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  1. Tuesday 25 October
  2. Hugh Laurie on Hollywood Walk of Fame
  3. Oxford band Stornoway to split up
  4. Short chat with doctor 'triggers weight loss'
  5. Weather: Rain giving way to sunny spells

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Man hospitalised after fights in Grove

At about 22:50 on 14 October two men were involved in a disagreement outside the front of the Bay Tree public house, which resulted in a minor altercation between two groups of people.

Later that evening, at around 00:32 police were called to reports of a more serious altercation in Churchward Close, Grove, between two groups of men. 

A 35 year-old man received serious injuries which required hospital treatment. Police are appealing for witnesses.

Southern Health report: Dad found out about daughter's death 'via Facebook'

The report was carried out by psychologist and researcher Stephany Carolan, who spoke to 17 people from 12 families.

Southern Health chief executive Katrina Percy
Southern Health chief executive Katrina Percy resigned after months of pressure

All of them had family members whose deaths were investigated by the trust between April 2013 and March 2016.

Ms Carolan said one father found out about his daughter's death "via a convoluted route that involved Facebook" when the trust had his contact details.

Connor Sparrowhawk

NHS trust 'repeatedly failed' families

An NHS trust criticised for failing to properly investigate hundreds of deaths must improve the way it deals with patients' families, a report finds.

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NHS trust 'repeatedly failed' families

An NHS trust criticised for failing to properly investigate hundreds of deaths must improve the way it deals with patients' families, a report has found.


Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust came under fire following the death of Connor Sparrowhawk who drowned in a bath at Slade House in Oxford. 

Now an internal report has criticised the trust's "poor or non-existent" communication with families. 

Its boss Katrina Percy resigned earlier this month after public pressure.  

Suspended trains affecting trains in Oxfordshire

Firefighters rescue deer from metal railings

Oxfordshire fire and rescue service were called to a report of a deer stuck in a fence at Marston Ferry Road, Oxford, at 10:15 today.

The deer

Firefighters rescued a deer that had its body trapped in the metal fence railings using a hydraulic rescue tool to open the metal railings. It was released unharmed into nearby fields.

E-Type Jaguar stolen from outside Didcot house

A red E-Type Jaguar was stolen from outside a property in in Crafts End, Didcot, between 04:00 and 05:30 17 October.

The car

The car’s owner, a 49-year-old man, had left it there while work was being carried out on it.  

Playground bleach a 'dangerous prank'

Earlier we told you about a police investigation after bleach was poured over playground equipment in Chinnor.

"My son came back to the car with bleach all over his shorts," Jessica Jade Smith explained.

"Luckily it hadn't gone through on to my son's skin nor had he touched his face or eyes. 

"I'm mostly annoyed at the fact I know they won't be caught - my son is only five so doesn't yet realise the real dangers of things such as bleach."

Posting on the Spotted: Thame Facebook page, Karen Scott said there were "no words to describe this stupid and dangerous prank".

Stornoway members to focus on new projects

On giving their reasons for the split, Stornoway announced that its individual members are very much going their separate ways.Singer Brian is to concentrate on his work for wildlife conservation, while keyboardist Jon will focus on writing for radio, film and theatre.

Bassist Oli is a popular gig promoter and has a Zulu music side project, while his brother, drummer Rob is studying in New York.

We are immensely proud of the music we have created together. We have truly achieved so much more as a band than we ever dared to dream, back when we were students annoying the neighbours in a drafty east Oxford garage.


Silly billys on rail line

A bookless Bodleian?

Do you foresee a day when we no longer read using physical copies of books, as everything increasingly moves to digital?

No more turning of the pages, that unmistakable smell of the paper, that sense of satisfaction as you slot it into your bookshelf after a hearty read?

An article by Innova Design asks that very question, though one of the world's oldest and biggest libraries has a very firm answer.

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So that clears that up. Maybe one day someone will write a book about it.

Sherlock actor/writer mourns Stornoway split

Mourners of the Stornoway split include The League of Gentlemen and Sherlock co-creator and actor Mark Gatiss.  

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Travel update: Congestion in Benson

BBC Travel

There's delays on the A4074 in both directions in Benson at the Elm Bridge Roundabout in the roadworks area.

Bleach poured over playground equipment

Children in an Oxfordshire village have been covered in bleach after the chemical was poured over a slide and other equipment in a playground. 

It happened between Sunday night and Monday morning in the park on Station Road in Chinnor. 

Chinnor playground

Jessica Jade Smith, whose five-year-old son's clothes were covered in it, said: "It's very sad that someone would do such a sick thing." 

Thames Valley Police is seeking the culprits of the criminal damage.

Oxford United: Skarz' shoulder injury 'not a risk'

Ross Heaton

BBC Oxford Sport

Oxford United defender Joe Skarz is confident that playing following his recent shoulder problems won't present a risk of a long-term injury absence. 

