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  1. Updates on Friday 4 March 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Monday

Live Reporting

By Sue Paz

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 Monday from 08:00 to bring you all the latest news, sport, travel and weather updates for Oxfordshire.

  2. Latest headlines: Midwife appeals to mother of baby found on footpath

    This evening's top stories in Oxfordshire:

  3. Weather: Frosty start with rain or sleet later

    Holly Green

    BBC Weather

    During the first part of tonight there'll be lengthy clear spells which will allow a frost to develop.

    Holly Green in front of the BBC Weather map for Friday 4 March 2016

    However, it will turn cloudier after midnight with outbreaks of rain and sleet moving in from the north west during the early hours. Lows of 0C (32F).

    You can get a full forecast on the BBC weather site.

  4. Sport headlines: U's take on Plymouth in promotion clash

    BBC Sport

    The top sport stories for Oxfordshire:

    • It's second against third in League Two tomorrow as Oxford United head to Plymouth, having leapfrogged their promotion rivals in the last week
    • Meanwhile, the combined number of seats sold for the JPT Final at Wembley next month has passed the 50,000 mark with Oxford United fans having already snapped up almost 30,000
  5. Tonight's TV: Baby found in bag on Oxford footpath was girl

    Tom Turrell

    BBC South Today

    Coming up on BBC South Today: The body of a baby found dead in a black bag on a footpath was that of a girl weighing 8lb, police have confirmed.

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    Video caption: Tom Turrell brings you the stories coming up at 18:30

    There's a plea for more blood donors to step forward due to a shortage of blood for ethnic minority patients in our region.

    And eyes to the skies this weekend as the iconic Spitfire gears up to make a rare appearance. 

    Join Tom Turrell from 18:30.

  6. CCTV images released of Milton Keynes hospital absconder seen in Oxford

    Police have released CCTV images of a man who has failed to returned to a low security hospital in Milton Keynes, following a voluntary placement.  

    CCTV image of Christopher Brown

    Christopher Brown, 43, absconded from Chadwick Lodge in Chadwick Drive, Eaglestone, Milton Keynes, on Thursday. 

    The images of Brown - who is described as white, slim, with short- to medium-length brown hair, blue eyes and a broken front tooth - were taken in New Inn Hall Street in Oxford today.

  7. Been and Gone: Commons librarian and Oxford alumni remembered

    Oxford alumni David Menhennet, who was largely responsible for the transformation of the House of Commons library (pictured), is remembered in the BBC News Online's regular column covering the deaths of significant - but lesser reported - people of the past month.

    House of Commons (parliamentary copyright images are reproduced with the permission of Parliament)
  8. Travel latest: Severe delays of one hour on A34 northbound

    BBC Travel

    • One lane is closed and there are severe delays of one hour on the A34 northbound between Milton Interchange in Milton and Marcham Interchange in Shippon, because of emergency repairs
    • There's heavier than usual traffic on the B4017 northbound in Drayton between the B4016 High Street junction and the A415 Ock Street junction
    • There's also congestion on the A415 Faringdon Road in both directions in Kingston Bagpuize at the Faringdon Road junction, due to roadworks

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

  9. Chipping Norton neighbourhood plan agreed

    A neighbourhood plan is going to be written for Chipping Norton after residents voted overwhelmingly in favour of creating one.

    Market Square, Chipping Norton

    It means people in the area should get more say over how the town is developed.

    Just over 20% of eligible voters had their say in the referendum yesterday.

  10. Head of midwifery in Oxford offers support to mother of baby found dead on footpath

    The head of midwifery at Oxford University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has appealed to the mother of a baby whose body was found dead on a footpath to come forward.

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    Video caption: Midwife says mum is not in trouble and they are there to support her

    The baby girl, with her umbilical cord still attached and weighing 8lb, was found by a member of the public in Marston, Oxford, on Monday.

    Police have said the mother is likely to be a young woman aged between 14 and 21.

