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Summary

  1. Police officers who dealt with A34 crash aftermath commended
  2. Police force allocates more than £1m to improve "shambolic" management
  3. Motorcyclist taken to hospital after crash

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All times stated are UK

That's all for today

Dave Gilyeat

BBC South

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

Are you up for the FA People's Cup?

#peoplescup

Ever dreamed of lifting a trophy on the pitch at Wembley? Well, here's your chance.

BBC Get Inspired has again teamed up with the Football Association to launch the 2017 FA People's Cup, a free five-a-side knockout competition that gives the people of England the chance to play in their version of the FA Cup.Watch as Radio 1Xtra DJ Nick Bright shows his (almost) silky ball skills, while explaining how you can get involved - and for all the information you need, read our Get Inspired guide.

FA People's Cup: keepy-uppy challenge with Radio 1Xtra's Nick Bright

Online paedophile sentenced to six years

A paedophile who used webcams to film boys committing sexual acts has been jailed for six years. 

Alex Orr
TVP

Alex Orrs of Villeboys Close, Abingdon, admitted to three counts of making indecent photos of a child between November 2012 and 2015. 

He also admitted two counts of inciting boys under the age of 16 to commit sexual acts. 

The 27-year-old helped facilitate 10 other child sexual offences committed by other people. 

He was given six years in prison and four years on extended licence. 

Ticket-free travel to be piloted on Chiltern Railways route

A new ticket-free travel pilot scheme is to be tried out on Chiltern Railway's newly-built Oxford Parkway, Bicester Village station, Bicester North and London Marylebone route

The idea is that smartphones will be used to detect travel and open ticket gates via Bluetooth, with customers automatically being charged the best price for their journey come the day's end.

Chiltern Railways has teamed up with technology company SilverRail Technologies to develop it.

Oxford Parkway
BBC

Dave Penney, managing director of Chiltern Railways, said the app-based concept would eliminate the need for tickets.

Oxford City benefit from Luke Coulson transfer fee

Marie Indge

Radio Oxford Sport

Oxford City are in for a windfall. 

Former City midfielder Luke Coulson has completed a transfer from Eastleigh to League Two side Barnet.

City had a sell-on clause inserted when Coulson moved to Eastleigh. 

The exact amount they'll receive is uncertain as Barnet and Eastleigh haven't disclosed the transfer fee. 

Police arrest 316 people in drink and drug driving crackdown

Thames Valley Police arrested 316 people for drink and/or drug-driving during their Christmas campaign, compared to 325 the year before.

It ran from 1 December to 1 January, and Chief Inspector Henry Parsons said it was "disappointing" to find so many people drink-driving and drug-driving. 

He added: "The effects of it are so dangerous and it’s not worth the risk - there is no excuse for it.

“These figures show that we remain committed to targeting those who cause death on our roads and make the roads less safe than they should be.”

Jericho 11th 'hippest' destination in UK

An area of Oxford has been named the 11th 'hippest' location in the UK. 

Jericho, home to Oxford University Press and the former ironworks of Oxford, was among hipster hangouts like Dalston in TravelSupermarket's most recent index.

Jericho
Rosalind Mitchell

Spokeswoman Emma Coulthurst said: "The index will hopefully put Jericho even more on the map and encourage new and return visitors to explore deeper the UK’s famous university city."

The Jericho Tavern, part of the area's main High Street, is an Indie music institution having hosted gigs from early incarnations of Radiohead, Pulp, and Foals. 

Man sought after attempted robberies

Police are linking two attempted robberies of women walking dogs in Carterton. 

Most recently a 48-year-old woman was assaulted by a man attempting to rob her on 9 January, before her dog bit the offender on his left arm. 

E-fit
TVP

The woman was walking was walking her dog at about 06:10 alongside White Bridge.   

An e-fit image of the alleged offedner has been released, he was wearing a plain black jacket with a zip on the front, dark jeans and black gloves. 

PC Shelley Slater said: "We believe this incident to be linked to another attempted robbery in Carterton on 16 December 2016. 

"In both incidents lone women were walking their dogs in unlit areas."

'Very positive negotiations' under way over Oxford squatters

Iffley Open House residents are said to be “relieved” by news that the group may be able to stay in the Wadham owned building until the end of April, says the Oxford Student

Leaseholder Midcounties Co-operative said it was "very confident" it could reach a deal that would allow the squatters to remain until April when its lease ends.

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Severe disruption: M40 Oxfordshire northbound

BBC Travel

M40 Oxfordshire northbound severe disruption, between J10 for A43 Brackley and J11 for A361.

M40 Oxfordshire - One lane blocked on M40 northbound between J10, A43 (Brackley) and J11, A361 (Banbury), because of a broken down vehicle.

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Oxford United to face Bradford in EFL Checkatrade Trophy

Marie Indge

Radio Oxford Sport

Oxford United will face Bradford City in the EFL Checkatrade Trophy quarter finals.  

They beat Cheltenham Town 1-0 last night in their last 16 match and will face United next Tuesday at the Kassam Stadium.  

And tonight the U's will discover the identity of their FA Cup fourth round opponents when Newcastle and Birmingham play their third round replay.

Ashmolean Museum receives grant for 400th anniversary exhibition

The Ashmolean Museum has received a £110,000 grant for a new display to mark the 400th anniversary of the birth of its founder.

The two central lower floor galleries will tell how the world's first museum was created by Elias Ashmole, evoking his 17th Century "cabinet of curiosities".

