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Visitor numbers up in Oxford

The number of tourists visiting Oxford hit a new high last year Credit: ITV Meridian

The number of tourists visiting Oxfordshire soared last year according to new figures.

A total of 26.7 million visitors spent an estimated £1.8 billion in the county, according to the tourist authority Experience Oxfordshire. That's an increase of nearly 3% on the previous year.

Attractions including those connected with ITV series Midsomer Murders, Morse and Lewis, which all attract overseas visitors to locations in the county, helped boost the numbers.

The number of day trips increased as did the total of people staying in the county for one night, despite that figure dropping nationally.

Head-to-head on Europe - Farage v Barroso at the Oxford Union

What's the definition of chocolate?

Not a difficult question you'd think - but it took the European Union 15 years to come up with an answer.

That was just one revelation during a special debate at the Oxford Union on whether we should stay in the EU - or leave.

And centre stage was southeast MEP Nigel Farage - taking on the former President of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso.

Another familiar face was there too - the former Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg.

Our political correspondent Phil Hornby was watching.


New hope in the battle against Parkinsons and Alzheimers

Scientists in Oxfordshire say they are closer than ever to finding new drugs to treat diseases like Alzheimers and Parkinsons.

Researchers at the Diamond Light Source in Harwell believe a new technique could help them speed up the process of drug development.

Kate Bunkall has been speaking with Professor Andrew Harrison, the CEO of Diamond Light Source and Professor Dave Stuart of the University of Oxford.

Oxford charity on mission to help Syrian refugees this winter

Oxfam warehouse in Oxford Credit: ITV Meridian

Fifteen thousand pairs of socks and underwear will be delivered to refugees in Serbia to help fight the cold this winter. The Oxford-based charity Oxfam needs help from local suppliers and they'll be bought using donations. Aid workers are also hoping to replace children's summer shoes with more practical winter ones.

Dobrivoje Stancic, Oxfam's humanitarian affairs co-ordinator in Serbia, said: "We have to be aware that our fund just cannot help everyone and identify every single person in need but what we can do is try to reach out as much as possible."

Oxfam has already organised several distributions to those caught up in the war torn country. Although few of the children at one distribution point were barefoot many wore flimsy sports shoes unsuitable for snow. Oxfam handed out thousands of pairs of socks and underwear in one day at a service station serving as a muster point about 15 minutes from Serbia's Croatian border

What a cutie! Clinic celebrates 10,000th 'miracle' baby in 30 years

Maxwell is the 10,000th baby born though clinic's help

Three-month-old Maxwell Steer was the guest of honour today, at a very special party. He's the ten thousandth baby to be born thanks to the work of Oxford Fertility - a clinic which treats people both privately and on the NHS. The clinic is celebrating its thirtieth birthday. Kate Bunkall went to meet Maxwell and his parents.

Royal Marine reservists' rowing challenge to new unit

Reservists in rowing challenge to mark 351st anniversary

A band of Royal Marine reservists have been canoeing from their former home in Henley to their new home in Oxford.

The new unit opens today and will compliment the other locations in Portsmouth, Henley and Cambridge. It will become a specialist training centre. Today's opening also marks the 351st birthday of the Royal Marines.

The Royal marines reservists have been rowing through the night

The reservists have been rowing since Tuesday lunchtime and will pitch up near the site of the new centre at lunchtime today for a special launch ceremony.


Builder impaled on scaffolding after falling from roof

A builder who fell off a roof became impaled on a piece of scaffolding below.

Emergency crews rescued the man after he fell from the the top level of scaffolding on a building in Haddenham.

The incident happened in Rudd's Lane just after 12pm

The man suffered puncture wounds to his back and was taken to John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.

His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

Teenager dies after accident in Oxford

Thames Valley Police are appealing for information after a fatal road traffic collision in Oxford this morning.

At approximately 12.35am, a silver Ford Focus was travelling along the A40 from Oxford to Cassington when it was in collision with a pedestrian.

The pedestrian, a 19-year-old woman, died at the scene. Her next of kin have been informed.

Police would like to speak to anyone who has any information about the collision, or who saw the victim or the Ford Focus before the collision, or a black C63 Mercedes which may have been nearby.

The A40 is closed between the Eynsham roundabout and the Wolvercote roundabout and is likely to remain closed for the next few hours.

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