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  1. Severe disruption as M40 closed; woman in life-threatening condition after crash
  2. More than a month of construction work begins at Oxford station
  3. Workers at the Mini plant in Oxford back industrial action in pensions row

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By Anna Browning and Alex Regan

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Star Wars-inspired Ludosport classes in Oxford
Fierce lightsaber duels are taking place in Oxford.

Severe accident: M40 Oxfordshire southbound

BBC Travel

M40 Oxfordshire southbound severe accident, between J8A for A418 and J6 for B4009.

M40 Oxfordshire - Queuing traffic and one lane closed on M40 southbound between J8a, A418 (Oxford) and J6, B4009 (Watlington), because of an accident.

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Thames Valley Police officer sacked for misconduct

Sarah Lee

South Online

A police officer who used confidential records to find a woman for personal reasons has been sacked.

PC Matthew Stocker, of Thames Valley Police, was found to have committed gross misconduct and breached the standards of professional behaviour.

He was dismissed without notice at a misconduct hearing at the force's Kidlington headquarters.


The force said Mr Stocker, who was based in Maidenhead, used police records to find a work address for a female member of the public.

While on duty, Mr Stocker visited the female's place of work and told her colleagues that he wanted to speak to her about an investigation, which was not true, police said.

Det Chief Cst John Campbell said the officer's actions "undermined public confidence in the force".

Public area on Westgate rooftop to go ahead

Oxford Mail

Plans for a new public space on the roof of Oxford’s revamped Westgate Shopping Centre have been approved.  

Travel update: Queues on Woodstock Road northbound

BBC Travel

There's queuing traffic and heavier than usual traffic on the A4144 Woodstock Road northbound in Oxford between the Observatory Street junction and the First Turn junction.

Travel update: Heavy at Oxford's St Giles

BBC Travel

There's heavier than usual traffic on the A4165 St Giles' in both directions in Oxford between the Keble Road junction and the Victoria Road junction.

Wantage Community Hospital

Details of how community hospitals in Oxfordshire may be affected by cuts are delayed until May.

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Travel update: Slow traffic in Banbury

BBC Travel

There's slow traffic on North Bar Street / Horse Fair southbound in Banbury from the Three Pigeons traffic lights to the Bloxham Road junction.

BBC Oxford's Brennan Nichols meets his gingerbread doppleganger

BreakingMum guilty of baby daughter's manslaughter

An Oxfordshire mother has been found guilty of the manslaughter of her baby daughter.

Jasmine Gregory's 14-month-old daughter Robyn was found lifeless in the bath at the family home in Grove in August 2014.

Oxford Crown Court heard the 24-year-old had become distracted for up to 10 minutes and claimed she was washing dishes. 

She told the jury she believed her daughter had gone missing and ran into the street screaming 'where's my baby'.

The things this man can do on a ball...

BBC Radio Oxford has had a rather talented visitor this afternoon. Watch Alessandro from the show Gasp! - coming to the Playhouse in Oxford.

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BBC South Weather

Holly Green has this afternoon's weather for you.

BBC South Weather

Dibley writer scoops award for Parkinson's documentary

An Oxfordshire-based comedy writer has won an award for a documentary he wrote and presented looking at the funny side of Parkinson's. 

Paul Mayhew-Archer, whose most notable works include The Vicar of Dibley, won a Grierson Award for Inside Out: The Funny Side of Parkinson's on Monday.

Paul Mayhew-Archer

He said: "I was amazed to be even nominated so to win was utterly gobsmacking.

“In my speech I actually thanked my illness “because without it I would not be receiving this award” I said. And it is true."

£200m cuts details delayed until May

Rahil Sheikh

BBC News Oxford

Details of how community hospitals in Oxfordshire might be affected by cuts has been delayed until May 2017. 

A plan is being designed to tackle a forecasted £200m funding gap by 2020.  

Oxfordshire CCG

The consultation was due to be take place by January, but now health bosses want to split it into two phases. A&E, GP, maternity services, are also at risk of closure. 

Oxfordshire CCG - who commission health services for the county -  said more work is necessary. Ed Vaizey has claimed it is a "closure by stealth".  

'People having difficult time'

Bernie Sanders' brother Larry, a Green Party spokesman who lives in Oxfordshire, has been telling Radio Oxford what he thinks lies behind Trump's victory.

Bernie Sanders' brother Larry speaks on Trump's victory

Afternoon headlines: M40 northbound still closed

BBC Radio Oxford

Here's the latest updates from the team at BBC Radio Oxford:

  • A woman is in a life-threatening condition after an earlier crash on the M40 northbound between Brackley and Banbury
  • The government is being blamed for huge extra costs and lengthy delays to the modernisation of the Great Western railway
  • Oxford West and Abingdon MP Nicola Blackwood has said delays in delivering and collecting patient's records is "disturbing"

Rower Stanning announces retirement

Henley-based rower and two-time Olympic medallist Heather Stanning has announced her retirement from rowing, months after winning a gold during the Rio Olympics. 

Heather Stanning and Helen Glover

The 31-year-old, along with partner Helen Glover, were the first two women to win back-to-back gold medals for Team GB.

The artillery officer said: "It's about time I made the decision and it has helped me focus on what to do next, certainly with work and the army because I know that's something I want to go back to"

Oxford United central defender Curtis Nelson

A football compensation tribunal rules Oxford United must pay Plymouth Argyle an initial £200,000 for Curtis Nelson.

