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Summary

  1. All the news, weather and sport from across the county on Thursday 17 November
  2. Oxford parents of man dubbed Jihadi Jack to stand trial
  3. Family 'torn apart' after wife refused visa to live in UK
  4. Flood prevention scheme 'may do more harm than good'

Live Reporting

By Alex Regan and Anna Browning

All times stated are UK

That's all for today

We'll be back tomorrow at 08:00. We hope you'll join us then.

Tonight's weather: 'Cold and clear'

BBC Weather

This evening and tonight will be cold and clear with just the odd shower at times. There will be frost for some. Minimum temperatures 1C (34F).

Mary Zu and Steve Bearns

A Conservative MP has called the Home Office's decision not to grant a British man's Chinese wife a visa "unacceptable" and "a scandal", after winning a court appeal.

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Police carry out driver mobile phone checks

Roads policing officers from Thames Valley Police have been carrying out dedicated operations this week to stop drivers using their phones, following the sentencing of lorry driver Tomasz Kroker who hit and killed a woman and three children while scrolling through music selections on his mobile.

Sgt Chris Appleby said dash cam footage showed Kroker "looking at his phone numerous times, but failing to slow down despite rapidly approaching the stationary traffic ahead at 50mph, causing a devastating collision. The result was horrific and serves as a sobering warning to all drivers that using a handheld device while driving can kill". 

Dash cam footage shows A34 lorry crash driver

Between 8:00 and 10:00 on Oxford's Sunderland Avenue today officers stopped six people for using their mobile phones and eight for not wearing seatbelts.

Yesterday over the course of three to four hours on the A34 10 people were stopped for mobile phone use, two for not wearing seatbelts, and one for careless driving.

Also yesterday, between 08:00 and 10:00 on London Road in Oxford, 10 people were stopped for mobile phone use and six for not wearing seatbelts.

Randolph head concierge wins award

William Thomson, 30, head concierge at the Macdonald Randolph Hotel, has been crowned as the UK’s Young Concierge of the Year.

William Thomson
BBC

The Society of the Golden Keys (Les Clefs d’Or ) put Mr Thomson, who is the youngest head concierge across the Macdonald Group’s hotels, through an array of tough tests that included product knowledge, empathy, confidence, evolving technology, and international geography.

He called it a "fun but rigorous competition" and added: "To have won this prestigious award and be identified as the very best in the UK is a fantastic achievement."

He will represent Great Britain in Berlin next year for the world’s best young concierge.

Travel update: Broken down coach on Woodstock Road

BBC Travel

The A4144 Woodstock Road in Oxford is partially blocked and there's very slow traffic northbound after the Oakthorpe Road junction, because of a broken down coach.

Oxford Bus Company services delayed

Travel update: Fallen trees on A338

BBC Travel

There are a couple of trees down on the A338 at Tubney Wood and on the B4017 between Farmoor to Cumnor.  

Shaken baby evidence doctor "looking forward" to returning to work

Dr Waney Squier was erased from the medical register after a medical tribunal in Manchester concluded she had been dishonest, dogmatic, and misleading.  

But on appeal, the High Court ruled there were flaws in the tribunal's findings.

Waney Squier
BBC

Now Dr Squier has said she is "very much looking forward" to working at Oxford's John Radcliffe Hospital again, but no date has yet been set for her return.

Travel update: Broken down lorry on A40 near Cassington

BBC Travel

The A40 in Cassington is partially blocked and there's queuing traffic westbound between the Cassington traffic lights and Eynsham Roundabout, because of a broken down lorry. 

Stunning setting for Shakespeare workshop

Banbury Guardian

More than 80 Year 7 students from North Oxfordshire schools and their teachers had the opportunity to attend a workshop run by the Royal Shakespeare Company.  

Dr Waney Squier

A doctor reinstated on the medical register after being struck off for evidence she gave in "shaken baby" cases describes her experience as "extremely traumatising".

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Oxford rock band Little Brother Eli play session

Oxford University students in hotel after hall delay to move in next year

Nearly 90 Oxford University students, who have been living in a hotel after work on a new halls of residence overran, get to move in to their new digs in January.

Cohen Quad on Walton Street was due to be completed on 11 August but was delayed, leading Exeter College to book the Jury's Inn for the students.

Exeter College
Simon Q

A college spokesman said: "The building and site are complex, as indeed are many modern buildings, and construction has taken longer than anticipated."

Jack Letts

The parents of a man dubbed "Jihadi Jack" after travelling to Syria are to stand trial on terror charges.

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Van driver cut free after lorry crash near Bicester

At 09:15 today firefighters were called to an accident on the road from Stratton Audley to Marsh Gibbon, near Bicester.

The crash
OFRS
The crash
OFRS

A van had collided with a lorry and the van driver was freed using hydraulic cutting equipment and taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital.

Crew manager Pete Mackay said: "I would remind people to take care in this Autumn weather, stopping distances increase dramatically when the roads are wet and extra care is needed to make sure that you get home safe and sound."

Reinstated shaken baby evidence doctor's experience 'traumatising'

A doctor struck off the medical register for the evidence she gave in so-called "shaken baby" cases, but who was later reinstated, has described her experience as "extremely traumatising". 

Earlier this month a High Court judge said there were flaws in the medical tribunal's findings against Dr Waney Squier in March. 

That hearing concluded she had been dishonest, dogmatic, and misleading.

Dr Waney Squier
BBC

Dr Squier said being described as such "felt absolutely terrible".

