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  1. Updates on Friday 1 April 2016

Live Reporting

By Andrew Humphrey

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our coverage through the day

    That's all from BBC Oxfordshire Live for today, thanks for joining the conversation.

    We'll be back from 08:00 on Monday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather updates for the county.

  2. Dying Oxford United fan's Wembley wish

    Steve Dyer loves Oxford United, but moved away from the city in 1986 and has only seen them play once since.

    Video content

    Video caption: United fan Steve Dyer, who has been diagnosed with cancer, will be at Wembley.

    He was recently diagnosed with a rare form of terminal cancer and, despite now living in the US, has travelled to London to watch them one last time.

  3. Tonight's TV: Oxford United players dressed for success

    South Today

    On South Today this evening: Dressing for the occasion - Oxford United players prepare for a trip to Wembley in what promises to be one of the biggest games of the season.

    Oxford United suit fitting

    And have you been handed a pay rise today? If so, you join thousands of employees in our region who are benefiting from today's introduction of the National Living Wage.

    But some businesses though say they might struggle with the higher rate.

    Join Tom Turrell for all the region's top stories at 18:30.

  4. Sport headlines: Oxford countdown to cup final clash

    Robyn Cowen

    Presenter, Radio Oxford Sport

    This evening's top sport stories:

    • Oxford United players are taking part in training at Bisham Abbey National Sports Centre ahead of the JPT final on Sunday
    • In the second day of the cricket match between the combined Oxford Universities and Worcestershire, the visitors are continuing to increase their total against the students who were bowled out for 190, and are now trailing Worcestershire by 202 runs
    • Oxfordshire rider Bradley Smith finished ninth fastest in first practice at the MotoGP in Argentina
  5. Weather: A cloudy and cold evening

    Emily Wood

    BBC Weather

    There will be some more cloud in the west of the region, but it will remain clear to the east.

    Emily Wood

    Where it is clear parts of the countryside will see lows of 0C (32F), but it will be a few degrees warmer for most.

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

  6. Latest headlines: Police appeal to dead baby's mother

    Andrew Humphrey

    BBC Local Live

    This evening's top stories in Oxfordshire:

  7. Headington Quarry food wrap car 'had been parked for two months'

    A car that was covered in food wrap in a protest at the position it was parked had been in the location for two months, residents say.

    Headington car

    Kerry Bowen, who lives in the area, said at first people thought the parking position, which was deliberately done to force drivers to slow down, was a joke, but obviously someone's patience had been stretched too far.

  8. Travel latest: A34 congestion and Botley Road delays

    Al Ryan

    BBC Oxford travel presenter

    • The A34 is looking very heavy northbound from Abingdon up to Botley, and further north from Peartree to the M40
    • In Oxford, the Botley Road outbound route is queued all the way back to Beaumont Street
    • The A415 Faringdon Road is slow moving through the temporary traffic lights at Kingston Bagpuize

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

  9. Upgrade to Windrush Tower phone mast could boost Oxford coverage

    Oxford Mail

    An upgrade to telecommunications equipment on top of Windrush Tower is planned that will boost internet speeds in the Blackbird Leys area.  

  10. Getting a slice of the cup final action

    BBC Radio Oxford's resident baker Christine Wallace has created a commemorative cake to celebrate Oxford United's trip to Wembley.

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    You can watch a video of the cake baking on our Facebook page.

    Quote Message: When I was challenged to make this I did ask for an hour before I said yes! I knew it had to be good. from Christine Wallace
    Christine Wallace
  11. Measures needed to tackle sleep deprivation, says charity

    Scientists in Oxford are among a team who have found we're under sleeping by an hour every night on average

    Couple in bed

    A poll of 2,000 adults by the Royal Society for Public Health discovered the average sleep time is 6.8 hours - compared with the 7.7 hours people feel they need.

