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By Chris Brown and Anna Browning

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  1. That's all for today

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

  2. United defender out of action with injury

    Jerome Sale

    BBC South Today

    Oxford United defender Joe Skarz will be out for two to three weeks with the shoulder injury that he suffered during last weekend's defeat at home to Wimbledon

    Joe Skarz

    Boss Michael Appleton says he'll consider Josh Ruffels, Sam Long and Marvin Johnson as potential replacements during the 27-year-old's absence.    

  3. Travel update: Queues near Woodstock

    BBC Travel

    The traffic around Bladon is also queuing on the A4095 Bladon Road westbound in the roadworks area.

  4. Travel update: Slow traffic in Bladon

    BBC Travel

    There's very slow traffic on the A44 Woodstock Road northbound in Bladon before the Bladon Roundabout.

  5. Food for thought

    Reporter Brennan Nicholls has let slip that celebrated chef Ken Hom will be appearing on tonight's South Today.

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    His tweet also includes a rare glimpse of our cameraman Jonathan Eden, in a well-timed photobomb.A photoHom perhaps?

  6. Cannabis seized from Oxford house

    Thames Valley Police officers have seized a large amount of cannabis from an address on Abingdon Road in Oxford.

    The cannabis
  7. Pamela Anderson in anti-porn stance at Oxford Union

    Pamela Anderson is due to make an appearance at the Oxford Union on Saturday.

    Together with Rabbi-Counsellor Shmuley Boteach, they will talk about the "corrosive effects of pornography". 

    Pamela Anderson

    In a recent article in the Wall Street Journal they said: "Porn is for losers - a boring, wasteful and dead-end outlet for people too lazy to reap the ample rewards of healthy sexuality."Anderson is no stranger to the Oxford Union. In 2010 she gave a talk there about vegetarianism.   

  8. Woman suffers 80% burns in Blackbird Leys blaze

    A woman suffered 80%, first-degree burns, after a fire at a house in Blackbird Leys, Oxford, yesterday.

    Police at Balfour Road yesterday
    Image caption: Police at the scene of the fire at Balfour Road yesterday

    South Central Ambulance Service said her injuries were serious but not life threatening.

    Police were called to reports of a blaze at a property on Balfour Road at about 10:10 BST.  

    A man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder following the fire and remains in police custody.

  9. Travel update: All roads out of Oxford busy

    BBC Travel

    Traffic is building on all of Oxford's routes out of the city centre, especially on London Road, Windmill Road and the Slade in Headington, as well as on the A420.

  10. Tonight could be the night for Frideswide Square award

    The controversial Frideswide Square development could win a national award tonight, despite anger from disability rights campaigners.

    Frideswide Sq

    The annual Transport Times awards will see Transport Secretary Chris Grayling give the keynote speech at the award ceremony this evening.

    The shortlisted projects are "improving the experience for their transport users", according to organisers.

    But campaigners say the shared space design makes it difficult for blind people to navigate, while parts of the square have already had to be repaired after buses and lorries damaged kerbs.

  11. Art attack

    For reasons so far unknown to the staff at BBC Oxford, literal drawing boards have been set up in our offices.

    Cristina drawing

    "Please indulge me and take five minutes out at some point during your day to draw your finest masterpiece", our business manager Stefan wrote in an email.

    Is it art? Is it any good? And where will it end up? The mind boggles.

  12. Gymnastics club set to expand

    Natalie Verney

    BBC Radio Oxford

    An Oxford gymnastics club with more than 1,000 children on its waiting list has been given the go-ahead to expand by the Oxford City Council. 

    Cherwell Gymnastics Club will now be able to move to a warehouse in Ashville Way in Blackbird Leys. 

  13. Oxford academics praise Bob Dylan Nobel prize news

    Oxford University academics have praised the news that US singer Bob Dylan has been awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature.

    Bob Dylan
    Image caption: Bob Dylan took his stage name from the poet Dylan Thomas

    The 75-year-old rock legend received the prize "for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition".  

    Professor Seamus Perry, chair of the university's English faculty, said Dylan was "the poet of our times".

    Quote Message: Dylan winning the Nobel was always the thing that you thought should happen in a reasonable world but still seemed quite unimaginable in this one. He is, more than any other, the poet of our times, as Tennyson was of his, representative and yet wholly individual, humane, angry, funny, and tender by turn; really, wholly himself, one of the greats. from Professor Seamus Perry Chair of the English faculty, Oxford University
    Professor Seamus PerryChair of the English faculty, Oxford University
  14. Environment Agency rate Witney pollution incident 'severe'

    Trout, perch and roach are among the species of 1,700 fish which died after a suspected chemical leak into a stream near Witney on Tuesday.

    Polluted water near Witney

    James Liney from the Environment Agency said this was a category 1 pollution incident - the most severe type.

    He warned dog owners not to let their pets go into the water for the next few days while they work to identify exactly what chemical caused the fish deaths.

  15. Police appeal dog walker to come forward after rape

    Joe Nimmo

    BBC News

    A dog walker who may have information about a rape in an Oxfordshire park is being urged to come forward.

    A woman in her 30s was raped by a man who tripped her from behind near outdoor gym equipment in Edmonds Park, Didcot, at about 18:45 BST on Tuesday.

    Police at Edmonds Park in Didcot

    She was found in a distressed state at about 19:00 BST by a member of the public in Newlands Avenue.

    Thames Valley Police said a man was walking his dog, which may be called Billy, in the park at the time.

  16. Cases of 999 patients left in ambulances 'double in three years'

    The number of emergency patients in Oxfordshire left in an ambulance for more than two hours has doubled in three years, the Liberal Democrats are saying today.


    Over the last year, 610 critically-ill people in the South Central Region had to wait in an ambulance for more than an hour before being moved into a hospital. 

    Some 82 people were kept in an ambulance for more than two hours. One patient was left for almost five hours.

    South Central Ambulance Service said when there are handover delays "our crews will ensure the safety and comfort of patients they have transported is maintained at all times".

  17. Police officer found guilty of historic rape

    A Thames Valley Police (TVP) officer has been convicted of raping a woman in 2001. 

    Oxford Crown Court

    PC Richard Hale, 35, of Peel Place, Carterton, was found guilty of one count of rape at Oxford Crown Court. 

    He was accused of raping a woman in her 20s in December 2001 two years before he joined the force. 

    TVP said all sex offence victims "should feel confident" in reporting incidents regardless of when they happened.

  18. Travel update: Queues on A420 London Road

    BBC Travel

    There's queuing traffic on the A420 London Road in both directions in Oxford at the B4495 Headley Way junction, because of earlier emergency repairs.