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By Alex Regan and Anna Browning

All times stated are UK

See you tomorrow!

Thanks for joining us on Oxfordshire Live today.

We'll be back with more news from around the county from 08.00 tomorrow.

Cyclist spits in 72-year-old's face after crash

A cyclist spat in the face of a 72-year-old man and pushed him into a fence after crashing his bike into him, police said.

The victim was walking along a path connecting Queens Avenue to George Street in Bicester at about 14:40 on Friday when a man on a bicycle travelling in the opposite direction swerved onto the path and crashed into him before falling off.

The path
Google

Police said the cyclist blamed the victim for bringing him off his bike and pushed him into a fence whilst swearing and spitting in his face.

The victim did not sustain any injuries but was left shaken by the experience.

The suspect is described as white, slim, 5ft 8ins to 6ft tall, with dark hair. He spoke with a local accent.

Rail passengers warned ahead of Christmas Paddington closure

Train operator Great Western Railway (GWR) has reminded passengers that rail services will not operate from London Paddington after Friday 23 December.

No train services will be able to operate from Christmas Eve up to and including Thursday 29 December between London Paddington and Ealing Broadway. 

Passengers will be able to change at Ealing Broadway for London Underground services.

As there is no step-free access at Ealing Broadway, GWR tickets will also be valid via the following London stations:

  • Euston: To and from the Hereford area (change at Birmingham New Street)
  • Marylebone: To and from the Oxford area (change at Oxford)
  • Waterloo: To and from Bristol, South Wales, the South West and Basingstoke (change at Reading)

Gas company staff deliver toys to sick children

Young patients at the John Radcliffe Children’s Hospital have been delivered new toys and games by employees at gas distribution company SGN’s Oxford depot.

The staff and children
SGN
The SGN team (L-R): Catherine Sykes, Joanne Reilly, Steve Crunden, Richard Mendham, Mark Andrew and Louis Quinn, hand over toys to Sam Mortlock (L) and Grace Midwinter from the hospital’s Play Team in Bellhouse Drayson Ward, and some of their young patients, L-R: Olivia, 3, with Tia, 3, and her brother William, 11 months

The staff decided to pool the money they had collected for their Secret Santa scheme to buy new toys for the hospital instead.

Between them they collected £150, and this was matched by SGN’s Into Action fund to give them a budget of £300 for the new toys.

Twitter to the rescue

Social media isn't just for selfies, and pictures of food, it can be useful sometimes!

Two escaped horses have been reunited with their owner following an appeal on Twitter

The two bay gelding horses escaped, and were seen in the Abingdon area, on Sunday night before an appeal on Twitter helped find their owners.

View more on twitter
View more on twitter

Plan for £40m retail park in Bicester returns

The development
Consolidated Property Group
Consolidated Property Group said two of the three units would be occupied by Next and M&S

Developers hoping to build a £40m retail park on the outskirts of Bicester have submitted new plans to Cherwell District Council. 

There would be three shops, and Next and M&S would occupy two of them, according to developer, Consolidated Property Group.

A previous application was refused in October 2015, and an appeal against that decision was dismissed by The Planning Inspectorate.

The new plans include widening the A41, and 100 more parking spaces, to reduce the impact on traffic.

Map of the site
Consolidated Property Group
The Bicester Gateway Retail Park would be built next to Oxford Road

We believe this amended application addresses all the issues that became apparent through the appeal process.

Martin RidgewayManaging director, Consolidated Property Group

Woman left with facial injuries after attempted dognapping

On Friday at 18:25 an attempted robbery happened in an alleyway between Richens Drive and Carr Avenue, Carterton, police said.

The alleyway
Google

A 36-year-old woman was walking her dog when she was approached by a man who assaulted her and attempted to steal her pet. 

Police said he is white, aged about 25, 5ft 8ins with a medium build, blonde, spiky hair and was wearing dark clothing.

The victim sustained facial injuries and was taken to hospital for treatment. She has since been discharged.

Cracker the reindeer spreads festive cheer at Radio Oxford

Earlier today Cracker the reindeer visited BBC Radio Oxford to spread some festive cheer. 

Here's a video of him meeting the Breakfast Show team, as well as giving Charles Nove a bit of a fright. 

Children's centres only set for 'short-term' rent relief

Children's Centre protest
BBC
Campaigners have been fighting against the cuts to Children's Centres

Children’s centres at risk of closure in Oxfordshire are only set to get “short-term” rent relief, despite councillors voting in favour of help.

In November, councillors backed a motion calling on the authority's cabinet to waive rents in circumstances where the centre would otherwise shut.

