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  1. Updates on Wednesday 16 March 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Thursday

Live Reporting

By Dave Gilyeat

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our news coverage through the day

    Thanks for following BBC Local Live today. We'll be back tomorrow with more updates from 08:00.

  2. Latest headlines: Recovery crews at Didcot site

    Dave Gilyeat

    BBC News

    The top stories on BBC Local Live:

    • Crews and equipment are arriving at Didcot Power Station today, as work to restart the operation to recover three missing men gets underway
    • George Osborne has set out plans to maximise growth, housing and jobs in the Cambridge-Milton Keynes-Oxford corridor
    • Oxford University students have the fourth best university experience in the country, a survey suggests
  3. Weather: 'Dry night with risk of frost'

    Alexis Green

    BBC South Today weather presenter

    Tonight will stay dry with clear spells and the brisk north-easterly breeze will start to ease.

    Weather chart for Oxford

    It will feel quite chilly later in the night with a risk of a frost on the ground, and temperatures will fall away to 2C (36F).

    You can get more details on the BBC weather site.

  4. Evening TV: What the Budget will mean for you

    On South Today at 18:30 on BBC One: we'll look at the Budget, including the Chancellor's announcement that a new study will be carried out to look at growth, housing and jobs in the Oxford - Cambridge - Milton Keynes corridor. We'll also be hearing from Oxford residents affected.  

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    Video caption: Geraldine Peers brings you the stories coming up at 18:30
  5. On tomorrow's breakfast show: Budget recap, and Cheltenham Festival boost

    BBC Radio Oxford

    On tomorrow's breakfast show with Howard Bentham, we'll look back on today's Budget and see what it means for you.

    George Osborne with his Treasury team

    Plus we examine how the Cheltenham Festival is bringing in business to the west Oxfordshire economy.

    Join us from 07:00 on BBC Radio Oxford.

  6. City to maintain £1.4m funding for homeless

    Oxford City Council will allocate £1.4m towards dealing with homelessness in the city for the next four years.


    It will fund support and advice services, outreach projects for rough sleepers, and training and employment support.

    The council's housing board will meet tomorrow to decide how to allocate the funds.

  7. Didcot workers' MP 'really pleased' at news of recovery work

    Rotherham MP Sarah Champion has told the BBC she is "really, really pleased" that a rescue plan for three workers missing at Didcot power station has been published.

    Two of the missing men are from her constituency.   

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    Video caption: Announcement after Sarah Champion meets minister and head of HSE
  8. Latest travel: Woodstock Road 'very slow'

    Al Ryan

    BBC Oxford travel presenter

    The A44 Woodstock Road is looking very slow between Peartree and Yarnton following a four-car shunt. 

    That's having a knock on effect on the A4165 through Kidlington, with drivers avoiding the A44.

  9. Your pictures: Feathered friend cools off

    Veronique in Oxford has sent us a picture of this stunning bird, cooling itself off in the river at Grandpont Nature Park.

    Duck in Oxford

    Guesses in the office as to its identity have ranged from duck to great crested grebe, though no doubt you can do better.

    What species of bird is it? Let us know.

  10. Remember when David Beckham stopped off at Oxford chippy?

    The Daily Mail

    He is one of the world's most photographed men. Yet, despite his pervasiveness on fashion bibles across the world, it seems David Beckham has never graced the front pages of GQ Magazine...until now

    Among the photos include him outside the Barton Chippy in Underhill Circus.

  11. Latest travel: Accident on the A420 eastbound

    Al Ryan

    BBC Oxford travel presenter

    There's slow traffic and one lane is closed due to an accident on the A420 eastbound at the Botley Interchange. Lane two (of two) is closed heading onto the roundabout.

    There are also delays on the A34 southbound at the Hinksey Hill Interchange. The exit slip road is partially blocked due to an earlier accident.

  12. Oxford University students 'have fourth best experience'

    Oxford University offers students the fourth best experience in the country, according to a new survey. 

    Students at Trinity College

    A poll of more than 15,000 students by the Times found Loughborough took the top spot. 

    Harper Adams University in Shropshire was second and the University of Sheffield just beat Oxford into third place.

    John Gill, editor of Times Higher Education, said the survey looked "beyond teaching, learning, assessment and feedback to a broader definition, one created by students themselves that includes those aspects of university life that matter most to them".

  13. Latest headlines: Recovery operation begins at Didcot

    Dave Gilyeat

    BBC News

    The headlines on BBC Local Live this afternoon:

    • The recovery operation to find three missing men from the rubble of a building that collapsed at Didcot power station has restarted today
    • Two air ambulances will now attend night-time emergencies in the Thames Valley
    • And 20 people were treated by South Central Ambulance Service following a multiple-vehicle collision on the A40 this morning
  14. Didcot power station collapse: 'Priority is recovery of missing men'

    A joint statement by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and Thames Valley Police (TVP) says that RWE npower has presented its plan to "commence work on the collapsed debris, ready to recover the missing men".

    Didcot debris

    It adds the recover operation to find three missing workers will resume at the weekend, "sooner if possible".

    Quote Message: Starting today, large equipment and people will be arriving on site to start work to enable the recovery operation to resume at the weekend, sooner if possible. Progress with the plan over the coming days will be closely monitored by HSE and TVP. Our priority remains the recovery of the missing men so they can be returned to their families and to understand what caused this incident. Specialist officers from Thames Valley Police continue to support the families and are providing them with regular updates on the progress of this work. from Health and Safety Executive and Thames Valley Police
    Health and Safety Executive and Thames Valley Police
  15. BreakingRecovery work at Didcot power station begins

    Recovery teams will arrive at the site of the Didcot power station collapse today, to begin the work of finding three missing workmen, the Health and Safety Executive and Thames Valley Police have confirmed.

  16. Low Carbon Hub up for award

    A social enterprise which helps communities in Oxfordshire to benefit from low-carbon energy has been shortlisted for an award. 

    The Low Carbon Hub's projects have involved fitting solar panels to schools and businesses, and it plans to use energy from a lake in Hinksey to heat a swimming pool.

    Chief executive Barbara Hammond said being nominated for the Ashden Award was "amazing", and if it won the prize of between £10,000 and £15,000 she would be "speechless".

  17. Budget 2016: Summary of the key announcements

    Huw Edwards presents a bite-size package to sum up the main points of George Osborne's eighth Budget earlier.

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    Video caption: Some of the key announcements from George Osborne's 2016 Budget