Director Dr Xa Sturgis said: "It will allow us to tell the story of the founding of the first public museum and why it is called the Ashmolean; what it was opened for in 1683; and why it is in Oxford."

The new collections are expected to open in September, and they'll include the much-celebrated Powhatan's Mantle (pictured).

Powhatan's Mantle
Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford

Travel update: Blewbury road still closed

BBC Travel

The A417 London Road in Blewbury is still closed because of a burst water main and an accident involving a car earlier on.

Frozen princesses join Kat's party

Mid-morning presenter Kat Orman has been throwing a birthday party for her four-year-old daughter Betsy today.

And to make things really special she invited in Princess Anna and Princess Elsa, from My Little Princess Parties.

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We were going to ask where Olaf the Snowman was but decided to let it go.

Tracy Houghton, Ethan Houghton, Aimee Goldsmith and Josh Goldsmith

Seven police officers who dealt with the aftermath of a pile up on the A34 which killed a mother and three children are given commendations for their work.

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The changing faces of Didcot

Over the last three years 'The Cathedral of the Vale', Didcot Power Station, has been slowly demolished. 

Reader Xuguang Liu has shared his snaps of the famous cooling towers from Wittenham Clumps in 2013, and in 2016. 

Didcot Power Station
Xuguang Liu
Didcot Power Station from Wittenham Clumps in 2016
Didcot Power Station 2013
Xuguang Liu
The six cooling towers of Didcot Power Station in 2013

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Plans revealed to revitalise boarded-up Upper Reaches hotel

Oxford Mail

New life could soon be brought to a riverside hotel in Abingdon that was boarded up and abandoned almost 18 months ago.    

River Cherwell Flood Alert

The Environment Agency has issued a flood alert for the River Cherwell. 

It says: "Flooding is possible for the River Cherwell and its tributaries from Lower Heyford down to Oxford including Rousham, Enslow, Thrupp and Hampton Poyle.  

"Low lying land and roads will be affected first. Be prepared."

Motorcyclist taken to hospital after crash

Paul Jenner

BBC Radio Oxford

A motorcyclist has been taken to hospital with arm injuries after a crash with a car on the outskirts of Oxford.

Ambulance crews were called to the Eastern Bypass at about 07:45.

The accident caused gridlock in the area, but delays are easing.

Medium roadworks: A417 Oxfordshire both ways

BBC Travel

A417 Oxfordshire both ways medium roadworks, at Chalk Hill.

A417 Oxfordshire - Burst water main, temporary traffic lights and emergency repairs on A417 in Aston Tirrold, Didcot at the Chalk Hill junction.

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'Sobering occasion' for commended police officers

Digital communications officer Ellie Selby, who was recognised for an awareness video made using footage from the A34 crash that killed four people in August, said: "A commendation like this shouldn't exist, people shouldn't be using their mobile phones, and a family should still be alive today. 

"So it's a sobering occasion for many reasons. A lot of good has come from the video that was produced, but hopefully we don't have to create another video like that ever again."

Ellie Selby
BBC

Police officers receive commendations after A34 crash

Seven police officers who dealt with the aftermath of a pile-up on the A34 which killed four people have been given commendations for their work. 

Tracy Houghton, 45, died along with her sons Ethan, 13, and Joshua, 11, and her partner's daughter Aimee Goldsmith, also 11, when Tomasz Kroker smashed into stationary traffic. 

A34 crash
BBC

The crash on the Oxfordshire/Berkshire border happened on 10 August. 

Kroker, 30, was scrolling through music on his phone at the time of the crash. 

Chief Constable Francis Habgood presented the commendations during a ceremony at Sulhamstead Force Training Centre in Reading.

Travel update: Queues in East Hanney

BBC Travel

There's queuing traffic on the A338 in both directions in East Hanney near the Steventon Road junction in the roadworks area.

Police force spends £1m to fix 'shambolic' system

Marcus White

BBC South

A police force has allocated more than £1m to improve a "shambolic" finance and management system.

The H3 project combines back office services at four police, fire and council authorities in Hampshire and Oxfordshire, to save up to £5m a year. 

Hampshire's Police and Crime Commissioner Michael Lane
BBC

The Police Federation said payroll mistakes were among a "catalogue of errors" since H3 began in 2014.

Hampshire's Police and Crime Commissioner Michael Lane said the investment would deliver improvements by May.

Today's weather: Frosty start with sunny spells later

Temperatures dipped as low as minus 5C overnight, but there are sunny spells coming up. 

It's only going to reach about 5 or 6C today, but there will only be light winds, so it's going to be pleasant out there. 

Travel update: Accident causing queues in Kennington

BBC Travel

One lane is closed and there's queuing traffic on the A4142 Eastern By-Pass Road westbound in Kennington at the Heyford Hill Roundabout, because of an accident involving one car and a motorbike.

Good morning

Hello and welcome to BBC Local Live for Oxfordshire on this rather cold winter morning.

Stick with us today as we bring you all the news from around the county as it develops.  

Shotover
Tim Turan

Thanks to Tim Turan for our main image today, which is a colourful picture of the Shotover landscape.

Looking south towards Didcot and the Ridgeway, he reckons it "looked like the God scene from Monty Python and the Holy Grail".

We know the scene you mean Tim, but since we don't have the rights to show a screenshot from that comedy classic, here it is instead parodied in the Doctor Who episode The Girl Who Died, which we CAN afford.

Odin in Doctor Who
BBC

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