4 March 2015
Why were those in power in Oxford unable to spot the vulnerable children who were exploited for sex by a gang of men?
A jury returns partial guilty and not guilty verdicts in the trial of six men and a 17-year-old accused of sexually abusing girls across Banbury.
Today's updates have now finished. We'll be back with more news, sport, travel and weather updates from 08:00 on Friday.
Tonight there will be lots of cloud with one or two clear spells. It won't be as cold as recent nights, with lows of 5C (41F).
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Coming up on tonight's programme: Time for more tags? A police commissioner thinks it's a step forward in the fight against crime.
The five have been convicted of 18 offences, ranging from sexual assault to rape.
Two other men have been acquitted. The jury still has to decide on eight further charges.
Five people have been found guilty of sexual offences against under-age girls in Banbury.
The abuses took place over a five-year period at various places in the town, including Spice Ball Park.
The 74-year-old Welsh singer and The Voice judge, famous for hits including Delilah, It's Not Unusual and Sex Bomb, will take to the stage at Great Tew Park, Oxfordshire, in July.
This mural on the side of a building in Banbury has been causing a stir but it is not a Banksy, according to Pest Control, the organisation that authenticates the artist's work.
The image appeared on a wall in Butchers Row earlier this week but it appears to be a copy of a genuine Banksy in London.
There's heavy traffic on the A34 southbound between Marcham interchange, in Abingdon, and Milton interchange, in Milton, in the roadworks area.
The A40 is also heavy both ways between the Wolvercote and Eynsham roundabouts after earlier roadworks.
Coming up in the BBC Radio Oxford news at 17:00: Drivers in Oxford are being warned to be on their guard against a conman who's flagging down cars to ask for money for petrol.
Lots of you have been sending in your pictures of Oxfordshire. This photo was sent to us by Becca Collacott, from Abingdon.
We've put them together in a gallery on our Facebook page and will be updating them throughout March.
Nine men were arrested during raids at two restaurants in Didcot last Thursday.
The Home Office Immigration Enforcement visited Indian Dream restaurant, in Wantage Road, and Sun Koshi Tandoor, in the Broadway, at about 6pm.
Councillor Sean Woodcock tweets: Great to get started with the @BBCOxford radio hustings today (broadcast at 9am tomorrow)
Coming up in the BBC Radio Oxford news at 16:00: Officers investigating a series of break-ins at outbuildings in Towersey say they believe they're linked.
tweets: At 4 - a debate about a debate, Is David Cameron damaged, by dodging an election debate with Ed Miliband? Bothered? @BBCOxford
A new fire engine packed with equipment and two vehicles equipped with specialist technology have been unveiled by Oxfordshire County Council's Fire and Rescue Service at Blenheim Palace.
The 12-tonne rescue tender, based at Kidlington Fire Station, carries more than 300 pieces of equipment to deal with animal rescues, structural collapse, complex road traffic collisions, aircraft crashes, railway incidents, water rescues and rescues from height and confined spaces.
Earlier on BBC Radio Oxford we talked about World Book Day and asked, if you have children is it a day you look forward to or a day to dread?
Judith Payne, who got in touch on our Facebook page, said: "While it is a fun day for most, spare a thought for those with autism who need routine and familiarity. The "fun" of dressing up for them can lead to anxiety, of being overwhelmed, of others looking unfamiliar, loss of the predictable."
If you missed the show, listen again on iPlayer.
A teenager was assaulted in Ock Street, Abingdon, and Coopers Lane, Abingdon, yesterday.
At about 11:40 the victim, a 17-year-old girl, was in an altercation with a boy who shouted at her and assaulted her.
The victim received scratches and marks to her face and neck but did not require hospital treatment, Thames Valley police says.
In the 15:00 news bulletin: It's high time something is done to relieve the Oxford to Bristol rail line, Chippenham's MP Duncan Hames has told the Commons.
tweets: First stop of the day, breakfast @BBCBerkshire almost done. Next, drving the circus tent North to @BBCOxford for drivetime.
Liberal Democrat MEP Catherine Bearder tweets: If someone is having sex underage, there is a criminal activity happening. Why was no action taken? #seriouscasereview @BBCOxford
There will be a chance to sample locally-produced food and take part in guided tours of "the gateway to the Cotswolds", as West Oxfordshire's visitor information centres host events to celebrate English Tourism Week.
The Tastes of West Oxfordshire event is being organised to coincide with the national week, which runs from 14-21 March.
Coming up on the BBC Radio Oxford news at 14:00:
More people have come forward to say they've been conned by a man claiming to need money for fuel in Oxford.
Most of the victims say they've been flagged down on slip roads to the A34.
Coming up on BBC South Today this lunchtime:
More prisoners should be electronically tagged when they leave prison, according to the Thames Valley Police and Crime Commissioner.
About a dozen former inmates have volunteered to wear them, but Anthony Stansfeld says more GPS trackers should be fitted to help reduce crime. The College of Policing says more research is needed to see if the measure's effective.
Coming up on the BBC Radio Oxford news at 13:00:
There's been a warning for drivers to be on their guard against a conman in Oxford who's flagging cars down to ask for money for petrol.
