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  1. Updates on Wednesday 9 March 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates return at 08:00 on Thursday

Live Reporting

By Alex Regan

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

  2. Tonight's headlines: Royal Marine loses battle to clear his name

    BBC Radio Oxford

    • A Royal Marine who was charged with manslaughter has lost his bid to appeal the case. Colin Scholey was charged with the manslaughter of his four-month-old nephew Thomas Preece, who died from brain damage in 2009
    • A protest against Oriel College's decision to keep a statue of imperialist Cecil Rhodes was held today
    • Singers, musicians and producers have paid tribute to the man who shaped the sound of the Beatles Sir George Martin following his death at the age of 90
  3. Sport update: Winger O'Dowda called up for Ireland squad

    Marie Indge

    Radio Oxford Sport

    • U's winger Callum O'Dowda has been called up for the provisional Ireland Uunder-21 squad for games against Italy and Slovenia this month. If selected he will miss the Oxford United games against Cambridge and Stevenage
    • Didcot Town are offering fans "pay what you want" tickets ahead of a home game against Bashley
    • Brackley Town will continue their fight against relegation against Bradford Park Avenue this weekend
  4. Weather update: Cloudy night but mostly dry

    Bee Tucker

    BBC Weather

    As we head through the evening there will be a lot of cloud, but that will ease as we go through the night.

    Weather update

    Tomorrow will be mostly dry with patchy rain, but some of us will see sunny spells and it will be milder than today with highs of 9C (48F).

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

  5. Tonight's TV: Junior doctors' strike, Cecil Rhodes and Sir George Martin

    Geraldine Peers

    Presenter, BBC South Today

    On South Today this evening we will hear about the latest on the junior doctors' strike and also how students anger about Oxford University's refusal to take down a statue of Cecil Rhodes has turned into a bigger debate on race and diversity.

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

    We also look back on the life of Beatles producer Sir George Martin, who died at his home near Faringdon.

    Join Geraldine Peers at 18:30.

  6. Oxford University looking for 'poo donations'

    Scientists looking into antibiotic resistance have asked the public to donate stool samples to help their research.

    Oxford University academic Dr Nicola Fawcett said that the research into gut microbes could help scientists discover why some people's bodies resist antibiotics. 

    Nicola Fawcett
    Image caption: Oxford University academic Dr Nicola Fawcett

    Speaking to potential donors, Dr Fawcett said: "The whole process is painless. Volunteers will fill in a questionnaire about diet, health and any antibiotics they can remember having taken in the past. They will then give a stool sample, either at a hospital, or using a kit at home which we will arrange to collect."

  7. The Oxford Book Club with Sharon Bolton

    Award winning author Sharon Bolton tells David Prever about The Night Manager by John Le Carre, which is currently being dramatised on the BBC, and two brand new crime thrillers; 13 Minutes by Sarah Pinborough and A Savage Hunger by Claire McGowan.

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    Video caption: The author of the award-winning "Lacey Flint" books with her reviews
  8. Carterton man sought by police

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    Quote Message: I would appeal to anyone who has any information about Daniel Edward Brassington’s whereabouts to contact police immediately. If you see Daniel Edward Brassington please do not approach him, instead call 999. from Det Insp Claire Thorngate Thames Valley Police
    Det Insp Claire ThorngateThames Valley Police
  9. Travel update: Slow traffic on Milton Interchange

    Al Ryan

    BBC Oxford travel presenter

    • In Didcot the A4130 is very slow on the travel sensors from Great Western Park to the Milton Interchange
    • Travel conditions continue to be very poor due to heavy rainfall earlier today
  10. Five year prison sentence for drunk driver

    A man who drove his car into a tree while over the limit has been sentenced to five years in prison

    David Farnell, 28, lost control of his car in Sutton Courtenay on 27 July 2015 when he crashed into a tree, resulting in the death of the front passenger. 

    He was arrested in January after failing to appear at Oxford Crown Court earlier that month. 

    David Farnell

    Farnell, who has also been banned from driving for five years, was driving without insurance.

