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Summary

  1. £410m contract for Brize Norton
  2. Prof Stephen Hawking to begin new lecture series
  3. Sunny but cold with a high of just 3°C
  4. Latest on Michael Appleton's Oxford Utd future

Live Reporting

By Alex Regan

All times stated are UK

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    Severe accident: A419 Gloucestershire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    A419 Gloucestershire southbound severe accident, from Cirencester Road to B4696 Cirencester Road.

    A419 Gloucestershire - A419 in Harnhill partially blocked and very slow traffic southbound from the Cirencester Road junction to the B4696 Cirencester Road junction, because of an accident.

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

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    Severe accident: M40 Oxfordshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M40 Oxfordshire southbound severe accident, at J7 for A329 Oxford Street.

    M40 Oxfordshire - M40 lane closed on entry slip road from one southbound at J7, A329 (Thame), because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

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

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    Severe accident: A40 Oxfordshire westbound

    BBC News Travel

    A40 Oxfordshire westbound severe accident, from White Hill to B4020 Shilton Road.

    A40 Oxfordshire - A40 in Widford blocked and very slow traffic westbound from the White Hill junction to the B4020 Shilton Road junction, because of an accident.

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

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    Severe disruption: A34 Oxfordshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    A34 Oxfordshire southbound severe disruption, from A4130 to A4185.

    A34 Oxfordshire - A34 closed and very slow traffic southbound from Milton Interchange in Milton Hill to Chilton Interchange in Chilton, because of a vehicle fire.

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

  5. Roads in Oxford city centre 'should be made one-way'

    Wider pavements and separate cycle paths should be made on Oxford's roads, according to an independent report.

    High Street, Oxford

    A strategy issued by the council has recommended High Street and St Aldate's should be made one-way for cars, to make way for cyclists and pedestrians.

    The report also suggests streets such as Broad Street, Holywell Street and Cornmarket have the potential to be used by buses.

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    Severe accident: M40 Oxfordshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M40 Oxfordshire southbound severe accident, from J9 for A34 to J8A for A418.

    M40 Oxfordshire - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M40 southbound from J9, A34 (Bicester) to J8a, A418 (Oxford), because of an accident.

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

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    Severe disruption: A4095 Oxfordshire both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A4095 Oxfordshire both ways severe disruption, from Well Lane to Station Road.

    A4095 Oxfordshire - A4095 in Curbridge blocked in both directions from the Well Lane junction to the Station Road junction, because of fallen power cables.

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

  8. J.R.R. Tolkien fans gear up for Oxonmoot

    Tolkien fans from around the world will meet in Oxford this weekend to celebrate the life and works of J.R.R. Tolkien.

    Oxonmoot has been held annually since 1974 by The Tolkien Society.

    More than 300 Tolkien fans, scholars and students from 25 countries will meet at St Antony's College for a weekend of quizzes, workshops, and a Hobbit bake-off.

    Oxonmoot always takes place in September "to coincide with the birthdays of Bilbo and Frodo," said Shaun Gunner, Chair of The Tolkien Society.

    J.R.R. Tolkien
  9. Oxford author on Booker prize shortlist

    The Oxford author, Daisy Johnson, has been shortlisted for the Man Booker prize.

    Everything Under is the 27-year-old's debut - she is the youngest author ever to make the shortlist, beating 2013 winner Eleanor Catton to the record.

    Judges said the book was a "hypnotic, mythic, unexpected story which is like the waterways at its heart - you have to take the trip to understand what's underneath".

    The winner will be announced on 16 October.

    Daisy Johnson
  10. Man robbed in Oxford cemetery

    Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was threatened with a knife in an Oxford cemetery.

    The man was walking through Rose Hill cemetery on 8 September at around 18:40 BST when he was approached by five boys on bicycles.

    The group - all around 17-years-old - threatened the victim with a knife and took his wallet.

    Rose Hill cemetery
  11. Your pictures: Surfers and stormy skies

    BBC Weather Watchers

    Many thanks to BBC Weather Watchers "Ouiseau", "Smudger" and "Robin Red Breast" for their pictures of surfers catching the waves at Totland on the Isle of Wight, freshly harvested farmland in Wantage, Oxfordshire, and ominous skies over Studland in Dorset.

    Surfers at Totland
    Harvested fields in Wantage
    Studland

    Send us your snaps of the south region via our Berkshire, Dorset, Hampshire and Oxford Facebook pages, or on Twitter: @BBCBerkshire, @BBCDorset, @BBC_Hampshire and @BBCOxford.

  12. Family pay tribute to 'real gentleman' after fatal crash

    The family of a motorcyclist who died in a collision with a van in Warwickshire on Saturday have described 42-year-old Simon Welsh as a "real gentleman who would stop and give his last pound to anybody in need".

    Paramedics were called to the B4100 Banbury Road, close to the Falcon pub on at 11:50, but could do nothing to save him.

    Simon Welsh

    The family statement went on to say: "Simon was always out and about with his sidekick Polly the Jack Russell. With a passion for motorbikes, he passed away doing what he loved."