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Summary

  1. Residents criticise Network Rail for failing to keep a promise to limit noise on a new railway
  2. Oxford City Council has promised "no major reductions in service" in its draft budget
  3. New trains due in service through Oxfordshire next summer are being officially introduced today for the first time
  4. Chris Maguire says he's prepared to talk to the U's about a new contract, but isn't in a rush

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Scene of Abingdon crash

The collision happened on Stratton Way at the junction of Bath Street, in Abingdon, Oxfordshire.

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Severe accident: A41 Oxfordshire westbound

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A41 Oxfordshire westbound severe accident, from B4030 Vendee Drive to A34.

A41 Oxfordshire - A41 in Bicester closed and queuing traffic westbound from the B4030 Vendee Drive junction to Bicester, because of an accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Ambulance crash: Injured man was on mobility scooter

The man seriously injured in a crash in Abingdon involving an ambulance was on a mobility scooter, police have said.

It happened on Stratton Way at the junction of Bath Street, in Abingdon, Oxfordshire at about 15:30.

Senior investigating officer Insp Gavin Biggs, of Thames Valley Police, said: "We are in the early stages of this investigation and are on scene at this time whilst we continue to make enquiries and recovery work will start in due course."

Road closures are in place on Stratton Way. Police have advised motorists to avoid the area.

Man hit by ambulance in Abingdon

South Central Ambulance Service has told us a pedestrian has been hit by an ambulance.

Stratton Way in Abingdon, Oxfordshire, has been closed after the crash at about 15:30.

Another ambulance, as well as a rapid response crew, two ambulance officers and a doctor were sent to the scene.

The man's injuries have been described as life-threatening and he has been taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.

Police are investigating.

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Man badly burned in Banbury house fire

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It is believed the blaze was caused by a resident falling asleep with a cigarette.

Firefighters were called to a flat fire in Miller Road, Banbury, at 02:30 this morning.

On arrival Oxfordshire fire crews forced entry to the property to rescue a resident who was still inside.

A team wearing breathing apparatus, using a hose reel to extinguish the fire and a thermal imaging camera, were quickly able to locate an unconscious elderly gentleman with about 35% burns to his body.

He has been taken by ambulance to Stoke Mandeville Hospital and was conscious and alert when he left.

The fire service said early indications suggest the fire was due to the man falling asleep with a cigarette.

'No plans to close area' where girl died in rockfall

Scarborough Borough Council has described the death of Oxford nine-year-old Harriet Emily Nicola Forster in a rockfall in Staithes in North Yorkshire as a "deeply upsetting event".

A spokesman added: "Whilst there are no plans at present to close off the area, visitors to our seaside should always be aware of the inherent natural risks associated with the geology of our cliffs and coastline and take the necessary precautions, which include not going too close to the edge or standing directly under cliffs.

"Landslides and rockfalls are not uncommon along our stretch of coastline but most of the time they go completely unnoticed. People should continue to enjoy our stunning cliffs and beaches but heed the prominent warning signs that are in place in those areas we know are prone to cliff movement, including the ones in Staithes."

Severe accident: M40 Oxfordshire northbound

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M40 Oxfordshire northbound severe accident, from J8 for A40 to J9 for A34.

M40 Oxfordshire - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M40 northbound from J8 A40 to J9, A34 (Bicester), because of one vehicle accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Oxfordshire man in 80s dies in tanker crash

The A4130 at its junction with Old Icknield Way
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The accident happened on the A4130 at its junction with Old Icknield Way

A man in his 80s has died in a crash involving an HGV tanker in Oxfordshire.

The collision happened at 11:30 BST on Wednesday on the A4130 between the Crowmarsh Gifford roundabout and the village of Nuffield.

Thames Valley Police said the pensioner's Land Rover and an HGV tanker were involved.

The next of kin of the man, who was from Oxfordshire, has been informed. The lorry driver was uninjured.

