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  1. Updates on Wednesday 20 January 2016

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. Tonight's TV: Literary festival payment row

    Geraldine Peers

    Presenter, BBC South Today

    On South Today this evening: It's one of the highlights of the cultural calendar - but recently the Oxford Literary Festival has been hit by controversy.

    Video content

    Video caption: Geraldine Peers brings you the stories coming up at 18:30.

    One of its most famous patrons, Philip Pullman, pulled out last week over the festival's refusal to pay its speakers.

    Now, festival organisers have changed their minds. Join Geraldine Peers for that and more at 18:30.

  3. Weather: Clear, cold and frosty

    Bee Tucker

    BBC Weather

    It's a clear evening with a widespread frost and some thick fog patches.

    Bee Tucker

    There could be a little drizzle in the west of the region overnight, with lows of -2C (28F).

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

  4. Sports headlines: City cup clash called off

    Dan Freeman

    BBC Oxford Sport

    The county's top sports stories:

    • Oxford City's FA Trophy second round replay at Cheltenham has been postponed due to a frozen pitch
    • Banbury-based Manor racing say they expect to employ 200 people for the 2016 F1 season, but are yet to confirm either race driver
  5. Latest headlines: Rail service delayed and new role for MP John Howell

    Andrew Humphrey

    BBC Local Live

    Oxfordshire's top stories this evening:

    • The launch of direct rail services between Oxford city centre and London Marylebone has been delayed until December
    • Henley MP John Howell says he expects trade with Nigeria to increase, after he was appointed envoy to the country
    • The former home of the Church of England in Oxfordshire is under offer
  6. Travel latest: A34 congestion and train delays

    Al Ryan

    BBC Oxford travel presenter

    • The A34 is looking slow from Hinksey up to Botley, and then from Kidlington to Weston-on-the-Green
    • There are some delays on the B480 Garsington Road near the Cowley junction in Oxford
    • Abingdon is looking congested along Ock Street and Stratton Way
    • There are delays of 25 minutes on train services into and out of London Paddington

    You can get the latest on the BBC Travel site.

  7. Church of England property in Oxford under offer

    Marcus Liddell

    BBC Radio Oxford

    An offer has been accepted for the former home of the Church of England in Oxfordshire. 

    Diocesan House in North Hinksey

    The congregation is moving to Kidlington and Diocesan House in North Hinksey was put on the market in October.

    Estate Agents, Carter Jones say it has received 12 offers - it is estimated to be worth about £2.5m as an office. 

  8. Attempted burglary at Banbury care home

    A man attempted to enter the Leonard Cheshire Disability Care Home in Agnes Court in Warwick Road in Banbury last Friday.

    CCTV image

    At about 03:30 staff disturbed someone trying to gain entry to the property. He left and was seen walking down Banbury High Street.

    Police want to speak to a man in a CCTV image to help their investigation.

  9. Video: Oxford flood defence plans revealed

    Tom Turrell

    BBC South Today

    Plans for a multimillion-pound flood defence scheme for Oxford have gone on display.

    Video content

    Video caption: Plans for a multimillion-pound flood defence scheme for Oxford have gone on display.

    The scheme has already got funding of £93m and promises to protect about 1,000 homes in the city from flooding. 

  10. Cecil Rhodes debate: 'All our heroes are flawed'

    The Rhodes Must Fall Campaign claimed a victory in an Oxford Union debate last night, supported by the majority of students present.

    Cecil Rhodes

    One of those against the removal of the Cecil Rhodes Statue, theology professor Nigel Biggar, said other leaders would also have to go if judged by the same standards as those being applied to Rhodes.

    Quote Message: If we want to have any heroes at all, we can't have them pure, all our heroes are flawed. If Rhodes has to fall then so does Churchill, because Churchill's views of race and empire were very similar." from Professor Nigel Biggar University of Oxford
    Professor Nigel BiggarUniversity of Oxford
  11. Howell 'looking to increase exports' in new role as trade envoy

    Henley MP John Howell is to be the UK's trade envoy to Nigeria. 

    John Howell MP

    He was appointed by David Cameron and will act on behalf of the government.

    Mr Howell's role is one of 12 new envoy positions that have been created, taking the total number to 24.

    Quote Message: I am delighted to have been selected for this important task to boost UK exports to one of the largest markets in Africa... Nigeria is a market with its challenges but I look forward to seeing an increase in our exports." from John Howell MP for Henley
    John HowellMP for Henley
  12. Face-to-face rather than Facebook needed 'to maintain friends'

    The constraints that limit the number of friends we have apply online as much as offline, and real contact is needed to maintain relationships, according to Oxford University research.

    Facebook screen

    Traditionally the maximum size of friend groups for humans has been about 100-200 people, with a smaller number regarded as close friends, and that is replicated in the online world, with larger social media contacts seen as looser acquaintances.

    Quote Message: No amount of social media will prevent a friend eventually becoming ‘just another acquaintance’ if you don’t meet face-to-face from time to time." from Professor Robin Dunbar Oxford University
    Professor Robin DunbarOxford University
  13. Oxford 'should no longer celebrate Cecil Rhodes'

    Last night the Oxford Student Union voted in favour of removing the statue of 19th century imperialist Sir Cecil Rhodes from Oriel College.

    The statue of Cecil Rhodes

    Defenders of the statue argued that if it statue goes then so must those of other big figures, such as Winston Churchill.

    But Max Harris, a Rhodes scholar himself, and one of the organisers of the Rhodes Must Fall campaign, said the statue was "inconsistent with values of the modern university".

    Quote Message: It venerates Cecil Rhodes and whilst he created the Rhodes scholarships he also exploited natural resources, oversaw military massacres, said some outright racist things.... he is someone that Oxford should no longer be celebrating." from Max Harris Rhodes Must Fall
    Max HarrisRhodes Must Fall
  14. Latest headlines: London rail route delayed

    Andrew Humphrey

    BBC Local Live

    Oxfordshire's top stories this afternoon:

    • The launch of the new Oxford city centre to London Marylebone train service has been delayed until December
    • Henley MP John Howell has been appointed the UK trade envoy to Nigeria
    • Oxford should "stop celebrating Cecil Rhodes", according to the Rhodes Must Fall campaign which won a Oxford Union debate last night
  15. New Oxford city centre rail route to London Marylebone delayed

    Marcus Liddell

    BBC Radio Oxford

    The first direct rail services between Oxford city centre and London Marylebone will not start running until the end of this year.

    Oxford station

    It had been hoped that the trains would run from this spring, but Chiltern Railways has delayed the launch after planning, construction, testing and training took longer than expected.

    Trains are now scheduled to begin on the route on 12 December.

  16. GCHQ summer school will pay students £250 per week

    Chris Baraniuk

    Technology reporter

    UK intelligence agency GCHQ has announced it will pay £250 per week to students attending its Cyber Summer Schools this year.  


    Each course teaches students, who must be 18 or older when attending, about GCHQ's work to combat cyber threats and helps them develop their "cyber skills".

    The Cyber Exposure courses will be held at sites in Scarborough, the Manchester area, and the Thames Valley between 11 July and 19 August. 

  17. One man's junk is another man's art at unusual new exhibition

    Oxford Times

    Artist Robert Strange has launched an unusual new exhibition, making the most of everyday objects people throw away.