The left-back returned to first team action in Saturday's 2-2 draw for the first time since leaving the field with a makeshift sling during the U's defeat to AFC Wimbledon a fortnight ago. 

Skarz has a history of bravely playing through any discomfort when needed but he is now convinced that the effects of the injury have been tested enough for him to be back in contention.

Joe Skarz
Rex Features

We fully tested it out and I wouldn't have played if I was putting it at risk because if I was to fall on it... it could be potentially six month's out.

Electricgirl author Joe Cotterill inspires Wantage pupils

Oxford Mail

Pupils in Wantage were zapped with inspiration when Electrigirl author Jo Cotterill visited.  

Heathrow airport expansion 'approved'

The expansion of Heathrow airport has been approved by a committee of ministers, a source has told the BBC.

Oxford band Stornoway to split

Oxford band Stornoway have announced they are splitting up.The band, who received their radio debut on BBC Radio Oxford back in 2006, have gone on to release three hit albums and have won adoring fans around the world. They will play a farewell tour in March.

I believed I was going to grow old with my bandmates, playing the same old tunes together for years to come... I deeply hope that these songs can continue to bring comfort and happiness to fans in Oxford and elsewhere, even if the band can't be around anymore to share in that.

Oli SteadmanStornoway

In a career of amazing highs, including a show-stealing performance on the Jools Holland show and memorable festival sets at Glastonbury and Radio 1's Big Weekend, we're picking this recent gem to remember them by - an appearance on BBC One as Andrew Marr and Harriet Harman MP look on!

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Travel update: Heavy traffic in South Hinksey

BBC Travel

There's heavy traffic on the A423 Southern By-Pass Road in South Hinksey before the Hinksey Hill Interchange.

Seven tonnes of waste picked up in Banbury after fair

Decision on Heathrow expansion due

The government's long-awaited decision on airport expansion is set to be announced, with Heathrow the favourite.

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling will make a statement to Parliament around lunchtime on Tuesday.


But the decision faces a long consultation before it becomes final.

A study last year, led by Sir Howard Davies, recommended a third runway at Heathrow but other options include a new runway at Gatwick or extending one of Heathrow's existing runways.

Travel update: Heavy traffic in Headington

BBC Travel

There's heavy traffic on the A4142 Eastern By-Pass Road in Headington around the Headington Roundabout.

Hugh Laurie joins Hollywood Walk of Fame

Oxford actor Hugh Laurie will join the likes of Marlon Brando, Frank Sinatra and Muhammad Ali with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. 

Hugh Laurie

The star of House, The Night Manager, and of course Blackadder, will be presented with the honour at the famous landmark on Hollywood Boulevard, and Stephen Fry will be a guest speaker.  

Town leaders fear tax cap will drain budgets

Witney Gazette

Residents across the county could lose services and see community facilities crumble if politicians pursue plans to cap council tax, town leaders have warned.

Southern League matches tonight

Ross Heaton

BBC Oxford Sport

This evening there are four games with local interest in the Southern League. 

Mike Ford's Banbury United will look to put their weekend defeat behind them as they visit Cambridgeshire side St Ives Town in the Premier Division. 

Kidlington are also on the road in Division One Central as they visit Uxbridge. 

In Division One South West Didcot host AFC Totton at Loop Meadow, and Wantage are away at Shortwood.

Thirty-second chat 'triggers weight loss'

James Gallagher

BBC News Website, Health Editor

Doctors who spend 30 seconds telling patients they need to lose weight can have a dramatic impact, a study shows.

Some people, who had no intention of shedding the pounds, lost 10% of their body weight after being offered a free weight-loss programme.

Measuring waist

The University of Oxford researchers said the 30-second chat would have a huge effect if every GP did it.

The findings, published in the Lancet, showed that patients were not offended by the advice.

Oxford school in inspection result turnaround

BBC Radio Oxford

An Oxford school that was put into special measures just under four years ago is now one of the best in the country. 

The Oxford Academy in Littlemore received a "good" rating from Ofsted after recent exam results and an inspection. 

Headmaster Niall McWilliams, who was appointed in March 2014, praised staff, parents and pupils for the turnaround. 

Weather: 'Mainly dry'

Bee Tucker

BBC Weather

Any isolated showers should clear out towards the east, and we should be left with a mainly dry day.

There's an awful lot of mist, low cloud and fog out there, and for some of us that could take time to break.

We'll see a few sunny spells into the afternoon and highs of 15C (59F).

Misty morning in Abingdon
Becca Collacott

Travel update: Queues in Benson

BBC Travel

There's queuing traffic on the 4074 in Benson at the Elm Bridge Roundabout in the roadworks area.

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