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Toby Wadey

BBC South

Thank you for joining us again today. 

We'll be back tomorrow with all of Oxfordshire's latest news, sport, travel and weather. 

Stay in touch via our Twitter and Facebook pages.  

That's all for today

Toby Wadey

BBC South

Thank you for joining us again today.

We'll be back tomorrow with all of Berkshire's latest news, travel, sport and weather. 

Stay in touch via our Twitter and Facebook pages.  

Birmingham v Reading: Analysis

Tim Dellor

BBC Berkshire sport editor

Gianfranco Zola up against Jaap Stam on the pitch in Chelsea against Manchester United games in the late 1990s was always worth watching.

Now they meet with their respective teams at St Andrew's as managers.

Stam is way ahead in the race to be recognised as a top manager. His Reading team will move to within three points of second-placed Newcastle, if they win.

Zola is still trying to get a first win since taking over at Birmingham in December. Despite only winning three points from a possible 24 since taking over, Birmingham are still 12th.

Reading have struggled away from home defensively all season, conceding 26 goals in 13 away games. They are without Tiago Ilori, Joey van den Berg and probably Paul McShane as well, so a makeshift defence will be trying to tighten things up.

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Weather outlook: Wind warning

Holly Green

BBC Weather

Parents rage over £700 school bus bill

Emma Midgley

BBC South

Parents in Berkshire say they will have to pay £700 a year in bus fares as their children cannot get a place at their nearest school.

Half of Chieveley village is not eligible for subsidised travel to The Downs School as Trinity School is marginally nearer.

The Downs School
Parents say they have no choice but to send their children to The Downs School

Newbury MP Richard Benyon said there should be "wiggle room" for parents with no choice.

West Berkshire Council said there could not be exceptions for different areas.

The Downs School

Parents rage over £700 school bus bill

Parents say a lack of school places will leave them with a £700 transport bill.

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Fire service issues warning after tumble dryer blaze

Oxfordshire's fire service has issued a warning about the dangers of leaving the house with the washing machine on. 

It comes a tumble dryer fire in a conservatory in Oxford yesterday. 

Fire crews said the occupant and their two small children were able get out of the property safely. 

Mansfield sign Oxford winger MacDonald

BBC Sport

Mansfield Town have signed Oxford United winger Alex MacDonald.

The 26-year-old has made 30 appearances this season, scoring three goals, and joins on a free transfer after having his contract cancelled.

Alex MacDonald
Rex Features

Manager Steve Evans was surprised that MacDonald was allowed to leave.

"A big part of the game is not only scoring goals but [also] opening the door for people to score goals," Evans added.

Alfie Potter

Mansfield sign MacDonald and Potter

Mansfield Town sign winger Alex MacDonald from Oxford United and midfielder Alfie Potter from Northampton Town.

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Plans to close Windsor fire station overnight presented to public

Plans to end Windsor fire station overnight service as part of a series of cost-cutting measures are being put on show today. 

It is the latest part of a consultation on the future of the Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service as it looks to save £2.4m by 2020. 

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Swans killed by air guns and slingshots

Toby Wadey

BBC South

Air guns and slingshots were used to kill two swans and wound 10 more in attacks on the River Thames. 

A metal pellet was removed from the head of one of the protected birds, which were targeted near Windsor Castle. 

A metal pellet found in a swan's head
Swan Support

Several of the animals to survive the shootings had been left "severely injured", Thames Valley Police said. 

The force launched a witness appeal today following reports of the incidents on 24 and 27 January. 

Proposals for 'Oxford metro' presented to government

Proposals to create a metro service in Oxford using existing rail lines and stations are being presented to the government. 

Transport experts say a line between Oxford and Cowley could be used to take passengers as well as cargo.

They also believe stations - such as one at Kidlington which closed in the 1960s - could be reopened. 

Transport academic Peter Headicar from Oxford Brookes University said it would use existing facilities. 