She added: "It was extraordinarily tough, very difficult, probably the worst sort of abuse I’ve been through in my life."

The High

A third person has been arrested in a murder investigation into the death of a cyclist in Oxford, who was kicked off his bike by a gang of six in October.

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Relive Brackley's FA Cup upset

Adam Williams

BBC Sport

Brackley Town wrote their names into FA Cup history on Wednesday night as they upset League One Gillingham in their first-round replay.

James Armson netted a hat-trick in their 4-3 win after extra time - a result which saw National League North Brackley knock out Gillingham for the second time in four years.

Relive all the action from St James Park...

FA Cup: Brackley Town 4-3 Gillingham highlights
Oxford United midfielder Liam Sercombe

Oxford United midfielder Liam Sercombe is set to miss the rest of the season after rupturing a medial knee ligament.

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Breaking'Jihadi Jack' parents to stand trial

The Oxford-based parents of a Muslim convert dubbed "Jihadi Jack" are to stand trial in January on three counts of funding terrorism.

John Letts and Sally Lane are accused of sending hundreds of pounds to 20-year-old Jack Letts, who is believed to have joined Islamic State in 2014. 

Mr Letts, 55, and his 54-year-old wife, from Oxford, did not enter any pleas to the charges at the Old Bailey on Thursday. 

BreakingThird man arrested in cyclist murder probe

Alex Regan

South Online

An 18-year-old man was arrested yesterday on suspicion of murdering a cyclist. 

Police say Eamonn Anderson, 56, was kicked off his bike on 25 October by six men in High Street. 

Oxford High Street
BBC

Mr Anderson was taken to hospital but died of his injuries three weeks after being admitted to the John Radcliffe Hospital. 

Two other people, a 17-year-old boy and an 18-year-old man, were also arrested yesterday

Puppies 'left to die' in cage in Chipping Norton

Puppies
RSPCA

Five puppies were discarded in a cage in the middle of nowhere and left to die, according to the RSPCA. The puppies, three of which had already died upon discovery, were found with no water by a dog walker in Chipping Norton in Oxfordshire. 

Barney the puppy
RSPCA

Only one of the beagle crossbreeds survived - named Barney - and is being cared for by the RSPCA. An inspector for the animal charity called the deaths of the "vulnerable, defenceless puppies" unthinkable. 

Barney the puppy

The RSPCA is hunting for the owner of five puppies, four of which died, that were discovered in a cage in Chipping Norton.

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Travel latest: Severe accident on A40

Al Ryan

BBC Oxford travel presenter

There have been some bad crashes this morning affecting the roads across the county. Here's what we know so far:

  • On the A40 eastbound there are reports of a severe accident between Barnard Gate and Witney dual carriageway, causing severe delays
  • On the M40 southbound there are continuing delays after an accident between junction 10 Brackley and junction 9 A34. All lanes have now reopened
  • There are delays of 15 minutes from Redbridge Hollow to Kennington due to temporary traffic lights

Severe accident: A40 Oxfordshire westbound

BBC Travel

A40 Oxfordshire westbound severe accident, from B4449 to B4022.

A40 Oxfordshire - A40 closed and queuing traffic westbound from Eynsham Roundabout in Eynsham to Witney East in Barnard Gate, because of an accident. Diversion in operation - Lorries should not go on the back road to Long Hanborough because of a low bridge.

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WATCH: What do Oxfordshire businesses want in the Autumn Statement?

An exporting firm in Banbury, Oxfordshire, tells the BBC it would like to see targeted spending on infrastructure in the Autumn Statement. 

Latest headlines: Family torn apart by visa issues

BBC Radio Oxford

Here's the latest headlines from the breakfast team at BBC Oxford:

  • An Oxfordshire man says his family has been torn apart, after the Home Office refused to let his Chinese wife stay in the country
  • A charity at risk of closure is calling on the community to help it secure a national award worth £25,000
  • Flood prevention in an area of South Oxfordshire might do more harm than good, according to residents there

Oxford weather: Rain and hail this morning

Good morning it's a rather cloudy and chilly start this morning and it's only going to get worse unfortunately. It's going to be very wet later on with highs of 11C and we have the chances of some hail also. 

Moving in to this evening it's going to be rather chilly with the chance of a touch of frost in rural areas, with highs of 1C. 

Non-league Brackley beat Gillingham in FA Cup extra time thriller

The boys from non-league Brackley Town have done it again, and got through to the second round of the FA Cup in an extra time 4-3 thriller. 

Jimmy Arson hit a stunning hat-trick to deny League One Gillingham a victory. 

FA Cup: Jimmy Armson's hat-trick sends Brackley past Gillingham

Severe accident: M40 Oxfordshire southbound

BBC Travel

M40 Oxfordshire southbound severe accident, around J10 for A43 Brackley.

M40 Oxfordshire - Queuing traffic on M40 southbound around J10, A43 (Brackley), because of an accident earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened.

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Don't worry, it's nearly Friday

Alex Regan

South Online

Well, two more working days until the weekend and it's going to be a tough one. Hail and thunder is expected later today but, to borrow a cliche, we're not going to let a bit of rain dampen our spirits. 

Get ready for Radio Oxford's Al Ryan to talk you some road, Lilley Mitchell's making Christmas puddings and I'll be spinning the news decks and bringing you the greatest hits from Oxfordshire. 

Oh, and don't forget to submit your pictures for this week's Oxfordshire's Big Picture via email

Thrupp Lake
Abingdon

Here's an example from reader Merrill Jacobs at Thrupp Lake near Abingdon.