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  1. Updates on Thursday 3 March 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 coverage through the day

    That's all for today's BBC Local Live.

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

  2. On Friday's Breakfast Show with Howard Bentham

    BBC Radio Oxford

    Congested roads around Headington could be improved if a £12.5m scheme gets approved, and Oxfordshire County Council is asking people living in the area what they think of its Access to Headington plan.


    We'll take a close look at the proposals and hear councillors and residents give their thoughts on the plans.

    Join Howard for that and more from 07:00.

  3. Weather: A wet and cold night to come

    Bee Tucker

    BBC Weather

    We have a band of rain heading over the region this evening, with the chance of some snow over high ground.

    Bee Tucker

    It should clear overnight with a frost possible and lows of -1C (30F).

    Friday will begin brightly, and be dry for most of the day.

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

  4. Sport headlines: Ismail departs but captain returns to United squad

    Jerome Sale

    Sport editor, BBC Radio Oxford

    This evening's top sport stories:

    • Oxford United loanee Zeli Ismail has returned to his parent club Wolves after making six appearances
    • United are boosted ahead of Saturday's match at promotion rivals Plymouth by having midfielder John Lundstram and captain Jake Wright available for selection after injury
    • Oxfordshire will have two representatives in the Caribbean Cup later this month with Banbury United midfielder Duran Martin and Oxford United youngster AJ George called up to the national squad for Antigua and Barbuda
  5. Tonight's TV: BMW enters EU referendum debate

    Victoria Cook

    BBC South Today

    On South Today this evening: BMW, which makes Minis in Oxford, is criticised after it sends staff emails outlining the benefits of staying in the EU.

    Video content

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

    We'll also be going back to Didcot power station after police said it could be months before the bodies of those lost in the collapse are found.

    And researchers say Blenheim Palace is home to the greatest collection of the oldest oak trees in Europe.

    Join Victoria Cook for all the region's news at 18:30.

  6. Latest headlines: Didcot Power Station recovery 'could take months'

    Andrew Humphrey

    BBC Local Live

    This evening's top stories in Oxfordshire:

    • It could take months to reach the bodies of three people missing under the rubble of a collapsed building at Didcot Power Station, police say
    • Extra police are patrolling Abingdon after an attempted child abduction this morning
    • Images of people sought in connection with disorder at Oxford United matches have been released by police
  7. Attempted abduction in Abingdon

    A 12-year-old girl escaped unharmed when a man tried to grab her on a path in Abingdon this morning.

    The girl was walking near the Motte Box Hill Walk Path at about 08:15 when a man approached from behind, grabbed her wrist and pulled her.

    The victim managed to kick her attacker and run away. He is described as white with a tan, of large build and in his 30s.

  8. Oxford United disorder images released by police

    Thames Valley Police has issued several images of people it would like to speak to over disorder at Oxford United football matches.

    Football disorder images

    The force says the incidents they are investigating took place at the United match against Millwall on 2 February and the away match at Portsmouth on 23 January.

    You can see the full gallery on Thames Valley Police's Facebook page and anyone pictured is advised to contact police.

  9. Victoria Pendleton congratulated for race win in Parliament

    The Thame-based former Olympic cycling champion Victoria Pendleton has been praised in Parliament for her first win as a jockey.

    Victoria Pendleton riding Pacha Du Polder

    The novice only started riding a year ago but managed a victory aboard Pacha Du Polder at Wincanton yesterday.  

    Quote Message: I of course join my honourable friend in congratulating Victoria Pendleton. I heard her talking about her success this morning and it shows how somebody can achieve great accomplishment in one sport and then go on to succeed in a second. from John Whittingdale MP Culture secretary
    John Whittingdale MPCulture secretary
  10. Travel latest: M40 delays and temporary lights in Kingston Bagpuize

    Al Ryan

    BBC Oxford travel presenter

    • There's slow traffic on the M40 northbound at J10 for Brackley
    • In Oxford it's getting busy on the Marston Ferry Road, Ifffley Road and Cowley Road
    • Temporary traffic lights are causing queues on the A415 in Kingston Bagpuize

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

  11. Loft fire on Warwick Street in Oxford

    Fire crews tackled a blaze at a terraced house in Oxford as it began to spread to neighbouring properties.

    The converted loft space in the property on Warwick Street caught alight in the early hours of this morning.

    No-one was injured.

  12. CCTV images released after purse theft

    CCTV images have been released of two men who police would like to speak to in connection with the theft of a purse at Robert Dyas in Banbury.

    CCTV image

    The theft happened at the shop on High Street between 13:00 and 13:30 on Friday 5 February, when an elderly woman was engaged in conversation by two men.

    She later realised her purse had been taken from her handbag and her bank cards were used in Oxford at KFC and the BP Connect Service Station on Woodstock Road.

  13. Coming up on Drivetime with David Prever

    The campaigning ahead of the referendum on the UK's membership of the EU is increasing, with BMW writing to its employees at the Cowley Mini plant about the dangers of leaving.

    Now a South East MEP has called on his constituents to sack him.

    Daniel Hannan MEP

    Daniel Hannan, a Conservative who represents Oxfordshire, has written an open letter laying out why he feels the country would be better off outside the European Union, and asking them to relieve him of his position.

    Join David Prever to find out why.

  14. Zeli Ismail leaves Oxford United

    Wolves winger Zeli Ismail has left Oxford United after his one-month loan deal expired.

    Zeli Ismail

    The 22-year-old made six appearances for the U’s, but failed to start a game for the League Two side.

    Quote Message: We’re certainly not closing the door on it, but he has gone back for the time being. It’s a little bit unfortunate for him, he probably didn’t get as much game time as he would have liked, but that was due to the form of other players. from Michael Appleton Manager, Oxford United
    Michael AppletonManager, Oxford United
  15. BMW EU warning 'no suprise'

    BMW warning staff at Cowley's Mini factory of the dangers of leaving the European Union is no surprise, according to the Vote Leave campaign.

    BMW plant in Cowley

    Workers are expected to receive an email from BMW today highlighting what the company sees as the risks of a UK exit from the EU.

    Quote Message: I used to work in the motor industry and it is now highly and almost totally regulated by the EU. They're not going to say anything critical of the EU. BMW's not going to say anything to upset either the British government or the German government. So, surprise surprise, German multinational supports membership of the EU. from Bernard Jenkin MP Vote Leave campaign
    Bernard Jenkin MPVote Leave campaign
  16. Didcot power station investigation 'moving into new phase'

    The work to reach the three people still missing after the collapse of part of a building at Didcot power station, and the investigation into what happened, will likely take many months, police say.

    Didcot Power Station Station collapse
    Image caption: The building at Didcot Power Station collapsed on 23 February

    At a news conference, Assistant Chief Constable Scott Chilton paid tribute to the families of the victims and said the thoughts of everyone were with them.

    ACC Chilton said the building is still considered unsafe and they are seeking specialist advice as to when they will be able to gain access to the site.

    Quote Message: It will take many weeks, or in reality more likely many months before we be able to get access to those people who are trapped. from Assistant Chief Constable Scott Chilton Thames Valley Police
    Assistant Chief Constable Scott ChiltonThames Valley Police
  17. BreakingDidcot A Power Station missing people recovery 'could take months'

    It will take many weeks, or more likely many months to reach the missing people in the rubble of Didcot power station, police say.

    Didcot Power Station collapse