He told BBC Radio Oxford it could "open up great new opportunities". 

Thames Valley Police launches web chat for youngsters

Do you know who you are?

According to the Berkshire Psychology Service there are two main personality tests - the Big 5 Questionnaire and the Myers Briggs test.

Dr David Purves who runs the service, says with as little as four psychotherapy sessions, someone's personality can completely change. 

Dr David Purves talks about the effect psychotherapy sessions can have on the mind.

Goalkeeper hoping to get Moore games elsewhere

Jack Winstanley

BBC Berkshire Sport Reporter

Young Reading FC goalkeeper Stuart Moore has joined League Two club Luton Town until the end of the season.

22-year-old Moore has been a regular member of Jaap Stam’s first team squad this season, but is yet to make his first team debut.

Stuart Moore
Rex Features

Heart failure survival shows no improvement

Survival rates for heart failure patients have shown no imporvement since 1998, according to Oxford University researchers. 

Heart failure

The research found 81.3% of heart failure patients survived for one year and 51.5% survived for five years. 

Dr Clare Taylor said: "While the survival rates were better than other studies, we disappointingly didn't see any improvement over time. 

"We plan to do more work to examine why this might be the case and find ways to improve the outlook for patients with heart failure in the future."

Oxford to Reading?

Jack Winstanley

BBC Berkshire Sport Reporter

West Ham defender Reece Oxford has been linked with a loan move to Reading FC by the end of the transfer window later today.   

West Ham's official Twitter account has quoted both manager Slaven Bilic and Joint-Chairman David Sullivan as saying they hope the deal will be completed.

It will be Jaap Stam's third signing of the window after Tiago Ilori and Adrian Popa.

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Oxford hope to win British Quidditch Cup

Alex Regan

BBC South

Is it a bird? It is a plane? Or is it a bunch of educated adults running around with a broom between their legs? Yep, it's the last one. 

Oxford University Quidditch Club

The British Quidditch Cup is returning, and Oxford University students who enjoy Harry Potter - a children's book - will be competing in mixed gender teams. 

There will be 32 teams competing from across the UK between 11-12 March. 

Oxford University Quidditch Club spokesman Quinn Western, said: "Quidditch and the community we've found in OUQC have helped us all in so many ways, so we're incredibly proud of what we've achieved together, and we can't wait to show the rest of the UK this March."

Weapons workers strike for second day

Around 600 Atomic Weapons Establishment workers are striking for a second day

Unite union members at the company's Aldermaston and Burghfield sites walked out 00.01 GMT yesterday for 48 hours. 

AWE Aldermaston

They claim "iron-clad promises" about their pensions were broken after the scheme was moved from the government to the private sector in the 1990s.  

AWE said it was "committed to holding discussions" with the union.

Reading FC Women sign midfielder Brooke Chaplen

Blenheim undergoes £350,000 renovation of north steps

Blenheim Palace north steps renovation

The north steps at Blenheim Palace are undergoing a £350,000 renovation after three centuries of welcoming millions of visitors.

A spokesperson said: "Exploratory excavations revealed the steps were originally constructed on top of a mix of compacted stone rubble, earth and mortared brickwork.

"Over the centuries lime mortar between the bricks has been eroded and the infill base settled, this combined with gravity has resulted in the steps moving away from the Palace."

Oxford United face Bradford City in the EFL Trophy

Oxford United
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Tonight Oxford United target a place in the semi finals of the EFL Trophy. 

They take on Bradford City at the Kassam in a rearranged fixture from last week after the game was frozen off. 

Midfielder Liam Sercombe says he's hoping to be involved and continue his bid to get his place back in the starting eleven after injury. 

But he admits it's not going to be an easy task

Birmingham v Reading: Match facts

Reading travel to St Andrew's tonight to play Birmingham City in the Championship. 

