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  1. Updates on Thursday 11 February 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Friday

Live Reporting

By Andrew Humphrey

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our news coverage through the day

    That's all for Thursday's Oxfordshire Live.

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

  2. Latest headlines: Junior doctor resignation warning and Didcot cycle link

    Andrew Humphrey

    BBC Local Live

    Oxfordshire's top stories this evening:

    • Oxfordshire's junior doctors are considering leaving the profession because of the new contract, doctors say
    • The signing of a petition calling for protection for children's centres from council cuts in the county, signed by David Cameron's mother, has sparked questions in both the Houses of Commons and Lords
    • Funding for a £1.4m scheme to build a pedestrian and cycle link between Didcot and Milton Park has been secured
  3. Weather: Turning wet overnight

    Emily Wood

    BBC Weather

    Cloud will build this evening, bringing showers on and off through the night.

    Emily Wood

    Overnight will be fairly cold with temperatures close to freezing in the countryside, or 2C (36F) in towns and cities.

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

  4. Sport headlines: Oxford United move on to Morecambe

    Jerome Sale

    Sports editor, BBC Radio Oxford

    This evening's sports stories:

    • Oxford United are resilient enough to bounce back from a disappointing draw against Mansfield and improve against Morecambe on Saturday, winger Alex MacDonald says
    • More than 7,500 United season ticket holders have secured their seat at Wembley for the JPT final, with the remaining tickets going on general sale on Monday
  5. Tonight's TV: Calls to be better connected

    Adina Campbell

    BBC South Today

    On South Today this evening: Campaigners in Oxfordshire say there's a lack of superfast broadband have been talking to a group of MPs near Watlington.

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    Video caption: Adina Campbell brings you the stories coming up at 18:30

    We'll also be looking into the shortage of secondary school teachers.

    And he has nearly two million followers online - and I managed to get a photo taken with Tuna the dog earlier before his book signing in Oxford.

    Join Adina Campbell for all that and more from 18:30.

  6. Travel latest: A34 delays and Abingdon Road breakdown in Oxford

    Al Ryan

    BBC Oxford travel presenter

    • The A34 is looking busy between Abingdon and Botley, and further up from Kidlington to Islip
    • In Oxford you can expect some delays on the Abingdon Road southbound because of a broken-down truck near Thames Street
    • It's very slow on Marston Ferry Road, taking about 15 minutes from Cherwell Drive to Banbury Road

    You can keep up to date on the BBC Travel site.

  7. On Howard Bentham's Breakfast show: Pharmacy fears

    Howard Bentham

    Radio Oxford presenter

    Oxfordshire's chemists are worried that new government plans could drive them out of business.


    It's looking to reduce NHS funding for pharmacies and the health minister estimates that up to 3,000 might close across England.

    We'll speak to the county's pharmacists, including from England's oldest, in Burford.

    Join Howard Bentham for all the region's top stories from 07:00.

  8. Oxford City Council plan to sieze back control of Oxford Stadium

    Oxford Times

    Three years after Oxford Stadium was closed, the city council has come up with an ambitious plan to seize back control of the site.

  9. Backhill Tunnel path to link Didcot and Milton Park

    Natalie Verney

    BBC Radio Oxford

    A scheme to build a pedestrian and cycle link between Didcot and Milton Park is to start in the summer.

    The £1.4m transport link will go through the Backhill Tunnel, which has been closed to the public for many years.

    It's hoped it will reduce the number of vehicles on nearby roads and help to encourage economic development in the area.

  10. David Cameron's mother 'should not be gagged' over cuts petition

    A cabinet minister says David Cameron's mother is free to complain about spending cuts in Oxfordshire.


    Retired magistrate Mary Cameron has signed a petition in an effort to save children's centres from county council cuts, which the council blames on a reduction in central government funding.

    Quote Message: In a society that is free, able to express individual views, then none of us seek to gag our relatives, even when they disagree with us. from Chris Grayling Leader of the House of Commons
    Chris GraylingLeader of the House of Commons
  11. Warning that new contract could drive doctors away

    BBC Radio Oxford

    Junior doctor leaders say they will fight on after the government announced that it will impose a new contract on those working in the NHS in England, and warned that medics may be forced to leave the profession, or practice abroad.

    Junior doctor's protest
    Quote Message: I have colleagues who are resigning today... There's 54,000 of us and if even 1% of us leave, that's 540 doctors gone from the NHS. Those are the doctors that would be populating 10 A&E departments. from Rachel Clarke Junior doctor, John Radcliffe Hospital
    Rachel ClarkeJunior doctor, John Radcliffe Hospital
  12. Chance to get 'pawtograph' of 'world's ugliest dog'

    He's been described as the world's ugliest dog, but his 1.7m Instagram followers may disagree, as does Tuna's owner Courtney Dasher.

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    If you want to see the famous face for yourself, they will be at Blackwell's bookshop in Oxford from 17:00 to 19:00.

  13. Star Wars prosecuted over Harrison Ford injury

    The production company behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens is being prosecuted over the incident in which Harrison Ford broke his leg.  

    Harrison Ford
    Image caption: Harrison Ford was struck by a hydraulic metal door on at Pinewood studios

    Following the incident, Ford was airlifted to Oxford's John Radcliffe Hospital for surgery.

    The Health And Safety Executive has brought four criminal charges against Foodles Production (UK) Ltd - a subsidiary of Disney.

  14. Your pictures: Bright blue skies over Abingdon

    It's been a clear day for many parts of the county, as photographed by BBC Weather Watcher Riversprite in Abingdon.


    If you have a picture you'd like to see on Local Live, why not send it in? And to find out more about becoming a Weather Watcher, check out the website.

  15. Coming up on Drivetime with David Prever: Junior doctor contract fight continues

    David Prever

    BBC Radio Oxford

    The Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt says a new contract will be imposed on junior doctors in England later this year after their union, the BMA, rejected a final offer to settle the dispute about pay and weekend working.

    Junior doctor protest

    The stance raises the prospect of more strikes, while behind the scenes there has been talk of legal action, mass resignations and doctors refusing to sign contracts.

    We'll get the latest reaction from a junior doctor in Oxfordshire.

    Join David for that and more from 16:00.

  16. Latest headlines: Warning over junior doctors contract

    Andrew Humphrey

    BBC Local Live

    Oxfordshire's top stories today:

  17. Figures reveal more children in care do well at school

    Wallingford Herald

    More children in care in the county have achieved good reading, writing and maths results than in previous years.

  18. Westgate shopping centre demolition under way

    Dave Gilyeat

    BBC News

    Work has begun to demolish a 1970s shopping centre in the centre of Oxford as part of a £440m redevelopment.

    The old shopping centre is being demolished to make way for the new scheme
    Image caption: The old shopping centre is being demolished to make way for the new scheme

    The Westgate development in the city centre will eventually have more than 100 shops, 25 restaurants and cafes, a cinema and 61 flats. 

    The development is due for completion in autumn next year.

  19. Oxford City Council makes £45,000 solar panel investment

    Sixty-six solar panels have been installed on Oxford City Council's main offices in St Aldate's Chambers.

    Solar panel

    The £45,000 panels will generate about £4,445 of income every year for the council from the government's feed-in tariff, and provide 10% of the building's electricity.

    The move was welcomed by the Green Party. But councillor Ruthi Brandt called for more to be done, adding this was "just a fraction of the roof space owned or managed by the city council".