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By Alex Regan

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Lib Dems hold on to city council seat

Oxford City Council

The Liberal Democrats have held on to a seat at Oxford City Council after a by-election.

The vote was triggered when Ruth Wilkinson stood down from her Headington seat after a decade.

Stef Garden has now been elected.

Oxford Paradise Square stand-off: Man appears in court

Police at Paradise Square

A man charged over a 14-hour armed stand-off in Oxford has appeared in court via video link from prison today.

Shots were exchanged between a man and police in Paradise Square in May.

Duncan Shearman, 24, of Paradise Square, has been charged with one count of possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.

He is also accused of three counts of possession of a weapon for the discharge of a noxious liquid or gas.

He hasn't yet entered a plea. The case has been adjourned until 12 October.

Cogges Manor Farm awarded £900,000 for history project

A project that aims to reveal the "untold story" of a 13th Century manor house and farm in Oxfordshire has received more than £900,000 of National Lottery funding.

Cogges Manor Farm
Des Blenkinsopp

Cogges Manor Farm in Witney has secured the cash for its 1,000 Years Plus project.

It aims to tell the 1,000-year history of the farm for visitors, schools and community groups across the county.

The project will begin in the autumn and be completed within three years.

Severe accident: M40 Oxfordshire southbound

BBC News Travel

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

M40 Oxfordshire - Two lanes closed and queuing traffic on M40 southbound between J10, A43 (Brackley) and J9, A34 (Bicester), because of an accident.

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

Car fire on M40 motorway

A car is on fire on the M40 northbound near junction 7 for Milton Common in Oxfordshire.

The scene

Severe disruption: M40 Oxfordshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M40 Oxfordshire northbound severe disruption, between J6 for B4009 and J7 for A329 Oxford Street.

M40 Oxfordshire - Two lanes closed and queuing traffic on M40 northbound between J6, B4009 (Watlington) and J7, A329 (Thame), because of a vehicle fire.

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

Man racially abused and attacked in Oxford

A police investigation has been launched after a man was racially abused and punched in Oxford.

He was walking on the footpath through Bury Knowle Park in Headington on Saturday evening when he was confronted by a man and a woman pushing a baby in a buggy.

The man punched the victim in the head three times, causing him to fall to the ground and breaking his nose. His cheekbone may also be fractured.

Police are looking for a white man, in his late-30s to mid-40s, about 5ft 9in tall, of stocky build, with very short hair.

The woman was white, about 5ft 3in tall, in her late-30s to mid-40s, of stocky build. She had a tattoo of a Chinese-style dragon on her calf.

In 1997, the then President received the Freedom of the City
In 1997 the then-president received the Freedom of the City.

Woman stabbed 'in random attack'

A woman was stabbed in Abingdon, Oxfordshire, this morning, in what police are calling a random, unprovoked attack.

At about 10:30 BST a woman in her 50s was walking her dog in woodland near Clifton Drive when a young man put his hand over her mouth and stabbed her in the stomach.

She is receiving treatment at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.

A scene-watch is in place around Clifton Drive, Kingston Close and The Motte while investigations are carried out.

The suspect is described as white, in his late teens, about 5ft 10in tall, and with a slim build.

Police say he was wearing black turn-up denim shorts, a light grey top, white and black trainers, and glasses.

Woodland at Clifton Drive in Abingdon

Oxfordshire field fires

There have been 160 field fires in Oxfordshire since the hot spell began.

Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service said 120 acres of barley was lost in a fire at a farm in Ewelme near Wallingford on Saturday 14 July.

Four fire crews needed to put out a fire in a field near Great Milton on Wednesday.

Field fire, Oxfordshire
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£10m of road measures get go-ahead from council

Local Democracy Reporting Service

A raft of major highways improvement schemes have been given the go-ahead, including work on a road labelled Oxfordshire's worst.

Oxfordshire County Council's cabinet has approved a plan to bring £10m worth of major resurfacing projects ahead by a year.

As part of that work, resurfacing will take place on Kennington Road during this financial year at a cost of £730,000. Oxford residents said it was the poorest kept road in the county in March.

Other improvements will include extensive £9.1m work on the Botley Road corridor - which will stretch from Oxford station to Cumnor

Other projects include five sites on the Oxford Ring Road.

Severe disruption: A415 Oxfordshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A415 Oxfordshire both ways severe disruption, from Moreton Lane to Appleton Road.

A415 Oxfordshire - A415 Kingston Road in Newbridge closed and slow traffic in both directions from the Moreton Lane junction to the Appleton Road junction, because of a broken down lorry.

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

Duncan Jones film based on Rogue Trooper announced

Rogue Trooper

The next film by Moon and Source Code director Duncan Jones is based on a comic character from the 2000 AD strip.

Rogue Trooper is a blue-skinned, mohawk-sporting, genetically-engineered soldier who debuted in print in 1981.

Chris Kingsley, co-founder of Oxford-based publisher Rebellion, said Jones had a "unique level of commitment and passion" for the character.

Jones, who also directed Warcraft and Mute, said he was "so excited" to bring the character to the big screen.