More people have come forward to say they've been targeted by him after a woman from Yarnton revealed she'd given him £70 in exchange for a gold ring, which later turned out to be fake.
Well, here is the finished article and it looks like Howard is settling into his new alter-ego a little too easily. If you missed the show, you can listen again on iPlayer.
More people from Oxfordshire have been targeted in a scam which cost a Yarnton woman £70.
Pauline Siddons was tricked by a man on the slip road from the Botley interchange to the A34 who said he needed money for petrol.
A council criticised over its handling of child sex abuse ignored "credible evidence" which could have saved one victim, a former detective has said.
Ex Det Sgt Dermot Norridge said he first raised concerns about a 13-year-old girl with Oxfordshire County Council in 2007.
Coming up on the BBC Radio Oxford news at 12:00:
Nothing has changed in the safeguarding of children and young people in Oxford, despite assurances from the authorities after the Bullfinch case.
That's from a former employee at a school in the city after this week's serious case review found more than 300 girls may have been sexually exploited in the city.
Oxford United's squad will remain unchanged for the rest of the season following Armand Gnanduillet's arrival, according to head coach Michael Appleton.
The striker was brought in from Chesterfield on Monday and became the 37th player used by the U's this season when he came on as a substitute during Tuesday night's 1-1 draw with Morecambe.
BBC radio DJ Nihal has criticised diversity at Radio 1, claiming "nothing has changed" at the corporation since former director general Greg Dyke called it "hideously white" in 2001.
The former Radio 1 DJ, who now broadcasts on Asian Network and 5 Live, was taking part in a panel on diversity at the Oxford Media Convention when he made his comments.
A retired police officer who tried to blow the whistle on sexual abuse before Operation Bullfinch said senior county council managers must have known about his concerns.
Dermot Norridge spent nine months trying to raise the alarm when he was working for Oxford City Council as a Nuisance Officer in 2007.
The line-up for the Cornbury Festival has been unveiled. Sir Tom Jones, Supertramp and Razorlight are all on the bill this year.
Organiser Hugh Phillimore has been in the BBC Radio Oxford studio this morning and said: "We had a long, long negotiation with Sir Tom and finally he's coming to join us, so we are very excited about that."
Coming up on the BBC Radio Oxford news at 11:00:
There's been a strong denial to a claim nothing has changed to improve the safeguarding of children in Oxfordshire, after a report revealed more than 300 girls may have been sexually exploited.
BBC South Today reporter Brennan Nicholls has made a little extra effort on St Piran's Day. He's dressed in full regalia to give the Cornish patron saint of tinners his due.
Brennan describes himself as "100% Cornish" and his message to readers is "Gool Peran Lowen!" Are you Cornish? Do you mark St Piran's Day? Get in touch.
Oxford University's vice-chancellor was the third highest paid in the UK last year, according to a report.
Professor Andrew Hamilton earned £442,000 in 2013/14 and was one of 18 who received a pay rise.
If you've got kids of a certain age, they'll probably spend World Book Day dressed up as a character from their favourite story.
Do you reach for the needle and thread, relishing the challenge of knocking up a Harry Potter costume? Or does this annual costume drama fill you with dread?
We have an update on the broken down concrete mixer lorry on the Oxford ring road near the Littlemore roundabout.
We've had a call to say police have coned off the lane. Another concrete mixer lorry has arrived and they are transferring the concrete.
In the BBC Radio Oxford news at 10:00:
There would be fewer crimes in the Thames Valley if more prisoners were tagged with GPS trackers when they're released from jail.
That's according to the Thames Valley Police and Crime Commissioner Anthony Stansfeld who wants prisoners on early release to be forced to wear trackers.
One of the acts is Martha Reeves and the Vandellas.
I asked organiser Hugh Phillimore how many of the original line-up would be performing.
He said: "All the originals, I promise. They may not run around or dance like the old days but it's the real McCoy."
A care home in Headington has apologised for falling "short of the standards" after an unannounced inspection by the health watchdog.
The Care Quality Commission published a report last week detailing a surprise inspection at the 48-bed Albany Care Home in London Road in January.
Coming up in the BBC Radio Oxford news at 09:00: There's claims nothing has changed in the safeguarding of children and young people in Oxford, despite assurances from the authorities after more than 300 girls were found to have been sexually exploited in the city.
We've just had a call to say there's a broken down mixer lorry on the Oxford ring road, anticlockwise, just after the Littlemore roundabout heading towards the Cowley junction.
We're told it's not causing too much of a hold-up, but it's on a bend so take care as you approach.
With the new Formula 1 season little more than a week away, the deputy principle of the Grove-based Williams team, Clare Williams, says the sport has come to a crucial moment in its development.
Since the start of last season the team's county rivals Caterham and Marussia have gone into administration and Lotus is one of three teams who've needed a cash advance to ensure they'll be on the grid in Melbourne next week.
Thursday should be a dry day but with a good deal of cloud.
There will be some bright or sunny spells and where these occur, it will feel mild.
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