    Quote Message: We ought to think, as a nation, a bit more about our sleep and sleep deprivation. There's mounting evidence that if you don't get enough sleep you're more at risk from a raft of chronic conditions including cancer. from Shirley Cramer Chief executive, Royal Society for Public Health
    Shirley CramerChief executive, Royal Society for Public Health
  12. A40 roadworks 'costing bus company £1m'

    Roadworks around Oxfordshire are costing Stagecoach buses £1m a year, according to its managing director.

    Roadworks sign

    Martin Sutton says that roadworks mean extra buses have to be put on routes so timetables can be stuck to.

    Quote Message: We've had to put extra buses on the routes from Witney via the A40 and also via Eynsham and the toll bridge because when there are roadworks a lot of the ordinary traffic is displaced and people find alternative routes. We're presently running about six extra buses which is getting on for about £1m a year. from Martin Sutton Managing director, Stagecoach
    Martin SuttonManaging director, Stagecoach
  13. Latest headlines: Oxfordshire bus companies counting roadworks cost

    Andrew Humphrey

    BBC Local Live

    The county's top stories:

    • A company which runs buses in Oxfordshire claims roadworks are costing the business in excess of £1m a year
    • The decision on the future headquarters for two councils hit by an arson attack last year will probably have to wait until after a decision is made about devolution in Oxfordshire
    • Scientists in Oxford are among a team who've found we're sleeping an hour too little every night on average
  14. Car covered in cling film in Headington parking row

    A row over parking in a street in Headington Quarry has resulted in a car being blanketed in food wrap.

    Car wrapped in cling film

    BBC Radio Oxford understand that the owner of the car parked in a deliberate attempt to slow traffic on the street, which they felt was being used as a rat run.

    However, it appears a fellow neighbour was so incensed by the unofficial chicane that they decided to slap a sign on the vehicle declaring "worst parking ever". 

  15. Former family farm will become eco-friendly development

    Bicester Advertiser

    The Phipps family worked hard to maintain a sustainable lifestyle and now 6,000 more families will be doing the same but in a very different way.  

  16. Dead baby mother appeal

    Police are continuing to appeal for the mother of a baby found dead in Oxford last month to come forward. 

    Forensic officer at the scene
    Image caption: Police cordoned off a large area to gather evidence on Monday 29 February

    The body of the baby girl was discovered on a footpath off Edgeway Road in Marston.

    In a video message from the head of midwifery at the John Radcliffe Hospital, the mother was encouraged to contact them for emotional and any medical support she needs.

  17. Man assaulted in Kidlington street robbery

    A man was hit on the head, received a bruised chest and was robed of his watch and £510 in a robbery on Tuesday in Kidlington.

    Between 15:00-16:00 the 28-year-old man had just withdrawn some cash from the NatWest bank and was walking along the alleyway between School Road and Mill Street when two men approached him.

    Police have appealed for information.

  18. Appeal for more first responders in Oxfordshire

    BBC Radio Oxford

    A shortage of volunteers has left some parts of Oxfordshire without potentially life-saving first responders, who are called out to medical emergencies to give first aid to people before an ambulance arrives. 

    South Central Ambulance Service first responder

    There are 135 first responders in the county at the moment, but places like Eynsham and Cholsey have none. 

    Quote Message: They can be anybody, they can be somebody that's retired or in full-time work, people that have children that maybe are at school during the day that have got a few hours and they are able to cover their local area. from David England Community liaison and training officer, South Central Ambulance Service
    David EnglandCommunity liaison and training officer, South Central Ambulance Service
  19. Extra police firearm officers welcomed

    Thames Valley Police has said additional firearms officers will allow them to better protect the public.

    Armed police officer

    Police forces in England and Wales are to train an extra 1,500 firearms officers as part of a £143m boost to the UK's armed response capability.

    Quote Message: This increase in national funding is welcome as it will put us in an even stronger position to respond quickly and effectively to protect the public. from Assistant Chief Constable Scott Chilton Joint Operations for Hampshire Constabulary and Thames Valley Police
    Assistant Chief Constable Scott ChiltonJoint Operations for Hampshire Constabulary and Thames Valley Police