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  1. Man beaten and stabbed by gang near children's playground
  2. Woman arrested over murder of boy, 5, held under mental health act
  3. Railway trespasses at 'all-time high'
  4. £21m funding for nuclear fusion research

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Alex Regan

BBC South

Thanks for joining us, our Local Live stream won't run over Easter but we will be back on Tuesday at 08:00 with the county's latest news, sports, weather and travel. 

Fairies fight back after homes destroyed

Fairies in an Oxfordshire wood have started fighting back after evil-doers vandalised their homes. 

Doors to fairy homes began popping up near Kidlington last year - but then they were destroyed. 

They have since begun appearing again, this time with warning signs.

Kidlington fairies fight back after homes destroyed

Police appeal for missing man

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Police have launched an appeal to trace an Oxfordshire man, with links to north Wales. 

Colin Read has a Welsh accent, is between 5ft 7ins and 5ft 10ins tall, has short grey hair, a goatee and chinstrap sideburns. 

He has links to South Wrexham.

Oxford United chairman to buy away fans a pint

Darryl Eales
Getty Images

Oxford United fans travelling to tomorrow's game in Bradford will be bought a pint by the club's chairman. 

Darryl Eales said the drinks were to thank away fans for their support. 

He said: "The fans have been amazing, home and away, in this, our first season back in League One  and I just wanted to offer them a small token of my appreciation."

The drinks will be served to away fans at the Bradford Arms between midday and 14:00. 

Horse accidents: Your comments on Facebook

There's been a dramatic rise in incidents involving horses and vehicles on the UK's roads, the British Horse Society says. You shared a range of views on the BBC Oxford Facebook page.

Simon Hall said: "I always take care passing horses, but I cannot help but think that they should be in fields or bridleways and not on busy roads."

Emma Turner replied: "Thank you for taking care when passing horses but believe me we would rather be in fields or on bridleways but this is not always an option and we have to negotiate roads to get to them."

Ray Taylor said: "In Somerset they have the opposite problem - drivers are so used to overtaking horses, they treat cyclists the same way... and overtake ridiculously slowly on blind bends in summer."

Lesley Jeal said she had an accident involving a horse that wasn't her fault and added: "I'm afraid I feel that they should pay road tax & be insured as the majority of vehicles are that use any roads, be they in town or in the countryside!"

Severe disruption: A34 Oxfordshire northbound

BBC News Travel

A34 Oxfordshire northbound severe disruption, at A423 Southern By-Pass Road affecting A4183 Oxford Road.

A34 Oxfordshire - One lane blocked on A34 northbound at Hinksey Hill Interchange, because of a broken down vehicle. Congestion to Abingdon North.

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

A birds-eye view of Oxford's flood alleviation scheme

Oxford City Council has tweeted this birds-eye view behind the hoardings at Northway and Marston flood alleviation scheme this week.  

A birds-eye view of Oxford's flood alleviation scheme
Oxford City Council

Temporary closure order granted in Wheatley

Alex Regan

BBC South

Windows Court

A closure order has been granted after reports of criminal behaviour and disorder at 9 Windows Court, Wheatley. 

Thames Valley Police were granted the closure order - which prevents all-bar three people from entering the property - on 27 March. 

The order will last for three months and only the resident, a friend and professional dog walkers are permitted in the property.  

If you have a great image of Oxfordshire send it to us by email to, or post it on Twitter @bbcoxford or BBC Oxford on Facebook.

Man stabbed by gang near children's playground

Alex Regan

BBC South

A man in his 20s has been taken to hospital after being stabbed by a gang of four men near a children's playground. 

The victim was attacked in Gillians Park in Blackbird Leys at 20:48 yesterday. 

He sustained serious injuries to his arms and remains in hospital. 

Thames Valley Police are looking for suspects. 

One offender is described as black, tall, around 24 years old, large build and short hair. 

Another suspect is thought to be mixed race, short, about 25 years old with a braided ponytail and a beard. 

Police are appealing for witnesses. 

Number of trespasses on railway tracks at 'all-time high'

Sarah Lee

BBC South

Across Britain, one person trespasses on the railway every hour, according to new data.

Figures from Network Rail and British Transport Police show an increase in the number of people risking their lives on the rail network by trespassing on the tracks in the south-east region.

