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That's all for today

Joe Nimmo

BBC South

Thanks for reading today. We'll be bringing you more news, sport, weather and travel from across Oxfordshire from 08:00 tomorrow.

That's all for today

Toby Wadey

BBC South

Thank you for joining us again today. 

We'll be back tomorrow with all Berkshire's latest news, travel, sport and weather from 08:00. 

Stay in touch via our Facebook and Twitter pages. 

The products

A company director who admitted selling "dangerous" so-called legal highs is given a suspended jail sentence.

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Reading midfielder agrees new three-and-a-half year contract

BBC Sport

Reading midfielder Garath McCleary has signed a new three-and-a-half year contract with the Championship club.

The 29-year-old Jamaica international's previous deal was set to expire at the end of the season.

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McCleary has been with the Royals since May 2012 after moving from Nottingham Forest on a free transfer.

Reading player surprises school teacher

Man in court over three-year-old's crash death

Marcus Liddell

BBC Radio Oxford

A man has appeared in court charged with causing the death of a three year old girl on the A34 near Oxford by dangerous driving.

Isla Wiggin
Thames Valley Police

Isla Wiggin from Fleet in Hampshire and her unborn baby brother died in the crash at Hinksey Hill in August.

A lorry and seven cars were involved.

Thomas Hunter who's 58 and from Mansfield in Nottinghamshire is also charged with causing serious injury. He's been bailed to appear at Oxford Crown Court next month.

Horton Hospital changes: Your Facebook comments

A consultation has been launched into moving some services from the Horton General Hospital to the John Radcliffe in Oxford.  

Sue Bartlett said: "They should be moving services the other way - the JR doesn't have the infrastructure to deal with current patient levels. 

"On the day my husband was dying the JR staff said I should send for his close family - I did, they took over an hour to park and missed spending precious time with him."


Ruth Baker said: "Having travelled from Chipping Norton to the Horton in labour with difficulties, that 20-25 journey was excruciating. 

"The thought of getting to the JR instead of the Horton fills me with dread already. " 

Gayle Hogan said: "I travelled from Bicester last week and it took 1hr 45 on the way there and 1hr on the way back to Banbury. 

"This time didn't take parking into account. It was a routine appt thankfully and not an emergency. Crazy to put people's lives at risk like this."  

Homeless shelters open in Maidenhead

Toby Wadey

BBC South

Two new homeless shelters open in Maidenhead today. 

They will provide nine emergency beds and a four-bed short term unit 

The council funded the units at a cost of £200,000, and is now leasing them to the Brett Foundation to run.

Councillor Simon Dudley, leader of the Royal Borough, told BBC Radio Berkshire that the project would give those it helps a chance to "rebuild their lives". 

Oxford shop that sold dangerous 'legal highs' ordered to pay £120,000

Joe Nimmo

BBC South

A court has ordered £120,000 in fines and costs after a company director admitted selling .

The products

Darren Manley stocked products with names such as King B, Cherry Bomb, Blow and Charly Sheen at his shop Red Eye on Oxford's Cowley Road. 

They were described as research chemicals and herbal incenses. He has now been handed a six-month suspended jail sentence by a judge in Oxford Crown Court.  

National Express confirms man hit by coach

Marcus Liddell

BBC Radio Oxford

Following reports of a man being knocked over at a pedestrian crossing earlier National Express has confirmed one of their coaches was involved.

A spokesperson said "We can confirm one of our vehicles was involved in an incident with a pedestrian earlier today. We will of course assist the authorities with any investigation they may have into the matter." 

A police statement added: "Our officers and the ambulance service were called to the scene and the pedestrian, a man, was taken to hospital. The road is now reopened."

BMW urges Theresa May to ensure single market access


BMW, which builds its Mini model in Oxford, has said it would be best for business for the UK to be in the single market and urged London to ensure the country retained tariff-free access to the bloc.

A mini

Prime Minister Theresa May said earlier Britain will quit the single market when it exits the bloc, in a decisive speech that quashed speculation she would seek a compromise deal to stay inside the world's biggest trading group.

"We... urge her to ensure the UK's negotiations with the EU result in uncomplicated, tariff-free access to the EU single market in future," a BMW spokeswoman said.

