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Summary

  1. Updates on Wednesday 30 March 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Thursday

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By Hannah Bewley

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our news coverage through the day.

    Hannah Bewley

    BBC News Online

    That's all from BBC Local Live for Oxfordshire this Wednesday. We'll be back from 08:00 tomorrow. Join us then.

  2. Latest headlines: Safety of motorway questioned

    Hannah Bewley

    BBC News Online

    The top stories this evening:

    • Thames Valley Police has been called to deal with problems at children's homes more than 600 times in three years
    • A man suffered head injuries after being attacked in Oxford by four men on Friday night
    • Labour county councillor Mark Cherry says he's concerned by the number of accidents - as well as the number of tailbacks - on the M40
  3. Weather: Clear but cold night ahead

    Remaining showers should die away to leave a mostly dry night with clear spells. Frost is possible in some rural areas by dawn.

    Weather
  4. South Today tonight: Early years development

    South Today

    Geraldine Peers presents South Today tonight with more about academics in Oxford warning that a failure to properly stimulate the minds of toddlers could set them back for life. 

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    Also, find out if researchers think you are getting enough sleep. 

    All this and more on BBC One at 18:30.  

  5. Oxford United's road to Wembley - Southern quarter-final v Dagenham & Redbridge

    Oxford United secured a comfortable win in the southern area quarter-final at Dagenham & Redbridge - thanks to goals from Pat Hoban and Alex MacDonald.

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    Video caption: Pat Hoban and Alex MacDonald give the U's a comfortable win at Dagenham and Redbridge

    The November win set up a regional semi-final showdown with Yeovil Town... and we'll bring you memories of that match tomorrow.

    You can relive the 2-0 win against Swindon in the previous round here.

  6. Allotment holders breath a sigh of relief in Didcot - for now

    Oxford Mail

    Allotments holders are breathing a sigh of relief after Didcot councillors promised to safeguard the five sites in the town.

  7. Safety of M40 questioned by councillor

    BBC Radio Oxford

    The safety of the M40 will be discussed by councillors in Oxfordshire next week. 

    Labour county councillor Mark Cherry says he's concerned by the number of accidents - as well as the number of tailbacks. 

    Mark Cherry
    Quote Message: You have got to do something to relieve the pressure. It is not safe enough as it is. from Mark Cherry Labour county councillor
    Mark CherryLabour county councillor
  8. Travel latest: Avoid Botley Road due to long delays

    BBC Travel

    There's very slow traffic on the A420 Botley Road out of town in Oxford at Oxford station mini roundabout. Congestion is building back on A4144 Beaumont Street to the A4165 St Giles' junction.

    You can get the latest on the BBC Travel site.

  9. Police called to children's homes 600 times in three years

    Thames Valley Police has been called to deal with problems at children's homes more than 600 times in three years. 

    The data has been released by the Howard League for Penal Reform, which says the figures show young people living in care are being criminalised at "excessively high rates". 

    Francis Crook, the Chief Executive of the Howard League, said she thinks it's down to the children's homes.

  10. No tickets left for Oxford United's Wembley showdown

    Ross Heaton

    BBC Oxford Sport

    Oxford United have no further tickets for Wembley on sale at the Kassam Stadium after the club sold the allocation sent to the club, except single tickets. 

    Wembley Stadium

    The total number of U's fans attending the JPT final on Sunday is now more than 33,000. 

    The club are hoping more tickets will be on sale to United fans at Wembley on the day and will make an announcement over any further availability at midday tomorrow.

  11. Flywheel Festival returns to Bicester

    The Flywheel Festival is returning to Bicester Heritage on 2 and 3 July. 

    The event, now in its second year, will feature classic cars and bikes on show, with historic road and racing cars in action on the demonstration track.

  12. Intensive noise problem at intensive care researched

    Researchers have been trying to solve the problem of the loud ambient noise in intensive care units. 

    Intensive Care Unit

    Although they are shown on television programmes as quiet places, the team from Oxford University said they are more similar to a busy restaurant in terms of noise. 

    Duncan Young from Oxford’s Kadoorie Centre for Critical Care Research and Education said: "High levels of noise make it harder to sleep, sleep deprivation leads to confusion, and confusion is thought to complicate the healing process and slow recovery."

    The research is being used by Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to help make changes to reduce the noise levels in its units.

  13. Latest headlines: Police called 600 times in three years to children's homes

    Hannah Bewley

    BBC News Online

    The top stories so far today:

  14. Work starts in Witney

  15. Directors of beleaguered power plant scheme say there is still a ray of hope

    Witney Gazette

    Two directors of Abingdon's beleaguered hydro power plant scheme have revealed they are in talks with a company which believes the project could still go ahead.

  16. Oxford United get dressed for success with new clothes for Wembley

    Oxford United's players have been preparing for their big day at Wembley in the most traditional way - getting kitted out in new suits.

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    Video caption: Players are fitted with new suits for Sunday's Johnstone's Paint Trophy final

    The team headed to a city centre tailor, and hope their look will be as sharp and dazzling as their performance in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy final on Sunday.

  17. Fiver for unlimited swimming in south Oxfordshire

    People living in South Oxfordshire and the Vale of White Horse are being offered a month's unlimited swimming at Better leisure centres for £5. 

    The offer is open to residents at the Abbey Sports Centre in Berinsfield, Didcot Wave, Faringdon Leisure Centre, Henley Leisure Centre, Thame Leisure Centre, Wantage Leisure Centre and at the White Horse Leisure and Tennis Centre in Abingdon.  

    Register for the offer which is available from 1 April to 31 May. 

  18. Banbury office block to become council housing

    Roz Tappenden

    BBC South

    A 1980s office block in Oxfordshire that has been empty for several years is to be turned into council housing.

    Banbury offices

    Cherwell District Council has entered into a long-term lease on Town Centre House in Southam Road, Banbury, which will be converted into 39 one- and two-bedroom flats.

  19. Series filmed in Oxfordshire gets Bafta nod

    Wolf Hall, parts of which were filmed in Chastleton House in Oxfordshire, has been nominated for a Bafta award. 

    Wolf Hall filming

    The historical drama has picked up four nominations, including best drama series. 

    According to the National Trust website, the stone courtyard at the house near Moreton-in-Marsh was used as the location for dramatic scenes from Cromwell’s childhood while interiors were used for Wolf Hall itself, the Seymour family seat.