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Oxfordshire County Council has said it is pleased with a decision today by the High Court to dismiss a judicial appeal brought by campaigners trying to prevent the closure of the county's children's centres.
It was the second challenge brought against the plans to close most of the centres, after an earlier legal review was dismissed in August.
Ina statement the council said: "The initial High Court decision was very clear that this was a claim without merit, and it is regrettable that further legal proceedings were necessary to bring this matter to a close.
“We are pleased with today’s decision, which provides much needed clarity and reassurance for both our staff and Oxfordshire families.
"We are already well advanced in developing a comprehensive new service for 0 to 19-year-olds which will meet the needs and aspirations of children at risk of abuse and neglect in Oxfordshire, and ensure that families who need extra help are identified at an early stage.”
Charlie Payne, spokesperson for Save Oxfordshire's Children's Centres, said the group was "disappointed but undeterred".
She added: "We are disappointed to hear this judgement because of the importance of children's centres to Oxfordshire's children.
"Unfortunately this verdict really could mean that the 19,000 under fives who use our children's centres and the 11,000 under 19-year-olds who use our Early Intervention Hubs are going to be left out in the cold."
She added that the council should use the money that could be saved by combining with the county's district councils to keep the centres open.
It's a question no-one has ever asked. But luckily someone has chosen to answer it. Mansfield College is, allegedly, the best Oxford University college for vegetarians and vegans.
Two-hundred people out of the 22,900 enrolled students at the university answered the survey, performed by the Oxford University Animal Ethics Society.
It is intended to encourage other Oxford colleges to improve their vegetarian offering.
According to the society's poll Magdalen College was the worst for providing vegetarian food for its undergraduates.
President of the society Tobias Thorne said: "We all hope that this will encourage Oxford Colleges to improve their provision of vegetarian food.
"After all many colleges have fixed catering fees, which means students have to pay for the food whether they like it or not."
Anyone with an Oxford email account could vote in the poll and voting was anonymised.
This Sunday is Oxford's annual Santa fun run to raise funds for Helen and Douglas House. Some of the streets in the city centre will be closed until 11:00.
M40 Oxfordshire northbound severe disruption, between J6 for B4009 and J7 for A40.
M40 Oxfordshire - Very slow traffic and one lane closed on M40 northbound between J6, B4009 (Watlington) and J7, A40 (Thame), because of a broken down vehicle.
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Retired racing greyhounds looking for a new home won't be feeling quite so lonely this Christmas thanks to the Knitting Nannies of Oxfordshire who are looking to knit them all a new woolly jumper for the festive season.
Jenny Hebborn, lead volunteer at The Retired Greyhound Trust in Oxford explained: "Greyhounds are well known for being slender animals with very fine fur.
"A group of local knitters from Abingdon and the surrounding areas were inspired to start crafting coats for our hounds as they - in typical grandma fashion - wanted to make sure the dogs stayed warm through the winter."
You can get involved too, even if you're not a knitter, by donating a ball of wool to the effort. There's more info here.
Plans are set to be approved for a major new office building at the Oxford Science Park.
The 61,500 sq ft (5,713 sq m) building will be used by 500 employees and includes a roof terrace.
The Oxford Science Park aims to begin construction on it early next year.
Located off the southern ring road, the park was created by Magdalen College in 1991, and has laboratories that contribute to the UK's science and technology sector.
A child rapist has been jailed for 12 years for committing sex offences in the Oxfordshire area.
Paul Wells, from High Street in Beckley, was found guilty of 11 offences, including raping a 15-year-old girl.
The offences took place between 2011 and 2013.
The 46-year-old has also been given an extended licence of eight years.
Investigators said the dangerous offender was "where he belongs".
There's slow traffic on the A420 westbound between the B4508 Majors Road junction in Watchfield and the White Hart Roundabout in Swindon.
Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) has released part of its annual assessment for Thames Valley Police and rated it "good" for the way it treats the people it serves and its workforce.
HMIC also praised the force's leadership noting "it has clear expectations of leadership" and that it "is aware it needs to support women and black, Asian and minority ethnic officers to progress towards, and within, leadership positions".
Commenting on the report, Chief Constable Francis Habgood said: "It is vital that our communities believe that we use our powers fairly and treat people with respect in the course of our duties and that we are seen as friendly and approachable."
The final part of the assessment, on the force's effectiveness at keeping people safe and reducing crime, is due in March next year.
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Some patients sectioned with psychotic conditions, such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, may actually have a treatable immune disorder, say Oxford University scientists.
A study in the Lancet Psychiatry suggests up to one in 11 cases of psychosis may involve antibodies attacking parts of the brain.
Blood samples were taken from 228 people in a UK-wide trial.
The finding is controversial, but opens up a new way of treating patients.