Weather latest: Chilly evening ahead

After a bright and clear start to the day, it will remain dry and cold into the evening. 

Temperatures will quickly fall further overnight, leading to a widespread sharp frost and perhaps isolated freezing fog patches.  

BBC weather forecast for Berkshire

Police renew witness appeal after hit-and-run

Police have renewed an appeal for witnesses after a fatal hit-and-run in Slough. 

A 44-year-old man died after being hit by at least one vehicle on the A412 Uxbridge Road in George Green. 

Police said it happened at about 23:25 on Sunday 11 December. 

Uxbridge Road

Det Sgt Ashley Hannibal, of Thames Valley Police, said: “I am particularly appealing to the drivers and passengers in two vehicles that were seen in the area around the time of the collision.

“CCTV shows that the vehicles turned into Church Lane, Slough, from the A412, however the footage is of poor quality and therefore the make, model and colour of the vehicles cannot be established at this time.

“The driving conditions that evening were made difficult by dense fog."

Man reportedly hit by coach in Headington

BBC Radio Oxford

We are getting reports that a man has been hit by a National Express coach at a pedestrian crossing on London Road in Headington.

The crash scene

Reading under-23s beaten 3-0 by Everton

David Cameron should not lead Nato, says senior Tory

Former prime minister and Witney MP David Cameron should not become leader of Nato as his "talents do not include wisely judging strategic issues", a senior Conservative MP has warned.

David Cameron

Julian Lewis, chairman of the Defence Select Committee, said the former prime minister had "charm and ability".

But he had "dangerously" delayed renewing Trident, Mr Lewis said, also questioning Mr Cameron's roles in Libya, Brexit and armed forces cuts.

The ex-PM was mooted as Nato secretary-general over the Christmas period.

Police helicopter launched in missing man search

Toby Wadey

BBC South

A police helicopter is searching for a man reported missing from a Berkshire village. 

Police said they were concerned for 60-year-old Gerry Lynch's welfare after he was last seen by relatives in Chaddleworth at about 13:30 yesterday. 

Gerry Lynch

The force said volunteer search teams were also looking for Mr Lynch. 

He is white with grey hair, 5ft 7ins, slim and has a mole near his left ear. 

Plesiosaur to appear alongside digital content

"Eve" the plesiosaur will be displayed with a short-necked plesiosaur discovered near Oxford in the 1990s in new cases, and with new artwork and digital content. 

"The exhibit will present a picture of central England 165 million years ago: submerged 50 metres underwater in a warm, shallow sea, teeming with animals that are now long-extinct," a spokesman said.

Artist's impression of Eve
Natalia Patkiewicz

Museum director Professor Paul Smith Smith said it would "conserve and exhibit two internationally-significant fossil marine reptiles". 

The museum is currently looking for matched funding to complete the project.

Stay of execution for hydrotherapy pool

Emma Midgley

BBC South

Man left with broken jaw after attack

Toby Wadey

BBC South

A man has been left with a broken jaw after being attacked by two men outside a pub in Newbury. 

The 23-year-old was punched before the offenders started kicking him in the face as he lay on the ground. 

Thames Valley Police said the incident happened in Market Place outside the Slug and Lettuce at some point between 03:00 and 04:30 on Sunday. 

The force said one of the suspects was described as being in his late teens or early 20s, clean shaven, about 5ft 8ins, very slim with short, spiky hair and was wearing glasses. There was no description of the other suspect. 

Reading goalkeeper Billy Collings joins Brighton until end of season

Brands announced for new Westgate development

With 10 months until the opening of the £440m Westgate Oxford development, the The Westgate Oxford Alliance has announced a new round of new retailers and restaurants that will be pitching up in the new 800,000 sq ft (74,300 sq m) complex.

They include Mint Velvet, Smashbox, Gant, Body Shop, T2, Hotel Chocolat, Guess, JD Sports, Oxford retailer Burrows+Hare, Trotters, Accessorize, Lush and Aveda.

Already confirmed is a John Lewis department store, Michael Kors, Hugo Boss, Ted Baker, Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein, H&M, Russell & Bromley, and Victoria’s Secret Pink, as well as Curzon Cinemas.

