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Summary

  1. Updates on Tuesday 29 March 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Wednesday

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By Alex Regan

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our news coverage during the day

    That's all from the BBC Local Live team for today. The service will resume at 08:00 on Wednesday.

  2. Evening headlines: Man seriously hurt in car crash on M40

    This evening's top stories in Oxfordshire:

    • After a man was seriously hurt in a car crash on the M40 in the early hours of this morning, police are wanting to track down the drivers of two other cars
    • Thames Valley Police says it takes suspected firearm offences by children very seriously, after it emerged there was a 30% increase in suspects arrested last year
    • An EDL rally in Oxford last year cost police more than £117,000, new figures show
  3. Weather update: Showers throughout this evening

    Bee Tucker

    BBC Weather

    Like today we will see scattered showers continue tonight, with the possibility of hail and sleet. 

    Temperatures won't go down too low thanks to prevailing winds, with highs of 3C (37F). 

    Weather update

    It's a similar story tomorrow with sunny spells and showers, with temperatures creeping up to 11C (52F).

    You can get more details on the BBC weather site.

  4. Sport headlines: Wembley tickets still available for U's fans

    Marie Indge

    Radio Oxford Sport

    Here are the top sports headlines for Oxfordshire tonight:

    • The call centre for the Johnstone's Paint Trophy final at Wembley is no longer operational, although some tickets can still be bought from the Oxford United ticket office
    • Banbury United boss Mike Ford says his side can still win the Division One South and West title this season after a 2-0 win over Wantage
  5. Tonight's TV: Seven times more volunteers in Oxfordshire libraries

    Geraldine Peers

    Presenter, BBC South Today

    Tonight on South Today, we'll be hearing why Oxfordshire libraries have seven times more volunteers than they did six years ago.

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    Also we will speak to the brain injury charity that wants to ban boxing.  

    And Oxfam wants the UK to take in five times more Syrian refugees than it's promised.

    Join Geraldine Peers tonight at tonight at 18:30.

  6. Henley MP 'disappointed' by air quality study

    MP for Henley John Howell says an air quality study commissioned by South Oxfordshire District Council (SODC) "lacks any firm recommendations" for the town. 

    In the report, consultants said: "As a largely rural district, South Oxfordshire has very good air quality."

    John Howell

    An SODC spokesperson said: "We understand there is frustration that we weren't able to find any actions specific to Henley. 

    "The 'low emission zone modelling' carried out by independent air quality experts highlighted that the main problem in Henley is down to local car use.

    "Therefore restrictions on large vehicles, such as those proposed for Wallingford and in Watlington, would not bring about any significant benefits to the town."

  7. Tomorrow on Howard Bentham: Nuremberg raid anniversary

    Howard Bentham

    Radio Oxford presenter

    The night of 30 March 1944 was one of the worst in the RAF's history. 

    The raid on the German city of Nuremburg resulted in the highest number of aircrew losses for any single air mission in World War II. 

    Halifax Bomber LW579

    At least 545 airmen died on that single night. One of the planes - Halifax Bomber LW579 - successfully took part in the raid, but crashed in Aston Rowant near Watlington on its way back to RAF Snaith in Yorkshire. 

    Now a simple stone memorial lies at the crash site in Cowleaze Wood. 

    We've tracked down some of the relatives of the Halifax crew and today we're bringing you the story of that fateful night, and finding out why the airmen will never be forgotten in a quiet corner of an Oxfordshire woodland.

    Tune in to BBC Radio Oxford from 07:00 or listen online here.

  8. Traffic update: Slow moving in Bicester, Witney and Oxford

    Al Ryan

    BBC Oxford travel presenter

    • There is heavy traffic around Bicester, especially on the A4421 Buckingham Road and Queens Avenue
    • It is currently very busy in Witney along High Street and Witan Way
    • In Oxford, heavy traffic along Botley Road and London Road, as well as queuing traffic at Beaumont Street and Hythe Bridge Street
  9. Police respond to child firearm arrest figures

    Thames Valley Police has said that any offences involving firearms "are very worrying", after it was revealed that 39 children had been arrested for suspected offences last year. 

    Head of firearms, Superintendent Steve Williams, said: "Our officers are working and engaging with children and youth groups, educating them about the dangers of being involved in such activity."

