also made to protect his victim.

    Deputy chief constable John Campbell said it would be "unacceptable for him to continue serve with the force".

  3. West Oxfordshire councillor dies of cancer

    West Oxfordshire District councillor Warwick Robinson, 70, has died in hospital overnight after a long battle with cancer.

    Warwick Robinson

    First elected in 2000, Cllr Robinson served as a cabinet member for eight years, with responsibilities including planning, housing and economic development.

    He also chaired a number of planning committees and served on numerous other working parties and committees.

    The leader of the council, James Mills, said: "He made an enormous contribution to overseeing the development of West Oxfordshire. He was a supportive friend and colleague and his planning knowledge and experience will be sorely missed."

  4. Police to tweet 999 and 101 calls for six hours

    Thames Valley Police will be holding a live, six-hour Tweetathon on Friday between 17:00 and 23:00, to show a typical Friday evening in its police enquiry centre.

    The force's Twitter account (@ThamesVP) will be tweeting basic details of 999 and 101 calls using the hashtag #TVPlive. 

    It aims to give the public insight into the role of our Call Operators, highlighting the variety of calls received and how different calls are managed.

  5. Your views about the new traffic lights at Wolvercote

    You've been giving your views on Facebook about whether the new traffic lights at the Wolvercote roundabout habe made things better or worse:

    Jez Zimmer Thompson said: "Even worse now travelling from Oxford along Woodstock Rd. Yesterday was the best so far but still took ages. It shouldn't take an hour to get to Yarnton from the city at 3-30pm."

    Mark Skidmore said: "Pointless amount of chaos caused for drivers and residents alike over the last 18 months and still it backs up to the Peartree... fine piece of planning this."

    falseAndrew King said: "Worse, I do hope whoever signed off on this pointless, expensive and needlessly long running debacle is looking for a new job."

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  6. Elderly man goes missing in Wallingford

    Thames Valley Police is appealing for help searching for an elderly man who has gone missing in Wallingford today.

    Michael Druce

    Michael Druce, 79, was last seen in Market Place around 12:15.

    He is white, 6ft 4ins, with short grey hair and a beard. He was wearing a striped shirt, a red jumper, a blue body warmer and pale-coloured trousers.

    Insp Adrian Lewis leading the search said “We are increasingly concerned for Michael, this is very out of character for him to go missing like this. He has no access to money nor does he have an ID on him. If anyone sees him we urge you to call 101 quoting Urn 757 22/9”

  7. Are the new traffic lights at Wolvercote working?

    One of Oxford's busiest roundabouts has fully reopened after more than a year of roadworks, but have the new traffic lights at Wolvercote made things better or worse?

    Wolvercote roundabout
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    Video caption: Family's bid to find bone marrow match to save two-year-old's life

    A family is desperately trying to find a bone marrow match for their son, who's of Korean descent, to save his life.

  9. Oxford University has 'no experience' running schools

    Louise Richardson
    Image caption: The head of Oxford University has rejected calls from the government to sponsor schools

    Louise Richardson says Oxford is "very good" as a university, but has "no experience" of running schools.  

    Oxford head rejects sponsoring schools

    Louise Richardson

    The head of Oxford University has rejected calls from the government that it should sponsor schools.

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  10. 'Magnet for global talent'

    With thenews Oxford University has taken the top spotin the Times Higher Education world university rankings, we've been speaking the man who compiled the list.

    Quote Message: We've seen Oxford improving its research income. It's increased its international stats, so it's becoming more successful at drawing in international faculty, so it's a magnet for global talent... It's improved the impact and reach of its research. It's producing some of the finest research outcomes in the world. from Phil Batey Rankings editor
    Phil BateyRankings editor
  11. Oxford boss rejects education plan

    The vice-chancellor of the University of Oxford, Louise Richardson, has rejected a key part of Theresa May's education reforms. 

    The prime minister said she wanted universities in England to sponsor a state school or set up new free schools. 

    Professor Richardson says Oxford will be supporting schools - but not running one.

    Quote Message: What we do best is run a university and I think there are many wonderful teachers and head teachers throughout the country and I think it's frankly insulting to them to suggest that a university can come in and do what they are working very hard to do and in many cases doing exceptionally well. from Louise Richardson
    Louise Richardson
    Louise Richardson
  12. M40 crane fire

    M40 fire

    Cars were trapped on the southbound M40 in Buckinghamshire overnight after a crane burst into flames, closing the motorway,

    The 96-tonne crane exploded into a fireball just before 21:30 BST on Wednesday between J2 for Beaconsfield and J1a for the M25.

    A number of cars were trapped for several hours. The road partially re-opened on Thursday morning.

    Highways England said one lane would remain closed for safety reasons.

  13. WATCH: Ed Vaizey on the Challow Bridge

    Wantage MP Ed Vaizey came into the BBC's Millbank studios to talk tarmac...

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    Video caption: MP Ed Vaizey on Challow Bridge
  14. 'We're pretty flabbergasted'

    Network Rail has admitted it doesn't know why the railway bridge built on the A417 at Challow is having problems. 

    MP Ed Vaizey - who opened the bridge just two years ago - says he can't believe repairs are already needed. 

    He's called for Network Rail not to shut the main route when they're carried out.

    Quote Message: We're pretty flabbergasted ourselves. We've done about 40 bridges and this is the only one where anything like this has happened. from Julian Burnell Network Rail
    Julian BurnellNetwork Rail
  15. Sunrise

    Just in case you missed it...

    We have this rather fabulous photo of sunrise this morning at South Moreton thanks to our Weather Watcher Willow walks.

    South Moreton
  16. And with that in mind...

    Here's some handy advice from Oxfordshire County Council

  17. It's official, summer is over

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  18. BreakingMary Berry to leave Bake Off

    Ok, so she lives over the border in Buckinghamshire - but we have it on good authority she's been known to open a school fete or two at her grandaughter's Abingdon school - and the news is just massive....

    Mary Berry has announced she is to leave The Great British Bake Off, staying with the BBC out of loyalty.

    In a statement she said: "My decision to stay with the BBC is out of loyalty to them, as they have nurtured me, and the show, that was a unique and brilliant format from day one. 

    "I am just sad for the audience who may not be ready for change, I hope they understand my decision."

    Mel and Sue and Mary Berry

    She follows, of course, on the heels of Mel and Sue.

  19. Suspected hit and run

    Paramedics have attended a suspected hit and run between a motorbike and car at the Headington roundabout this morning, they say.

    The male biker sustained a head injury which is not thought to be life-threatening

    One officer and ambulance were dispatched to the scene after a call at 09.27.

    The man was taken to the John Radcliffe hospital.

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