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Summary

  1. Updates on 27 October
  2. Proposals to close centres for disabled people announced
  3. MP's demand action on 'dangerous' A34
  4. Weather cloudy but temperatures above average

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By Dave Gilyeat and John Hudson

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Man jailed for six years for GBH baton attack

A man has been given a six-year prison sentence for an attack with a baton in Alma Road, Banbury, last year.

Stephen Cooper
TVP

On 11 March at about 18:05 Stephen Cooper met a 34-year-old man to collect £20 that he was owed, police said.  

The 22-year-old, of Padbury Drive, Banbury, hit his victim in the face with a weapon, which appeared to be a baton, and fractured his eye socket.

Cooper was found guilty of one count of inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent and sentenced at Oxford Crown Court yesterday.

Detective Constable Grahame Lea said: “This was a vicious attack using a weapon in a public place in front of members of the public and with total disregard for children playing in a nearby playground."

Ghostly shadow captured on camera

While filming a 360 degree tour of Wadham College a photographer captured an unexplained "ghostly" light shadow entering the frame.

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Assistant Butler Ann Kidd said she knows of several people who claim to have seen ghosts in the same location.

She said: “They are two men who are said to appear in that same corner of the hall, wearing ruffles at the neck, breeches and hose, and floating about a foot above the ground. 

"And several guests claim that it momentarily strikes cold in the Hall at around 22:00.”The college said subsequent efforts to see the ghosts have so far been unsuccessful.

BreakingCropredy marina expansion approved

Cherwell District Council has approved extending Cropredy marina to provide another 100 boat moorings.

The application was agreed despite concerns that seven berths out of 249 could be occupied by people living there permanently, in breach of planning rules.

Councillor Ken Atack said he hoped residents would be pleased at the "wonderful" expansion plans.

The plans can be viewed on the district council website

Last chance to have a say on East Oxford Community Centre

Cherwell District Council set to rule on marina application

Cherwell District Council is currently meeting to decide whether to extend Cropredy marina by building an additional basin to the north that would provide a further 100 boat moorings.

It's streaming the meeting on its website and we'll bring you the result if it's before 18:00.

Scouts on their way to No 11

The 30th scout group from Abingdon are today heading over to No 11 Downing Street to mark the first anniversary of the A Million Hands Project

Entrance to number 11 Downing Street
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The campaign aims to mobilise half a million Scouts to take action on a number of social issues, including dementia, disability, mental wellbeing and resilience, and access to clean water and sanitation. 

So far 200,000 Scouts across the UK have signed up.

Pumpkin fun at Cotswold Wildlife Park

A blood python
Cotswold Wildlife Park
A blood python and a pumpkin
Newborn frilled lizards and a pumpkin
Cotswold Wildlife Park
Newborn frilled lizards and a pumpkin
A Vietnamese mossy frog
Cotswold Wildlife Park
A Vietnamese mossy frog and a pumpkin

Heavy traffic causing delays on A34

BBC Travel

There are delays of up to 15 minutes on the A34 northbound from the Peartree Interchange to junction 9 for the M40. No incidents have been reported and it seems to be caused by the sheer weight of traffic.  

World Wide Web inventor joins Oxford University

Sir Tim Berners-Lee, who invented the World Wide Web in 1989, has joined Oxford University's Department of Computer Science.

Tim Berners-Lee
BBC

He will be undertaking research as a member of Christ Church College. He is also a full-time professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where he is based.

Sir Tim developed the information-sharing hypertext link system that is still how most people use the internet and was named as one of Time magazine's 100 most important people of the 20th century.

Dinosaur sighted at Oxford's Weston Library

Plan to build 15,950 homes goes out to consultation

Plans to build 15,950 homes have been approved for public consultation by West Oxfordshire District Council.

The new properties are scheduled to be built by 2031, and 2,750 have been allocated to help meet Oxford’s housing need.

Sites include 2,200 homes at the proposed Garden Village to the north of Eynsham, 1,000 homes to the west of Eynsham, 1,400 homes in north Witney and 670 properties in Woodstock.

The Planning Inspector raised concerns in January that an earlier draft did not take into account an assessment of the county's housing market or the housing need in Oxford.

The plan will now be the subject of a six-week consultation before being re-submitted to the inspector.

Oxford decorators top recycling table

Painters and decorators in Oxford can hold their head high after the city topped the entire Southern regional table for collection of unwanted paint in the national Kick Out The Can recycling scheme. 

