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  1. That's all for today

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

  2. Wild Rabbit owner 'over the moon' with pub's Michelin star

    The Wild Rabbit in Kingham has been awarded a Michelin star in the prestigious restaurant guide.

    The Wild Rabbit

    Its owner Lady Carole Bamford said she was "very proud and over the moon". 

    She added that she was "absolutely ecstatic for Tim (Allen the executive chef)" and thanked the pub's staff.

  3. New meeting of A34 Action Group

    Ideas for urgent improvements to the A34 are going to be discussed at a meeting tonight. 

    About 50 people turned out for the first meeting of the A34 Action Group
    Image caption: About 50 people turned out for the first meeting of the A34 Action Group

    It's the second time members of the newly formed A34 Action Group have got together at the village hall in Chilton

    Speakers will include Berkshire MP Richard Benyon and the Conservative leader of Oxfordshire County Council, Ian Hudspeth. 

    The campaign group was set up after a man, a woman, four children and an unborn child all lost their lives in a series of collisions on the road.

  4. First evidence of deep-sea animals ingesting microplastics

    Oxford scientists say they've found evidence for the first time that microplastic pollution is now affecting animals in the deepest parts of the world's oceans

    Hermit crab
    Image caption: Hermit crabs were found to have ingested tiny pieces of plastic

    The researchers said in the journal Scientific Reports they used a remotely-operated underwater vehicle to scoop up creatures from the mid-Atlantic and the Indian Ocean.

    They discovered that hermit crabs, squat lobsters and sea cucumbers had ingested microplastics - particles under 1mm in size, which come from the washing of clothes made from synthetic fibres or from fishing line nets. 

    Last month, the British government announced plans to ban microbeads used in cosmetics and cleaning products by 2017.

  5. Rail company gives Mandarin welcome at Bicester to Chinese shoppers

    If you're travelling through Bicester railway station this week, don't be surprised if your train announcements are made in Mandarin as well as English.

    Chinese tourists have been heading north from London to Bicester Village to do some holiday shopping
    Image caption: Chinese tourists have been heading north from London to Bicester Village to do some holiday shopping

    At the start of "Golden Week" - a seven-day holiday for the Chinese - the announcements are being made by Chiltern Railways to help the growing number of Chinese visitors going to Bicester Village.

    It's a year this month since the rail company launched an enhanced service on the route, and it says passenger numbers are up 6%.

  6. Registered to vote?

    The Witney by-election is approaching fast but are you ready to vote on 20 October?

    If you voted in the EU referendum, and your address and postal address haven't changed, you don't need to do anything.

    Ballot Box

    But if you haven't received your polling card you can contact 01993 861 410 or email

    If your address has changed, or you weren't registered for the Brexit vote, you can register online

    All applications for registration must be received by midnight tomorrow.

  7. Man attacked in Oxford city centre

    A man was attacked on a busy shopping street in the centre of Oxford during the early hours of the morning.

    Police are appealing for witnesses to the assault, which happened outside the EE store in Cornmarket Street at about 01:45 on 25 September.

    The victim, a 29-year-old man, was walking towards Ship Lane when he was assaulted by another man who was walking in the opposite direction.

    He was taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital and has since been discharged.

  8. Missing man from Cowley

    Police say they're concerned for the welfare of man from Cowley.

    They're searching for Daniel Tucker, and are asking anyone who's seen him to contact them on 101.

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  9. New team to help people out of hospital

    A new service is being launched to help people leave hospital once their medical needs are stable.

    The Home Assessment Reablement Team (HART) will be a countywide service providing short periods of care to patients - especially elderly patients - as they regain their independence.

    Quote Message: Evidence shows that many patients, in particular frail older people, have a better experience and better outcomes when an inpatient stay is avoided. from Paul Brennan Director of clinical services, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
    Paul BrennanDirector of clinical services, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  10. Oxford researchers date giant deer skeleton

    Tests on a giant deer skeleton that was excavated more than 100 years ago suggest it lived on what is now the Isle of Man 4,000 years before humans.

    The deer skeleton

    The deer, which has an antler span of more than 2.6m (8.5ft), was discovered in 1897 in a marl pit near St John's. 

    Experts from Oxford University used radiocarbon dating on bone samples and believe the deer died 14,500 years ago. 

    A spokesman for Manx National Heritage (MNH) said all the samples were "statistically consistent".  

  11. Horton midwives submit formal grievance

    Midwives at Horton General Hospital in Banbury have submitted a formal grievance against their employers.

    The Horton

    It follows the decision to temporarily change the unit to become midwife-led, due to problems recruiting doctors.

    The collective grievance - submitted via the GMB union - says staff have not been consulted properly over the change and the impact on their jobs.

    Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust says it discussed the decision with staff at every stage.

  12. Jury sworn in at start of historian murder trial

    Press Association

    A jury has been sworn in on the first day of the trial of a man accused of murdering an Oxford historian and antique dealer.

    Adrian Greenwood
    Image caption: Adrian Greenwood

    Michael Danaher, of Hadrians Court, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, appeared at Oxford Crown Court today charged with the murder of Adrian Greenwood.

    The body of the Oxford-educated academic was discovered by his cleaner in the hall of his four-storey home in Iffley Road, Oxford, on 7 April. 

    Wearing a light grey sweatshirt and spectacles, Danaher, 50, stood in the dock with his hands clasped and confirmed his name. 

    The prosecution case will start tomorrow and the trial is expected to last around three weeks.

  13. Oops... councils begin crackdown on recycling blunders

    Residents in South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse could be in for a surprise this week as councils crack down on recycling bin misuse.

    Recycling bin not

    Anyone who puts rubbish in black or coloured plastic bags into their green wheelie bin will see notes telling them to cut out their recycling errors by 1 November... or they won't get their rubbish collected.

    It comes about because some people are still putting food waste and dirty nappies into their green wheelie bins.

    In the last nine months more than 100 tonnes of recycling from the district have been rejected because of contamination.

  14. Statement after abduction

    Oxfordshire County Council and the Oxfordshire Safeguarding Childre Board have issued a joint statement in light of last week's abduction.

    Quote Message: The county council has been in contact several times with staff at individual schools responsible for safeguarding issues. We have also spoken personally to heads of schools in all sectors, including independent schools in Oxford and elsewhere in Oxfordshire. In all cases the conversations have related to safety advice in light of last week’s incident, and support has been offered
  15. Oxford abduction: Extensive CCTV inquiries

    As well as carrying out high-visability patrols, Thames Valley Police says it is continuing extensive CCTV inquiries as they search for two suspects.

    The 14-year-old victim was raped after being snatched from Marston Ferry Road between 08:15 and 08:40 on Wednesday.

    Last week the force asked cyclists and drivers to check any head or dash camera footage in case they contained any clues.


    Detectives have also said they will be focusing on Marston Meadows and looking to speak to members of the public as part of what they describe as the "extensive investigation operation".

  16. Man charged after church break in

    A 41-year-old man's been charged with breaking into an Oxford church and possessing class A drugs. 

    Richard Mitchell, from Luther Street in Oxford, is accused of burgling the Church of St Peter and Paul 10 days ago. 

    He's due to appear before Oxford magistrates tomorrow.