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  1. That's all for today

    Joe Nimmo

    BBC South

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

  2. Thames Valley Police statistics show increase in reported crimes

    Dave Gilyeat

    BBC South

    According to Thames Valley Police, 138,710 crimes were reported across the region between 1 April 2016 and 31 March 2017, a 7.2% increase on the previous year's 129,449.

    But Deputy Chief Constable John Campbell said changes in crime recording were partly the reason for the higher numbers.

    "The increase of domestic incidents, hate crime and some sexual offences further demonstrates the growing confidence of victims to report offences," he said.

    "These areas of crime have been underreported for years and I trust these figures show that, as a force, we have been successful in giving victims the trust to come forward, knowing they will be treated with compassion and sensitivity. 

    "Certain increases also reflect how proactive and successful our teams have been in targeting offending. Drugs and possession of weapons offences are cases in point."

  3. WATCH: Bridge yarn-bombed by hundreds

    Atif Rashid

    BBC News

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    Video caption: Whitchurch Bridge was yarn-bombed as part of a community art project.

    Knitted animals have taken over a toll road bridge on the River Thames. 

    Whitchurch Bridge, which connects Pangbourne in Berkshire and Whitchurch-on-Thames in Oxfordshire, was decorated as part of a community art project. 

    Hundreds of people, mostly children, contributed to the effort which includes figurines of famous characters. 

  4. Fidget spinners banned from Oxfordshire schools

    A number of schools in Oxfordshire are asking parents to stop their children bringing fidget spinners to school. 

    The gadgets can be helpful for those with learning difficulties but some schools, including Gosford Hill Secondary School and Heyford Park Free School, have asked children to leave them at home. 

    The schools say they would rather provide the distraction toys themselves if they're needed. 

    Fidget spinner
  5. Attacker at large after Oxford nightclub brawl jailed

    Oxford Mail

    An attacker who evaded justice for nearly five years after almost blinding a man during a nightclub brawl has finally been jailed.  

  6. Christians helped chickens cross the evolutionary road

    Oxford researchers say Christianity played a big part in the domestication of chickens.

    They claim it's because fasting and the exclusion of four-legged animals from menus was common in the Middle Ages, though eating chickens was allowed.

    Chickens were domesticated from Asian jungle fowl about 6,000 years ago, but several tests, including the examination of DNA data from archaeological chicken bones, show that important features of the present day chicken arose during a time of soaring demand for poultry at 1000 AD.


    Dr Liisa Loog, from Oxford University, said: "We tend to think that there were wild animals and then there were domestic animals rather than thinking about the selection pressures on domestic plants and animals that varied through time.

    "This study shows how easy it is to turn a trait into something that becomes fixed in an animal in an evolutionary blink of an eye. Just because a domestic trait is everywhere in animals and birds today does not mean it was there at the very start of the domestication process."

  7. South covered in blanket of cloud

    Toby Wadey

    BBC South

    Some parts of the UK have been enjoying sunshine and highs of 19C but, as you can see from this striking satellite image, the south has not.

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  8. Public invited to learn about NHS research in Oxfordshire

    People will be able to find out about research taking place in Oxfordshire’s NHS and how they can get involved at an information event on June 13.

    The drop-in event at West Oxford Community Centre will run from midday to 16:30 and enable people to talk to NHS nurses and other staff about research.

    They will be on hand to discuss research trials into areas including dementia, heart disease, diabetes, stroke, mental health, respiratory disorders, eyes and dermatology.

    The public will also be able to learn about how they can participate in research trials taking place in Oxfordshire’s NHS.

  9. Police officer describes scene of fatal 21-car crash

    PC Ross Clarkson was called to the scene and said he saw debris on the road from several collisions.

    Debbie Blood
    Image caption: Debbie Blood died in the accident

    He added that visibility was only about 50m and driving conditions were "treacherous". 

    His statement read: "The enormity of the collision dawned on me. 

    "I could see people sat in vehicles, walking around and slumped on the ground in shock."

    Oxfordshire Coroner Darren Salter said black ice and dense fog led to "awful" driving conditions.   

  10. Leave voter wished a happy birthday by Tim Farron

    Retired business development manager Malcolm Baker, from Begbroke, near Kidlington, told BBC Oxford he "said what I needed to say" after he confronted Lib Dem leader Tim Farron in the street.

    Malcolm and Tim

    Afterwards Mr Baker, who turned 65 today, said Mr Farron had wised him a happy birthday in a tweet.

    He said: "I thought he was fine, I said what I needed to say and I got it off my chest.

    “I won’t be voting Lib Dem, I just don’t agree with his negativity. You need to be positive, this is going to happen and we need to go forward."

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    Video caption: Why are elections in the UK held on Thursdays?

    Why are elections across the UK always held on Thursdays?

  12. Man dies after car hits tree near Chipping Norton

    At about 16:55 on Sunday a grey Volkswagen Touran crashed into a tree in London Road.

    The driver of the vehicle, a man in his 40s, was pronounced dead at the scene. His next-of-kin have been informed.

    Road closures were in place while emergency services were in attendance.

    Sergeant Julie Caulfield said: "We would like to speak to anyone who witnessed the collision or who may have seen the vehicle travelling on the road prior to the incident."

  13. Tim Farron tackled by Leave voter in Kidlington

    The Liberal Democrat leader, Tim Farron, has been challenged by a member of the public to stop telling people who voted to leave the EU that they "didn't know what they were voting for". 

    Mr Farron, campaigning in Oxfordshire, replied that he had "never said that". 

    In an exchange in the street, Mr Farron was urged to support Theresa May "to make Britain great again". 

    But the Lib Dem leader said the best governments were the ones with the best opposition to "challenge them a bit".

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    Video caption: Lib Dem leader told to stop saying Leave voters didn't know what they were voting for
  14. 'Landmark' Diana documentary announced

    The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry have taken part in a new documentary to mark the 20th anniversary of Diana, Princess of Wales' death in a Paris car crash.

    The ITV programme is being made by Oxford Film and Television, which also produced the documentary Our Queen at 90.

    Executive producer Nick Kent said it would show Princess Diana "in a way she has never been seen before, through the eyes of the two people who knew her best".

    Princess Diana and her sons
  15. Thames Water apologises to Wallingford residents

    Sophie Law

    BBC Radio Oxford news

    Thames Water has apologised after residents in Wallingford spent the night without water. 

    They say supply has been restored but it may take half an hour for pressure to return to normal.

    In the meantime bottled water can be collected at the Fairmile Hospital Development, Youth Community Centre, Clapcot Way, and Wantage Road.

    A pipe ruptured yesterday evening in Wantage Road.

  16. Chipping Norton bookseller recommends Steinbeck

    Here's the latest instalment of BBC Radio Oxford's 100 Books You Must Read Before You Die feature. 

    Patrick Neale from Jaffe and Neale bookshop in Chipping Norton spoke to Howard Bentham about his love of John Steinback’s The Grapes of Wrath.

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    Video caption: Patrick Neale from Jaffe and Neale bookshop recommends John Steinback's Grapes of Wrath
  17. Radiohead to release OK Computer's 'lost single' for 20th anniversary

    Mark Savage

    Music reporter

    Oxford band Radiohead are to release their fabled "lost single" Lift on a 20th anniversary edition of OK Computer.

    The yearning rock anthem was played extensively during their 1996 tour, and a studio version is one of the band's most sought-after tracks.


    Speaking to BBC 6 Music, guitarist Ed O'Brien admitted the band had bottled out of including it on OK Computer.

    "If that song had been on that album, it would have taken us to a different place," he told Matt Everitt.