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  1. Updates on Thursday 31 December 2015
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Monday 4 January

Live Reporting

By Andrew Humphrey

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our coverage through the day

    That's all from BBC Local Live for 2015.

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

    Happy New Year!

  2. Latest headlines: Police hunting jewellery raid gang

    Andrew Humphrey

    BBC Local Live

    Oxfordshire's top stories this evening:

    • Police are searching for a gang of 11 men who carried out a burglary in Oxford
    • An Oxfordshire team of firefighters is returning from helping the flood relief effort in the North
    • Gritters will be out on the county's roads tonight as temperatures are set to fall below freezing
  3. Weather: A cold start to the new year

    Bee Tucker

    BBC Weather

    This afternoon's showers should clear leaving a dry, chilly evening.

    Bee Tucker

    It could be the coldest night of the month so far, with lows of -2C (28F).

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

  4. Sport headlines: United face late injury decisions

    Robyn Cowen

    Presenter, Radio Oxford Sport

    This evening's sport stories:

    • Oxford United defender Johnny Mullins and striker Chris Maguire are both rated as having a 50/50 chance of being fit for Saturday's game against Notts County
    • U's left back Joe Skarz, who is known for keeping himself fit, says the festive period has tested his willpower to maintain his dietary discipline
  5. Doctor appointed CBE for humanitarian work

    BBC Radio Oxford

    An Oxford doctor has been appointed CBE for his humanitarian as a surgeon and emergency physician in countries including Afghanistan, Haiti and West Africa.

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    Video caption: Prof Chris Bulstrode, who set up a hospital in Sierra Leone, has been awarded a CBE.

    Professor Chris Bulstrode recently helped set up a hospital during the Ebola crisis in Sierra Leone.

    Quote Message: Every hour of the day was spent worrying about whether the situation was safe or not, and had we done enough. from Prof Chris Bulstrode
    Prof Chris Bulstrode
  6. Exhibition at Modern Art Oxford finds use for 'lost' objects

    Oxford Times

    An artist in Oxford has turned rags into riches with her exhibition of objects which would have otherwise been thrown away.

  7. Travel latest: Cowley Road in Oxford shut after crash

    BBC Travel

    • In Oxford, Cowley Road is blocked in both directions at the Shelley Road junction after a crash
    • The A34 is slow-going southbound from Peartree to Hinksey
    • There are delays through the roadworks on the A40 at Cutteslowe

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

  8. Banbury flytipper forced to pay £420

    A man from Banbury who pleaded guilty to flytipping at The Link in the town has been made to pay £420 in fines, legal costs, clean-up charges and victim surcharge.


    Ben Birch of Windrush, Banbury, had dumped fencing slats and conifer cuttings, but a resident filmed the incident and handed the video to the council.

    Quote Message: Flytipping is a growing problem, not only in this district but across the country. We will prosecute offenders whenever we can and it always helps, as happened in this case, when members of the public are our eyes and ears. from Debbie Pickford Lead member for clean and green, Cherwell District Council
    Debbie PickfordLead member for clean and green, Cherwell District Council
  9. Emergency services prepare for New Year's Eve revellers

    BBC Radio Oxford

    Extra ambulances will be on duty throughout Oxfordshire, as the county's emergency services prepare for one of their busiest nights.  


    In Oxford, the SOS project treatment centre will be running with two paramedics at the ready, along with volunteers and RAF nurses.

    Quote Message: Without a doubt there will be a higher number of alcohol-related incidents this evening. The thing is to drink responsibly and keep yourself and those around you as safe as possible. from Craig Higold SCAS SOS project
    Craig HigoldSCAS SOS project
  10. 11 men wanted after Clarendon Centre burglary

    A group of 11 men were responsible for a break-in at a jewellers in Oxford's Clarendon Centre in the early hours of this morning, Thames Valley Police say.

    Clarendon Centre burglary

    Four men used steel wire to block access to Queen Street, while the remaining seven forced their way into Goldsmiths and stole stock, believed to be watches.

    CCTV captured the incident, but the burglars covered their faces and used umbrellas to shield their faces. The Clarendon Centre has now reopened.

  11. Art education charity founder appointed OBE

    The founder of an Oxford charity that uses art to help young people struggling in mainstream education has been appointed OBE.

    Juli Beattie

    Juli Beattie set up the Art Room in 2002 and was honoured for services to education.

    In 2012 the Duchess of Cambridge became the charity's Royal Patron.  

    Quote Message: I accepted it on behalf of myself, but also on behalf of everybody who's been instrumental in making sure that The Art Room not only started up in 2002 but actually sustained it. We've managed to offer our therapeutic intervention to so many wonderful youngsters. from Juli Beattie Founder, The Art Room
    Juli BeattieFounder, The Art Room
  12. Latest headlines: Flood firefighters finish deployment

    Andrew Humphrey

    BBC Local Live

    This afternoon's top stories:

    • A team of Oxfordshire firefighters deployed to York to help with flood relief work is returning home
    • A man who died after a road accident had stopped to check on an overturned car when he was struck by a van, police say
    • Oxfordshire County Council leader pays tribute to Don Seale, who served as a county councillor for 16 years
  13. Don Searle "gave sterling service" to county council

    Roz Tappenden

    BBC South

    Oxfordshire County Council leader Ian Hudspeth has paid tribute to former councillor Don Searle, who has died.

    Quote Message: He was a practical, intelligent man with an abundance of common sense... He gave sterling service to council in a range of positions and to his constituents in western Oxfordshire. He was respected across the political divide and will be remembered fondly by officers and councillors alike. from Ian Hudspeth Leader, Oxfordshire County Council
    Ian HudspethLeader, Oxfordshire County Council
  14. Flood firefighters returning to Oxfordshire

    The six-strong team of firefighters from Banbury who took the county's High Volume Pump to the north of England to help with flood relief work are returning home today.

    A car drives through floodwaters in Skeldergate in York
    Image caption: A car drives through floodwaters in Skeldergate in York

    The team deployed the pump in York where a water pumping station had suffered a loss of power.

    Quote Message: We were only too pleased to help out and very proud to represent Oxfordshire in the nationwide response to the emergency in the north. from Mark Ames Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue
    Mark AmesOxfordshire Fire and Rescue
  15. Liberal Democrats 'rebuilding' after difficult year

    BBC Radio Oxford

    The Liberal Democrats are "fighting back" with new leader Tim Farron, Oxford-based MEP Catherine Bearder says.

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    Video caption: The Liberal Democrats are rebounding after a difficult year, MEP Catherine Bearder says.

    He's "a really good, fresh young voice in politics", she says.