But now they will only be waived for a maximum of six months, if Oxfordshire County Council's cabinet follows the recommendation set out in documents due to be discussed tomorrow.

Oxfordshire's 44 Children Centre's will be replaced with a new network of 18 centres next year as part of measures to save £6m.

Cycle training circuit could be in new sports park plans

A cycle training circuit could be in plans for a new £4.9m sports park in Horspath Road, Oxford.

Oxford City Council announced that BMW had agreed to fund the new sports ground, which will replace a facility currently on Cowley Plant site used by Oxford Cricket Club and Oxford United. 

If included in the planning application and approved, the cycling circuit track would be the first in Oxfordshire and British Cycling youth coach Tony Gray said it filled a significant geographical gap. 

"At present the nearest cycling circuit is in West London."

Reindeer to present Radio Oxford breakfast show

Not really, but Cracker the reindeer was a guest on today's breakfast show. 

The reindeer spread a little Christmas cheer to Summertown, and was rewarded with his favourite treat, lichen imported from Norway.

Cracker the reindeer
BBC

Tests could predict likelihood of self-harm

Tests may be capable of predicting which people will self-harm again and again - according to research based in Oxford.

Dr Matthew Broome from Oxford Health, and a researcher at Oxford University's Department of Psychiatry analysed the results of 15 previous studies, to reach the conclusion. 

They found "a clear association" between self-harming again and again, and two standardised computer tests that simulate real-life decision-making    

If we are able to identify people more likely to harm themselves repeatedly, we can reduce the risk of suicide and target interventions, as well as reduce the great personal and healthcare costs of repeated self-harm.

Dr Matthew BroomePsychiatrist, Oxford Health

Oxfordshire children told to get flu vaccination

Children in Oxfordshire are being advised to get a free flu vaccination in the next few weeks. 

Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group is offering children between two and eight years old a new nasal spray vaccine. 

Nasal spray flu
PA

Clinical chairman Dr Joe McManners said:  “Flu can be serious for young children. 

"Help protect them from flu with one simple nasal spray.  The vaccination is free, fast and painless so don't put it off."    

Vaccinations are offered at a number of schools, and also at GP practices. 

Oxford comedy club relocates

Oxford's Glee Club is relocating to The Bullingdon in Cowley. 

The club was previously based in Hythe Bridge Street. 

Glee club
Glee Club

Owner of The Glee Club chain Mark Dughan successfully sued 20th Century Fox in 2014, and won an appeal in 2016. 

A High Court ruled that the TV production company's show Glee had infringed on the comedy and music venue's trademark rights. 

Travel latest: Relatively quiet on the roads

Danny Cox

Presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

With the Christmas holidays beginning at schools across Oxfordshire traffic is a lot lighter on the county's roads. 

The only thing to report is that there is still some traffic on the A420 eastbound towards Oxford after an earlier collision in between A415 Kingston Bagpuize and A338 Appleton. 

Private members' club Soho House wants to build a motel and American diner

Oxford Mail

One of the hottest private member's clubs in the world has revealed plans to open a motel just off the A420 outside Oxford.

Ice skating grandad going strong at 82

An 82-year-old man has said he'll continue ice skating until "I fall into my grave".  

Nigel Moul has been skating in Oxford for 32 years, and met his wife at the ice rink. 

Although he's had two heart attacks at the rink, he continues to skate, and his signature move is the backslide.

CCTV appeal over elderly shopper GBH

CCTV images have been released after an elderly man broke his hip when he was knocked to the floor as two thieves fled from a music store. 

GBH suspect
TVP

The offenders stole a CD from Rapture in Witney, Oxfordshire, and one of them knocked into the victim as they fled. 

Police have released two images of a man they want to speak to in connection with the incident. 

A 34-year-old Chipping Norton man has been arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm and bailed until January.

Oxford's weather: Cloudy and murky start

There is quite a lot of localised fog around which should clear up relatively quickly. 

Unfortunately there will be a weather front bringing in rain to the region and there will be highs of 8C. 

It's the final countdown

Alex Regan

BBC South

In the words of Europe, it's the final countdown. But for what? Christmas of course. 

If you're anything like me the looming prospect of disappointing your family with scratch cards and dying flowers from the garage forecourt will fill you with dread. 

But for many it's an exciting time of year and we'll do our best to impart some festive cheer, in fact we're contractually obliged to do so. 

Paragliding Didcot
Bryan Regan

Don't forget to send us your snaps from across the county for this week's Oxfordshire's Big Picture. 

Here's a lovely picture taken by paraglider Bryan Regan - no relation - and if you look very closely you can see Didcot Power Station on the far right. 

You can send us your pictures by email