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Summary

  1. Updates on Wednesday 23 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: Knife sales campaign success

    Andrew Humphrey

    BBC Local Live

    This evening's top stories in Oxfordshire:

  3. Weather: Cloudy, but not too cold

    Bee Tucker

    BBC Weather

    The cloud is set to remain this evening with some clear patches overnight.

    Bee Tucker

    We could see some frost in rural places, but most areas will see lows of 4C (39F).

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

  4. Sport headlines: Oxford United 'will cope' with international absentees

    Dan Freeman

    BBC Oxford Sport

    This evening's top sport stories:

    • Oxford United manager Michael Appleton says he has a plan for how to cope with losing right-back Jonjoe Kenny to international duty
    • Rugby union's Oxfordshire Cup final takes place at Iffley Road tonight where Banbury take on the Henley Bulls
  5. Tonight's TV: Plans to tackle Oxford hospital's staffing crisis

    Geraldine Peers

    Presenter, BBC South Today

    On South Today this evening: The help with the cost of housing in Oxford coming from the city council and the trust that runs the John Radcliffe Hospital.

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    Also, victory for a widow, and an Oxfordshire MP, as big retailers agree to change the way they sell knives. after a man was stabbed to death in an Abingdon shop.

    And fewer complaints of cruelty, but the cases it is seeing are more shocking. We'll hear from the RSPCA.

    Join Geraldine Peers for all the region's news at 18:30.  

  6. Junior doctors to stage A&E walkout

    Junior doctors in England are escalating strike action next month to include a walkout on emergency care.

    Doctors on strike in Oxford
    Image caption: There have been three strikes so far in the dispute

    It will be the first time doctors have refused to provide cover in areas such as A&E and intensive care - the strikes so far have hit routine care.  

    Quote Message: The doctors have got such significant concerns, not for ourselves and not for our own pay, about what will happen. We're worried that the contract is going to be so unworkable that doctors will just leave. from Josie Riley Junior doctor at the John Radcliffe Hospital
    Josie RileyJunior doctor at the John Radcliffe Hospital
  7. On Thursday's Breakfast Show with Howard Bentham

    Howard Bentham

    Radio Oxford presenter

    It's the time of year when council tax bills for the next financial year are arriving on doormats around the county.

    Council tax bill

    There are strict rules limiting the increases that the county and district councils can impose, but not parishes.

    There is a lot of variation around Oxfordshire so we'll find out who is facing the largest hikes, and why parishes say they need extra money.

    Join Howard Bentham from 07:00.

  8. New knife guidelines 'will minimise risk'

    A commitment by retailers to display knives safely will help prevent some knife crime, according to the Abingdon MP who backed a campaign for the new rules.

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    Video caption: Abingdon MP Nicola Blackwood welcomes new knife sales rules after supporting a campaign.

    Nicola Blackwood supported the widow of Justin Skrebowski, who was killed in Abingdon's Poundland in December, as she made her case to Home Secretary Theresa May.

  9. Cherwell council offices in Bicester to move

    Cherwell District Council’s Link Point office in Bicester is to move from 38 Market Square to the new Franklins House building in Pioneer Square next month.

    Cherwell District Council offices in Bicester

    The doors in Market Square will close for the last time on Thursday at 17:15, and an appointment-only service will run at the town council's offices at The Garth from Tuesday to Friday next week.

    Quote Message: We do apologise for any inconvenience caused during this relocation and appreciate customers’ patience while we transfer sites. However on 4 April we'll be up and running from our new offices, and look forward to welcoming our first customers through the doors of Franklins House. from Barry Wood Leader, Cherwell District Council
    Barry WoodLeader, Cherwell District Council
  10. Travel update: A40 delays at Cassington

    Al Ryan

    BBC Oxford travel presenter

    • There are delays of more than 30 minutes on the A40 from Cassington to Wolvercote through the roadworks
    • In Oxford it's very heavy on Marston Ferry Road, and on Botley and London roads outbound
    • It's slow on the A415 Abingdon Road into Kingston Bagpuize

    You can get the latest where you are on the BBC Travel site.

  11. Tougher knife guidelines 'really good news' says local MP

    New tougher restrictions on the sale of knives agreed by Britain's biggest retailers have been welcomed by Abingdon MP Nicola Blackwood, who has supported a campaign by the widow of the man who was stabbed to death in the town's Poundland store in December.

