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BREAKING: Hospital porters strike called off

Porters at the John Radcliffe Hospital were due to walk out tomorrow for 48 hours Credit: ITV Meridian

A planned strike by porters at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford has been called off.

Workers were due to walk out for forty eight hours tomorrow in a row over planned changes to shift patterns and job roles.

The union Unison says members have voted in favour of new proposals.

Family suffer 'holiday from hell'

The Holiday from Hell. It's often an overused phrase, but two families from Oxford say that really was their experience when they flew for a summer break together in Turkey.

The four adults and four children, one aged just seven, say they were forced to move not once, not twice, but three times.

And then they ended up crammed into a grubby apartment, which was part of the staff accommodation.

Their holiday was ATOL protected, a safeguarding scheme managed by the Civil Aviation Authority. But they've found it's no help to them.

Mel Bloor reports...

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Man arrested in connection with sexual assault

Thames Valley Police has arrested a man in connection with the sexual assault of a woman in Oxford.

The arrest is in relation to an incident at around 4am today when the victim, a woman aged in her twenties, was approached by a man in Horspath Road, Oxford.

The man spoke to her before sexually assaulting her. The woman screamed and hit him and he subsequently ran away along Horspath Road towards Holloway.

A 20 year-old man from Oxford was arrested today on suspicion of sexual assault and currently remains in custody.

“Officers have been carrying out house-to house enquiries in the area and if anyone has any concerns please feel free to approach an officer. If anyone has any information which could assist with the investigation or if anyone witnessed the incident please call the 24-hour Thames Valley Police enquiry centre on 101.”

– Det Insp Mike Roddy, from Oxfordshire Force CID

Warning over cooking oil as river of fat clogs up sewers

It's a problem which is costing £1m pounds a month - and it's happening right under our feet. So-called 'fatbergs' - mountains of fat - congealed in the sewers - are putting the system at risk of collapse.

Thames Water has written to more than 200 restaurants in Oxford alone, in a bid to stop used oil being poured down the sink.

The blockages can take months to break down - which could mean more misery for drivers as repairs take place. Cary Johnston reports.

Major investment needed for Oxford sewer pipes

The city's sewer network needs major investment Credit: ITV

Oxford's sewer pipes are on the verge of collapse because of lumps of congealed fat have built up. Thames Water are set to spent millions of pounds to remove the so-called fatbergs from the sewer network. They're formed when people pour cooking fat down their kitchen sinks. Last year the problem caused a sewer to collapse on the Oxford Road.

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Oxford researchers who studied Cecil the lion get £300,000 in donations

Researchers who studied Cecil the lion receive donations Credit: PA Images

Researchers who studied Cecil the lion - at Oxford University conservation unit WildCRU, have received more than £300,000 in donations since Cecil was killed by a hunter.

The Department of Zoology unit has studied the lion's whereabouts via satellite since 2008.

David Macdonald, Director of Oxford’s WildCRU said:

"I have wonderful news for all those following the story of Cecil, and our work for lion conservation in Zimbabwe and beyond. Overnight, thousands of donors worldwide brought the total of the Cecil Appeal to £300,000. This is stupendous my colleague Andy Loveridge and I are overwhelmed and inspired.

There is more. Minutes ago I spoke to American philanthropist Tom Kaplan and his wife Daphne who have been loyal supporters of the WildCRU’s work, and told them of my hope that the total appeal could reach £500,000. Tom and Daphna immediately pledged $100,000 to match, pound for pound, dollar for dollar, each donation that comes in from this minute as a stimulus to reaching that total.

We are grateful beyond measure for their generosity, and that of every single one of our donors, big or small."

– WildCRU

Caught on camera: The drivers who are NOT deliberately breaking the law

Seventy-five drivers are caught every day. They've been fined nearly four million pounds in the last five years. That's the cost to motorists of a controversial bus lane camera in Oxford.

To rub salt into the motoring wound, it is widely recognised that many drivers are NOT deliberately breaking the law. They are caught on camera largely because the signs and unclear and the road layout is confusing.

Campaigners, including business leaders, say something needs to be done to give motorists a fair chance. But the council is refusing to budge and claims the scheme prevents gridlock in the city centre. Kate Bunkall reports.

Drivers are furious! Kate reports from the controversial bus lane as it rakes in millions

Seventy five motorists a day are being caught by a controversial bus lane camera in Oxford. The camera is raking in more than £1.5 million a year for the council. Now local businessmen are calling for better signs to stop confused drivers constantly being caught. The council is refusing to budge, claiming the scheme stops the city centre getting snarled up. Kate Bunkall talked to David Marcus, Oxford High Street Traders; Graham Jones, Rox; and Ian Hudspeth, Leader, Oxfordshire County Council.

Celebrities tweet their horror after Cecil the lion, being studied by Oxford University, is shot dead

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