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Summary

  1. Staff at Oxford Bus Company stage second day of strike action
  2. Two 19-year-olds on police bail following pitch invasion at Didcot Town vs Hereford
  3. Concerns about air quality in Oxfordshire
  4. Plan to reduce business rates on empty shops in Bicester and Banbury

Live Reporting

By Marcus Liddell and Anna Browning

All times stated are UK

That's all for today

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

Unite says bus dispute could result in nationwide action

The leader of England's biggest union has warned that a strike by bus drivers in Oxford over pay could spread.

Bus drivers on the picket line
BBC

Len McCluskey joined Unite members from the Oxford Bus Company on the picket line earlier, and warned seven other bus depots run by the Go Ahead Group could be affected. 

Drivers have walked out on two separate days angry that they were only paid for three bank holidays over Christmas. 

Oxford Bus Company said its drivers are among the highest paid in the country.   

Travel update: Crash under bridge near Mini plant

Al Ryan

BBC Oxford travel presenter

There has been a crash on the B480 Garsington Road underneath the railway bridge at Oxford's Mini plant in Cowley. Emergency services are on the scene.

Fraudsters pretending to be from National Crime Agency

Thames Valley Police is warning people that fraudsters are calling in Eynsham pretending to be from the National Crime Agency.

In a tweet it said: "No requests to send money via MoneyGram would ever be made."

Weather outlook: Unsettled

Dan Downs, Weather Forecaster

Gosh that's a lot of toads...

Actor Woody Harrelson guest at Oxford United game

Oxford Mail

A lack of natural born killers in front of goal saw Oxford United's play-off push suffer a big blow on Saturday by losing 2-0 at home to Bristol Rovers. 

Even with Hollywood actor Woody Harrelson – best known for his role in Cheers – watching on from the U’s directors’ box as a guest of the club, Michael Appleton’s side failed to fire.

Mobile crackdown catches 153 drivers

BreakingOsney Mead death confirmed

Human remains found after a building collapsed in an explosion in Oxford have been formally identified. 

Police have confirmed 48-year-old Guido Schuette died following the blast which caused a three-storey block of flats to fall down. 

He was missing and believed dead, but previous tests on remains found at the site had proved inconclusive. 

Debris after building collapsed at Osney Mead
BBC
Thames Valley Police said it is still investigating the cause the explosion at Osney Mead on Tuesday 14 February.

Oxford's 2000 AD has turned 40 years old...

Oxford in the sunshine

Tim Turan snapped this view of Turl Street in Oxford in the sunshine just after a hail storm yesterday.

Oxford
Tim Turan

Back and forth birthday card goes missing

Has this card dropped through your letter box by mistake?

Claire Fuller from Winchester has been exchanging the same birthday card with her father after she first sent it to him in 1984.

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The card, which has a picture of a yellow duck wearing red wellingtons, was due to make its 33rd trip after it was posted in Thame, Oxfordshire on 10 February but it failed to arrive.

Novelist, Ms Fuller said: "We both feel so sad it's gone missing."

The Royal Mail said it was seeing if the card could be traced.

Dictionary asks parents for new words

Parents have been asked to suggest new parenting terms for the Oxford English Dictionary.

Its publisher, Oxford University Press, has asked for ideas in a sponsored post on the parenting website Mumsnet. 

It said it would like to hear about "brand new words and new senses of familiar words". 

Suggestions from parents on Mumsnet include "hangry", "defleated", and "whinese".

Oxford English Dictionary
PA

Plan to cut rates for empty shops

Firms which take over empty shops in Banbury and Bicester could have business rates halved for up to two years.

The plan to improve the towns' centres will be discussed by Cherwell District Council this evening .

It's suggested the incentive be made available to businesses which take over shops left empty for over six months.

A report by officers at Cherwell District Council said Banbuary has 17 empty properties, Bicester has nine.

Banbury Market Place
Google
Banbury Market Place

Diesel or no diesel?

BBC Radio Oxford

Diesel nozzle
Getty Images

BBC Radio Oxford's all new breakfast show - David Prever's Breakfast Club - launched this morning.

David's been asking whether we should still be buying diesel cars given what we know about air pollution?

Last year Oxford was listed as one of 10 UK areas breaching World Health Organisation guidelines for air quality.

The British Lung Foundation is asking the government to raise car taxes on diesels in this week's Spring Budget.

Breathing in nitrogen dioxide over the long term can actually increase your risk of getting lung cancer. We're all at risk from it, it is really a public health crisis.

Sarah MacFaddyenBritish Lung Foundation

Stuart Milne from CarBuyer.co.uk has been telling BBC Radio Oxford many have bought diesels because they though they were better for the environment.

In 2001 around 14% of cars on the road were diesel powered and today it is around 50%...but of course now we're understanding more about the impact on local air pollution.

Stuart MilneEditor of Car Buyer.co.uk

Two bailed after football clashes

Two 19-year-old men from Hereford - who were arrested after Didcot Town's match on Saturday - have been released on police bail.

Up to 100 people were involved in the incident towards the end of Didcot Town's Southern Football League game against Hereford FC.

Crowds on ground after pitch invasion

Bus strikes in Oxford

A Oxford Bus Company bus
Oxford Bus Company

Be warned if you're travelling by bus in Oxford today as Oxford Bus Company is staging a second day of strike action.

It's due to a dispute between the company and the Unite union over Christmas pay and holiday .

It's the second of two walk outs announced by the union: The first took place on Thursday and involved about 450 members of staff.

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Monday morning

Hello and welcome to Oxfordshire Live on Monday 6th March.

It might be the start of the week, and there might be a bus strike on (more on that shortly), but at least there's some blue sky about. A hint spring might just be on the way....hopefully.

Snowdrops in Oxfordshire
Christian Barratt

Thank you to Christian Barratt who sent us this photo, which is today's cover photo.