    Nicola Blackwood

    Justin Skrebowski, 61, was killed on 7 December and his widow Gulsen Alkan started a petition calling for knives to be sold in more secure packaging, which received 50,000 signatures.

    Quote Message: This isn't going to cover all circumstances which lead to knife crime but this is an important measure which will be part of the government's upcoming new knife strategy, which will include measures for prevention, measures for education and also measures for tougher prosecution. from Nicola Blackwood Oxford West and Abigndon MP
    Nicola BlackwoodOxford West and Abigndon MP
  12. Woman killed in A34 crash

    Police are investigating a fatal crash on the A34 last night in which a 21-year-old woman died.

    A lorry and a Vauxhall Corsa collided on the southbound carriageway near Chieveley at about 21:30 and the driver of the car, from Wiltshire died.

    The lorry driver was checked in hospital.

  13. Wallingford's first "micropub" set to start rocking in town record shop

    Wallingford Herald

    Wallingford's first "micropub" will soon be opening after councillors granted it a licence, opening in the premises of a music shop during the evening.

  14. Donnington Playgroup set for £180,000 expansion

    Donnington Playgroup in Oxford has received a £180,420 capital grant from Oxfordshire County Council to expand its provision of early education places.

    Donnington Pre-School building design
    Image caption: The playgroup is managed by local charity Donnington Doorstep

    The existing building will be expanded and eventually be large enough for 50 children, aged between two and five years old.

    Quote Message: We are really looking forward to opening this new extension in the autumn; it’s a much-needed addition to provision for low-income families in this area. We’ll also be relaunching the service as Donnington Pre-School to help parents understand what’s on offer. from Beth Knighton Director, Donnington Doorstep
    Beth KnightonDirector, Donnington Doorstep
  15. Coming up on Drivetime with David Prever

    David Prever

    BBC Radio Oxford

    The country's biggest retailers will be making changes to the way they sell knives, after the widow of a man stabbed in Poundland in Abingdon petitioned the home secretary.

    Nicola Blackwood MP
    Image caption: Nicola Blackwood says the changes should help prevent knife crime

    The petition received more than 50,000 signatures and Gulsen Alkan was supported in her campaign by Abingdon MP Nicola Blackwood.

    She'll be joining David Prever after 16:00.

  16. Latest headlines: Poundland murder prompts knife sale crackdown

    Andrew Humphrey

    BBC Local Live

    This afternoon's top stories in Oxfordshire:

    • Retailers have agreed tighter knife sales rules following a petition by the widow of a man stabbed in Abingdon's Poundland
    • Communication with Oxfordshire residents on the planned HS2 railway has not been good enough according to a committee of MPs
    • Police force borders could be threatened if Cotswold District Council forms a unity authority with West Oxfordshire
  17. Retailers agree stricter rules on knife sales

    Major retailers have agreed stricter rules on the display and sale and knives, after the widow of a man stabbed to death in Poundland in Abingdon organised a petition calling for the changes.

    Poundland stabbing scene
    Image caption: Justin Skrebowski, 61 was buying balloons when he was killed in Poundland on 7 December

    Home Secretary Theresa May announced that Tesco, Lidl UK, Amazon UK, Wilko, Argos, Morrisons, Asda, Poundland, Sainsbury’s, John Lewis and Waitrose will ensure knives are packaged securely, staff are trained on approving knife sales and apply age verification procedures.

    The move comes after the petition started by Gulsen Alkan, the widow of Poundland victim Justin Skrebowski, attracted more than 50,000 signatures.

    Quote Message: I cannot say that this makes me happy because I wish so very much that it had never happened and that Justin was with me and our twins now, but it is the only thing that has brought me peace. from Gulsen Alkan
    Gulsen Alkan
  18. Banbury councillor puts forward motion to improve safety on M40

    Banbury Guardian

    A Labour county councillor in Banbury is putting forward a motion to have fog detectors installed on a stretch of the M40 one year after a pile-up involving 37 vehicles.

  19. HS2 communication criticised by MPs

    Paul Scoins

    BBC Three Counties Radio political reporter

    An influential government committee has told HS2 its communication with residents in Oxfordshire has not been good enough.

    HS2 train design

    The chair of the Public Accounts Committee Bernard Jenkins MP also said the company had a "culture of misinformation" and displayed a complete disregard for often vulnerable people.