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  1. Updates on Friday 2 January 2015

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That's all from BBC Local Live today. We'll be back from 08:00 on Monday.

Edwards had 'class and charisma'

Head coach Matt Watts said Stephen Edwards, who was originally from Bermuda and who died in a crash, played for the club while he stayed with family in Kidlington during his A-level studies.

He said Mr Edwards was due to study law at the University of Sussex.

"He had so much class and charisma," Mr Watts said. "He was very, very talented."

Stephen Edwards
Gosford All Blacks

A statement on the club's website said Stephen was known by his rugby friends as The Prince and had won the Gosford All Blacks Young Player of the Year award.

Cloud will thicken overnight

It will remain dry with plenty of clear spells this afternoon, these continuing this evening, allowing it to feel rather cold. However, cloud will build and thicken overnight, with outbreaks of rain arriving from the west. Some of this rain may become heavy in places.

Weather forecast
BBC

Minimum temperature: 2C (36F).

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Two men bailed over raid

Oxford Mail

Two men arrested in connection with an armed raid on a Post Office in Downside Road, Risinghurst

have been released on police bail.

Club pays tribute to player

A rugby club has paid tribute to an "outstanding young man" who died after a crash in Bermuda.

Stephen Edwards, 19, who played for Kidlington-based Gosford All Blacks during the 2013-14 season, died after a motorcycle accident on 30 December, the club said.

Stephen Edwards
Gosford All Blacks

Club chairman David Hipkiss said: "This is a terrible loss of a young man with his whole future ahead of him. He was an outstanding individual. He will be sorely missed by all."

Flood plan to be investigated

The effects of Oxford's

planned Flood Alleviation Scheme will be fully investigated before it's built, says the Environment Agency after residents in Berkshire voiced concerns that they would end up with more flooding instead.

It's hoped the £100m plan to divert water around Oxford will stop areas of the city flooding again.

Colin Rayner, a councillor for Windsor and Maidenhead, says something needs to be done elsewhere.

Four in court over 'slavery'

Oxford Times

Four people have appeared at Oxford Crown Court today

accused of keeping a man as a slave.

Thousands of coins found

Phil Mercer

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

What's thought to be one of biggest hoards of ancient coins ever found in Britain has been uncovered by metal detector enthusiasts near Bicester.

More than 5,000 coins dating back to the 11th Century were found buried inside a lead bucket, 2ft below the surface of the field.

Pete Welch, who's from the Weekend Wanderers Detecting Club which organises searches across Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire, says it's "an amazing find".

London Welsh v Harlequins

On Sunday, Harlequins visit the Kasaam Stadium to face London Welsh at 14:30.

Premiership bottom side London Welsh

make five changes as they go in search of their first win of the season.

Karl Dickson
Getty Images

Nic Reynolds starts at centre in place of the suspended Tom May, while former Quins Seb Stegmann and Peter Browne, and Paul Rowley and Ben West come in.

Butterfly egg hunt

BBC Radio Oxford

Families in Oxfordshire have been searching for rare butterfly eggs.

Brown Hairstreak butterfly (Image: Peter Eeles)
Peter Eeles

For the last 10 years,

Butterfly Conservation's Upper Thames Branch have been organising New Year's Day Egg Hunts to monitor the local population of Brown Hairstreak butterflies.

Oxford United v Cheltenham

Oxford United play host to 19th place Cheltenham on Saturday at the Kassam Stadium.

Defender Cheyenne Dunkley is set to make his home debut for Oxford as they look for only their second win at the Kassam Stadium since mid-October.

John Campbell may be rewarded with a start after scoring the first goal in last

Sunday's 2-1 win at Plymouth.

Did you know...

This week in 1961 - The millionth Morris Minor, the highly successful British car designed by Sir Alec Issigonis, came off the assembly line at Oxford 53 years ago tomorrow.

Morris Minor
Getty Images

Adventure Flight

Kat Orman

Afternoon presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

We wouldn't ordinarily link football with poetry, nor would we want to reflect too much on

Oxford United being knocked out of the FA Cup at Tranmere last month.

But ahead of this weekend's FA Cup third round fixtures, the Football Association has today released a poem celebrating what it describes as "the unique adventure of the world's oldest domestic cup competition".

It's called Adventure Flight and it's been written by Lemn Sissay who was the official poet for the London 2012 Olympics. I'll be catching up with Lemn at 15:40 on BBC Radio Oxford.

Rugby player dies in Bermuda

Phil Mercer

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

A teenage rugby player for an Oxfordshire team has

died after a motorcycle crash in Bermuda.

Stephen Edwards, who was 19 and won the Young Player of the Year award with the Gosford All Blacks in Kidlington, died in hospital after being involved in the collision on Tuesday.

The club has paid tribute to him as an outstanding young man and has opened a book of condolence.

New timetables

Stagecoach Oxford

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More on temple appeal

A fresh appeal for funds has been made for the first Hindu temple in Oxford after a project raised £110,000 in six years.