BreakingOxford girl, 9, is named as fatal rock fall victim

The young girl killed in a rock fall at Staithes, North Yorkshire, earlier this week has been named by police.

She was Harriet Emily Nicola Forster, aged 9, from Oxford.

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BreakingNine-year-old girl killed by rockfall named

Police have named the nine-year-old girl who died in a rockfall on the North Yorkshire coast earlier this week.

Harriet Emily Nicola Forster was from Oxford and was visiting Staithes with her family when the incident happened near the south pier at Seaton Garth on Wednesday afternoon.

Her family says they cannot comprehend the enormity of this tragedy. "Harriet was the light of our lives," they added.

Oxford family caught up in French flooding

Heavy floods have hit southern France

Heavy floods have forced the evacuation of 1,600 people - most of them campers - in southern France, officials say.

Rachel Buchanan, from Oxford, was camping in the Ardèche when flooding hit.

"We knew a storm was imminent and couldn't believe the ferocity of last night's storm," she told the BBC.

"The level and speed of the river today was extraordinary - we woke up in about a foot of water.

"Driving in our camper van was very frightening as the road by the river was completely under water and waterfalls had appeared from nowhere crashing down the gorge."

Dogs seized in hare coursing investigation

Severe disruption: M40 Oxfordshire northbound

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M40 Oxfordshire northbound severe disruption, at J9 for A34.

M40 Oxfordshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M40 northbound at J9, A34 (Bicester), because of a broken down vehicle.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Ricky Holmes

Oxford sign Sheffield United winger Ricky Holmes on loan and midfielders Tsun Dai and Jamie Hanson on permanent deals.

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Oxford Covered Market £1.2m roof fix to get approval

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The market's roof is described as in a "poor state of repair"

The go-ahead for £1m work to fix Oxford Covered Market's leaky roof is set to be given next week.

The city council had pledged to spend money on improving the Grade II listed building when it passed its budget in February.

Council papers show a large chunk of that will go on paying experts to repair the roof to last up to 80 years.

Sandie Griffith, of the Covered Market Traders' Association, said: "It's an investment that they haven't got an awful lot of choice about. I think it was through under-investment years ago."

Festival-goers gather for Cropredy Festival

Fairport's Cropredy Convention begins in north Oxfordshire today, an annual three-day music festival hosted by Fairport Convention.

The line-up this year includes Levellers, Kate Rusby, and Beach Boys legend Brian Wilson.

As the fun gets under way, we've been scouting Twitter to see how festival-goers are enjoying themselves...

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All-electric bus trial launched in Oxford

The Oxford Bus Company is trialling an electric bus on its 3A and 6 services for two weeks.

The single-decker bus, developed in China, emits zero tail pipe emissions and has no engine noise or vibration, according to the company.

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Wasps causing more problems for Oxfordshire residents

Oxfordshire has seen a 500% increase in call-outs for wasps nest this summer, according to a pest controller in Didcot.

Jody Everett, of Total Pest Control, said the firm had 1,600 call outs over the past month.

He said: "Last year we almost didn't have a wasp season really.

"We're getting at least 50 calls a day, last year we're talking maybe maximum 10 to 15 a day."

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CCTV images released after Sainsbury's shoplifting

CCTV images of a man and woman have been released after a large quantity of DVDs and games were stolen from a Sainsbury's store in Cowley.

Police believe the pair may have vital information about the shoplifting on 10 May.

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Police investigate hare coursing near Thame

Canice Carroll in action for Oxford United

Championship side Brentford sign defender Canice Carroll from Oxford United for an undisclosed fee.

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Missing man appeal in Wallingford

Officers are appealing for help to trace an 82-year-old man missing from Wallingford since the early hours.

James Spence was reported missing this morning after failing to return from a walk.

He is thought to be dressed in dark blue pyjamas or dark trousers and a grey jacket.

Mr Spence is known to frequent Wallingford but police are also asking people in Blewbury, Astons and North and South Moreton to keep an eye out for him.