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BreakingWoman's condition 'life-threatening' after M40 crash

A woman is in a life-threatening condition after a crash has closed the M40. 

The woman, thought to be in her 50s, has been taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital, the Thames Valley Air Ambulance also attended the scene. 

M40 junction 11

The motorway is currently closed northbound between junction 10 near Brackley and junction 11 near Banbury, causing considerable tailbacks. 

Traffic is being diverted by Highways England.

Seven bikes worth £20,000 stolen from shop

Seven bikes were stolen from a shop in Alvescot Road, Carterton, on Wednesday 2 November at around 20:35.

The missing bikes

Investigating officer PC Adam Clark said the bikes were worth about £20,000 and appealed for anyone with information to come forward.

That's one tasty doll house

BBC Oxford's Lilley Mitchell at Waddesdon Manor this morning helping them turn on their Christmas lights, and snaffling a few gingerbread wise men from the nativity. 

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The Democrat drinking game that didn't go to plan

Daniel Volar, an American living in Oxford, was so sure that Hillary Clinton was going to beat Donald Trump by a landslide that the occasional manischevitz wine drinker said he would drink a tequila for every swing state Trump won.

Unfortunately it didn't go to plan, but Daniel said: "Hopefully the tequila will make me pass out so I don't need to see the end of America."

Severe disruption: M40 Oxfordshire southbound

BBC Travel

M40 Oxfordshire southbound severe disruption, from J11 for A361 to J10 for A43 Brackley.

M40 Oxfordshire - Two lanes closed and queuing traffic on M40 southbound from J11, A361 (Banbury) to J10, A43 (Brackley).

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Travel latest: Lights out in Headington

Al Ryan

BBC Oxford travel presenter

  • There are delays of 25 minutes on Bayswater Road from Oxford Crematorium to Barton, which is due to the traffic light outage at Headington roundabout
  • That has also caused delays on the A420 London road from Headington roundabout to the Headley Way junction
  • It is slow on the A423 Southern bypass from the A4183 Oxford Road Hinksey Hill Interchange to the Kennington roundabout  

'Voting for Hillary was grandma's dying wish'

Alex Regan

South Online

Oxford University student and Democrats Abroad delegate Gabriel Delaney said he was "saddened" by the US's decision to elect Donald Trump as it's next president. 

He said his grandmother died earlier this year, but was "incredibly proud" that a woman was nominated as a presidential candidate and he wished she could have voted for Senator Clinton.

He added that the "country was going in a completely different direction to the one my grandfather fought for [in World War Two]."   

Severe disruption: M40 Oxfordshire both ways

BBC Travel

M40 Oxfordshire both ways severe disruption, between J10 for A43 Brackley and J11 for A361 affecting J9 for A34.

M40 Oxfordshire - M40 blocked and stationary traffic in both directions between J10, A43 (Brackley) and J11, A361 (Banbury), because of an overturned car and a fuel spillage. Congestion on northbound side to J9, A34 (Bicester).

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new FGW Hitachi train at Reading station

The government has been blamed for huge extra costs and lengthy delays to the modernisation of the Great Western railway network in England and Wales.

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WATCH: The force is strong with this one

Are you a Sith lord in the making? Is your midichlorian count off the chart? Well this lightsaber sport might be for you. 

Ludosport, the lightsaber sport from Italy, has arrived in Oxford. 

Latest headlines from Radio Oxford

BBC Radio Oxford

Here are the morning headlines from the team at BBC Radio Oxford:

  • More than a month of construction work has begun at Oxford railway station to make it ready for a major new rail link. Network Rail says new tracks are being installed to prepare for the opening of the line from Oxford to London Marylebone
  • Workers at the Mini plant in Oxford have backed industrial action over plans to close BMW's final salary pension schemes. They're among more than 4,000 Unite union members who work for BMW. The union said 96 percent voted in favour
  • A teenager who fled Afghanistan with her mother and arrived in Oxford knowing little English has won an apprenticeship to help other pupils. Shukria Rezaaei, 14, joined Oxford Spires Academy and was soon writing award-winning poetry in English

Travel latest: Be careful, it's wet outside

Al Ryan

BBC Oxford travel presenter

After heavy rainfall throughout the night there's a lot of standing water so do take extra care on the roads. Here's the latest update from the BBC Oxford travel:

  • The A34 southbound is slow from junction 9 to the M40 Weston-on-the-Green
  • A40 northern bypass eastbound has broken down after a car broke down on the Marston flyover near the Headington roundabout, and we've just had reports that the traffic lights are malfunctioning on the roundabout, so do take care
  • And a reminder in Oxford that emergency telecommunications work is taking place on George Street, and is closed between Cornmarket Street and New Inn Hall Street until 15 November

Oxford Railway Station

More than a month of construction work begins at Oxford Railway Station to make it ready for a major new rail link.

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Today's weather: Like Hillary Clinton's mood (we suspect)

It's going to continue to be wet early on this morning with some scattered showers expected later also, and a lot of wind, with temperatures around 5C. 

Severe disruption: M40 Oxfordshire southbound

BBC Travel

M40 Oxfordshire southbound severe disruption, between J10 for A43 Brackley and J9 for A34.

M40 Oxfordshire - One lane blocked on M40 southbound between J10, A43 (Brackley) and J9, A34 (Bicester).

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Good morning

Alex Regan

South Online

There might be big news across the Atlantic with the dawn of a Trump presidency, but here in Oxford the news machine is also going.

So, we'll be bringing you the latest news, sport, travel and all-important weather for the county.  

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