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

Tribunal rules council can charge for tower block works

A tribunal has ruled Oxford City Council is able to charge leaseholders for renovation work to the tower blocks where they live.

A tower block
Google

Residents are disputing bills of up to £50,000 for planned refurbishment work to five buildings in Blackbird Leys, Cowley and Northway. 

Darren Hazell, from the Oxford Towerblock Leaseholder Association, said the ruling was only a formality and a decision about how much residents can be charged has not been made yet.

He said: "We were under no illusions that the charges would be dropped completely."

A three-day property chamber hearing will start on 12 September at Cambridge County Court.

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Man threatened with firearm by burglars

At about 11:00 yesterday a man returned to his home in Radcot Road, Faringdon, to find men leaving the property. 

They threatened him with a firearm before making off in a small blue vehicle, Thames Valley Police said.

Later a firearm was recovered and a 34-year-old man from Watchfield was arrested on suspicion of burglary and is currently in custody.

Det Insp Mike Roddy said: "We are linking this incident to a similar one near Bampton on 19 February when men broke into a home and stole firearms."

World Book Day: Batgirl wins out

Three-year-old Florence wanted to dress up as the Incredible Hulk for World Book Day, but as you can see, she's pretty excited at her eventual choice of Batgirl.

Florence as Batgirl
BBC

Sonning Common development rejected

Bethan Phillips

Political reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

Plans for nearly 100 homes in Sonning Common have been rejected by councillors after protests.

Campaigners said granting permission would have been a "betrayal" because the size of the development was much bigger than villagers wanted. 

A site with 26 houses was included in Sonning Common's neighbourhood plan, voted through by residents last year. 

But developers put forward plans for 95 homes on the site.

World Book Day: Big day for Little Red

Abby is going to her first World Book Day at Drayton Primary School as Little Red Riding Hood.

Abby as Little Red Riding Hood
Nikki Dallaway

Teenager dies in motorcycle crash

Claire Hawke

BBC Local Live

A teenager who was involved in a motorcycle crash in Shellingford has died in hospital. 

The accident happened on the A417 during rush hour on Tuesday morning. 

The 17-year-old was taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford but died from his injuries.

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World Book Day: Supergirl and Willy Wonka spotted in Kidlington

It's World Book Day, and pupils across the land are dressing up as their favourite literary characters. 

Charlotte, 8, from Kidlington went to school today as Supergirl.

Charlotte as Supergirl
BBC

Kasim, 8, also from Kidlington, has gone as Willy Wonka. 

Kasim as Willy Wonka
BBC

Send your pictures to oxford@bbc.co.uk as we celebrate the joy of reading on World Book Day.

Nine out of 10 children 'get first choice school'

Claire Hawke

BBC Local Live

Almost nine out of ten Oxfordshire children have been offered a place at their first choice school according to the county council. 

That's despite an increase in the number of pupils going to secondary school. 

However, there's been a slight drop in the number of students getting their first preferences, down from 92% last year. 

Oxford Bus Company says 'most services operating'

University in 'productive' talks with power station squatters

Oxford University says it held a "productive meeting" with representatives of the squatters who have moved into a former power station. 

The group of 25, known as Iffley Open House, claimed squatters' rights in The Old Power Station owned by Said Business School on Sunday. 

Old Power Station
Steve Daniels

They previously stayed at a car showroom owned by Wadham College. 

The university said it was "deeply sympathetic to their need for somewhere safe to live".

Thames Valley Police gets 'good' rating

Phil Mercer

BBC Radio Oxford

Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary has graded Thames Valley Police "good". 

The watchdog has been measuring how good forces are at investigating crime, protecting vulnerable people and tackling serious and organised crime. 

Only one force - Durham - was labelled outstanding. 

Weather: Turning brighter and drier

Bee Tucker

BBC Weather

United through to EFL Trophy final

Rob Stevens

BBC Sport

Oxford United will face Coventry City in the EFL Trophy final following a thrilling win at Luton Town .

The U's went ahead when Phil Edwards swept in from close range and Marvin Johnson's deflected cross-shot doubled their lead after the break.

Isaac Vassell pulled one back straight away with a shot on the turn and ex-Oxford striker Danny Hylton nodded in to level with eight minutes remaining.

But Johnson's fine strike from the edge of the box won the match for Oxford.

Danny Hylton scores
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Travel update: Roadblock on A40 eastbound

BBC Travel

We've been informed of a rolling road block on the A40 eastbound between A415 Ducklington Lane (Witney Town Centre / the Ducklington turn off) and the A44 Wolvercote Roundabout.  

Bus drivers strike over 'salami slicing' of pay

Bus drivers in Oxfordshire have gone on strike because of a dispute over Christmas pay. 

The walk-out on Thursday - with a second strike planned for Monday - comes after talks between Oxford Bus Company and the Unite union broke down. 

Oxford Bus Company bus
Oxford Bus Company

Company managing director Phil Southall said a number of their offers had been rejected by the union.

But Unite said the company wanted to "salami slice" the pay of workers in one of the UK's most expensive cities".

Good morning

Good morning and welcome to BBC Local Live for Oxfordshire on this Thursday morning.

We'll be bringing you the news as it breaks across the county during the course of the day.

Wytham Woods
Pauline Massey

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