New Westgate centre
Westgate Oxford Alliance

Naomi Howard, leasing director at Land Securities, said: "We are delighted to welcome such high calibre brands to our already impressive line-up at Westgate Oxford. 

"Demand to date has been fantastic for both the retail and leisure offer, ensuring that when October comes Oxford will be a buzzing and vibrant destination to shop, to eat, to drink and to meet friends and watch the sun set over the city’s famous spires."

Earl of Wessex meet lunch co-ordinators at Maidenhead synagogue

Museum receives grant for rare plesiosaur exhibit

A rare long-necked plesiosaur could soon go on display in Oxford after the Museum of Natural History successfully bid for a grant. 

"Eve" was discovered in a Cambridgeshire quarry and donated to the museum last year

Eve the plesiosaur

The museum was awarded £90,000 from the DCMS/Wolfson Museums and Galleries Improvement Fund to display the specimen alongside another plesiosaur. 

Museum director Professor Paul Smith said the displays would "reinvigorate" the museum.

Afternoon weather: 'Dry but feeling cold'

BBC Weather

Many places will have increasing amounts of sunshine this afternoon, but a little cloud is still likely at times.

However, it will remain dry everywhere, with light winds, but also feel cold. 

Maximum temperature: 4C (39F).

Earl of Wessex visits Maidenhead synagogue

Travel update: Accident on London Road in Headington

BBC Travel

There's been an accident on the A420 London Road in Headington, Oxford at the Latimer Road junction.

Travel update: Slip road partially blocked southbound at Botley Interchange

BBC Travel

The A34 in Oxford exit slip road is partially blocked southbound at the Botley Interchange, because of a broken down vehicle.

Horton Hospital proposals: Your views

Earlier we reported on proposals to move services from Banbury's Horton Hospital to the John Radcliffe in Oxford.

Nicola Williams tweets: "We desperately needed to keep all existing services at the Horton to provide emergency health care for North Oxfordshire.... The JR can't cope taking on the workload, specially not in A&E with ambulances backed up. Plus major parking issues!"

Gordon Britton says: "JR can't even answer a phone to change an appointment, never mind taking on more patients to care for."  

'Superb case for global Britain' says Reading MP of Theresa May's speech

'No deal better than bad deal' says Wokingham MP on Brexit

Travel update: Accident closes A34 entry slip road southbound at Islip

BBC Travel

The A34 entry slip road is closed southbound at Islip, because of an accident.

Travel update: A423 Southern Bypass lane closure

BBC Travel

One lane is closed on the A423 Southern Bypass in Oxford at the Heyford Hill Roundabout, because of repairs.

Today's headlines: Brexit, cycle routes and a podgy lamb

Sue Kinnear

BBC Radio Berkshire newsreader

  • Wokingham MP John Redwood has said he backs the idea of a clean break from the European Union which Theresa May is expected to announce in a speech today
  • A £450,000 cycle route through Reading has been approved
  • A bald lamb called Skippy is now so podgy he has been placed on a special diet

Oxford United's Checkatrade Trophy opponents revealed later

Jerome Sale

BBC South Today

Oxford United will find out who their opponents will be in the quarter-final of the EFL Checkatrade Trophy tonight. 

Cheltenham and Bradford play their last 16 tie at Whaddon Road, with the winners away to Oxford a week tonight.

Coffee shops on the rise in Oxford

The great British pub continues to make way for coffee shops and eateries on our High Streets, according to Local Data Company figures, analysed by the BBC.

Between 2011-16, the number of town centre bars, pubs and night clubs fell by about 2,000.

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However, we've had a look at the figures in Oxford, and while cafes have risen from 49 to 56, our pub numbers are unchanged at 20, and coffee shops have dropped from 11 to eight.

Meanwhile restaurants have dropped from 45 to 41, and we lost four Chinese restaurants - nationally they’re the second most popular type of restaurant. 

Blenheim Palace gets a deep clean

Lucy Bickerton

BBC Radio Oxford

How do you clean one of England's largest houses? 

Staff at Blenheim Palace have begun the annual spruce, mop and wipe of every part of the 18th Century estate.