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Parking reforms at Henley hospital after patients complain

Parking at Townlands Memorial Hospital in Henley-on-Thames is set to be reformed after patients complained they were being issued random tickets.

NHS Property Services will look at a new way of operating the site.

Councillor Ian Reissmann said people have found the current parking set up very frustrating.

"I feel a lot of sympathy for those who are genuine patients at the hospital who need to use the services and then end up with a parking ticket and having to pay a fine" he said.

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Appeal after serious collision near Minster Lovell

Police are appealing for witnesses to a serious crash near Minster Lovell that left three people seriously injured.

A silver Vauxhall Vectra was involved in a head-on collision with a blue Ford Focus just after 16:00 BST on 1 August on Burford Road.

The driver of the Vauxhall, a 48-year-old man, and a 61-year-old woman driving the Ford, were taken to hospital.

A 58-year-old passenger in the Ford also sustained serious injuries.

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E-fit image released after Oxfordshire sexual assault

Electric bus trial in Oxford

The Oxford Bus Company is trialling an electric bus which is running on both services 3A and 6.

The two-week trial, which will finish at the end of next week features a bus developed by Chinese manufacturer Yutong Bus.

The single decker bus emits zero tail pipe emissions and has no engine noise or vibration.

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Severe accident: A4130 Oxfordshire both ways

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A4130 Oxfordshire both ways severe accident, from A4074 to Old Icknield Way.

A4130 Oxfordshire - A4130 in Crowmarsh Gifford closed in both directions from Crowmarsh Roundabout to the Old Icknield Way junction, because of a serious accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Scanning homeless people with smartphones to donate money
A scheme in Oxford wants to provide homeless people with QR codes, so people can donate to them using smartphones.

Severe accident: A4130 Oxfordshire eastbound

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A4130 Oxfordshire eastbound severe accident, between Sires Hill and Sotwell Street.

A4130 Oxfordshire - A4130 High Road in Brightwell-cum-Sotwell closed eastbound between the Sires Hill junction and the Sotwell Street junction, because of an accident. Police directing traffic.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Farmoor Reservoir 'to reopen later this week'

Farmoor Reservoir in Oxfordshire, which closed after the death of some of its fish due to high temperatures, is expected to reopen soon.

It was closed to fishing on 25 July following the discovery.

A Thames Water spokesman said: "Due to the recent hot weather, the water temperature in the reservoir rose so we took the decision to temporarily close to protect the stock of rainbow trout. We also brought in pumps to increase oxygen in the water but sadly a small number of fish died last week.

"We’d like to reassure people this will not affect the quality of fishing at Farmoor Reservoir, which was recently named one of the top stillwater fisheries in the country.

"The situation is now returning to normal and with temperatures set to fall in the coming days we hope to re-open within the week."

Five crews required to put out field fire

A "rapidly spreading" field fire required five different crews to help tackle it, according to Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service.

Firefighters from Bicester, Kidlington and Oxford supported by special appliances from Wheatley and Maidenhead, tackled a field on fire at Ashgove Farm, Ardley, next to the main Chiltern Rail line to London.

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Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue shared these pictures on Facebook of the fire

They were able to extinguish the fire, which started accidentally, after it spread through a two-acre field that was being harvested.

Due to the smoke, trains on the neighbouring train line were cautioned, but the fire service has said it does not expect the fire to start again.

Man given broken jaw after street punch

A man in Witney was given a broken jaw and lost a tooth after being punched because of a driving disagreement.

At around 23:30 BST on 27 July, a man in his 50s was walking along The Leys park with friends when a white Vauxhall Corsa was driven past them at speed without its headlights on.

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The assault is alleged to have taken place in The Leys park in Witney

The car stopped and a group of men got out, at which point one of the victims tried to take a picture of the licence plate.

The man in his 50s was punched to the head.

Thames Valley Police are appealing for witnesses.

Artist makes waste 'intervention'
After walking past bags of rubbish in Oxford, artist Simon Mandarino decided to illustrate the issue in a rather more visual way.