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  1. Benson records one of UK's lowest temperatures overnight at -9C
  2. Public asked to help solve building mystery at ex-RAF airfield
  3. Oxfordshire nuclear facility faces 'uncertain future' post-Brexit

Live Reporting

By Anna Browning and Alex Regan

All times stated are UK

  1. Three options for Oxford-Cambridge expressway

    The report offers three options for where to place the road, which are: 

    • Via Aylesbury 

    • Parallel to the East West Rail corrider - a new rail line between the two cities 

    • An enhancement of the A421, which passes Bicester and Buckingham

    A map showing the three options
    Image caption: The Department for Transport has produced a map showing the three options

    Cambridge to Oxford road 'may cost £3.5bn'

    Radcliffe Camera and King's College

    A proposed "expressway" between Oxford and Cambridge may cost up to £3.5bn, the government says.

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  2. This evening's view from BBC Oxford

    Managing editor Tim Boswell has snapped this lovely view of the sky from BBC Oxford's third floor...

    The sky
  3. Man seriously injured in Witney crash

    Yesterday at about 09:05 a silver Ford Ka was involved in a crash opposite the entrance to Witney Lakes Resort, Downs Road, Witney.  

    The 27-year-old man driving the Ka sustained serious injuries and is currently being treated in the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.

    PC Wayne Martin said: “I would like to speak to anyone who witnessed the collision or has any information which could assist the investigation to please contact the police.”

  4. Man taken to hospital after living room fire

    At 05:09 firefighters were called to reports of a living room on fire at Marylands Green, Chiselhampton.

    The building

    The living room at the rear of the property was alight but firefighters prevented the fire spreading to the rest of the property. 

    The resident was woken by his smoke alarm and left the building before the fire service arrived. 

    He sustained a burn to his hand and was taken to hospital suffering from the effects of smoke inhalation.

    The cause of the fire was found to be a wood burning stove that had spread to the timber built extension.

  5. Oxford to Cambridge expressway predicted cost up to £3.5bn

    Radcliffe Camera and King's College Hospital

    A new road between Oxford and Cambridge could cost between £3.2bn and £3.5bn. 

    The project, dubbed the Oxford to Cambridge Expressway, is part of plans to invest in infrastructure to promote economic growth. 

    Chancellor Philip Hammond committed the government to investing an additional £27m to the project in the Autumn Statement. 

    The predicted cost was announced in a new report which identifies proposed options for where the road will go.

  6. Witness appeal in cyclist murder inquiry

    Witnesses to a fatal attack on a cyclist in Oxford city centre that led to a murder investigation are being sought by police.

    High Street

    Six people were arrested in connection with the death of Eamonn Anderson, 56, who was assaulted in High Street at about 23:30 GMT on 25 October. 

    He died in hospital on 11 November and Iman St Clair, 18, of Kestrel Crescent, Oxford, has been charged with murder. 

    Now after reviewing CCTV footage police are appealing to potential witnesses. 

    A 23-year-old man, an 18-year-old man, and three 17-year-old boys, all from Oxford, have also been arrested on suspicion of murder.  

  7. Can you solve the Bicester mystery?

  8. Didcot Animal Sanctuary needs to find a new home for 200 homeless pets

    Oxford Mail

    Didcot Animal Sanctuary, which has enjoyed a rent-free existence on Hill Farm in Appleford for three years, has been given its marching orders.  

  9. Wheelchair grannies enjoy taking to the ice

    The Christmas season is upon us and many people will be taking to the ice to get in the festive period. 

    Pensioners are no different, and the Order of St John's Care Trust organised ice skating for its wheelchair-user residents. 

    Video content

    Video caption: Care home organises wheelchair skating
  10. 'It could be anything, anywhere'

    A dementia patient with chest pain, a man with prostate cancer who feels faint, a feverish baby and an alcoholic who has hit his head... all patients attended to by one specialist paramedic in one day in North Oxfordshire and North Buckinghamshire.

    The BBC spent the day with Georgette, who has to be prepared to attend anybody, anywhere, in any given day.

    Video content

    Video caption: Specialist paramedic: 'It could be anything, anywhere'
  11. SCAS missing response time target

    Figures for March this year showed South Central Ambulance Service was responding to 69.1% of category 1 calls within the eight-minute target.

