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  1. Updates on Thursday 28 January 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Friday

Live Reporting

By Chris Brown

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our news coverage through the day

    That's all from BBC Local Live for today.

    We'll be back from 08:00 on Friday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather updates for Oxfordshire. Join us then.

  2. Latest headlines: Council defends roadworks and woman free from cancer after trial

    Stephen Stafford

    BBC News Online

    The top stories in Oxfordshire this evening:

    • Oxfordshire County Council defends its roadworks programme at Cutteslowe and Wolvercote after a leading businessman describes it as "embarrassing"
    • Police in West Oxfordshire appeal for help in finding Billy Butler, 19, who they want to recall to prison
    • A woman who was told she may have only 18 months to live is now free of any signs of cancer, after taking part in a drugs trial at Oxford's Churchill Hospital
  3. Weather: Cloudy night with patchy rain

    Holly Green

    BBC Weather

    After a dry start to the evening, thickening cloud will bring outbreaks of patchy light rain from the west overnight. 

    Winds will be increasing from the west as the night progresses. Lows of 6C (43F).


    More detail on the BBC Weather website.

  4. Sport headlines: George Baldock heads back to MK Dons

    BBC Sport

    The latest sport headlines this evening:

    • Oxford United loanee George Baldock is to return to his parent club MK Dons. The right back will leave after this weekend's FA Cup tie at home to Blackburn
    • The U's new loan signing, Jonjoe Kenny from Everton, has been training with the squad for the first time today
    • Oxfordshire golfers Eddie Pepperall and Gary Boyd are both set to miss the cut at the Qatar Masters
  5. Travel latest: A34 and A40 delays

    BBC Travel

    • There are delays of about 10 minutes on the A34 western bypass on the northbound carriageway between Abingdon North and Peartree due to a broken-down car
    • There are also hold-ups through the A40 roadworks at Wolvercote and Cutteslowe
    • All routes outbound from the centre of Oxford are also busy, especially Banbury Road and Marston Ferry Road

    For the latest on the roads near you, visit the BBC Travel site.

  6. Evening TV: Woman free of cancer after Oxford trial

    Geraldine Peers

    Presenter, BBC South Today

    On South Today this evening: The remarkable story of a woman, told she had 18 months to live but is now free of cancer, after a clinical trial at Oxford's Churchill Hospital.

    Video content

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

    Also on the programme: the row over Oxford's roadworks which are branded "embarrassing" by a leading businessman.

    Join us for all the stories from around the region at 18:30 on BBC One.

  7. Horse put down after B4035 car collision

    BBC Radio Oxford

    A horse has had to be destroyed after it escaped from its paddock and collided with a car on a road near Banbury.

    Police believe the horse escaped from its paddock after holes had been cut in the barbed wire fence. It was struck by a car on the B4035 Broughton Road shortly before 07:30.

    PC Paul Morse said: "Unfortunately the horse had to be put down after the incident. This situation could have been a lot worse and could have caused a human fatality."

  8. John Taylor on Duran Duran's Oxford appearance

    Following yesterday's announcement that 80s legends Duran Duran are headlining the Common People festival in Oxford and Southampton, band member John Taylor has taken to YouTube.

    View more on youtube
  9. Council responds to Oxford roadworks criticism

    Oxfordshire County Council has responded to criticism over the time taken to complete roadworks at Cutteslowe and Wolvercote roundabouts.

    Quote Message: "Oxford’s roads have long been in need of major investment and now, thanks to the government’s funding and the county council’s hard work, we are making those investments and improvements. Cutteslowe and Wolvercote are major junctions on busy arterial routes into and around Oxford, so making improvements results in disruption while the work is being done. But the end result will be worthwhile." from Oxfordshire County Council spokeswoman
    Oxfordshire County Council spokeswoman
  10. 'Batter it like Beckham': Has David been spotted in Oxfordshire?

    Looks like David Beckham has been sampling some fish and chips while taking part in a photoshoot in Barton.

    View more on twitter
  11. Samaritans help rail staff affected by suicides

    The number of people ending their lives on the railways rose by 5% last year. 