Man painting ceiling
BBC

So far those behind the idea say they have received 1,250 unopened or part-used tins at the Crown Decorating Centre on Horspath Road Trading Estate. 

It will go to benefit community groups across Oxfordshire, as organisers say they now welcome applications for a free makeover for group halls or community venues.

Live: Mawkin at BBC Oxford

  Mawkin are playing live at BBC Oxford right now.  

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Rough sleepers increase in Oxford

Matt Graveling

BBC South Today Oxford

Oxford continues to be one of the cities with the highest number of rough sleepers outside of London.

Rough sleeper numbers in Oxford last year rose from 11 in 2010 to 39.

Oxford research links benefit sanctions to foodbank use

University of Oxford researchers have found a link between increased benefit sanctions within local authorities, and increased foodbank use. 

They analysed foodbank data from 259 local authorities between 2012 and 2015, which showed that penalising benefit claimants financially saw a rise in people turning to foodbanks. 

Lead author Dr Rachel Loopstra said: "These findings show clear evidence of sanctions being linked to economic hardship and hunger, as we see a close relationship between sanctioning rates and rates of foodbank usage across local authorities in the UK." 

Volunteers sort through donations of food at the headquarters of the Trussell Trust Foodbank
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Travel update: Delays between Cassington and Wolvercote

BBC Travel

There are delays on the A40 eastbound between Cassington and the Wolvercote Roundabout, Oxford.  

Severe disruption: M40 Oxfordshire northbound

BBC Travel

M40 Oxfordshire northbound severe disruption, between J8A for A418 and J9 for A34.

M40 Oxfordshire - One lane closed on M40 northbound between J8a, A418 (Oxford) and J9, A34 (Bicester), because of a broken down vehicle.

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FA Youth Cup fixture tonight

Ross Heaton

BBC Oxford Sport

This evening in the FA Youth Cup Oxford United host Bristol Rovers. 

The match kicks off at 19:45 at Northcourt Road in Abingdon.

Oxfordshire lock gates to be removed by crane for repairs

The Environment Agency is to embark on a series of major repairs and refurbishments to locks along the non-tidal River Thames next week.

Eight lock sites will have a total of £1.2m spent on them, including five in Oxfordshire, where both pairs of 8-tonne lock gates at Shifford Lock near Bampton and Kings Lock in Oxford (pictured) will be removed by crane and transported by low-loader lorry to its depot in Osney for renovation.

Kings Lock near Kings Weir, Oxford
Ian Paterson

Barry Russell, waterways manager, said: "Many of these are important heritage assets which we are custodians of on behalf of the nation, and without them, boating on the Thames as we know it simply wouldn’t be possible. 

"So taking good care of them is a huge responsibility for us, but one we’re very proud to have."

Unease over management shift at Kennington Health Centre

Oxford Mail

Management changes at an overstretched GP practice could lead to ‘chaos’ over the winter months, health campaigners have warned.

Severe disruption: M40 Oxfordshire northbound

BBC Travel

M40 Oxfordshire northbound severe disruption, between J6 for B4009 and J8A for A418.

M40 Oxfordshire - One lane blocked on M40 northbound between J6, B4009 (Watlington) and J8a, A418 (Oxford), because of debris on the road.

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Pegasus Theatre play up for award

A play aiming to help young people deal with self harm is up for a top award later. 

The Pegasus Theatre in Oxford developed Under My Skin to give young people information about coping with feelings around self-harm, stress, and the services that can support them. 

Pegasus Theatre
Google

 The winner will be announced at the Royal Society for Public Health awards tonight.  

Car ends up on roof on Henley Road

Henley Road in Caversham had to be closed this morning after a crash which left a car on its roof. 

Car on roof on Henley Road
BBC

A man in his fifties was taken to hospital with arm injuries.  

Travel update: Queues on A40 Northern By Pass at Wolvercote

BBC Travel

There's queuing traffic on the A40 Northern By Pass Road in Wolvercote at the Wolvercote Roundabout.

Alien invasion near Wallingford

South Oxfordshire is being invaded by aliens - at least, it sort of is, in a new movie out this weekend.

The Darkest Dawn was partly filmed near Wallingford and also Streatley in south Oxfordshire, and is the sequel to Hungerford, the Horror. 

The independent film, which has been made in association with Pinewood Studios, premieres at Comic Con on Sunday, before being released on Monday via iTunes. 

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Producer Jesse Cleverly said they were able to create special effects that people are used to seeing in Hollywood films.

You can produce effects that are ridiculous... we built the computer that did all that in the car park of a location for £2,000.

