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Summary

  1. Man admits causing A34 crash which killed 24-year-old
  2. Yellow alert for freezing fog
  3. Man sought after Cropedy crash
  4. Oxford among highest for air pollution

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Rhodes Must Fall activist wins Rhodes scholarship

A South African activist who campaigned to remove a statue of Cecil Rhodes has been given a place at Oxford - as a Rhodes scholar

Joshua Nott, 23, has been branded a hypocrite on social media for accepting the £40,000 ($49,925) scholarship.

Mr Nott was a key figure in the Rhodes Must Fall movement while at the University of Cape Town. 

The campaigners called the British mining magnate a backward-looking symbol of racist colonialism.

Rhodes statue
Reuters

Weather: 'Freezing fog patches'

BBC Weather

A cold night across Oxfordshire with a frost and freezing fog patches quickly returning for most areas. 

The fog again locally dense in places, with icy patches likely on untreated surfaces. 

Minimum Temperature: -1C (30F)

Travel update: Slow in East Hanney

BBC Travel

There's slow traffic on the A338 in both directions in East Hanney around the Steventon Road junction in the roadworks area.

Day care centre cuts approved

Bethan Phillips

Political reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

Plans to stop funding all but eight of the county council's day care centres have been approved.

Currently the authority runs 22 centres for older people and those with learning disabilities. The change will help save more than £3m.

Ted Cooper, 84, who uses the Elm Centre in Witney, says he is concerned about the changes, and claims that no one from the council visited the centre to explain it to people.

More than 1,000 people took part in the consultation about the changes.

The council says it's confident the new services will provide "tailored support" to meet people's needs.

Lewis Stratford

A driver who killed a man after crashing through the central reservation of a dual carriageway while using a mobile phone pleads guilty to causing death by dangerous driving.

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Improvement works carried out in Barton

Oxford City Council has carried out improvement works on flats and car parks in Barton as part of a £3.9m regeneration programme.

The works centred on flats in Stowford Road and Bayswater Road and three car parks on Stowford Road.

The authority has also installed floodlights in the games area behind the Barton Neighbourhood Centre.

Its part of its Investing in Barton programme (artist's impression of Stowford Road flats below) which runs until 2019.

Stowford flats regeneration
Oxford City Council

Mike Rowley, board member for housing and a Barton councillor, said: "[The regeneration] will go a long way in helping to integrate the existing community with the new Barton development, where 885 homes are scheduled to be built."

Campaigner’s plea for legal action over care home approval fails

Henley Standard

A campaigner claims that Henley Town Council hasn’t done enough to prevent the town’s former LA Fitness gym from being turned into a care home.   

Jasmine Gregory

A woman who was sentenced to three years for allowing her baby to drown in a bath has her sentenced increased.

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Train delays between Didcot Parkway and Swindon

Signalling problems between Didcot Parkway and Swindon are causing delays of up to 20 minutes.

Normal service is expected to resume by 17:00.

Travel update: Delays in Thame

BBC Travel

There are delays on the A418 in both directions in Thame between the A329 junction and the Weston Lane junction in the roadworks area.

Baby bath death mother's jail sentence increased

A woman jailed for three years after her daughter died when left alone in the bath has had her sentence extended by 18 months.

Jasmine Gregory, of Ulfgar Road, Oxford, was found guilty of manslaughter in November. 

Jasmine Gregory
BBC

After drinking cider at her home in Kents Row, Grove, near Wantage, she had forgotten 14-month-old Robyn Andrews-English was in the adult-sized bath.

Earlier three judges at the Court of Appeal agreed with the Attorney General that the three-year sentence was unduly lenient. 

Brexit ruling means MPs can 'follow their conscience'

A Supreme Court ruling that Parliament must vote on whether the government can start the Brexit process has been welcomed by Catherine Bearder, MEP for the South East.

The judgement means Theresa May cannot begin talks with the EU until MPs and peers give their backing - although this is expected to happen in time for the government's 31 March deadline.  

Catherine Bearder
Lib Dems

Liberal Democrat MEP Mrs Bearder said: "This ruling has put a stop to Theresa May’s attempts to deliver Brexit through the back door.

"Now MPs have the opportunity to follow their conscience and stand up against this government’s destructive hard Brexit.

"However, democracy must not only be the preserve of politicians. The people must be given control over the destination of this country and have the very final say on any deal negotiated with the European Union."

Travel update: Queues on Cowley Road

BBC Travel

There's queuing traffic on the B480 Cowley Road in both directions in Oxford at the James Street junction in the roadworks area. 

The congestion is to the Circus Street junction and to the Leopold Street junction.

BreakingMan admits causing death by dangerous driving on A34

A man from Oxford has pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving after he drove into another car on the A34 last June.

Gavin Roberts
Meg Williamson

Lewis Stratford admitted at Reading Crown Court that he was distracted by using his mobile phone when he crashed through the central reservation, killing 28-year old Gavin Roberts from Swindon.

Gavin Roberts, 28, died of a brain injury on 15 June, four days after the collision on the A34 near the Compton junction in Oxfordshire.  

