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Live Reporting

By Alex Regan and Anna Browning

All times stated are UK

  1. That's all for today

    Joe Nimmo

    BBC South

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

  2. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M40 Oxfordshire northbound

    BBC Travel

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

    M40 Oxfordshire - Queuing traffic for one mile on M40 northbound between J9, A34 (Bicester) and J10, A43 (Brackley), because of an accident.

    Check local traffic and travel reports for:

  3. Boy and girl victims of racially aggravated assault

    A boy and girl, both 16, were victims of a racially aggravated assault in Oxford on Thursday.

    They were walking along the High Street near to Hardy’s Sweet Shop at about 17:45 and approached by a woman who started throwing chips at them.

    They went into the shop to avoid her but she followed them inside and punched one of them several times in the face and head. She also made racist comments to them.

    The offender is described as white, with a skinny build, shoulder length curly dark hair, and in her late 20s. She was wearing a dark coloured vest top with dark bottoms, had a large tattoo on her upper right arm, and Asian symbols on her upper back. She was holding a number of shopping bags.

    High Street

    Investigating officer PC Robb Prout called it a "very upsetting and concerning incident for the victims".

    He added: "This incident took place at a busy time of the day, and there would have been a number of people inside the shop at the time who may have vital information regarding this incident.

    "The offender may also have spoken to people at the bus shelter nearby, prior to the incident taking place."

  4. Is a pharaoh an LGBT icon?

    Video content

    Video caption: Egyptian pharaoh is gay icon

    How was Pharaoh Akhenaten an LGBT icon? 

    All this week BBC Oxford's Phil Mercer is exploring this and more at Oxford's museums, as part of their LGBT History Month series. 

  5. Travel update: Oxford city centre busy

    Al Ryan

    BBC Oxford travel presenter

    In Oxford city centre London Road is very busy in both directions from Headley Way to the Headington roundabout.

    There are delays of 10 minutes from the Marston Flyover to the Cutteslowe traffic lights on the A40 Northern Bypass. 

  6. Plan for 300 homes in Woodstock given green light

    Plans to build 300 homes on fields owned by Blenheim Palace have been approved, despite local opposition.


    Developer Pye Homes was granted planning permission by West Oxfordshire District Council for land north of Woodstock's Bladon roundabout.

    Originally it wanted to build 1,200 homes, but was forced to scale back after criticism.

    Woodstock town councillor Sharone Parnes said there was still "a lot of concern" about the development.  

  7. BreakingMan and woman decontaminated after handling toxic seeds

    Amanda Dellor

    BBC Radio Oxford

    A road in Oxford has been closed off after a man became unwell while handling toxic sub-tropical seeds.

    South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS) said the man started feeling dizzy after handling Abrus Precatorius seeds, commonly known as crab's eye. It happened at the former Osney Power Station building on Arthur Street.

    SCAS was called at 12:04 and sent a rapid response and ambulance, and also got in touch with Public Health England (PHE). 

    He was decontaminated at the scene by taking a shower and taken to hospital. A female colleague of the man was also decontaminated as a precaution.

    The poison wasn't airborne so PHE said it was no risk to the public.

  8. Watching those new knees in action

    Karl Feichtinger and Raul Pallares have been giving us demonstrations of Jacob and Jennifer Boender's range of artificial knee joints.

    The business is based at Culham Science Centre, which Jennifer says is a "very special place to be part of and to carry out meaningful work".

    Video content

    Video caption: Demonstrations of new artificial knees
  9. Appeal after boy run over at pedestrian crossing

    Police are appealing for witnesses after a nine-year-old boy was knocked over by a car on a pedestrian crossing in Oxford yesterday.

    The crossing

    The accident happened on Botley Road, near the junction with Henry Road, just before 11:55 and involved a black Peugeot 207.

    The child sustained serious injuries and is currently stable in hospital. The driver of the Peugeot, a 95-year-old man, was not injured. 

  10. Who's the oldest?

    At 80, retired engineer John Hunt, from Harwell, thought he might be our oldest paperboy. But then along came Thame's Alan Gillard...  

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  11. Didcot Railway Centre opens new cinema exhibition

    The Danish Girl
    Image caption: Scenes from The Danish Girl were filmed at Didcot Railway Centre

    Didcot Railway Centre - which has featured in more than 100 films and documentaries - has opened a new exhibition cataloging the museum's cinematic history. 

    The exhibition looks at 10 period films that use the famous locomotive museum. 

    Spokeswoman  Ann Middleton said: "Film tourism is an exciting new development for us. 

    "We are delighted to show how Didcot Railway Centre has featured in film and television over the years."

  12. Headliners for this year's Truck Festival announced

    Alex Regan

    BBC South

    Pete Doherty

    If, like me, you were a disaffected youth in the early 2000s, you'll be excited by Truck Festival's headliner announcement. 

    The Libertines, Franz Ferdinand, Maximo Park and The Wombats will be playing this year's independent music festival at Marston Hill Farm. 

    The festival, now in its 20th year, takes place in July and organiser Matt Harrap said: "The bill is literally packed with some of the best talent from around the globe and our headliners are bona fide legends."

  13. Oxfordshire couple design hydraulic prosthetic knee

    VGK go

    A prosthetic knee which uses hydraulics is being shipped worldwide by a couple in Oxfordshire. 

    Prosthetics expert Jacob Boender, and his wife Jennifer, decided to develop the knee after seeing the exepense of rival electronic knees. 

    Amputee David Champion, who uses the leg, said: "It's a lot of hard work, very hard work, but it means being able to walk again. 

    "Up to that point I was in a wheelchair, like most amputees are, and I just wanted to be able to walk again." 

  14. Vaping is healthier alternative to smoking


    A new study has shown people who vape have far fewer cancer-causing toxins in their blood stream than smoking. 

    The study is the first to look at the effects of vaping long-term, and contradicts previous studies that say the new fad is as harmful as smoking. 

    Oxford University researcher Jamie Hartmann-Boyce said: "Cigarettes are uniquely deadly and smokers who switch to electronic cigarettes or long-term use of nictone replacement therapy should remember that the harm from cigarettes comes from the tar, and not the nicotine."

  15. Travel latest: Issues along the A34

    Al Ryan

    BBC Oxford travel presenter

    Hello and here's the latest from the Oxfordshire Travel Control Centre: 

    • On the A34 southbound there are delays due to an earlier broken down vehicle around junction 9 M40. 
    • On the A40 eastbound traffic is running very slow from Witney East to Cassington. Travel time is a bit of 25 minutes.
    • On the A43 southbound there's reports of a broken down lorry at junction 10 M40
  16. Today's weather: Grey start with rain later

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    Video caption: Tuesday's weather forecast

    It's a rather grey start with some cloud and mist, but there is the chance of some sunny spells. 

    We will see a fair amount of showers in some areas today with highs of 7C. 

  17. Today's special is Oxon soul stew

    Alex Regan

    BBC South

    Good moaning and welcome to Oxfordshire's funk and soul kitchen and today's special is Oxon soul stew. 

    If you were wondering what the recipe is, we get a half tea cup of news and add a pound of fatback weather.

    Then we grab four tablespoons of boiling travel and a little pinch of sport.

    Merton Lake

    Thanks to Jeremy Nash for sending our cover photo today, taken at Merton Lake in Bicester. Don't forget to share your snaps with us by email