Here are some key match facts:

  • The Blues have won three of their past four home league games against Reading, losing the other
  • The Royals are without a clean sheet in any of their past 11 league visits to St Andrew's, last recording one in May 1990
  • Since Gianfranco Zola took charge of Birmingham, only Bristol City (0) have taken fewer Championship points than the Blues (3)
  • Reading's central defenders Paul McShane (1,467) and Liam Moore (1,400) have completed the most passes of defenders in the Championship this season

Weather latest: Cloudy afternoon ahead

After a dull start it is expected to remain overcast with outbreaks of rain throughout the day. 

The wet conditions will continue overnight, with temperatures reaching 10C. 

BBC weather for the South East

Half-term fun coming up with guide dogs in Wokingham

Frimley Hospital trials prostate cancer 'breakthrough'

Frimley Hospital is one of 11 to join a study using MRI scanners for prostate cancer diagnoses. 

Simon Bott, consultant urologist at the hospital, descrbied the trial, which will involve 30 patients, as a "game-changer".

Frimley Hospital is one of 11 to trial using MRI scanners for prostate cancer diagnoses.

"This new type of MRI enables us to look more accurately inside the prostate and target abnormal areas", said Dr Bott. 

"There aren't really that many hospitals in the country that could actually be involved in it, but we had the kit to show how accurate the MRI is."

BreakingMan dies after cyclist falls into river

Alex Regan

BBC South

A cyclist who fell into a river has died after attempts to resuscitate him. 

On Monday at 14:30 police were called to reports of "an incident in the river" near Magdalen Bridge in Oxford. 

Onlookers said a cyclist on the tow path fell into the River Cherwell.

Magdalen bridge rescue

A fire boat helped the search for the man, who was recovered and attempts were made to resuscitate him. 

The man, in his 30s, was taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital but died shortly after. His next of kin have been informed. 

Reading fan 'lurking in bush' this morning at Madejski Stadium

Royals fan Jacob South-Klein has made his biannual pilgrimage to hide in a bush outside the Madejski Stadium to see if he can spot any prospective new signings on transfer deadline day. 

He's been tweeting his thoughts and broadcasting on Periscope this morning using the hashtag #bushwatch

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Jacob says he decided to started hiding in a bush in September 2014. 

Since then he has gathered quite a following on social media, including Radio 1 DJ Scott Mills who sent him a pizza during last August's stakeout.

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£700 to get your child to school?

Parents in parts of West Berkshire are going to be charged £700 a year to get their children to school on the bus. 

The cost is going up from the next school year. It will affect parents whose catchment school isn't their nearest school.

Parents in West Berkshire could pay £700 a year to get their children to school on the bus

Emma-Jayne's children aren't eligible for free travel because they live too far away. 

"Everyone was consulted on paying £250 per child, and everyone signed to say they would pay. 

"The problem is this year that nobody has been consulted."

Councillor Lynne Doherty, in charge of children's services in West Berkshirem, defended the policy. 

"When parents apply for their school, it's their preference which school they send their child to. 

"We did this over a phased period so parents could take the decision for themselves".  

Oxford United to face Middlesborough in FA Cup fifth round

Highlights of Oxford United's fourth round FA Cup tie against Newcastle

Oxford United will be travelling to the Riverside Stadium, probably on 18 February, to face Premier League side Middlesborough in the FA Cup fifth round. 

It comes after an impressive 3-0 defeat against Championship side Newcastle at the Kassam on Saturday. 

This will be the first time that The U's have played in the fifth round in 23 years. 

West Berkshire Council says it 'can't make exceptions' over school buses

Lynne Doherty, head of children's services at West Berkshire Council, has told BBC Radio Berkshire the council "can't make exceptions" for one set of parents. 

Parents are angry that if their catchment school is further away than another geographically closer school in West Berkshire, they will have to pay £750 a year per child for a school bus. 

"It's the parents responsibility to get their children to school," she said. 

"I myself have two children in school, I get them to school every day and I pay for it. 

