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Early warning for new roadworks in Headington

Police helicopter used in search for Abingdon man

A police helicopter has been used in a search for a man in Abingdon today.

Thames Valley Police says it was called to Crabtree Place following reports of a "fear for welfare" incident. 

They have been searching for a man, along with the ambulance and fire service.

Travel reminder: Gloucester Green car park shut tonight

Steps taken to raise awareness of ME

There was an unusual sight at the Radcliffe Camera yesterday.

Empty shoes were placed there to raise awareness of chronic fatigue syndrome and the effect on those who have it.

It's part of events taking place around the world on behalf of ME Action, calling for more funding for research and education into the disease.

ME Action day at Oxford's Radcliffe Camera

Fight on to save BMW pensions

Proposed changes to BMW staff pensions will be fought "tooth and claw" and "by whatever means possible", according to a union. 

BMW Mini plant
BBC

About 5,000 BMW workers - including those at the Cowley Mini plant - would be affected if two final salary pensions are closed, as planned, next summer. 

BMW Group say they have "significant pension fund shortfalls" and the schemes are "increasingly unsustainable and unaffordable". 

Non-league fixtures tonight

Robyn Cowen

Presenter, Radio Oxford Sport

Non-league fixtures tonight include Kidlington hosting Aylesbury in Division One Central. 

In Division One South and West Wantage are at home to Winchester, Didcot travel to Salisbury and North Leigh are at home to Shortwood United. 

North Leigh boss John Brough will take charge for the first time since turning down an offer to manage Premier Division strugglers Cirencester. 

Voices of Katharine House Hospice patients star in new book

Banbury Guardian

A new book which puts words from past and present staff and patients from Katharine House Hospice on paper is to be released next month.  

Bagging up cash to improve woodland

Oxford Times

An environmental charity which looks after one of Oxfordshire's most popular beauty spots is bidding to bag a cash boost to improve a community wood.  

Three assaults on women in Thame

A police investigation is under way in Thame after three separate assaults on young women by men.

Two of the women were punched in the face, before the men ran away laughing.

A third was grabbed, as was her pushchair with her four-month-child, but the men ran away when a member of the public approached.

Investigating officer PC Gemma Price said: "We are linking these three incidents because of the similarities in the accounts of the victims."

Marching towards the Oxford Playhouse

This afternoon Nick Piercey is speaking to Donal Gallery who is starring in Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme at the Oxford Playhouse.

Donal Gallery
BBC

The play tells the story of the 36th (Ulster) Division in July 1916 as they take part in "one of the bloodiest battles in human history".  

Your pictures: Blenheim gates under the spotlight

Xuguang Liu has sent us in this great picture taken in the grounds of Blenheim Palace.

Blenheim Palace gates
Xuguang Liu

He said: "I was astonished by the light of the sun and the accompanied shadow of trees, and together they made the gate of Blenheim Palace [appear] under a spotlight.  

"I took this picture and it worked well in capturing the drama of natural light. It certainly made my weekend."

'The rewards this brings are incredible'

#BBCUnsungHero

There are 15 people who will be named a BBC Get Inspired Unsung Hero around the UK once again this year and one of those from last year - Carl Eaton - has revealed the impact the award has had on him and the work he does...

Carl Eaton has run the Skem Men-Aces in Skelmersdale since 2009

"If you know anybody who is worthy of this award, nominate them," Carl adds. "It will be the best thing you ever did."

Nominate an Unsung Hero from your area here - and hurry as nominations close on Sunday, 23 October. 

WATCH: Up on the roof at Prodrive HQ

It's time to get a good look at the thousands of solar panels on the roof of Prodrive's Banbury HQ.

About 2,500 panels at motorsport group Prodrive in Banbury

Chairman David Richard said: "As we are developing the next generation of automotive electric and hybrid systems here in Banbury, it was very obvious that we should use our roof space to generate clean energy for the building. 

Oxfordshire competitor in The Apprentice

The candidates for the new series of The Apprentice have been announced, and one of them hails from Oxfordshire.

Michelle Niziol, 35, is the owner of a property consultancy, and admits to being straight-talking, passionate and honest but also bossy and impatient. 

Michelle Niziol
BBC

I work 15 to 17 hours every day. 100 per cent, I'm a workaholic.

Michelle NiziolApprentice contestant

The show's 12th season starts on 6 October.

