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Residents can give views on community centre's future

Dial T for Therapy

Could we soon be receiving therapy via our mobile phones? That's the hope of experts at Oxford's new multi-million-pound Biomedical Research Centre. 


A group of scientists are developing a new online platform which will allow more people to receive psychological therapies on their computer or phone.

Once launched, the platform will allow people to log on and access therapies for conditions such as depression, anxiety and eating disorders, in their own time, with support from a therapist as needed. 

“This will allow therapists to treat many more patients,” said Professor Anke Ehlers from the Oxford University department of experimental psychology.

Horton campaign goes to Downing Street

Horton Hospital campaigners have travelled to London to join a protest about cuts and the downgrading of services.Recently, midwives at the Banbury hospital submitted a formal grievance against their employers.It follows the decision to temporarily change the unit to midwife-led, due to problems recruiting doctors.  

Horton Hospital campaigners take petition to Downing Street

Bus journeys disrupted in Oxford

Police cordon in place after gunshots

Police officers have cordoned off Ridgefield Road in Oxford after gunshots were heard during "disorder involving a number people" on Friday.

Police officers

A 25-year-old man of no fixed address was arrested on suspicion of firearms offences and is in police custody.

Forensic officer at the scene

Police give a name to a baby girl found dead on a footpath, and set a date for her funeral.

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Man arrested after gunshots heard in Oxford

Between 17:30 and 18:30 on Friday officers were called to reports of disorder involving a number people in Ridgefield Road, Oxford.

 A number of loud bangs were heard, possibly related to a firearm or imitation firearm being discharged.

A 25-year-old man of no fixed address was arrested on suspicion of firearms offences and is in police custody.

Det Sgt Wojciech Spyt: "There have been no reported injuries sustained as a result of this incident.

"Firearms offences are rare in Oxford, but we are carrying out a full and thorough investigation."

Final plea to girl's mother

The funeral of baby girl found dead on a footpath in Marston, Oxford, in February will take place next Tuesday.

She's been named Raihana, meaning heaven's flower. 

Det Insp Jim Holmes - who has invited members of the public to the service - gave a last-ditch, and very emotional, appeal for her mother to come forward...  

Police make last-ditch plea ahead of baby's funeral
Tracey Houghton, Ethan Houghton, Aimee Goldsmith and Josh Goldsmith

A lorry driver pleads guilty to killing a mother and three children in an eight-vehicle crash in Berkshire.

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Oxford United's Kassam Stadium

Oxford United chairman Darryl Eales calls for a quick sale of the Kassam Stadium after supporters open negotiations.

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This character was spotted in the dark along Epinal Way in Loughborough

Police are called to dozens of incidents in which pranksters dress as "creepy clowns" to deliberately scare people.

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Clowns spotted in Kidlington

Clown spotted in Kidlington

Baby funeral date announced

The funeral for baby found in Marston in February will take place next Tuesday, police say.

Thames Valley Police also revealed the baby was stillborn.

The mother is yet to be identified.

Police cordon off Oxford road

Ridgefield Road in Oxford has been closed by police, but it is unclear why.

It looks like the community centre has also been cordoned off, says the BBC's Adina Campbell, who is at the scene.

Thames Valley Police is yet to make a statement.

Police cordon

A34 driver pleads guilty

Tomasz Kroker, the driver of a lorry that collided with a car on A34 in Berkshire, killing a mother and three children has pleaded guilty to four counts of causing death by dangerous driving and one count of causing serious injury by dangerous driving. 

Sentence will be imposed by a High Court judge on 31 October. The court was told that Mr Kroker was distracted by the use of a mobile phone.

Mortar found by teenage fishermen

A "suspicious item" thought to be a military mortar has been found in the River Cherwell by two teenage fishing enthusiasts. 

Two teenage boys helped locate what is thought to be a military mortar in the River Cherwell when fishing in Christ Church Meadow
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Two teenage boys helped locate what is thought to be a military mortar in the River Cherwell when fishing in Christ Church Meadow

The boys, aged 13 and 14, discovered the item at 15:46 BST on Friday while fishing in Christ Church Meadow. 

