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Live Reporting

By Anna Browning and Joe Nimmo

All times stated are UK

That's all for today

BBC Local Live for Oxfordshire returns at 08:00 on Monday. We hope you'll join us then.

Flood alert

There's been a flood here at BBC Oxford. Initial investigations suggest a tap was left on in the gents.

Thankfully political reporter Bethan Phillips, accompanied by Radio Oxford's Marcus Liddell and Ellie Rowling, are on hand with mops - and a smile.

Bethan Phllips, Ellie Rowling, Marcus Liddell
BBC

Lights ahead of action for our man...

I'm @oxcastlequarter for the beginning of the city's Christmas Lights Parade. Preparations are well underway

I'm @oxcastlequarter for the beginning of the city's Christmas Lights Parade. Preparations are well underway

Weather: 'Patchy frost in places'

BBC Weather

It'll be staying dry this evening and tonight, with patchy cloud and clear spells. 

However, it will become cloudier overnight, with low cloud and hill fog, particularly over the Cotswolds.

Feeling cold with a patchy frost in places, particularly under any clearer spells. 

Winds will be easing. Minimum temperature 4C (39F). 

Travel update: Lane blocked on A423 Southern By-Pass westbound

BBC Travel

A lane is blocked and there's queuing traffic on the A423 Southern By-Pass Road westbound in Kennington between the Kennington Roundabout and the Hinksey Hill Interchange, because of an incident.

Oxford acts make Albums of the Year list

Oxford bands Radiohead and Glass Animals have both made NME's Albums of the Year list.

BBC Introducing in Oxford favourites Glass Animals (pictured) came in at 35 after they "pulled out all the stops" with their second album How To Be A Human Being.

Radiohead's A Moon-shaped-pool came 22nd. NME says it mixed moments of "transcendent serenity with political ire and banging motorik noise".

Both albums also made Rough Trade's end of the year list.

Glass Animals
BBC

This week's cinema

David Prever found out what was worth watching at the cinema this weekend with our film critic James Luxford from the Radio Times

They started by looking at the list of the films which have been the biggest flops of 2016.

James Luxford from the Radio Times on Allied, Bad Santa 2 and A United Kingdom

Travel update: Slow traffic on A40 eastbound

BBC Travel

There's slow traffic on the A40 eastbound in Oxford at the Wolvercote Roundabout.

Randolph Hotel's Victorian-dressed staff

Dave Gilyeat

BBC News

As we mentioned earlier, the Randolph Hotel is celebrating its 150th birthday today.

We've checked what else was going on in the world in 1866 at the time the hotel opened.

As far as we can see:

  1. The American Civil War had just finished
  2. So had the war between the British Empire and Bhutan
  3. Beatrix Potter was born
  4. Alfred Nobel invented dynamite
  5. And Mick Jagger celebrated his twelfth birthday

As part of the celebrations, general manager Michael Grange was spotted with Victorian staff, quite vividly transporting us all back in time.

Victorian staff at Randolph
BBC

Two thieves steal 95-year-old woman's purse

A 95-year-old woman has had her purse stolen by two women Nilay’s newsagents in High Street, Banbury, police said.

The women
TVP
Police have released CCTV of two women they want to speak to about the theft

The theft happened at 11:13 on 18 November when two women approached the victim and one of them bent down and took her purse from her handbag, which was hanging over her walking frame.

The second woman was stood blocking her view of what was happening. The purse contained bank cards and cash.

Travel update: M40 slow northbound

BBC Travel

There's very slow traffic on the M40 northbound between Junction 9, A34 (Bicester) and Junction 10, A43 (Brackley), because of an accident earlier on.

Producer joins in Band T-shirt day

Good to see Drive Time producer Martin Eastaugh entering into the spirit of Band T-shirt day.

As you can see he's a Beastie Boys fan. 

He's also a beastly boy, but he can't help that.

Martin Eastaugh
BBC

Police constable and dog commended after attack

A police dog and his handler have received commendations after dealing with a violent attack after responding to reports of a burglary in Bicester. 

It happened in Forsythia Close in September. A man, armed with two metal bars, hit PC Mills over the head with one of them, but Cody the dog grabbed hold of the other one, preventing him from using it.

The policeman, who had a serious head injury, was then able to detain the man until back-up arrived.

Cody and PC Mills
BBC

Speaking at a Thames Valley Police ceremony, PC Mills said: "Cody is a man of few words, but I can say I am grateful to be recognised by the chief constable for the work myself and Cody have done.”

Afterwards Chief Constable Francis Habgood said: "This commendation recognises and praises the professionalism of both PC Mills and PD Cody, and the dedication that goes into the training of a police dog. 

"In giving this award, we also mark the important role of the animals who support us as a police force and recognise that they too are part of the police family.”

Travel update: Slow traffic on A34 northbound at Wendlebury

BBC Travel

There's stop-start traffic on the A34 northbound in Wendlebury at Bicester. 

The congestion is to Botley Interchange.

Travel update: Ilsley Road in Oxford partially blocked

BBC Travel

Ilsley Road in Oxford is partially blocked in both directions between the Fettiplace Road junction and the Bernwood Road junction, because of an accident.

Wear Your Old Band T-Shirt To Work Day

Today is the ninth BBC Radio 6 Music ‘Wear Your Old Band T-Shirt To Work Day’ and it seems everyone is joining in

Steve Lamacq launched the campaign, which invites people to dig out their most treasured tees, whether old or new, back in 2007.

Our BBC Introducing in Oxford team, who champion local music every Saturday at 20:00, are doing their bit too. 

