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Summary

  1. No signal from European Mars lander
  2. Witney by-election campaign in final day
  3. The Ministry of Justice denies prison assaults cover-up
  4. Oxford United lose 2-1 at Coventry

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Tonight's weather: Misty and chilly

BBC Weather

Tonight will be cloudy with the odd light shower, as well as misty and chilly. 

Lows of 7C (45F).

BBC Oxford up for Radio Academy Award

We'll let Breakfast presenter Howard Bentham explain....

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The ceremony takes place at 19:30 at the Leeds First Direct Arena.

Michael Appleton frustrated at missed opportunity

Adam Williams

BBC Sport

Oxford United manager Michael Appleton called on his side to back up their results to give themselves a chance of competing at the top end of League One. 

The U's lost 2-1 at Coventry on Tuesday and missed the opportunity to climb into the division's top six. 

Marvin Sordell doubles Coventry City's lead against Oxford United
Empics

I asked the players in the dressing room at the end of the game, 'what do you want to be?' In the second half of the season, if we want to be any type of contenders, we have to back results up.

Ambulance trust looking for 'voice of local people'

South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust is looking for local people to put themselves forward for election to its council of governors.

SCAS logo
BBC

In total, there are 10 public governor seats for residents in Hampshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire.

To be eligible you need to live in the county you wish to represent, be 16 or over, and join up as a member of the trust.

Our council of governors is the voice of local people helping to set the strategic direction of the trust, based on members’ views, and holding the trust board to account. The current council works well but is determined to improve and we are looking for new governors who have an interest in local health services, to come and help make a positive contribution to the development of SCAS.

Trevor JonesChair of SCAS Trust

Brize Norton providing support in Mosul operation

RAF Brize Norton has confirmed some of its personnel are involved in the coalition air strikes on Mosul.

Iraqi security forces in Mosul
Reuters

Iraqi pro-government forces have launched a large-scale operation to retake the last major stronghold of the so-called Islamic State in the country.  

A spokesman for the base said it was involved in air-to-air refuelling operations with its Voyager aircraft.

Witney woman nominated for Pride of Britain

A 24-year-old woman from Witney has been shortlisted for the Prince’s Trust Young Achiever Award at next month's Pride of Britain Awards.

Grace Prestidge opened her own high street salon after turning her life around and is a Prince’s Trust Young Ambassador.

Grace Prestidge
Prince's Trust

She said: "It is such an honour... a few years ago, I was on benefits and now not only am I able to provide for myself and my son, but I am also giving people jobs."  

BreakingNo signal from European Schiaparelli Mars lander

Paul Rincon

Science editor, BBC News website

The European Space Agency is still waiting for confirmation that its Schiaparelli probe has landed on Mars. 

Schiaparelli Mars lander
AFP/Getty Images

The saucer-shaped robot was supposed to have touched down on the Red Planet just before 1500 GMT (1600 BST). 

 A radio transmission that should have allowed scientists to follow the probe to the surface was not received. 

Travel latest: Slow traffic in Clifton Hampden

BBC Travel

There's slow traffic on the A415 Abingdon Road in both directions in Clifton Hampden around the traffic lights.

Appeal after man hit over head with glass bottle

Police are hunting for a man who hit another man over the head with a glass bottle during an "unprovoked attack" in Oxford.

It happened outside Las Iguanas on Park End Street at about 03:30 on Saturday.

The victim sustained a large cut to his forehead that required hospital treatment, police said. 

The offender is described as white, about 5ft 10in, with a skinny build and shaved head.

Speed checks carried out on Abingdon Road

Travel update: Heavy traffic around Wolvercote

BBC Travel

There's heavy traffic on the A40 in both directions in Oxford around the Wolvercote Roundabout.

There's also slow traffic on the A361 North Bar Street in both directions in Banbury around the Three Pigeons traffic lights.

By-election campaign in Witney in final day

Campaigning in the Witney by-election is in its final day.

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PA

Voters will choose a new MP on Thursday after former Prime Minister David Cameron stood down as MP for the Oxfordshire constituency, after quitting Downing Street following the EU referendum result.  

Travel update: Slow on A40 eastbound

BBC Travel

There's slow traffic on the A40 eastbound in Cassington between the Cassington traffic lights and the Wolvercote Roundabout.

Dr Foster filming in Henley

Star spotting opportunities in Henley today ...

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Weather outlook: Sunny spells and lighter winds

Bee Tucker

BBC Weather

BBC Weather for the South of England on 19 October

Man arrested over Witney burglaries

A man has been arrested following two burglaries in Witney.

The break-ins happened at Bakers Butchers and Church Green Cafe in the town's Market Square on 17 September. 

Cash and electrical items were taken.

A 33-year-old man, from Lechlade, was arrested and bailed until 14 November.

Oxford underground heat network plan granted £50,000

A plan to install a heat network under Oxford to reduce the city’s carbon emissions, has taken a step forward with a £50,000 grant to the city council.

Oxford generic
BBC

The authority has been investigating the possible benefits of installing a network of pipes under city centre and Headington areas to allow buildings to share efficient methods of generating heat and electricity with neighbours.

The government’s Heat Network Development Unit funded further development of the project which it is hoped could reduce carbon emissions by 20%.

Nervous wait for Mars landing

Dr Manish Patel of Oxford University has led a team which has designed equipment on board the Schiaparelli robot, which is attempting the risky descent to the surface of Mars.

The Abingdon-based team of scientists have developed kit to test for methane gas on the Red Planet.

Dr Patel spoke to BBC Radio Oxford from mission control in Germany... 

