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  1. Kidlington tourist mystery solved
  2. Thames locks to close for repairs

Live Reporting

By Dave Gilyeat and Anna Browning

All times stated are UK

  1. That's all for today

    Thanks for reading, we'll be back tomorrow from 08:00 GMT with more news, sport, weather and travel from around Oxfordshire.

  2. Didcot Power Station still looking for new demolition contractors

    Oxford Mail

    The site owner of Didcot Power Station is waiting for a new contractor after a demolition company was axed last month.

  3. Council plan to avoid 'horrendous' centre closures

    Local Green Party leader David Williams today put forward a successful motion to Oxfordshire County Council to waive the rents of children's centres if they face closure.

    He said the consequences would be "horrendous" if the centres, run by community groups and charities, shut down.

    The Save Oxfordshire Children's Centres Campaigners held a protest in November
    Image caption: The Save Oxfordshire Children's Centres Campaigners held a protest in November

    Labour councillor Gill Sanders added: "Not having to pay rental charges will be a huge benefit to very many groups and will give them the additional time to find alternative financial support."

    But Conservative Yvonne Constance abstained and said it was a "very difficult amendment to support" because it was an "open-ended commitment to spend".

  4. 'Spitfire woman' Molly Rose remembered at service

    One of World War Two's "Spitfire Women" has been remembered at a thanksgiving service in Oxfordshire.

    Molly Rose

    Molly Rose delivered 486 aircraft, including 273 Spitfires, after joining the Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA) in 1942.

    About 170 women were part of the ATA, which transported aircraft from factories to the RAF.

    Ms Rose died last month while on vacation in Scotland, aged 95. Her service was held in Bampton.

  5. Struggling children's centres to have rents waived

    Children's centres in Oxfordshire run by community groups could have their rents waived if they face closure.


    Funding cuts mean more than half of the centres are set to shut by March 2017 unless they are taken over by community groups or charities

    But charges for using council buildings have been described as a "stumbling block" for saving the centres. 

    Now the county council has approved a motion to scrap charges for groups struggling to pay.  

  6. Heseltine: I did not kill my mother's Alsatian

    Lord Heseltine says claims that he strangled his mother's dog are a "terrible misrepresentation of what happened".

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    Video caption: Lord Heseltine says claims he killed his mother's dog are a "terrible misrepresentation"

    Speaking to the PM programme, the former deputy prime minister said the dog, called Kim, turned on him when he checked a problem it had with its paw. 

    He had grabbed the choker chain around the dog's neck and it had gone limp and returned to normal. A vet had put down the dog the next day because the family feared it was dangerous.     

  7. Lord Heseltine admits throttling mother's dog

    Ex-Deputy Prime Minister and Henley MP Lord Heseltine has admitted throttling his mother's Alsatian after it started biting him.

    Michael Heseltine

    He told Tatler magazine he had grabbed the dog, Kim, by his "choker chain - and pulled it tight" until "he went limp", after the pet had had "some kind of mental breakdown".

    It is not clear if the animal died then or was put down later because of its continuing aggressive behaviour.

  8. Fireworks displays in Oxfordshire

    Mark Watson

    BBC Radio Oxford

    Check out BBC Radio Oxford's guide to the fireworks displays we know about in Oxfordshire so far.

  9. BBC South Weather - 1 November 2016

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    Video caption: BBC South Weather - 1 November 2016
  10. Kidlington's 'boring tourism' next big thing?

    Are you going to sleep easier now we've revealed tourists are coming to Kidlington to "get closer to the simplicity" of one's "original self"?Dee Em tweets: "Kidlington, where self, nature and the cosmos become one."  

    Chris Briggs tweets: "Authenticity in tourism. Well done Chinese!"


    On Facebook, Angus Stevenson writes: "Boringness tourism could become a thing."

    Penny Ling writes: "When I lived in a stone cottage in Chipping Norton I used to sometimes get American tourists wandering in. They didn't think people lived in such small buildings and thought they were museum pieces."

  11. Travel update: Lane closure on A4142 Eastern Bypass northbound

    BBC Travel

    One lane is closed on the A4142 Eastern Bypass northbound in Oxford between the Horspath Road junction and the Headington Roundabout because of roadworks.

  12. Molly Rose 'loved' flying aircraft during WW2

    Graham Rose has been speaking about his mother Molly, who is being remembered at a thanksgiving service today.

    She joined the Air Transport Auxilary in 1942 and delivered 486 aircraft during World War Two.

    Molly Rose

    Mr Rose said: "Very often they would be getting into a particular aircraft for the first time. 

    "She did love it, there is no doubt, and she did it very well, she only crash-landed once. 

    "There was engine failure, she was up in Shropshire... went into a bit of a spin... and there was some poor farmer who was ploughing the field who got a mighty shock."

  13. Service held for Spitfire hero Molly Rose

    Paul Jenner

    BBC Radio Oxford

    A special service is being held in Bampton today to remember the life of one of World War Two's heroines.

    Molly Rose flew everything from Spitfires to Wellington Bombers working in the Air Transport Auxiliary. 

    She died a fortnight ago while on holiday at the age of 95.

    Molly Rose
  14. Tonight: St Neots v Banbury United

    Robyn Cowen

    Presenter, Radio Oxford Sport

    In the Southern League tonight, Banbury United aim for their first Premier division win in three away to St Neots. 

  15. FA Cup tie tickets go on sale

    Robyn Cowen

    Presenter, Radio Oxford Sport

    The remaining tickets for Oxford United's FA Cup tie away at Merstham go on general sale from the Kassam Stadium ticket office this morning. 

    More than half of the 1,000 allocation has already been taken up by season ticket holders.