"We can't have one set of rules for one area and not apply them across the district."

School bus charges will 'force parents to drive to school'

Emma Midgley

BBC South

Michelle Corr, one of the parents affected by increases in school bus charges, says the price hike will force parents to take their children to school by car. 

"I have one child going to school, but for families with two or three children, they'll have to put their children in the car because this is the only option we have."

It will put parents in a position of driving children to school, which will have add environmental and road issues with rural villages such as Compton.

Emma-JayneWest Berkshire parent

School bus charges: 'The 300% increase is the issue'

Emma Midgley

BBC South

West Berkshire parent Michelle Corr says transport to her child's school, The Downs, was always free until last September, when the council consulted upon and introduced a fare-paying scheme of £250 per child. 

She says no-one has been consulted on the latest increase, which only applies to parents where their child's catchment school is not their nearest school. 

I don't think it should be free, the 300% increase is the issue, and the fact is it only applies to people where The Downs School isn't their nearest school but it is the catchment school.

Michelle CorrWest Berkshire parent

Parents 'angered' by school bus fare increase

Emma Midgley

BBC South

Parents in West Berkshire say they are angry it will now cost up to £700 for their children to use the school bus.

From September the council is putting up the price by £450 a year. 

It will affect parents whose catchment school is further away than their nearest school, so they don't qualify for free bus travel. 

A petition against the plans states: "The £700 fee actively discriminates against rural communities and splits villages into two: those that receive free transport and those that don't!"

Hundreds attend Oxford anti-Trump protest

Adina Campbell

BBC South Today

Last night hundreds of people attended a protest against Donald Trump's ban on people travelling to the US from several Muslim-majority countries. 

The protest in Oxford was part of a national movement, which saw tens of thousands of people protest against the US policy across England and Scotland. 

Oxford-based charity Oxfam says it is concerned for its staff in America, and refugees. 

Travel latest: Delays on A40 eastbound

Al Ryan

BBC Oxford travel presenter

Good morning, here's the latest updates from the Oxfordshire Traffic Control Centre: 

  • There are 25-minute delays from Barnard Gate to Cassington and further eastbound to the Wolvercote traffic lights
  • Traffic in Bicester is very heavy to junction 9 of the M40 to the A44, travel time is about 10 minutes
  • In Oxford on the Woodstock Road travel times between Yarnton and Peartree is about 17 minutes
  • There are 10-minute delays from Kingston Bagpuize to the traffic lights at Frilford
  • For those traveling into London all lanes have reopened on the M4 between junction 13 Chievely and junction 12 Theale after an earlier accident, but expect delays

Thames Valley officer sacked for racist comments

Toby Wadey

BBC South

College of Policing Ryton

A police officer has been sacked for making racist comments to a colleague during a training course. 

After being asked to leave the College of Policing in Warwickshire, the officer then "secretly recorded" a telephone conversation with the person who made the complaint, Thames Valley Police said. 

The force said the tribunal's independent chair had not allowed the officer to be named due to "operational security".

The incident happened on 11 May 2016, but reporting has been delayed for legal reasons. 

Thames Valley Police could not give the officer's name or where they worked. 

Today's weather: Dank and wet but mild temperatures

It's another fairly wet and dank day with some of us waking to outbreaks of rain. 

There is some hill fog hanging about at the moment, which should clear up soon, it will be fairly mild in terms of temperatures with some getting up to 11C. 

But tonight there will be more concentrated rain. 

Goodbye Ruby Tuesday

Alex Regan

BBC South

No I'm not referring to the song about Linda Keith by the Rolling Stones. My local curry house has recently been knocked down to make way for a housing development, as is the march of progress. 

Anyway, hello and welcome to today's Oxfordshire Live page where we'll be bringing you a hot tandoori mix of news, with a side plate of pilau sport, and some cheeky gobi aloo travel for good measure. 

Frost in north Oxfordshire
James Woodhouse

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