    Quote Message: It is clear that Farnell’s ability to drive was affected by alcohol, and it’s highly likely that had he not got behind the wheel whilst under the influence, no one would have died. I would like to stress that drinking alcohol and driving is extremely dangerous and often leads to terrible consequences. I hope this case will stop people from even considering this reckless practice.” from Sgt Beth Walton Serious Collision Investigation Unit, Thames Valley Police
    Sgt Beth WaltonSerious Collision Investigation Unit, Thames Valley Police
  11. Travel update: Poor driving conditions across the county

    Al Ryan

    BBC Oxford travel presenter

    Good afternoon, here is the latest travel update from BBC Oxford Travel:

    • Driving conditions are very poor across the county with a lot of standing water and roads affected by flooding, especially Woodeaton Road which is closed between Marston Flyover and Woodeaton
    • The entry slip road at Abingdon North on the A34 Northbound has reopened after being closed due to flooding earlier today

    You can get the latest on the BBC Travel site.

  12. Statue protest: University responds to 'Rhodes Must Fall' march

    Oxford University has responded to a 120-strong protest this afternoon over demands to remove a statue of imperialist and polarising figure Cecil Rhodes. 

    The university has invited members of the Rhodes Must Fall group to speak with senior staff to "help shape the plans for an ever-more inclusive university."

    Students and activists gathered around the statue, outside Oriel College, and marched to the university offices in Wellington Square to protest the decision to keep the statue.

    Rhodes Must Fall protest
    Quote Message: Modern Oxford is a welcoming, tolerant and diverse community. We are working with black and minority ethnic students on many initiatives towards greater inclusion and representation. from Oxford University spokesperson
    Oxford University spokesperson
  13. Soup Kitchen gets close to £10k funding target

    BBC Radio Oxford

    The Cowley-based Oxford Community Soup Kitchen has raised £6,000 of the £10,000 it needs to keep operating for the year. 

    The organisation, which provides hot food and a place for homeless people to meet two days a week, costs £1,300 a month to operate.

    Ma Smith, right, with BBC reporter Clare Woodling
    Image caption: Oxford Community Soup Kitchen founder Ma Smith, right, with BBC reporter Clare Woodling

    The kitchen was founded by Icolyn 'Ma' Smith in 1990, and the 85-year-old still helps run the kitchen with her son Gary. 

    Care company Completely Care has donated £2,000 and has offered to match any donations until the £10,000 target is reached. 

    You can listen to the full story which was featured on this morning's breakfast show here

  14. New addiction advice service opens in Rose Hill

    Oxford Times

    An addiction help service which has expanded into Rose Hill has urged for people to drop in and find out more about the services it offers.  

  15. Oxfordshire flooding: Firefighters work to save houses from flooding

    Alex Regan

    South Online

    Firefighters in north Oxfordshire have been working through the day to help marooned drivers and residents at risk of flooding in today's heavy rainfall. 

    Firetrucks have attended residential areas in Bloxham, Chipping Norton and Banbury among areas in the north of the county. 

    Flooding in Bloxham
    Image caption: Firefighters used pumps to remove surface water from flooded areas in Bloxham

    Officers have pumped surface water from a number of areas, but have added that only a few properties have been affected by localised flooding. 

    Marooned car
    Image caption: Emergency services were also called to a number of incidents where drivers attempting to drive through floodwater became marooned
  16. Get involved: Junior doctors strike


    Junior Doctors are taking strike action again in their dispute with the government over their contract, this time for 48 hours, and you've been giving us your views on our Facebook page.

    Junior doctors strike

    Mark Hughes says: "Good job the armed forces and the police don't throw their toys out of the pram when it comes to providing a 7 day a week service!!!"

    Elaine Chamberlain says: "Why can't we just pay them properly and treat them better. Our lives are literally in their hands."

  17. Eight-year-old boy to complete Ironman triathlon for Sport Relief

    A Banbury boy is to complete a gruelling Ironman triathlon to raise money for Sport Relief.

    Eight-year-old Freddy Ingram will swim 2.4 miles, complete a 112-mile bike ride and a full marathon, but not all at once. 

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    Video caption: An eight-year-old boy is completing an Ironman to raise money for BBC Sport Relief.

    He'll complete the feat over an eight week period.

    He has also already smashed his fundraising target of £100.