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Summary

  1. Baby's death could not have been prevented - review
  2. Oxford United to play Newcastle or Birmingham City in FA Cup
  3. Squatters take over vacant building owned by Wadham College
  4. Developer appeals 170-home rejection in South Oxfordshire
  5. Oxfordshire Mind welcomes government mental health reform pledge

Live Reporting

By Alex Regan and Anna Browning

All times stated are UK

Good evening

That's all for today, but BBC Local Live for Oxfordshire returns tomorrow at 08:00. We hope to see you then.

'Careful balance' needed in child support
Child support is a 'careful balance', says the chairman of serious case review into the death of a baby who drowned.

Tonight's weather: 'Spells of light rain'

BBC Weather

It'll be mainly dry during the evening with cloud slowly increasing. 

Gradually turning milder and breezier with a few spells of light rain likely during the early hours, particularly over higher ground such as the Chilterns. 

Minimum temperature 6C (43F).

Oxford United to take on Scunthorpe in EFL Trophy

Ross Heaton

BBC Oxford Sport

After FA Cup success on Saturday Oxford United switch their attentions to the EFL Trophy tonight as they entertain Scunthorpe in a third round tie. 

U's boss Michael Appleton told us he intends to pick a side which is strong enough to win whilst also giving some of his squad who haven't been first team regulars some much needed match action.

That certainly doesn't mean by any stretch of the imagination we're going to take the game lightly. The side we put out will be a very, very strong side and certainly one we're looking forward to hopefully putting in a decent performance.

Michael AppletonOxford United manager
Michael Appleton
Rex Features

BBC Radio Oxford has full match commentary from the Kassam Stadium this evening, as well as reports from Eynsham Park where North Leigh face Bridgwater in Division 1 South and West of the Southern League. 

Travel update: Slow on A40 westbound in Eynsham

BBC Travel

There's slow traffic on the A40 westbound in Eynsham at the Eynsham Roundabout.

Car showroom used as 'homeless shelter'

Homeless squat in car showroom

A car showroom in Iffley Road is being used as "Oxford's unofficial homeless shelter", according to squatters. 

The building, owned by Wadham College, will be redeveloped into student housing, but campaigners have asked for it to be used as homeless housing until it is redeveloped. 

Fourteen people currently live at the site, which has been vacant for two years. 

Travel update: Busy in Abingdon on A415

BBC Travel

In Abingdon it's very busy along the A415 from Culham to Bridge Street, and further along Ock Street.

Baby bath death 'highlights challenges to care professionals'

Oxfordshire County Council has described the case of a baby who died after being left alone by her mother in a bath as "very tragic".

Jasmine Gregory
BBC

It added: "All the available information pointed to a loving relationship between mother and child.

"What this very thorough review has highlighted are the wider challenges for professionals working with families where neglect has been identified as an issue. Alongside our partners we have already made some changes to improve areas of practice in response to the review’s findings.

"Nationally there is an emerging focus on understanding the nature of risk to children in families where there is neglect. This has been a key priority for Oxfordshire’s child protection agencies since 2015, and will continue to be so."

Serious case review: 'Careful balance' needed to protect children

The chairman of the Oxfordshire Safeguarding Children Board has said a careful balancing act is needed to care for vulnerable children. 

His assertions come after an investigation into the death of a baby - known to social services - who drowned in a bath after her mother, who had been drinking, became distracted and left her unattended. 

'Careful balance' needed in child support

The serious case review found that the death of the baby could not have been prevented. 

Baby bath death review: Police release statement

Following the report into the death of a baby left alone in a bath in Grove, Thames Valley Police has released a statement.

"In this case Thames Valley Police’s investigation led to the prosecution of Child Q’s mother for the manslaughter by gross negligence of Child Q. Child Q’s mother subsequently received three years’ imprisonment when she was sentenced in November.

"Thames Valley Police remains committed to continuing to work closely with partner agencies to safeguard the children in our communities, which includes ensuring child protection information sharing processes are adhered to ensure any incidents of neglect are identified and responded to appropriately."

Oxfordshire artist progresses on The Voice

Congratulations to Truly Ford for getting through the Blind Auditions of The Voice this weekend.

Truly, 22, used to be based in Oxfordshire and played a great set on the BBC Introducing stage at Truck Festival in 2013.

She's since moved to London to chase her dreams, and you can watch the video below to see which judges made her day.

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Fire service launches on-call recruitment drive

Oxfordshire County Council’s fire and rescue service has launched a recruitment drive for on-call firefighters.

A fire in Coleshill
OFRS

On-call firefighters are people that will go about their daily life until they are alerted to an emergency incident in their area; then they have five minutes to get to their local fire station and respond as a professional firefighter.

All of Oxfordshire’s fire stations have on-call teams that make up 60% of the county’s operational fire and rescue service, with 18 out of 24 stations crewed solely by on-call firefighters. 

