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  1. Updates from Tuesday 18 October

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Ben Stevenson scores a spectacular goal as Coventry beat Oxford to register their first home league win of the season.

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That's all for today

Thanks for reading today. We'll be back at 08:00 with more news, sport, weather and travel from around Oxfordshire. 

Another day, another picture from Cotswold Wildlife Park...

Dozens of mourners travel to attend baby girl's funeral

Dozens of mourners have gathered to pay their respects at Wolvercote Cemetery
Dozens of mourners have gathered to pay their respects at Wolvercote Cemetery

People have given their reasons for attending an open funeral for an unknown baby girl found abandoned in Oxford.

Dozens of mourners have gathered to pay their respects at Wolvercote Cemetery

Funeral held for abandoned baby girl

An open funeral is being held for an unknown baby girl found abandoned in Oxford.

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Oxford students in hotel after hall delay

Almost 90 Oxford University students are living in a hotel after work on a new halls of residence overran.

Oxford University

Cohen Quad on Walton Street was due to be completed on 11 August. 

Exeter College booked the Jury's Inn for 86 students when it became clear Cohen Quad would not be ready by 6 October. 

It described the project as "complex" and said it was "deeply frustrated" by the delay. Contractors Alison Brooks Architects declined to comment.  

Cowley Road reopened after teenager knocked off bike

Teenage boy suffers serious head injury in crash

A teenage boy has been airlifted to hospital with a serious head injury after being hit by a bus in Cowley Road.

The 14-year-old was knocked off his bike this afternoon, and the road is currently closed in both directions.

Cowley Road closure causes delays in Oxford

BBC Travel

There have been traffic delays reported along Iffley Road, Cricket Road and Rymers Lane following the closure of Cowley Road.

More than 100 people attend baby's funeral

BreakingReports of child hit by vehicle in Cowley Road

A caller to BBC Radio Oxford has said Cowley Road has been closed for the past 20 minutes - it's thought a child may have been hit by a bus or a car.

The accident happened near Shelly Road and the air ambulance is overhead. Al at the BBC's travel centre has confirmed the road is closed. 

More details to follow.

Bus diversions after Cowley Road incident

Bodleian Library could benefit from augmented reality cash

Oxford has been given a share of £250,000 to develop an augmented reality project to bring history to younger people.

Bodleian Libray
Bodleian Library

Experience Oxfordshire - which promotes tourism in the county - says it is focusing on "bringing the Bodleian Library to life" by giving visitors a sense of its history.

Officers being briefed

Nine men are arrested as part of a major child sexual exploitation investigation in Oxford that involved more than 150 police officers.

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Video: Child sex abuse raids carried out by 150 police officers

Funeral for abandoned baby

The funeral for an unknown baby girl found abandoned in Oxford is being held this lunchtime.

An online fundraising page set up for the baby, named by police as Raihanna, has raised more than £2,000.

BBC South Today's Katherine Da Costa says dozens of people have gathered at Wolvercote cemetery, with some travelling from London to pay their respects.

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Oxford based doctor starts appeal against ban

A consultant paediatrician based at the John Radcliffe Hospital, who disputed the existence of "shaken baby syndrome", has begun her appeal against being struck off.

Dr Waney Squier
Lawyers for Dr Waney Squier told the High Court she had given her honestly held opinion.

More on child sexual exploitation raids

As part of Operation Rolo, police are also appealing for information about an incident in late 2004.

A sixteen-year-old girl was walking at the St Clements roundabout in Oxford when a silver people carrier up alongside her. 

A group of Asian men were inside and asked her to get in, when she did she was told she'd be sexually assaulted and was taken to Cutteslowe Park,

She managed to escape unharmed and was offered a lift home by a women who spotted her walking.

Police being briefed before raids

We are appealing for anyone who might remember seeing anything relating to this incident to come forward....I am also very keen to speak to the woman who was concerned for the victim’s welfare and offered to give her a lift home.

Det Sgt Nicola DouglasThames Valley Police, Major Crime Unit

Detectives investigating child sexual exploitation raid properties in Oxford

Nine people have been arrested in Oxford in connection with child sexual exploitation offences.

Police say they relate to two female victims between 2002 and 2004.

It follows dawn raids this morning which saw nine men arrested as part of Operation Rolo.

More than 150 officers were involved in the operation.

Warehouse briefing
Officers being briefed ahead of the raids early this morning

“The nature of these arrests will always be concerning and I understand that people may have questions about them. Because this is an ongoing investigation, we will not be able to provide all the information straight away.

Supt Joe KidmanLocal Police Area commander for Oxford

'Pipe dream' moves closer to reality

£50,000 has been given to Oxford City Council to continue exploring if installing a heat network under the city would be viable. 

The council believes carbon emissions could be reduced by 20% by installing pipes under the city centre and Headington to allow buildings to share more efficient methods of generating heat and electricity. 

The money will be used to create a more detailed business case which the authority expects to be completed in 2017.

Sharing heat between buildings using highly insulated underground pipes makes a lot of sense. This is only a feasibility study but it could lead to big changes for Oxford.

Councillor John TannerOxford City Council, member for a Clean and Green Oxford

Rail delays due until this afternoon

If you're heading into London from Oxfordshire there are problems on the railways this morning.

A signalling issue is causing disruption between Reading and London Paddington.

Trains may be amended, cancelled or delayed - the disruption is expected to continue until 2pm this afternoon.

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Severe accident: A338 Oxfordshire both ways

BBC Travel

A338 Oxfordshire both ways severe accident, between Abingdon Road and A420.

A338 Oxfordshire - A338 Oxford Road in Tubney, Abingdon closed in both directions between Beech Field house and the A420 junction, because of an accident.

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Merstham FC

Isthmian League club Merstham will host Oxford United when they appear in the FA Cup first round for the first time.

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A heroes welcome

There was a triumphant return for Great Britain's Olympians and Paralympians at their victory parade in Manchester yesterday. 

An estimated crowd of 150,000 gathered to cheer them on.

Manchester Olympic parade
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Manchester was chosen for the first parade to reflect the contribution made by athletes from across the UK

Later, London will be celebrating the athletes' achievements.

Henley-based rower Matt Langridge was in Manchester yesterday and spoke to BBC Radio Oxford as he headed to the capital for today's event.

With any of these things you never know what to expect, you're not sure how many people are going to turn out... but the support was incredible despite the weather

Matt LangridgeOlympic champion, men's eight rowing

Funeral for abandoned baby

A funeral for an unknown baby girl found abandoned in Oxford will take place today. 

The body of the infant, who'd been stillborn, was found near a footpath in February.

Despite an eight-month search, detectives have failed to identify the baby's family or anyone who knows her.


Police named her 'Raihana', meaning 'heaven's flower'. 

It's taking place at Wolvercote Cemetary at 1pm and officers hope local people will turn out at the funeral in a show of sympathy. 

Student accommodation not ready

Rahil Sheikh

BBC News Oxford

Almost 90 students at Oxford's Exeter College are spending the first few weeks of term in a hotel because their planned student accomodation is not ready. 

The Cohen Quad building was supposed to be ready by the 11th of August.

The students are being put up at Jury's Inn in Wolvercote.

In a statement, Exeter College, said the complexity of the building played a part in it not being built in time,

Oxford University

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Hello and welcome to Oxfordshire Live on Tuesday 18th October.

As ever, we'll be bringing you the latest news, travel and headlines from around the county.

A few showers are possibly today, but many places will have a dry day with sunny spells - highs of 13 degrees celsius.

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Sheeps getting into a tractor
Clare Ferris
Thank you to Clare Ferris for this picture