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Summary

  1. Hunt continues for missing man after Oxford blast
  2. Tribute to Headington stabbing victim
  3. Two Banbury men arrested after woman dies in two-car crash

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

Middlesbrough

Alex Bysouth

BBC Sport

Middlesbrough scrape into the FA Cup quarter-finals with a late winner against League One Oxford United.

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Police cars near scene of Botley rape

The attack happened near the Oxford Brookes university campus, police say.

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Good evening

That's all for BBC Local Live for Oxfordshire today.

We hope you have a great weekend, and we'll be back on Monday at 08:00.

Banbury listed building to become apartments

Disused offices on South Bar Street in Banbury are set to be turned into 10 apartments.

Cherwell District Council’s planning committee yesterday approved permission to covert the Grade II-listed building into five two-bed and five one-bed apartments, along with 15 car parking spaces to the rear. 

Banbury Cross
Philip Halling

Colin Clarke, Cherwell’s lead member for planning, said: "We consider this an acceptable proposal which will help keep a listed building well maintained. This is important if we are to keep the frontage of Banbury’s historic town centre looking its best.

"We do regret the loss of employment space, but the property has been empty for a number of years, and was originally used for housing. The changes being proposed to the exterior of the building are sympathetic to its character and we are satisfied that its historic status will be preserved by this development."

Weather: 'Dry and mild'

BBC Weather

It will remain dry and mild overnight, with light southerly winds. 

Clear spells at first will then give way to low cloud and hill fog over the Cotswold hills in the early hours.

Minimum temperature: 4C (39F).

Thame museum to showcase town's Elizabethan heritage

Natalie Verney

BBC Radio Oxford

Thame's museum has been given a £30,000 grant to showcase the town's Elizabethan heritage.  

The lottery fund money will add workshops and interactive displays to a series of wall paintings which were originally discovered in a house in the town in the 1960s. 

The exhibition will examine a period of social mobility and cultural change in the town. 

Film reviews with James Luxford

Martin Eastaugh

BBC Radio Oxford producer

David Prever was joined by film critic James Luxford to discuss the week's big action release John Wick: Chapter 2. 

It stars Keanu Reeves as a retired assassin who goes on the run after being betrayed by a friend. 

James was a big fan of Hidden Figures, the Oscar-nominated drama about the African American scientists and engineers behind NASA's first flights into space. 

But there's a less than positive review of the Chinese monster/action movie The Great Wall, which is set 1,000 years ago. It stars Matt Damon as a European missionary who discovers an army of elite soldiers fighting monsters which are attacking the iconic wall.  

Listen back to his reviews below...

Oxfordshire company's role in lunar mission

A UK space company, based in Oxfordshire, is playing a crucial role in the next mission towards humans living on the moon. 

A team of engineers at the Harwell campus have won a contract to design a new landing sensor, for an unmanned mission. 

Angela Walker spoke to Kerry Sanz and Dr David Jones about their work at Neptec UK.

Man pleads guilty to Raleigh Park rape

A man has pleaded guilty to raping a woman at knifepoint near a university campus in Oxford. 

Mark Pearton, 44, of Cavendish Place, Eastbourne, admitted to rape, assault and possession of a knife in public. 

The attack happened on 10 January as the victim walked in Harcourt Hill, adjacent to the Oxford Brookes Campus, Thames Valley Police said. 

During the attack the woman was approached from behind with a knife, taken to Raleigh Park and raped.

Pearton will be sentenced at Oxford Crown Court on 6 April.

Scene of Botley rape
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Michael Appleton: Oxford manager talks difficulties faced by British coaches
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Buildings next to the site of the explosion

Police "strongly believe" 48-year-old Guido Schuette died in the blast and is underneath the debris.

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Councillor slams policy limiting Oxford hospital parking spaces

Oxford Mail

Refusing to allow extra parking spaces to be added to Oxford’s hospital sites is "crackers" and is an extra "aggravation" to patients needing treatment, a councillor has said.  

Two arrested after woman dies in two-car crash

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

Two men from have been arrested in connection with the death of an 80-year-old woman after a collision in Gaydon, police say.

A Ford Fiesta collided with a BMW, which failed to stop - the 56-year-old driver of the Ford and her 80-year-old passenger were left with serious injuries. 

The 80-year-old died at Coventry's University Hospital yesterday. 

Two men, one aged 24 and the other 27, both from Banbury, have been released on bail.

Oxford explosion: 'Delicate work required'

Adjoining buildings at the site of the Gibbs Crescent blast have "in the past 24 hours proved to be very unstable", Oxfordshire County Council has said.

Apparently "considerable delicate work" is required to make the area safe for the recovery operation.

Oxfordshire County Council Fire and Rescue Service incident commander Mike Adcock said: "As we said earlier in the week the sequence of events has to be to make the buildings safe first before the removal of rubble begins, so as to ensure the safety of personnel. 

"Due to the instability of adjoining buildings we have some particular work to do today to tackle that issue.  We are still looking forward to being able to start removing rubble but cannot yet put a timeframe on this.

"Fire and police investigators will be working alongside to determine the cause of the explosion."

