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Summary

  1. Eight flats likely to be demolished after Osney explosion
  2. Oxford United out of FA Cup after 3-2 loss against Middlesborough

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All times stated are UK

That's all for today

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

Councillor brands homeless 'a disgrace'

John Tanner
BBC
John Tanner is the city council board member for a Clean and Green Oxford

City councillor John Tanner has been criticised and may be subject to an official complaint.

John Tanner

Councillor brands homeless 'a disgrace'

City councillor John Tanner has been criticised and may be subject to an official complaint.

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Two people have 'extremely lucky escape' after A34 pile-up

South Central Ambulance Service has shared this picture of a crash this morning, in which miraculously no one was killed.

The crash
SCAS

A spokesman said two people were "fortunately" travelling in the front of the car when it was involved in the accident on the A34 near the junction with the M40.  

In total seven vehicles were involved, a further three patients with minor injuries were taken to hospital and 12 patients with minor injuries were assessed and treated at the scene.

Oxford explosion: Post-mortem examination on remains 'inconclusive'

Oxford Mail

A post-mortem examination of the human remains found in the rubble of a collapsed block of flats in West Oxford has proved inconclusive. 

Travel update: Rail delays after signalling problem

What do you want to know about the A34?

BBC South would like to know what questions you have about the A34.

Known for long tailbacks, there have also been a number of high profile fatal crashes on the 62 mile route between Winchester to Bicester recently.

The A34
Google

We'll be putting some of your questions to a panel made up of representatives from interested parties and experts, who will also be debating the issues.

A selection of questions and answers will be published on the BBC News website and there'll also be a special programme broadcast on BBC Radio Solent, Radio Berkshire and Radio Oxford at 09:00 on Tuesday 28 February.

Oxford research centre working to fight cancer

The NIHR Oxford Biomedical Research Centre, a partnership between the University of Oxford and Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, has made this short film about its role in the fight against cancer.

Four in hospital after seven-vehicle crash on A34

Four people have been taken to hospital after a seven-vehicle crash involving a lorry on the A34. 

Police were called to the A34 near Weston-on-the-Green, Bicester, at 10:35. 

Thames Valley Police said the road was closed to allow emergency services to help the injured and clear debris. 

It has since been reopened. 

Oxon-based orchestra to move to Belgium post-Brexit

EUBO in concert
EUBO

An Oxfordshire-based orchestra will relocate to Belgium as a result of Brexit. 

The European Union Baroque Orchestra, based in Woodstock, will move to its new permanent home in Antwerp by 2018. 

The charitable organisation cancelled the majority of this year's concert schedule as a result, and will play its last concert for 2017 in London in May. 

The manager of the orchestra said the relocation of the group was "inevitable". 

British musicians will "lose out" manager Emma Wilkinson said.

"We're the EUBO and so when the Brexit referendum happened our move out of the UK to the EU was inevitable." 

The orchestra, co-founded by the EU, provides young musicians from across Europe the opportunity to get a year's experience of performing in a baroque orchestra.

Oxford explosion: Households still in temporary accommodation

David Lingeman, group director of property services at A2Dominion, said: "As of today, there are still 13 households staying in alternative accommodation.

"On Friday 17 February, three households were able to return to their homes and today three more households will be able to go back to Gibbs Crescent."

Rubble
BBC

 "We are continuing our work to confirm when displaced residents will be able to return their homes. We are also trying to arrange access to properties, which are safe to enter, to enable residents to collect their personal belongings.

"Three properties (flats 3, 5 and 7) were demolished by the explosion and due to the extent of the damage, it is likely that five properties (flats 1, 2, 4, 6 and 8) will have to be demolished.

"We are meeting with affected residents from these properties today to discuss long-term alternative accommodation."

Oxford explosion: Firefighters sifting through rubble

A dozen firefighters today remain at the scene of last week's explosion in Osney, West Oxford, sifting through rubble.

The rubble
BBC

Three flats in Gibbs Crescent collapsed following the blast on Tuesday in which resident Guido Schuette is believed to have died.

Incident Commander Julian Green said: "It is anticipated that we will remain at the scene today and then at some point later in the week we will hand the site over to A2Dominion who are responsible for the flats."

Severe disruption: M40 Oxfordshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M40 Oxfordshire northbound severe disruption, between J8A for A418 and J9 for A34.

M40 Oxfordshire - Lane blocked on M40 northbound between J8a, A418 (Oxford) and J9, A34 (Bicester), because of a broken down lorry. Traffic is coping well.

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

Two Oxon tourist spots among top 25 free attractions

Ashmolean Museum
Geograph

Two of Oxfordshire's top tourist spots have been named among the UK's top 25 attractions.

Oxford's Ashmolean Museum and the White Horse in Uffington ranked at number 21 and 23 in National Express's life. 

Manager Chris Hardy said: "There’s no end of incredible sights to soak up in Oxfordshire for free but little sparks the imagination more than a trip to the museum so it’s little surprise to see this world-class attraction topping the list."

