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  1. That's all for today

    BBC Local Live returns tomorrow at 08:00, when we'll have the latest news on the results of the Witney by-election.

    See you then.

  2. Stolen jewellery 'likely to come from Thames Valley'

    Some people who have had jewellery stolen in the Thames Valley may be in luck after more than 560 items were recovered in a shop in Hounslow.

    The Metropolitan Police made the find after an intelligence-led operation in July, with some taken in burglaries as far back as 2013.

    Several items have been returned but "it is likely that there may be more victims in the Thames Valley area", a spokesman said.

    Stolen jewellery
  3. Latest figures show crime has increased in Thames Valley

    Martin Eastaugh

    BBC Radio Oxford producer

    The latest report on crime in England and Wales by the Office for National Statistics has been released.

    It shows there have been 352 more sexual offences in Oxfordshire than in the previous year, with 1,339 reports.

    Total recorded crime in the Thames Valley has increased 7% from 121,005 to 129,873.

    Man arrested

    Overall figures show that a long-term decline in violence appears to have come to an end.  

  4. Water quality in stream where fish died 'recovering'

    Serena Martin

    BBC Radio Oxford

    Water quality has improved in a stream where 1,700 fish were killed in a suspected chemical leak, the Environment Agency (EA) has said. 

    "High ammonia levels" were found in the water near Witney Lake, said Thames Water last week, due to discharges from a nearby sewage treatment works. 

    Witney stream
    Quote Message: Water quality is recovering in the Colwell Brook and Emmas Dyke following a pollution incident at Witney sewage treatment works last week. The sewage works is now back to full treatment. While this incident has had a huge impact on fish, levels of oxygen vital for the health of the river have returned to what we would expect for this time of year.
  5. Oxford first to get contactless bus travel outside London

    The first contactless bus travel service outside London has been launched in Oxfordshire.

    Stagecoach is running the service on all 180 buses in the county, meaning passengers can buy tickets by swiping a credit or debit card when embarking on their journeys. 

    Stagecoach bus

    The £12m project will be rolled out across the the UK by the end of 2018. 

    Managing director Robert Montgomery said the "major investment" was making it "easier than ever to catch the bus". 

  6. Glastonbury confirms Radiohead will headline in 2017

    Mark Savage

    Music reporter

    It has now been confirmed that Oxford rock group Radiohead will headline Glastonbury next year, in their first UK festival appearance in six years.

    Rumours that the band would return to Worthy Farm began to circulate on Wednesday, when the band's logo appeared near the Pyramid stage.

    Thom Yorke

    Eagle-eyed fans saw two men painting the "angry bear" symbol onto the grass via the BBC's Glastonbury webcam.

    The festival confirmed the news on Thursday afternoon, posting a photo of the logo on its official Twitter page.

  7. TV coverage for Oxford United's FA Cup tie

    Ross Heaton

    BBC Oxford Sport

    Merstham vs Oxford United has been picked for BT Sport TV coverage and will take place on Saturday 5 November at 12:30.

    Oxford United will get £67,500 as a result of the tie being televised.

    Merstham FC ground
  8. Travel update: Heavy on A40 westbound in Eynsham

    BBC Travel

    There's heavy traffic on the A40 westbound in Eynsham before the Eynsham Roundabout.

  9. Information about car involved in Banbury 'attempted murder' sought

    Information about a car that may have been involved in a fight that has left a man in a critical condition after he was run over is being sought by police.

    The car

    Nine men were arrested on suspicion of attempted murder following the incident, which happened in Coopers Gate, in Banbury, on Friday evening. 

    A man in his 20s remains in hospital after he was hit by a car. 

    Now police are appealing to anyone who saw a Volkswagen Passat with registration VE03 ZFY in the area. It was later found burnt out.

  10. Travel update: Lane blocked on A34 Northbound at Bicester

    BBC Travel

    One lane is blocked and there's slow traffic on the A34 northbound at Bicester, because of an accident.

  11. Dan Crowley 'learning more' at Oxford United

    Robyn Cowen

    Presenter, Radio Oxford Sport

    Oxford United's Dan Crowley says he's "growing up" at the club. 

    The 19-year-old is on a season-long loan at United from Arsenal and has made eight appearances in all competitions so far, but has yet to start a league game for United. 

    But he says there's much more to gain from his stay at the Kassam than just playing in matches. 

    Quote Message: I've learnt a lot about myself and a lot about the game. It's not just about ability, you need a lot more than that, and I feel I'm getting better and am learning more, and am becoming a better first-team player, whereas before I was more of a kid. from Dan Crowley
    Dan Crowley
  12. Monkeys found to break off stone flakes like prehistoric humans

    Wild monkeys have been observed deliberately breaking flakes off stones in much the same way as prehistoric humans, according to Oxford researchers.

    The big difference is that our ancestors realised the flakes could be used as scraping and cutting implements.

    Capuchin monkeys

    In contrast, for the capuchin monkeys the flaking appears to be merely the by-product of attempts to extract minerals or lichen from the stones.

    But the discovery could shed light on how early humans and their forbears first hit on the secret to making stone tools.

    Dr Tomos Proffitt, from Oxford University's School of Archaeology, said the discovery raises "interesting questions about the possible ways this stone tool technology developed".

  13. Ex-Tesco chiefs in court over £326m accounting scandal

    Three former Tesco executives have appeared in court in relation to a £326m accounting scandal at the supermarket.

    Carl Rogberg, 49, from Oxfordshire, Chris Bush, 50, from Buckinghamshire, and John Scouler, 48, from Hertfordshire, are charged with fraud by abuse of position and false accounting.

    Tesco sign

    The supermarket's former finance chief, managing director and food commercial head were investigated for their alleged roles in an accounting scandal in which Tesco was found to have inflated its profits by £326m in 2014.

    They appeared at London's Southwark Crown Court and are expected to return on May 30 for a plea hearing.

  14. Update: Road will stay open during flood alleviation work

    The Environment Agency has said plans to close Old Abingdon Road, in Oxford, for up to six weeks from 24 October will no longer go ahead.

    A spokesman said: "We have now found a way to allow us to keep the road open throughout the works, using temporary traffic lights at the junction of Old Abingdon Road and Kennington Road instead. 

    "Due to this change the work will now start one week later than previously advertised, on 31 October. 

    "We will still complete the works by the first week of December."

  15. A green anaconda takes a dip at Cotswold Wildlife Park...

    A green anaconda
  16. Glastonbury 'crop circle' fuels rumours that Radiohead will headline

    Radiohead look set to headline the Glastonbury festival in 2017, after the band's logo appeared as a "crop circle" in front of the Pyramid stage.

    Thom York

    Eagle-eyed fans spotted two men painting the "angry bear" symbol onto the grass on Wednesday afternoon.

    The Oxford band and the festival have yet to comment.

    Radiohead have headlined Glastonbury twice in the past and guitarist Ed O'Brien recently told BBC 6 Music he would "love to" reprise the experience.

  17. Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service issues warning over white goods

    Oxfordshire County Council’s Fire and Rescue Service is urging people to stop using white goods that are subject to product recall or safety notices, even if the manufacturer says it is safe to do so.

    Tumble dryer

    This warning comes at the same time as MPs are being urged to back a parliamentary motion expressing “deep concern” about the potential fire risk posed by white goods.

    Assistant Chief Fire Officer of Oxfordshire County Council Fire and Rescue Service, Rob MacDougall, said:  “This is a view shared by other Fire and Rescue Services across the country and by the Chief Fire Officers Association."