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  1. Updates on Wednesday 2 March 2016
  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 news 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. Latest headlines: A&E patients wait for more than an hour to leave ambulance

    Andrew Humphrey

    BBC Local Live

    Oxfordshire's top stories this evening:

    • On average one patient a week had to wait in an ambulance outside the John Radcliffe Hospital for more than hour last year
    • The Oxford Media Convention has heard that the licence fee loophole that allows people to use the BBC iPlayer for free will be closed
    • A much loved antique rocking horse at Oxford's Childrens Hospital has been returned to its former glory
  3. Sport headlines: United striker Bowery has promotion goal

    Marie Indge

    Radio Oxford Sport

    This evening's top sport stories:

    • Oxford United striker Jordan Bowery says he is relishing his part in their promotion push after netting his fourth goal in three games
    • Oxford United should find out their opponents in the semi-final of the Oxford Senior Cup, with North Leigh and Oxford University Press battling it out tonight to face the U's
    • Victoria Pendleton has won her first race as a jockey
  4. Weather: Rain and wind to clear

    Holly Green

    BBC Weather

    We can expect some showers through the evening, but the wind should ease.

    Holly Green

    There will be some clear spells overnight with lows of 3C (37F).

    After a cold start there should be some bright sunshine on Thursday.

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

  5. On Thursday's Breakfast Show with Howard Bentham

    Howard Bentham

    Radio Oxford presenter

    On Wednesday's show Howard went on a tour of the food bank in Didcot, but as well as hearing support for the initiative we also received another point of view, that they were "doing the government's dirty work".

    Food bank parcel

    We'll find out if they are the solution to an age of austerity, or part of the problem.

    Join Howard for that and more from 07:00.

  6. Tonight's TV: A&E ambulance waiting times

    Victoria Cook

    BBC South Today

    Coming up on South Today this evening: We find out why patients are being delayed getting into hospital when they arrive in an ambulance, as new figures show vital deadlines are being missed.

    Video content

    Video caption: Victoria Cook brings you the stories coming up at 18:30.

    And France says thanks you to D-day veterans from Oxfordshire as they are honoured for the role they played during World War Two.

    Join Victoria for all that and the rest of the region's news at 18:30.

  7. BBC iPlayer 'loophole' to be closed, Oxford Media Conference told

    Lauren Turner

    Entertainment Reporter

    The culture secretary has vowed to end the iPlayer "loophole" soon, so those watching catch-up TV do not get "a free ride".


    John Whittingdale said the licence fee would be extended so it no longer just applied to live television viewers.

    He told the Oxford Media Convention he would bring forward the legislation "as soon as practicable", later adding it could be in this parliamentary session.

  8. Nurses 'support patients waiting in ambulances'

    Patients waiting to be admitted to the John Radcliffe Hospital from an ambulance will be attended to by experienced nurses along with the ambulance crew, according to Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

    John Radcliffe Hospital

    The trust was responding to figures which show that on average one patient a week had to wait in an ambulance for more than an hour before being admitted to A&E last year.

    Quote Message: We continue to work closely with the ambulance service to ensure that patients are received and treated promptly. At times our emergency departments are exceptionally busy. Experienced nurses support ambulance teams during these busy periods when patients are waiting to be admitted to the departments. from Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
    Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  9. Travel latest: A34 slow in patches and busy on Oxford's outbound routes

    Al Ryan

    BBC Oxford travel presenter

    • The A34 northbound is slow from Hinksey to Botley and from Weston-on-the-Green to the M40
    • It's very busy in Oxford on the Marston Ferry Road, and on the London Road in Headington
    • In Didcot it's very busy on the A4130 outbound from Great Western Park to the Milton Interchange

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

  10. Oxford United manager has 'lots of reasons to be happy'

    Oxford United manager Michael Appleton says he has "lots of reasons to be happy" after last night's 4-0 win against York moved his team up to second in League Two.