Volunteers are now exploring the option of using their funds towards a mortgage on a property. Currently 15 families are contributing every month but the project needs more families to make regular payments rather than one-off donations.

Chairman Gyan Gopal said: "To acquire a mortgage we need to show the financial institutions that we have a regular income coming in in standing orders to meet the interest payments."

Applications for funding from Oxford City Council and Oxfordshire County Council have been unsuccessful. The project organises the annual Oxford Mela, which raised £4,500 last year.

Swimming pool complex opens

A £9.2m swimming pool complex that replaces a leisure centre campaigners failed to save has opened to swimmers.

Leys Pools and Leisure Centre in Oxford has an eight lane, 25m (82ft) competition-standard swimming pool with moveable floor and a teaching pool.

Swimming pool
Oxford City Council

It replaces the city's Temple Cowley Pools, which Oxford City Council decided to sell for housing despite a long-running campaign to save it. An official opening will be held on 24 January.

Fresh appeal for funds

Campaigners for a first Hindu temple in Oxfordshire have made a fresh appeal for funds.

The Oxford Temple and Community Centre Project wants a place of worship for the 10,000 Hindus in the county. Volunteers are now appealing to Hindu families to provide regular donations in order to be accepted for a mortgage.

Statues of Hindu gods in Highgate Hill Murugan Hindu Temple, London
Alys Tomlinson

Chairman Gyan Gopal said: "Of all the major faiths of the world, Hinduism is the only one not to have a place for communal worship in Oxfordshire."

Leave extra time on Monday

You may have to leave extra time for your journey on

Monday as maintenance work is due to begin.

The Plain - Entrances to

St Clements, Cowley and Iffley Road will be closed in rotating blocks throughout work which is due to begin on Monday until May.

The maintenance scheme will also begin on London Road as planned and will be ongoing until May. Resurfacing work will be taking place in eight separate sections of 150m lengths between Green Road and Headington shops. There will be two-way traffic signals 24 hours a day but these will be manually controlled between 07:00 to 19:00.

Dry with sunshine

It will remain dry this afternoon with plenty of winter sunshine. It will be breezy though and it's going to feel much colder than yesterday.

Weather forecast
BBC

Maximum temperature: 9C (48F).

Check the forecast near you.

'Lowest increast for five years'

Rail operators have been

defending the price increases Oxfordshire's train commuters faced as they headed back to work today.

Regulated fares - which include season tickets - have risen by 2.5%. Passenger groups say the increases still outstrips pay.

Rail fare increase graph
BBC

But Seb Gordon, who's from the Rail Delivery Group, says commuters are still getting good value for money. He said: "This is the lowest increase for five years, as an industry we want to get more people travelling by train."

New law to come into effect

A new European law to support the victims of crime and their families

comes into force this year after a long-running campaign by an Oxfordshire woman.

Maggie Hughes's son Robbie was left with severe brain damage when he was attacked while on holiday in Greece in 2008. His attackers have not yet been brought to justice but Maggie has now won her fight to improve victims' rights across Europe.

Maggie and Robert Hughes
Other

Catherine Bearder, who's from Oxford and a Liberal Democrat MEP for the area, agrees its an important step forward.

Pool opens today

Sue Kinnear

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Swimmers will get the chance to use a

new pool in Blackbird Leys from today. The £9m facility features eight lanes and has a moveable floor.

The design for the new pool building at Blackbird Leys
Oxford City Council

It's proved controversial with the closure of the Temple Cowley pool site, which will be used for housing.

Flood scheme 'could impact neighbours'

Sue Kinnear

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Plans for a flood relief scheme scheme in Oxford will have serious consequences for communities in neighbouring Berkshire.

That's according to councillors in the area who say the £100m plan to divert water around Oxford to stop the city flooding will overload the Thames further downstream.

The Environment Agency says it will fully investigate any potential downstream impacts before going forward with the scheme.

Concern over sex offence cautions

A rape charity says it has a

"real concern" about the number of cautions issued for sex offences in the East of England, including the Thames Valley.

A Freedom of Information request has found that 642 cautions, 155 of which by Thames Valley Police, have been issued for sex offences in the region since 2011, including seven for rape.

Man in despair
BBC

Rape Crisis said it wanted a review of the issuing of cautions. Police said cautions "act as a strong deterrent for most of those that receive them".

Rail fares rise

Rail fare rises in Oxfordshire,

announced on 5 December, have
today come into effect, with trade unions complaining that the increases continue to outstrip wage growth.

Tickets
PA

Regulated fares - including season tickets - have risen by up to 2.5%, while the average fare of a rail ticket in Oxford will increase by 2.2%. The government said fares were crucial to funding rail modernisation.

Man dies in New Year's Day crash

A man's been killed in a crash in Faringdon yesterday. The 45-year-old died when the car he was driving crashed into a fence and a tree on the A417 Lechlade Road.

He was from Gloucestershire, and his family has been told. Police want to hear from anyone who saw the accident at 22:20.

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Busy but moving on A40

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Dry and sunny

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Weather forecast
BBC

Maximum temperature: 9C (48F).

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