Funeral for worker who died in Didcot collapse

Paul Jenner

BBC Radio Oxford

The funeral will be held this lunchtime for one of the four demolition workers who died in the collapse of the Didcot power station. 

The body of 57-year-old Ken Cresswell, who was from Rotherham, was recovered from the site earlier this month, six months after the power station collapsed.

Ken Cresswell,
CRESWELL FAMILY/THAMES VALLEY POLICE

Fears over pension schemes at BMW Cowley Mini Plant

Oxford Mail

Plans to “slice” thousands of Oxford Mini plant workers’ pensions under new plans will be fought “tooth-and-claw”, union bosses have warned today.  

Witney by-election candidates published

Details of the candidates nominated for the Witney by-election on 20 October are now available online.

It was triggered by the resignation from Parliament of ex-Prime Minister David Cameron.  

Ballot box
PA

Mr Cameron, who had represented Witney since 2001, quit the Commons earlier this month, saying he did not want his presence in the Commons to be a distraction for new PM Theresa May.

He held the seat for the Conservatives in the 2015 general election with a 25,155 majority.

Movies mean boom business for Oxford - tour guide

After the furore of last weekend's filming of the latest Transformers movie, Oxford tour guide Heidi Boon told us why the movie business meant, well, good business for the city.

Oxford tour guide on filming in city

'Lost for words' over Wolvercote delays

Twitter

Delays around the new Wolvercote Roundabout are winding up BBC Oxford users something proper.

There's been slow traffic there because of an earlier collision, but drivers are still expecting better after more than a year of roadwork improvements.

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Travel update: Queues in Wheatley

BBC Travel

There's queuing traffic and delays on Littleworth Road in both directions in Wheatley at the Barlow Close junction in the roadworks area.

Major solar rooftop project at Prodrive

One of the UK's largest solar schemes on a roof will be unveiled later.

Low Carbon Hub has installed about 2,500 panels at motorsport group Prodrive in Banbury which will generate 636kW of electricity over 20 years. 

Prodrive HQ
Google

The project is one of several completed by the Oxford-based social enterprise on schools and businesses across the county over the summer. 

CEO Barbara Hammond called the project a "win-win" for all involved.  

Sculpture on the Farm on at Longcot

Sculpture on the Farm is currently taking place with more than 300 artworks on show, including this lifesize and very gallant looking horse.

Horse Sculpture
Farmer Gow's

It's on from 10:00 to 17:00 until 9 October at Farmer Gow's, Longcot, near Faringdon.  

Travel updates: Slow traffic across county

BBC Travel

There's slow traffic on the A415 in Kingston Bagpuize around the A420 junction, on the A338 in Frilford around the A415 junction, and on the A41 in Bicester around the Bicester Little Chef roundabout.

Oxford United to play Southend

Robyn Cowen

Presenter, Radio Oxford Sport

Oxford United boss Michael Appleton will warn his players they risk losing their place in the team if they let their standards slip in tonight's League One game at Southend. 

Tonight's crowd in Essex is likely to be smaller and generate less atmosphere than at recent home matches or in this coming weekend's game at Bolton, but with the same prize of three points at stake, Appleton is clear what he expects for the players he selects.  

If there's one or two players not up for the game... they'll find themselves sat on the bench for a few weeks, I can assure you of that.

Michael Appleton

Wes Thomas is to be in the squad that travels to Roots Hall after a calf injury. There's exclusive live commentary from the game on BBC Radio Oxford from 19:00.  

Your pictures: Sunset in Benson

Thanks to Samantha May for sending us this beautiful picture of a sunset captured by the River Thames in Benson.

Sunset in Benson
Samantha May

Travel update: Queues between Peartree and Wolvercote

BBC Travel

There's queuing traffic on the A44 Woodstock Road southbound in Wolvercote between the Peartree Interchange and Wolvercote Roundabout, because of an earlier incident. All lanes have been re-opened.

Appeal for missing Banbury man

A man's gone missing from Banbury. 

Thames Valley Police is appealing for help to find 38-year-old Adam Standing who was last seen in Upper Tadmarton on Sunday night.

Adam Standing
BBC

Investigating officer Det Sgt Robert Platt of Banbury Force CID, said: "We are very worried for the safety of Adam, and we would advise anyone who sees someone matching his description to call us."  

Weather: 'Cloudy and breezy'

BBC Weather

Cloudy and breezy with some patchy rain at times, albeit mostly light, with some decent drier spells also likely. 

Feeling warm in any brighter spells. Highs of 19C (66F).

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