    The latest figures show their were 300 suicides in the 12 months to March. A disproportionate number happen on the Great Western line and the Samaritans have been working with GWR staff. 

    First Great Western train
    Quote Message: There was a young man standing on the platform who, I thought, was sending a text message. I thought 'no problem' and shortly after that he was dead. I stood on the platform and cried my eyes out. from Janet Frost Rail employee
    Janet FrostRail employee
  12. Oxford walk makes romantic top five

    A walk in Oxford has been shortlisted as one of the country's most romantic urban strolls by a UK charity.

    Bridge of Sighs

    The Oxford walk - taking in Broad Street to High Street, the Botanical Gardens, the Bodleian Library and the Bridge of Sighs - made the top five romantic walks from a Living Streets survey of 15,000 people.

    The overall winner will be chosen by public vote in time for Valentine's Day.

  13. Wallingford residents fight plan for 85 homes at planning appeal

    Oxfordshire Guardian

    South Oxfordshire District Council was labelled ‘incapable’ of meeting Wallingford’s housing demand after a planning inquiry opened on Tuesday into a controversial application to build 85 homes in Winterbrook.

  14. MK Dons recall George Baldock from Oxford United

    BBC Sport

    MK Dons defender George Baldock has been recalled from his loan spell at Oxford and will return to his parent club after Saturday's FA Cup fourth-round match against Blackburn.

    George Baldock
    Image caption: George Baldock in action for Oxford United

    The 22-year-old has played 34 times this campaign after joining the U's on a season-long loan in June.

  15. Latest headlines: School and homes lose water supplies after burst main

    This afternoon's top stories in Oxfordshire: 

    • Thames Valley Police launch new campaign to recruit specials
    • Four Formula 1 cars raced by the former Banbury-based Virgin Marussia team, which entered administration in 2015, are set to be auctioned off
  16. Young Carers Awareness Day

    Oxford City Council posts support for under 18-year-olds who are physically or emotionally caring for someone in their family, because of an illness or disability.  

  17. Get Involved: Your views on the Oxford roundabout roadworks woe

    Over on Facebook, you've been discussing the comments made by the owner of a large Oxford company, criticising roadworks at the Wolvercote and Cutteslowe roundabouts.

    Cutteslowe roundabout
    Image caption: Cutteslowe roundabout

    Angela Plant: "It's an absolute joke! What's even more worrying is that, once complete, the roundabouts probably won't work. Total lane confusion on both which encourages bad driving and dangerous manoeuvres.  

    Kate Dyer: "There never seems to be any more than 10 or so people working (on both roundabouts) at one time. Surely it's better to have shifts of people working there all day every day and get it done?"

    Alex Dutton: "Not all road users are being held up by the roadworks. I park up and cycle in from Kidlington every day, and I get through with no delay. Often faster than all the cars down the Banbury Road, too."

    Oxfordshire County Council says that by doing both roundabouts at once it reduces the amount of time this part of the road network is affected.

  18. Charity welcomes Syrian refugee children announcement

    A Thame-based adoption and fostering charity has welcomed the announcement that the UK will take unaccompanied children from refugee camps in Syria and neighbouring countries.

    Refugee children

    The Home Office will work with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees to identify "exceptional cases",  but the government has not said how many.

    Krish Kandiah from the Home for Good charity has visited a refugee camp in Lebanon and said the children were very vulnerable.

    Quote Message: Some have been under physical attack and sadly some of the children travelling unaccompanied have been trafficked, and used in the sex industry. There is a whole range of need so it's great the UK is going to step up and do more. from Krish Kandiah Home for Good
    Krish KandiahHome for Good
  19. Work continues to restore Ambrosden water supplies after burst pipe

    Clare Woodling

    Radio Oxford news

    Work is continuing to restore water supplies in Ambrosden after an earlier burst water main.

    Thames Water said its engineers were hoping to reconnect homes, businesses and a local primary school by the end of the day.    

    Quote Message: We have a large team of engineers on site - they've made headway on restoring supplies to a number of properties. from Martin Wells Thames Water spokesman
    Martin WellsThames Water spokesman