    Oxford United boss Michael Appleton
    Image caption: Oxford United boss Michael Appleton

    Speaking after the match he was joined by Jordan Bowery, who opened the scoring in the match, and said the match "couldn't have gone much better" for him.

  11. Rocking horse repair thanks for hospital

    A much-loved antique rocking horse at Oxford's children's hospital has been returned to its former glory.

    Rocking horse at Oxford's John Radcliffe Hospital

    It's thought to be more than 100 years old and has brought joy to many children at the hospital over the years.

    The work was made possible by the family of nine-year-old Elana Proctor as a way of saying thank you for the care she's received.

    Quote Message: It's a special horse for us. My daughter was born here nine years ago, we visit the hospital frequently and I often bring her three other siblings... The fact that they get to ride the horse before the appointment just makes it a worthwhile trip. from Amy Proctor
    Amy Proctor
  12. Victoria Pendleton wins first race as a jockey

    Victoria Pendleton won her first race as an amateur jockey on 5-4 favourite Pacha Du Polder at Wincanton today.

    Victoria Pendleton at Wincanton Racecourse
    Image caption: Victoria Pendleton at Wincanton Racecourse

    The Thame-based double Olympic cycling champion, who has been riding for just over a year, jumped well and led all the way to win on the nine-year-old.

    Pendleton hopes to ride Pacha Du Polder in the amateur Foxhunter Chase at the Cheltenham Festival on 18 March.

  13. Chipping Norton mayor urges residents to vote yes for town's Neighbourhood Plan

    Witney Gazette

    The chairman of Chipping Norton Town Council is urging everyone in the town to have their say on whether the council can have a hand in controlling future developments in the area.

  14. Coming up on Drivetime with David Prever: A&E ambulance waiting times

    If you were taken to A&E in an ambulance, how long would you expect to be left waiting in the vehicle outside the hospital?

    John Radcliffe Hospital

    BBC Radio Oxford has discovered that at the John Radcliffe Hospital last year, on average, one patient a week had to wait for more than an hour.

    But the picture does appear to be improving. In 2013 more than 200 patients waited for more than an hour outside A&E.

    Join David for the full story at 16:00.

  15. Latest headlines: Crimea textbook changed by Oxford University Press

    Andrew Humphrey

    BBC Local Live

    Oxfordshire's top stories this afternoon:

  16. Secondary school admissions emails sent out

    After a delay caused by technical glitches, emails are being sent to parents letting them know what secondary school their children will attend.

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    The county council said that letters had also been sent out by first class post, and should arrive on Thursday.

    Some parents had complained about the system, which left them without confirmation yesterday, whereas other students had found out.

  17. Geography textbook changed after Crimea row

    Joe Nimmo

    BBC News Online

    A geography textbook that prompted a complaint from the Ukrainian embassy for showing Crimea as part of Russia has been changed

    A comparison of the two textbooks
    Image caption: The original textbook (left) showed Crimea a different colour from Ukraine but has now been amended (right)

    Oxford University Press was criticised for descriptions and maps of the peninsula in its Geog.3 title.

    Now the publisher has said following feedback from customers its updated textbook "explains the situation in Crimea in more detail".

  18. New Oxford station 'could be built in 2019'

    BBC Radio Oxford

    A new railway station in Oxford could begin construction in 2019 if funding can be found for the project, the city council says.

    Wilkinson Eyre’s Oxford station design
    Image caption: Wilkinson Eyre’s entry features a single roof concept

    Three designs have been chosen as a framework for the eventual new building.

    Quote Message: We hope that we can start construction on the site in 2019, becuase that would give us the chance to follow on from the Westgate development and the significant development at Oxpens, rather than having everything happening at the same time. from Bob Price Leader, Oxford City Council
    Bob PriceLeader, Oxford City Council
  19. Watlington hoard could be worth £1million

    Henley Standard

    A collection of treasure including coins, Viking arm rings and silver ingots could be worth more than £1m.