Jesse CleverlyCreative director at Wildseed Studios

Day centre cuts 'will make services more flexible'

Joe Nimmo

BBC News

Councillor Judith Heathcoat said despite the need to save money she hoped the council could expand the range of services on offer.

She said: "Savings come from changing the way we deliver services.

"There'd be fewer council-run buildings and we'd save money on transport while providing a more flexible transport system delivered by support workers."

Oxfordshire day centre cuts will 'increase pressure on services'

Natalie Verney

BBC Radio Oxford

Oxfordshire County Council's plans to cut back their 22 council-funded day centres to save about £3m have been criticised.

Jenny Mays, whose husband Ray has dementia and used Didcot Health and Wellbeing Centre before he moved into a care home, said the proposals were a false economy.

"Services of another kind will come under pressure should these centres not be available.

"Taking him to the centre gave me a few hours where I knew he was safe and stimulated, which made him happy, and he was well looked after, and it probably kept Ray out of a care centre for at least a couple of years."

Council's future options for day centres

  • A centre-based service delivered from eight dedicated buildings across Oxfordshire providing support and outreach work. 
  • A mixed service that would use community facilities such as libraries, leisure centres and allotments and have four dedicated buildings. 

The council is also looking to replace its current £992,000 annual funding for 47 community-based daytime support services with £250,000 of grants that services could bid for. 

If approved the changes to services would begin in August 2017. The consultation will be launched on 1 November.

Elderly hands
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Misty morning in Cropredy

Our reporter Lilley Mitchell is in Cropredy this morning and captured this atmospheric picture of the mist gathering above the fields.

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Plans to expand the marina there with pontoons for up to 100 boat moorings and parking for 42 cars will be discussed by the district council later.

Travel update: Heavy traffic in Stratton Audley

BBC Travel

There's heavier than usual traffic on the A4421 southbound in Stratton Audley between the Stratton Audley Road junction and the A4421 junction.

Travel update: Broken down vehicle closes M40 lane at Junction 9

BBC Travel

On the M40 a lane is closed on the exit slip road southbound at Junction 9, A34 (Bicester), because of a broken down vehicle.

Didcot park rape: More witnesses sought by police

Potential witnesses who could have information about a rape in a park are 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 in Didcot, Oxfordshire, at about 18:45 BST on 11 October. 

Police at site of Didcot rape
BBC

She was found soon after in a distressed state in Newlands Avenue by a member of the public. 

Police want to trace several witnesses including three dog walkers.

MPs demand action on 'dangerous' A34

Alex Regan

South Online

MPs have called a road where five people died in one month dangerous and no longer fit for purpose.

A stretch of the A34, which runs between Hampshire, Berkshire and Oxfordshire, was the site of an eight-vehicle crash which claimed the lives of a family of four in August. 

Queues on A34 following accident
BBC

Oxfordshire MPs have called on the Department of Transport to act on improving road safety. 

The transport minister said he will look at suggestions. 

Oxford United: Ribeiro 'working hard' to recover from injury

Ross Heaton

BBC Oxford Sport

Oxford United defender Christian Ribeiro believes he can still make an important contribution for the U's this season despite a long road to recovery from injury ahead.

The right-back has yet to play a competitive game since joining from Exeter City this summer after fracturing an ankle in a training ground accident in pre-season. 

Ribeiro has since had an operation and no date has been set for his comeback. 

He told BBC Radio Oxford that he must stay positive as the long process of injury rehabilitation continues.

All I can do is work really hard every day. I keep completing everything they keep saying, and I keep trying to get better and better, and hopefully that'll get me where I want to be.

Christian Ribeiro
Christian Ribeiro
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Christian Ribeiro won two caps for Wales in 2010

Weather: 'Temperatures above average'

Bee Tucker

BBC Weather

The dense mist and fog patches could be slow to clear, but we'll start to see an improvement as we head through the morning, and by lunchtime most places will be seeing a little bit of brightness.

There'll be more cloud about today compared with yesterday. Nevertheless, not a cold day - temperatures this afternoon will be a bit above average with highs of 15C (59F).

Centres for disabled people could close

Joe Nimmo

BBC News

Proposals to close centres providing services for older and disabled people in Oxfordshire have been announced. 

The county council is planning to replace its eight Health and Wellbeing Centres and 14 learning disability daytime support services. 

Oxfordshire County Council HQ
Robin Sones

Two options for a new service have been put forward, with either eight or four dedicated centres. 

The council said this will save either £2.4m or £3.5m from a budget of £9.3m, depending on the option chosen.

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