A prosecutor has told the Times newspaper medications could have contributed to the death of Oxford student Matt Smith.
Mr Smith, 22, was found by friends at the Val Thorens resort in the Alps on Sunday morning while attending the annual Oxford and Cambridge Varsity ski trip.
Jean-Pascal Violet, state prosecutor for Albertville, said: "We believe complications from his health and medications, and possibly altitude, led to his tragic early death."
A big thank you to Tim Turan for our main image today.
He snapped it from Peachcroft Farm car park in Abingdon.
"I turned up looking for farm shop bargains and got this instead," he told us.
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Emma Hyatt is preparing to give birth at Horton General Hospital, but if something happens that requires consultant care she may have to go to John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, 27 miles away, or Warwick Hospital, which is 22 miles away along the M40.
Mrs Hyatt, 40, from King Sutton, was in labour for 20 hours with her previous child and required medical intervention.
She said: "I don't have any concerns about midwife-led units at all... I haven't made my decision yet, but I have to weigh up how long it will take for me to access pain relief and other intervention, if I need it."
Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said that between 3 October and 5 December there were 35 births at the Horton and four transfers of women in labour to the John Radcliffe Hospital.
The father of an Oxford student who died during a university ski trip in France has paid tribute to him.
Matt Smith, 22, was found by friends at the Val Thorens resort in the Alps on Sunday morning.
His father, Howard, said he "loved the mountains" and the "peace and happiness" he felt there, and "he spent hours at a time contemplating the beauty of the French Alps with his fellow snowboarders".
He added: "Matt was adventurous and imaginative in life, and kind, generous and loyal to his friends. Matt made friends everywhere, and seemed to capture the hearts of whomever he met.
"He intensely wished everyone to strive to achieve all they could; he felt anything was possible, and did not believe in regrets."
Penny Thewlis from Age UK Oxfordshire said carers had already been hit hard by Oxfordshire County Council cuts.
She added: "A lot of the services on which they depend to provide help and support to the people for whom they care have either been cut or reduced.
"So carers are feeling that they're propping up the system, they're filling the gaps that are being left.
"Around 80% say their caring has a negative impact on their health so any cuts which worsen that position are of deep concern."
Ian Hudspeth, leader of Oxfordshire County Council, says this year's cuts - £7m compared to last year's £50m - was down to "early and difficult decisions" taken over the last 10 years.
"It's given us a bit of a platform to give more longer-term thinking to where we'll be, and where we can reduce back office [jobs] rather than services, but obviously with those sorts of figures it does change services."
He added: "It's about being realistic with the budget we currently have."
Oxfordshire County Council says it is on a "solid financial footing" despite the "many difficult decisions" it's made over cuts.
Lawrie Stratford, cabinet member for finance, said: "There is no denying that there has been an impact on services and service users since 2010... good financial planning means we are now able to find new ways to ensure people and communities get the support they need rather than making short-term service cuts.
"We are a completely different organisation to six years ago with 35% fewer staff and many more services delivered with partners. Over coming years we’ll continue to change to become fit for the future."
Political reporter, BBC Radio Oxford
Is the pain of making endless cuts finally over for Oxfordshire County Council? Have the most difficult decisions been made?
The cuts in this year's budget are nowhere near what the council faced last time around, when it decided to shut children's centres, cut mobile libraries, stop bus subsidies and slash support for the homeless.
But on the other hand - there's not much left to cut. A lot of the services left in the hands of the council, it has to provide by law.
And the savings seem like a small amount of money compared to last year but will still hit services.
One section of Cotswold Wildlife Park was closed yesterday following guidelines issued by the government on Bird Flu.
The H5N8 strain has been found in poultry and wild birds in 14 countries including Germany and France.
There have been no cases in the UK.
The park says it's closed the bird walk-through area as a precaution - the rest of the park remains open.
Oxfordshire County Council is looking to cut £7m of its services, compared to £50m last year.
Proposals include closing day care centres for elderly people and those with learning disabilities, stopping grants for carers and reducing the use of agency staff.
It brings the total amount of savings made between 2010 and 2020 to £377m.
There's slow traffic on the A41 westbound in Bicester at the Bicester Little Chef Roundabout.
BBC Radio Oxford
Women using midwife-led units in Oxfordshire have to be transferred to consultant-led departments elsewhere in one in five cases, according to a BBC investigation.
Nationally the figure is one in four.
But midwife units are the safest places for low risk births according to official guidelines.
In Oxfordshire there are midwife-led units in Wallingford, Wantage and Chipping Norton, while the Horton Hospital in Banbury has been temporarily designated as one due to a shortage of doctors.
Some bright or sunny spells at first, although cloud soon thickening from the west bringing a little patchy rain through the afternoon and evening, especially over higher ground such as the Chilterns.
It'll be another mild day for all of us. Maximum temperature 13C (55F).