Oxford woman, 82, 'was minutes from losing £12K to scammers'

Appeal after sexual assault in Bloxham

A man walked towards a 13-year-old girl and wolf whistled at her before he touched her inappropriately, police have said.

The victim challenged the man about his behaviour and he ran away.

He was wearing a black rain coat with a hood over his face and black jeans.

The sexual assault took place in Goggs Lane, Bloxham, near Banbury at about 18:00 on 13 July.

Banksy-style art of animals in Covered Market

A series of Banksy-style art pieces have been installed in Oxford's Covered Market to raise awareness for endangered animals.

The five images – featuring a jaguar, a blue whale, a sun bear, an elephant, and a bee – aim to inspire a conversation about the impact of species extinction.

Oxford City Council last year announced plans to invest £1.6m into the market to make improvements to its roof, public conveniences and external paving.

The pieces were created by Devon Galpin Clarke and Diana Garcia and were first displayed in Paris in June.

Banksy-style art
The artwork is part of a wildlife conservation campaign known as, "What we Lose"

CCTv fotoage released followed thefts

CCTV images have been released of a man and woman a month after two thefts took place in Bicester.

Thames Valley Police says the pair may have "vital information" in relation to the thefts, in which two elderly women were targeted.

A 76-year-old woman had her purse and bank card stolen after speaking to a woman in Sainsbury's on 18 June.

Police added an 84-year-old woman had cash stolen from her bag when a pair of people "persistently" bumped into her and block her path in an aisle in Wilkinson's on 25 June.

Man and woman
The incidents took place in two supermarkets in June

Oxford swimming pool's queuing system 'is ridiculous'

Teddy bears' picnic is held for Witney care home residents
Children were invited to a care home in Oxfordshire for a special picnic and fun day.

Great Western Railway cancels Oxford and London hourly train

Commuters have been left "irate" and frustrated after Great Western Railway (GWR) cancelled the only train on its hourly service.

GWR train

GWR resumed a limited service of one train per hour between Oxford and London Paddington earlier, but the 07:40 BST train was cancelled.

Passengers sent tweets which included: "Are you even trying any more?"

"The train was cancelled due to stock displacement, following crew issues on Sunday," said a GWR spokesman.

Severe accident: A361 Oxfordshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A361 Oxfordshire both ways severe accident, between Cumberford and Bloxham Road.

A361 Oxfordshire - A361 South Newington Road in Bloxham closed and queuing traffic in both directions between the Cumberford junction and the Bloxham Road junction, because of an accident involving five vehicles.

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

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Severe disruption: A420 Oxfordshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A420 Oxfordshire both ways severe disruption, from B4508 to Buckland Road.

A420 Oxfordshire - A420 in Pusey closed in both directions from the B4508 junction to the Buckland Road junction, because of a vehicle fire.

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


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Severe accident: M40 Oxfordshire northbound

BBC News Travel

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

M40 Oxfordshire - Very slow traffic and one lane blocked on M40 northbound from J8 A40 to J9, A34 (Bicester), because of an accident involving two vehicles.

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

Severe disruption: M40 Oxfordshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M40 Oxfordshire northbound severe disruption, from J9 for A34 to J10 for A43 Brackley.

M40 Oxfordshire - One lane closed on M40 northbound from J9, A34 (Bicester) to J10, A43 (Brackley), because of a police incident. Traffic is coping well.

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

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'WW2 grenade' discovered in Wallingford

A bomb disposal team is in Wallingford, Oxfordshire, where there was a reported sighting of a World War Two grenade.

Thames Valley Police was alerted by a member of the public at 14:30 BST.

Officers have set up a cordon.

A spokesman said: "There is no danger to the wider public and the explosive ordnance disposal [team] are going to carry out a controlled explosion in due course."

'Significant disruption' expected on Great Western Railway services

Passengers travelling on Great Western Railway services on Sunday have been told to expect significant disruption.

The operator has blamed the combination of ongoing engineering work, the World Cup Final, the good weather, the start of the school holidays in some regions, and a reduced number of staff.

Long distance services, including those between Paddington and Bristol, South Wales, Oxford and Devon and Cornwall will be most affected.

GWR managing director Mark Hopwood said: "We will have managers and volunteers throughout our network to help at stations and on board, but unfortunately we will not be able to deliver our planned timetable of services; and the trains we are able to operate will be extremely busy.

"I would encourage customers to travel on a different day if they are able to and we will happily offer refunds to those who choose not to travel. We are very sorry for the inconvenience this disruption will cause."

Ticket restrictions have been removed from services on Saturday and Monday.

Woman killed in East Hanney crash was 'always bubbly'

A 70-year-old woman who died after a crash in Oxfordshire was a "wonderful, loving mother and grandmother", her family has said.

Pat Robinson

Pat Robinson, from Wantage, died in hospital the day after the collision, which involved the white Nissan Juke she was driving and a sliver Toyota Avensis, in Oxford Road, East Hanney, on 4 June.

A family statement, released by police, added: "She was always bubbly and loved nothing more than a good laugh and a joke.

"She was happiest at home with her dog and grandchildren; she loved gardening and taking holidays with her friends, which were always filled with laughter."

Police are appealing for witnesses.

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