Wolvercote church organ 'could be ready to play'

Early warning for Christmas rail service distruption

Rail passengers travelling from Oxfordshire to London over Christmas are being given an early warning to expect reduced services.

Paddington Station
Christine Matthews

Paddington will be closed from Christmas Eve until the 29 December.

And there will be no services on Christmas Day and Boxing Day while major engineering work is carried out by Network Rail. 

Michael Appleton apologises to fans for Coventry defeat

Oxford United boss Michael Appleton admitted his side were "very poor" in their 2-1 defeat at Coventry last night.

He also apologised to the travelling fans who witnessed Oxford concede two first half goals.

Michael Appleton
Empics

You go in 2-0 down and it's damage limitation ... Our apologies go out to them on behalf of all the players and staff. Our standards are much higher than we set in the first half. We were much better in the second half but the damage was done.

Michael AppletonOxford United coach

Uncertain future for Travis Perkins branches

The UK's biggest builders merchant, Travis Perkins, is closing 30 branches, putting 600 jobs at risk.

Travis Perkins
PA

The company, which employs 28,000 people and has 2,060 stores, said it was taking the steps due to an "uncertain UK outlook" for next year. 

There are seven branches in Oxfordshire - in Didcot, Bicester, Banbury, Chipping Norton, Faringdon and two in Oxford.

Scientist renews Beagle-2 quest

Jonathan Amos

Science correspondent, BBC News

Oxford University's Colin Wilson is re-flying the wind sensor he designed for the ill-fated Beagle-2 Mars lander in 2003. It is on the Schiaparelli probe that will attempt to touch down on the Red Planet later. 

Scientist renews Beagle-2 quest

Raymond Blanc restaurant ranked in dining awards

An Oxfordshire restaurant has been named the fourth best rated in the world.

Raymond Blanc's Belmond Le Manoir in Great Milton near Thame has received the accolade in this year's Travellers' Choice Restaurant Awards

The winners were determined by assessing reviews on TripAdvisor.

Raymond Blanc
BBC

Delays on A34 northbound

BBC Travel

There are delays for traffic heading northbound in to Oxfordshire as the A34 is partially blocked and traffic is queuing between East Ilsley and the West Ilsley turn off. It is due to a broken down lorry and an earlier crash. 

Follow the latest on BBC Travel.

A34
BBC

Wittenham Clumps under threat?

Residents of the village of Sires Hill have claimed the nearby Wittenham Clumps beauty spot is under threat from a planned new access road and car park.

The Earth Trust's plans are part of a project to expand its headquarters near the Clumps.

The environmental charity has insisted it has received huge support from visitors and the development  will provide much safer access and improved car parking.  

Wittenham Clumps
Shaun Ferguson

It's a very special place by a lot of residents - it's such an iconic view and a piece of unspoilt land, which is pretty rare. We're concerned about the visual impact of a road going across ancient boundaries and meadows which will be clearly visible from the Clumps - its not just nimbyism - future generations may not thank us for it."

Chris HolleboneResident

Coventry City 2-1 Oxford United

BBC Sport

A stunning goal from youngster Ben Stevenson helped Coventry beat Oxford 2-1.

The midfielder broke the deadlock in the 28th minute when he rifled in a 25-yard shot which gave Oxford keeper Simon Eastwood no chance. Marvin Sordell scored a second following a mix-up in the Oxford defence.

Oxford could well have taken the lead in the 22nd minute when Chey Dunkley met a corner powerfully with his head only for the ball to bounce off the crossbar with keeper Lee Burge stranded.

Substitute Dan Crowley ensured a nervy final few minutes when he scored in injury time.

HMP Bullingdon: Prison denies covering up five serious assaults

Sally Chidzoy

BBC Look East home affairs correspondent

The Ministry of Justice has denied five serious assaults in one weekend were at an Oxfordshire prison. 

The Prison Officers Association said it was "extremely concerned" the incidents at HMP Bullingdon had not been reported in line with national guidelines. 

It added that three drones found at Featherstone Prison in Wolverhampton were also not reported properly. 

The Ministry of Justice said: "Any allegation that incidents are being covered up is completely untrue."

Weather: patchy cloud and sunny spells

Bee Tucker

BBC Weather

There will be patchy cloud and sunny spells for most, but with a cold northerly breeze. 

The odd shower is possible, but most places will stay dry. 

Maximum Temperature: 14C (57F).

Weather
BBC

Moment of truth awaits Europe's Schiaparelli Mars probe

Oxford University scientists are among those waiting for the European Space Agency (Esa) Schiaparelli robot probe to land on Mars.

Its will attempt the risky descent to the surface in the coming hours, after a 500 million km journey from Earth.

The touchdown is regarded as a dress rehearsal for a much more important venture in four years' time when Esa will bid to place a very expensive rover on the planet.

It has been a long journey towards this momentous point, just before we arrive on Mars. We have faced repeated financial, political and technical challenges, but have persevered as a team to make things work. To have been so involved in such a mission has been a fantastic experience."

Dr Manish PatelCo-principal Investigator for the NOMAD (Nadir and Occultation for Mars Discovery) Instrument
European Space Agency (Esa) Schiaparelli robot probe
European Space Agency

Sport headlines

BBC Sport

Oxford United boss Michael Appleton has apologised to 2,000 travelling fans for the team's first half performance in the 2-1 League One defeat at Coventry.

In the Southern League Banbury beat Chippenham 2-1 in the Premier Division, In Division One South and West, a hat-trick from George Seacole helped North Leigh to a 3-2 win over Salisbury. 

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