    Quote Message: The midwives and doctors in the hospital are there to support people and I would just say she's absolutely not in trouble, we want her to come forward to get the care that she needs. from Jane Herve Head of midwifery at Oxford University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
    Jane HerveHead of midwifery at Oxford University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  11. Cinema review: Ghostbusters, Hail, Caesar! and more to choose from

    James Luxford, from the Radio Times, reviews the Ghostbusters movie remake, the new Coen brothers comedy Hail, Caesar!, the Gerard Butler action movie London Has Fallen and Robert Redford's Truth.

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    Video caption: The controversy over the new Nina Simone biopic plus "Hail Caesar!" & "London Has Fallen"
  12. County council defends Headington parking plans

    Oxfordshire County Council has defended plans to remove parking spaces in Headington as part of £12m road plans for the area.

    David Nimmo Smith
    Image caption: David Nimmo Smith

    Residents fear there won't be enough parking spaces in the area if proposals, which also include changes to junctions and new cycle lanes, get the go ahead.

    David Nimmo Smith, cabinet member for environment, said the plans aim to improve bus services.

    Quote Message: Our officers tell us that there is sufficient parking in the side roads [but] they may have to walk a little bit further than they used to. If you didn't take away the parking in Headley Way and Windmill Road you wouldn't be able to do what we're trying to do, which is to speed up public transport. from David Nimmo Smith Cabinet member for environment at Oxfordshire County Council
    David Nimmo SmithCabinet member for environment at Oxfordshire County Council
  13. Latest headlines: Baby found in bag on Oxford footpath was girl

    The top stories in Oxfordshire this afternoon:

  14. Oxford United boss eyes late charge for League Two title

    It's second against third in League Two tomorrow as Oxford United head to Plymouth, having leapfrogged their promotion rivals in the last week.

    Michael Appleton
    Image caption: Oxford United boss Michael Appleton is looking for a late tilt at the League Two title

    Boss Michael Appleton doesn't see the clash in Devon as critical to either side's hopes of automatic promotion, but thinks it could be the key to a late tilt at winning the title.

    Quote Message: I think you have to continue to look up. There is one team ahead and we have to believe we can chase that team ahead. from Michael Appleton Oxford United manager
    Michael AppletonOxford United manager
  15. Clean for the Queen: Litter picking at Blenheim Palace for 90th birthday campaign

    For the next three days people across Oxfordshire will cleaning up the county and taking part in the UK's largest litter picking campaign.

    Blenheim Palace

    Clean for the Queen is being run by Tidy Britain in the lead up to her 90th birthday. 

    Schoolchildren are helping to litter pick at Blenheim Palace. 

    John Hoy, chief executive of the palace, said the campaign will be great for the county.

    Quote Message: People are far too prone to just stick something out of the window and assume it's somebody else's problem... If you look at roadsides there is far too much litter lying around. from John Hoy Chief executive of Blenheim Palace
    John HoyChief executive of Blenheim Palace
  16. Appeal for mum continues as police confirm dead baby was little girl weighing 8lbs

    Brennan Nicholls

    BBC News

    Police say a medical examination has confirmed the body of a baby found in Marston, Oxford earlier this week was that of a girl weighing 8lbs. 

    The body of the dead baby was found in a black bag in bushes in Marston, Oxford
    Image caption: The body of the dead baby was found in a black bag in bushes in Marston

    They haven't been able to say how old she was accurately, but have already said the umbilical cord was still attached.

    Police say they do not believe she was born there, there were no obvious signs of injury and further tests are being carried out.

    Midwives say they are concerned for the mother's welfare. She is still to be traced and there is concern for her health following the birth.

  17. BreakingPolice say baby found in Marston was a girl

    Police say a medical examination has confirmed the body of a baby found in Marston was that of a little girl weighing 8lbs. More to follow.

  18. Government 'prepared to listen' over devolution bid

    The government is "prepared to listen" to plans for Oxfordshire's councils to take on more powers, a spokesman has said.

    Oxfordshire County Council

    All the county's authorities were working together on the proposal but rival plans have since been announced by the district councils, which would see the county council scrapped in favour of four new unitary councils.

    County council officer Peter Clark had said this had led to "clear indications" the government wouldn't support the original devolution bid.

    However, a government spokesman has rejected the claim.

    Quote Message: “This is not the case. The government is prepared to listen to any areas putting forward ambitious plans to take greater control of power and resources over their local area. from Government spokesman
    Government spokesman