Severe disruption: A34 Oxfordshire southbound

BBC News Travel

A34 Oxfordshire southbound severe disruption, between A44 Woodstock Road and Wytham Lane.

A34 Oxfordshire - Lane blocked and queuing traffic on A34 Western By Pass Road southbound in Oxford between Peartree Interchange and Wytham Turn Off, because of a broken down vehicle.

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

George Harrison's car to be sold at auction

George Harrison
Getty Images

A Porsche previously owned by Beatle George Harrison is expected to be sold at auction for £20,000. 

The 37-year-old Porsche 928, owned by the songwriter when he lived in Henley-on-Thames, was sold to Leeds man Raj Sedha. 

He bought the car in 2003 for spare parts, not realising the significance of the car's former owner. It will be sold at auction in Stockport on 17 March. 

Mr Sedha said his wife noticed it had been owned by George Harrison, to which he replied: "Who is he?" 

After finding out he was a former Beatle it was saved from being stripped down. 

Raj Sedha
PA

George Harrison's Porsche to be sold

George Harrison
Getty Images
A Porsche 928 owned by former Beatle and songwriter George Harrison is expected to be sold for £20,000 at auction

The 37-year-old car is expected to fetch up to £20,000 at an auction next month.

George Harrison

George Harrison's Porsche to be sold

A 37-year-old car, bought for parts by a man unaware of its Beatles link, is to be auctioned.

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BreakingCovered Market entrance cordoned after 'serious sexual assault'

Oxford Covered Market
Geograph

An entrance to Oxford's Covered Market has been cordoned off after a serious sexual assault. 

Thames Valley Police said a woman reported the assault at 04:00 today. 

No arrests have been made, and the area will remain cordoned off as officers carry out their investigation. 

Statement over Osney blast

Oxford Health has issued a statement following reports the man who died in last week's explosion in Osney had been making threats prior to the blast.

We have been working with fire, police and health service colleagues to deal with the incident at Gibbs Crescent and we will contribute fully to any investigation into how it came about. While we are unable to comment on individual cases, any matters related to mental health care will be thoroughly reviewed and those findings shared with the relevant investigating authorities.

Michael Appleton

Oxford United boss Michael Appleton calls on his players to "quickly move on" from their FA Cup defeat by Middlesbrough.

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Covered Market entrance blocked off by police

Police have cordoned off one of the High Street entrances to Oxford's Covered Market. 

Only part of the market has been cordoned off by police as a result of the incident, which is ongoing.

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Man admits knifepoint rape in Harcourt Hill

Police search Harcourt Hill
BBC

A man has admitted raping a woman at knifepoint near a university campus in Oxford.

The victim was attacked as she walked in Harcourt Hill, opposite the Oxford Brookes campus, on 10 January.

She was approached from behind and taken to Raleigh Park, where she was assaulted, Thames Valley Police said.

Mark Pearton, 44, of Cavendish Place, Eastbourne, pleaded guilty at Oxford Crown Court to rape, assault and possession of a knife in public.

He will be sentenced on 6 April.

Oxford United out of FA Cup after 3-2 battle with Boro

Oxford United are out of the FA Cup; they were 2-0 down at Premier League Middlesbrough at half-time, but fought back to level the fifth round tie at 2-2. 

Boro sub Cristhian Stuani won the tie with two minutes to go to break United hearts. 

The U's captain John Lundstram paid tribute to his team mates - and more than 3,000 travelling fans. 

Travel latest: County returns from half term

Danny Cox

Presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

Good morning, it's back to school for most today and with it traffic flows will be a little heavier than usual. Here's the latest from the Oxfordshire travel control centre:

  • On the M40 southbound delays are easing past a four-car collision near the cut at Lewknor between junction 6 and junction 5. Emergency services and vehicles are all on the hard shoulder. 

Flats 'may be demolished' after blast

Sue Paz

BBC South

Several homes are likely to be demolished following an explosion in Oxford, which may have killed a man. 

Three flats in Gibbs Crescent collapsed following the blast on Tuesday. 

Housing provider A2Dominion said five more homes may have to be demolished "due to the extent of the damage". 

Guido Schuette is believed to have died in the explosion. 

The 48-year-old has been missing since the blast and human remains have since been found at the site

Today's weather: Mild but grey

Hello it's a very mild day today, but also rather grey. 

There's the possibility of some drizzle but hopefully not too much of that, there will also be highs of 14C

BBC South weather: 20 February 2017

Let's do that Monday thing

Alex Regan

BBC South

Thanks to the inextricable march of time Monday is upon us. 

We'll be here with the latest news, sport, travel and weather throughout the day. 

Blenheim Palace
Karen Butley

Don't forget to send us your springtime snaps for this week's Oxfordshire's Big Picture. 

Here's a lovely photo from Blenheim Palace by Karen Buttery in Stonesfield. 

You can send us your pictures by email