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Live Reporting

By Alex Regan and Anna Browning

All times stated are UK

Have a good evening!

Well there you go, Monday's almost over. Thank you for clicking on Oxfordshire Live today. 

We'll be back from 8.00 tomorrow morning to bring you the latest headlines for the county.

'Urgent appeal' to find missing teenager

Police are searching for a 16-year-old girl from Oxfordshire who went missing on Saturday.

Tamzin Abeyesinhe from Middle Barton boarded a train from Banbury to London Marylebone at 5.40pm on Saturday.

She was then seen at London Marylebone an hour later.

Tamzin Abeyesinhe
Anyone with information about Tamzin's whereabouts is asked to call 101

Council leaders request meeting with minister

The leaders of three district councils in Oxfordshire who oppose plans to create just one council for the county want to meet the secretary of state.

Oxfordshire County Council wants to abolish the county’s city and four district councils to make way for a single unitary authority.

But the leaders of Oxford City Council, West Oxfordshire District Council, and Cherwell District Council are opposed to the idea.

They asking for a chance to discuss their ideas with the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Sajid Javid MP, before any decision is taken.

Sajid Javid MP
Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Sajid Javid

Arrest made following gun-point robbery

Budgens store in Yarnton
A drawstring bag of cash was taken in the robbery on Monday 13 February

Police investigating a gun-point robbery at a petrol station on the A44 have arrested a man.

Staff at the Budgens store in Yarnton handed over a drawstring bag of cash after a man entered the shop holding a revolver style weapon and demanded money.

It happened at about 11pm on Monday 13 February, and the offender left the scene on foot.

A 26-year-old man from Oxford has been arrested on suspicion of robbery and released on police bail.

Man from Oxford may have had a million indecent images

A man from Oxford has been sentenced to two years and four months in prison for possessing hundreds of thousands of indecent images of children on a computer. 

It is believed the number of indecent images on Adrian Sinnott's hard drives exceeded a million.

The 51-year-old of Lake Street pleaded guilty to making indecent images of children and possession to show/distribute photographs of children.

Oxford Crown Court
Oxford Crown Court

'A home from home'

Paul Jenner

BBC Radio Oxford

The BBC's Paul Jenner has been giving us a glimpse of the home a group of squatters are trying to create inside a former power station :

This is a vast site, although the group of homeless people are only using a small part of it. 

There are piles of sleeping bags in bin bags in one of the adjoining rooms, along with makeshift dormitories. 

Through to the centre of the building are four sofas, along with a table made out of crates, and even a yellow rose on the table in an attempt to create a home from home. 

It is pretty cold inside and it doesn't seem a safe environment because of its industrial past, but one homeless man tells me that it beats being out on the streets any day.

Inside new squatters' residence

Earlier we were telling you about a group of squatters who've taken over a former power station in Oxford .

They moved in after they were told to leave a car showroom which is owned by a Wadham College.

BBC Radio Oxford's been shown around by the group today.

Inside Osney Mill squat
Inside the former power station in Osney, which is owned by the University of Oxford's Said Business School
Inside the squat inside the former power station in Osney.

Police hunt for new constables

A recruitment drive for 200 new constables has been launched by Thames Valley Police.

It's the first to take place since the force lowered its entry rules.

Previously two A-Levels at grade A to C or equivalent were needed, but now two A-Levels at grades A to E or equivalent are enough.

Thames Valley Police headquarters in Kidlington
Thames Valley Police's headquarters in Kidlington

Indecent exposure by ancient monument

A man's exposed himself to four women who were visiting the Rollwright Stones near Chipping Norton.

The exposure in broad daylight took place next to the stones, which are estimated to be over 4,000 years old.

Police say the man - who also touched himself inappropriately - was later seen leaving the scene in a white Citroen van.

It happened on Saturday 18 February at about 3.30pm, a 52-year-old man has been arrested.

Rollright Stones
Denis Turner
Thames Valley Police is appealing for information about the incident

A34 questions sought

Known for long tailbacks, there have also been a number of high profile fatal crashes on the A34 between Winchester to Bicester recently.  

BBC South would like to know what questions you have about the 62-mile route.

Click  here  to find out more. 

A34 near Winchester
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Jockey George Baker is awake in intensive care in a Swiss hospital after a fall during a race on the frozen lack track at St Moritz.

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Squatters move to another Oxford University-owned building

Alex Regan

BBC South

Osney Mill
Bill Nicholls

Squatters who left a vacant car showroom owned by Wadham College have moved to another site, also owned by an Oxford University institution. 