BBC Introducing in Oxford team
BBC
(l-r) Chris Wood, Andrew Findlay, Liz Green and Dave Gilyeat

Travel update: Long delays in Abingdon

BBC Travel

There's long delays on the A415 Ock Street in both directions in Abingdon at the B4017 Drayton Road junction.

The congestion is on Oak Street to the Stratton Way junction and to Marcham.

Police domestic violence mannequin challenge

As it's White Ribbon Day, here is Thames Valley Police's mannequin challenge video highlighting the issue of domestic violence.

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United winger says he's savouring every moment

Marie Indge

Radio Oxford Sport

Oxford United winger Rob Hall says he's making the most of every minute of football after the most troubling time in his career.

Rob Hall
Rex Features

After seven months out with a serious knee injury, Hall is being eased back into the United team, and has started the last two games.

He says being out for such a long period of time has made him appreciate what he has now.   

Advice for tonight's Christmas lights switch on...

City centre buses affected by emergency road works

Not much support on Facebook for reopening Queen Street to buses

Joe Nimmo

BBC News

Yesterday we reported that Oxfordshire's transport boss David Nimmo Smith (no relation) has recommended Queen Street in Oxford be reopened to buses and taxis despite safety concerns.  

This has not gone down particularly well on the BBC Oxford Facebook page.

Queen Street
Lewis Clarke

Nigel Henry posted: "No Buses in Oxford Town centre AT ALL! Stinky disgusting smelly things that block the roads around Oxford. Why not a Heathrow Conveyor belt system?"

Lise Agerskov wrote: "Oh no, there are too many buses in Oxford already, sad that it has become so noisy."

Christopher Benton added: "Shows walking and cycling are not priorities. For a city struggling with air pollution and congestion problems you'd think they'd of woken up by now."   

Councillors 'will listen' to shopping centre regeneration concerns

Cowley ward councillor David Henwood welcomed the news that plans have been submitted for a £60m redevelopment of part of a 50-year-old Oxford shopping centre.

They were drawn up by Templars Square owner NewRiver and include a hotel, new restaurant space, 200 apartments and upgraded car parking.

Artists' impression
NewRiver

Mr Henwood added: "The centre is in need of regeneration and introduction of new quality jobs presents opportunities for Cowley residents. 

"The development is a large and concerns will be many, and we will be listening carefully to those concerns.

"I personally will be campaigning for a diagonal crossing in front of the John Allan centre, and 24 hour parking in the remaining car parks. 

"I also want to ask the developer to crate job opportunities for local residents and apprenticeships for our young residents."

Southern Health 'starting to get to grips' with problems

In December 2015 an investigation commissioned by NHS England found that Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust only properly investigated 272 of 722 deaths over the previous four years.

Katrina Percy
BBC
Former chief executive Katrina Percy resigned after months of pressure

And in October a BBC investigation found the heavily-criticised former chief executive Katrina Percy was offered a tailor-made post at the trust on the same salary.

Deputy Care Quality Commission chief inspector Paul Lelliott said: "[The trust] has been under intense scrutiny.

"I am pleased to report that during this inspection we have found signs that the trust's management team was starting to get to grips with the underlying issues that were putting patients at risk."

Travel update: Road accident blocks road in Bicester

BBC Travel

There are problems on Churchill Road in Bicester after a collision at its junction with Boston Road that has blocked it in both directions.  

What does this Black Friday hold for Bicester Village?

Two years ago the Bicester Village shopping centre made national headlines when the Black Friday sales caused gridlock and chaotic scenes as shoppers fought over the best bargains.

Bicester Village
BBC
Shoppers calmly queuing on Black Friday 2015

But last year the queues were surprisingly short and the shoppers entirely well-behaved, despite your BBC correspondent camping out at the centre from the crack of dawn.

What will today's sales bring? We'll be keeping an eye out throughout the day.

Who can you contact about domestic abuse?

BBC Radio Oxford

Michelle from domestic abuse charity Reducing The Risk has been telling BBC Oxford's Howard Bentham that anyone who wants to contact them can call 0800 731 0055 between 10am and 6pm, Monday to Friday, or on Saturday from 10am to 4pm. 

They can also visit the charity's website.

Randolph Hotel celebrates 150th birthday

Today Oxford's famous Randolph Hotel is celebrating its 150th birthday.

The Randolph
BBC

The luxury five star hotel has been visited by some of the biggest names in world.  

It bounced back this year after a fire caused damage in 2015 when a beef stroganoff was flambéed in the kitchen.

Travel update: All routes from A34 into Oxford slow

BBC Travel

Traffic is slow on all approaches from the A34 north and southbound and onto the A423 Southern By-pass Road. It's also busy from the A4183 at Boars Hill.

Today is White Ribbon Day 2016

Today is White Ribbon Day when campaigners work to raise awareness of violence against women.

Across Oxford messages have been spray-painted onto the floor giving a number to call if you want to report domestic abuse. 

Have you seen one? If so send us a picture.

Criticised Southern Health 'improving'

A health trust criticised for not investigating hundreds of patient deaths is improving patient safety, according to a health watchdog.

Connor Sparrowhawk
Sarah Ryan

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) said Southern Health had made improvements in identifying risks to patients.

The trust has prioritised safeguarding patients with mental health disabilities, the watchdog said.

Issues at the trust came to light after 18-year-old Connor Sparrowhawk drowned in a bath at one of its Oxford facilities.

Welcome to Oxfordshire Live

Good morning and welcome to Oxfordshire Live on this Friday morning.

We'll be bring you news, sport, weather and travel from across the county until 18:00. Please get in contact via twitter, email or the BBC Oxford Facebook page.