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  1. Updates on Wednesday 30 December 2015
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Thursday

Live Reporting

By Andrew Humphrey

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our coverage through the day

    That's all for today's BBC Local Live.

    We'll be back on Thursday from 08:00 to bring you all the latest news, sport, travel and weather updates for Oxfordshire.

  2. Weather: A cold night with heavy showers

    Bee Tucker

    BBC Weather

    The afternoon's rain and wind will clear through the evening, leaving some heavy scattered showers overnight.

    Bee Tucker

    We could hear some thunder in the night, and it will feel cooler, with lows of 4C (39F).

    You can get a full 10-day forecast on the BBC Weather site.

  3. Sport headlines: Oxford City seek Sterling-James stay

    Marie Indge

    Radio Oxford Sport

    This evening's top sport stories:

    • Oxford City are in talks with Cheltenham Town over extending the loan of winger Omari Sterling-James, which expires this weekend
    • Unclaimed season ticket seats for the FA Cup third round match between Oxford United and Swansea go on sale to the public tomorrow at 09:30
  4. Latest headlines: Pedestrian dies in Steeple Aston collision

    Andrew Humphrey

    BBC Local Live

    The county's top stories this evening:

  5. Travel latest: M40 delays London-bound after crash

    BBC Travel

    • There is a lane closed on the M40 southbound, before J6 at Watlington, because of a crash
    • There is slow traffic in Oxford at the Cutteslowe roundabout in the roadworks area
    • Engineering works on the rails mean that GWR services are suspended between Greenford and London Paddington, and also a reduced service from London to Reading

    You can get the latest where you are on the BBC Travel site.

  6. Thursday's Breakfast Show with Howard Bentham

    Howard Bentham

    Radio Oxford presenter

    On tomorrow's show, Howard will be speaking to people from Oxfordshire who have received an award, knighthood or peerage in the Queen's New Year Honours list.

    Benedict Cumberbatch is appointed CBE
    Image caption: Benedict Cumberbatch is appointed CBE

    We'll also continue our look back on the political year, with local Liberal Democrat MEP Catherine Bearder.

    Join Howard for all that and more from 06:00.

  7. Local people needed to protect Oxford from floods

    BBC Radio Oxford

    Local residents should work alongside the Environment Agency, councils, Thames Water and environmental groups to deliver flood protection projects for Oxford, according to the Oxford Flood Alliance.

    Abingdon Road in Oxford, flooded in 2014
    Image caption: Abingdon Road in Oxford, flooded in 2014

    A £120m project to protect the city has been proposed, but work is not expected to begin before 2018.

    Quote Message: I think it would make sure it actually happens... and there would be a proper system in place to make sure that things are properly maintained and not left to chance. from Peter Rawcliffe Chair, Oxford Flood Alliance
    Peter RawcliffeChair, Oxford Flood Alliance
  8. BreakingPedestrian dies after Steeple Aston crash

    A pedestrian who was involved in an accident with a van this morning in Steeple Aston has died.

    The man, who was from Banbury and aged in his late 50s, was taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital this morning with serious injuries.

    The A4260 Oxford Road was closed southbound for much of the day for recovery and investigation work.

  9. Oxfordshire campaigners call for better flood plans

    Oxfordshire still doesn't have a practical and sustainable plan to deal with future flood risks, according to the Sustainable Flood Plan Group.

    Oxford flooding in 2014
    Image caption: Oxford flooding in 2014

    The group, which comprises academics, engineers and planning professionals, is supported by the Oxfordshire Green Party.

    Quote Message: We have heard politicians extol the benefits of the proposed western conveyance channel in protecting the residents of Oxford from future flooding events. Yet this hugely costly scheme is unlikely to be implemented unless local landowners take on the unknown and ongoing expenses of its maintenance. from Dr Kate Prendergast Green Party Oxford City Council candidate and Sustainable Flood Plan Group member
    Dr Kate PrendergastGreen Party Oxford City Council candidate and Sustainable Flood Plan Group member
  10. New Leys pool complex exceeds visitor expectations

    BBC Radio Oxford

    The Leys Pools and Leisure Centre in Oxford has exceeded the number of visitors expected during the first year of its operation, the company which runs it says.

    Leys pool in Oxford

    The facility replaced the city's Temple Cowley Pools, which campaigners tried to save, and an existing pool in Blackbird Leys.

    Quote Message: This year has been absolutely fantastic, better than we expected with record numbers, close to 450,000 visits in 2015. In comparison to the Temple Cowley Pools and Blackbird Leys Pool, which are the two we lost, they had reached 248,000. from Wayne Hawkins Fusion Lifestyle
    Wayne HawkinsFusion Lifestyle
  11. Women targeted for sports funds boost

    Marie Indge

    Radio Oxford Sport

    Oxfordshire Sport & Physical Activity is encouraging women in the county to become more active in 2016.

    Female golfer

    They are suggesting sports clubs, fundraising groups, people involved in disability sports and work-based clubs apply for money from the nationwide Sportivate fund.

    You can find out more and apply online here.

  12. Malaria study finds more mosquito nets are needed

    Oxford University researchers have called for more mosquito nets and better delivery methods in order to make inroads in the elimination of malaria.


    A new study suggests that insecticide-treated malaria net coverage remains well below the 100% universal target, and the estimates for the number of nets needed to achieve the target were also too low.

    The team used data on distribution and retention to inform their new estimates, which showed that in 2013 only 43% of people at risk of malaria slept under a net.

  13. Hundreds still without power across the county

    Natalie Verney

    BBC Radio Oxford

    Hundreds of people in Oxfordshire are still without power this afternoon, after high winds affected supplies.

    Properties in the north of the county and near Wheatley lost power this morning.

    Southern Energy Power Distribution says engineers hope to fix the problems by 18:00.

  14. Your pictures: Beautiful Blenheim

    Michael Willis sent in this picture from the grounds of Blenheim Palace, taken in the very pleasant weather yesterday.

    Blenheim Palace grounds

    If you would like to share a picture with the rest of the county, why not send it in?

  15. Your pictures: West Oxfordshire sunset

    The peaceful scene of a pink sunset was taken by BBC Weather Watcher Finmar, in the Witney area.

    Witney sunset

    We love to feature your photos from around Oxfordshire, so if you'd like to see one on Local Live, please do send it in.