    The government has said 75% of all life-threatening calls must be answered within the eight minutes.

    But as you can see from March, only one trust - West Midlands - managed to get over the 75% mark.

    The average response time for the whole of England was 66.5%.

  12. A guide to understanding the types of ambulance call

    Control room operators are responsible for putting emergency calls into categories which make it easier to determine how urgent an ambulance is needed at the scene.

    Each category has a response time - with the quickest response being eight minutes for life threatening emergencies.

    Red 1 and Red 2 are the most urgent categories, with the first being for respiratory/cardiac arrest where two resources are dispatched to the incident and the second for all other life threatening situations.

    Control room phone operator

    Then there are Green 1, 2, 3 and 4. Green 1 and 2 are for serious but not life threatening calls with a response time of 20-30 minutes and blue lights and sirens.

    Green 3 and 4 are neither serious nor life threatening. An operator will give an assessment over the phone for Green 3 within 20 minutes and the response time for both categories is 60 minutes with no blue lights.

  13. Travel update: Bump on A34

    Al Ryan

    BBC Oxford travel presenter

    We've been told there are delays on the A34 southbound between the Peartree and Botley interchanges due to a bump, which has left debris on the road. 

  14. Where can you find Churchill's secret army training bunker?

    During the Second World War 3,500 people were secretly trained to kill potential Nazi invaders in Coleshill. Although little remains of the training camp, there are a few stealthy clues to the site's history. 

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  15. Oxfordshire nuclear facility faces 'uncertain future' post-Brexit

    David Shukman

    Science editor, BBC News


    Researchers at a largely EU-funded nuclear fusion centre in Culham are "extremely nervous" about future financing and freedom of movement post-Brexit. 

    Five scientists at the Joint European Torus (Jet) experimental nuclear fusion reactor, have already returned to continental Europe after Britain voted to leave the EU. 

    About 100 scientists from outside Britain work at the site, and Professor Steve Cowley said many are concerned. 

    He said: "We've certainly lost a few people already - these are highly-talented people at the very forefront of scientific discovery and we can't afford to lose them.

    "This is the world's greatest fusion lab and if we don't find a way to make an agreement with Europe, this will all go - and our lead in this area will have been dissipated and I think that's an enormous shame."

    "We'd be bonkers to close it down, and Europe would be bonkers to close it down, but these are uncertain times."

    It's the largest single research centre funded by the EU in Britain. 

  16. Public's help needed to identify 'mystery RAF bunker'

    Joe Nimmo

    BBC News

    Historians are asking the public to "help solve the puzzle" of a mystery bunker on a former RAF site in Oxfordshire. 

    The bunker, which is partially underground, is on the site of the former RAF Bicester, which was a Second World War bomber training site. 

    RAF Bicester

    HIstoric England's Clare Charlesworth said: "This irregularly shaped brick shelter is one of many original features still remaining on the former RAF Bicester site.

    "It is special because the other brick shelters on the site do not have the same damp-proofing measures to keep them watertight.

    "It's possible that it was partially buried and housed technical equipment, but we are appealing for information from the public to help us solve this puzzle."

  17. Morning headlines: Ambulance service missing targets

    BBC Radio Oxford

    • Data obtained by the BBC shows ambulances in Oxfordshire are taking longer than 12 minutes to reach the most urgent calls in nearly one in five cases
    • The future of the Jet project at Culham, which is the largest nuclear fusion experiment in the world, is uncertain after the Brexit vote 
    • The UK's worst bottleneck has been identified as the M25 between the junctions of the M40 and M4
  18. Travel update: Traffic building across city and county

    Al Ryan

    BBC Oxford travel presenter

    The roads are looking busy this morning, here's what we know so far:

    • On the M40 southbound traffic is building between junction 10 and junction 9 for the A34
    • It's also looking busy on the A34 in areas, junction 9 to Weston-on-the-Green is especially busy. 
    • There's congestion building northbound from Abingdon to the the Hinksey Hill interchange
    • The A40 eastbound is very patchy from Witney to Cassington
    • And the A40 northern bypass road westbound is busy between Elsfield Way to Cutteslowe roundabout

    In the city centre:

    • The A4165 Banbury Road is slow from Kidlington roundabout to the Cutteslowe traffic lights
    • There's building traffic inbound along the Botley Road and A420 London Road from the Headington roundabout and Headley Way