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  1. John Radcliffe Hospital cancels all non-urgent appointments because of "significant pressures" on emergency department
  2. Man arrested by police investigating Harcourt Hill rape
  3. Director whose company sold so-called legal highs pleads guilty to selling dangerous products

Live Reporting

By Anna Browning, Alex Regan and Joe Nimmo

All times stated are UK

That's all for today

Joe Nimmo

BBC South

Thanks for reading today. We'll be back from 08:00 on Monday with more news, sport, weather and travel from around Oxfordshire.

Tonight's weather: 'Bitterly cold'

BBC Weather

It'll be mostly dry with clear skies across Oxfordshire tonight, with perhaps the odd isolated wintry shower towards the east coast. 

It will be a bitterly cold night, with a widespread frost and some icy patches on untreated surfaces.

Minimum temperature -2C (28F).

Naming-breach accused 'suffered enough'

A Polish woman accused of breaching a judge's order after naming her daughter in an interview in her native language will not be jailed. 

The woman, who lives near Oxford, was found to be in contempt of court after speaking to a Polish journalist about her circumstances. 

Lady Justice

But Judge Simon Oliver, at a family court hearing in Reading, said she had suffered enough. 

He also issued a global ban on naming the woman to protect her daughter.  

'New lease of life' play area for Abingdon

Work on a new £320,000 play area in Abingdon starts on Monday.

Not content with just slides, trampoline, roundabouts and the rest, a Vale of White Horse District Council spokesman said it would include a "Grand Abbey climbing area and a river scene featuring a boat to climb on and a mini representative Abingdon Lock to walk along".

It's hoped it will be finished by early Summer. The existing play equipment will be closed during the works.

Charlotte Dickson, cabinet member for leisure, said it would give the "much loved area a new lease of life".

Movie reviews on the David Prever show

Martin Eastaugh

BBC Radio Oxford producer

David Prever was joined in the studio by James Luxford from the Radio Times for another film review. 

As awards' season gets into full swing, James believes the quality of film releases is getting much better. 

This week it's La La Land - the big winner at the Golden Globes.  It's a musical starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone as a musician and actress trying to make their way in Los Angeles.  

Manchester By The Sea is another award winner.  This time a drama about grief and trauma, starring Casey Affleck.  

And Casey's brother Ben stars in the third review: Live By Night - a 1920's gangster film starring Ben Affleck.

Oxford comic The Phoenix celebrates five years

Oxford University college squatter legal action adjourned

Legal action to remove squatters who turned an Oxford University college building into a homeless shelter has been adjourned for seven days.

The building

Campaigners have taken over a former car showroom in Iffley Road, Oxford, which is owned by Wadham College. 

The Midcounties Cooperative holds the lease for the ground floor of the property and applied to Oxford County Court for a repossession order. 

But it has now asked for seven days to try to reach an agreement.   

Snow-covered Chilterns from the air

The Benson-based police helicopter has taken some beautiful aerial shots of the snow that has blanketed the Chilterns.

View more on twitter

Travel update: Slow on A40 Northern By-Pass westbound

BBC Travel

There's slow traffic on the A40 Northern By-Pass Road westbound in Oxford between Marston and the Cutteslowe Roundabout.

'We're looking for players of all ages and abilities'


Gary Lineker invites you to take part in the 2017 FA People's Cup

Have you ever dreamt of walking out onto the pitch at Wembley or lifting a cup in front of 90,000 fans?

The 2017 FA People's Cup - the UK's biggest free five-a-side football competition - is offering the chance to do just that.

Find out about the 16 different categories and dates of the competition here - then find out where your nearest venue is and how to sign up here.

A call to arms to save Banbury’s Grand Theatre

Banbury Guardian

A rallying call has gone out to the residents of Banbury in what could be a last ditch effort to save The Grand Theatre.

Weather outlook: Sunny spells

Bee Tucker

BBC Weather

Don't forget to send your pictures to BBC Oxford

Every week we ask people to send us their pictures from across the county to be featured in our competition Oxfordshire’s Big Picture. 