  10. Oxford EDL rally cost police £117,000

    Alex Regan

    South Online

    An EDL rally in Oxford last year cost police more than £117,000, new figures show. 

    EDL rally Oxford
    Image caption: EDL rally Oxford was sparked by the Operation Bullfinch child exploitation case

    More than 500 police from as far afield as South Wales and Kent were deployed to the rally in April, which was sparked by the Operation Bullfinch child exploitation case

    One police officer was injured when a glass bottle was thrown at him, and several people were arrested over the rally.

  11. Bicester hotels warned to speak out over child abuse fears

    Three out of seven hotels in Bicester allowed an older man book a room with a 15-year-old girl without question, a police operation revealed.

    A plain-clothed policeman and a 15-year-old girl tried to book a double room for the night, to test whether hotel staff would ask any questions.

    Three out of seven of the hotels let the couple book the room with cash and no ID. All the hotels tested were debriefed immediately after by two local sergeants.

    Further tests will take place in Cherwell and West Oxfordshire. 

    Quote Message: The results from the operation will be used to create further training that we can deliver in partnership to the hotels, as well as promote the Hotel Watch scheme in the town. from Sergeant Steve Willis Thames Valley Police, in Bicester
    Sergeant Steve WillisThames Valley Police, in Bicester
  12. Latest headlines: Call for boxing to be banned

    The top stories in our county this afternoon:

    • Oxfordshire brain injury charity Headway has called for boxing to be banned after Nick Blackwell suffered bleeding on the brain during a fight with Chris Eubank Jr
    • A woman was taken to hospital on Easter Sunday after a car crash between Wheatley and Garsington. Two fire crews cut her from her car
    • Oxford's central library has relocated to the Castle Quarter as work on the new Westgate centre continues
  13. Appeal for local green spaces in South Oxfordshire

    A conservation campaign group has asked residents to identify areas of South Oxfordshire which could be designated "local green spaces".

    South Stoke, South Oxfordshire

    The Open Spaces Society has made the appeal after South Oxfordshire District Council invited landowners to offer up land which could potentially be developed.    

    Quote Message: We believe that, at the same time as the council receives proposals for development sites, it should also be told of land which local communities value and which they would like to have protected as Local Green Space." from Nicola Hodgson Open Spaces Society
    Nicola HodgsonOpen Spaces Society
  14. Bicester nursery vandalised from rail footbridge

    Roz Tappenden

    BBC South

    A nursery in Bicester has had its windows smashed twice in six months by objects thrown from a rail footbridge looking over the site.

    Child First nursery

    Child First opposed the building of the footbridge as managers were concerned that objects could be "thrown from the bridge".

    Police are investigating the matter. 

    Quote Message: It was only a matter of time. We had two windows smashed last month and now they've been smashed again - five of them this time." from Andrea Leonard Nursery manager
    Andrea LeonardNursery manager
  15. Appeal after pregnant guinea pigs found in Abingdon rubbish tip

    An appeal for information has been made after five guinea pigs were found in a rubbish tip in Abingdon. 

    Guinea Pigs

    The animals, some of whom were found to be pregnant, were found by a dog walker near Masefield Crescent earlier this month. 

    The RSPCA wants anyone with information to contact them on 0300 123 8018.

  16. Chipping Norton man denies rape at college ball

    A Chipping Norton man has appeared in court to deny a single charge of rape allegedly committed at an end-of-year ball at the Royal Agricultural University.

    Royal Agricultural University

    James Martin, 20, of Hook Norton Road, Chipping Norton, is one of four men who have been charged with sexual offences at the Cirencester college in May 2014, which include rape and assault by penetration. 

    A jury has been sworn in at Gloucester Crown Court today. 

    Judge Jamie Tabor QC said that some of the "sexual activity" was filmed and would be shown to the jury. 

  17. Liam Sercombe: Oxford United on track for League Two promotion

    Oxford United are still on course to reach their points target to win promotion from League Two, says midfielder Liam Sercombe.

    Liam Sercombe

    The U's have recorded consecutive draws in the league after a goalless stalemate against Cambridge on Monday.

    Oxford remain second in the table but could be leapfrogged should Plymouth or Accrington win their games in hand.