About 20 people from the so-called Iffley Open House began squatting in the car showroom in early January, but were told to vacate the property to make way for demolition work. 

The squatters have now moved to an old power station building, owned by the Said Business School. 

Iffley Open House closes its doors

A spokeswoman from Oxford University said: "'We are aware that this afternoon 30 people moved into the old power station building owned by the University of Oxford.

"Ten volunteers working with the homeless are thought to have joined them. 

"The university sympathises with the plight of these homeless people who need somewhere safe to live and has been speaking with their representatives about how to resolve the situation." 

Girlfriend's anguish over death crash

Earlier we told you how Lewis Stratford met Meg Williamson ahead of his sentencing for the crash he caused during an argument with his girlfriend on the phone.  

Meg's boyfriend, Gavin Roberts, from Swindon, was killed in the crash.

Here Meg says she hopes to forgive him in time.

Watch: A34 fatal crash driver meets victim's girlfriend

You can watch the full interview on Inside Out South at 7.30pm tonight.

E-fit issued after woman attacked in Bicester

Thames Valley Police

An e-fit has been issued after a woman was sexually assaulted in an Oxfordshire street .

The victim, in her 30s, was attacked by a man in Chapel Street, Bicester, at about 20:50 GMT on Thursday evening.

Detectives said a man had approached victim from the opposite direction and spoke briefly to her before attacking her.

Thames Valley Police said the assailant then ran away in the direction of Priory Road.

Det Con Ruth Ivins said: "Specially trained officers are continuing to offer support to the victim and detectives are working to identify and locate the offender."

Oxford crane climbing man prompts emergency response

Roz Tappenden

BBC South


All three emergency services were called when a man climbed up a 40-metre crane under the cover of darkness. 

A police helicopter, firefighters and paramedics all attended when a white beam of light was seen moving around on the top of the crane in Oxford in the early hours. 

By the time police arrived at 04:15 GMT, the torch had been turned off but helicopter thermal imaging equipment revealed a person on the tower. The man eventually climbed down. 

Specialist rope access teams were also requested to attend the construction site in Banbury Road, Summertown.

Travel latest: Slow around Bicester

Danny Cox

Presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

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

  • The M40 southbound is running slow between junction 10 Cherwell services to junction 9 Bicester.
  • Traffic is also delayed out of Bicester on the A41 appraoching the A34 at the M40 junction 9.
  • There are 20-minute delays to journeys on the A40 between Witney to Oxford. 

Oxford-educated MP Kaufman dies aged 86

Gerald Kaufman

The Father of the House and veteran MP Gerald Kaufman has died aged 86

The Manchester Gorton MP won an Exhibition to Queens College, Oxford, from where he graduated with a degree in philosophy, politics and economics. 

He gained a reputation as a persistent, often waspish, interrogator whose withering putdowns became a feature of his time in Parliament.

A practising Jew, he was best known for his fierce opposition to the policies of the Israeli government and its treatment of the Palestinians.

Possessed of a sardonic wit, he was a prolific writer and columnist who also wrote satirical sketches for the BBC, an organisation that he later frequently criticised.

A34 fatal crash driver meets victim's girlfriend

Moment killer driver meets victim's partner

A driver who killed a man in a head-on crash has told his victim's partner he lived "to pay for what I've done". 

Lewis Stratford met Meg Williamson ahead of his sentencing for the crash he caused during an argument with his girlfriend on the phone. 

Gavin Roberts, 28, died after Stratford's car crossed the central reservation on the A34, in Oxfordshire. At the meeting, which Ms Williamson set up, Stratford, 24, said he knew he had ruined lives.

Today's weather: Thundery showers and very windy

It's an unsettled start to the week which will be thundery and feeling a little bit like winter. 

There will be scattered showers throughout the day and temperatures across the region will reach a high 8C. 

And the best live page award goes to...

Alex Regan

BBC South

Good morning and welcome to BBC Local live.

As bad as my sleep deprivation might be, at least I'm not Warren Beatty. 

Faye Dunway and Warren Beatty
Getty Images

If you missed it, the veteran Hollywood star awarded the Best Picture gong at the Oscars to the wrong film.

Hopefully I won't do the same thing this morning as I navigate the county's news in - what critics will likely describe as - "a daring and poignant reminder of the power of local live pages". 

As always you can expect the usual knee-slapping caper from 08:00 to 18:00 with nail-biting news to keep you on the edge of your seat.