 Armed forces have been called to identify and potentially destroy the mortar, meaning part of the park has been closed to the public. 

Thames Valley Police thanked "the two boys who helped" locate the mortar.  

Lack of confidence in reporting hate crime

In total 14% of people in the Thames Valley policing area think it is doing a good job in tackling hate crime, it's been revealed. 

It's also come to light that a third of people who have been a recent victim of a hate crime because of their gender, sexuality, race, religion or disability have actually reported it. 

The main reason why respondents stated they did not report the hate crime were they did not think it was significant enough to report, or they didn't think the police could do anything. 

Witness appeal

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses to a robbery in Oxford on Wednesday last week.

At around 04.05 a 19-year-old man was walking near the BP garage in Oxford Road, Cowley, when two men approached him, threatened him with a knife and stole his mobile phone. They then ran down Edmund Road.

The victim was uninjured during this incident.

The first offender is described as a white male, 6ft 3ins, medium build, brown hair. He was wearing a black baseball cap on backwards which had white letters on it. He was also wearing a dark grey hoodie and tight black trousers. He spoke with a local accent.

The second offender was a white male, 5ft 9ins, slim, with very short black hair and a moustache. He had a black tribal tattoo on the right side of his neck running from his right shoulder. He had a scar on his eyebrow. He was wearing a blue/green V-neck short sleeve T shirt, khaki combat trousers with lots of pockets and he also spoke with a local accent.

Severe accident: A415 Oxfordshire both ways

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A415 Oxfordshire both ways severe accident, between Standlake Road and Witney Road.

A415 Oxfordshire - A415 Standlake Road in Ducklington blocked and queuing traffic in both directions between the Standlake Road junction and the Witney Road junction, because of an accident.

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Severe roadworks: M40 Oxfordshire both ways

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M40 Oxfordshire both ways severe roadworks, between J10 for A43 Brackley and J11 for A361.

M40 Oxfordshire - Two lanes closed and hard shoulder closed on M40 in both directions between J10, A43 (Brackley) and J11, A361 (Banbury), because of roadworks during the night.

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On the scent...

Isla is a very special five-month-old black Labrador who's being trained to be able to diagnose medical conditions through her sense of smell. Charity Medial Dectection Dogs says more than three quarters of us would rather have a dog like Isla work out whether we're ill than a machine.

In detecting prostate cancer, for example, the specially-trained dogs can give an accurate diagnosis in 93% of cases - compared with 60% by some traditional tests.

Isla has been brought into Radio Oxford by her socialiser Jenny Hogan.

Dog trained to detect medical conditions

Police urge 'clowns' to think twice

Police say they have been called to 14 incidents across the Thames Valley where people have reported being intimidated or frightened by others dressed as clowns.


After a wave of "creepy" clowns were spotted across the United States late this summer, the phenomenon seems to have migrated to Canada and now to the UK.

Nobody has been reported injured, but reports have been made from across Thames Valley area including in Abingdon and Chesham.  

Chief Supt Andy Boyd, head of neighbourhood policing at Thames Valley Police, said: “While we do not want to be accused of stopping people enjoying themselves, we would also ask those same people to think of the impact of their behaviour on others and themselves."

OxVox in talks over Oxford United stadium sale

Supporters of Oxford United are in talks with the club's former owner over buying the League One side's stadium.

Oxford United supporter's group OxVox has confirmed it is in talks with the owner of the Kassam Stadium, in a hope to buy the 12,500-seat site
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OxVox, The U's supporter group, confirmed it had begun "constructive and positive discussions" with Firoz Kassam about buying the 12,500-seat stadium.

Mr Kassam bought the club in 1999 for £1 and sold it in 2006 for £2m, but retained ownership of the stadium.

He said he is open to the "principle" of community ownership.

Travel latest: Slow on the A40 in Eynsham

BBC Travel

There's slow traffic on the A40 in both directions in Eynsham at Eynsham Roundabout.

Get up-to-the minute details on these incidents, and the rest of the county's travel news on the BBC Travel site or follow @BBCOxTravel.

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This male kestrel brightened up an otherwise grey day today at Farmoor at the weekend
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This male kestrel brightened up an otherwise grey day today at Farmoor at the weekend