With vacancies available at nearly every station, a new campaign is being launched that aims to recruit 40 more on-call firefighters by the end of 2017.

Charity says neglect case 'extremely worrying'

After a serious case review into the death of a baby who died after being left alone in the bath the NSPCC has said it was a "distressing case".

A spokesman added that it "highlights the tragic consequences of neglect towards young children and it is extremely worrying that this child’s mother was already on the social services radar.

“While the report concludes agencies could not have prevented Child Q’s death, opportunities to help her were sadly missed and important information was never properly shared.

“While the mother, found guilty of Child Q’s death, was negligent and careless in her actions, more effective communication and intervention may have saved her life."

Henley councillors get shredding

Henley Standard

Dozens of Christmas trees were shredded by Henley Town Council following the festive period.  

Serious case review: Evidence of 'ongoing neglect' in baby bath death

Joe Nimmo

BBC South

The Oxfordshire Safeguarding Children Board's report into the death of a baby in a bath said her case showed evidence of "ongoing neglect", and some incidents should have been treated more seriously.

But it also said there were "no findings" her death was preventable.  

Jasmine Gregory
TVP

Jasmine Gregory, of Ulfgar Road, Oxford, was jailed for three years in November after being found guilty of the manslaughter of her daughter.

The 14-month-old was on a child protection plan and considered "at risk of serious harm" when she died.

Travel update: Slow traffic in Bodicote

BBC Travel

There's slow traffic on the A4260 Oxford Road in both directions in Bodicote near the Weeping Cross junction in the roadworks area.

Jasmine Gregory

A review into the death of a baby who died after being left alone in the bath finds it could not have prevented.

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Oxfordshire Mind welcomes government mental health transformation

An Oxfordshire charity which provides counselling for people living with mental health issues has welcomed government plans to transform support in the sector. 

Additional training for teachers, an extra £15m for community care, and improved support in the workplace were among measures announced by Prime Minister Theresa May on Monday.  

Oxfordshire Mind's chief executive Dan Knowles said: "Although stigma in mental health has reduced substantially, we all need to work together to ensure it is eradicated. 

"Much good work goes on everyday, however the need for improved mental health services in Oxfordshire remains a significant challenge."

Nightclub's 03:00 alcohol licence is rejected

Oxford Mail

Plans for a popular Cowley Road nightclub to serve alcohol until 03:00 have been rejected by councillors.  

Appeal to be heard for South Oxon development

A developer that wants to build 170 homes between Didcot and East Hagbourne is appealing against a council's decision to reject the plans. 

Grainger was refused permission by South Oxfordshire District Council on the green land, which separates the two areas. 

East Hagbourne
Colin Bates

But East Hagbourne resident Andy Barmer sayd the development would join the village and Didcot.

He added: "Joining towns and villages is unnacceptable, it's what we'd call coalescence. And coalescence, as a principle of planning developments, is something that should be avoided."

Latest headlines: Appeal heard on South Oxon home plans

BBC Radio Oxford

Here are the latest headlines from BBC Radio Oxford: 

  • A former car show room in Oxford has been taken over by a group of homeless people
  • An appeal will be heard today after a plan to build 170 homes between Didcot and East Hagbourne was rejected
  • More co-ordination is needed internationally to stop the threat of cyber attacks, according to security experts in Oxfordshire
  • A scientist in Oxfordshire is working on a way to power space ships with nuclear fusion technology
Teenagers listen to modem for the first time
Watch as Oxfordshire teenagers react to the sound of an old dial-up internet modem.

The Magpies or Birmingham City in FA Cup fourth round

BBC Sport

So it's another Championship club for Oxford United in the FA Cup, but this time there's a little more glamour involved. 

Rafa Benitez's Newcastle and Gianfranco Zola's Birmingham replay their third round tie at St James Park a week tomorrow. 

The winners will visit the Kassam a week and a half later.

Oxford United beat Rotheham United in FA Cup third round
Getty Images

Travel latest: Delays on A34 northbound

Al Ryan

BBC Oxford travel presenter

Good morning, here's the latest from the Oxfordshire travel control centre: 

  • On the A34 northbound there are 10-minute delays from Abingdon North and Hinksey Hill interchange
  • There's very heavy traffic on the Hinksey Hill interchange from Boars Hill and the A4183
  • On the A40 eastbound there's intermittent traffic from Witney to Cassington 

Today's weather: Dry to start but rain outbreaks later

Good morning, we've got some dry and occasionally bright weather to start with but we will have some patchy outbreaks of rain later. 

There will be highs of 9C.

I hear laughter in the rain

Alex Regan

BBC South

In the words of precipitation fanatic Neil Sedaka, I hear laughter in the rain walking hand in hand with the one I love. 

And laugh we should, because there's going to be patchy outbreaks of rain today.

Dorchester Abbey
Anthony Morris

Almost as a premonition, Anthony Morris has sent this very atmospheric snap of Dorchester Abbey with a few raindrops on his lens. 

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