Man who left accident scene sought

Thames Valley Police is appealing for information about a person who may have been injured in the collision in Cropredy this morning.

After a two-vehicle crash in Oxhey Hill shortly after 8:00 a man in a high visibility jacket is believed to have left the scene of the collision.

Sgt Mark Scully said: "I would like to trace the person who left one of the vehicles as soon as possible as he may have serious injuries which require medical attention.

"I would particularly appeal to anyone in the area of Cropredy and near the A423 to contact police if you see anyone matching the description of the man."

A suspect

A crackdown on organised crime sees 22 people arrested in raids across London and Oxfordshire.

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Car lands on side in hedgerow in fog

A man has been pulled free from a car that ended up on its side in a hedgerow in Cropredy.

The car ended up in the precarious position after a collision with another vehicle at about 8:15 on Cropredy Lawn Road.     

Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service had to stabilise the beleaguered vehicle using specialist support struts to prevent it from moving, and used battery-powered rescue equipment to get the casualty out. 

A spokesman said: "The casualty’s health and injuries were constantly assessed by the paramedics, and working in close liaison with the firefighters, they were extricated within minutes of arrival, and taken to hospital by air ambulance with serious injuries."

Cropredy crash
Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service

Incident commander Steve Anderson, from Banbury Fire Station, said: "The two vehicles were badly damaged as a result of the impact and the position and stability of one of the vehicles created a highly challenging incident. 

"The crews worked extremely hard to gain access to the casualty and successfully affect this rescue. 

"This collision occurred on a rural road, in frosty and foggy conditions, the cause is not known at this time, but is being investigated by Thames Valley Police."

Mistakes found in Oxford University Press textbook

An exam revision workbook published by Oxford University Press was found to have mistakes in it by a team from Cardiff University's School of Mathematics.

Exam generic
PA

The AQA GCSE Maths Higher Exam Practice Book was found to have three errors in 174 questions.  

Oxford University Press both said all errors were looked into and corrected in the next reprint.

London and Oxfordshire organised crime drug raids arrest 22

Police have arrested 22 people on suspicion of being part of an organised crime gang selling heroin and crack cocaine.

An arrest
TVP

A total of 180 officers raided 24 addresses in London, Oxford and Abingdon at 07:00. 

They were part of Operation Stronghold, which has been launched to fight "serious and organised crime". 

Extra patrols are now happening in the three areas to reassure residents.  

Oxford United chairman Darryl Eales

Oxford United chairman Darryl Eales would welcome additional investment to aid the club's push for the Championship.

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Travel update: Queues on A420 westbound

BBC Travel

There's queuing traffic on the A420 westbound between the B4508 junction in Watchfield and the White Hart Roundabout in Swindon.

Tune in to Oxford United v Bradford tonight

BBC Radio Oxford

Join us tonight from 19:00 for live coverage of Oxford United v Bradford in the EFL Trophy on 95.2FM and Digital.

A flyer
BBC

'Oxfordshire schools could close' under new funding system

Nearly half the schools in Oxfordshire will lose money under a new funding formula that has been described as "horrendous" for the county.

Badgemore Primary School in Henley-on-Thames
Google
Badgemore Primary School in Henley-on-Thames will lose around £11,000 over two years

The government is introducing a new settlement for schools from 2018-19, which it says will resolve "unfair" and "inconsistent" funding levels. 

Overall spending will increase by 0.8%, with 130 schools losing out and 133 receiving more money. 

County Lib Dem education spokesman John Howson said schools could close.  

Flights cancelled at Heathrow for second day amid fog

About 100 flights have been cancelled at London's Heathrow Airport for a second day because of fog.

A plane
PA

The Met Office has issued a yellow "be aware" fog weather warning for most of southern England.

A Heathrow spokesman said "persistent freezing fog" had reduced visibility at the airport and warned passengers to check their flight status.

Severe disruption: A34 Oxfordshire southbound

BBC Travel

A34 Oxfordshire southbound severe disruption, between Wytham Lane and A423 Southern By-Pass Road.

A34 Oxfordshire - Delays on A34 Western By-Pass Road southbound between Wytham Turn Off in Wytham and Hinksey Hill Interchange in South Hinksey, because of an earlier broken down vehicle. All lanes have been re-opened.

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Oxford among highest for air pollution in South East

Air pollution levels have reached "very high" or "high" in eight regions across the UK, the government has said.

For the south-east region, Chatham in Kent recorded the highest levels, followed by Oxford and Storrington in West Sussex, but Brighton and Canterbury remained low.

Air pollution
Graham D

Tuesday's weather with Holly Green

South Today

Travel update: Heavy traffic in Oxford city centre

BBC Travel

In Oxford city centre it's busy inbound on Abingdon Road, Banbury Road, Marsh Lane and the A420.

On the A40 eastbound it's very heavy from Witney to Barnard Gate turning and from Eynsham to Casington there are delays of about 20 minutes.

Sage advice from Isabel at the Met Office

Can you tell where in Oxford this is?

If so your local knowledge is better than mine. Answers on a postcard...

Some fog
@domsdads

Well this freezing fog alert should surprise no one...

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