The data, which looks at trends over the last five years, shows trespass incidents are at all-time high in the region, while nationally one person trespasses every hour:


Number of trespass incidents in the last five years:


2012: 98

2013: 94

2014: 94

2015: 109

2016: 127

Number of young people under the age of 18 who came to the attention of BTP in 2016 while trespassing: 

Berkshire: 7

Buckinghamshire: 4

Hampshire: 14

Oxfordshire: 2

Today's local front page: What a waste

Hart Street reopened following emergency repairs

Henley Standard

Hart Street in Henley has reopened after several days of emergency work to repair a sewage pipe.  

New funding for Culham Centre for Fusion Energy

Nuclear fusion research in Culham is to get £21m of funding over the next five years towards an equipment upgrade.

Culham research

Martin Cox, project sponsor, said he was "delighted" with the funding from EUROfusion "despite the perturbation caused by Brexit". 

"This shows tremendous confidence in our facilities and people, and demonstrates that we have a very important role to play," he added.

Oxford United midfielder Liam Sercombe

Liam Sercombe's future at Oxford United looks uncertain as he remains sidelined for "disciplinary reasons".

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BreakingWoman detained under mental health act following boy's stabbing

A woman arrested on suspicion of the murder of a five-year-old boy in Oxfordshire has been detained under the mental health act. 

Police launched a murder investigation after Tyler Warmington was found at Bromsgrove Cottages in Faringdon on 14 March. 

A post-mortem examination found he had been stabbed in the chest. 

The 40-year-old woman who was arrested is also from Faringdon.

Police in Faringdon following boy's stabbing

No confirmation on disciplined Oxford United player's future

Ross Heaton

BBC Oxford Sport

Liam Sercombe will not be included in the Oxford United squad for their next two matches and boss Michael Appleton has refused to confirm whether the midfielder will play again for the club. 

Sercombe was left out of the U's squad at Walsall due to "disciplinary reasons", the circumstances of which Appleton has declined to elaborate on. 

United's head coach told BBC Radio Oxford that Sercombe's future with the U's is uncertain. 

Liam Sercombe
Rex Features

We do things a certain way and we've got a certain type of culture, and there's certain things we can accept and certain things we don't accept. I'm speaking on behalf of the whole group... and I'll be absolutely amazed if anybody feels differently.

Michael Appleton

Severe disruption: A34 Oxfordshire southbound

BBC News Travel

A34 Oxfordshire southbound severe disruption, at A423 Southern By-Pass Road affecting A4144 Abingdon Road.

A34 Oxfordshire - A34 in South Hinksey entry slip road closed and slow traffic southbound at Hinksey Hill Interchange, because of a vehicle fire. Congestion on A423 Southern By-Pass Road to Kennington Roundabout.

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

As Quidditch reportedly enters the Oxford English Dictionary...

We thought we'd use this opportunity to dig out one of our most favourite videos of all time.

In case you missed it the first time, this is the Oxford University Quidditch team training ahead of this year's world cup.

You're welcome.

Oxford prepare for Quidditch Cup

Harry Potter series' magical sport Quidditch added to Oxford English Dictionary

Oxford Mail

Quidditch has earned the seal of approval from the Oxford English Dictionary.  

Drivers urged to take care around horses

There's been a dramatic rise in incidents involving horses and vehicles on the UK's roads, the British Horse Society says. It's calling for on drivers to slow to 15mph when they meet a horse.  

Weather: 'Cloudy with bright spells'

Dan Downs, Weather Forecaster

Detective in 'toy monkey' racism claim

Toby Wadey

BBC South

A detective who allegedly placed a toy monkey on a black colleague's desk has been accused of gross misconduct.

Det Sgt Andrew Mottau is alleged to have told the woman to make him cups of tea "when the black monkey starts to sing", Thames Valley Police said.

He is also accused of making racist remarks and asking her to "embrace" the monkey in the period between 15 August and 15 September 2016.

A four-day misconduct hearing will start in Oxford on 24 April.

Thames Valley Police HQ in Oxford

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Hello and welcome to BBC Local Live for Oxfordshire on Thursday 13 April.

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Osney towpath
Pauline Massey

Thanks to Pauline Massey from Osney, for today's main image.

She says it was taken "on a lovely walk in the spring sunshine at the weekend [on] the towpath from Osney Island to Eynsham".

If you'd like to send us one of your pictures email them here.