Swans in Cholsey
Richard Taylor

This week Richard Taylor sent us a very moody shot of swans on the Thames in Ferry Lane, Cholsey. 

Send us yours at

BreakingJohn Radcliffe Hospital cancels non-urgent operations

The John Radcliffe Hospital has cancelled all non-urgent operations because of "significant pressures" on its emergency department.

The cancellations affect admissions for Friday and Monday. 

JR Hospital
Bill Nicholls

Oxford University Hospital's chief nurse Catherine Stoddart said it was so "patients with the most urgent needs can be treated more quickly". 

Patients have been notified of the decision, and urgent admissions are going ahead as planned.

Police comb woodland near A34 after knifepoint rape

Police are combing the A34 after a knifepoint rape Harcourt Hill in Oxford on Tuesday evening. 

A 44-year-old man was arrested in Eastbourne on Friday morning. 

Police cars near scene of Botley rape

A 44-year-old man is arrested in Eastbourne in connection with a knifepoint rape in Oxford.

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The products

A director whose company sold so-called legal highs pleads guilty to selling dangerous products.

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BreakingMan arrested in rape investigation

Alex Regan

BBC South

A man has been arrested in connection with a knifepoint rape in Oxford. 

Harcourt Hill

The man, who is 44 years old, was arrested in Eastbourne in Sussex. 

The attack occurred on Tuesday between 19:45 and 20:10, where a woman was walking in Harcourt Hill, near the Oxford Brookes Campus.

She was approached from behind with a knife, taken to Raleigh Park and raped. 

On Friday Thames Valley Police were seen combing woodland near the A34 near Botley. 

No snow but there are snowdrops

Oxford might not have seen much snow but Becca Collacott found the perfect alternative in Headington, snowdrops. 

Becca Collacott

Send us your snaps at

Bus service woe

New crossing

Work is to begin shortly on a new pedestrian crossing to help people safely over a busy road in Witney.

Contractors working for Oxfordshire County Council will begin constructing a new zebra crossing on bridge Street on 23 January.

It's expected to take three weeks, depending on the weather, and will also include some road resurfacing.

The project involves widening and elongating the central pedestrian refuge, installing dropped kerbs, and tactile paving. There will also be four Belisha Beacons, one of which will be on a replacement lamp column


Marvellous moon

Anyone looking upwards searching for snow last night can't have failed to spot a very splendid moon.

So a big thanks to reader Anthony Morris who captured it on camera in stunning detail.

Taken at Farmoor.

Anthony Morris
Anthony Morris: 'No snow this evening at Farmoor, Oxfordshire, but we do have a big bright moon.'

Flood alerts

With heavy rain forecast for this evening and overnight, the Environment Agency has issued 10 flood alerts, meaning "be prepared", for Oxfordshire.

They include Ginge Brook, between Milton and Sutton Courtenay; the River Cole; the Lower River Lodden and the River Thame at Twyford.


  • Crowmarsh Giffrod residents' frustration as South Oxfordshire District Council building remains derelict two years after fire
  • New £8million technology campus officially opens in Blackbird Leys later
  • Man from Oxfordshire found with knives in central London detained in hospital. John Bolton, 48, from Banbury, was found with three lock knives at Hyde Park Corner in June

Today's weather: Yellow ice warning for region

Travel headlines

Traffic running well after all main routes gritted three times in 12 hours.


  • A420 slow between Faringdon and Littleworth, delays of 8-10 mins
  • South West Trains warning rail passengers some platforms may be slippery
  • M4 reopened between juncs 15 and 17 after snow cleared


While many of us in Oxfordshire failed to see snow settle overnight, there is some to be had.

Here's pictures of Nuffield, south of the county, from the BBC's own Amanda Dellor.

How about your way? Send us your pictures....   

Snow in Nuffield
Snow in Nuffield


It may be Friday the 13th, but you are still in luck - because we're here until 18:00 bringing you all the headlines, travel and sport. 

Was the snow a no show or are you buried under sleet? Let us know via Twitter.

And it's Oxfordshire's Big Picture Day. If you have a snap in with a shot of being included in this week's gallery send them to us by email asap.