Aerial shot of Gibbs Crescent rubble
Stan Mackrell

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Severe accident: M40 Oxfordshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M40 Oxfordshire southbound severe accident, at J6 for B4009.

M40 Oxfordshire - M40 entry slip road closed and slow traffic southbound at J6, B4009 (Watlington), because of an accident earlier on.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Advice sought at blast site

Structural engineers have been brought in to advise firefighters at the scene of an explosion near a block of flats in Oxford where a man is still missing.

Nineteen households are still unable to return home to Gibbs Crescent since Tuesday's blast.

Officials said today's focus was to make the remaining buildings in the area safe so emergency services could then remove rubble safely.

Oxford explosion: Rubble remains after devastating blast

BBC Oxford's Matt Graveling is at the scene of Tuesday's explosion this morning and has taken this picture of the devastation it left behind.

The scene
BBC

Headington stabbing: Murdered man 'will never be forgotten'

The family of a man who was stabbed to death have described him as a "kind, loving and caring man". 

Domingos Romalho, 35, from Oxford, was stabbed on Monday in Windmill Road, in the Headington area of the city.

Domingos Romalho
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Egidio Da Silva Alves, 27, of The Slade, Oxford, has been charged with murder and possessing a bladed weapon. 

A statement said Mr Romalho was a "trusted friend to many and a family man dedicated to his partner and children".

"His sudden loss affects us all greatly and he will always be in our hearts and prayers and will never be forgotten," it added.

Morrisons report: Hedge bets on food supply

The UK can be shielded from some of the worst excesses of global food price swings if it produces more of its own food, a report produced by Oxford academics has said.

Tractor
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Only 52% of food eaten in the UK comes from British farmers, according to the research, published by Morrisons. 

Making the UK self-sufficient in food is probably impossible, it says. 

But making it less reliant on global food markets is possible, and may help protect consumers from international price rises, it adds.  

Travel update: Half-hour delays after train breaks down

BBC Travel

There are delays of up to 30 minutes on the Great Western Railways service between Slough and London Paddington, vis Didcot Parkway, due to a broken down freight train.  

BBC Oxford's Lilley Mitchell lends the U's a hand with their kit...

Woman stuck in mud rescued by firefighters

Firefighters were called at 16:30 on Wednesday to help a woman stuck up to her chest in mud and water in the village of Steventon near Abingdon. 

The 48-year-old had been out walking her dog when she slipped into a stream that flows around the village green.

She had been in the mud for over an hour before a passer-by noticed her, and firefighters used a sling to get her out. The fire service said she was uninjured but very cold. 

Station manager Paul Webster said: “This was an unfortunate accident where the lady dog walker had slipped on the muddy embankment and fallen into the swollen stream.

"Due to the recent rain fall, the ground was soft and she was not able to get out of the water."

Weather: Cloudy start but brighter later

After a cloudy but mostly dry start to the day, some brighter spells are likely to develop, perhaps with some sunshine in places. Light winds everywhere and feeling very mild.

Highs of 9C in Shanklin and 10C in Southampton.

For the full 10-day forecast, visit the BBC weather pages.

Travel update: Lines now open but delays expected

Travel update: Chiltern rail services cancelled

BBC Travel

The 08:40 and 09:00 Chiltern Railways services from Banbury to London Marylebone have been cancelled, and the 09:30 and 09:44 services are delayed.

The 09:13 Chiltern Railways service from Bicester North to London Marylebone is also cancelled and the 09:42 is delayed.  

The company has tweeted that the problems are due to emergency services dealing with an incident at Solihull.

Oxford explosion: Picture of missing man released

Police are searching for 48-year-old Guido Schuette, despite the "strong hypothesis" that he died in the explosion.

But they appealed for the public to look out for him while his death remains unconfirmed, in case he is missing.

Guido
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He is 6ft tall of heavy build, short grey hair, and blue eyes. According to the description, he walks with a limp and uses a crutch.

Supt Joe Kidman said: "Our strong hypothesis is that Guido died in the fire, and we are continuing to offer support to his family at this time.

"Given the circumstances of the incident, we are asking members of the public not to approach Guido but to call 999 immediately."

Oxford explosion: Police 'strongly believe' missing man has died

The search for a missing man in Osney continues this morning after an explosion near a block of flats.

The blast happened in the Osney Lane and Gibbs Crescent area at about 16:45 GMT on Tuesday, causing a three-storey building to collapse.

The scene
BBC

Search and rescue teams are making the pile of debris safe by propping up walls and removing loose brickwork before searching underneath the rubble.

The cause of the blast is unknown.

The missing man has been named by police as 48-year-old Guido Schuette, who they "strongly believe" died in the explosion and is underneath the debris.

Chemical incident closes Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre

Part of a hospital in Oxford had to be closed yesterday afternoon when a chlorine-type gas was accidentally released by staff.

It happened at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre on Windmill Road in Headington, where chemicals were being mixed for the swimming pool.

The NOC
James Kelly

The gas was released as a result, South Central Ambulance Service said.

Two staff members inhaled some of the substance, which caused runny eye and sore throat symptoms, and were treated at the scene.

Patients were turned away from the main entrance of the hospital following the incident at about 13:00 GMT and an administration block had to be closed.

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